I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Suddenly One Summer by Julie James
Narrator: Karen White
Published by Tanor Media on June 2, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Length: 9 hours, 43 minutes
Audio | Goodreads
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…
About the series
While the author doesn’t include this book in the FBI/US Attorney series (neither of the main characters is an FBI agent or a US attorney), it is connected through several of the characters. Ford Dixon and his best friend, Brooke Parker, were featured in Love, Irresistibly. The story stands alone very well. However, if you’re as manic as I am about character continuity, consider this as #6 in the series sequence.
Ford Dixon is an investigative journalist who’s out with his friends one evening. Victoria Slade (a divorce attorney) and her friends are out on the same evening at the same restaurant. While they share a “look” and a “connection,” forces work against them and they don’t meet or pursue the possibility. Through a series of misunderstandings, both develop unflattering opinions of each other that are exacerbated when fate decides to throw another curve…she ends up being his new, temporary neighbor in an adjacent loft apartment.
What I enjoyed
I’m not normally a big fan of misunderstandings that seem to drag out unnecessarily so I was a little leery about this one. What makes it a standout is the snappy, witty repartee that had me often smiling and occasionally laughing out loud. When they’re thrown together to work on Ford’s sister’s case, it provides the foundation for the relationship to turn and a sexy romance to brew. And, it introduces a secondary storyline that I found just as interesting.
Karen White does a fine job in pacing the story, delivering really good character distinctions and adding just the right inflections and tones where needed. I enjoyed her performance.
The bottom line
I really liked the story, Ford and Victoria, the romance, the secondary storyline and the audio performance. It reminded me of a well done romantic comedy that was perfectly cast. I’m also glad that I chose to listen to it versus reading the eBook as it just iced a really nice book experience.
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