Review: One Summer With Autumn by Julie Reece (Spoiler Free)

one summer with autumn

Title: One Summer With Autumn

Author: Julie Reece

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: October 18, 2016

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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.

Until it isn’t.

Because despite her best efforts to scare him off, and his fading desire to push her into the lake, they’re beginning to enjoy the time they spend together. But pride is a hard habit to break. And if neither will admit their changing feelings, they could lose a whole lot more than one summer.

This book was awesome to shake off the “meh” feeling I sometimes get when the weather gets colder. It’s fun and summery without being totally fluff, and it kept me entertained from the beginning to the end.

Autumn is a girl with a seriously sour disposition. People who know her tend to avert their eyes and walk the other way in order to avoid her wrath. So when she verbally lashes out at Caden, he decides that watching a girl like Autumn rough it all summer as an intern for his family’s company. Of course, sparks fly and egos clash, creating a dynamic that was a real treat to read about.

If you liked 10 Things I Hate About You (and who doesn’t?), you’ll definitely love this book. Even though Autumn is prickly and standoffish, you still find yourself begrudgingly loving her. She grows on you throughout the story. You’ll see. On the other hand, I liked Caden from the beginning. His sense of humor is absolutely awesome, which is one of the most important things for me as a reader. Their chemistry is undeniable, and if you dig the whole “enemies to lovers” thing, you’ll like this.

One Summer With Autumn is the perfect book to pick up if you’re missing the warm days of summer. I give it four out of five stars.


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