SUDDENLY ONE SUMMER by Julie James
“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. 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…”
From the AudioFile Magazine review:
“Karen White’s emotional narration brings out the vulnerability and passion behind a divorce lawyer’s untouchable facade. In spite of her jaded view on relationships, Victoria Spade finds herself falling for neighbor Ford Dixon when they join forces to track down the father of Dixon’s sister’s baby. White effectively sets up Spade’s cool, tough exterior with crisp speech that falters when Spade battles her anxiety attacks. As Dixon, White depicts a sensitive stud who’s playful yet has a serious side. White’s tone and range of voices effectively capture each character’s personality and create a dynamic flow. Her performance especially shines in her perfectly timed delivery of the sexual intensity between Dixon and Spade.”
From the AudioGals review:
“Karen White’s narration embodies all of the characters perfectly, as usual, giving distinct voice to both men and women, so that it’s easy to distinguish all the characters and follow the story. Her pacing is so natural that she could be making up the story as she goes – very relaxed and clear. OK, there was one time near the end that she said “Ryan” when I thought it should have been Victoria’s best friend Rachel, but I don’t have the print book so I’m not sure what she meant – was that Rachel’s last name? A typo? Other than that, her narration was as wonderful as ever, catching and delivering the dry humor as well as the pathos perfectly. She evokes the male characters with a slightly lower pitch, but also uses timbre and accents to differentiate them not just from the females but from each other, as there are several scenes with Ford and his two male best friends. And she delivers the love scenes with enough emotion that you sense the heat – but not so much that you feel like a voyeur!”
From the review at The Book Nympho:
“I really liked the story, Ford and Victoria, the romance, the secondary storyline and the audio performance. It reminded me of a well done romantic comedy that was perfectly cast. I’m also glad that I chose to listen to it versus reading the eBook as it just iced a really nice book experience.”
My recording experience:
As many of you know, Julie‘s book JUST THE SEXIEST MAN ALIVE was my very first romance audiobook, and I’ve been lucky enough to record every one of her books since then. So I was so excited to meet Julie last summer at RWA, where we had a lovely lunch and chatted about all kinds of things, but that was when I learned that Ford was going to be the hero of the next book. (He’s Brooke of LOVE, IRRESISTIBLY‘s best friend.) I’d had such a blast with him and his two sidekicks Charlie and Tucker that I was looking forward to this one even more than usual. And I wasn’t disappointed. Julie has managed to take on some serious backstory subjects for both leads without losing her sense of humor. I was all over the map emotionally with this one, and I hope listeners will be, too!
Listen to a sample here:
And the Giveaway!
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. KV is the randomly selected winner and the CDs will be mailed out to her as soon as I get her address. Thanks to all for entering! I give away lots of books – to find out about them in the future, please consider following this blog, or my Facebook page, or on Twitter.