Thursday, July 9, 2015

Book Review: Katherine in Gold by J.B. Hartnett

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J.B. Hartnett

Katherine in Gold is the  second installment of the Beachy Bride series. In this unique romance, we follow the story of Katherine and Holst. A tale of shaking off the past, embracing the future, and finding true love. 

 **Can be read as a stand alone**


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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

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Most people think the term “whore” is either an occupation or an insult, but I used it as a term of affection. I wasn’t even sure how it began, but I often said it to Tori, and when I did, it came from a place of love.
Tori took a sip from her coffee and lifted her eyes from the message. “Dude.”

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My Rating:

Favorite Quotes:

“Probably for the first time ever, just the thought of you makes my heart beat faster, Katherine.”

 “I had this top-of-the-line force field built around me… and you got through.  I mean, I’m kinda bummed in a way, because I worked really hard on that thing.”

“I fear the road ahead will be rocky for the two of you, but a straight road to anywhere isn’t very interesting.”
“For me, my Katherine, it was your heart.  The day in the bridal shop, standing in that dress… I discovered treasure… I knew, in that moment, I’d found treasure.  You were my Katherine in gold.”
“My mom began to fan herself, Becky let out a little sigh, and I… well, I was me.  ‘Dude, Cam, ovaries exploding all over the inside of my pretty dress.’”

“We convened in the sacred meeting place of women… the bathroom…”

My Review:

I am in total fan-girl mode over J.B. Harnett.  Having read two of her masterpieces in a row, I find myself in a tizzy over having to obey my calendar and now read someone else.  I am in awe of her skills, and am of a mind to create a JBH shrine and adorn it with well-dressed Barbie dolls clad in long formals.  Due to the subject matter covered, Katherine in Gold was a heavier and more emotionally intense read than Bride in Bloom, but I loved it almost as much and found the writing to be of the same high quality.  Katherine was a bit more difficult to follow as the narration and conversations were as unpredictable and emotionally varied as the lead character, but thankfully the same clever humor, witty banner, and smartass snark were sustained.  I remained intrigued and enthralled by the story line and am completely fascinated by the unique and mystical gentleman known as Frodo.  Even without the other fun and distinctive characters with their own possible storylines, I would continue to read this series just to delve further into him alone.  More please!
Empress DJ

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About the Author
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Julie is a Southern California native, a fan of a really good story (preferably romance with a happily ever after), really good pie (preferably pumpkin) and copious amounts of coffee (preferably Folgers).
She has always enjoyed writing and at one time thought she could be a singer songwriter...the 'writer' part is the one that stuck.
Julie is obsessed with pi...the equation(and the food). She's allergic to cats and cantaloupe and hates if you ever want to give her a gift, those are out for sure.She currently lives with her own romance hero husband and two boys in Melbourne, Australia.

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