12 Jul 2017

Review: Summer's Lease by Carrie Elks


Summer’s Lease by Carrie Elks
Published 13th July
If music be the food of love, books are certainly the appetizers . . .
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 Review
I was utterly captivated by this lovely story from Carrie Elks. It was exactly the kind of book that's perfect to read whilst lying on the beach during the summer holidays. 
Cesca was an unusual character with an unusual name. Although she clearly had talent, she was wasting away going through terrible job after terrible job until fate steps in for her and she ends up working in Italy for the summer. I must say, I thought the premise of the story was an utter delight. Sam's character was so different from what we expect of him in the beginning. Because of the way Cesca was treated in the early days, we expect him to be full of himself but he's not... as he proves throughout the book.
All in all, a really wonderful tale, beautifully written too. Highly recommended!

About the author
Carrie Elks lives near London, England and writes contemporary romance with a dash of intrigue. She loves to travel and meet new people, and 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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