Given an ARC by the author in exchange for an honest review 4.5 Steamy StarsThis book is part of the Summer Lake Series, but can also be read as a stand alone no cliffhangers in this series Fans of book 1 will be happy that the whole gang is back we learn new info insight on these reoccurring characters.In Love Like You ve Never Been Hurt we get to meet a tight nit group of friends that met in their childhood They have all grown up together even though some have moved away hav Given an ARC by the author in exchange for an honest review 4.5 Steamy StarsThis book is part of the Summer Lake Series, but can also be read as a stand alone no cliffhangers in this series Fans of book 1 will be happy that the whole gang is back we learn new info insight on these reoccurring characters.In Love Like You ve Never Been Hurt we get to meet a tight nit group of friends that met in their childhood They have all grown up together even though some have moved away have still kept close friendships.This book picks up right after Emma Jack s story with Pete driving Holly home from a weekend at Summer Lake Pete is part of the original Summer Lake gang is also Jack s best friend partner in Phoenix Construction He is a 32 yr old hottie CEO with dark blond hair, deep blue eyes, and chiseled features.Holly is Emma s best friend also owns a fashion boutique A new comer to the Summer Lake gang, she is beautiful, tall slender with shiny chocolate colored hair amber eyes According to Pete she has an amazing body right from the 1st time they met have had an electric connection.I enjoyed this love story especially loved the many steamy scenes between Pete Holly, a lot of which take place outside the bedroom HOT.There are also a couple LOL moments, many involved Roberto He is introduced to us in this story is Holly s visual merchandising manager I loved him Both Pete Holly have to overcome personal hurdles along the way I admit it I wanted to smack sense into both of them , but are helped through by their solid friendships family.Why not 5 stars Editing issues I was not a fan of the nickname given to the sexy group of ladies when they went to the club Emma made it up When I think of slinky it brings me back to my childhood the metal toy that walked down the stairs 80 s kid I kinda cringed every time the nickname was mentioned.Would I recommend it YesNext up is Missy Dan s story I really like how outspoken Missy is She tells it like it is I love that You don t need to eat or sleep do you S.J Just write LOL I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest reviewI absolutely loved book one in the Summer Lake series so I was very excited when I found out that there would be a book two I quickly answered yes when SJ asked me if I would like to read book two Holly and Pete s story definitely did not disappoint, and I enjoyed that the dynamic of their relationship was different from Emma and Jack s By the way if you have not read book 1 you definitely should I always prefer to read a seri I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest reviewI absolutely loved book one in the Summer Lake series so I was very excited when I found out that there would be a book two I quickly answered yes when SJ asked me if I would like to read book two Holly and Pete s story definitely did not disappoint, and I enjoyed that the dynamic of their relationship was different from Emma and Jack s By the way if you have not read book 1 you definitely should I always prefer to read a series in order, but you could read this without reading the first book The same characters are in both books though and book one gives great background so I would say get both at the same time because after reading book one you will want to jump right into book two Holly and Pete s story picks up right where the first book left off with Pete giving Holly a ride back to LA Holly and Pete both feel an instant attraction for each other Pete is a CEO that has a plan that does not call for a serious relationship for a fewyears, and Holly is a small business owner that puts her all into making it successful Holly also believes that Pete is way out of her league because they come from different worlds So the two of them agree that since she will be the Maid of Honor and he will be the Best Man for Emma and Jack s wedding that instead of fighting the attraction they feel, they should give in and get it out of their system, but when one night is not enough and only intensifies how they feel they most both decide whether plans and beliefs are worth changing for something that could be so muchthan just sex.This story made me feel so many different emotions as I was reading I laughed, smiled a lot, and felt for the two main characters as they struggled with what choices to make Any book that makes me feel different emotions is an automatic high rated book for me This book gets five stars because not only did I get invested in the main characters, but I am really looking forward to readingabout the other characters There are also several very hot and steamy scenes, which is always a plus I really liked how the first two books focused on coming back home and lifelong friendship along with finding love It will be interesting to readabout the other characters of Summer Lake I can t wait to read the next book in this series Oh my goodness I just love Holly Pete There story was so sweet, loving and everything in between I just love how close Pete is with his friends and how Holly came to be one of the gang as well To see their friendship and love grow Oh my goodness I just love Holly Pete There story was so sweet, loving and everything in between I just love how close Pete is with his friends and how Holly came to be one of the gang as well To see their friendship and love grow The slowpokes were really annoying me with their lack of speed going into committed relationships But I guess that was what made the story flow from the beginning to end So all is forgiven 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I received an ARC copy for my review This is the second story in Summer lake series, it will involve Holly and Pete.Holly s in a young realist with her own small business and the maid of Honor for her best friend Emma and Pete hot big millionaire and powerful CEO is the best Man for Jack What started as an innocent drive together their friends ends up in a hot sexual attraction.They only way they can deal with it is to have it over with, so they promise each other one night of hot steamy sex I received an ARC copy for my review This is the second story in Summer lake series, it will involve Holly and Pete.Holly s in a young realist with her own small business and the maid of Honor for her best friend Emma and Pete hot big millionaire and powerful CEO is the best Man for Jack What started as an innocent drive together their friends ends up in a hot sexual attraction.They only way they can deal with it is to have it over with, so they promise each other one night of hot steamy sex with no strings But will this be enough they next morning will they head back