Publisher: Jove (June 2nd 2015)
Paperback: 304 pages
Series: Sorta spin off of FBI / US Attorney
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Rating: 4 of 5 stars
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…
Suddenly One Summer is kind of a spin of Julie Jame’s FBI/US Attorney series as it stars Ford, the investigative journalist friend of Brooke’s (Love Irresistibly) and divorce lawyer Victoria. I remember liking Ford in Love Irresistibly, but he totally won me over in this one with his charm (and hotness)!
Victoria turned and got her first look at the shower-fresh version of Ford Dixon. Gorgeous as ever; six-foot plus inches of incredibly blue eyes; wet, mussed hair; low-slung jeans; and a T-shirt stretched across his broad, solid chest.
And bare feet.
She heard the tiny cry of a hundred unfertilized eggs as one of her ovaries exploded.”
I love that this story is a neighbours/boy-next-door romance! It starts of with Ford and Victoria ending up being neighbours for the summer and of course they can’t stand each other at first (aah the bickering flirtation). To Victoria, Ford is the loud banging (take it how you want) neighbour, and Victoria is the blow-dryer girl at 6 AM to Ford. But fate finds a way to force them to work together. So increase the flirting, and sexy banter because we’ve got a romance on our hand!
Hands hovering over the keyboard, he paused and looked over. “I’m going to begin typing now, so you might want to brace yourself for the onslaught of sexiness.”
Ford and Victoria are trying to find the man who got his sister pregnant, and there’s a lot of pretty funny shenanigans as they venture out to solve this mystery. It provides Ford and Victoria the opportunity to truly develop their relationship. Yay for no instalove relationship. They have lots of cute flirty moments, to some more heartfelt ones, too. They’ve both have pasts that really impacted their views on marriage and I liked that the story takes a deeper look into mental health and how it affects Victoria as an adult.
Overall, Suddenly One Summer is a super cute and fluffy summer read with lots of fun characters. There’s minimal miscommunication and lots of banter. And not only are the main couple lovely, but their friends (including cameos from the FBI/US Attorney series!) are pretty darn hilarious too. This is a definitely pick me up for fans of contemporaries who love romance and a little suspense.
Audrey’s head spun. “You puked in the alley? Wow. You must really like him.”
“Oh, God. Don’t say that.” Victoria bent her head over her knees and took slow, deep breaths.
“The vomiting seems to be her way of expressing her feelings toward Ford,” Rachel told Audrey.
“Aw. And they say romance is dead.”
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a bum a student again. A master’s student…oooh. procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.