|Suddenly One Summer|
Victoria Slade is a very successful divorce lawyer. She has her own firm but when someone breaks into her house she finds out she doesn’t feel safe there anymore and while she’s waiting for her new condo to be available she decides to rent a place for a few months. To her surprise she dislikes her neighbor with a passion. His revolving door is causing her whiplash. It doesn’t matter that he is hot. A guy like that is the reason why she is in business after all.
Ford Dixon is an investigative journalist. His next order of business if finding the guy who knocked up his sister and gave her a child. He wants to make sure the scumbag takes his part of the responsibility in his niece’s life. Pairing with the next door neighbor to track him down is the last thing he wanted primarily because of how much it bothered him how much she misjudged him.
I love Julie James’ FBI/US Attorney series so I couldn’t wait to read her spinoff. Both characters were damaged. They had baggage. Ford’s was due to his dad, an alcoholic who changed from being a great dad to a terrible stranger in the blink of an eye. But, Ford was also at a point in his life were he knew something was missing. He didn’t feel fulfilled, casual hookups weren’t satisfying anymore. Without really realizing it, he wanted more. Victoria's abandonment issues were due to dealing with her mother’s attempted suicide when she was a child. They made her the perfect divorce lawyer, she was cynical and didn’t believe in long term relationships.
Neither wanted to have a relationship or fall in love.
The first few chapters were awesome. I love that Victoria thought the worst of him and they hated each other until his sister makes them come together to find the father of her child.
A complimentary copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.