Series Review: Summer Lake Series by SJ McCoy 12

summer Lake series
Each Summer Lake Romance can be read as a stand-alone book – no cliff hangers here! Each book contains one couple’s story. However, they are best read in order to get full enjoyment of the underlying story and friendships.
Book 1: Love Like You’ve Never Been Hurt     Emma and Jack
Book 2: Work Like You Don’t Need the Money     Pete and Holly
Book 3: Dance Like Nobody’s Watching     Missy and Dan
Book 4: Fly Like You’ve Never Been Grounded   Smoke and Laura

Book 1: Love Like You’ve Never Been Hurt 

This book is intended for adult readers 18+

The Summer Lake contemporary romance 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.

Emma Douglas came to Summer Lake as an orphan twenty-three years ago. After losing her parents so young and later suffering a disastrous marriage, she believes that love only ever leads to pain and loss.

When she meets Jack Benson, the business partner of her childhood friend Pete, she sees everything she used to long for in a man; tall, dark, and drop dead gorgeous! Despite their undeniable attraction, Emma is too scared to risk her heart, especially on a man so much like her ex – sexy, smart, funny, successful and no doubt the same kind of cheat!

When events lead them both to Summer Lake for the summer, will Jack be able to persuade her that he’s nothing like her ex in all the ways that really matter? That the love she used to dream of isn’t a little girl’s fantasy, but a reality they can share if she can get past her fear and learn to trust?


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Book 2: Work Like You Don’t Need the Money

Holly 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 18+

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Book 3: Dance Like Nobody’s Watching 

Missy Malone has had a great summer, watching her friends meet wonderful guys and fall in love. She even has a wonderful guy in her own life. Trouble is, he’s only in her life to mentor her son, Scot. She just has to stop daydreaming that he could be as good for her as he is for Scot. What would he ever see in her anyway? She’s a broke single mom who talks too much, while he’s a quiet, shy, tech genius. And besides…he has a girlfriend!

On paper, Dan Benson has a great life in San Jose. His software development company, his penthouse apartment, his car, and his girlfriend are all supposed to make him feel happy and successful. None of them do. Until he started visiting Summer Lake, he’d always been more comfortable around computers than people. These days he’s comfortable hanging out with his brother, Jack, and his friends. He feels successful when he’s helping Scot. Most of all, he’s happier than he’s ever been, when he can spend time with Missy.

Will the attraction between them be enough to overcome the differences and obstacles that stand in their way?

 This book is intended for adult readers 18+

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Book 4: Fly Like You’ve Never Been Grounded   

Laura Benson has her life together, thank you very much. Her jewelry store in San Francisco is doing wonderfully. Her design skills will soon have her traveling to London, designing a new line that should build her reputation world-wide.

She’s on top, which is where she likes to be – especially when it comes to men. Since giving her fiance his ring back a year ago, Laura has kept her relationships light, and short. Sexy pilot Smoke Hamilton might be hot, but she doesn’t need a Mr Right, just Mr Right Now. She doesn’t need a man holding her down.

From the moment he first saw her, Smoke knew Laura was his kind of sexy. What he hadn’t banked on was her being his kind of smart, with a sassy mouth too. He usually prefers his women ‘nice and easy’, but Laura is a challenge. Smoke has always been a sucker for a challenge, he just can’t leave them alone til he’s conquered them.

Conquering Laura is a risk, she’s Jack’s cousin, Jack is not only his friend, but his employer too. Still she’s a risk he has to take. As a pilot, his career comes first, and always gives him the option to fly away. He’ll never let a woman tie him down again.

The chemistry between them definitely has the sparks flying, but will the scars of the past only lead them to crash and burn?


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My Rating:  


Favorite Quote:

“Summer Lake is like this magical realm.  Once you come here you are assigned your very own hot man, and you get to live here and have a wonderful little life.”

My Review:

I read all four books to complete this review – 1,121 pages.  It was a slow start, and I almost gave it up nearly a quarter of the way into the first book, as it seemed so tame and chaste.  I told my mother I thought I may have stumbled on a book for her and her Sunday School ladies book club.  Really glad I didn’t send her the links as it finally started to heat up half way through book one, and the temperature and story line were much more to my liking.  Each book focuses on a different couple finding love, among the same basic core group of friends.  Despite the rocky start, I enjoyed all four books and wonder who the next targeted couple will be.  The story lines are easy to follow and deliciously steamy, yet honestly, this is definitely fantasy romance as no mature person would put up with the nonsense these woman and men give each other as they are getting over their various “relationship issues.”   It does sound like an ideal place to live, I’d like to give it a try to find my own assigned rich, well endowed, sexually talented, handsome “hot man.”

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About the Author

Hi, I’m SJ. A coffee addict, lover of chocolate and drinker of good red wines. I’m a lost
soul and a hopeless romantic. Reading and writing are necessary parts of who I am. Though perhaps not as necessary as coffee! I can drink coffee without writing, but I can’t write without coffee.I grew up loving romance novels, my first boyfriends were book boyfriends, but life intervened, as it tends to do, and I wandered down the paths of non fiction for many years. My life changed completely a couple of years ago and I returned to Romance to find my escape.I write ‘Sweet N Steamy’ stories because to me there is enough angst and darkness in real life. My favorite romances are happy escapes with a focus on fun, friendships and happily-ever-afters, just like the ones I write.  These days I live in beautiful Montana, the last best place. If I’m not reading or writing you’ll find me just down the road in the park – Yellowstone. I have deer, eagles and the occasional bear for company, and I like it that way :0)




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12 thoughts on “Series Review: Summer Lake Series by SJ McCoy

  1. Reply Carol Clauson Mar 9,2015 2:38 pm

    Just finished book 6. Read them all and loved them. Hoping to read one about Ben and Gabe and what happens with the weddings. Especially Dan and Missy and what’s going on with Pete and Holly.

  2. Reply Kathie Laughlin Zerhusen Aug 19,2015 4:10 pm

    Love the books but what about Ben, we need his story. Would like a follow up on the others weddings, babies, etc.

  3. Reply Candyce Poortinga Jan 15,2016 10:06 am

    Are these books available in paperback

  4. Reply Deb Jun 22,2016 2:42 pm

    I have read all the Summer Lake series and 3 of the Remington. I like the Summer Lake series the best can’t wait for next ones…Hope you keep them going forever.

  5. Reply Susan whisker Aug 1,2016 11:50 pm

    Great books.I feel like I’m living in Summer Iake and these people are my friends.Looking forward to more in the series.

  6. Reply Gail Holley Sep 1,2016 5:39 am

    Will Ben have a happy-ever-after?

  7. Reply Bar Sep 10,2016 2:18 pm

    Great books I have read only two and I am hooked!!!!!

  8. Reply Shelley McNiff Mar 10,2017 6:31 am

    just read book 11 Ride like you’ve never fallen. I am in love with the Summer Series. I can’t wait for Ben to get his True love. The suspense is killing me.

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