S’more to Lose by Beth Merlin
(The Campfire Series #2)
Published by: Ink Monster LLC
Publication date: December 5th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary
Four years after her life-changing summer, Gigi Goldstein thinks saying goodbye to Camp Chinooka means saying hello to a brand new life. Now faced with a second chance at her career, she is filled with more hope than she’s felt in a long time. Her design house is taking the fashion world by storm, even attracting notice of Victoria Ellicott, the fashionable British socialite who just happens to be engaged to the future king of England. When Gigi is chosen to design the royal wedding dress in London, she is forced to confront her ex-fiancé, Perry Gillman, now a successful composer with a hit show on the West End.
But when Gigi learns Perry’s been dating Victoria’s sister, who rivals her in looks, style and sophistication, Gigi can’t help but feel inadequate in everything. Her world begins to crumble as she develops a creative block so debilitating, she fears that a wedding dress of royal proportions is never going to happen. Even a budding relationship with the handsome, wealthy, and rich Viscount of Satterley can’t make her forget about Perry and her inability to get over him. As the world gears up for the wedding of the century, Gigi is on the brink of buckling under the immense pressure of the uncertainties of her future and failures of her past.
Will she be able overcome her creative paralysis to design the dress of Victoria’s dreams, or will she break down now that she has even s’more to lose?
Although this book is the sequel to One S’More Summer, there is a huge gap between the end of that and the start of this. And it is a bit of a disconnect to be honest, until you get back into the swing of things.
And then the book turns into a bit of a tease as the past 4 years of her relationship (or not) are revealed in increments. Add to that the hoopla with the dress, the Viscount and that ending, and you have a significantly more drama laden story than before.
Overall, this is a more complex story than the first book with more detailing around the emotional relationships.
I’m intrigued to see where the author will go with book 3.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
Beth is a native New Yorker who loves rom-coms, Broadway, and a good maxi dress. She was introduced to her husband through a friend she met at sleepaway camp and considers the eight summers she spent there to be the most formative of her life. One S’more Summer is Beth’s debut novel.
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