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Reviewed by Kathryn O'Hagan for Readers' Favorite
The Summer Tour by Mandy Melanson is a delightful contemporary romance. This book took me a little time to get into it. Once I did, I enjoyed it for what it was; a simple, sweet story about a rockstar that wasn't like the others, and a single mom needing to secure a future for her son. The characters had a good amount of depth to them. Griffin was clearly into London from the very start and his consideration of her feelings and needs later is much more believable with his mentality from page 1. I appreciated the side characters including Adair, Nash, Travis, Carly, and Devon. The texting interactions between them all were funny interludes to the storyline! I particularly liked the friendship between London and Isobel. It seemed genuine and the way they supported and stood up for one another was very endearing. I definitely loved cute little Carter. I love it when authors ensure their characters are real without being a fake sort of real. Carter is on the spectrum, but Melanson doesn't portray him as a caricature, rather just a real kid with a need for more attention and care.
Mandy Melanson's writing helps you connect to the environment and the characters and once you pick up the rhythm of her style, you definitely sink into the story. The Summer Tour is not a story with scorching passion, rather it is one that emphasizes the heart-to-heart connection between the two main characters. The connection between Griffin and London is instant without being too overdone. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes their romance novels with more handholding and hugging than passionate bedtime shenanigans. I imagine Adair's book is going to be just as cute!