Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Review - - Just for the Summer

Just for the Summer
by Abby Jimenez
Publisher: Forever
Release Date: April 2, 2024
Reviewed by PJ

Justin has a curse, and thanks to a Reddit thread, it's now all over the internet. Every woman he dates goes on to find their soul mate the second they break up. When a woman slides into his DMs with the same problem, they come up with a plan: They'll date each other and break up. Their curses will cancel each other’s out, and they’ll both go on to find the love of their lives. It’s a bonkers idea… and it just might work. 

Emma hadn't planned that her next assignment as a traveling nurse would be in Minnesota, but she and her best friend agree that dating Justin is too good of an opportunity to pass up, especially when they get to rent an adorable cottage on a private island on Lake Minnetonka.

It's supposed to be a quick fling, just for the summer. But when Emma's toxic mother shows up and Justin has to assume guardianship of his three siblings, they're suddenly navigating a lot more than they expected--including catching real feelings for each other. What if this time Fate has actually brought the perfect pair together?

PJ's Thoughts:

Yes, I know I'm late to the Abby Jimenez bandwagon. No, I don't have a good excuse. Other than the perennial standby, too many books, not enough time. Which is true. However, now that I've read my first Jimenez novel, and fully understand the hordes of fans (of which I am now a part) who anxiously count down the days to each new book published, I will be making time. Time to read the five books in her backlist and every new one she writes from here on out. She's just that good. 

Just for the Summer has all the feels and I was right there feeling each and every one, from laugh-out-loud hilarity to poignant sweetness, to heart-wrenching anguish, and more. Jimenez drew me into this story, into the lives of her characters, and made me care deeply about them. She didn't give them an easy road but life isn't meant to be easy. Making them real, with all the accompanying flaws, fears, vulnerabilities, and challenges gives this book the layers and complexities that make it deeply meaningful. I loved every bit of it, even the parts where I was mopping up tears. 

There are more than a few twists in Emma's and Justin's relationship and moments where I didn't see how they would work out the issues keeping them apart but their creator knew what she was doing, giving them the time and tools they needed to be in the right place at the right time. Nothing is rushed. There are no easy fixes. There is a good reason for everything that happens. And it all comes full circle at the end with a deep, heartfelt sigh, a hearty chuckle, and a hard-won happy relationship. 

Possible content triggers:

child neglect and abandonment

mental heath rep

parent in prison


  1. WOW! You know I am really tired of me wanting nearly every book you review for the world. This book does sound like a charming read. I like books which include family gives me the feeling of characters who are more real. And this author ( who is new to me) seems to write stories with characters who are more real. So, thank you for this review and the introduction to a new to me author. I really do appreciate all that you do for us.

  2. Sounds like a good book

  3. I am a fan! Can't wait to read this! Glad you loved it!

  4. I've read one or two others by Abby Jimenez before; this one sounds like another winner! Thanks for the review, PJ!

  5. Sounds good. Thank you for the review and recommendation. She certainly takes on several serious topics. She is another author I will have to try.