Summer’s Lease written by Carrie Elks, publisher Piatkus, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.
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A free summer holiday in a beautiful villa in Lake Como. The catch? Sharing a house with her worst enemy . . .
Cesca Shakespeare has hit rock bottom. After one prize-winning play that ended in disaster, writer’s block turned up, moved in and got a Netflix subscription. Six years later, she’s just lost her crappy job and is about to lose her flat. Worse still, her sisters have no idea how far she’s fallen. So when her fairy Godfather offers her a free summer holiday in a beautiful Italian villa, she grudgingly agrees to try writing a new play. That’s before she finds out the house belongs to her arch-nemesis, Sam Carlton.
Having just hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons – again – Hollywood heart-throb Sam Carlton needs a place to hide out. Where better than his family’s gorgeous empty villa on Lake Como? Except when he arrives, it isn’t as empty as he’d hoped.
One thing’s for sure – this is going to be a red-hot, scorching summer . . .
Summer’s Lease is book one in a new series titled The Shakespeare Sisters by Carrie Elks. This is my first introduction to the work of Carrie Elks and I was in for a treat!
Cesca Shakespeare had spent six years in despair getting over the unexpected end of her play which was due to be played in the West End. A flop before the curtains were even drawn all because the leading man, Sam Carlton, upped and left without another word. Cesca had been unable to write another word without it making sense so she hopped from one dead end job to another to try and make ends meet. When the opportunity of a summer job arose house sitting in Italy she felt like it was her saviour.
The villa in Italy was beautiful beyond words and Cesca was soon feeling relaxed and was allowing her mind to refresh. However, her stress levels were soon to rise when an unexpected visitor turned up at the villa. The visitor was none other than the son of the owners of the villa, Sam Carlton. The same Sam Carlton that vanished from her play. The same Sam Carlton that was now a Hollywood heartthrob with millions of adoring fans following his success in the hottest chick flick trilogy to hit the screens.
As you can imagine Cesca was none too pleased to see Sam. Tempers flared and after much warring of words Cesca and Sam agreed on a temporary truce.
Staying at the villa had re-invigorated Cesca’s will to write and she soon got started on drafting a new screenplay.
Sam Carlton had fled to his family’s Italian villa escaping a storm in the media that had just brewed inciting much gossip about the actor’s personal life. When Sam arrived at the villa he couldn’t remember this young woman that was now shooting so much verbal towards him. When he eventually remembered the time six years ago when he fled from London he recalls the hurt he felt so deeply which he received from someone he thought loved and cared for him. Sam has spent the last six years avoiding as much as possible this time in his life where everything he knew and thought about himself changed.
However, Sam sees something in Cesca; he sees the love that she had back then in the play that she wrote. He sees how proud she was and as an eighteen year old girl it had mean’t the world to her and his unfortunate actions destroyed it.
Can the pair learn to live in harmony in the same villa whilst Cesca continues with her new job and Sam avoids any media intrusion? Can Cesca have the courage and determination to write again? Can Sam stop the demons from his past troubling his future?
This was such a beautiful story set amongst a stunning Italian lakeside villa. It’s difficult to remain mad or upset with anyone when you wake up everyday surrounded by a dazzling landscape. The ending was picture perfect, I felt like I’d just sat through the most sublime chick flick movie. A sexy, addictive romance worthy of big screen triumphs. I can’t wait to read more from Carrie Elks and The Shakespeare Sisters.
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