Suddenly in Love

Suddenly in Love

by Julia London


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Mia Lassiter is thrilled to finally put her artistic skills to use working for her aunt’s interior design shop in her hometown of East Beach. While renovating an old mansion overlooking stunning Lake Haven, she encounters a scruffy but attractive man named Brennan—the owner’s son. She doesn’t realize this sexy recluse is actually Everett Alden, the world-famous rock star in hiding who’s nursing his own artistic and personal crises.

As their personalities clash, tension simmers between the struggling artist and jaded musician, and their time spent alone together in the gorgeous old house only serves to turn up the heat. Soon, Mia and Brennan’s creative passions boil over to inspire passions of another kind…

But reality comes crashing in when Mia’s celeb-obsessed cousin discovers Brennan’s true identity—and reveals it to the world. As paparazzi swarm the mansion, Brennan is thrust back into his rock star lifestyle. Will Mia lose her soul mate just when she’s finally found him? Can their love survive the glaring spotlight?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503953284
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 04/05/2016
Series: A Lake Haven Novel Series , #1
Pages: 293
Sales rank: 868,505
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Julia London is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of more than thirty romance novels. Her historical titles include the popular Desperate Debutantes series, the Secrets of Hadley Green series, and the Cabot Sisters series; her contemporary works include the Lake Haven series, the Pine River series, and the Cedar Springs series. She has won the RT Bookclub Award for Best Historical Romance and has been a six-time finalist for the prestigious RITA Award for excellence in romantic fiction. She lives in Austin, Texas.

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Suddenly in Love 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
A rock star in the midst of a creative crisis and a creative misfit struggling to find her way are thrown together in this new story from Julia London, with a premise that could feel rather ‘been there done that’. Fortunately, this story carried such wonderful characters both at points in their lives where a new direction is not only wanted but possible. Mia is back in East Beach living with her parents and working for her aunt’s home design firm. Supremely creative with an eye for color and the ability to pair items in new and different ways, she’s not had an easy time chasing her dreams of artistic glory, and this is her time to sort out her next direction. Brennan is a rock star, used to accolades and yes men, but has reached his own creative crossroads. Staying in his mother’s mansion on Lake Haven, he’s wandering around without the trappings of stardom as he tries to formulate his new plan. He’s not made a wonderful impression on Mia – his manners were brusque and he’s used to being the approached, not the one who needs to make an effort. Together these two are suffering through their own crisis of direction, but to see them use the small town as an escape to hide from the issues that are waiting worked nicely – there are sparks and an attraction, but just how long will Brennan be able to not share a very large part of his life with Mia. And she’s wonderful: kind but honest, she’s not afraid to tell Brennan when he is being an idiot – and those moments give him plenty of food for thought – it’s been years since anyone confronted him or his behavior honestly. But – when the cover is blown thanks to Mia’s friend who is far more tuned into the celebrated and famous than Mia, things could go horribly pear shaped. While the close to idyllic summer romance is suddenly far more complicated and involved than Mia expected or desired… well – you’ll just have to read the story to find out. These two are well-built and completely believable, with issues that are relevant to them and readers alike. London’s ability to present how both Mia and Brennan see the world with their own unique perspectives is wonderfully descriptive and easy to visualize, bringing the reader a fuller understanding. A wonderful start to a new contemporary series. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
LEH0644 More than 1 year ago
Mia was always considered an oddball. She was an artist who returned home in defeat after being told by a famous artist that she did not have what it took to be a good artist. While working for her aunt on a remodeling project, she met Brennan. She thought he was the hippie son of the owner and told him he stank. Brennan was a famous musician who was experiencing burn-out and had come to his mother’s cottage to rest. Mia became his muse and being around her got Brennan out of his depression and he started writing again. He wanted her to be with him but Mia did not want to be just a groupie and was afraid to trust her heart to Brennan. A great love story deserving of more than 5 stars. The book was received free from Goodreads and I'm so glad I won a copy. This was one of the best books I've read in a while.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
