Release Blitz with Review: The Summer We Fell by Elizabeth O'Roark

April 6, 2023

The Summer We Fell by Elizabeth O'Roark is now live! 

An Angsty, Second-Chance Forbidden Romance

He was my boyfriend's best friend—and the bane of my existence. I wanted to hate Luke Taylor. I did hate him. I just never hated him enough.

Now, a decade later, tragedy has brought us back to the place where it all happened—my best times, and my worst.

Our lives have changed, but that pull between us is just as strong as ever.

Only this time, it's more dangerous too.


Well, damn. I've never read an Elizabeth O'Roark book before last night, and if this one is any indication, I've been missing out! The Summer We Fell is everything my little angst whore heart could have hoped for!

If you've followed me for a while now, you may have noticed that 2023 hasn't been the best reading year for me thus far. This book alone has been worth all of the disappointments! It's going to be on my favorite reads of the year list. No question! I've been searching for a book with this level of angst and emotional torment for a hot minute, and I finally found it with Luke and Juliet.

The Summer We Fell is full of tragedy, heartbreak, sacrifice, longing, lust, and never-ending, soulmate-level love. My heart will never forget it. Having said that, this book won't be for everyone. There is cheating involved in this story, though the hero and heroine don't cheat on each other. If that's not your shit, you may want to avoid this one.

I loved every second of this story, so if I went into depth on my feelings on every character I wanted to, this review would be a whole ass book. For that reason, I'm choosing to just shine a light on my favorite one, Luke. Luke is a hero that melted my heart over and over again. I loved him from the moment he appeared on the page. Everything he did and said, from the words he used to describe Juliet to the way he beat the shit out of anyone that hurt her, had my heart pitter pattering all over the place. Luke sees Juliet in a way that nobody else does, and it's obvious they're meant to be right from the start. 

Though I love all of the major characters in this story, I didn't always agree with everything they did, said, and went along with, but at the end of the day, we're all human, and life isn't easy. It's full of hard times and tough decisions. Humans make mistakes, even when they're trying to do the right thing.  Some of those mistakes can have consequences they may regret forever, but at the end of the day, everyone is responsible for their reactions to whatever life throws at them.

My heart broke for Juliet, Luke, Donna, and Danny. I cried for each one of them. None of them were perfect, but all of them loved each other in different ways. I wish each of them could've gotten the ending I wanted for them. Despite that, I love The Summer We Fell just as it is. It deserves every single one of the five stars I'm giving it. Elizabeth O'Roark has a new fan in me, and I can't wait to tackle her backlist for more of this magic.

Angsty romance fans, this one's for you!

*Please check trigger warnings from someone else, who is way better at identifying them than I am, because there are definitely some to be aware of.

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Meet Elizabeth

Elizabeth O'Roark spent many years as a medical writer before publishing her first novel in 2013. She holds bachelor’s degrees in journalism and arts from the University of Texas, and a master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of Notre Dame. She is the recipient of the 2017 IBPA gold medal for romance. She lives in Washington DC with her three children. 

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