Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Review: Summer Loving by Cooper McKenzie

Summer Loving by Cooper McKenzie

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand Publishing
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Heat Rating: 3



When Summer Ryan arrives in North Carolina for her sister’s wedding, the last thing she expects is to stay for more than a week. Her life is half a world away. Then Cole and Dawson claim her as their mate.

With their brothers claiming Spring and Winter as their mates they hope, but hardly expect to find their mate in the Charlotte Airport. She’s not surprised by their abilities, but before they can fully claim her as their own, an emergency call comes, demanding their return to help find a lost child. Summer agrees to go with them, and then she makes a demand she wonders if they’ll be able to fulfill.

Will Summer be able to give up her vagabond life for two shape-shifting Irish Wolfhounds? Will Cole and Dawson be able to commit to marriage as their brothers are doing?

Clare C’s Review

This installment of the Sanctuary series revolves around Summer, the sister of Winter and Spring, who finds her mates in a set of shape-shifting Irish Wolfhound twins. Summer is well-traveled and not at all surprised by the fact that her new honeys can become dogs.

The plot proceeds according to the cookie-cutter pattern of the series. They jump into bed, declare their undying love, and something meant to be tragic, but isn’t, happens. There were inconsistencies, such as the fact that Summer's need to treat Cole and Dawson as one-night stands vanishes without explanation. I was prepared to like it like a Lifetime movie, spotty premise and all, when something happened to make me lose any kind of respect for Summer and the guys. A young girl goes missing in the Smoky Mountains. A rain storm and night are coming on. As I’m thinking about hypothermia and black bears and worried parents, Summer stops the search and insists on having sex. Okay, Irish Wolfhounds as search-and-rescue dogs is a far-fetched idea. But if they’re going to go look for the girl, they should find her first and celebrate afterward. The rest of the story, which I probably would have liked even though it was hokey, lost its appeal to me after that.

The erotic scenes are very similar to those in Spring Comes to Sanctuary, and the characters of Summer, Cole, and Dawson aren’t really distinguishable from the other characters in the series. The friendly style of writing is on par with the other stories in the Sanctuary series, and Summer is a likeable character in the beginning.

I think perhaps Ms. McKenzie is getting tired of writing the series. While it didn’t exactly start out strong, it started out fun. I hoped the overarching Sanctuary plot would develop from there, but it’s remained static.

2 Tea Cups!


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