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In this passionate Contemporary Romance, author Shirleen Davies introduces her readers to the modern day MacLarens starting with Heath MacLaren, the head of the family.The Chairman of both the MacLaren Cattle Co. and MacLaren Land Development, he is a success professionally, but his personal life is another matter.Following a divorce after a long, loveless marriage Heath sIn this passionate Contemporary Romance, author Shirleen Davies introduces her readers to the modern day MacLarens starting with Heath MacLaren, the head of the family.The Chairman of both the MacLaren Cattle Co. and MacLaren Land Development, he is a success professionally, but his personal life is another matter.Following a divorce after a long, loveless marriage Heath spends his time with women who are beautiful and passionate, yet unable to provide what he longs for . . .. . . Heath has never experienced love even though he witnesses it every day between his younger brother, Jace, and wife, Caroline. He wants what they have yet spends his time with women too young to understand what drives him and too focused on themselves to be true companions.It’s been two years since Annie’s husband died, leaving her to build a new life. He was her soul-mate and confidante, she has no desire to find a replacement, yet longs for male friendship . . .. . . Annie’s closest friend in Fire Mountain, Caroline MacLaren, is determined to see Annie come out of her shell after almost two years of mourning. A chance meeting with Heath turns into an offer to be a part of the MacLaren Foundation Board and an opportunity for a life outside her home sanctuary which has also become her prison. The platonic friendship that builds between Annie and Heath points to a future where each may rely on the other without the bonds a romance would entail.However, without consciously seeking it, each yearns for more . . .. . . The MacLaren Development Company is booming with Heath at the helm. His meetings at a partner company with the young, beautiful marketing director, who makes no secret of her desire for him, are a temptation. But is she the type of woman he truly wants?. . . Annie’s acceptance of the deep, yet passionless, friendship with Heath sustains her, lulling her to believe it is all she needs. At least until Heath drops a bombshell, forcing Annie to realize that what she took for friendship is actually a deep, lasting love. One she doesn’t want to lose.Each must decide to settle, or fight for it all.Second Summer is the first book in the MacLarens of Fire Mountain Contemporary novella series. Heartwarming stories of difficult choices, loyalty, and lasting romance. Watch for Hard Landing in the Spring of 2014....

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Number of Pages : 189 Pages
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second summer Reviews

  • she_batts
    2019-05-04 18:10

    I DNF at the 69% mark. Getting tired of the H and h not together yet. H is 45 and dating 30 year olds. The book is fairly clean but it's still mentions about him dating these woman and pining after the h. I've lost interest.

  • Teresa
    2019-05-22 19:44

    This is a good old fashioned friends to lovers tale.Heath MacLaren, divorcée, isn't looking for love, his life is full running his family businesses, caring for his two children, spending time with his large family and helping out the local community. Annie Sinclair, widowed two years previously, is in a similar position. A novelist, spending much of her time alone, her best friend, sister in law to Heath, decides it's time to get back out into the world. Heath and Annie meet, both intrigued with each other but neither are looking for a long term relationship. Annie excepts a job offer and joins Heath on the MacLaren Foundation Board. They soon find themselves spending a lot of time together, dinners, family occasions, work functions. In time they both want more but seem to have a hard time admitting to it.It's a really nicely written story, very descriptive, keeps you interested to the end. I liked that the time line wasn't rushed, it took time for the love to develop between two characters. It's a real feel good romance with a perfect happy ending. Am looking forward to reading about the next MacLaren brother.Copy given in exchange for an honest review

  • Bette Stanek
    2019-05-20 18:07

    Pure brain candy. A little more drama than necessary, but it was always over relatively quickly. I don't need to rehash the synopsis on this one, you can read that for yourself. There isn't really much else to add. It's a super quick read.

  • Fernanda
    2019-05-10 19:09

    it's more like 3.5 cute starsThis was the first story I read by this author and I really enjoyed.This is about a not so young couple, with some issues regarding lost love and the lack of it... about second chances that are worthy the risk...But for me the pace was a lit bit slow and the story line somehow permissive from the male point of view. In overall I liked it and of course with an HEA is my cup of tea.

  • pamela kroese
    2019-05-03 23:07

    Intense start to an amazing series!I love all the MacLarens series! I love how Shirleen starts with building a strong foundation for the books in the series while this story line keeps you expectant of the outcome. Don't see the need for some of the slightly graphic sensual scenes. Story would be just as good without them.

