Friday, 14 July 2017

Summer's Lease Book Tour

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?


As book one of The Shakespeare Sisters series, Summer's Lease introduces us to the first of 4 sisters who has had trouble in love and life. Cesca has enviable talent in playwriting and once lost out on a major opportunity when the lead actor, Sam, walked out on opening night. So when Cesca is finally persuaded by her dad to take a break and get back into writing, the last thing she wanted or expected was to wind up staying in the same location as the very same actor who led her down so drastically all those years ago.
There's something about these kind of plots that gets me excited from the word go. Human emotions can be unpredictable when confronted with items, or people, we dislike so having this element of uncertainty of which direction the plot will go is intriguing. It's this intrigue that grabs my attention and keeps me reading till the end. Escaping reality to a gorgeous Italian getaway is an ideal location for a hot and exciting plot but when there's conflicting characters it's a ride that can only be enjoyed with something cool and bubbly.
The story of Summer's Lease perfectly depicts how estranged relationships can quickly lead to 'other things'. Convincing ourselves that we hate someone when deep down we have a strong magnetic attraction to them is tricky and definitely not fool proof. Making my heartbeat pick up a few notches this romance, hot fling, sub plot made the pages of Summer's Lease fly through my fingers and before I knew it it was time to close the book on my time with these great characters.
Carrie Elks has done a fab job in creating realistic and emotion tugging characters who pull heart strings throughout the plot, and not always for the better. This is a book which I believe will bring a great amount of success for the author and i highly anticipate the rest of The Shakespeare Sisters series.

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