Review: The Summer I Fell by Sonya Loveday

Posted April 28th, 2015 in book review / 19 comments

Review: The Summer I Fell by Sonya LovedayThe Summer I Fell by Sonya Loveday
Publisher: Self-Published on July 27, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Pages: Novel Length
Format: eBook
Source: Author
Purchase: Amazon
Add to: Goodreads
Rating: two-stars

Riley Clifton can’t remember a time when she wasn’t a part of the Six, a group of rowdy boys who would do just about anything for her. Growing up alongside of six guys is never easy. Especially in high school. Falling in love with one of the Six? Even harder when Ace has a hold of her heart, and he doesn’t even know it.

Jake (Ace) Aceton has loved Riley for a long time, but has kept the secret oath of the Six. Riley was off limits. At least until after graduation. When he overhears Riley admitting to her best friend, Paige how she feels about him, Ace doesn't let his chance slip by. Riley, in his mind, has always been his.

When her college plan falls through, and her future is left to the hands of fate, Riley finds herself scrambling to keep up with all the changes. But that's not the hardest part. The hardest part is saying good-bye, especially to Ace.

Heartache, hard lessons, and a love deeper than her Alabama roots will threaten to crumble Riley’s world as she waits for Ace’s return.

Will Riley and Ace’s love be strong enough to hold them together when life tries to tear them apart?

At A Glance

This was an odd one. I’m still confused.

The Good

I enjoyed the beginning. There was always this tone of sadness as these close high school friends say goodbye to each other during a week of fun at the lake. It was heartbreaking as one by one, the six plus Riley leave for their new life, be it being in a band or going into the army. I loved how fun and caring this bunch was. They are a solid group who will always be there for each other.

The Bad

First, what is with all the lying? The boys have lied to Riley all this time for absolutely no believable reason. Dick move boys.

Then two-thirds or three-fourths in the book, the story takes a 180. We get to see Riley be a miserable mess for a good while as the boys are off doing what they do. Boring and depressing.

Then that ending. WTF! Is this now a military conspiracy story? Where the hell did the contemporary romance go? I was left confused and annoyed.

The Snuggly

Riley and Jake finally get together after denying their feelings for all of high school. They were adorable together, but I wish they had more ‘them’ time together. There is sex but it’s very skimmed over.

Final Thoughts

I will not be continuing this series. The ending was so off-putting I just can’t put myself through that confusion again. The Summer I Fell definitely went through an identity crisis. Not really recommended.


“See, admit it, you need my help.”

“Fine. I need you… your help.” My admission made Ace’s half smile bloom into a full one. He really was devastatingly handsome. And so very, very unattainable.

“What makes you say that, Riles?” His thumb brushed up my neck, as his other hand splayed a little wider along my hip.


He winked at me. “I’ve never been unattainable.”

I stood there, dumbfounded. “I said that out loud?”  


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19 Responses to “Review: The Summer I Fell by Sonya Loveday”

  1. kindlemom1

    Lying all the time is a hard thing for me to stomach, in real life and in books. I don’t think this would be the read for me either. Sorry this wasn’t better!

  2. Lekeisha

    I’m gonna pray that you find an awesome book to read next. Sorry this wasn’t great for you. Thankfully, it’s not on my to-read list.

  3. Christy

    lol – The book has an identity crisis. Yikes. This could seriously be a fun book with that setup, so it’s too bad it turned into meh.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      I know, it was so adorable at first. Very sweet. But what the hell?? Stupid ending.

  4. Benish

    Ohh.. Shame about the lying, I don’t know if I would be able to handle that. I hope your next book is a hit for you!

  5. Kristin

    Oh wow. This one sounded so good too. Sucks that it didn’t work out in the end. I hate when there is unnecessary drama/lying just to cause tension. I would probably be in the same boat as you with this one.

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