Review: Just For The Summer by Jenna Rutland

Just For The Summer
(Lake Bliss, #1)
By: Jenna Rutland
Publisher: Bliss
Published: March 11, 2013
Genre: Romance

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Dani Sullivan has come to Lake Bliss to write her latest cookbook and take a breather. After the year she’s had, she deserves a summer retreat to reevaluate priorities and make peace with past decisions. But from the moment single dad and sheriff Matt Reagan shows up, she has a hard time convincing herself that a life away from Lake Bliss could beat the life she might have here.

Recently divorced Matt is ready for a new relationship, but he doesn’t want short-term—his son needs permanence, and so does Matt’s heart. Unfortunately, it’s the smart-mouthed and sinfully sexy Ms. Sullivan who catches his eye. But when Matt learns Dani’s secrets, will he still want her to stay? Or will her chance for love last just for the summer?

Fans of Nicholas Sparks will love this story!

I was immediately intrigued by the characters when I read the synopsis. Usually in a romance that deals with kids, the father is a widower who is forced to raise a kid alone. However, in this story, Matt divorced his wife shortly after adopting a baby boy. And that little boy, just so happens to be the infant that Dani gave up when she was younger. Even though Dani signed off on a closed adoption she was able to obtain Matt’s information and has traced him back to Lake Bliss, where she plans to spend a summer checking in on the son she never got a chance to know and making sure that he’s well cared for. I liked that this was a story about second chances but not in the normal sense when it comes to romance novels.

Like I said, this story is reminiscent of something that Sparks would write. You have the romance, the close small town folks and that big elephant in the room the entire time. I will say that I wasn’t at all surprised at anything that took place in this story but it was still a sweet story regardless. And I will admit that I bawled my eyes out at the end even though I knew what was going to happen. I just couldn’t help it darn-it!

“Sheriff, you’d better stick to law enforcement because you don’t stand a chance of seeing my Victoria’s Secret.”



Jenna Rutland lives in a small Michigan community with her husband, son and senior cat. Her daughter and son-in-law have recently given Jenna the awesome title of grandmother!

While her days are spent working as a medical transcriptionist, her nights are filled writing contemporary romance–stories of love, laughter and happily ever after. Guess which occupation is more fun?

She is a member of RWA and is active in her local chapter. After several years on the MVRWA board, she now chairs the group’s annual fall brainstorming weekend as well as acts as food coordinator for several other events.

Jenna takes pleasure in spending time with her family. She also enjoys reading, gardening and loves the challenge of a new recipe.


10 Thoughts on “Review: Just For The Summer by Jenna Rutland

  1. Thanks so much for having me today at Book Sniffers Anonymous!

  2. Well, if I win, you’ll have to draw again because I’ve already got JFTS! What a great story! I got about half-through last night and will probably finish it tonight. Great job, Jenna!

    And way to go hosting her, Book Sniffers Anonymous!

  3. Hi Roxanne! So glad you’re enjoying the story. It means a lot to me coming from an amazing Bliss author like yourself!

    Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. Much appreciated!!

  4. great blog stop! hope you’ll visit me for the author interview on Friday!


  5. Oh I just saw this one and thought about grabbing it (It’s on the tbr list). I’d read another Bliss book and this one popped up when I was reviewing and looked so good! I don’t mind the ones that are a little predictable. They can be just as great of a read I think just getting to watch it happen.


  6. Love this =) Can´t wait for my chance to read!
    Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Thursday!

  7. Looking forward to Friday!

  8. Linda, Hope you enjoy! Thanks for stopping by.

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