Summer at Sea – Summer #1 by Beth Labonte

Summer Hartwell is going on a cruise.  A week long cruise to Bermuda – Sun, Sea & Sex! More like, Stress, Sun cream & Sweaters. Summer is going with…her parents. The only saving grace is that her brother, his girlfriend, and his best friend will also be joining them.

At the age of twenty six, living in her parent’s basement, working as a librarian in a middle school, and having next to no social life leaves Summer with very little romance and no chance of a ‘picket fence’ future so she makes a deal with herself to use the cruise to find a husband.

To say that Summer’s plans don’t work out exactly as she expects would be an understatement. But with her brother’s friend, Graham Blenderman, on hand to show her a good time and forget her husband-hunting, will Summer have the cruise of her life or a nervous break-down to rival her mother’s?


Poor Summer.  Living with her parents is bad enough but living with her over-cautious, over-bearing and over-protective parents is sending Summer hurtling towards her own nervous breakdown.  She has had a crush on Graham Blenderman for years but when he turned her down for her school prom she put all thoughts of him aside which would be easier to do if he wasn’t constantly round her house. When her brother bails on their cruise, Summer finds herself left with not only her parents but Graham as well.  Let the drinks flow…Summer is going to need to them.

This is a great comedy romance. The characters are hysterical. Summer desperately wants to find a husband to have a reason to escape her parents basement. Graham is the joker, constantly finding the fun in everything. Not even Mrs Hartwell can bring him down…ok, there may be a couple of moments, but he soon bounces back. Richard and Joan Hartwell worry and fret about everything – and I mean EVERYTHING!

This is a definite feel-good book. There are no sex scenes but it is implied on occasions. Some strong language but nothing that detracts from the enjoyment of the story.  Highly recommended as a fun summer read.


Author: mandy

I love to Read! Mostly romance (of all types) but I also enjoy murder mysteries, paranormal fantasy, sci-fi, comedy, pretty much anything.

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