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Suddenly One Summer (Novel) Mass Market Paperback – June 2, 2015
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PRAISE FOR SUDDENLY ONE SUMMER:
"James’ trademark mix of bright humor, emotional perceptiveness, and sizzling sexual tension make this a radiant winner." --Kirkus Reviews
"Another JJ delight packed full of her signature wit and sophistication that provide laugh-out-loud fun juxtaposed with moments that will twist your heart.…A hot, sexy read packed full of humor and high jinks as Victoria and Ford take tentative steps into romance…I love Julie James' voice, and it's easy to see why her books have such wide appeal, Suddenly One Summer is another jewel added to her basket of treasures... If you need a great read to throw in your beach bag, make sure Suddenly One Summer is one of your choices." --USA Today
PRAISE FOR THE NOVELS OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING JULIE JAMES
“An addictively readable combination of sharp humor, sizzlingly sexy romance, and a generous measure of nail-biting suspense.”
“Sexy fun. Romance fans will pop their corks over this one.”—Library Journal
“Witty banter and an amazing chemistry.”—Chicago Sun-Times
“Julie James writes books I can't put down.”—Nalini Singh, New York Times bestselling author
About the Author
After graduating from law school, New York Times 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 books have been translated into sixteen languages, and her most recent novels are It Happened One Wedding, Love Irresistibly, and About That Night. Julie lives with her husband and two children in Chicago, where she is currently working on her next book.
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Top Customer Reviews
Ford Dixon is an investigative journalist who's dealing with issues of his own. The recent loss of his father brings many of his hidden issues to surface. But without realizing it, he's given his new, single, traumatized female neighbor the wrong impression of himself...what with all the coming and going of various women from his apartment. And then (again without realizing it), he causes her to prejudge him, not only as a whoring playboy, but also as inconsiderate and rude when he begins refurbishing and repairing parts of his apt. Needless to say, they get off on the wrong foot and are not friends.
I enjoyed this story. The main characters were likable and strong...easy to relate to and quickly connect with. I loved Victoria's sassy, sarcastic, quick wit. It was so much fun to watch the moments turn from irritating and intolerable to occasionally funny and not quite so intolerable. Ms. James slowly begins to turn their dislike of each other to garnering smiles and second looks...and then looks that being lasting longer. I loved how Ms. James brings our two angry protagonists to work together for the benefit of one other. Victoria is like a tiger lady in court. She's a very successful divorce lawyer in high demand and while she's doing her "schtick" and being her fabulous lawyer self in divorce court, Ford is tearing up the Chicago Tribune and making front page stories. But then they need the help of the other and while they're both circling each other on a mutual case, their push/pull tango reaches crescendoing heights. It was pretty great. Victoria desperately hides her vulnerabilities perceiving them as weakness. She's snarky, but it isn't over the top. The intimate moments are conveyed maturely and tastefully. The adult language is kept at an extreme low. The sex and heat doesn't overpower the wonderful story. The downside for me was how slowly they work through their issues before they finally find happiness...which brings the story to an end. Maybe I just wanted them to hurry up and "see" each other, lol. Ms. James brings about all this wonderful controversy, then uses the majority of the book to draw it out to a quick culmination. It might have been that I just wasn't ready to let these two fabulous characters go. :)
Because you find someone who's worth facing your deepest fears for."
Another great book by Julie James with an interesting plot, great characters and witty dialogue.
I was excited for this book since it was announced and most because Brooke's friend Ford seemed to be a complex and fun character and that's how he was on this book as well. He's a career man, working for the Chicago Tribune as an investigative reporter - he doesn't shy away from any 'case' and is always trying to uncover new wrong doings. Then one summer night he meets his new neighbor Victoria 'the divorce lawyer' and what starts off as teasing in the end transforms into an incredible friendship and later love.
I love the secondary plot for this book - although this is mainly a romance novel, the main characters are working on a case - finding Ford's sister's baby daddy. It was interesting to see them interact in a different environment other than the bedroom - that's one thing I LOVE about Julie James's books - they are character oriented, with amazing character development - it's not all about the sex or the hotness level - it's about the lives of her heroes and heroines, about their pasts and how those influenced their growth, it's about friendships, old and new ones and all this is entwined with great suspense elements - all this is making me feel like I'm part of the FBI/ US attorney gang.
I recommend her books to anyone looking for tough, likable and capable heroines and smooth talking, smart and funny heroes.