Hot Stuff: Surfing Stories

Tess Woods, Carla Caruso, Maria Lewis, Alli Sinclair


Short Stories, Romance





“Hot sun, warm bodies, tight skin, electricity on the air … four top romance authors give you their take on summer. 

From Carla Caruso – A chance meeting with a pro-surfer on an island getaway …
From Maria Lewis – The world of women’s surfing throws two recent bedmates together … 
From Alli Sinclair – A world-famous performer finds her heart and a way to fight her demons in Rio de Janeiro …
From Tess Woods – A Cornish beach retreat proves a full reawakening …” 


I picked up this book because… I won a voucher for this book from Tess Woods and I had been intending to read some of these authors for a while.

Six Star Weekend: 

I loved… that the author lived up to the recommendations. Carla Caruso had been heavily recommended by friends and I really enjoyed her story.

I disliked… that there wasn’t more surfing involved in this story.

The Bluff:

I loved… that for a short story, it was enthralling. I loved that Kitty not only achieved her dream, but failed and tried again. It’s not about how many times you fall, It’s about how many times you get back up again.

I disliked… nothing.

Song of the Sea:

I loved… the setting. Rio De Janeiro is somewhere that I have always wanted to go. II love that it’s about Miguel and Lexi getting past the thing that is stopping them from achieving what they want… with a huge splash of sun, surf and a bit of romance.

I disliked… nothing

Destiny in a Day:

I loved… This one more than the others. Tess Woods was the only author that I had previously read and naturally I love her style of writing. I had no idea that people surfed in Cornwall, let alone the UK until this story. Gemma and Jake both need to move on and they might just find the ability to do so with each other.

I disliked… nothing


I loved… that all four authors for not definitively giving each couple a happy ever after. This really really annoys me when short stories end with “I met you 24 hours ago but lets be together forever”. It’s very rare that this actually happens in real life so when these authors left it at the possibility of a happily ever after instead of a definite, I was quite pleased. There was an actual knowledge of surfing that completely surprised me and I ended up wanting to take my phone to the beach and read while watching others surf… Then I remembered I live in Darwin! At the time, it was too wet to sit on the sand and there is no such thing as surf in Darwin unless there is a major storm or cyclone.

I disliked… not much at all.

This book reminded me of… The Last Summer of You and I by Anne Brashares.

I would recommend this book to… everyone who loves short romantic stories and wants to read Australian authors! It’s the perfect summer read!

Cai xx