Suddenly One Summer
Author: Julie James
Suddenly One Summer will be released just in time for your summer vacation. It’s definitely one you want to earmark for poolside enjoyment. It is a light, romantic story without a lot of conflict. It’s the kind of no-stress read with a happy ending that you want when the sun is hot and you don’t want to concentrate that hard. Let’s be real, no one reads Tolstoy at the beach. That doesn’t mean, however, that Suddenly One Summer isn’t well written. The fact that it only follows a single plot requires it to be tight, and James totally delivers.
My favorite part of the book was actually the set-up. When Victoria Slade moves out of her home, her new residence isn’t ready so she sub-lets a loft next door to investigative journalist Ford Dixon for the summer. I liked Ford. He’s incredibly handsome, single, and as journalist, he’s curious. He likes to ask questions rather than focusing on himself. Further, he genuinely likes his family. He’s such a good guy that it’s more than amusing when a series of innocent events makes it look, from his new neighbor’s casual perspective, as though he’s a self-centered womanizer. From the circumstantial evidence, she’s totally justified in her assumptions so watching these two come together over the course of the story, and not just because of sexual chemistry, was fun.
If I had one criticism, it would be regarding the intimate scenes. They are probably the most “sudden” part of this story. Ford and Victoria circle each other for some time and then suddenly are going at it on the kitchen table. My criticism though isn’t the exhibition of their passion, it’s their language. We have two characters who make their living, day in and day out, with words. They select vocabulary, craft sentences and paragraphs, and convey specific meaning. It’s how their brains work. I didn’t buy that either of them would start speaking like another person in the heat of passion. It halted the flow of the book for me.
Victoria Slade was entirely believable for me as a single attorney running her own practice. James pulls from her personal background here and it works. It gives Slade some authenticity. He wasn’t a main character, but Will, Victoria’s assistant, was probably my favorite character. His ethnicity was never disclosed, but my mental casting saw him as Rex Lee, sassy, smart, organized, and never wrong. I need to hire Will, but I’m sure I can’t afford him.
Like all the books in the FBI/U.S. Attorney Series, they are related in the sense that they are set in a shared world of the Chicago criminal justice system. Some characters make minor appearances in books other than their own story. They are, however, each stand-alone novels. It is not necessary to read them in order.
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
Series: FBI/U.S. Attorney Series #6
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format(s): paperback (304 pages), e-book, audiobook
Book Source: Publisher
Suddenly One Summer (FBI/U.S. Attorney Series #6)