Karen Rock is an award-winning YA and adult contemporary romance author. She holds a master's degree in English and was an ELA instructor before becoming a full-time writer. Currently she writes for Harlequin Blaze and Harlequin Heartwarming. Her novel, A LEAGUE OF HER OWN, won the 2015 National Excellence in Romance Fiction award in contemporary romance series and the 2015 Bookseller's Best award for contemporary romance, long.
Someone Like Youby Karen Rock
You can't program love or can you?
Kayleigh Renshaw has come up with the idea for a brilliant "compatibility app," a new kind of matchmaking software. All she needs is a programmer to help her bring the idea to market and she knows exactly who she wants. But Niall Walsha code whiz and her former best/p>/b>/em>
You can't program love or can you?
Kayleigh Renshaw has come up with the idea for a brilliant "compatibility app," a new kind of matchmaking software. All she needs is a programmer to help her bring the idea to market and she knows exactly who she wants. But Niall Walsha code whiz and her former best friendhas been avoiding her since he returned from Afghanistan. In spite of their history, and some sparks that go beyond friendship, he's proving reluctant . Is it her, or is something darker holding him back?
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Someone Like You by Karen Rock was a sweet romance about two former best friends who reconnect after life has crushed them a bit. Niall, a former soldier, is home now after a devastating mission and that has left him altered both physically and emotionally. Kayleigh has just broken things off with her fiancé and has quit her high end job as a software developer. Not wanting to be hurt again and also wanting to set out on her own she comes up with an idea for an app to help others find their compatible mates. Kayleigh needs Niall’s skill as a programmer to pull this off. With a little bit of a Beauty and the Beast vibe running through the story and the help of Kayleigh’s grandfather and his senior citizen friends, Kayleigh wants to help Niall come out of his shell and become the friend she knew him to be when they were kids. However, the path to true love is not as easy as the app makes it sound plus they are facing many obstacles and dark secrets. Can Niall and Kayleigh pull off their business and love? I liked the input of the senior citizens at the assisted living home where Kayleigh’s grandfather lived and their view of life. I enjoyed this tale and look forward to more by the author Karen Rock. This is a clean read and has no language. I received this book from the author however the opinions are my own.
Kayleigh and Niall were best friends throughout childhood camp days. He was her rock. But, he hasn't been in contact since returning from Afghanistan. She knows he lost his leg in the war. She lost her brother in the same war. But is he the same boy she knew before? As a man, he is a hermit, not open at all. He has a secret. Will it tear them apart? Regardless of how badly he wants to be left alone, she needs him. Will he step out into the light to help her? He is one of the best code writers and she needs him to beat her old company at getting a patent for her new ap. Will he help her? He acts so withdrawn. Read and enjoy as they discover each other again...through friendship, business partnership, and maybe more. ARC provided in exchange for honest review.
