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One Summer With Autumn

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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.

344 pages, Paperback

First published October 16, 2016

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Julie Reece

6 books371 followers
Julie Reece writes YA stories. Many inspired by life in the southeastern states where she grew up. She's passionate about family, friends, animals, underdogs, and writing, but bubble baths and dark chocolate make the list, too.

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Profile Image for Juliette Cross.
Author 35 books2,460 followers
February 18, 2016
Fortunate enough to beta read for this one. Fell in deep love with Autumn and Caden.
*Full review closer to release.*
Profile Image for Moriah.
714 reviews88 followers
October 27, 2016
*This review will also appear on A Leisure Moment here on October 27th 2016*

**I received an eARC from Swoon Romance in exchange for an honest review**

I think Julie Reece has single-handedly convinced me in one book that good ‘ol South Cakalackey isn’t so bad. Okay, this is my home state, even though I lived in various towns, but sometimes the southern morale and lack thereof of city life can smother a girl. Then I look outside at sunset and change my mind—my point, however, is that I would take a guy like Caden Behr any day and wouldn’t mind camping if he came along.

Autumn Teslow had a sour disposition and a smart mouth to match. I instantly took a liking to her. I felt sorry for her at about the same exact moment that I met her, though, because of the family dynamic the Teslows had. Her dad was a major jerk, and I’ve never been more happy that a dad didn’t try to make a relationship with his daughter in a book before than in this one, more like a see no evil, think no evil mindset.

I had to warm up to her twin sister, Sydney, and didn’t like her very much either when she barked out her opinion on Autumn’s eccentric personality at the internship fair in chapter one. However, the more I got to know the Teslow twins, the more I enjoyed reading about their relationship. They were complete opposites but somehow fit. Yes, Sydney only cared about Sydney most of the time, but the moments when she could show she had a heart made it easy to understand why they were such great sisters.

Caden—or should I say Silas?—Behr was everything that makes you want to stomp your foot and storm off about a guy, but I loved him for it. He’s the guy that one minute your glaring at him, the next you’re kissing him. Yes, I loved him that much. He had the southern charm of a boy born and bred with a fishing rod in one hand and taught to open doors for women by the age of four. Their first kiss made me smile like a maniac and demand for more. I surely hope this isn’t the last we’re going to see of the Behr family because I loved each and every one of them.

Autumn and Caden got along about as well as dynamite and a match. Somewhere along the way someone would got boom, but with these two I never knew if it would be a good or bad kind of explosion…because with them that was always a possibility. Whether or not they would act on their attraction toward one another was one of the many reasons that I kept flipping through the pages, along with the fact that this story was so well written and honest. They don’t kiss a whole lot, but when they do…Julie Reece knows how to write a kissing scene!

I didn’t want to put One Summer With Autumn down once I started reading. The dialogue flowed effortless, the romance highlighted just the right moments in the story, and the southern charm of a small town in South Carolina—Cowpens, y’all!—shined through. The ending ripped my heart in two before it mended it back together. This isn’t just a love story—it’s a story of discovering a new you, redefining what it means to be family, and some Newfoundland scenes that made me want to run to the animal shelter. It might be a summer with Autumn, but this is a book for any time of the year!

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Profile Image for Allie York.
Author 38 books527 followers
February 1, 2017
This book was so incredibly sweet. A perfect mix of sarcasm, sugar, and humor. Dual POV gives the reader more insight, and the characters will stick around for ages.
Profile Image for Blake Vargas.
2 reviews
June 15, 2017
Loved the strong heroine and romance, how could you not love a hero named Behr! Must read :)
Profile Image for Crystal Collier.
Author 6 books184 followers
November 12, 2016
This was a book I purchased on the spot because I was in the mood for a contemporary, which is a strange mood for me. Regardless, it was what I craved, and my craving was met. The romance came on a little fast, and I would have liked it to move a bit slower, but it was a cute story, which promises significant fireworks, not only in the book, but in the characters' future.

