When life, love, and rock and roll come together on the sandy beaches of La Union for music festival Summer Crush, expect nothing less than the crashing of lips, bodies, and waves against the shore, against each other, and against your soul.
Allow these three tales of love to take you away for an unforgettable weekend.
Ana’s life as a corporate warrior, graduate student, and girlfriend to indie rock band boy Miki starts to spin out of control, and she wonders if it is love that has to give. (You Only Need Reminding, Jay E. Tria)
Newly reinstated EG Project roadie Filipina Legaspi flies with her band back to the Philippines for Summer Crush, unaware of the emotional waves that engulf her when she sets foot in the beaches of San Juan, La Union. (Almost There, Tara Frejas)
Rhys has three problems: Arabella, the theme song with the Trainguy, and singing live for the first time—and now also on that list is Isaiah, sea-sweet Mango Rum kisses, and long overdue decisions she’s intent on avoiding. (Ocean Eyes, Six de los Reyes)
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it starts with a song.
That was the first thing i noted when i began reading, and of course it did! I expected nothing less. Summer Crush happens during a music festival after all 😀
I LOOOVED this book so so much. One thing I can advise, though, make sure you read the previous books by each author to get a grasp/sense of the characters and their stories. So definitely read The Playlist series, Scandalized, Just for the Record and Feels Like Summer before starting this one (see recommended reading list below!!), you’ll appreciate the many gems found in this for sure.
I’ll admit the only one I didnt read before diving into this was Just for the Record, so Rhys and Isaiah were the only ones I wasn’t familiar with, but the author (Six) definitely did a good job of providing background story, that didn’t bog down the story in anyway but just came about organically as the characters mused on things, and talked with each other, so i wasn’t truly lost. And i did like Rhys a lot, she’s great, but I felt because i missed her previous book that i may have lost some of the omg i know them and love them that i got with the previous characters.
And omg I loved revisiting with Trainman, East genesis Project and Arabella. These three authors have crafted such amazing, multi faceted characters. The cast is large (i mean it does span the authors three different universes after all) but at no time did any characters’ personality get lost in the shuffle. Each character has such distinct voice you just sit there going yes, omg of course they’d think or say that.
I found myself, chuckling alot. You have all these kids in the same space for all this time, things are gonna get ridiculously hilarious. And feelsyyyy.
This book sealed it for me: Gabe and Fi were my fave couple. Together they had some of my favourite scenes (that towel scene *cough*) Their banter is just so easy and fun and i’m sure by now everyone knows how much I looove good banter between characters, especially the MC and LI. Gabriel cares for her sooo much (cries forever)
And the music in this. My word, the music is a huge character in it’s own way, sweeping throughout, mixing, blending these three universes, it’s the thing that ties all these characters together after all, making this crossover so darn epic and I just loove it ok. The songs chapters, i love them so much and damn the talent of these three authors just blows me away, seriously.
And the friendshiiiiiiiips. So wonderful, as wonderful as all those glistening abs that were on display all over the place (thanks for this beach setting lol) Finally, we get Fi, Ana and Jill in the same space. I love the guys but hells yehhh female friendship foreverrr.
Ok, this is getting long and gushy, but before i wrap up: That ending? The thank yous from the members of each band. The afterparty? Thumbs up for everything, cackles forever
The one mystery, though: Those condom promo dudes, what even??? >.> they were hilarious but the end had me feelings just has drunk as Gabe/Miki and Isaiah LOL
Also: never forget the Shinta standee. Read to make sense of this statement.
highly recommend this one (after you read the books mentioned below of course 🙂
Oh! one more thing, even though Yihwan still got on my nerves, I do hope he finds is HEA someday. I want stories for all the remaining boys.
Because Summer Crush melds three fictional universes together, we recommend you read the following books for more information about the characters and their relationship dynamics. Do note that this is recommended, not required.
Songs to Get Over You by Jay E. Tria
It’s harder to get over someone who was never really yours.
They say rock stars get all the girls. But Miki knows that’s not always true. He, for one, though the guitarist of popular indie band Trainman, just can’t seem to get the girl. It’s kind of his fault, really. No one told him to fall in love with Jill. No one told him to stand still and watch as she moved on from a terrible breakup into the arms of another guy—a Japanese celebrity with the face of an angel and the body of a god.
So when someone else comes along, someone who finds him cute, smart, and funny (sometimes in the haha sort of way), will Miki finally move on? Or will he continue to pine for Jill?
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Scandalized by Tara Frejas
Fi Legaspi is living the dream working in Seoul as a road manager for one of South Korea’s hottest bands, East Genesis Project. Until she isn’t.
When she finds herself in the middle of a scandal and a hostile fangirl witch hunt, Fi seeks the comfort of home, and to her surprise, not the person she had been pining for for years. All too suddenly it’s no longer her career on the line, but also her heart. Will she walk away from everything that matters to her or fight to keep her dream alive?
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Just for the Record by Six de los Reyes
Just for the record, the heat can get to even the most calculated of minds.
Let it be stated that Rhys loves Ryan forever and ever. But certain needs are not being met, leaving her frustrated and asking for too much than the conservative and almost-rock star, Ryan, is willing to give. Uncooperative (or cooperative, depending on your point of view) weather provides her an opportunity to ask not what she can do for her friends, but what a friend can do for her.
Isaiah likes to say that the best thing about Rhys is that he can stand in her breathing space and feel nothing. Something of a breather when dancing with Lia short circuits his entire operating system. But all his beliefs are challenged when Rhys chances upon him in a steamy practice room in the middle of a heat wave.
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Feels Like Summer by Six de los Reyes
Five-minute girlfriend. That’s what Jett signs up for when she meets Adrian and his band Arabella at beach music festival Summer Storm. One kiss and the attraction is too electric to ignore, but Jett has no room for love and Adrian is Mr. Relationship who’s getting over his recent breakup. The solution? Keep it simple. Keep it casual. For three months (that’s the rule about breakups, right?), Jett helps Adrian move on and Adrian shows up on Jett’s bed whenever she wants.
Then the three months are up and neither of them are in a hurry to be the first to leave. Does Jett walk away from a potential disaster or does she finally let someone into her closely-guarded heart?
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