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Reviewed by Antoinette Wessels for Readers' Favorite
A Bright Summer: A Seasons Novel by Kate Smoak is an erotic tale based on the blossoming romance between sexy party girl and heiress Elissa Black and the handsome millionaire businessman Brandt Collins. Elissa came from a wealthy and privileged background. For her whole life, she had sought the approval of her parents. But winning awards and graduating at the top of her class was never enough. With more freedom when she attended university, Elissa lived a life of parties and one-night stands with her roommate and best friend, Riley. Brandt had been in love with Elissa from afar ever since high school. When a business deal with Elissa’s father created the opportunity for Brandt to work closely with Elissa, he grabbed it with both hands. But Elissa’s father Harold had other plans and made Brandt an offer he may not be able to refuse.
A Bright Summer is Kate Smoak’s debut novel, and I am incredibly impressed. Smoak has a future as part of the erotic romance author community. I will be looking forward to seeing what she has in store for readers. The cliffhanger this novel ended on makes me even more excited to read the follow-up. A problem I always had with erotic novels was that there was seldom a story of substance, but Smoak surprised me immensely. This book has sensual scenes with a tremendous and exciting backstory. I loved the way Smoak changed the overly-used playboy storyline to one where the female is the character with commitment issues, not the male. As with most novels about the extremely rich, this one had me wishing I could live the high life. Smoak is an author to be watched, and I will be one of those readers.