Content warning: mild language.
Profile Image for Ann Sutphin.
408 reviews5 followers
July 3, 2017
Good read

I liked the story line and the way it was written. I look forward to more stories from the author.
Profile Image for Erin Kelly.
163 reviews23 followers
June 29, 2017
I just loved this one. It's YA without the angst. I feel like it does a great job with the coming of age thing by showing a young woman figuring out who she really is and what defines her. Adorable romance, but not sappy!
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329 reviews329 followers
November 8, 2016

I didn’t want to put One Summer With Autumn down once I started reading. The dialogue flowed effortless, the romance highlighted just the right moments in the story, and the southern charm of a small town in South Carolina—Cowpens, y’all!—shined through. The ending ripped my heart in two before it mended it back together. This isn’t just a love story—it’s a story of discovering a new you, redefining what it means to be family, and some Newfoundland scenes that made me want to run to the animal shelter. It might be a summer with Autumn, but this is a book for any time of the year!

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Profile Image for Esther Haddie's Haven.
902 reviews56 followers
October 27, 2016
DISCLAIMER: I received a copy of this book for a tour.

This book is so cute! Autumn is . . . the word is on the tip of my tongue, but I can't say it. She is very headstrong, definitely. Her character is not wishy-washy. And she's very realistic. Like "there's a Mother of all Spiders in that bathroom" realistic.

Caden (or Silas, as he makes Autumn believe his name is) is one heck of a clever cookie. He has something to prove. He also wants to teach Autumn a lesson. He's got the cocky thing going on, but mainly for Autumn's benefit because he's not going to go easy on her. He is a bit snarky, too, but its sublte. Both characters feel that they have something to prove to a parent. A brilliant match, if you ask me.

I really like how it shares a message of pushing aside your wrongs and working at making things right. ♥

I have to say that I was in a bit of a grumpy mood when I picked up this book. However, my mood did a major 360 and totally lifted upon reading the first chapters. Its light and fluffy, hilariously up my alley. Check out the excerpt below!
Profile Image for Bethany Lyke.
350 reviews
November 30, 2016
So I randomly picked this book, not realizing that the authtor is one of my 'goodreads friend authors' once I did notice, I thought, "Oh crap, I really hope I don't have to give a crappy review and blast this book in front of them!" Well thank God I don't have too, I LOVED IT!!!! Super quick read, like quick because I was neglecting my husband, kids and house just so I can read this. Im saying, leave to go to Publix and sit in the parking lot to read for 20 min before going in, leaving to pick the kids up from school early just to sit in the Parent Pick Up line and read!! And not that it was anything overly serious it was just a nice breath of fresh air. Light, funny, flirty. It reminded me of those first 'young adult' books that you read while perma-grinning the whole time. Well Done Julie Reece!
Profile Image for Macy Klingerman.
255 reviews4 followers
November 20, 2017
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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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1,344 reviews31 followers
November 25, 2017
This was a fun read with two characters that are opposites. Autumn was hard for me to like due to her anger towards everyone. As the story and character developed I liked her more and liked to see her growth. Caden was very cute and even though he came up with funny ways to get back at Autumn showed he truly cared for her. Caden's family added to the mix and were interesting in their own ways. Ending was perfect and heartfelt. Overall the book was unique and sweet romance read. I received an ebook in exchange for an honest review.
Profile Image for Katy Upperman.
Author 4 books307 followers
March 31, 2017
Sometimes I just really enjoy reading angsty, impassioned romances full of flawed but lovable characters who do dumb things in the name of love -- or, dumb things in the name of avoiding love. (I enjoy writing these sorts of romances, too!) One Summer With Autumn gave me exactly what I'd hoped for, including steamy chemistry between plucky Autumn and complicated Caden, its romantic leads, plus compelling family and friendship dynamics. Check it out if you're into more mature YA, especially stories set in that strange in-between time that is the summer after high school and before college.
Profile Image for Amanda.
29 reviews
November 17, 2017
I received this book for an honest review.

