It’s a dismal day here in the Scottish Borders, unlike the novel I have for you today! Day two of Juliet Archer’s blog tour for, ‘One Summer Weekend’ is here, and I am delighted to share my review with you all. Big thank you to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite, and thank you to ChocLitUK for the ARC. Here is my review:
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 …
What does TWG think?
I am very torn with this one! I don’t know whether to listen to my heart or my head, especially when both have such conflicting opinions of the storyline and the characters involved.
If I were to listen to my head, I would say that I found the whole situation with Jack quite bitter due to the way he acted. There are a lot of reports in the media at the moment regarding people like Jack, and I feel that with Alicia adapting herself to his personality instead of listening to her own gut instinct, it made the #MeToo movement appear less poignant. Jack is an extremely egotistical and arrogant man at first. He believes that he can lure a woman into his ‘web’ with his cocksure attitude and roaming eyes, actions that made me cringe more than once. I can appreciate the link between him and Alicia’s ex and what the author was trying to convey there, but there was a large portion of the storyline where Jack turned my stomach. I would have loved it if Alicia did listen to her gut instinct instead of pandering to his actions, making him believe that they’re okay. They’re not.
If I were to listen to my heart, I would say the above BUT, I would also say that as the storyline progressed, Jack’s personality completely changed and he came out of his shell in a way that perceived him as a brand new character. Looking back now, I can’t see how the Jack we got to know first, is the same man I ended up adoring by the end of the book. The same goes with Alicia. As for the storyline itself, I did thoroughly enjoy the overall premise and the additional romantic moments, as it made me believe the whole theory of kissing frogs to find your prince. I thought the second half of the novel was a heck of a lot more substantial than the first part, and I truly believe that Juliet Archer came into her own, making her writing shine like a beacon as the storyline progressed. It was as though the author finally believed in her characters and what the journey that they were on, and that definitely came across in her writing.
So, you can see why I am torn. Jack’s character at the beginning, put a huge dampener on my feelings for the book, yet I did end up really enjoying his character and everything the storyline stood for, by the time I had reached the end of the book. I am just so glad that I was able to see the author’s writing shine as that allowed me to finish the book on a very good note.
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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.