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Just for the Summer by Abby Jimenez
Romance

Just for the Summer

3peat author

Abby Jimenez is officially a 3-time author at BOTM, which is a pretty big deal!

by Abby Jimenez

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Abby Jimenez returns with a rom-com possessing all the fun of a summer fling and the emotional richness of true love.

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  • Illustrated icon, Icon_400

    400+ pages

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_MultipleNarrators

    Multiple viewpoints

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_FamilyDrama

    Family drama

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_FemaleFriendship

    Female friendships

Synopsis

Justin has a curse, and thanks to a Reddit thread, it’s now all over the internet. Every woman he dates goes on to find their soulmate the second they break up. When a woman slides into his DMs with the same problem, they come up with a plan: They’ll date each other and break up. Their curses will cancel each other’s out, and they’ll both go on to find the love of their lives. It’s a bonkers idea…and it just might work.

Emma hadn’t planned that her next assignment as a traveling nurse would be in Minnesota, but she and her best friend agree that dating Justin is too good of an opportunity to pass up, especially when they get to rent an adorable cottage on a private island on Lake Minnetonka.

It’s supposed to be a quick fling, just for the summer. But when Emma’s toxic mother shows up and Justin has to assume guardianship of his three siblings, they’re suddenly navigating a lot more than they expected—including catching real feelings for each other. What if this time Fate has actually brought the perfect pair together?

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Just for the Summer

r/AmItheasshole // 1 week ago

Posted by just_in_267

AITA for naming my ugly dog after my ex best friend?

I [29m] have been friends with Chad [32m] since we were born. Our moms are best friends and we grew up together and were roommates for the last 10 years, up until the incident that set our current situation into motion.

A little backstory. I have this...streak if you will? Basically every woman I date more than a few times ends up finding her soulmate after we break up. It’s a thing. It started three years ago and it’s now happened five times. We break things off and the very next person they date ends up being The One.

My friends think this is hilarious. I always part ways with the women on good terms, and I’m happy they’re happy. But my buddies tease me mercilessly about it. They call me the good luck charm.

Anyway, forward to five months ago. I dated Hope [28f] for a few weeks. Not a big deal. We decided we weren’t feeling it, no chemistry, so we called it quits. And then lo and behold she hits it off with Chad. Of course in true Good Luck Charm fashion, this means Chad is her soulmate. Chad is all googly-eyed over her, they’ve met the parents, they’re ring shopping—and they want to move in together. Immediately.

The only problem is that Chad has six more months on our lease but found a perfect new house for him and Hope, and he can’t afford to pay rent on two places at the same time. So he had to make the difficult decision to screw me over or screw her over—and he picked me. Now I have to find a way to cover his rent until the lease is up.

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Why I love it

Abby Jimenez has such a knack for combining real life with romance. Her characters are always real people with real stories who struggle with real things—and that makes it all the more satisfying when they grab ahold of love.

The central characters in Just for the Summer—Emma and Justin—both have the same curse: the people they date go on to find their soulmates in their next relationships. Hoping to break the curse, they decide to date long enough and well enough to set each other free. The plan is four dates, a kiss, and a breakup. But things don’t go quite as expected. They feel an instant, genuine spark for each other, for one thing. Then real life keeps trying to get in the way. Emma’s neglectful mom shows back up in her life—and Justin’s mom does the opposite, leaving him to look after younger siblings. Through it all, Emma and Justin confront their fears, confess truths about their lives, come to new insights, and navigate their way to true connection.

This novel has it all: banter and stakes, hope and fear, summer fun and emotional depth. I’m always on the lookout for love stories that make an argument for why love matters: how life’s hardships help define its joys. Abby Jimenez is keenly tuned into that, and it shines through every page of this book.

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Member ratings (13,734)

  • Danielle T.

    Plainville, MA

    Perfection. Abby Jimenez does it again with maybe her best yet. A rom-com that will have you laughing hysterically and 15 pages later have you sobbing. Great mental health representation⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

  • Keely B.

    Oregon City , OR

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Less lighthearted than I thought it would be, had some soul finding. Had its funny parts. The characters were givers but never let themselves love enough to find their “one” until each other.

  • Nick S.

    Kansas City, MO

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This book had me giggling and kicking my feet. I love when characters are likable, kind humans. They all felt 3-dimensional. My only critique is the ending felt a tad rushed, but still a 5.

  • Rebecca L.

    Chicago, IL

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I had to draw this one out because it was so good I didn’t want it to end! Abby Jimenez does it again with her perfectly flawed characters, both new and from previous novels 🥰😭💕

  • Jessica L.

    Holbrook, NY

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I am utterly obsessed with how Abby Jimenez creates such perfectly imperfect characters. I love her mental health representation. This is yet another book of hers that captured my heart

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