Summer Reading ☀️
Trope: Romance, Chick-Lit
Pub Date: 6.14.2022
Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆.5
“When twelve-year-olds Kat Steiner and Blake O’Neill meet at Camp Chickawah, they have an instant connection. But everything falls apart when they learn they’re not just best friends—they’re also half sisters. Confused and betrayed, the girls break off all contact.
Fifteen years later, when their father dies suddenly, Kat and Blake discover he’s left them a joint inheritance: the family beach house in Destin, Florida. The two sisters are immediately at odds. Blake, who has recently been demoted from regular nanny to dog nanny, wants to sell the house, while social media influencer Kat is desperate to hold on to the place where she lived so many happy memories.
Kat and Blake reluctantly join forces to renovate the dilapidated house, with the understanding that Kat will try to buy Blake out at the end of the summer. The women clash as Blake’s renovation plans conflict with Kat’s creative vision; meanwhile, each sister finds herself drawn into a summer romance. As the weeks pass, the two women realize the most difficult project they face this summer will be coming to grips with their shared past—and learning how to become sisters.”
“The point of life is to be alive in the world, to feel every emotion, even the messy and painful ones. To challenge yourself, to take risks, to find beauty in the imperfections and be grateful for the opportunity to experience it all.”
The Beach Trap is the perfect summer read for your backyard, pool, beach, or even snuggled on the couch with your favorite reading companion 🐾. I’m always in awe of how two authors can come together and create a story. Although sometimes, when reading a co-written book, I can tell the difference in writing styles, that was not the case with the Beach Trap; it was seamlessly written.
As for the characters, Blake was my cup of tea from her first chapter – I loved her determination and unwavering love for her grandfather. Conversely, Kat was not a character I identified with, and she was a bit too much for me. But then I began to appreciate her and loved reading along as Kat’s character development progressed. I even loved the girl’s romantic interests (hello, Noah 😍).
The Beach Trap is more a novel on friendship and sisterhood than romance (which I needed). But, don’t get me wrong, some romance was mixed into the storyline, and I appreciated the excitement the steamier scenes added to the book.
By the end of the story, I loved Kat, Blake, Noah, Henry, and Max (but let’s be honest, I loved Max from the beginning 🐶).
👯♀️ Alternating perspectives from Kat & Blake
👏🏼 Character development
Ending that gave me all the feels (and some tears)
✍🏼 Co-written story
💞 More about friendship & sisterhood
Format: 384 pages, Paperback
Published: June 2022 by Berkley
ISBN 9780593440155 (ISBN10: 0593440153)