Suddenly One Summer

Julie James
Suddenly One Summer
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PENGUIN GROUP Berkley, NAL / Signet Romance, DAW
Release Date
June 2015
Contemporary Romance, Lawyer/FBI Romance

From the New York Times bestselling author of It Happened One Wedding comes a novel about a man and a woman whose summer is about to get very, very steamy…

Divorce lawyer Victoria Slade has seen enough unhappy endings to swear off marriage forever. That doesn't mean she's opposed to casual dating—just not with her cocky new neighbor, who is as gorgeous and tempting as he is off-limits. But once she agrees to take on his sister's case, she's as determined to win as ever—even if that means teaming up with Ford…

Investigative journalist Ford Dixon is bent on finding the man who got his sister pregnant and left her high and dry. He's willing to partner with Victoria, despite the fact that the beautiful brunette gets under his skin like no other woman. He might not be looking to settle down, but there's no denying the scorching attraction between them. Still, the more time he spends with Victoria, the more he realizes that the one woman as skeptical about love as he is might be the only woman he could really fall for…

Book Review by BJ (reviewer)
Jun 12, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
173 people found the following review helpful
4.5 "New Perspectives" Stars! Lovers of smart, witty, self-independent heroines will not want to miss SUDDENLY ONE SUMMER. I loved the tension between this duo and the way their strengths and weaknesses complemented one another. Being a lawyer myself, I could totally get how a legal professional--especially a divorce lawyer--could develop a jaded perspective towards HEAs. The inspiring message that even the most jaded of the jaded individuals are capable of falling into their own perfect match--even when they are wholeheartedly determined to run in the other direction--is a message that a romantic like me just can't help but to fall in love with.

When you combine the philandering ways of her father, and her never ending divorce caseload, Victoria Slade has seen enough marriages fall apart to know that she should avoid falling into that trap like the plague. As a woman does have needs, however, Victoria is perfectly willing to satisfy those urges with casual no strings attached relationships. Frankly, with her demanding career, she is also convinced that's all she has time for anyway.

When she first meets investigative journalist Ford Dixon during a night of drinks at a bar, she assumes Ford may just be the right guy to scratch that itch for at least one night. But when she later finds out he is her new next door neighbor, a man who seems to have an endless "cavalcade" of willing females to entertain him, Victoria's initial interest turns sour, leading to some rather feisty, spite-filled interchanges.

When it turns out that one of the women in Ford's "calvacade" is actually his sister, who got knocked up during a one night stand, and now can barely support herself much less the child, Victoria's altruistic side can not resist taking on her case pro bono. However, that means teaming up with none other than her hot, cocky, annoying neighbor, who will perform the services to track down the MIA baby daddy.

Soon they are experiencing success both in their joint venture and their personal interactions–-a fact which only reconfirms their initial attraction. However, getting physically involved can only complicate their working relationship and could never lead to anything anyways given their mutual desires to stay away from any form of a long term relationship. When they each begin to realize that the other may very well be the sole exception to their rule against a HEA, will they be brave enough to explore what they always strove to avoid?

Wow, what a story. I loved Ms. James' attention to the development of each character's background and intense psychological and past history barriers towards commitment. The joint tackling of Ford's sister's case also provided an interesting side story to add to the suspense and complexity of the central romance. The combination of both these story lines converges to form a satisfying romance with depth.

This was my first experience with Julie James. I kept hearing such great things about her writing, that when I got an opportunity to review SUDDENLY ONE SUMMER, I jumped at the chance. I am so glad I did! I now know that there is a vast backlist, including Ms. James' highly rated FBI/US Attorney Series, that I can't wait to sit down and explore!
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