Monday, 17 July 2017

Summer’s Lease – by Carrie Elks

Original Cover (US)
My own copy (UK)

The blurb:

Meet the Shakespeare family: four sisters, four stories . . . four ways to find true love

Cesca Shakespeare has hit rock bottom. Six years after the play she wrote bombed at the box office, she's unable to hold down a job, keep an apartment, and worst of all her family have no idea how far she's fallen. So when her fairy Godfather offers her the use of his friend's Italian villa for the summer, she grudgingly agrees to try writing a new play. That's before she finds out the house belongs to her arch-nemesis, Sam Carlton.

When Hollywood heart-throb Sam Carlton sees his name splashed across a gossip rag, all he wants to do is hide. That's how he finds himself traveling to Italy, deciding to spend the summer in his family's empty villa on Lake Como. Except when he arrives it isn't as empty as he'd hoped.

Over the course of the hot Italian summer, Cesca and Sam have to come to terms with their pasts. What begins as a tentative friendship quickly grows into an intense attraction - and then a scorching fling. But they can't hide from reality forever . . . as their different worlds collide, Sam and Cesca face a choice: is this just a summer romance, or could their love weather even the coldest winds?

My Opinion:

*Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Cesca Shakespeare is at a really low point at the start of this story. It’s been six years, since her play has fallen through, but she is still not over it. She has problems writing new things and paying her rent. Her three sisters live in another part of the world, so she is alone. Her godfather has the solution though: Looking after an Italian villa for the summer.

The villa is located by Lake Como and close to the city of Varenna. One night someone arrives and that someone turns out to be famous actor Sam Carlton, who left her play six years ago. The house belongs to his family.

The two of them hate each other and start fighting immediately. Sam Carlton needs some time away from his Hollywood fame and the rumours. His parents villa is the only possibility, but he is stuck at the house.

Well, somehow Cesca and Sam have to live with each other in this house and the more time they spend with each other, the more sparks fly between them. Cesca is writing again and seems happy. Sam can be himself and really enjoys it. There is the neighbour Cristiano though and then Sam’s family turns up.

I really liked the way Cesca’s and Sam’s relationship developed. They got to know each other, learned more about the other’s past and shared some pretty unique moments. I truly think that Carrie Elks captured this beautifully. I always felt really close to the characters and loved reading the story from both Cesca’s and Sam’s perspective.

The setting is absolutely stunning, I felt at home immediately and that’s also thanks to Carrie Elks’s descriptive, sweet and passionate writing. I was hooked from the start and never wanted to leave the story. I’m so glad this is a series, can’t wait for the next book!

I adore how this story touches different topics. Love obviously, but also family, self discovery, dealing with your job and dealing with failure. Both Cesca and Sam had to learn and grow in this story, which was always part of the smooth storyline.

A very thrilling, fascinating and sweet story, I loved every second of it!


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About the author

Carrie Elks lives near London and writes contemporary romance with a dash of intrigue. She has lived in the USA and Switzerland as well as the UK. An avid social networker, she tries to limit her Facebook and Twitter time to stolen moments between writing chapters. When she isn’t reading or writing, she can usually be found baking, drinking wine or working out how to combine the two.

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