to reality But Pete is a man with a plan and no one even a hot sensual woman can get him to chance his plan Easier said than done but he can t get her of his mind and neither does she, so they make a small adjustment to have a relationship till the day of the wedding and then go their separate ways.Will they be able to end it Or will their love for each other be stronger This is Book 2 of the Summer Lake books, and another fun, Sweet n Steamy read.Overall, I gotfrustrated with this book than I did with Love Like You ve Never Been Hurt I really wanted to beat Pete over the head for being such an idiot about not changing the plan I think I just didn t quite buy why it would take him so long smack WTF, dude Other than that, I really loved Pete especially view spoiler his proposal Swoon hide spoiler Holly I wanted to smack her, too She is This is Book 2 of the Summer Lake books, and another fun, Sweet n Steamy read.Overall, I gotfrustrated with this book than I did with Love Like You ve Never Been Hurt I really wanted to beat Pete over the head for being such an idiot about not changing the plan I think I just didn t quite buy why it would take him so long smack WTF, dude Other than that, I really loved Pete especially view spoiler his proposal Swoon hide spoiler Holly I wanted to smack her, too She is very well developed as someone who is uber responsible, and who takes care of whatever needs taking care of with little complaint Even things that are so outrageous view spoiler like the loan sharks hide spoiler I bought it, but at the same time I hated it, and wanted to shake some sense into her I don t think it was too overdone, but like Emma in Love Like You ve Never Been Hurt, it was right on the edge of being annoying What totally redeemed it was her view spoiler stomping over to Pete s to lay into him She finally got angry enough to fight I would have liked better I think to see her fight for Pete s love, rather than fight for the right to stay clear of him, but overall it worked If she had just waited for him to come to her, I think I would have hated her hide spoiler This stubbornness is the reason for the loss of a full star While Pete and Holly were honest with each other I was afraid a couple times that they were just going to operate on misunderstandings the whole way through, but that was unfounded I just got frustrated with how stubborn they both were.At the end of the day, Work Like You Don t Need the Money is a hot and fun way to stave off a cold polar vortex kind of night Or even a regular winter night Or a summer day at the beach Or Sometimes people are too stubborn for their own good and cause undue hardships on themselves and those around them This is Holly and Pete s story I loved it I ve got to tell you, though, my heart ached in a couple orplaces and the tears started rolling To get the whole impact of the story, you must read this for yourself.I highly recommend for SJ McCoy fans and others 18. Google Books 3.5 starsHolly business owner, best friends with EmmaPete 32 business partner with Jack, Emma s husbandI was looking forward to Holly s story because she talked sense in Emma in the first story This pretty much picks up where the first book ended I really loved the B B scene which set up the terms of their relationship.Holly is soooo stubborn and proud, I found her resistance to Pete s offer of help quite annoying And Pete was a sweetheart in book one, an unbelievable ins Google Books 3.5 starsHolly business owner, best friends with EmmaPete 32 business partner with Jack, Emma s husbandI was looking forward to Holly s story because she talked sense in Emma in the first story This pretty much picks up where the first book ended I really loved the BB scene which set up the terms of their relationship.Holly is soooo stubborn and proud, I found her resistance to Pete s offer of help quite annoying And Pete was a sweetheart in book one, an unbelievable insatiable hunger for making love, but he also had a stubborn trait which everyone kept pointing out was silly and inflexible I really loved Jack continually pointing this out to him, F % the plan Together they made a great couple, great chemistry and banter, but I was also getting frustrated at both of them for not just getting to their happy ending sooner I ll read book 3, but I hope Missy isn t too annoying I like her character so far, she tells it like it is Librarian note alternate cover edition for ASIN BHCZBOHolly Hayes is a realist, if nothing else She s going to be Maid of Honor at her best friend, Emma s wedding in Summer Lake Pete Hemming, self made millionaire, powerful CEO, all around good guy, is going to be the Best Man If they re going to be able to get through their official duties, there s one thing they ll need to deal with first Sex He may be out of her league socially and financially, but one thing is clear He wants her She wants him What s the harm in one night of passion It s inevitable they re going to end up naked together So it s best to get it out of the way early, right So they can get on with organizing the wedding Pete Hemming is a man with a plan He s lived his life by the plan, built his business by it The plan doesn t allow for a woman in his life, only in his bed Trouble is, once he gets Holly into his bed, he can t get her out of his mind But he can t let her into his life, can he The Summer Lake series follows a group of friends from a small lakeside town in the California hills They have kept in touch over the years and now, in their early thirties, their lives are drawing them back to Summer Lake and to each other This book is intended for adult readers This is the second book in the Summer Lake series I ll give it 3.5 stars and bump it up to 4 It was definitely better than the first Holly had hang ups, but they weren t nearly as annoying as Emma s She was also willing to get over herself much quicker Heck, Emma was still having the same hang ups in book two There was still plenty of tension between Holly and Pete and they definitely had some things to iron out, but they managed to muddle through with a little help from their friends Pet This is the second book in the Summer Lake series I ll give it 3.5 stars and bump it up to 4 It was definitely better than the first Holly had hang ups, but they weren t nearly as annoying as Emma s She was also willing to get over herself much quicker Heck, Emma was still having the same hang ups in book two There was still plenty of tension between Holly and Pete and they definitely had some things to iron out, but they managed to muddle through with a little help from their friends Pete Yeah, he is the glue that holds the Summer Lake gang together He has, or had, a plan that he s stuck to since he was a kid That plan has gotten him where he is today and he just knows he can t deviate from it He s pretty sure that his world will fall apart if he does But what if his world is falling apart because of the plan This is a sweet and fast moving story about the second couple to fall as everyone comes home to Summer Lake Pete is definitely my fave so far