  • Shel
    2019-05-26 22:06

    Author, Shirleen Davies, is the queen of romantic tension. She creates story plots that twist and turn, and throws obstacle after obstacle in the path of her characters. Now she has applied this talent to the contemporary setting of modern day Fire Mountain. If you have read any of the Fire Mountain books, you will know that they are all totally engaging - Second Summer does not disappoint!Since his divorce, Heath MacLaren has dated many younger women, not interested in anything close to a long term relationship. Though widowed for two years, Annie Sinclair still loves her husband and doesn’t think anything will surpass that relationship. When Annie is taken on as a board member with the MacLaren Foundation Board, she develops a strong friendship with Heath. Everyone around them can see that this friendships has potential to be much more, but Heath’s growing attraction to another woman could put his relationship with Annie at risk - just as Annie realises she has feelings for Heath.Believable characters and strong dialogue make Second Summer a fabulous romance. Shirleen Davies develops wonderfully authentic relationships between her characters, capturing depth of emotion and nuances of personality. This author’s books really are a delight to read.

  • Deede
    2019-05-15 17:53

    Having already been hooked on Shirleen Davis' period MacLarens, I was immensely excited to pour through this present day glimpse at these rough and tumble men with a heart of gold and as I've come to expect with Davis' writing "Second Summer" was every bit as enthralling and well-written as her historical pieces.Her character development, as always, is second to none. And I could fully relate to both Heath and Annie because they were both so realistically portrayed. Neither one was perfect, each contained multiple layers, and while they both handled their pain in different ways: one turning inward and retreating from life, basically, the other settling for shallow relationships that meant little in an effort to protect his heart from further wound, both methods were understandable and entirely human.But as great as Ms. Davis' character building is, she never lets it outshine the plot. She is one of those who has truly mastered the technique of being well-balanced in her storytelling, granting just enough description to picture advents in your head but not enough to make the story drag. The result, as was the case with this fantastic book, is one excellent adventure and a romance that pulled at the heartstrings. I will be saving this to reread again and again.

  • Jo-Anne
    2019-05-06 22:42

    This book didn't start out as a typical romance at all with Heath dating young women who weren't looking for a relationship. After his loveless marriage ended in divorce, this type of dating was perfect for him: Annie had lost her husband to cancer two years earlier and wasn't looking for a relationship either but her friend, Caroline, (Heath's sister-in-law) introduces them and they become best friends. That was working for them until Diana came on the scene. Annie realized no woman would tolerate her boyfriend having a woman as his best friend so she made a life without Heath. This was particularly hard since she had fallen in love with him.I liked this contemporary western romance with it's smooth flowing storyline and believable characters. Heath was a typical handsome ladies man who only thought of building the MacLaren businesses. I felt sorry for Annie because she didn't want to move on after losing her beloved husband. The author did a wonderful job of pulling these two together helping to make this an enjoyable read.

  • D Nine
    2019-05-16 21:43

    Likable characters. Nice story. I liked it for a quick read. Can't say there was a "moral to the story" or a moment of "wow" but there was a flow to it. Friendship between Annie and Heath was key element. Too much time covered that it read like a movie trailer hitting only highlights.

  • Delta
    2019-05-15 21:00

    Free 01-19-15 (Contemp Romance novella: ranch)

  • Paula Bothwell
    2019-05-25 15:49

    Second Summer (MacLarens of Fire Mountain Contemporary 1) - PGViolence: noneLangauge: <10Sex: yes, fade to black with no detailsYou can tell the H is interested in a woman because he feels himself harden, so that merits a serious eyeroll. More narrative than dialog driven. This reminds me of Carolyn Brown's Broken Roads romance books (which I like). Last 15% is ads.

  • Carol Tietsworth
    2019-04-26 17:03

    An endearing story about a woman still reeling from the death of her husband two years prior, getting back out with old friends. She meets a man and they become friendly, buddies without benefits, for almost a year. He goes for younger women. He meets and begins a relationship with another woman just as Annie realizes she's in love with him.

  • Becky Gates
    2019-04-30 16:46

    LovelyWhat a lovely story. Shirleen Davies creates the characters and then the story that draw you into their lives. You can laugh or cry with them; cheer them on or get mad at them for their stupidly human *uck ups. We all live and learn, story characters are no different I guess. Enjoyed the adventure.

