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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Hot Summer Fling by Toni Zuma

Hot Summer Fling by Toni Zuma
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (39 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by Wisteria

An old, smoldering passion turns into a Hot Summer Fling

Home from college on summer break, Lily Rios is bored to tears after only a week. Just when she's ready to run back to school early, she reunites with Jack Turner, the one who got away.

Back in high school, Lily had let others convince her Jack wasn't the "right" kind of guy: no money, no status and no power. Now that she's grown up and calls her own shots, she discovers just how very right Jack can be -- he knows where her lust switch is, and knows how to use it.

Their hot, steamy trysts give her mind and body satisfaction she never imagined until startling accusations threaten to tear the lovers apart a second time.

Lily and Jack knew each other in school, and even though there was an attraction, Lily let her “friends” tell her he wasn’t the right kind of guy for her to date. Now she is all grown up and Jack is the kind of guy Lily wants to know, in more ways than one.

When I read a story like this one, it takes me back and makes me reflect on my younger days. High school was a hard time for most of us but when you realize as an adult that your friends back then weren’t really real friends it makes you take a good hard look at your life now. A good first person story can be hard to find, but this is one. I was very connected to the characters and felt the emotions Lily went through along the way. The realization that a boy you liked has turned into one hell of a man and that your “best friend” is willing to do anything to keep you away from him really hits a nerve, in a good way. Filled with WAY HOT loving, and female cattiness it was well rounded and very enjoyable.

The only thing that was a bit of a let down for me was the end. This story was not written as a "happily ever after" but a "happy for now". It makes me want to know what happened later and if Lily and Jack stayed together after the story was over. Still, a great read. My hats off to you, Ms Zuma, for a wonderful job done and here’s to many more in the future

1 comment:

Toni Zuma said...

Wisteria, I'm glad you enjoyed Hot Summer Fling, and thanks for the rave review!

When I wrote this book, I imagined that people would talk about the hot loving. I'm finding they talk more about the ending. And I'm surprised.

Rarely do our flings turn into something as happily-ever-after as marriage or long-term commitment.
They are meant to be enjoyed as we enjoy the hot and colorful moments of fireworks. They are meant to be appreciated for the gifts of insight they leave us with, like loving with our whole body, living in enhanced-senses mode, bursting inside with joy at the connection we feel with another being.

Lily's fling with Jack was like a gift to herself. I like to think they'll end up together, eventually. But not too soon. Lily's got a lotta living to do before she's ready to settle down with her last fling.

Four luscious cherries. Yum! I'm honored!

Toni Zuma