February 5, 2023

The Summer of No Regrets by Katherine Grace Bond

This was the summer that would change my life.

No more being what everyone expected. No more doing what everyone else wanted.

So when Luke came into my life, I decided to keep him a secret. Maybe he as a dead–ringer for notorious Hollywood bad boy Trent Yves. And it was possible that everything he told me was a lie. And yes, I was probably asking for trouble. But all I saw was Luke—sweet, funny, caring—someone who would let me be the real me.

But which was the real him?

When I read the premise behind The Summer of No Regrets I was expecting a cute little fluffy contemporary. The cover didn’t improve that any.  it was that but it’s also the sort of book that should top your “to reads” list. I say this so often I’m fearing it’s becoming cliche, but there was a depth to this book that I didn’t expect.

Brigitta’s grandparents passed away and since then she’s been somewhat misplaced. She has a blog in which she talks about her life and does a bit of celebrity gushing/commentary. (That is reason enough for me to pick this title up! Anything with a blogger and I’m there.) When a celebrity bad-boy lookalike shows up living next door, Brigitta tries to keep her distance. Then in a rare cougar attack, she saves his life and they slowly become friends. The Summer of No Regrets follows Brigitta as she matures and becomes one with herself.

I love Luke, he’s sweet and thoughtful. But he’s so sketchy. If I was interested in a guy who disappeared often with little to no excuse, I’d lose interest pretty quick. I don’t care how hot he is. I also love that there is a bit of a “nature” lesson thrown in. That gives the book a few extra layers that made it completely enjoyable for me.

I received my copy courtesy of the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.