This summer in California is a prime time for Ashley to cross two items off the list: learn to surf (#13) and have a summer romance (#17). And Matt Gibson, the best surf instructor in Huntington Beach and the most wanted guy in the singles ward, is the perfect man for the job. Ashley hatches a plan to love him and leave him before heading off to grad school in the fall (#4, get a master's degree). But when Matt decides he doesn't like the "leaving" part, Ashley's carefully laid plans are turned sideways. Now Ashley faces an unexpected dilemma: should she stick to the safety of The List, or risk everything for a love that may tie her down —- or might set her free?
I actually won this book at the American Night Writers Association Conference a few years back and only recently got to it. I actually had Melanie Jacobson sign it, she's an awesome lady.
So, Ashley has a list of 25 goals she wants to accomplish before she gets married. She has older sisters who haven't exactly had the greatest time with their marriages thus far, and Ashley's become afraid of commitment. Her List is her safety net...
Until she meets Matt.
*Swoon* Oh Matt. This guy is basically perfection. Like, obviously this is a romance book because no one is as perfect as Matt. But that's okay, I went into this novel knowing it was a cheesy, but well written romance.
Needless to say, Matt teaches Ashley some lessons about life, about how to trust, and how to look beyond the List and see people for who they really are.
It was a quick, lovely read. If you like cheesy romances, I highly recommend this book!
4 out of 5!