Review: Summer Heat by Rachel Van Dyken


This book is book 1 in a three part book. It does end in a cliffhanger.

Marlo is a foster kid who was made fun or and teased for…well just about everything including being skinny. He literally fit into the lockers the jocks shoved him into. Four years of taunting is over. His only wish was for someone to stand up for him. At one point he thought that person might be Ray especially after they shared a very private moment in her room during a party. But she never did.

Everything in Ray’s life seems perfect. She lives in a mansion, has fancy cars, designer clothes, and tons of friends. Nothing is as it appears. No one really sees her or knows her except Marlo. Her nanny/maid’s foster son saw her when no one ever did. The night they spent together is something she has cherished for years. If she had s backbone, she would’ve stood up for him the next day when the football players pushed him around. She was scared. She felt bad that she also took his scholarship to his first choice college–an acting scholarship that he needed. She needed it more. Her parents refuse to pay for her education unless she follows the path they set for her.

Finished with schooling, Ray takes the summer to work at an elitist and prestigious acting camp. A camp that producers and agents flock to for talent. Like everything else in Ray’s life, the one person who hates her runs the camp. How is she going to survive the summer?



Spoiled Princess is what he used to call me.

We were an inferno of hate and passion wound up with a dash of chaos.

For four years I watched him mow my lawn.

For four years I watched my friends make fun of him.

For four years I hated myself for wanting him, but even more for the way I treated him. And then I had him.

For one night, we put all labels away and I spent the best night of my life in his arms.

Then the next day, with my secret night under lock and key, I looked the other way while my friends shamed him.

But now the jokes on me, because the scrawny lawn boy who I secretly loved from afar is now the director of Hollywood’s most exclusive summer camp.

And I’m on his staff. Now it’s his turn to punish me. His turn to make me pay.

His turn to take his revenge after years of humiliation. He’s no longer a boy you can ridicule. But a college graduate who can have any woman he wants.

I want him to look at me the way he did that one night we had together, but right now the look in his eyes tells me he’s going to enjoy having me under him for two straight months.

I don’t know where his hatred ends, his passion begins. All I know is he wants revenge. And I’m his lucky target.



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I love to read! I review books for contemporary fiction, young adult, and romance novels. I read the majority of my novels on my Kindle.

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