Breaking Kate By D. Kelly Review & Author Spotlight

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SYNOPSIS

Michael Matthews has been in love with Katherine Moore since the second grade. In Michaels mind there is absolutely nothing that will ever be able to keep the two of them apart. The night Michael is set to propose to Katherine the evening is interrupted by an unexpected tragedy that tears the two of them apart for good.

Three years have passed since that fateful night when Katherine, now known as Kate meets Daniel. After an awkward start sparks fly between them. Daniel and Kate fall hard and fast into the most passionate and intense love affair of their lives. In three years a lot can change, Michael knows he made the biggest mistake of his life when he left Katherine and he will do anything to get her back. Asking his best friend Daniel for help is his first step in righting the wrongs he made so many years ago. Unfortunately, neither of them realizes that Michaels long lost love Katherine is Daniel’s true love Kate.

While attending the engagement party of a mutual friend, all of their paths collide. How is Kate supposed to choose between the two men that mean the most to her in the world? Kate has to push past her heartache and put some serious thought into what comes next. One wrong choice and not only could she lose them both but Daniel and Michael may never recover their friendship.

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REVIEW

 

 I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review in conjunction with the Release Day Blitz tour in March

This is the authors first book, her writing style was easy to read, even with the multiple POVs , which I thought it added dimension.

I don’t like reviews that give spoilers away… and you can get the outline of the story from the Synopsis, what I will say is that until around 72% through the book I had been second guessing the plot line – But D Kelly side swipes you with a twist you will not see coming…

During the first part of the book I felt the young Katherine and Micheal were really in love – that this was either going to be a HEA or there would be a tragic twist, and the Author didn’t disappoint. I had a lump in my throat as I read that part, Ms Kelly had quickly drawn me into her characters and I really felt for Katherine and I wanted to punch Micheal in the head!

Flash forward 3 years and Katherine (or Kate as she is now known as) meets Daniel who is like no one she’s ever met before, he’s handsome ( well that’s to be expected!) but he is caring and compassionate, sexy and loving in one bundle! ( don’t you love book boyfriends like that?)

Daniel also has had a rough time with his recent relationship, it ended 6 months ago, and when their friends set them up they fall for each other hook line and sinker. Kate is about to get her HEA??? well that would be a bit predictable and boring wouldn’t it?

Nope – Just when its getting good for the pair… Kate’s First love Micheal throws a spanner in the works….

Now – as I said I was finding the story line a bit predictable (don’t get me wrong – I still was enjoying it) but I was thinking OK this is the usual romance story… BUT the author lulls you into a false sense of security, and before you know it the story is hotting up, you are waiting for the ball to drop and the shit to hit the fan…

and then WAM she drops in a twist that leaves you wanting book 2 ASAP.

So in ending I am giving Ms Kelly 4 stars which means I liked the story and want to know more, I also will look forward to seeing how both the characters develop and Ms Kelly’s writing style develops also – I think this author is going to be one to watch and I will be keeping a tabs on her page for her new projects.

 

EXCERPT

We only talked a few days ago about the possibility of me putting myself out there again and he’s presumptuous enough to think he can fix me up on my first date in ages? Of course he is; he’s Connor fucking Houston. As pissed off as I am, I have to admit a bit of morbid curiosity as to who it might be.

Over the past year, I have heard all about his best friends Daniel, Jake, Mike, and April. I have yet to meet any of them in person, although I sort of feel like I already know them from Connor’s stories. Connor Houston is HOT! Scott Eastwood hot. Melt in your mouth hot. ‘Yes, you can fuck me right here, right now, in this room full of people just because you looked at me with come fuck me eyes and I don’t even know your name’ kind of hot. I can only begin to imagine what his friends look like.