  • Sharon Mitcheltree
    2019-05-15 23:10

    Good story could use editingGood story with mature characters. Fair writing but too frequent change of point of view was confusing. Even minor characters had a point of view and no one cares. I would hope this writer seeks better editing in the future,

  • Judy
    2019-05-17 22:57

    HeartwarmingWhat a heartwarming story! From heartbreak to new beginnings. A story of struggles of living life again . A true love story that will have you in tears.

  • Elizabeth Evans
    2019-05-02 18:07

    Great 1st story to a new seriesI'm just starting a new series and really enjoying it! Like the older characters of heath and Annie. Looking forward to more!

  • Victoria
    2019-04-27 15:11

    It is a great book to read

  • Sallie roark
    2019-05-24 21:06

    Second SummerA really great book,I very much look forward to reading the whole series.its a book full of love and fun.

  • Joan
    2019-05-09 15:55

    Great romanceThis was a really nice love story. It was a really "feel good" story and I now hope to read the remainder of the books in the series .

  • Judy Koch
    2019-05-21 21:42

    Good book couldn't put it down.Made me want to read the whole series. A good love story without all the sex. Can't wait to start the next book.

  • Becky Darsey
    2019-05-16 16:10

    Fast read of what I categorize as "garbage books" - not for you if you are looking for anything beyond mindless entertainment

  • M V
    2019-04-26 17:10

    I enjoyed Very well written, kept my attention. Also, no bad language or graphic bedroom scenes. I look forward to reading more from this author.

  • Tricia Drammeh
    2019-05-02 16:42

    Heath MacLaren isn't looking for a long term relationship. Passionately committed to his family and their business, Heath only dates for companionship and fun--nothing more. His first marriage ended in divorce, and he's decided he's not the marrying type. Annie, a recent widow, likes and respects Heath. He's a wonderful friend and confidante, and though she can't help but feel attracted to him, she's happy with the way things are. When Heath tells Annie that he's considering entering a serious relationship, she has no choice but to face her true feelings for Heath. Can she accept Heath's decision, or will she have to give up the friendship that means so much to her?As a fan of Shirleen Davies' historical romance series, I expected to enjoy her foray into contemporary romance--and I definitely did. Though I'm having to get to know a whole new generation of MacLarens, I'm finding there are several core values that have stayed the same. The MacLarens are fiercely dedicated to family, their community, and their ranch. They work hard, play hard, and love with all their hearts. Though the characters are often flawed and sometimes get sidetracked on their path to finding true love, these are men and women I care about and root for. Second Summer explores romance after divorce and widowhood. The characters face modern challenges and a modern, fast-paced world, but still get back to their roots when they connect as a family. I would recommend this book, not only to fans of the historical series, but to anyone who likes good, honest characters and true romance.

  • Lynn Smith
    2019-05-08 19:58

    Received book in exchange for an honest review.Book one in the MacLarens of Fire Mountain. Heath MacLaren seems to always have a younger women hanging off his arm. He isn't looking for anything permanent. He has been married and it didn't work out to well. He has his two children and a date whenever he needs one. That's the way he likes his life. Annie is a widow with 3 grown children. After two years of mourning for her husband she is slowly getting back into the things she loves. After being introduced to Heath by his sister in law and Annie's friend Caroline they develop a wonderful friendship, but somewhere along the line Annie finds himself having feelings for Heath. Knowing she isn't his type in looks or age. She keeps it to herself and hopes he starts feeling the same way. When he brings home Diana she realizes there is no hope and moves on with her life. I love the characters in this book. They have such depth and realism about them. Heath thinks he is incapable of love and sticks with shallow relationships. Annie isn't looking for shallow yet at the time she wasn't looking to fall in love again. But the heart wants what the heart wants. Shirleen really sucks you into the lives of the characters. They deal with real life situations and a slow build to falling in love.

  • Efpierce
    2019-05-20 19:56

    The title of my review says it all! This new book from Shirleen Davies is incredible! It gives the reader what they want and so much more! I waiting with much anticipation for this book to come out because I had heard rumors that the author was shifting gears so to speak and creating something more modern and contemporary about the Mac Laren family. She did it and it is better than I could ever have expected. Her style of writing is so elegant and every time you open one of her books it pulls you in and brings you to a place that you haven't been in a long time. For me, it takes me home again and that is a feeling that nothing else does and I applaud Ms. Davies for that.Her new book brings up to modern day MacLaren life and it is still full of love, lust and intrigue. (Will they ever change?) The new breed of MacLaren's are just as formidable as their ancestors and the story still unfolds with the reader wanting to be part of the action with every turn of the page. Second Summer is yet another masterpiece from this author and, I have said this before, I don't know how she will ever top this one!

