Rating: 4.5 stars
Length: Short Story

Ryan is sitting on a beach nursing his heartache and the bad luck to be forced along on his father’s business trip when he notices an Adonis on a surfboard riding the waves. Astonishingly enough, when the Adonis becomes earthbound once more, he appears to notice Ryan as well. The surfer’s name is Chris and before he knows what hit him, Ryan is learning to surf too and has an invitation to dinner from Chris. In a panic, Ryan phones back east to his best friend who convinces Ryan that a summer fling is just what he needs to get over being dumped. But when things start to feel more involved, will Chris’ secret ruin the chance for a relationship before it really gets started?

Well, if short stories could be puppy cute, Just A Summer Fling would be one of the cutest puppies in the window. I loved this story and would love it if the author gaves us another view of this couple in the future. Ryan is such a wonderful character. He’s cute, nice, intelligent and just suffered the worst sort of hurt you can receive from someone he thought cared about him. It’s delivered a huge blow to his self confidence and self image, which is why is he sitting on a beach in jeans and sneakers instead of board pants and flip flops. Lucky for us and him, Chris appears to repair the damage done by Ryan’s ex. I love it when the Adonis turns out to be as likable a person as the nerd. In this case, he’s as smart and mulitdimensional as Ryan is. It’s adorable puppies times two! In fact the story ends too soon for me but we get the glimmer of the boys future together and it is full of hope. Just a lovely story in every respect.

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