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summary Strawberry Summer ↠ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ✓ Just because you’re through with your past doesn’t mean it’s through with youMargaret Beringer didn’t have an easy adolescence She hated her name was less than popular in school and was always cast aside as a “farm kid” However with the arrival of Courtney Gton Margaret’s youth sparked into color Courtney was smart beautiful and put together everything Margaret wasn’t Who would have imagined that they’d fit together so perfectlyBut first loves can scarMargaret hasn’t seen Courtney in years and that’s for the best But. Ouch Trust me when I say that it pains me to give this the lowest rating of all the other Melissa Brayden books I've read This isn't bad but Brayen isn't the most popular writers amongst lesbian romance readers for writing decent books She writes the kind of book that you never want to put down and they leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy afterwards So this was a little disappointing especially coming after a killer like First PositionBrayden tends to follow a similar formula in all of her books Because of the whole flashback thing this one deviates a little from that formula but that made it similar to Brayden's debut novel Waiting in the Wings That was unfortunate because I happen to love Waiting In The Wings a little too much flaws and all and I just didn't love this oneIn WITW the time jump is unexpected They have a short term relationship and then suddenly it's over and a lot of time passed and the book focuses on them meeting again and rebuilding that relationship after so long Here from the first chapter we already know things ended badly between Maggie and Courtney but then the book spends a whole lot of time telling us their story from the beginning This format is tricky because it's hard to get too invested in that story when we're always waiting for the tragic breakup to happen and this is what really ruined the book for meThis was also told in first person which I didn't mind at all in WITW and that brings me to my biggest problem with this book I found Maggie boring Not because she's a small town farm girl or whatever I think the worst was her narration The girls were in high school when they met which means Brayden ventured into YA territory here and it could've been better Maggie kept saying andor thinking over and over again that she's so boring that she'd rather stay on her own than hang out with the popular kids whom she blatantly misjudged without even giving them the benefit of the doubt that her life is pathetic I'm admittedly not a fan of small town romances in general but Brayden did that too in How Sweet It Is and Molly wasn't like thisThe similarities between this and WITW don't end there Courtney like Adrienne had family issues and therefore expected her love interest to prioritize her and show her that she mattered The major breakup reason in both books was pretty much the same I didn't mean to keep comparing this to WITW as I read it but it was hard not to notice There were still some really great scenes but overall the truth is I was unimpressed I hate to sound so harsh but as someone who loves Brayden's work I just expected betterARC received by Bold Strokes Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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Just because you’re through with your past doesn’t mean it’s through with youMargaret Beringer didn’t have an easy adolescence She hated her name was less than popular in school and was always cast aside as a “farm kid” However with the arrival of Courtney Carrin. In her last five books Melissa Brayden's pretty much mastered the art of intricately balancing smart vivacious women sparkling banter and delicious sexual tension sprinkled with a manageable dash of heart tugging angst to kind of produce a perfect blend of lesbian romance that just entertainswithout being overly serious or campy Okay I'm sure every other contemporary lesbian romance writer is doing a variation of that or is trying to but Ms Brayden seems to have perfected that formulaStrawberry Summer is a bit of a departure from that formula in that for a good 70% of the time its a lengthy flashback to the past to a time when the protagonists were in their teens making this primarily a YA book Which is perfectly fine for readers who love YA unfortunately not me Completely missing from that part is the author’s trademark wit and sass I'm sure she was trying for earnestness and innocence the leads being teenagers but it doesn't make very engaging reading Okay It might have been interesting if there was tension or conflict somewhereanywhere lol do I sound desperate And one thing this is told from a first person point of view so we're stuck with the voice of a character who to me was the less interesting of the two And on than one occasion she came across as self absorbed and downright selfish And than once I not knowing Courtney’s background then wondered what Courtney saw in her I realize I'm being too harsh but this part of the book doesn't approach the charm and appeal of a typical Brayden book It's nice enough I guess if you haven't tried her other work On the other hand I'll have to admit it's an honest portrayal But if she's going for serious and that's not her style it doesn't go deep enoughThe surprising thing which is really unsurprising if you know the author’s strength is that things take a complete u turn when the timeline reverts back to the present Everything about the last 30% of the book is vintage Brayden Every Little Thing And it totally saves the book If you're a Brayden fan don't let my review discourage you Even 30% of Brayden is better than a 100% of many other writers at least when it comes to entertainment value ;Hmm I can't help but wonder if the narrative had been structured in such a way that the timelines go back and forth instead of being stuck for so long in the past the book might have been less dragging But I'd much rather have the book end on a high note in typical Brayden style than if it had taken a nosedive at the endSpecial mention needs to be made for a bunch of amazing side characters like Travis and Maggie’s parents are they for real and even the dog I also feel that Courtney would have been a much nuanced and sympathetic character than Maggie am I being too obvious Im in love with Courtney; if her pov had been explored Especially her self identification as bi sexual she isn't even if she thinks she is And really does she have to be absolutely movie star beautiful I know I knowthat's typical Brayden But that's one thing that won't hurt the book one bit you know if the author ever decides to depart from her formula again ;35 for the first 65%5 for the remainderARC from Netgalley BSB

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Strawberry SummerWhen Courtney loses her father and returns to Tanner Peak to take control of the family store Margaret comes face to face with her past and the woman she’s tried desperately to forget The fact that Courtney has grown up beautiful than ever certainly doesn’t help matters. 5 Fan freakn tastic big fat starsThis is the first book I've read by Melissa Brayden so I had no idea what to expect With that said I didn't expect it to blow me out of the ballpark The story starts in present day and then back tracks to the time the two heroines were in school Some might say that means this story fits into the YA category However I'm loathe to say such as I am not a fan of YA stories yet I reveled in every little glimpse I got into the lives of these characters I don't want to give a single thing away about the plot because I want other readers to experience things firsthand What I will say is it made me smile it made me cry it made me angry it made me happy and finally it left me emotionally fulfilled Copy provided by the publisher Bold Strokes Books via NetGalley