Jess glares at me and I know I overstepped—she’s upset. “Kate, I’m going to try and ignore the fact that you basically just called me superficial because you and I both know that nothing could be further from the truth. I met the guy two seconds ago and he is HOT, and you, my friend, need to get laid. You haven’t had a relationship in over three years. I want to see you happy. I want to go on double dates. I want to swap sex stories with someone who is actually getting some, but most of all, I want to see that sparkle that has been missing from your gorgeous eyes for the last three years. I know how broken you’ve been, and you have every right to grieve your losses, but it’s time to move on. My god, Katie Grace, you met the man all of ten minutes ago and have already decided he’s a jerk. Maybe he’s nervous. If I were you, I would give it an open mind and see where it goes. If it’s awful, well, you wasted a night. But if he’s great? God, Kate, if he’s great maybe you can be happy again. Besides, I don’t think Connor would set you up with a jerk. He’s way too over protective of you to put you in that kind of situation. When they come back, I’m going to ask Connor to show me around and you need to play nice with Daniel, if for no other reason than to do me a favor. Can you please do that for me?”

His lips are almost brushing against mine, so close I can feel his breath caress my lips… it’s intoxicating. Daniel places one hand on the back of my head, pulling me forward to close the small gap between us as his perfect lips meet mine for a gentle, yet utterly heart-stopping kiss. This is the first kiss fairytales are spun from. My heartbeat is still rapid, my pulse is still racing, and I can’t for the life of me figure out why I have waited so long to find him. This man was obviously made just for me. Daniel stops kissing me, resting his forehead against mine.

I reach up and run my fingers through his hair, and I feel him suck in his breath as he slowly he moves his lips to mine. Gently kissing me, he parts my lips with his tongue, making his way into my mouth. When his tongue caresses mine I feel butterflies in my stomach. What the hell? The feeling is exceptional; it’s unlike anything I’ve ever felt before. I’m lost in it and to it.

 

 

AUTHOR BIO

I’m a wife, a mom and a dog lover. I’m also a taxi, problem fixer, extreme multi-tasker and my kids biggest fan in anything that they do. I love to write, so when my career suddenly derailed I turned back to my love of writing. I married my high school sweetheart… how cool is that? Margaritas and sarcasm make me happy. Chocolate makes that happiness grow exponentially. People who make me laugh are my favorite kind of people. I believe Karma is a bitch who slaps back hard and that mean people suck. I’m California born and raised, I love the beach but hate the sand. Breaking Kate is my first novel and is part of The Acceptance Series.

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Author Q & A
Question: Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?
Answer: No strange writing habits unless you count chewing on the top of my pen. Even though I write on a computer, most of the time I still have to have a pen in my hand.
Question: What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Answer:My kids, they are the best part of me. It’s because of them and my husband that I was able to write Breaking Kate.
Question: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Answer:Hopefully writing full time and just enjoying life. We keep ourselves so busy life passes us by. I’m hoping in 10 years I’ll be able to just really enjoy life to the fullest extent.
Question: What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?
Answer:Keep at it and don’t give up. Find a good editor and publish your book. Do it for you and only you.
Question: If you didn’t like writing books, what would you do for a living?
Answer:That would be my day job. I work in the medical field.
Question: Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?
Answer:Well this is a loaded question 🙂 Yes I do read my reviews. I don’t think any of us are above being better and reviews are an excellent form of feedback from our readers. I don’t respond to them even if sometimes I would like to. I think sometimes it’s hard for a reader to leave a review, good or bad some people consider it a form of public speaking. I think readers need to speak freely about how they feel without the author thanking them or trying to defend their book. At the end of the day we are all entitled to feel how we do, not everyone will read a book and love it. I’ll be honest the bad reviews can sting a bit. I try and not let them get to me especially when they’re constructive. People are entitled to their opinions. What bothers me about some bad reviews is when people are mean or they tear down a book with ‘facts’ that weren’t even in the book. I think you when you don’t connect and you skim you tend to mix up facts. I think if you’re going to be an author you have to build up a thick skin and not let the bad reviews get to you. Instead read them all and see if the bad reviews are similar, if so maybe you need to look within yourself and see if it’s something you can adjust as you write.
Question: What is your best marketing tip?
Answer:Move to Google + perhaps? LOL marketing is something I’m still learning. Blogs are essential for any writer. Social media is important too but as social media changes I think your best chance of reaching your readers is with your mailing list and your
blog. One day we can wake up and Facebook can be gone or decide to charge everyone to use it

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