One Summer With Autumn by Julie Reece
(Blog, Twitter, Goodreads)Published by Swoon Romance on October 18th 2016
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Dating & Relationships, Family, Love & Romance, Romance, Young Adult, Young Adult Fiction
Source: Swoon Romance
Seventeen-year-old Autumn Teslow arrives at her father’s job fair knowing she’ll never measure up to the perfect image of daddy’s little girl—her twin sister.
Wearing anger management issues like a second skin won’t help Autumn win her dad’s approval for the big trip she’s been planning—or meet his condition that she successfully complete a summer internship for college.
Autumn’s cool unravels when her sister lectures against disappointing the family again. And when a young, bearded guy steps through the crowd to settle the growing argument between siblings, Autumn lashes out, dubbing him a “Duck Dynasty wannabe.”
At Nineteen, Caden Behr is clueless as to why his man parts are threatened by the fearsome girl before him. He'd only come to find an intern for his recreational equipment company, not break up a girl-fight between two sisters.
Unfortunately, the only candidate left is the girl who just told him off. Without her, he’ll never prove to his CEO mother that he’s ready for more responsibility.
Autumn and Caden agree that if they can keep from killing one another, they can use one another to get what they want and then never have to see each other again. Which is what they want.
I think Julie Reece has single-handedly convinced me in one book that good ‘ol South Cakalackey isn’t so bad. Okay, this is my home state, even though I lived in various towns, but sometimes the southern morale and lack thereof of city life can smother a girl. Then I look outside at sunset and change my mind—my point, however, is that I would take a guy like Caden Behr any day and wouldn’t mind camping if he came along.
Autumn Teslow had a sour disposition and a smart mouth to match. I instantly took a liking to her. I felt sorry for her at about the same exact moment that I met her, though, because of the family dynamic the Teslows had. Her dad was a major jerk, and I’ve never been more happy that a dad didn’t try to make a relationship with his daughter in a book before than in this one, more like a see no evil, think no evil mindset.
I had to warm up to her twin sister, Sydney, and didn’t like her very much either when she barked out her opinion on Autumn’s eccentric personality at the internship fair in chapter one. However, the more I got to know the Teslow twins, the more I enjoyed reading about their relationship. They were complete opposites but somehow fit. Yes, Sydney only cared about Sydney most of the time, but the moments when she could show she had a heart made it easy to understand why they were such great sisters.
Caden—or should I say Silas?—Behr was everything that makes you want to stomp your foot and storm off about a guy, but I loved him for it. He’s the guy that one minute your glaring at him, the next you’re kissing him. Yes, I loved him that much. He had the southern charm of a boy born and bred with a fishing rod in one hand and taught to open doors for women by the age of four. Their first kiss made me smile like a maniac and demand for more. I surely hope this isn’t the last we’re going to see of the Behr family because I loved each and every one of them.
Autumn and Caden got along about as well as dynamite and a match. Somewhere along the way someone would got boom, but with these two I never knew if it would be a good or bad kind of explosion…because with them that was always a possibility. Whether or not they would act on their attraction toward one another was one of the many reasons that I kept flipping through the pages, along with the fact that this story was so well written and honest. They don’t kiss a whole lot, but when they do…Julie Reece knows how to write a kissing scene!
I didn’t want to put One Summer With Autumn down once I started reading. The dialogue flowed effortless, the romance highlighted just the right moments in the story, and the southern charm of a small town in South Carolina—Cowpens, y’all!—shined through. The ending ripped my heart in two before it mended it back together. This isn’t just a love story—it’s a story of discovering a new you, redefining what it means to be family, and some Newfoundland scenes that made me want to run to the animal shelter. It might be a summer with Autumn, but this is a book for any time of the year!
A teaser graphic by yours truly, per the usual when I LOVED a book as much as this one!
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