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Publisher's Summary

Twenty years ago, she had her whole life spread out before her. She was Bess Walsh, a fresh-scrubbed, middle-class student ready to conquer the design world. And she was taken. Absolutely and completely. But not by Andy, her well-groomed, intellectual boyfriend who had hinted more than once about a ring. No. During that hot summer as a waitress and living on the beach, she met Nick, the moody, dark-haired, local bad boy. He was, to put it mildly, not someone she could take home to Daddy. Instead, Nick became her dirty little secret - a fervent sexual accomplice who knew how to ignite an all-consuming obsession she had no idea she carried deep within her. Bess had always wondered what happened to Nick after that summer, after their promise to meet again. And now, back at the beach house and taking a break from responsibility, from marriage, from life, she discovers his heartbreaking fate - and why he never came back for her.Suddenly, Nick's name is on her lips...his hands on her thighs...dark hair and eyes called back from the swirling gray of purgatory's depths. Dead, alive, or something in between, they can't stop their hunger. She wouldn't dare.
©2009 Megan Hart (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
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"Ms. Hart is a master of all genres. Her stories grip you from the onset." ( Romance Junkies)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Joie on 07-08-09

Terrible Summary

Fabulous romance with an interesting twist but don't count on the publisher's summary to make a decision to buy. The glaring errors in the publisher's summary make me think that the publisher never read the book. The plot is terrific but the summary is really off the mark. Bess is majoring in counseling not fashion design. She is not a waitress but the manager of a sweets store in a tourist town. She is dating a "towny", Nick, but there was no indication that her family would not approve of him but would be surprized and question her because they knew her longtime boyfriend,Andy. Nick had had a terrible childhood and wasn't going to college and seemed like a misdirected but nice guy underneath. Beth didn't want to explain herself because she wasn't confident of her relationship with Nick and "it was none of their business". Andy is a philandering cad not an intellectual but he did have plenty of money. There was not much to chose between to two young men except that Andy was a cheating liar and Nick wasn't directed but meant well and both of the men manipulated Bess. The young Bess made some bad choices and as a result had to make some very difficult decisions later in her life. The plot centers on information gathering and decision making process with sex and relationships both past and present thwown into the mix.

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5 out of 5 stars
By LeftyMom on 07-22-09

Best summer read so far!

This is probably one of the best stories I have listened to in a long time. When I first started listening I was not sure how I would like the flash backs to then/now but once I got into the story I could not stop listening. As stated in the earlier review, the summary is very misleading and not at all what the book is about. Nick is not a "bad boy" and no one in Bess' family ever disapproved of him because they never met him. Bess did not have him over because she did not want to explain why she was seeing Nick when she was supposed to have a boyfriend, Andy, back at home. In addition, her parents were not even at the summer house just a parade of different relatives each week. Bess was not a waitress she was the manager of an ice cream shop. This was a great summer romance with a twist of something different. Definitely worth a credit or your money. Narrator was excellent too!

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