Suddenly One Summer by Julie James

suddenly one summer, Julie James, Book Journey

Victoria Slade prides herself on her “take care of herself attitude”.  As a divorce lawyer, she has seen her share of relationships gone wrong and has interest in adding her name to the list of relationship casualties.  When circumstances shake her stable world and cause her to move into a new apartment she finds her new neighbor Ford’s conquests to be unsettling.  Sure he is easy on the eyes but apparently she is not the only one who thinks so.

When Victoria winds up helping Ford’s sister with a case she finds herself teaming up with Ford who turns out to be an Investigative Journalist.  As Victoria and Ford try to keep a professional distance, they find a growing attraction for each other.  Yet Victoria still carries with her some remains of her past shake up that she is working through, and she wonders if Ford is the right person to put her trust in… and her heart.




Suddenly One Summer is a summer read with a few occasions of “hot writing”.  The story line is simple, predictable, and done before, with a few new twists added to change it up just a bit.  I personally could have lived without the frequent sexual happenings that were described in great detail.  Things seemed to move awfully fast for the neighbors who in the matter of days seem to go from avoidance to a hot passionate relationship.

I think I accidentally stepped into an author that now as I read more about her is known for her steamy romance writing.  I chose this one on the synopsis and the title (love that word Summer!) and probably read this one not realizing it was out of my comfort zone.

I listened to this on audio and the narration by Karen White was fun.  She narrated with a fast paced jaunty tone that I enjoyed giving a “fun feel” to the happenings in Victoria’s life.  I did enjoy that.



  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 9 hours and 43 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio
  • Release Date: June 2, 2015


15 Comments on “Suddenly One Summer by Julie James

  1. I don’t think this is for me, but it’s a new to me author so I’ll check out her other books.

  2. Pretty cover…and definitely does not seem to conjure up “steamy romance,” but that happens sometimes, doesn’t it? Thanks for sharing.

  3. Sheila, thank you for your honest review. With the slow pace of my reading this summer, I probably won’t pick up this book.

  4. I have this already on Kindle and will read it although I hear what you say and no doubt will be as you describe it. If it gets too hot I just skip it, but that is more difficult to do on audio.

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