Summary from Goodreads
Summer scatters three friends, ties them back together, and makes them question who they have been and who they want to be in the future.
Brenna expected to soak up the knowledge of great Irish writers at her summer workshop in Dublin. But there are some things even the best books can't teach you, and a passionate new friend and an old familiar full of surprises challenge Brenna to follow her heart. By the time she's back in the States, she can't wait to throw herself back into Jake's arms and tell him exactly what he means to her.
She puts the brakes on that plan when it becomes clear that Jake may not be ready to shoulder any more. He visits his family's palatial home in the mountains of New York, and is exposed to all the possibilities a life surrounded by his pampered relatives and washed in money would hold for him. But is it possible to accept so much and not change who you are? Jake has to face the reality that changing sometimes means losing things...but how much is he willing to put on the line?
Saxon has been thrust into a life of drudgery and indentured service he never dreamed of after a brush with the law puts him on family-enforced probation. Who would have thought Sussex County's resident bad-ass layabout would fall head-over-heels in love with a girl, an elderly aunt, and a shot at a whole new life. The problem is, he's a Maclean to his marrow, and it's in his blood to be a selfish screw-up. Isn't it?
Brenna, Jake, and Saxon spend one summer growing up, working things out, and doing their best to weather the changes that get thrown their way. But can the love and friendships of one amazing summer last through the ups and downs of the coming years?
Everyone is growing up and moving on. Brenna, Saxon and Jake has grown a lot. It was only months in their book world but these three has learned and matured a lot. This is told in the alternating POV of Brenna, Saxon and Jake which I believe is the best decision by the author. Each character are learning to live their own lives, be independent and grow for themselves. Hearing each of their thoughts make this story more real.
Less drama compared to the first book, it makes the reader feels the end is near for this series. Everything is falling into its place and everyone is starting to be happy.
Brenna's words shows how much she have learned in the previous books. here, you could feel the contentment in her words. She finally knows what to do, what love really is, who she's inl ove with and who she wants to be with. Jake said this line in this book:
"She was mine in a way, but she was mostly just her own. And that was what I loved most about her"
I think this line tells a lot about the story, especially since it's a bulls-eye on Brenna's character.
Jake is starting to see life for his own. Not just someone meant to be with Brenna. But someone who has his own life and goals. Brenna helped him a lot in realizing his potential and what he really can do.
Saxon is turning to be the ideal guy I was hoping to see for the past books. It makes me sad that he finally finds the love he's looking for with Cadence instead with Brenna. If only he had changed when he was with Brenna, then maybe... maybe he's the one with Brenna and not Jake. But of course, he won't have the realizations that pushed him to change if not for everything that happened between him and Brenna. He's just looking someone to fall for, Brenna was supposed to be that girl, but she's not meant for him. They're not meant t0 be together. And now, he has that opportunity with Cadence. Selfish it may seem, a part of me wants him to always be inlove with Brenna.
They're relationship with each other has calmed as well. The intensity of emotions in the first two books was gone.
The author has successfully and expertly expressed in this story how everyone grew up. I was happy in the end, satisfied that all went well. But bit of me is hoping for a fourth book. I just can't get enough of the characters. Even Evan and Devon got me hooked. The ending is worth all the dramas in the start.