Thursday, February 13, 2020

CHEROKEE SUMMER | by Susan Antony #YA #ContemporaryRomance #Excerpt #BookReview #Giveaway #GoddessFish

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Susan Antony will be awarding a free ebook copy of Cherokee Summer to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

When Ace leaves home to spend the summer in Cherokee, North Carolina the last thing she expects to find is a boyfriend—until she meets Cherokee Tribe member John Spears. As Ace and John's friendship blossoms, they find their life experiences mirror each other and they fall in love. Despite hurdles thrown by well-meaning family members and jealous frenemies, the star-crossed lovers remain committed to their mutual belief that the universe has drawn them together. However, when Ace sends John a strange text and then suddenly disappears, the two must rely on their trust in each other to save both their lives and their love.

Read an Excerpt:

She sweeps her tongue over her lower lip and puckers up. I wrap my hand around the back of her neck and we both lean forward until our lips touch. I start off slow, keeping the pressure to a minimum. Her mouth is soft and warm and tastes sweet, like fruity gum. I stroke the tender skin behind her ear with the pad of my thumb. She sighs, then opens her mouth, inviting me in.

Holy freaking wow.

Our tongues meet in the middle and slide all over the place. My head pounds against my ribs so hard I wholly expect one to crack. She tastes so fine. I can’t breathe, but I don’t care. Oxygen is something we need on earth, and I’m clearly somewhere else. I brace my knee beneath the steering wheel to keep the lack of gravity from pulling me out of my seat. After all, this kiss doesn’t mean anything.

Book Review:

This is a beautifully done story yet it left me with mixed feelings.  It is about Ace and John, a very strong leading couple, who have loads of things to overcome from parents with various addictions to the stereotypical bigotry between the majority and minorities.  The author did a fantastic job researching the Cherokee culture and traditions then weaving it into the storyline.  

The characters are full of emotion and very well written. However, my mixed feelings are over how very physical this pair of 18-year-olds get.  Sure, I get the whole hormone thing but I certainly would not recommend to my teenage daughters to read it. I'm not even sure every adult would be comfortable with the blatant sexuality and sex, even if they normally read that same amount of sexuality in an adult setting.  I guess it just made me uncomfortable. Do with that information what you will.

Otherwise, the storyline is unique (and I love it when I come across unique stories!) there is danger, drama, a lifetime of family issues, and tons of emotional scenes placed throughout this story. The book is well laid out, beginning to end and that made for a smooth and well-written book.

4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received this complimentary book upon request and am voluntarily leaving my review.  All opinions are my own.

About the Author:
I am an IT by day, hip-shaker and writer by night, artist whenever possible, and an internet addict. I live in the sunny south with my teenage son and two Cairn Terriers.

Amazon Author Page:
Book Bub Author Page:

The book is only $0.99.

Buy Links

Barnes and Noble:
Google Play:


  1. Thank you for your thoughtful review. If anyone has any questions I'd be happy to reply.

    Susan Antony

    1. Oh Susan thank you for stopping by and for the lovely book! Have a great day!