Nikolai is on medical leave from the Special Air Service because of a knee injury; the last thing he wants to do is babysit his neighbor's full-grown niece. Keeping her out of harm's way is turning out to be a full time job. Keeping his hands off her well-rounded curves proves to be impossible.
Summer may be an innocent but she's making up for lost time. Being away from her family is exciting until the house is broken into and she starts getting "heavy breather" phone calls. Instead of turning to her family, she runs to Nikolai for help. Being attracted to this big bad SAS man may not be a bad thing. She'll have somebody to try out all those things she's read about in romance novels. Nikolai knows he's too old for Summer, and having an affair with his friend's niece is not a good idea. When she begins going out with Dare Martin, a local restauranteur who's believed to be involved in a criminal ring, Nikolai's possessive instincts kick in and despite all his good intentions, he claims Summer for himself.
SUMMER IN THE CITY OF SAILS is wonderfully entertaining. I was able to relate to both characters and understand their plights. I loved the way Summer wasn't afraid to do exactly what she wanted and had this "the whole world's an adventure" attitude. She'd lived vicariously through the books she'd read and was ready to get out and try it all for herself. Nikolai, despite being a "big bad SAS" man has his own issues. He blames himself for the deaths of his wife and unborn child, and he's scared it could happen again if he becomes involved with Summer. I found myself needing to know who was threatening Summer and why. I couldn't put the book down until I knew. This is a book I could read over and over and never tire of.