For once, a secret-celebrity/"regular" person romance that works! I loved that Mia not only had no clue who Brennan was (half of her appeal at first, of course) but she gave him all kinds of (totally deserved) grief when they first met. So much fun to read! I'm not sure that "suddenly" works for how they fell in love--okay, it was only a few weeks, but it still felt like it grew slowly and surely--but I really enjoyed watching it happen. It took Brennan waaaay too long to tell her who he was, sure--but then each time he thought maybe he should I wasn't convinced that it was the "right" time either. And of course his big romantic gesture is awesome, so it's hard to be too critical of the guy ;) This was my first of Ms. London's contemporaries, but it definitely won't be the last! I can't wait to see what is going to happen next in Lake Haven! Rating: 4 stars / A- I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
JulieD2 More than 1 year ago
This was a very enjoyable story. Brennan is a very successful rock star who's reached his limit, he's very great full for his success but right now he really needs to get away from the adoring fans and the paparazzi and just be himself. So he drops out of the public eye and hides himself away. Mia has never seemed to fit in and has dreams of being an artist. She finds herself helping her aunts interior design shop by sketching a clients home. All goes well until she encounters a scruffy and very grumpy, man, who turns out to be the owners son, Brennan. Their first meeting doesn't turn out very well, and Mia has no idea who Brennan is, even when tempers cool, Mia still thinks he's just visiting. They become friends and then more, but will Brennan ever come clean and admit as to his true identity, and now that Mia has found someone that understands her, how will she feel about his confession. This was a heartwarming love story. The pressures of stardom are sometimes forgotten and Ms London gave us a little reminder and our rock star Brennan was very likeable, having no ego it seems as Mia had no idea who he was and it didn't bother him at all, that was great! A very entertaining read and I would highly recommend it. 5/5
libgirl13 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Mia and Brennan's story. The characters were well developed and I was invested in their lives as the story progressed. The supporting characters added quirkiness and realness to the story and overall I think this is one that I will read more than once.
Robyn_Nichole More than 1 year ago
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I liked that this wasn't the typical "Rock Star" book. The romance didn't happen on the road in between concerts with screaming fans, but during a rough time for both of the main characters. Mia is in a place where she doesn't know where her life is heading and Brennan is in a dark place after his fellow band-mate and best friend overdoses. I loved the interaction between Brennan and Mia. Some of their back and forth bickering had me chuckling to myself. I was happy it wasn't an insta-love, but a aggravating friendship that lead to romance between them. The ending was realistic to me because it kept in line with the characters wants and desires. I can't wait to read the rest of this new series by Julia London.
DeeMcGee1 More than 1 year ago
A Contemporary for Everyone Once again Julia London has me raving over another contemporary romance. Most people who know me know I devour new adult books and absolutely love them. What most people don’t know is I stay away from straight contemporary because I find so many of them tedious. There are however a few exceptions in this genre, Sandra Brown and Julia London to name a few. Both these women write such well-crafted and rounded out stories that my feels are always on alert and often times this makes me very uncomfortable. The difference with these authors is I feel their characters emotions are mirroring the readers and always have a care with them ensuring a satisfying outcome, whether it be a HEA or a HFN ending. Mia is back home in Lake Haven after a failed attempt for years at using her fine arts degree in The Big Apple. Unsure of her place in the world, she knows it’s not in her old bedroom and the old town she gladly shed in an effort to escape past traumatic events. Brennan Yates is the front-man for a popular band whose life is spiraling out of control, in part due to the loss of his good friend and bandmate to a drug overdose. He chooses to hideout in his mother’s newly acquired house on Lake Haven. While Mia goes to work for her aunt’s interior design company, Brennan is content to numb his pain with drink. What I liked about this book is there really isn’t a lightning bolt scene, instead there are a series of tiny awakenings. Not just in the discovery of one another, but in the discovery of what it means to be whole and what it means to live a truly authentic life. That dreams are wonderful and you should definitely give them your all, but while working toward them, you really need to fill your life with things and people you love, who see, accept and love who you are in return. Through learning about one another, they discover what they will and won’t settle for anymore in their lives. Before I knew it, I felt like a stronger and healthier person having walked their story with them. I felt like these were my friends, I knew them so intimately, a true testament to the writer.  And speaking of intimate, I will leave here where I began, with my love of new adult books. I love the graphic quality of new adult and will admit that I would have loved to see more sex scenes in this book, however, the scenes the author does share are fulfilling and fit perfectly with the genre of this book. If you’re looking for a book with loads of emotion but without all the hand wringing angst that is so common in today’s romances, this is the book for you.  
