High school teacher Summer Ames is trapped in the nightmare morning from hell. Her alarm clock didn't go off, she accidentally backed over the rosebush her grandfather gave her grandmother right before he accepted defeat against prostate cancer, she's wearing clothes she picked up off the floor, and when she opens the door to her classroom, the lights from the TV cameras nearly blind her. She's won Teacher of the Year, but unlike the past winners, she doesn't get a new car or a Hawaiian vacation or even new school supplies, she wins an over privileged quarterback with a bright smile and questionable intentions.
Clint Grayson is an NFL quarterback in need of a reputation makeover. If he has any hope of landing a hundred million dollar endorsement deal, it will take some pretty impressive PR for the public to forget the photos of his battered and bruised ex-girlfriend. In an attempt to polish his tarnished reputation, Clint agrees to be a high school class mentor.
When these two get together all hell breaks loose.
©2013 Katie Graykowski (P)2014 Katie Graykowski
Yes I would recommend this audiobook to a friend, as well as Katie Graykowski's other books. They are wonderful, humorous, and have a great story line. I loved the narrator Pam Dougherty, she is perfect for this book with her southern charm. I have listened to other books that were narrated by Pam and I just love her.
I really loved all of the characters, but I have say that my favorite was Summer's mother and her main/friend. They were fantastic and I loved them.
I loved the whole book, but my favorite scene was when Summer's mom brought her maid/friend to the party and she was fussing about how itchy the dress was and cussing, i loved when Summer's mom made her pay money for saying a cuss word, and she then gave her some money and told her to hold onto it because she would be cussing a lot more before the night was over.
I loved the book!
Katie Graykowski delivers a great read with big romance, larger-than-life characters and plenty of laughs.
Sparks fly when heart-throb quarter back Clint Grayson is assigned to mentor the students of sassy teacher, Summer Ames. Summer is all about helping disadvantaged kids and Clint is all about helping himself to some good PR, but neither is quite what they seem on the surface. This book has plenty of yummy sexual tension and great banter between the characters.
Fans of Susan Elizabeth Phillips are going to love Katie Graykowski!
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I am going to start this review by clarifying a point in the book blurb. The hero did not beat his ex-girlfriend. Yes he is at the school to clean up his image, but he is not a batterer. This is a key thing that should have been noted in the blurb. I almost did not read it because of the way it made him seem like a domestic abuser.
I love the book!! Summer is hysterical, I was laughing out loud all the time. You would not believe all the great lines I bookmarked!! She is spunky and self deprecating in all the best ways. The banter between her and Clint is awesome!! It was a delight watching them fall in love.
There is a bonus romance her too, I love that this author gives twofers!! The supporting romance has just as much growth and depth as the main romance. I loved seeing everything come together and relationships healed.
This is a mixed narrative, which means we get several POV throughout the read. Mostly it is Summer and Clint, but we get Lily and Davis as well. This helps give insight into the intricate dynamics at play. You were also able to see both sides of the relationship with mother and daughter. You might want to hate Lily at first, but it is difficult when you get to know her.
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Pam Dougherty, who is delightful. Her Southern accent is spot on and a soothing melody throughout the read. I enjoyed the tone and texture of her voices, both male and female. She has a great pace in the read and delivers plenty of energy. She is definitely going on my list of narrators to watch for!! She was perfectly suited to this book and its sweet and sassy comedy.
While I was loving this book for the most part, I wasn't keen on how much Summer put herself down. She was mostly not caring about her wight, until it came to this guy. But that is the plight of curvy girls in comtempo romances.
Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.
I liked the characters in this read. Easy to listen to and very funny. The chacters seem real and cute story.
Yes. Simple Easy Fun listening
I absolutely loved the audio edition of Perfect Summer! It held my interest from the very first few minutes to the end of the book. I laughed out loud too many times to even count! This is a delightful audiobook that was brought to life by a wonderful narrator, Pam Dougherty.
