I am extremely excited to share the brand-new novella, One Summer Weekend, with you today. Massive thanks to author Juliet Archer, Choc Lit and of course Rachel’s Random Resources for allowing me to take part in this fabulous blog tour.
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 …
The story starts with the initial meeting between Executive Coach Alicia and her prospective client, Chief Exec of Leo Components, Jack Smith. With a reputation as the “babe magnet of the North-West” and handsome to boot Alicia is already having doubts about their business relationship from the word go. Somehow, she ends up being coerced into taking a weekend trip with him to meet one of his business clients having been promised she will be able to hand the client over to a colleague upon her return.
On her arrival in the Lake District Alicia soon realises Jack has an ulterior motive that doesn’t quite sit right with her. She quickly realises that to get through the weekend she must play along, but somewhere along the way the lines between real life and fantasy become blurred and her control of the situation begins to slip. Forced to take a good look at herself and the past that’s been holding her back Alicia has some big decision to make about her future with or without Jack in it…..
When reading the synopsis of One Summer Weekend I knew it had to be added to my “to be read” pile it due to it’s connection to my home County of Cumbria and it didn’t disappoint with it’s wonderfully accurate depictions of the area. I particularly liked the description of driving North on the Motorway as it is a journey I have made more often than I care to admit, and Juliet’s words have captured its stunning beauty to perfection.
Being a reasonably short read it was great to see that it jumped straight into the action with two feet and the fast-paced nature of the writing continued throughout. Despite being a novella, I felt that I was able to get a fully rounded picture of the main characters Alicia and Jack, learning plenty along the way about their past which was a fabulous as I often find character substance lacking in short reads of this kind.
The chemistry between Jack and Alicia is evident from the very first page and sparks fly throughout with the usual “will they, won’t they” question hanging in the air. OneSummer Weekend is a fabulously written chick-lit read, just the perfect length to read whilst chilling out and taking it easy in the sunshine.
This is the first time I have read anything by Juliet Archer and I thoroughly enjoyed her writing style. Full of descriptive language yet still a wonderfully easy read it had my attention from the beginning, keeping me turning the pages and hooked until the very end.
One Summer Weekend is available to purchase from Amazon
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 LoveRules 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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