Suddenly One Summer by Julie James
Series: FBI/US Attorney #6
Published by Berkley/Jove on June 2, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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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...
Not a fan.
I started reading Julie James after a glowing five star review of It Happened One Wedding was posted at Dear Author. I adored It Happened One Wedding so I immediately went out and purchased the rest of the books in the series. After reading all five books in the FBI/US Attorney series, I have to say that the enjoyment factor (for me) has been rather uneven.
Which brings me to book six: Suddenly One Summer. And I am not a fan.
I don’t know 100% why this one didn’t work for me. Maybe it’s because I’m still stalled in my reading of Practice Makes Perfect… Maybe I just didn’t connect with the characters… I can’t say for sure but I can say that I did not believe in this romance. I do not understand what attracted the MCs to each other (outside of proximity and physical attraction). I don’t feel they know each other well enough to be “in love.” I didn’t buy it at all and it makes me sad.
As usual, I appreciate Ms James’s strong, career driven heroines. Victoria is a tough cookie who – like my favorite, the snickerdoodle – has a soft chewy center. A child of divorce due to a philandering father, Victoria decided to become a divorce attorney. She has a rather happy and successful existence until a home break-in caused her to move (and seek counseling for anxiety attacks) – leading to her meeting with Ford.
The hero, Ford, was almost completely forgettable. I can’t say much about him other than he’s friends with Vaughn from It Happened One Wedding and that he was a great brother. And he’s named after a car.
One of the things that bothered me about Suddenly One Summer was the couple’s interactions with each other. I just never felt any chemistry between the two of them. The lack of chemistry bothered me so much that I skipped over all of the love scenes.