All Summer Long
Harlequin HQN, Jul 31 2012, $7.99
His looks enabled him to be a successful underwear model, but Clay Stryker wants to make it due to his intelligence. Everyone including his family assumes he is shallow except in the underwear region though he has been successful in business. He returns to Fool’s Gold, California with plans to start a ranch.
Firefighter Chantal “Charlie” Dixon knows her mother the graceful ballerina has always been disappointed in her tomboyish offspring. She is like everyone else who assumes Clay has no depth outside his underwear. Thus when Clay volunteers as a firefighter, a surprised Charlie revises her opinion of him. They are attracted to one another, but he lost a loved one before and fears commitment of his soul; while she was assaulted at college and fears the intimate touch of the heart.
With a tender amusing gender bending look at don’t judge a book by its cover, fans will enjoy this Summer’s Fool’s Gold romance (see Summer Nights and Summer Days). Besides the shallow first impressions that hurt each of them, the lead couple carry emotional baggage that they must overcome if they are to catch rather than run away from “the bright elusive butterfly of love” (Bob Lind).