Title: Just One Summer
Author: A.D. Justice
Release Date: August 10, 2015
Jagger York is the sexy, confident lead singer of a popular band who plans to take his music to the next level. Mali Greyson is a sheltered good girl who has her sights set on the gold–Olympic gold. Their paths would’ve never crossed until a mutual friend introduces them one summer night.
Jagger can give Mali the one thing she secretly wants and desperately needs–the courage to be a little wild and crazy. Mali can give Jagger the one thing he desperately seeks–access to her father, a well-known, music producer.
The deal is they both walk away at the end of the season. No strings, no regrets, and no looking back. This agreement is supposed to last for just one summer. But this one summer may just turn out to be too hot to handle.
Just One Summer is everything summer love should be. This story exudes life and the recklessness of falling for someone unexpected. This novella will transport you, taking you on a sun-soaked vacation, even as you sit at home. In Just One Summer, A.D. Justice manages to fully immerse her readers with her words until you can practically feel yourself surrounded by the smell of sunscreen, sweating beneath the hot sun, and rejoicing in the soothing cool of pool water on tanned skin. Jagger and Mali personify the new adult genre with their big dreams, vulnerable hearts, and unwavering desire to define their lives on their own terms. Their journey was bumpy, honest, and full of genuine emotion, making me wish the story would never end. A.D. Justice made these two so easy to relate to that I couldn’t help but invest myself fully in their happily ever after.
“I’d bet my last dime that I could bring out the wild cat in this little tame kitten.”
One of the many risks with novellas is the inability to adequately develop the characters in such a short span of time, especially characters that are completely new to the reader. A.D. Justice did an amazing job at avoiding this pitfall, giving us more than enough of both Jagger and Mali to allow me to connect with them. I adored Mali. Her intelligence, poise, vulnerability, and determination made her a girl after my own heart. I loved watching her learn to live a little, to let her heart lead her instead of her head. As Mali opened up and stretched her wings, Jagger was right beside her, cheering her on. As he helped Mali find the courage to come into her own, we see a change in him as well. For the first time, Jagger learns to see something more than just what is on the surface and I have to say, it made him all the more attractive. Jagger had me swooning from the start, but by the time Mali had gotten under his skin, I had fallen hard for him.
“I have no hard feelings against you, Jagger. You’re a good guy underneath that fake I don’t give a shit attitude. You should let your heart show more often. It’s the best part of you.”
A.D. Justice managed to pack some serious heat in these few pages, delivering chemistry between Jagger and Mali that was unmistakable. While their lust was obvious from the moment they met, I appreciated that their emotional connection took a little time to develop. They didn’t immediately claim any feelings beyond the physical, avoiding the over-the-top insta-love that tends to turn me off of novellas. I enjoyed the banter between Jagger and Mali, both of them set on maintaining control in a situation where there clearly wasn’t any. The secondary characters enhanced the novella with their antics and words of wisdom, filling out the story so that it felt whole somehow. Just One Summer was fun, vibrant, and surprisingly sweet. I devoured this novella, wishing I had more of Mali, Jagger, and the rest of the band. Hopefully this won’t be the last we see of them.
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A.D. Justice’s debut novel is Wicked Games, A Steele Security Novel. It is the first of a five book series. The second book in the Steele Security Series is Wicked Ties. it continues the story exactly where Wicked Games ends. Each book is designed as a stand-alone from a character perspective, but reading from the beginning will give the reader a better sense of how the characters are connected. The premise of the series is based on a group of elite soldiers and their adventures with Steele Security.
A.D.’s second series is the Crazy Series and Crazy Maybe is the first book. It is not for the faint of heart – complex, real-life issues are addressed, with several twists and turns that will keep you turning the pages until you’ve devoured the whole book! This series will also continue with more emphasis on the supporting characters.
The third series is Dominic Powers. Her Dom and Her Dom’s Lesson are both now available. This series gives a fresh, new, and realistic look at how a Dom/sub relationship really is, with the addition of a few twists, turns, mystery and intrigue.
A.D. Justice has been married for 25 years and has two wonderful sons in college. She is also an avid reader of romance novels and, to her amazement, a self-published author. A.D. enjoys reading many different types of romance books – including drama and suspense, crime and mystery, NA and YA, and contemporary and erotica.