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She’d turned her back on glamour and fame and Kate Stanislaski Kimball had come home to begin a new life. The only thing more perfect than the beautiful—dilapidated—building she’d bought for her new dance school was Brody O’Connell, the frustrating, surprisingly fascinating contractor she’d hired for the renovation.

A man didn’t often come across a woman as gorgeous, sensuous, provocative...and utterly irritating as Kate. But Brody was ...
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Overview

She’d turned her back on glamour and fame and Kate Stanislaski Kimball had come home to begin a new life. The only thing more perfect than the beautiful—dilapidated—building she’d bought for her new dance school was Brody O’Connell, the frustrating, surprisingly fascinating contractor she’d hired for the renovation.

A man didn’t often come across a woman as gorgeous, sensuous, provocative...and utterly irritating as Kate. But Brody was determined to resist her effortless allure. She was Natasha Stanislaski’s pampered, perfect daughter, and not at all the right woman for him. But every fiber of his being longed to make her his....
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Very highly recommended

Professional ballet dancer Kate Stanislaski returns home to open the dance studio of which she's always dreamed. Tired of the harsh pace of dancing in New York, she's ready for the quite life. She didn't expect, however, to meet sexy Brody O'Connell in her mother's toy store almost as soon as she set foot in town. Nor did she expect to find their mutual attraction so powerful. Most men have taken a look at her delicate form and assumed romanticism and fragility. Seldom could they cope with what they really find—steel. Brody, however, is up to the challenge.

A widower, Brody's one priority for the last six years has been his son Jack. Fatherhood had "kicked the stuffing out of the arrogant, careless and often reckless boy. And it had made a man out of him." Soon he finds himself contracted to do the renovation on Kate's studio, and when he goes to the building, he sees Kate dancing inside. She absolutely dazzles him. Kate ignores Brody's protests that he's not interested in getting involved, intuiting where his real concerns lie. Brody might protest all he wants, but Kate gets what she wants. And she wants Brody has her husband and Jack as her son.

Rather than being put off by Brody's moods, Kate finds herself invigorated by the way he gets scowly and turned on at the same time—she believes it is both challenging and sexy. Kate gives as good as she takes, never hesitating to tell the director that he look like a pig, in the Ukrainian language, or Brody where to stuff it. She's accustomed to hard work, and doesn't shy away from darkened basements or the bottom line of a very expensive renovation, always keeping her eye on the goal. Indeed, Kate's fierce determination makes her character extraordinary and appealing. No self doubt for this powerful woman.

I'm blushing to admit this, but Considering Kate is the first novel I've read by Nora Roberts. Yes, I know she's one of the queens of romance, but this reviewer seldom reads by choice, instead I read what lands on my desk by request. After reading Considering Kate, however, I hereby consider myself an ardent fan and intend to spend more time on books by Nora Roberts! Roberts' independent and spirited characters, the wonderful Stanislaski family, and her sparkling narrative voice make this book a keeper. Very highly recommended.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780373243792
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Series: Stanislaskis Series , #6
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.58 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Nora Roberts
One of the most prolific and popular writers in the world, Nora Roberts (who also writes as her edgier alter-ego J. D. Robb) publishes multiple books a year. Not that it’s enough for her fans, who tear through her unconventional romances. With her trademark mix of fantasy, mystery, and romance, Roberts has created her own genre -- and romance fans are grateful for it!

Biography

Not only has Nora Roberts written more bestsellers than anyone else in the world (according to Publishers Weekly), she’s also created a hybrid genre of her own: the futuristic detective romance. And that’s on top of mastering every subgenre in the romance pie: the family saga, the historical, the suspense novel. But this most prolific and versatile of authors might never have tapped into her native talent if it hadn't been for one fateful snowstorm.

As her fans well know, in 1979 a blizzard trapped Roberts at home for a week with two bored little kids and a dwindling supply of chocolate. To maintain her sanity, Roberts started scribbling a story -- a romance novel like the Harlequin paperbacks she'd recently begun reading. The resulting manuscript was rejected by Harlequin, but that didn't matter to Roberts. She was hooked on writing. Several rejected manuscripts later, her first book was accepted for publication by Silhouette.

For several years, Roberts wrote category romances for Silhouette -- short books written to the publisher's specifications for length, subject matter and style, and marketed as part of a series of similar books. Roberts has said she never found the form restrictive. "If you write in category, you write knowing there's a framework, there are reader expectations," she explained. "If this doesn't suit you, you shouldn't write it. I don't believe for one moment you can write well what you wouldn't read for pleasure."

