Five Star Read

Summer Girl, Winter Boy by Barbara Elsborg

Jai Winter is trying to do the right thing, even though he knows it’s wrong. Forced to participate in kinky sex games, the renowned model spends his spare moments creating an impressive list of suicide options. Until a snowy day provides a bit of Summer…a pink-haired burst of sunshine with a ready smile. What begins as the hottest sex of his life turns into a ray of hope.

Summer Dey has baggage of her own—literally. Having spent eighteen months in South America trying to escape a shocking accident, Summer finds an illegal nightmare hidden in her suitcase. She doesn’t want to put Jai in danger, but his gorgeous face and killer bod prove hard to resist.

Boy meets girl, girl falls for boy, and everything would be perfect if it wasn’t for blackmail, drug dealers and tragic events in both their pasts. Staying together could be their salvation—or their ultimate undoing.

Stephanie Says:

Barbara Elsborg doesn’t fail to deliver with Summer Girl Winter Boy. Once I started reading I couldn’t put it down, it was a great mix of emotion, angst, and humor that pulled me right in. In typical Elsborg fashion she takes two very broken characters and makes them shine.

Model Jai Winter is a great tortured hero. Beneath his good looks and popularity is a man who suffers a terrible burden. As he makes a list of possible ways to commit suicide while drowning his sorrow in pills and liquor your heart breaks for him. He wants to protect his family and thus is forced into doing things against his will.

Summer Dey has spent eighteen months in South America doing meteorological research, as well as running from her past. But a chance meeting in an airport places these two broken people into each other’s paths, and gives them each hope that they can heal.

The dialog between the characters is witty and fun, yet doesn’t take away from the emotional aspects of the story. And as always, Elsborg delivers on the passion. For an added bonus, we get to see Charlie and Kate from Strangers, whom I also loved. Definitely a keeper!

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