Title: The Summer He Found Her
Series: Summers in Seaside Collection
Author: Rachel Radner
Release Date: August 10, 2023
Genre: Sci-fi Romance (time travel)
Tropes: distance, office romance, boss employee, forbidden love
A woman connects to her boss across space and time, uncoiling all their hidden truths and feelings, in this time-bending romance.
Sometimes, the grumpiest people are the most misunderstood.
Take my boss, Ezra, for instance. He's cold. Distant. Seems like he's carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders. He wasn't always like this. No. Once, he looked at me with desire in his eyes and hunger in his heart. But that was for the briefest of moments--until we slept together in Philadelphia. After that, everything changed.
It's almost a year and a half later, and I'm three-thousand miles across the country, attending a work conference. A conference where Ezra's also speaking.
When I subsequently end up at his house, I discover the device that looks more like a VR headset. I put it on, even though I know I shouldn't, and I accidentally end up traveling through time.
After I come face to face with Ezra of the past, I know life as I understand it is about to change forever.
The Summer He Found Her is part two of a two-part story that began with Before the Summer He Found Her. Even if you missed the first part, the second part can be read as if it were a standalone story. Part two ends in a HEA.
Trigger warning: there is mention of relationship abuse, but the actual abuse happens off the page.
He slowly lowers his phone. Now that my heart is beginning to settle in my chest, I take in his blueish grey eyes. They’re instantly disarming, and I hate myself for admiring how captivating they truly are.
“Let me at least walk you back to the hotel, yes?”
“Oh, no, I’m actually at this hotel more inland. I’ve gotta take an Uber to get there and—”
He raises his brows again, this time in a more pronounced fashion. But there’s a slight grin on his face, reminiscent of the way he used to be with me before.
“You’re a terrible liar,” he says.
I can’t help but smile. “Fine. Walk me to the damn hotel, Ezra.”
And like it’s the most natural thing in the world, he grips onto my arm with his hands, and he gently helps lift me up off the ground. For the briefest moments, soft energy dances between us, as if locking us together—reminding me of the magnetic connection we shared back in Philadelphia.
Shaking it off, I start walking back to the hotel, Ezra never letting go of my arm until we’re standing in front of the door to my room.
Welcome to Summers in Seaside, a small town located along the Oregon Coast and home of the Seaside Festival. This series returns in July of 2023, with brand new stories filled with sun, sand and summer adventures that will tug at your heart strings.
Rachel Radner is a former Pennsylvanian who will always miss Wawa.
She's been writing since the first grade when her teacher handed her a journal and instructed her to write about her day. From then on, she was always writing down the stories in her head.
After she graduated from Penn State in 2010, she spent time in NYC doing improv, acting for film, and performing in musical theatre. She participated in NaNoWriMo for the first time in 2012 and started what would become her first romance novel.
When she isn't writing and drinking coffee, she can be found geeking out about Star Wars or SNL, watching something from the Marvel universe, reading, or studying Latin and German.
She currently lives in Los Angeles, CA where she's also pursuing her dream of acting and filmmaking.