Playing in the Rain by Jane Harvey-Berrick
Published by Harvey Berrick Publishing
Published on July 1, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
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Ava Lawton can’t believe her run of bad luck. It’s supposed to be an exciting time in her life: fresh out of college, living in a new state, with a new job, and away from her family at last.
But when she’s forced to quit her job, everything falls apart quickly. Suddenly, she’s alone in a crowd, with no one to turn to.
At her lowest point, a stranger gives her a message that brings her hope.
Now is the time to live life her own way.
Now is the time to choose to be happy.
And maybe it’s time to let a beautiful stranger be part of her life.
Wow… this novella has all the story and emotion of a full length novel and then some!
Ava is having a particularly bad day; she’s just been fired by her grabby, asshole boss and now has to figure out what to do to stay in California, far away from her overprotective family. Then her day begins to look up and it all starts with one little note…
Cody is one of those people that sees the good in everything and has so much life in him that it can’t help but rub off on the people he comes into contact with. So when he gives Ava that simple note when she’s driving by the park he’s at, he does it thinking nothing will come of it. But of course there ends up being so much more than that.
”So you really are just going to have an endless summer of gratification?”
He smiled widely. “It sounds even better when you say it like that.”
What happens is a beautifully written story of Cody and Ava spending the summer together living life to the fullest and growing so much along the way.
“Tell me about Cody Richards. What’s he really like under there?”
I poked him in his first chest, and he captured my hand, laying it over his heart.
“He’s just a regular guy.”
“You glow. You’re all glowy.”
He laughed softly. “I think that’s the loco weed talking.”
“No, it’s you. That’s what you’re like. You glow and you’re all light. Everyone sees it. You’re like sunshine—with a great ass.”
I adore this book. I completely fell in love with Cody. His humor, his sweetness, his charm, his passion—I couldn’t help but be putty in his hands and grinning nonstop. I love the way he is with Ava and how much they affect each other through the short time in the book. Everything about felt real and I was sucked in right away. There’s a bit of a mysterious past lightly hinted at that had me even more intrigued and forming theories left and right.
I’m still a little bit in awe that this is only a novella; it’s a short story of a summer of love, yet it hit me hard. I can’t deny this book had me a bit of a mess at times, but I’m so glad for it. It’s a true testament to the greatness of this book when it can get under my skin the way it did in such a short time with a couple I’d never met.
“He crashed into my life, like an ocean wave out of a millpond sea. He changed everything.”