Thursday, July 09, 2015

Blog Tour -- Katherine in Gold


*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.

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**



He looked around my bedroom for some weird reason, then said, “Baby?” He dipped his head so he was right against my ear. “You aren’t weak, and I’m sure you can take care of yourself, but I think it’s time you let a man help who will make sure, when all is said and done, you have someone to walk out of battle with at your side.”
Fuck, I was gonna fall in love with him, that dirty, sneaky, big-dicked, perfect-mouthed, motherfucker.
Apparently, he got all that from the look on my face and smiled. “At least you didn’t say what you were thinking out loud.” 


“One thing to know about me, Holst: when I give my word, I never go back on it. Not ever.”

First, let me start by saying I love J.B. Hartnett. I have read every book she’s written and will continue to do so. Her stories hold a magic all their own, one that reminds me that love can be simple in all its complexities.  They show that even though there are heavy situations, it can be light and breezy. I love her style of writing, the characters she entwines effortlessly from one series to the next, and her setting is straight out of a postcard.

Just like with her Leaves Series, and now with the Beachy Bride Series, I am invested. I have fallen love with each and every person…and this story centers around Katherine. 

Katherine and Victoria are best friends and have worked together at a local design studio/furniture show-house. When Tori leaves to follow her passion into her own Stationary Shop, right next to Beachy Bride in Laguna, Katherine takes over where Tori left off…but something was missing.
Having the urge to do something all her own, and to push the demons of her past away without the crutch of a man’s body next to hers, Katherine takes a leap of faith…jumping headfirst into business with Holst. Newcomer with his own demons and dreams large enough to match Kath’s.

Problem is, when two people are attracted to each other, business and pleasure don’t always mix.  

Except when they do…

What can I say, I’m a sucker for a good love story filled with enough angst and emotion that make the characters not only relatable, but real. Kath’s past was meant to be dark and honestly, horrifying, but I didn’t really see it that way. Yes, it was horrible in the technicality of it all, but at the same time…tame. Tame compared to other storylines with the same subject matter, and it was just one more thing about Hartnett that I love. She has a way of romanticizing things that are tragic and making her characters strong because of it. I don’t know, maybe I’m just a touch morbid…

Overall, this is a great love story. One of turmoil, pasts colliding with the present, overcoming demons that seem to not just fill closets, but shake the very foundations these relationships are built. I love the friendships, the poetry, and emotions…I cannot wait to read about the next “Beachy Bride”.

**4.5 It all Begins with a Dress, Stars**

Have you met Cameron & Victoria from Bride in Bloom (Book One) yet? 
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About the Author

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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