“Breaking Kate” Review & Spotlight!

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Info on the Book:

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.

 

Things Not Found in the Synopsis:

For this book, I’m thinking…

 

 Yellow

By Coldplay

Darling, Coldplay. Yes, I know this song is so OLD! Oh, well. What’s the saying? “Oldie but a Goodie”? Yeah, I think that’s what it is LOL. Anyways, onto the review..

I chose this song for Breaking Kate because I think it suited both Micheal and Daniel’s views on the gorgeous heroine, Kate. All romantic and everything 😉

Overall Rating: 3.75  Stars ***3/4

This book was super sweet. Daniel was such an amazing guy, and I totally found myself doing the whole googly eyes at him…

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The chemistry between him and Kate was fun, flirty and sexy, and it kept me on my toes and wanting nothing but the best for them. The book was a tad too much insta-love for me – but that’s totally just a personal preference. Those who know me, know I like my slow build-ups and angst, and this was a tad too ‘perfect’ for me. Too much, too soon, I guess LOL.
Not going to lie, this book completely threw me!
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I totally thought this was going to be one hell of a love triangle, but to my surprise it actually wasn’t. Instead, it was kind of refreshing in the sense, that it’s a story about two men and a woman trying to get past their struggles and overcome their issues. Kate and Daniels relationship was told in a way that was filled with sugar, spice and everything nice. It demonstrated the power of their attraction and the healing it provided to both of their broken hearts. I was surprised to find myself rooting for them, even though I was introduced to Michael first and I thought I’d developed an attachment to him.
Though, what’s the advice? Something about the best way to get over a guy is to shag his best friend… well …. I never thought I’d find myself actually agreeing LOL. But yet, here I am 😉
Anyways, overall, it was a really cute read. The dialogue was a tad too long at times for my taste, but I was still engaged and wanted to know the outcome of how everything would turn out! Though, let me tell you… that ending….ohhhhhh that ending. It’s a doozy.
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That is all. LOL. That is all.
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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.
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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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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.

 
 
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.

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 turned into a job that I hated 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.


 
 
 
 
 

The Ultimate Tear Jerker

Let me start by saying I am not a crier.

 I do not cry.

But this book… it made me cry. Like a baby.

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That’s right, it managed to turn a stone-hearted b*tch into a sobbing pansy in a matter of 300 some pages.

 That… that is a job well done, Lisa De Jong. A job well done. I salute you.

I think I truly had to go through the five stages of grief with book. No joke. I honestly think I did.

I read this book probably way back in October/November of 2013 and still 3/4 months later, I feel the lump in the throat, pang in the chest, emotion crushing, tear inducing sensation that this book continues to haunt me with.

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Background on the Book:

One night was all it took for Kate to lose everything.

Ever since she’s been wandering through life in darkness, unable to truly move on or open up to anyone – even her childhood best friend Beau.

When Beau leaves for college, Kate is left on her own to deal with the nightmares always churning in her head. She takes a job at the local to pass her days, and it’s there she meets Asher.

Over time, these two create a bond that helps Kate finally begin to heal and piece herself back together. But Asher has a past and secrets of his own and when they come to light Kate’s world is turned upside down in a way she’d never thought possible.

When It Rains <—- Click here to check it out on Goodreads

Things not Found in the Synposis:

To represent this book I’m liking….

Never Alone

by  Jim Brickman ft. Lady Antebellum

Yeah… not normally a fan of country, but this book was a load of “not normal” for me.

Why this song, well the lyrics to start with. Secondly, the first time I listened to the song while trying to see whether it fit the book, I originally went “Nope”. Mainly because I was like this song is a little too upbeat for something that causes tears. It has too much acceptance and wishful, happiness type thinking. But then I realized you know what? That is the note the book ended on. Just because I was heartbroken and my emotions felt like they’d been put through a cheese grater does not mean there wasn’t a “happy” ending…

So there you go, ta-da! I present Never Alone. 

Overall rating: 5 stars *****

Like I said, I bawled like a baby. To those thinking they can multi-task while reading this book… I wish you luck. I tried, let me tell you. I really did. But you know what? I have tear stains in my marketing textbook. I was crying and I didn’t even know I was crying. I couldn’t leave my house because my face was so splotchy and – god forbid – I try and read it on the bus during my daily commute. Don’t do it my friends… don’t do it.

Anyways, read this book if your looking for a Final Destination style roller coaster of a book. It’ll take you up and up… and on the trip down you’ll crash and burn. LOL I’m just kidding…

To me, it was actually a beautifully written book. Kate’s past was tragic and man, let me tell you, the ride up that rollercoaster was amazing with a breath taking view of everything that represented happiness and love. Asher loves with passion and intensity that translates through the pages in a way that left me feeling like I was Kate. I took part of the journey when Kate began to see life as something with unlimited possibilities and I could feel when she was able to finally let things go.

All I can say is that this story – and it’s characters will stay with me for a very long time. And whenever it rains… Damn it, Asher! 

Cheers,

Tianna