TobiForgetHousework More than 1 year ago
Format: Galley Copy Mia's life isn't going that hot. When she meets Brennan, she isn’t impressed. She thinks he's a crazy bum that's a tad egotistical. She has no idea that he's a famous person when he introduces himself as the son of the owner of Ross House. The fact that they are both unique and different ignites a bit of a connection between them. Mia’s considers herself a year-rounder, while Brennan is a summer person. Their attraction is undeniable and she decides to have a little fun even though he's considered a "summer person". Things between Brennan and Mia take off as he finds himself opening up to Mia in ways that he’s never done before. Though I felt the story was a bit slow to start once they took off they went like a firecracker. I enjoyed how Mia came to accept who she truly was and it took two misfits that found they fit together.
Bookaholic_Banter More than 1 year ago
When I picked this book up, it had been a long time since I read a romance book. I used to read them all the time but they were all starting to seem the same, getting a little predictable, or had to many romance or sex scenes that were just too over the top. I am so glad I gave this contemporary romance a try. My romance reading slump has now ended thanks to this book! I am ready to pick up another one soon. I loved this story so much! It was full of art and music I am an artsy type person who loves art, music, and singing so this book was perfection to me! It was full of romance, it was funny, and it had a great story line that was easy to follow. It grabbed my attention from page one, held on tight, and didn't let me go. I EASILY could have read this book in one sitting if I hadn't had stuff to do. I DID read it in one day though. I received an eARC copy of this book as part of Julia London's review crew. Let me just say that having an e-copy is simply not enough. I want a physical copy of this book sitting on my shelves to read over and over. This novel was more than just a contemporary romance story. It was about finding yourself, being happy, and not giving up on dreams. There was also an undertone of bullying to the story. It was about changing, and growing up. Loss, love. This novel simply touched so many points in life. It was simply fantastic. The characters were so real, believable, and relatable.( SHOCKER!!!! They actually had bodily functions and used the bathrooms, ate food, slept! Just like humans!) This just makes them so much more believable and relatable! I felt like I was reading about a neighbor, friend, or someone I went to school with. It was like getting a sneak-peak into someone's life. The writing was superb! Easy to follow, and the words just flowed across the pages with ease. I loved that the characters weren't always serious and that they had a sense of humor. Mia was original, quirky, and unique. She danced to the beat of her own drum and I simply loved that about her. I fell in love with Brennan. I don't normally get a crush on fictional characters, but this was one guy I couldn't help to fall in love with. I am going to be in extreme anticipation while waiting for the next novel in this series to come out! I simply can't say enough about this read, however, I don't want to say too much. I don't believe in spoilers. I want everyone to be able to fully enjoy this one without giving everything away. This book would go perfectly with a glass ( maybe two or three) of wine and a Friday or Saturday night. I want to leave you with my favorite line from the book: -What we have is really all there is in life. The rest of the world can go to hell as long as I have you. (Brennan to Mia) Come on! How could you not fall in love with Brennan!
