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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

One Summer Weekend by Juliet Archer - REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're teaming up with Rachel's Random Resources to bring you a stop along their current tour featuring a newly released Contemporary Romance just perfect for a summer reading escape...and not just because the word "summer" is in the title either.  ^-^  No, today's featured title is going to garner a spot on your TO READ list for the three C's....COVER...CONTENT...CHARACTERS.  All are balanced, entertaining, and really, what more could you want?  Oh, I get want me to get on with the review.  Okay, okay...without further ado, today's ebook of choice and blog tour guest is...

Juliet Archer
Ruby Fiction

About the book...
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 organized world in a spin …



This is the story of how business is never really just business...

Think about it.  There's always an element of personal that sneaks its way through no matter how closely guarded we are, but that's what makes each relationship "special"...though Alicia had no intention of THIS relationship becoming anything other than another day at the office.  Hahahahaha!  The best laid plans of mice and men...or women... Things start off just fine, client and coach getting to know what the other needs, their goals, dreams, perceived obstacles, and developing a plan of attack.  Same old same old...except for Alicia, there's a little TOO much of the "same old" bringing memories better left behind to the surface with a vengeance.  It colors her world from rosy to the vibrant reds of you-know-where, and makes the sparks already apparent between them THAT much more dangerous.  Speaking of "them"...let's meet the other half of this equation, Jack.

Jack is an interesting man.  On the outside, a playboy, cycling through the latest round of arm candy while making millions to pad his lifestyle...but is that who he is on the inside?  Sometimes looks can be deceiving, and we all know the internet/media NEVER lies (*giggle), so all the "research" Alicia did in preparation for her client was rock solid.  Yeah...if you believe all that, I've got a lost city to sell you too.  *smirk*  Suffice it to say, there's more lurking beneath the surface than meets the eye, though the eye will indeed be pleased, much to the chagrin of our leading lady...then again, sometimes the teacher, or in this case the coach, needs to teach thyself.  There's always room for improvement, and it's never too late for love.

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In the end, I fell in love with the COVER, took the deep dive into the CONTENT, and stayed gloriously glued to the page for the CHARACTERS.  It was a win-win overall with nary a sideways word I could speak.  True, when I was about halfway along, I was can this story continue when we've reached this particular point...but then the author surprised me, throwing a monkey wrench here and there to otherwise offset a tantalizing story that might have ended all too soon.  Recommended for Contemporary Romance fans who love playful banter and the possibility of a HEA without that guarantee.


About the author...

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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Your chance to win paperback copies of
The Importance of Being Emma
 Persuade Me !
(Open Internationally)

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Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour to you as well as the ebook for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, the publisher, this tour, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is available now, so click on over to your favorite online retailer to snag your copy today!  Don't miss the other stops on the tour for more bookish fun...

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!


Juliet Archer said...

Thank you for this lovely review, Gina - your take on Alicia and Jack is spot on!

traveler said...

This novel sounds wonderful and unforgettable. I love this type of story and writing.

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