Published on: July 27th 2014
Published by: Self Published
Series: The Six #1
Genre: YA Romance
Format: Review Copy
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Riley Clifton can’t remember a time when she wasn’t a part of the Six, a group of rowdy boys who would do just about anything for her. Growing up alongside of six guys is never easy. Especially in high school. Falling in love with one of the Six? Even harder when Ace has a hold of her heart, and he doesn’t even know it.
Jake (Ace) Aceton has loved Riley for a long time, but has kept the secret oath of the Six. Riley was off limits. At least until after graduation. When he overhears Riley admitting to her best friend, Paige how she feels about him, Ace doesn’t let his chance slip by. Riley, in his mind, has always been his.
When her college plan falls through, and her future is left to the hands of fate, Riley finds herself scrambling to keep up with all the changes. But that’s not the hardest part. The hardest part is saying good-bye, especially to Ace.
Heartache, hard lessons, and a love deeper than her Alabama roots will threaten to crumble Riley’s world as she waits for Ace’s return. Will Riley and Ace’s love be strong enough to hold them together when life tries to tear them apart.
I always wanted a group of friends like this one in high school so I immediately warmed to The Six. The book did seem to focus on a few of the six more than the others, but as book one of a series I guess we will get more of the rest of the group in further books. I really liked Rileys position in the group, she was a mixture of mum (keeping control of them all) and little sister (with a whole load of big brothers to protect her). There were a few times when I felt like the six were a bit too over protective, but it wasn’t enough to change my liking for them.
“They had lots of codes they stuck by, but never talked about. And I had a feeling one of those codes had something to do with me.”
I am a massive fan of friends to lovers type romances. I really liked the whole development of Jake and Riley’s relationship, and the fact that they already have like a strong foundation from years of friendship just made their relationship all that more stronger. Although they had this foundation and so it wasn’t insta-love, but it still did feel like they very quickly went from friends to very intense relationship and I don’t know it felt a little bit too quick for me. However I still found it a believable and very sweet romance that I would definitely like to read more of.
“We love you Riley. We always have … we always will.”
This is the first book in the series, but it did feel a little bit like we were reading book two, that there should have been something more before this one. We spend the first half of the book reminiscing about all these amazing times the six had had in the past but I think I would have preferred to have actually had the book start earlier in their story. I really loved the scenes containing the whole group and just wanted more of them!!!
“The rules have changed brother”
It was a nice and easy read, perfect for those days when you want something that’s not too heavy. It has some dodgy moments, but also some really nice moments, and if you anything like me then your love for The Six will carry you through the book and to the extreme cliffhanger ending!
Re-Readability: Probably at some point
I would recommend this book to fans of: Books about very group friendships, friendship to relationship romances.
Sonya Loveday, first and foremost is a reader, an avid one. It is of that love that brought her to purchasing her first laptop in 2009, and publishing her first novel, Casted, in 2013. In early 2014, Sonya expanded Casted and then went on to publish Spelled, the sequel to Casted, in March, wrapping up the series, and her stint with Paranormal Romance. For now.
Not long after the completion to the Casted Series, Sonya tried her hand at New Adult/Coming of Age, a sub-genre of Contemporary Romance. Thusly, the Six were born with The Summer I Fell, which released at the end of July 2014. The demand from readers was instantaniously, which brought about End Note, the second book of the series in December 2014. To date, Sonya lives in Central Florida with her husband, and two kids, and is currently working on her fifth book set to release later this spring 2015.
1) I really liked the idea of “the six” and it was the thing that initially drew me to this book. So what was it that made you decide to write an entire series set around this group of six guys?
Friendship. Showing the dynamics of a group of friends as they graduate high school and start out on their own paths in life. Riley was the original one that came to me. She showed me the Six and gave me their stories to tell. Looking back at my high school years, I remember a group of guys, all really good friends like the Six, so it was easy to relate to it.
2) If your series was made into a film who would you cast for Jared, Ace, Mark, Josh, Aiden & Eli?
Jared – Jim Sturgess
Ace – Matt Lanter
Mark – Torrance Coombs
Josh – Jensen Ackles
Aiden – Zac Effron
Eli – I haven’t found the right person, in my mind, who fits Eli description in my mind.
3) What is your favorite quote from The Summer I Fell?
Paige says this to Riley after Ace and the others leave. It’s also after Ace and Riley admit how they’ve felt about each other for a long time. It’s like the rug gets ripped right out from underneath her, leaving her floundering in her aloneness.
“We’re both stronger than this, Riley. No person should let the love they feel for another tear them apart to the point of madness. Things happen for a reason. Whether we find out what that reason is or not, we can’t let it rip us apart. I refuse to let this break either of us. There’s a purpose to why we’re being tested. Besides, nothing worth having is easy.’
4) If you could pick just one song to go with The Summer I Fell what would it be?
Florida Georgia Line, Dayum Baby
5) Which book not written by yourself do you wish you had written and why?
There’s so many amazing books out there, but to wish I’d written one of them has never crossed my mind. I would, however, love a peek inside Colleen Hoover’s mind…’cause damn, that woman can write!
6) If you were a Superhero what would your powers and superhero name be?
I already am…ask my kids! I’m the Mominator. I take things away in a single bound, such as electronic devices and TV privileges. And I can construct a pretty mean grounding without a blink of my eye 😉