dbrown34001 More than 1 year ago
I won a copy of this book held on the author’s website. This was thrilling because it gave me the opportunity to read this beautiful love story. I recommend this book on several levels. First, the various personalities of the characters keep the book interesting. They’re vivid, sometimes laughable, and sometimes you want to wring their neck, but always keep your attention. It makes you wonder whose book is next. Next, I loved the development of Mia and Brennan. You can understand their feelings and be happy or sad with them. Finally, you rejoice in their happily-ever-after. Mia Lassiter is a free spirit. She has a strong desire to be a painter, but has her hopes shot down when an important gallery tells her she doesn’t have what it takes. Not able to afford her Manhattan lifestyle, she moves home to her quaint hometown, East Beach. There, she falls into a job as an interior designer working for her aunt. The woman she works for is quite eccentric. When Mia meets her son Brennan, she thinks he’s gorgeous. She’s unaware he’s mega rock star Everett Alden. He’s at the height of his career, but is burned out. He’s lost the spark to create new music, so wants to rejuvenate. He continues to hide his identity from her as they grow closer. Passion flares between the pair, giving her self-assurance she’s never felt before. It also sparks creative juices in Brennan as he writes the first new song he’s felt passionate about in ages. Everything comes crashing down when Mia’s self-obsessed cousin outs Brennan to the world. Mia feels betrayed. The rest of the world descends on East Beach and the world as they know it changes. Will she become just one more woman among many lost amid his famous lifestyle? Or will what they’ve found together survive the trappings of fame and fortune?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brennan Yates needs a break, after spending years touring the world as Everett Alden the lead singer of Tuesdays End he's worn out. He heads to his mom's new place in Lake Haven to disappear for a while. Imagine his surprise when a rather interestingly dressed groupie shows up in his kitchen. Mia Lassiter has returned to Lake Haven (her childhood home) a failure, unable to make it in New York's art scene. The only thing she really seems to have a talent for is making her own clothes. The clothes that she now wears to work as the onsite project manager for her aunts interior design firm, who are currently renovating the Yates property. However, after running into a rude, smelly vagrant who acted as if he belonged there she may be looking for a new job. Not the most promising of first meetings but from there Julia London takes on a modern day fairy tale. Who among us hasn't dreamed of being the girlfriend of the lead singer of our favorite band? At first Brennan has a hard time believing that she doesn't know who he "really" is but once he accepts it's not an act, he doesn't want to tarnish what they have by telling her the truth. Of course the truth won't stay hidden forever. Brennan also has some competition from former high school hottie Jessie Fisher, who now owns a construction business and spends a lot of time chatting Mia up before finally asking her out on a date. Mia's cousin Skylar who has been causing trouble for Mia since high school is hanging around still causing trouble., or is she? This book takes you on some twists and turns. Not your ordinary boy meets girl, falls in love, gets married and lives happily every after novel. This book is honest in a way that love stories usually aren't. Mia is damaged, she's been hurt in her past so she does not trust easily, Brennan has to work hard for every concession she makes. Once it grabbed me, which didn't take long to be honest, I couldn't put it down until I finished the book. If you're a Julia London fan you won't be disappointed. If you've never tried Julia London, this book is a great place to start.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Mia Lassiter has admitted defeat and come home. Her art career is in ruins. Now she's back in East Beach and working for her Aunt at her home design store. How humiliating! Her first encounter with Brennan is when he nearly runs her over outside the coffee shop. Not an auspicious start. She thinks he's a bum. What she doesn't know is that he's a famous rock star. What a secret! I loved Mia. She's an original. She loves color and has her own style and she's comfortable with that. Brennan has lost himself. He's come to stay with his mother to heal. He can't deal with the pressures of his career. I loved seeing Mia and Brennan develop a bond. Their connection was both emotional and physical. They helped each other heal and grow. I hated that he hid his true identity from Mia. I understood why, but I disliked his secrecy. Mia deserved so much more. This is an emotionally intense story of love, forgiveness and healing . Mia and Brennan tugged at my heart. I loved the beautiful setting of Lake Haven. The secondary characters were interesting and added so much angst to the story. The lively dialogue was sassy and real. I wanted these two together. I just wasn't sure it was going to happen. I didn't want them to be two ships passing in the night. As always Julia London has outdone herself. I admit to shedding a few tears while reading Suddenly In Love. I can't wait for more.
