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…
Release Date June 2, 2015
Penguin Group Jove
I was lucky enough to get a review copy of Suddenly One Summer thanks to the publisher through NetGalley. I'm a huge fan of Julie James and anxiously await her new books each year. I also was so excited that Suddenly One Summer was Ford's book, as I've loved him since we first met him.
I really enjoyed reading Suddenly One Summer. It starts out very different from the usual Julie James story, yet quickly moves back to the story her readers have come to love. Ford is one of my favorite heroes ever from Julie James. I will say that I didn't connect with Victoria as quickly as I normally do. While I found Victoria to be smart, independent and totally sarcastic as most of the heroines in past Julie James' books, I think her jaded view of relationships due to her past, kept me from initially connecting as quickly with her.
I have had love for Ford. I knew it would take a really strong woman to be his equal in a relationship. I could feel the attraction between Ford and Victoria from the moment they first saw one another. I have to say the comedy of errors that kept them from getting together sooner really did crack me up. I loved both Ford and Victoria had strong jealous streaks when it came to each other. The fact they had trouble keeping their hands off of one another only added to my love of them as a couple.
I think of all the heroines Julie James has written, Victoria grew the most over the course of the story. She has allowed her past to dictate so much of her beliefs and feelings in the present. I think meeting and falling so hard and so fast for Ford was the kick she needed to finally move past everything that had happened and live in the present.
I once again read the latest Julie James book as quickly as possible and now will have to wait for a year for my next fix. Suddenly One Summer was a very enjoyable read and I'm already making guesses as to who the hero will be in the next book.