I can honestly say that One Summer with Autumn didn't catch my eye at first, but after starting the first chapter, my mind was racing with curiosity. The way that Reece writes Autumn made me want to figure out her character so much. Then she throws in Caden/Silas and everything flows together. The tense relationship that kinda makes your heart race with excitement, and the slight twist just made this an amazing read.
Profile Image for Nicole Strand.
251 reviews4 followers
November 18, 2017
The one flaw with this book, the romance happened quickly. You think with a girl with a sharp tongue that she wouldn't jump in quickly to a romance.
The story flows very well though. The authors writing is phenomenal. This will make a great snow day read!
184 reviews6 followers
July 26, 2017
4/5 stars...

I read this book when I was in the middle of a really emotional time, but even then, I managed not to cry all over the Autumn issues with her absent mother.
The banter between Autumn and Caden started pretty early in the book, and I didn't exactly liked her, or her sister at first. The typical twin thing: one good, amazing, atlethic, popular... the other the complete opposite. Two guesses where the main female lead fell...

Well, it didn't matter. Caden had exactly what she needed, and that was incredible. Of course, he wasn't a saint, but Autumn did put him through the ringer at the fair, exploding at the guy just like that.

Then came the entire experience.

I can't begin to tell where these two actually fell in love because, for me, it was the slow pace, the shared time, and the really small details. I appreciate this book wasn't one about insta-love, which plagues the entire YA world nowadays. These two characters had points to prove (albeit the cost), but ended on a good note.

I'm not giving spoilers on this review. You want to know how Autumn got her knickname from Caden? Read the book. You may cry, laugh, or just be plain pissed, but I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

And, for once, mothers' and daughters's dynamics are close to reality. No fairy tales for you on this one.
Profile Image for E.M. Fitch.
Author 12 books182 followers
January 30, 2017
This author has the skills! And this romance is a sweet, and not-so-sweet story that you'll just adore. There's a steady plot moving us forward, an adorable, well thought out guy with some secrets of his own, heartbreak, and humanity. 

That's why I was drawn in to Reece's world to begin with, the humanity. She doesn't shy away from the wretchedness of the world, from the inhumane acts of the people who reside in it. This is what makes her work stand out, it's not just about the romance, it's about why the romance is important in a world that feels devoid of love at times. 
Profile Image for Mandy.
266 reviews
November 21, 2016
I really enjoyed this story by Julie Reece. It was a different and I needed a break from the typical kind of romance novels. There was some twists, humor, love as the characters navigated through difficulties and heartbreak in their individual lives.
Profile Image for Stephanie Friend.
242 reviews3 followers
December 16, 2017
What a lovely well written YA! This book gave me the warm and fuzzies. I loved the growing love/hate relationship between Autumn and Caden. The character building and growing are both fantastic as well!

Twins Autumn and Sydney couldn’t be more opposite. When they have to choose a summer internship, Autumn is all but ready to bolt. When she lands herself at Behr’s farm for the summer, she couldn’t be more ready to go off and travel the world. After making a fool out of the Behr’s youngest son, Caden. She is determined to spend the summer working towards her scholarship and not let some redneck Duck Dynasty wannabe get in her way.

Caden Behr is the youngest boy in the Behr legacy. A family business dedicated to making fantastic outdoors equipment. When he is embarrassed by Autumn during their first meeting, he is determined to make her summer a living hell.

This books had so many feels. I love Autumn she’s so fiery and easy to relate to. Caden is sexy and a true gentleman. Very easy story to follow. The Behr’s make you feel right at home. Like you could open this book and live in it. Kudos to Julie for another amazing YA! You go girl! ❤️
Profile Image for Japhy Ryder.
33 reviews1 follower
December 3, 2017
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book, basically, follows all the tropes. Angry young girl, guy who likes a challenge, opposites attracting, daddy issues, opposing twins. The romance feels rushed, and the characters are extremely bland. I honestly don't have much to say for it except that it's not the worst contemporary or ya romance I've ever read.
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142 reviews
October 14, 2019
oh my heck this was so funny
"are you going to protect me from bears or behrs"
"i've got an intern to torture. train, i mean train."
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