KerryACroucier More than 1 year ago
Two Lost Artistic People finding their path and each other. Mia has always been creative, and her clothes have always reflected it. This caused problems growing up in her small hometown, so she was happy to get out and pursue her dreams of becoming an artist. Ten years later, things haven't worked out as she planned. She is home, living with her parents and working for her Aunt's interior design business, and coming to terms with the idea that she doesn't have exactly what it takes to be a successful painter. Tasked with supervising on what could be the biggest job her Aunt has gotten, she is confronted with the client's son, and he makes a less than stellar impression. Brennan has had a successful career as lead-singer of a popular band and is a bona-fide Rock Star. Restless and unsure where he wants his career to go next, he walks away and takes refuge in his Mom's new house. When confronted with the oddly dressed young woman, he instantly assumes she is a groupie trying to get close to him. When she not only doesn't recognize him, but is brutally honest about his appearance and behavior, it is the beginning of his journey back. Funnily enough, these two "get" each other and form a tentative friendship that slowly becomes more. Mia and Brennan are two characters who are both searching for their place in the world and for a fulfilling creative outlet. Both have baggage and preconceptions about the future. They have to figure out their own mess before they can move on and figure out if they can make their lives work together. This was an engrossing read, and I really liked the fact that these two took time to get to know each other as their feelings grew. I also like the fact that their HEA wasn't a given. This is a contemporary romance with strong characters and a well-written story. I am really interested in finding out who the next story in the series will focus on. **I received an Advanced Reader's Copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
BookReaderAnnie More than 1 year ago
I'm really not that big a fan of the Rock romances where the characters are in the music business but I will say that I really enjoyed Suddenly in Love by Julia London. The story was more about the characters then the music. Now don't get me wrong the music does play a part in the story, it just doesn't take over. I kind of felt sorry for Mia, I know what it's like to have a dream and it not come through. Of course I liked where she went with her life better then where she started. As the book progresses you really see her grow as a person and come into herself. Now Brennan is a mess. But as you read his story and meet his mother you start to understand why. Now don't get me wrong, his mother isn't horrible, just slightly removed from and deep emotions. Of course because of this it adds another layer to Brennan and why he is the way he is. Like Mia, Brennan's character does grow throughout the story in a good way. You really come to like both of them. I really loved Mia's family and would have liked more with them. As a whole, this story is very good. I didn't want it to end. It's the perfect start to a new series and I can't wait to see what happens next in Lake Haven.
ShariStraight More than 1 year ago
When down-on-her-luck misfit Mia Lassiter meets burned out and heartbroken rock star Everett Alden, she isn’t exactly impressed. She thinks he’s a crazy bum, maybe, and a little crazy and unclean and pompous, definitely. She doesn’t recognize him as a famous person when he introduces himself as Brennan Yates, the son of the owner of Ross House, the oldest and grandest historic estate around Lake Haven. When he explains to her that sees the world in a different way than most people do, something clicks within Mia. She’s exactly the same, with her funky wardrobe and lack of direction with her art. Mia’s temporarily home with her family in East Beach, but still considers herself a year-rounder, while Brennan is the definition of a summer person. She knows she shouldn’t get involved with him, but he’s charming and funny and he gets her. As their friendship evolves into something more she allows herself some fun, knowing he’ll be gone before long. Things heat up quickly and Brennan finds himself opening up to Mia in ways that he’s never done before. Once his cover is blown, it takes more than a declaration of love to convince Mia they belong together. I loved this book so much that I read it in one day. Julia London is one of my favorite contemporary romance authors, and you will not be disappointed with this read. Enjoy!
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic story of a run down, burnt out rock star looking for peace and solitude at his mother's new lakeside estate. His mother fears he's going down a dark path of depression and tries everything she can think of to get him to snap out of it. Strangely the one person who seems to have any affect on him is the wonderfully unique struggling artist turned interior designer Mia Lassiter. Mia is struggling with finding her own path in the world and doesn't have the time or energy for a cranky Adonis who seems set on his self destructive ways. As the summer goes on though Brennan slowly seems to find himself and his happiness again but will it all fall away once he returns to his old life?? This is truly a wonderful story that is well written and has some very intriguing characters. Very low angst, lots of humor, and it's not your typical rock star romance. Definitely one I recommend.