One Summer Weekend
by Juliet Archer
One summer weekend can change everything …
Alicia Marlowe’s life as an executive coach is well under control – until she meets her new client, Jack Smith. Jack’s reputation precedes him and Alicia knows immediately that he spells trouble. Not least because he reminds her of someone else – a man who broke her heart and made her resolve never to lower her guard again.
Taking Jack on as a client is a risk, but one that Alicia decides to take for the good of her career. As long as she keeps him in his place, she might just make it through unscathed. But Jack has other ideas – including a ‘business’ trip to the Lake District. One summer weekend with him is all it takes to put Alicia’s carefully organised world in a spin …
I don’t often give out 5 stars for a book that I consider a shorter read. One Summer Weekend is just 128 pages, so for me, I consider that a shorter book. Anyway, shorter reads aren’t usually my favorites to read either because I feel like they are either rushed or they don’t give a complete story. However, I had to give this one 5 stars. It was very well-written, the characters were well-developed, and I felt like the pacing was perfect.
Alicia likes to live her life with complete control, both professionally and personally. The only time she was carefree ended in disaster, and she has no intention of having her heart broken ever again. When she takes on her new client, Jack, she knows she will have to work quite hard to remain in control. If not, he could spell disaster for her career and her heart.
Jack is very successful, and he has worked hard to be the success in business that he is. However, he also knows he needs some professional coaching if he is going to remain a success. He also has a reputation with the ladies in his personal life, so Alicia knows Jack will be a challenge.
Who knew these two would challenge each other and the perceptions each of them held? Alicia sees him as no other than a womanizer, and he sees her as too uptight. One weekend that was supposed to be business yet quickly turns personal is about to throw them both into a tailspin. They will realize none of the perceptions they held about the other is true.
Even though this was a pretty fast romance, I liked it!!! Archer didn’t skimp on any of the emotions. I liked seeing Alicia give up some of her control and just operate on her emotions. That made me like her more. Alicia had a way of putting Jack at ease. They perfectly complemented the other, and they also helped heal each other from their past relationships.
Archer knows how to create a setting. Sometimes I think that is an aspect of writing that gets lost, but not in this book! In fact, I even stopped reading to research the English Lake District to see if it matched what I was seeing in my imagination, and it was far more beautiful than I imagined. It helped create the atmosphere that Alicia and Jack needed to fall in love.
This was really a great read!!! Archer is a new writer for me, and I must say, I’m very impressed. I can’t wait to read her other books as well!
Juliet Archer writes award-winning romantic comedy for Choc Lit and Ruby Fiction. She has been known to spend many happy hours matching irresistible heroes with their equally irresistible chocolate counterparts – watch out for the dark nutty ones!
Her debut novel, The Importance of Being Emma, won the Big Red Read Book of the Year 2011 Fiction Award and was shortlisted for the 2009 Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance. Her second novel, Persuade Me, was shortlisted for the 2011 Festival of Romance Best Romantic Read Award.
Juliet’s third book, One Summer Weekend, is out in June 2018. You can also read her short stories: Incense & Insensibility in the Choc Lit Love Match anthology, and Love Rules in Choc Lit’s Kisses & Cupcakes anthology.
Juliet was born and bred in North-East England and now lives in Hertfordshire. She gives talks all over the UK and in the USA about the classic authors who inspire her work. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, the Society of Authors and the Jane Austen Society. Her non-writing career has spanned IT, acquisitions analysis, copy editing, marketing and project management, providing plenty of first-hand research for her novels.
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