Summer Seduction (Cruel Summer, #2). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Summer Seduction (Cruel Summer, #2)

Summer Seduction by Rachel Van Dyken

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This really took me back to summer camp.

Great book, Rachel Van Dyken is a terrific writer and really develops the characters well. She gives them so much depth and feelings that you end up feeling for them. The relationship between Marlo and Ray is growing in this book and even though they are both immensely afraid to put themselves out there for fear that the other will end up rejecting them them, they are building something slowly.

While the camp is putting together the production of Dirty Dancing, Ray is in charge of the choreography, which is her weak area. Though she is a triple threat (acting, singing, dancing), the dancing is the one area she has been unable to just let herself go and be vulnerable. This is another area she fears rejection, it all stems from her parents rejecting her. She keeps alluding to losing someone and that being the reason that her parents have never shown her love. It sounds like it was a brother at a young age.

It seems that Marlo doesn’t know about this, it must have happened prior to him being placed with his foster parents who lived near Ray and worked for her parents. Marlo has been noticing that she has nobody on her side though and that she is alone and her parents were never there.

The supporting characters are hilarious in this book, especially Jackson and Brax, the other two camp counselors that are friends of Marlon and Ray. They provide quite a bit of side commentary and comic relief. Like the first, this book ends with a cliffhanger, and it is a doozy. I am definitely grabbing book 3 right away and staying up all night to finish it. 🤯

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