I love a good story about how two friends fall in love. My husband and I were friends first and I think it's such a great way to build a strong relationship. Kayleigh hasn't had it easy lately--her boss and ex-fiance basically drove her away from her job--one that she's good at. She's steered in the direction of an old friend, Niall, who is a pro at computer coding. While talking with him, trying to figure out where she can possibly find another job, she comes up with a great idea for a new app. Niall has reasons for holding himself back--he fought in Afghanistan and endured some terrible things, things that he can't talk about, due to classification. I can only imagine how hard it would be to be a war vet. Karen Rock wrote this story in a way that makes it a little easier to understand what some of these men and women must go through. I loved watching Niall battle with himself internally, struggling to find himself, while coming to terms with who he is now. War can really change a person. I read this on September 11th and it was the perfect time to read it, thinking about all that has happened in the world since that day. I really liked Niall, even with his gruff and tough exterior. Kayleigh is a sweet and determined woman. She is so kind--I loved the relationship she has with her grandpa and all those in the assisted living center. They were all so much fun and such great characters! They were very supportive to her and Niall and had me laughing. This author has a fabulous way of weaving a story that is fun, entertaining, and romantic, yet also sweet and tugs at the heartstrings. I've loved everything I've read of hers and will continue to watch for her works in the future! Content: very mild language (like one or two words); some talk of war stories and death, but nothing graphic; sweet kissing. Clean! *I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*
This book got me from the opening line … it is addictive, highly entertaining and swoon worthy all at the same time. Karen Rock delivers a brilliantly touching novel that will leave you wanting more and breathless all at the same time. Rock has a way with words that will leave her readers enchanted with her story and falling in love with the characters over and over again. Rock delivers a storyline that is sweet, romantic, funny and heart warming all at the same … We all have that friend back in the day that the friendship was always on the border of being more than friends or just friends and I think this is where Rock touches her readers the most. The friendship between the two is such a foundation for such a great storyline and the characters are both so likeable it is hard not to root for them. Rock does a wonderful job in creating a story that will leave you wanting more and turning the pages at all hours of the night to find out what is going to happen next. I loved the fact that Kayleigh Renshaw didn’t let her cheating ex-boyfriend hold her back … after all he did tell her she would be back. I loved how she stood up to him and stood her grounds. Her fiery personality didn’t let him keep a grasp on her and allowed her to do what she felt was right. I love strong female characters who don’t put up with the BS that some characters in other books do and leave me screaming at the them … Kayleigh was the opposite! I definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants a good read and a heartwarming tale that will leave you yearning for the friendship that could of, would of, might of been ….
Karen Rock is becoming a favorite author of mine. I love her Heartwarming stories. I was very drawn to both of the the main characters in this story. I know something of how war can haunt those than have been there. My dad served in Vietnam. His memories will always scar him. Because of this I could understand Niall's character. It was inspiring to watch him overcome some of this darkness and move on with his life. I enjoyed Kayleigh's spunk and courage to do hard things. She was breaking out of her comfort zone. We all have to do that sometimes. I could really relate to these characters as they struggled to open up and trust one another. I really felt like a part of their lives. Karen wrote another beautiful story.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review As soon as I hear of this book I knew I wanted to read it, not only is it written by Karen Rock, but the plot also sounded really interesting. Main character Kay is developing a compatibility app and I liked how the technology was incorporated into the story, at it’s core it’s still a romance story, but the app gave it a nice flavour. From the first page I knew I was going to enjoy this book. I really like Karen’s writing style and I liked Kayleigh from the moment she stood up to her old boss and decided to make her own choices. She’s such a strong character, finally taking a chance and fighting for herself, I could easily relate to Kayleigh as I’ve been in sort of the same position before and also started my own company and I know the doubts that go along with it. I also liked Niall, there was one thing he kept a secret from Kayleigh almost the whole book and I just knew it was going to be an issue. I wish he would’ve told her earlier, but then there would’ve been less drama towards the end. The romance was done well and believable. Kay and Niall where childhood friends and after some years apart they meet again. I have a soft spot for friend-to-lovers stories and I thought the trope was handled well in this book. Their romance was sweet, heartfelt and believable. I also liked the side character, Karen really knows how to make you feel for the side characters and animals in her books as well. I loved the two cats that played a role into the story. My favourite side character was Josh, the misunderstood angry child of Beth and Chris. It was amazing to see him change and grow throughout this book and the scenes with Niall and Josh where really sweet and well written. To conclude: I really enjoyed this book, the story was interesting and the pace matched the story. The main and side characters where well developed and I could easily relate to Kay. The romance was sweet and believable.
Someone Like You by Karen Rock is a classic Harlequin Heartwarming book. It is a sweet romance bringing two former friends together at a time when they need each other the most - Kayleigh as she struggles with a romantic betrayal and loss of her job and Niall as he struggles with the depression of a returned, injured Afghanistan vet who feels responsible for the death of a fellow soldier. There are no surprises and the story is predictable but it is still a nice sweet book for anyone who enjoys romance.