One Hot Summer
Charlie Aldrich Thornton is back in her childhood home. It’s not a place of good memories but of bad ones. Some that people are still talking about after all these years. Nobody wants her back except for one person. He is one person from the family that shares the same bad memories as her, Beau Jessup from Jessup Farms. Everything about him makes her yearn for good memories and for a life that she has always wanted. Beau represents everything she has never experienced before like freedom, adventure and a love she always dreamt of. Can they make a future with one another?
Mason Aldrich was first introduced in One Hot Summer as the over protective brother of Charlie. We found a little bit about him but this story is all about him and his past. Like Charlie he has a horrific story that involves Rainn Jessup. She is the only woman who got past his stony glance and tough macho attitude. One night with her and everything changes from his life as a loner to having a son he never knew about. Mason knows he has a lot of baggage but a life without Rainn is not something he wants to go through again. Can Mason convince Rainn that they are meant for each other?
Falling For You
Dana Van Diver is connected to the Aldrichs and the Jessups in every way that counts. In the story before hers we see her as a young woman with doubts of herself. She doesn’t believe she is beautiful so she rebels against everything from love to second chances. Just when she thinks love doesn’t exist she falls for the one man who doesn’t want to love again, a man who only wants to love a dead woman. Everybody knows Jake Jessup lost his true love years ago in an accident. Yet he is unable to let go and to learn to love again. As much as Dana wants him she knows she can’t fight a dead woman’s love. Or can she? Jake Jessup knows he can’t continue anymore with loving a dead woman but he doesn’t want to hurt Dana’s feelings. Will it be too late for them to see their love is a chance to fight for?
The One Hot Summer anthology by Eve Ashbury is a kick ass anthology that will leave you breathless with each character. Of all the three though I have to say I liked Mason the most. Here is a brooding man with a dark past and Rainn is the one light in his life. He just needs to redeem himself. Each story proves that love does exist with strong men and that women need courage to continue. Eve Ashbury did a great job with each story and every one will love Charlie, Rain and Dana for their courage and passion for their men. Great job.