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    Nice Beach Read!

    One Summer Weekend’s blurb says Alicia Marlowe’s life as an executive coach is well under control. Only not so much. I’d say her job was more a well-placed mask to hide the three-year-old emotional scars never far from her thoughts and her main motivation to keep people at arm’s length… especially men. Enter Jack Smith, a complete opposite of the stodgy, middle-aged male execs she’s used to coaching. Alicia did her homework. She researched Jack’s immediate background to get some insight into whom she’s dealing with. Finding his player persona played out in the media, Alicia decides she’ll need to set some ground rules and keep the contract completely professional so Mr. Smith knows there’s no chance of things becoming personal between them. Besides, Jack’s ‘reputation’ reminds Alicia of him and there’s no way she’s ever going down that road again. Whatever, Alicia. “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” I couldn’t help but feel sorry for Jack from the start. Swayed by media accounts, Alicia prejudged him and found him lacking…. and loathsome. But she gets taken down a peg or two. Her boss, Stuart, nailed it when he accused her of “gunning for this Smith guy before you’d even met him.” His words give her pause and add to her jumbled thoughts when she finds herself too close to Jack for her own good… and for an entire weekend. Alicia allows her guard to slip as she finds out Jack isn’t whom she believed him to be. He actually has a past more heartbreaking than Alicia’s and she realizes this. However, an appearance by him—Troy Randall Travers (how pretentious) mucks things up royally. Alicia attempts to exorcise her three-year-old demons while verbal sparring with Troy during a business conference, not realizing Jack has walked away. Only Alicia can fix this, but she has to decide IF she wants to and how to go about it. While I wanted to choke the life out of Alicia Marlowe during her first meeting with Jack and later after she overheard the conversation with Nick because… RUDENESS isn’t professional, it’s personal; I was cheering for her when, at last, she put her past behind her and took the initiative to reach out to Jack. Special props to Bill and Midge—Midge is simply too adorable! An enjoyable, quick romantic comedy with relatable characters, One Summer Weekend is an ideal beach read.
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    5 Stars

    Alicia is an executive coach who draws a sharp line between her personal and professional life. Jack is her new client who is trying to crumble her defenses. Abby reluctantly thinks a weekend away will give her more insight, but will it give Jack enough time to show her who he really is? I enjoyed this novel. Alicia tries so hard to remain impersonal, but Jack has so much depth she can’t help but be drawn into his world. I was provided a free advance copy of this book in return for an honest review. I really enjoyed this novel and look forward to future ones.
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    Feel good summertime read

    Loved this. Was a feel good, laugh out loud read all the way through. The tension between Alicia and Jack was so real. I felt as though it was happening to me... crazy huh! 😀 Alicia is an Executive Coach off to meet her new client Jack. After some pre-meeting research (also known as online stalking ...), Alicia has Jack labelled as 'babe magnet of the North West' (well it is what the tabloids say .... so must be true .... right ?) After their initial meeting, Alicia is weary. Jack reminds her of somebody she dated and who broke her heart - after which she vowed to never let her guard down again. Alicia is certain she can not help Jack but as she is talking the meeting over with her manager, he makes her see things in a slightly different light. Alicia goes back to her desk to find an email from Jack informing her he will not be requiring her services. Well .... let's just say Alicia was having none of that and calls Jack straight away. After some intial hostilities, they both agree that Jack could benefit from some coaching. However, Jack has slightly different ideas - which involve a weekend business trip to the Lake District for an outdoor activity weekend with clients Bill and Mitch.. I won't spoil the story but I think everyone should have a Bill, Mitch and Hermann in their life 😍. Hope you enjoy this as much as I did. #laughter #laughoutloud #romance #vwcamper #lakedistrict #coaching #lostinmybook #newbookrelease #newbook #ivejistreadthis #kindlebook #kindle #goodreads #googleplayreads #kobo #lovedthis #summerread
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    An ideal summer read

    Wow! This is a full on romance! The lives of Jack and Alicia come together when she takes on the job of being his executive coach. Business and personal lives become entangled and, together with Alicia’s troubled past, give rise to many problems. The insight into coaching was new to me, but the Lake District and motorhoming familiar. I found this book to be a lively skein of a story. The final outcome was a surprise, I was having doubts about it throughout, but delighted with the ease with which it was achieved. A smashing book, well written and one I found very engaging.
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    A lovely read

    I enjoyed this novel – a first from this author for me, but probably not the last! Alicia is an executive coach, who is called upon to work with Jack Smith, CEO of Leo Components. She had a bad relationship experience a few years ago, and Jack seems to be exactly the same type of man – a typical ‘Jack the lad’. She decides not to work with him, to hand him over to a colleague, but has to deal with him herself for a short time, which includes a working weekend in the Lake District – One Summer Weekend. And so the story develops. The book is an easy and pleasant read, I can recommend it.
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