I’m delighted to be reviewing One Hot Summer by Kat French as part of the launch celebrations. One Hot Summer was published on June 2nd 2016 in e-book and paperback by Avon Books. One Hot Summer is available for purchase from Amazon, Waterstones and Harper Collins. My grateful thanks to Louis Patel for my review copy.
One Hot Summer
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?
My Review of One Hot Summer
Alice’s husband has been unfaithful and when he leaves her for a fellow actress she has to find a way to bring in extra money if she is not to lose her beloved home, Borne Manor. When Robinson Duff, a country singer on the rebound from a broken heart, moves in, life for Alice is about to change.
One Hot Summer is an entertaining read just right for taking away on holiday. There’s steamy romance, thwarted love, jealousy and an abusive mynah bird all contributing to sheer escapism and not a little pandemonium.
I enjoyed this rather steamy chick-lit novel and found the cast of characters eclectic and amusing. I wouldn’t mind meeting Robinson Duff in real life! There’s an underlying sensuality to many of the scenes with quite a lot of undressing taking place so that the reader is never quite sure what will happen next.
The plot moves along seemlessly with a strong focus on romance balanced by Alice’s practical need to keep her home afloat. Underpinning the lighter elements is the serious point that many are living with estranged relationships and broken hearts but there is an uplifting optimism here too. I found there was quite intense emotion created amongst the sexier passages.
There’s considerable humour in One Hot Summer, especially through Stewie Heaven’s ever changing wigs and Rambo the mynah bird’s inappropriate commentary on life, all adding to the enjoyment of this lighthearted summer read.
If I could change one element about One Hot Summer it’s that I’d like fewer expletives. Whilst they help build tension, dialogue and character, some felt a little intrusive to me and occasionally interrupted the flow of reading. That said, I think I’d forgive cowboy Robinson anything if he spoke to me the way he does to Alice!