Roberts never violated the reader's expectations, but she did show a gift for bringing something fresh to the romance formula. Her first book, Irish Thoroughbred (1981), had as its heroine a strong-willed horse groom, in contrast to the fluttering young nurses and secretaries who populated most romances at the time. But Roberts's books didn't make significant waves until 1985, when she published Playing the Odds, which introduced the MacGregor clan. It was the first bestseller of many.

Roberts soon made a name for herself as a writer of spellbinding multigenerational sagas, creating families like the Scottish MacGregors, the Irish Donovans and the Ukrainian Stanislaskis. She also began working on romantic suspense novels, in which the love story unfolds beneath a looming threat of violence or disaster. She grew so prolific that she outstripped her publishers' ability to print and market Nora Roberts books, so she created an alter ego, J.D. Robb. Under the pseudonym, she began writing romantic detective novels set in the future. By then, millions of readers had discovered what Publishers Weekly called her "immeasurable diversity and talent."

Although the style and substance of her books has grown, Roberts remains loyal to the genre that launched her career. As she says, "The romance novel at its core celebrates that rush of emotions you have when you are falling in love, and it's a lovely thing to relive those feelings through a book."

Good To Know

Roberts still lives in the same Maryland house she occupied when she first started writing -- though her carpenter husband has built on some additions. She and her husband also own Turn the Page Bookstore Café in Boonsboro, Maryland. When Roberts isn't busy writing, she likes to drop by the store, which specializes in Civil War titles as well as autographed copies of her own books.

Roberts sued fellow writer Janet Dailey in 1997, accusing her of plagiarizing numerous passages of her work over a period of years. Dailey paid a settlement and publicly apologized, blaming stress and a psychological disorder for her misconduct.

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    1. Also Known As:
      J. D. Robb; Sarah Hardesty; Jill March; Eleanor Marie Robertson (birth name)
    2. Hometown:
      Keedysville, Maryland
    1. Date of Birth:
      1950
    2. Place of Birth:
      Silver Spring, Maryland

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2011

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    Good read

    Nora Robert's writing is just excellent. It's a wonderful story and both characters are so well put together. Love the series.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2011

    Great ending to an outstanding series

    Not necessary to read the earlier books in the series because each of the books stand alone. Love the characters especially the strong women.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2002

    I'll keep reading Nora Roberts for a LONG TIME yet

    Considering Kate gave a wonderful finishing touch to the Stanislaski Family. I couldn't put it down. I wonder, and think it would be a great idea, if Nora will write a story about Kate's brother Brandon Kimball (and really finish the Stanislaski Family story). I love everything I've read so far by Nora Roberts. Keep on writing Nora!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Good

    I will read again

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2011

    good read

    I enjoyed all the previous books in the series more than this one, but it was still a good read

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 11, 2011

    Heart melter

    Loved it! True romance at its best!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2011

    Great book

    One of my favorite authors didn't disappoint me. Great book in a great series.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2011

    Recommend

    Have read the entire series by Nora Roberts for this family
    series. Have enjoyed each one

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 6, 2011

    Great Read!

    This series is awesome! Another great series by Nora!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2005

    Great book!

    I am a dancer who is part Ukrainian, so I had to buy this book when I saw it. I thought that the story was very sweet. I liked the characters very much and I thought Nora did a pretty ok job with Kate and what the attitude of a dancer and preformer for that matter, is like. A nice and easy read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2003

    AWESOME READ!

    I could not put this book down and read it in half a day!! I love the entire Stanislaski series and wish she would write more! Its the best buy ever!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2002

    Great Book! A Must Read!

    This is the first book by Nora Roberts I have read, but not the last! She knows how to keep you reading! I started reading it and couldn't put it down. This is the first book I have read from start to finish in a couple of hours.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2002

    cute

    I love this book, especially at the end. I think Jack is one of the cutest and smartest little boys with the way he thinks.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2013

    Read these series

    Loved this book. And i still think about other 5 i read. I love this fsmily!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2013

    All

    Love all the stories about this family. Please, Nora. A story about Brandon the baseball player would be great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2013

    Highly recommended

    The stanislaskis saga is very good. You want more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2013

    Jonathan

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    Posted December 17, 2012

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Bedtime reading

    These are the kind I like to read before going to bed. A nice lite read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2012

    The Feather-

    "On the feather are words sprawled with *****'s blood. Dont forget me. You don't understand. I'm a Vampire-Demon Breed. I have a Bloodseal that prevents me from killing you. Im changing my name to Sebastian. Remember that. - The annoying little 13 year old troll.

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