There wasn't one part in particular that I would label as THE most memorable because there were SO many funny parts to this audiobook! It would be too difficult to name just one part of the story as the best. Summer is a delightful character who unknowlingly captures the heart of a man she never thought would give her a second look! All of their interactions are so real and witty. I must admit I also loved the scene when Summer's cougar Mom came to spend the weekend with her younger boyfriend - donning her red sexy lingerie and all - only to meet his Mother and the church Pastor through an unfortunate hysterical situation! You'll have to listen to the book to hear what took place and get ready to have a good laugh-out-loud (even if you're alone!) Delightful is the word I would use to describe this entire book. ( I listened to several chapters of the book while on a 3 hour airplane flight and I'm sure my laughing intrigued the other passengers who were also seated in my cabin!)
Pam Dougherty is a pro in her delivery of this story! She made the characters come alive and her comedic timing was superb in the way she voiced the story. Her pacing and delivery were excellent from start to finish! Great performance, Pam! I will definitely be interested in listening to more books performed by Pam Dougherty and written by Katie Graykowski! Hats off to both of them! Don't miss this wonderful audiobook!
I would absolutely listen to Perfect Summer again. Ms. Dougherty is the perfect narrator for books that take place in the South. She brings warmth to each of the characters in the book.
When Clint made an honest from the heart gift of goodwill to one of Summer's students.
I loved Summer. I connected with the character immediately. I feel/felt the same way she did growing up and with her relationship with her mother. I understood where she was coming from. Many moments felt like they were out of my own childhood/young adulthood. She really touched me.
At 11+ hours, listening to this book in one sitting maybe difficult unless you are on a long, long car ride. I broke it up into 2 1/2 days.
I really enjoyed Perfect Summer. I felt that Ms. Graykowski wrote an honest fictional story about body image and how it affects people. I've been thru many of the same situations that Summer had been in and I felt a connection with her. I would love to read more about Summer and Clint. A second book is needed!
I don't listen to a lot of romance on audiobook, but this was fun. Like so many genre novels you often have to suspend disbelief a bit, but that didn't stop it from being enjoyable.
I loved her voice - I think she brought a lot of heart to characters I wouldn't have gotten otherwise. I liked that she brought real emotion to the story.
I loved the bits with Lily (the mom)
Fun, touching and relateable.
There's a lot of humor in the book, even in serious or emotional scenes, and the author has a great touch with it. And there's plenty of heart as well, all throughout the story. And it's just really well-written - the story flows very nicely and the author has a gift for just the right amount of detail.
As far as the story, I really enjoyed the realistic portrayal of the heroine; she feels like an actual human being with flaws and strengths and, sometimes, a tendency to get in her own way - just like all of us in the real world!
Talking about the narration, I thought that Pam Dougherty did a fantastic job bringing the characters to life - I was really impressed by her take on Summer, but also the way she distinguished all the other characters (not all narrators do as good a job at this). She was easy - and fun - to listen to.
Right at the beginning - the press conference when Summer learns that her prize is not a new car or a great vacation...but to spend the rest of the year with the big star quarterback who she couldn't care less about.
Two imperfect people...one perfect summer.
Yes. For all of my friends who appreciate a fun romantic romp, this would be a good recommendation.
Lilly. I enjoyed the conflicts of this "woman of a certain age". I liked the alternate dramas of this mother and daughter as a sideline to the main romance between Summer and Clint. It gave the story more depth and a few more surprises.
Her lilting southern drawl throughout is very easy to listen to and she adjusts well to the emotional stakes of each character.I did want her to vary her tempo a bit but over all she was a good choice for the story and I enjoyed her narration.
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YES! OMG, I loved this story! It was perfect & romantic & witty & funny!
The narrator's voice! Her voice made this story so much better! It was very entertaining!
Yes I have, this story here is by far the best & will be hard to beat!
I love Summer! She is kind & wonderful & thinks of everyone but herself.
The narrator did a fantastic job!!! I loved the laughter & the moans. The voices were incredible. I felt them down to my bones. There is so much emotion in this story!
I love this author, and as this Is the start of what I consider to be a fantastic series ( wait till you get to number 3) I would say you are in for a real treat.
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