Katherine in Gold by J.B. Hartnett
Series: The Beachy Bride #2
Also in this series: Bride in Bloom
Published by Self-published on July 9th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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*Warning: this is a love story with sexual situations and copious swearing. It also deals with an inappropriate relationship between an underage girl and a much older man.
When Katherine Symes experiences heartbreak at the age of twenty, she picks herself up, dusts herself off, and declares no man will ever break her again. The independent, potty-mouthed Katherine makes no apologies for how she lives her life. Marriage, babies, and husbands are ideas she’s never even entertained. There is only one thing she’s never had the guts to do. Open her own cafe. The day of her best friend’s engagement, a stranger bulldozes his way into her life. Handsome, tall, and annoying as hell, he pushes all her buttons. A mutual acquaintance introduces them, and the stranger, Holst Rutherford, wastes no time in presenting Katherine with half ownership in a coffee shop he wants to open in Laguna Beach; he just doesn’t want to do it alone. Can she put up with Holst to achieve her lifelong dream?
Holst moved to the coastal town of Laguna Beach with clear intentions: a fresh start, concentrate on his new business, and enjoy the beach at his doorstep. After ending a toxic relationship, he never considered entering a new one. But there is something about the ever-combative Katherine which makes him realize she could be much more than a business partner. She just might be the one. However, she is going to need a little convincing.
In the second installment of the Beachy Bride series, we follow the story of Katherine and Holst. A tale of shaking off the past, embracing the future, and finding true love.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Attitude and Spunk will get you the gold…
Katherine In Gold was a winner for me. I connected with the characters, loved the dialogue and finished it with a big smile on my face. We start off the story with Katherine looking at her life and deciding she needs to make some changes. The first and smartest decision is to kick her boyfriend to the curb. Goya is convinced he’s in love with Katherine. He’s an arrogant artist who thinks he’s better than everyone else. Unfortunately, Katherine’s only interested in one thing from Goya and it wasn’t his heart. Her lifetime dream of owning a coffee shop, becomes a reality when she finds a business partner in Holst.
Holst is getting over a very messy relationship. He’s not looking for love, but immediately feels an attraction for his business partner. Holst is ready to move on from his past and decides that Katherine might just be who he wants to move on with. There are a few deep and dark themes in this story that are handled beautifully by this author. Katherine has been hiding her anguish behind booze and sex. Holst can see her struggle and decides she needs to face her demons. When she tells him her secret, he handles it sensitively. We do not go back in history and see what has happened we just get a glimpse through Katherine’s explanations.
Holst and Katherine are smoking hot together. The dirty talking sex scenes are explosive. Holst has this way of instructing Katherine to get what he wants. It’s dominant without being insulting and if my hubby started talking to me that way…I’d stop wearing underwear.
This is a love story that was beautifully written. I loved the feelings this story brought out in me. These characters were real, their lives and their friends were people I can imagine meeting and J.B. Hartnett has made a world in Laguna Beach that I want to visit. I’ve finished this book on a high and I can’t wait for more.
Rating: 4.5 Smoking Hot Stars.
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