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Zoe Costas is a security specialist and a Costas through and through. Her eccentric, rather dubious family runs an Atlantic City spa that's just this side of legit. So Zoe isn't inclined to trust handsome, charming Ryan Baldwin when he shows up claiming to be related to Sam, the girl the Costas family is about to adopt. But Ryan is Sam's uncle and one of the famously rich and snooty Boston Baldwins.
Ryan's search for his sister has led him to news of her death, and to a niece he's never met. But someone else has also tracked Sam down — someone who never wanted the child to be found. Ryan is determined to protect Sam and find out what really happened to his sister. And Zoe is just the woman to help him do it. Neither expects to lose their heart in the process.
Opposite Attract Summer Love
Summer Lovin by Carly Phillips is the second book in the Costas Sisters series. Zoe Costas lives with her very eccentric loving Greek family in New Jersey. At one time, Zoe worked for the Secret Service, but quickly tired of all the rules and regulations of the government; so she is now starting her own business. Samantha, Zoe's foster sister, lives with the Costas and as they are about to celebrate Sam's first year with the Costas family and her adoption of Samantha, Ryan Baldwin arrives.
Ryan, a lawyer from Boston, was searching for his sister Faith who ran away from home. He could only find that his sister was dead and left behind a daughter. Ryan then started searching for his niece, finally tracking her down in New Jersey. He arrives at the Costas home to "save" Sam and bring her back to Boston to be with family.
Since Ryan is Sam's blood relative, he is able to be a part of Sam's life even though the Costas' object. They don't want to lose Sam after being so close to adopting her, and are now shattered. As they all try to find common ground, Sam's life is suddenly threatened. Working together, Zoe and Ryan protect her while attempting to solve the mystery of Faith's now suspicious disappearance. Through all the problems Zoe and Ryan are falling for each other, there is a natural chemistry between them. They might be very different people and Zoe knows opposites attract, but she isn't sure it's enough to make things work. How can Ryan take Samantha away from a family that truly loves her?
Summer Lovin' is a fabulous story! Mystery, passion, desire and family quarrels. Ms. Phillips is a wonderful storyteller which she demonstrated in this story. I really enjoyed reading this book and had trouble putting it down. This is a great book with plenty of romance. I recommend this book to other readers. It makes for a wonderful, light easy beach read in summer.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Loved this crazy Greek family!
This book was a good read. I loved the strength that Zoe has. She is a strong woman and role model for Sam who her parents are looking to adopt. Zoe's family is a loving Greek family and they are a zany bunch, but Zoe wouldn't have it any other way. When Ryan comes to town to find his sister's daughter, Sam, he never thought he'd fall in love with Zoe and her crazy family.
This story was good, but I didn't think that there was much of a climax to the story. I was expecting a little bit more and was a little disappointed with what did/didn't happen. It was a good story overall, though, and I loved the characters.
Crazy Costas Family!
It sure has been fun, re-reading these older books of Carly Phillips. I had forgotten how crazy and funny the Costas clan was!
This is the second book in the Costas Sisters series and Zoe Costas' story. Having recently left the Secret Service, Zoe has now started up a security specialist company along with Quinn and Connor. She is also living at her parents home since they now are fostering Sam, with the hopes of adopting her. When a strange guy shows up at Sam's party, they all assume he is the temporary social worker on Sam's case but in reality he is actually Sam's Uncle Ryan. When Zoe finds out that Ryan is not a social worker, she calls him on it and he tells her that he is Sam's uncle. Both of them decide not to let the family know who Ryan really is until they get to know more about each other....which neither of them seem to mind because there is definite chemistry going on there! It is pretty funny how completely opposite these two are!
When someone is threatening Sam, Zoe and Ryan work together to try and figure out what is going on and end up taking Sam to Boston where Ryan's family lives. The Baldwin's way of life is night and day different from the Costas way of life. This was such a fun comparison! While working together, things are definitely heating up between Zoe and Ryan and have both of them feeling things that they have never felt before. The mystery behind the threats was fun and entertaining. I really enjoyed how everything played out in the end and really loved Zoe and Ryan's happy ending.
Overall, this was a fun and entertaining story with some great, colorful characters!