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


Book Title: Katherine in Gold (The Beachy Bride #2)
Author: J.B. Hartnett
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 239 pages
Rating: 5 stars


*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

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

Michelle's Review

What a sexy, funny, and heartbreaking book.  This is Ms. Harnett’s second book in the Beachy Bride Series and can be read as a standalone.  Right from the very beginning I adored Katherine.  She’s extremely funny, has many awesome friends and is loyal, but you sensed that she guarded her heart.  She tells it like it is and although she told her boyfriend (Goya/Mark) that she didn’t want anything serious, just keep it causal, he seem to not have gotten the memo.  The only thing Katherine wants is to own her own coffee shop and make her parents see she could become successful whether they agreed with her or not.

Holst, oh my, that man is swoon worthy.  I want him as my new book husband, not boyfriend, husband.  He just got out of a serious relationship, but unlike Katherine, he believes his true love is out there and he sees that in Katherine.  Holst knows what he wants and he sees it in Katherine, but Katherine is so scared to let her heart in the mix.  These two characters have some sad secrets that come up, but Holst is willing to make things better for Katherine.

The dirty talking banter between these two, holy smokes was it hot.  And although you may find Holst a little dominant and/or alpha it’s the way he wants things from Katherine that will melt your panties off. Case in point:  “I’m going to slide inside your body, and when I do, there’s no turning back.  I tasted you and plan to do it again…often…and I will not abide any other man to eat you, to fuck you, or make love to you as I plan to do right now.”  And there goes the panties!

The story flowed and at times I reached for some tissues, I laughed out loud at many times and most of all I didn’t want to put this book down.  My two favorite book couple!  This is my first time reading a J.B. Harnett novel and I hope it will not be my last.

– Michelle

*An ARC was provided by the author for an honest review.



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