  • Anari
    2019-04-30 18:05

    Ah, the MacLaren men are still alpha males and pretty hot even in modern day Fire Mountain. Heath is pretty much in control of his own domain, but he's been married before and the result has not been pretty. He can usually be seen around town with a deliciously attractive young thing on his arm and while he's never been in love, this seems to work for him. Annie is his soul mate but she's a little older than him and not as glamorous as his usual cohorts. Heath, like all mule-headed males, doesn't realise he's fallen in love and when hottie Diana comes to town, Heath is all over her. Annie, understandably is crushed, and decides resolutely to move on with her life, firmly pushing Heath and all of his dashing good looks to the back of her mind. It isn't easy. Fate has a way of throwing people together, whether they wish to be or not. When Annie's son has a terrible accent, Heath comes rushing to the rescue... but is it all too little, too late? Another 5 star read from Ms Davies. The contemporary series is just as much as fun as the good old Westerns and I can't wait to see what happens with Trey.

  • Sarah Evanston
    2019-05-14 20:52

    I just picked up this book less than a week ago for my Kindle and I had planned on reading it little by little through the month of March as time allows. Wouldn't you know it, this book is so good that I have already finished it and am contemplating reading through it again! This author is one of my favorites and her books are always the ones I turn to when I have a lazy afternoon and want some entertainment. This new one is no different. Even though it's set in modern day, the characters are still the same bloodline of her other novels and they still have the same air about them. The MacLaren's are one of the most unique families to follow, they always have some sort of romance going on and the author really develops that well for us. This new cast of characters is just as memorable as the old ones, more so in my humble opinion.I think what draws me to Shirleen Davies' books is the fact that she is an incredibly talented writer and she doesn't show any signs of slowing down. Do you need to read the rest of the series to follow this newest one? No, you don't, but why would anyone deny themselves the beautifully written stories of this acclaimed author?

  • Katlyn
    2019-05-02 15:57

    I love the MacLaren men. They were total hotties in the long time past, and they are still total hotties today. You don't have to read the original series to understand the contemporaries, but I would definitely recommend them. They are fantastic reads.The main difference between the MacLaren men of the past and those of today is that they don't walk around carrying guns anymore. There wasn't the sense of life and death in this one that there was in the old west ones. There was a moment of life and death circumstances, and the male lead did have the opportunity to sweep in and save the day, but it wasn't like the old ones where someone would be killed if the MacLaren boys didn't kill the bad guys first. Don't get me wrong though, this was still a great read! I loved it and look forward to the next one.I liked that these are only $.99, but of course that means that this was shorter. I wanted more. Luckily, Shirleen left a nice opening for the next book in the series. It should be very interesting.Overall, a great addition to the MacLarens series or a great independent read if you wanted to go that route. Highly recommended as always!

  • Debra Brownstein
    2019-05-21 19:42

    Annie and Heath aren't looking for a serious relationship or love. Annie lost her beloved husband to cancer and has isolated herself; Heath was in a loveless marriage, divorced and now dates women who don't expect anything more than a superficial relationship. But Annie and Heath become close friends and confidantes. Second Summer explores the relationship between Annie and Heath. The story touches on such issues as the effects of the death of a spouse; the failure of a marriage; and recognizing the difference between the love of friends and the love in a romantic relationship.Even though this is a novella, there was good character development and for me, a first time Shirleen Davies reader, the story definitely has gotten me interested in her other books. Hopefully with a nice helping of Heath in them! A copy of this book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

  • Sylvia
    2019-04-30 18:07

    "Second Summer" is a charming addition to the MacLarens of Fire Mountain series. It follows Heath and Annie as they find themselves wanting a meaningful and lasting relationship, but are unsure if they truly want to take a step away from their current circumstances into a more romantically promising direction.Shirleen Davies��� characters are all intriguing, and the ones in this book are no exception. She leaves no emotion unturned with complex characters who come to life off of the page, intertwined into a realistic and fulfilling story that will have you guessing what happens next to the last page. Overall a wonderful read!