I'm delighted to be one of the stops on the blog tour for One Summer Weekend by Juliet Archer and sharing my review today. There is also a brilliant giveaway to win copies of The Importance of Being Emma and Persuade Me (I have read both and they are fab stories) so don't forget to check that out!
First of all though let's take a look at the description for the book...
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 …
After really enjoying The Importance of Being Emma and Persuade Me both of which I read way before I started blogging I jumped at the chance to read One Summer Weekend. In this story we get to meet Alicia who is an executive coach hired by Jack. It was great to see how in control Alicia was until of course she meets her new client. I really enjoyed their interactions especially with some sparks flying whenever they were together. I would say that it took me a little bit longer to like and get a feel for Alicia's character. This is pretty much all down to her past which definitely explains how she acts especially around Jack. However Juliet Archer manages to really bring her personality out as the story progresses and when you add Jack to the mix I couldn't help but hope for a happy ever after. Jack was the highlight for me mainly because he was playful and I loved how he gently teased Alicia.
I have to mention the setting and the gorgeous descriptions of their weekend in the Lake District. I have always wanted to visit and this story has made me want to go even more. The length of this book is pretty short so perfect for relaxing with especially with the lovely weather we are having.
If you are looking for a light hearted and warm story then look no further. One Summer Weekend has romance, fun and a very beautiful setting!
With thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for my copy.
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, , 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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