Review: Hot Boy Summer: A Contemporary Romance Charity Anthology


Note: An advance reader copy (ARC) was provided by the authors via Enticing Journey Book Promotions.

Hot Boy Summer is a charity anthology featuring quickie contemporary romance reads from twenty-nine authors. For this review, I'm focusing on the four stories I was able to read: Gabriel by Amie Knight, Gael by Elena M. Reyes, Elliot & Sage by Ellie Isaacson, and Leo by Whitley Cox. Once I finish the rest of this anthology, I shall be editing this review.

Gabriel is penned by Amie Knight, who is an author whose work I've consistently enjoyed in the past. This was an enemies-to-lovers romance, and I liked the tension between Katherine Nash and Gabriel Santos. There was a whole lot of heat going on, with all their feelings finally bubbling over. Kate and Gabriel's story ends quite happily. It gets 4.5 stars.

Gael is a story from Elena M. Reyes, and it's my first read from her. This is an office romance between Gael Romano and Alessandra Ortiz, the former being a CEO and the latter his personal assistant. These two were sizzling hot, and while their story does have happy feels by the end, it looks like the author has more story to tell! This snags 4.5 stars.

Elliot & Sage comes from Ellie Isaacson, and serves as my introduction to her writing. The titular characters, Elliot Van Ness and Sage Rosenberg, have a story that's about getting a second chance at their happily-ever-after eight years after heartbreak. I enjoyed reading this and wished there were more chapters for a deep-dive story. I'm giving this four stars.

Leo is by Whitley Cox, who just happens to be a new-to-me author, was more of a preview of what I'm guessing will be a full-length release from Cox, I did like where the story appears to be headed. Leo and Casey clearly had a strong connection, one that begs to be explored even further, and I wouldn't hesitate reading more about these two. Four stars.

Date Read: 08 June 2022


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