Audio Review: Funny and Witty! Suddenly One Summer by Julie James

Posted June 12, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 4 Comments

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Audio Review: Funny and Witty! Suddenly One Summer by Julie JamesSuddenly One Summer by Julie James
Narrator: Karen White
Published by Tanor Media on June 2, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: Audiobook
Length: 9 hours, 43 minutes
Source: Publisher
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.


Quick summary

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.


The narration

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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About Karen White

Karen White is a classically trained actress who has been recording audio books since 1999 and has well over 150 books to her credit and is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA. Honored to be included inAudiofile’s Best Voices 2010 and 2011, she’s also an Audie Finalist and Best Audiobook of the Year winner for 2009, 2010 and 2011 (The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon Reed, Too Good to be True by Erin Arvedlund, and Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O’Connor) and she has earned multiple Audiofile Earphones Awards, recently for and You Had Me at Woof by Julie Klam and Inside of a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz. Publishers Weekly says of Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick, “Karen White delivers a stunning reading, her character interpretations are confident and well-rounded, and she forges a strong bond with the audience.” Speaking of Audiobooks says of her, “Karen is one of my auto-buy narrators – if I think a book may interest me, her narration will sway me to give it a try.”

About Julie James

After graduating from law school, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julie James clerked for the United States Court of Appeals. She then practiced law with one of the nation’s largest firms for several years until she began writing screenplays. After Hollywood producers optioned two of her scripts, she decided to leave the practice of law to write full-time.

Julie’s books have been listed on the American Library Association’s Reading List for Top Genre Novels, Booklist‘s Top 10 Romances of the Year, and have been featured as one of Cosmopolitan magazine’s Red Hot Reads. Julie’s novels also were chosen as the Best Contemporary Romances of 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 in the All About Romance Readers’ Polls. Her books have been translated into sixteen languages and Julie’s seventh novel, It Happened One Wedding, hit bookstores and on-line booksellers this spring on May 6th.

Julie James lives with her husband and two children in Chicago, where she is currently working on her next book.

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4 responses to “Audio Review: Funny and Witty! Suddenly One Summer by Julie James

    • Jonetta (Ejaygirl)

      I flew through this audiobook because I was having so much fun. Hope you enjoy!

    • Jonetta (Ejaygirl)

      I didn’t realize this was your first by the author! Highly recommend the connected series. It’s one of my favorites.