Once Upon A Summertime by Melody Carlson

Disclaimer- I received this book from Revell Publishers in return for a honest review.

Managing the Value Lodge in her hometown was not what Anna Gordon had in mind when she set out in the hospitality industry. But it’s a safe choice for a woman whose childhood was anything but stable. Out of the blue, she gets a once-in-a-lifetime chance to reinvent herself by moving to New York City, where she hopes for a management position at a stylish new boutique hotel. The big city is full of surprises–not the least of which is Sean O’Neil. Her childhood crush has applied for the very same position!

Sweet, romantic, and endlessly entertaining, this romp through the storied streets of New York City will enchant readers. Melody Carlson has created characters so charming that readers will long to meet them in the lobby of the stunning Rothsberg Hotel.

Once Upon A Summertime is a fun, fresh, flirty story that is absolutely perfect for your summer reading! The quirky characters and interesting storyline makes this story a very refreshing read.

I’ll be honest, I was a little nervous to read this book. It was my first real “New Adult” contemporary romance in a long time. I’ve stuck to mostly YA lately. So when this book arrived, I was a little scared as to how I would like it. I’m also not the biggest contemporary fan, so that added to my feelings.

But I must say, I wasn’t disappointed in it.

The storyline was, as I said above, fun, fresh, and flirty. Here’s why-

Fun- The characters were very well-written and captivating. The protagonist, Anna, was a very likable character. She felt relatable and real. Plus I loved the fun setting of NYC. Hearing about the different sights and places around the city was fun, and it kinda felt like I was there.

Fresh- I have read a good amount of contemporaries. They have never been my favorite genre, but, if written correctly, they can be enjoyed. I felt like Melody did a great job keeping this story surprising and cute. It was a little cheesy at times, but most contemporary’s are.

Flirty- I loved how the romance was new and adorable. It wasn’t overly serious or forced. It was young love that grew sweeter throughout the story.

One thing that I am unhappy about is the ending. The ending felt forced and abrupt. I felt like Melody could have written a much sweeter and more satisfying ending.

I do recommend this book! I think it is especially great to read during the summer. I am looking forward to the next book in the series, out in 2016!

-Lilian-

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