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    Excellent

    For someone as down on her luck as Cesca Shakespeare having an Italian villa offered to her for the summer should have been the perfect escape. When bad luck is all you have though maybe you should have known things weren't going to go as well as you thought. First the Villa is a mess. Not the things strewn around mess, the roof falling down and plumbing not working kind of mess. Then, just because fate has it in for her, the person that started her downward spiral by walking out on her first play shows up at the villa. Oh this should be a grand summer! This is a wonderfully written story with some pretty amazing characters. Sam and Cesca's relationship slowing moves from enemies to friends to a fling to much much more. It's a nice slow build and the author's wonderfully descriptive writing has us on a journey to Italy right along with them. This is definitely a book I would recommend.
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    Wonderful, warm story.

    This is the first book I’ve read by Carrie Elks, it was such a powerful tale filled with tons of emotional upheaval. It’s really well written and pulled at my heartstrings, hoping that Sam and Cesca would get the happy ever after they so clearly deserved. It’s written in 3rd person which is fine but not my go-to style anymore, but that’s just my preference and doesn’t make the story any less for that. It’s harder to feel engaged with the characters, so when they do make it through, then that shows how good the writer is. When Cesca was 18, she was set to take the world and the London stage by storm as the newest up and coming playwright. That is until Sam Carlton entered her life. He was set to be her lead actor, then abandoned the show on opening night to head for L.A and movie stardom instead, leaving Cesca with a failed show that closes within a week and an undying hatred of him. 6 years later and Cesca still hasn’t gotten over her failure, and still holds Sam responsible for it. She’s been stuck in one dead-end job after another and feels like life is slipping away from her. When forced to ask for help from her uncle, he suggests she just needs some time to herself, a holiday where she can start over with her writing. Cesca can’t see it, she hasn’t put pen to paper for a long time, and a holiday is something she can not afford. Her uncle arranges everything and soon Cesca finds herself in a villa in Italy. But then Sam comes back into her life… in a big way. He’s run away from his life in L.A and just wants some peace and quiet. But from the moment they clash until the end there is that feeling of the inevitableness of the story. Enemies to lovers never had it so good. I truly enjoyed this book and loved every minute spent reading it. Well worth a shot if you’ve not read any of Carrie’s before.
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    Falling in love means never having to say sorry.

    Falling in love means never having to say sorry. How great that would be if true. Carrie Elks does something we all wish we could, but are afraid to try. Have characters admit they were wrong. Cesca and Sam have a history that may have seemed promising but ended in rivalry. When scandal and disappointment lead them to the same place, can these feuding enemies began to give peace a chance? Summer's Lease is my first Carrie Elks novel. Whether confronted with frenemies or seduced by lovers, this author can make an impression that was joyful to discover.
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