This is the second book of Katy’s I’ve read recently. In fact, the first book I read from Katy was the inspiration for this blog (see my first post). While this book does not have the same amount of sizzling heat that Playing for Love at Deep Haven did, it is still a top-notch must read.
This story is the second in a series of books – but can certainly be read as a stand-alone. I did not read Book 1, and I quickly navigated my way through the characters mentioned in the first chapter. Katy gets the blood pumping within the first page of this book as we meet Katrin and her ex-fiancée, Wade, who is attempting to break into her apartment. The police arrive in the nick of time and Katrin (with much persuasion from her brother and sister-in-law) decides it’s time for a change of scenery in order to get far, far away from Wade.
Cue Erik Lindstrom (swoon alert!!) Erik is tall, tan, blonde and about to begin his law enforcement training up north…in very close proximity to where Katrin’s family has arranged for her to live and work. Coincidence?? I think not. The first time I got butterflies in this book (there were many) was when Katrin and Erik shake hands for the first time and sparks fly. Erik, who has spent his life running away from commitment, immediately knows he’s in trouble. Katrin, who wants nothing more than a white picket fence future with someone, is also smitten. The two begin an incredible journey together full of emotional highs and lows. Little do they know, someone is watching their every move, plotting their demise.
Katy does such an incredible job developing her characters that you can’t help but fall in love with moody and broody Erik…even though you really want to slap him sometimes. I found myself starting to empathize with him as his resolve not to fall in love with Kat started to crumble page by page. Kat is so perfectly aware of Erik through the entire story- reminding me a lot of myself actually. She always seems to know exactly what to say or do to help Erik understand himself and his feelings.
My favorite thing about Katy’s writing is her ability to “speed up” a story line by writing in text messages. She can make a week fly by in under a page which is perfect for someone like me who wants to get to the next time the main characters lay eyes (and hands) on one another. While the sex scenes in this book are “behind closed doors”, there were still enough butterfly moments to keep me entertained and moving through this book at rapid-fire pace. She also does a great job of getting me all excited for the next book in the series (well done, Katy, well done).
If you loved Katy’s first crack at “sweet heat” writing, Playing for Love at Deep Haven I really believe you’ll love Midsummer Sweetheart too. In addition, if you were a fan of The Weight of Words by Georgina Guthrie – this book is right up your alley!