Review: SUDDENLY ONE SUMMER by Julie James

I just finished Suddenly One Summer by Julie James and I am left with another warm and happy heart. James knows how to write fun, witty contemporary romance that keeps you turning pages while smiling, laughing and sometimes shedding a tear along the way.

23511480In Suddenly One Summer we are treated to Ford’s romance. I first met him in Love Irresistibly as the best friend of Brooke, the heroine of that story. It is so fun watching Ford fall in love. As in all of James’ stories, the heroine in this books is quite kickass. Victoria is a Divorce Attorney with her own successful law firm who lives next to Ford, an Investigative Journalist for the Chicago Tribune. Both of them have (surprise) intimacy issues and while Victoria is seeing a therapist about hers and we get to experience her growth during the story with her, Ford is dealing with his on his own.

There are several side plots to this story. I enjoyed them yet sometimes I felt as though they stalled the overall romance between Ford and Victoria a bit. I wanted more of them and less of Ford and Victoria individually. I would have liked to see Ford and Victoria’s relationship build a little more since her character didn’t trust easily so I was surprised at how quickly they became intimate, but all in all I was happy with it and it ended well.

Suddenly One Summer is a solid contemporary romance. It is flirty, fun and enjoyable.  If you are looking for a good contemporary romance to read, give this one a try.

Reviewed by Amy* * * * *

About the Book:

Title: Suddenly One Summer

Author: Julie James

Release Date: May 22, 2015

Publisher: Jove

Category: Contemporary Romance

Source: Borrowed from the Library

Book Summary:


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. . .

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