Disclosure: *I received a review ebook copy of this book for free from the author itself in exchange for honest review. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*
Well, I’m been out of my duty this day instead I did some cleaning with my shelf today. But guess what, I did finish today this anthology combined stories of three authors whom I just first-time encountered reading their works here in our local area. Quite good stories.
Here is the review for Summer Crush.
When life, love, and rock and roll come together on the sandy beaches of La Union for music festival Summer Crush, expect nothing less than the crashing of lips, bodies, and waves against the shore, against each other, and against your soul.
Allow these three tales of love to take you away for an unforgettable weekend.
Ana’s life as a corporate warrior, graduate student, and girlfriend to indie rock band boy Miki starts to spin out of control, and she wonders if it is love that has to give. (You Only Need Reminding, Jay E. Tria)
Newly reinstated EG Project roadie Filipina Legaspi flies with her band back to the Philippines for Summer Crush, unaware of the emotional waves that engulf her when she sets foot in the beaches of San Juan, La Union. (Almost There, Tara Frejas)
Rhys has three problems: Arabella, the theme song with the Trainguy, and singing live for the first time—and now also on that list is Isaiah, sea-sweet Mango Rum kisses, and long overdue decisions she’s intent on avoiding. (Ocean Eyes, Six de los Reyes)
I haven’t read yet books from these authors and I could say every story in this anthology makes me grasp their style and how they mold through it even if I’m a just starter in their perspective. Honestly, this is my first anthology read and an introduction to the once-known universes of every subject in each story which has a sum of three different worlds collaboratively combine into one place. The perfect crossover to devoured and captivatingly needs an attention to.
Trying this to work out through my inner romantic side and I think this proves to be a charm because I was really been attracted to every section of this book.
Let’s start with the first one that started the narration going, You Only Need Reminding by Jay E. Tria.
In this part, the beautiful scenery of the place was well orchestrated into flattering and real life visualization. I can only imagine, I was there having fun with every band song hits. Knowing the intimate love story of the main focus here, Miki and Ana.
I love how easily the plot goes, the moment I witness how hard for Anna to keep her schedule up tight just to lend some in his boyfriend Miki though she manages it that day in the Musical Festival – Summer Crush as they say. Their sweet and favorable moments together even in the midst of an obstacle that both know their limits but nevertheless remain positive that they can pass this on. This introduction was intriguing for me to continue to read their story that happens in Songs to Get Over You.
Almost There by Tara Frejas
This was really a sad thing to ever happen to someone. Too late to express one’s feeling to the other party. I was too badly sad for Jo. He deserves someone just not Fi who has been moved on to the once romance she had with him. Presently, Fi creates a new realm with Gabriel that now been the beat of her heart.
I though been caught up in the love affair of both employees, Fi and Gabriel. Just that at the end I’ve been taking pity with Yihwan side. How really sad it is. I’m just affected much with him – feel sorry for him.
The last one was something I could be familiar of in some way. Ocean Eyes by Six De Los Reyes captures the love that starts with lies, cheats and pretends that turns out to be an escapade for Rhys in her long-distance relationship with her boyfriend, Ryan that she longed for his comfort which she found in someone else. Isaiah, the one who gives what she wants but makes her thinks on the consequences that may lead her when she faced tomorrow’s judgment.
In general, I like how those lyrical song rendering space into my brain because they are literally creative and beautiful and how, of course, Summer Crush, makes this my summer sweet ride into three flavored taste of love; taking a risk, moving on and facing the lies ahead. What a beautiful collaboration I read. I can’t wait to read more of the characters here. I love this as I’m giving it a striking high five rating.
In fifth grade, she learned to write about the stories she wanted to read. As a pretend grown-up, she writes contemporary romance novels. Her day job doing science has something to do with being a part-time mermaid and a part-time labrat. She currently lives next to the sea.
When she’s not on work mode, she keeps herself busy by weaving her daydreams into stories.
Aside from her obvious love affair with words and persistent muses, Tara is very passionate about being caffeinated, musical theatre, certain genres of music, dancing, dogs, good food, and romancing Norae, her ukelele. She owns a male bunny named Max who sometimes tries to nibble on her writing notes.
Fun fact: She’s a Piscean. Go figure.
Visit her website, tarafrejas.com.
She writes contemporary young adult and new adult romance. Sometimes, paranormal fantasy too.
Visit her website http://jayetria.com.
Thank you for reading!