|One Hot Summer|
by Kat French
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Chick Lit
Publication Date: June 2, 2016
|Description from Publisher: Being married to a celebrity isn't all it's cracked up to be, especially when that celebrity has a very public affair with his co-star…
Alice McBride is determined that the one thing she won't lose in her marriage breakup is Borne Manor, her beloved home, but she gets more than she bargained for when she rents it out for the summer and a sexy cowboy comes to stay.
Country music star Robinson Duff has had his own share of heartbreak and needs somewhere quiet to hide out for the summer. Neither Alice nor Robinson are in any position for romance; the timing is terrible and they're both rebounding like out of control frisbees.
Can a holiday romance help mend their broken hearts. Or will it just make things even worse when the long hot summer comes to its inevitable end?
|I received a digital ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.com for an honest, unbiased review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is my 100% own.|
This was a fun romance that felt different in that it had so many layers. You had the main couple, Robinson and Alice, their exes and celebrity, their developing friendships with the Borne neighbors, the manor itself, the glampsite... And, despite all of those details, nothing is lost. It's just so well done and the world is so rich, with wonderful little touches that create this mesmerizing and downright charming world.
The build up of romance between Robinson and Alice is the type that I love since it acknowledges their immediate physical attraction (though not even in an InstaLust way), but focuses on the friendship that blooms over the course of the story. You believe in them as a couple and definitely can't help but root for them.
The villagers add so much to the story that I would be remiss to leave out more of a mention of them. Niamh, the best friend; Hazel, the eccentric Earthy "witch"; Stewie, the ex-porn star; Ewan, the goth teenager... Are they caricatures? Sure, but they are so darn fun! They all have great hearts and quirky personalities. :)
I recommend this to anyone who enjoys semi-steamy romance with a quirky cast of characters.