Friday, 14 June 2013

Review: Then Again by Karen Stivali

Sometimes you have to lose it all to find what you really need.

Photographer Kay Turner is dealt a double whammy when she flies home for her grandmother’s funeral to find her boyfriend with another woman. Now with two losses to mourn, she retreats to her newly inherited beach house to clear her head.

Everything at the beach is familiar: the sounds of the ocean, the scent of her grandmother’s perfume—and the irresistible smile of James Margolis. The man Kay spent her adolescence pining for is every bit as charming as she remembers.

James always thought of Kay as “a nice kid”, but he feels something very different for the woman she’s become. Especially when he asks if she’d be willing to part with some of her grandmother’s recipes for his new restaurant—and they wind up sharing much more than culinary secrets.

But as their relationship deepens, Kay finds herself caught between the demands of her dream career as a travel photographer, and a chance for happiness with the one man she’s wanted for a lifetime.

I think it is safe to say I am rapidly becoming a fan of Karen Stivali's work. This is the third book of hers I've read and I really, really enjoyed it.

James and Kay were both very real characters for me. I didn't get any of those 'oh that would never happen in real life' moments that I so often get with romance novels. The development of their relationship felt completely natural and had me sucked in from the very first chapter.

If you love a book that feels like your reading about your best friend's journey to love then this is the book for you 4.5 out of 5

About Karen:
I write erotic romance (published by Ellora’s Cave) sexy women’s fiction (published by Turquoise Morning Press) and sensual contemporary romances (published by Samhain Publishing). I can also be found on twitter attempting witty banter.

Karen is giving away a grand prize, Winner's choice of back list books at each stop (digital only, so open internationally).

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