Suddenly One Summer by Julie James
Synopsis from 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…”
I’ve loved the books I’ve read by Julie James, and this was no exception. As I’ve mentioned, I’ve been really into reading romance lately (possibly because it’s a nice break from the non-fiction Pulitzers I’m working on), and the quality of writing in many romance novels leaves something to be desired. Not so with Julie James or this book. Suddenly One Summer is well-written with a plot and pacing that just make sense. The story is, generally, believable and I can definitely see how these two would get together.
One of the things I really loved about this book was that, despite their instant physical attraction, these two characters don’t immediately hop into bed like it’s the most normal thing in the world. They also don’t decide to get married or move in together within weeks of meeting. That always drives me crazy in books, and I appreciated the realness of the situation with Victoria and Ford.
The chemistry between the characters is apparent without being over the top. Their personalities as well as their physical attributes work really well together, and I loved that they were able to find a way to come together, despite their individual hangups about love and commitment.
If you like smart women and intelligently-written romances, this book is a great choice. I gave it four stars and recommend reading it and other books by this author.