Seven days to fall in love, fifteen years to forget, and seven days to get it all back again..
Eva Mercy is a single mom and the author of a bestselling paranormal romance series. Shane Hall is a reclusive, enigmatic award-winning novelist. And to everyone’s surprise, Shane and Eva have a history together.
When Shane and Eva meet again at a literary event, they realize that the spark between them has never faded. What no one knows is that fifteen years earlier, Shane and Eva spent a whirlwind of a week together in which they fell madly in love. But things didn’t end in a great way, and Shane and Eva are now forced to navigate their feelings under the sizzling Brooklyn sun.
Seven Days in June has all the hallmarks of a good romance novel: a handsome couple, a typical meet-cute, dazzling chemistry, lots of witty banter and a few well-placed sexy scenes. It’s witty, sexy, smart and the story feels deeply personal. Both of the main characters feel well fleshed out, especially Eva. I was surprised how much I loved reading about Eva’s relationship with her daughter and how having a child had changed her so much from when she was a teenager.
The novel also includes a beautiful world of Black Literati as well as some well needed anti-racism education. I personally found this to be incredibly interesting to read about and had the idea it was weaved into the story real naturally. I myself am working on decentering whiteness in my own reading reading and Seven Days in June was a wonderful addition to my bookshelf.
The only reason I didn’t end up giving the book five stars is because I felt that the ending was a little bit rushed. I do not want to get into spoilers, but at the end of the story, Eva makes a big decision and the story takes a new turn. I would have loved to see the story be a little bit longer and have that plotline explored a bit more than we ended up getting.
But in the end, Seven Days in June is a lovely book that will make you think, smile, giggle, and who knows, maybe it’ll even make you cry.
Trigger Warnings: Child neglect (recounted), alcoholism, self harm (recounted), drug abuse, sexual harassment