Review: One Hot Summer

cover-one hot summerTitle: One Hot Summer
Author: Kat French
Series: – –
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novel
Available: June 2nd (UK) (Aug 2nd US)

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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?


Source: ARC from Avon UK via NetGalley

What a gloriously fluffy piece of summer fun this was. It’s light and easy and feel-good throughout, with a heroine who is much stronger than she looks and a somewhat reclusive, grumpy and hurting hero. Set in the grounds of a beautiful manor in the British countryside with a cast of eccentric extras, I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish.

The romance is pretty straightforward. Alice is a nice woman who has recently received a few kicks from life, Robinson likewise hasn’t had the best of years. They recognise each other’s pain and grew closer because of it. That side of things is pretty sweet, with occasional sparks of chemistry, though it’s mostly behind closed doors stuff.

What absolutely sells this book for me, though, are Alice’s friends. Well, tenants, living in the three estate cottages and paying peppercorn rents. I loved her artistic best-friend, Niamh, who is probably the sanest of the bunch, but the ex-porn star and the quirky witch with her poor teenage son definitely add colour to the proceedings. It is unashamedly British in tone and humour, but it’s also charming and fun, and that mynah bird is glorious.

If you’re looking for a holiday read that will make you smile, or you just need a pick-me-up to take you away from everyday life, then give this a go. It has a touch of glamour, a bit of glamping, some romance, plenty of friendship and so many chances to smile and laugh. Kat French has a new fan in me, and I’ll definitely be reading more from her soon.


One Hot Summer is out June 2nd! (UK)
Visit Kat French for more details.

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