To Katie With Love

To Katie With Love

4.1 19
by Erica Lucke Dean
     
 
Banker Katie James has a serious thing for romance novels. She'd almost rather settle for a fictional boyfriend than risk her heart on a flesh-and-blood man. Besides, the only real guy she's remotely interested in is her rich, unattainable client, the mysterious Cooper Maxwell.

Looking less like the ultra-conservative man she knows and more like a drop-dead

Overview

Banker Katie James has a serious thing for romance novels. She'd almost rather settle for a fictional boyfriend than risk her heart on a flesh-and-blood man. Besides, the only real guy she's remotely interested in is her rich, unattainable client, the mysterious Cooper Maxwell.

Looking less like the ultra-conservative man she knows and more like a drop-dead sexy character from one of her books, Cooper crashes Katie's 29th birthday party. But one too many drinks lands Katie in uncharted territory... Cooper's bedroom!

Drunk on love, Katie dives headfirst into the relationship only to discover that Cooper is keeping secrets... dangerous ones. As if things couldn't get worse, her meddling mother makes a surprise visit, digging up a whole new set of problems.

Who would have guessed having an assassin for a boyfriend would be the least of her worries?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940016551333
Publisher:
Red Adept Publishing
Publication date:
04/29/2013
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
294
Sales rank:
926,947
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

After walking away from her career as a business banker to pursue writing full-time, Erica Lucke Dean moved from the hustle and bustle of the big city to a small tourist town in the North Georgia Mountains, where she lives in a 90-year-old haunted farmhouse with her workaholic husband, her 180 lb lap dog, and at least one ghost.

When she’s not writing or tending to her collection of crazy chickens and diabolical ducks, she’s either reading bad fan fiction or singing karaoke in the local pub. Much like the main character in her newest book, To Katie With Love, Erica is a magnet for disaster and has been known to trip on air while walking across flat surfaces.

How she’s managed to survive this long is one of life’s great mysteries.

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To Katie With Love 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a wonderful book. I really love the cast of characters, all of the plot twists, and the underlying love story. Throughout the story, I really enjoyed watching her grow and start to really like herself. Cooper Maxwell proved to be a very interesting character with a few secrets. I recommended it to all my friends!
WhisperedWord More than 1 year ago
What a fun and engaging read! This novel is infused with relatable humor, endearing characters, and plenty of twists and turns. I really connected with the main character, Katie James, who is shy and plucky at the same time. From her early awkward moments on, I enjoyed her evolution throughout the story. Katie's love interest, Cooper Maxwell, proves an equally intriguing character. Ms. Dean does a great job of keeping the reader guessing about his background and motives throughout the story. Despite--or perhaps because of--his potential for performing dark deeds, he's the ultimate love interest. Readers will enjoy plenty of laughs as this book's cast of characters takes them on a wild and crazy ride. If you like a fast-paced, well-written story and romance that makes your heart swoon, don't miss this book!
astroyic 10 months ago
What a great, cute, funny, flirty, witty romance. This captured my attention from the beginning and held it till the end, with laugh out loud moments as well as adventure and sizzling scenes with lovable characters. I love Katie who is your ordinary book nerd who would rather stay home and read, then go out and look for love and live her life. Cooper is quite the romantic hero who is tall dark and handsome as well as a man of mystery. He is super romantic and thoroughly wines and dines her with his courtship of her. I loved that both of them have secretly been crushing on each other. But their are some hush, hush secrets that Cooper is keeping. The secondary characters add so much fun to this story with their unique, quirky and strong personalities. There are some twists and turns and a great plot that keeps the reader guessing. This was a fast paced, well written with an engaging plot and a funny, flirty romance that takes you on some unexpected twists and turns, injecting some mystery and suspense. Received a complimentary copy through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
ArizonaJo 10 months ago
To Katie With Love by Erica Lucke Dean has to be one of the most quirky and fun romance novels that I have read this year. The heroine, Katie James, was a lovable klutz that was so relatable. I could actually relate to this woman who would rather be at home reading than at a bar with friends/co-workers or on a date with a "real" man. Cooper Maxwell is tall, dark, handsome and mysterious. No one at the bank where Katie works seems to know what he does for a living. Which brings up a possible conflict of interest as he is one of her clients. Although she's had a crush on him for months, she's always remained professional during their weekly meetings. However, he's often in her thoughts and her romance fueled fantasies. The plot was fast paced and there were so many humorous moments that I was laughing throughout the book. The secondary characters, her friends/co-workers and her mother, were also likable and very relatable. Well, maybe not her mother as I didn't like her very much. One co-worker in particular was a little over the top. She was often the catalyst behind Katie's wild imaginings about Cooper and his secrets. I have known several people that I could easily see fit in these characters shoes. Ms. Dean wrote a terrific ending to this story. I never saw the twist coming and I have to confess that I did cheer for Katie and Cooper at the end as they got their HEA. I received an ARC from Red Adept Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed in my review are my own.
Faerie-bookworm More than 1 year ago
Laugh out loud perfection! Title: To Katie With Love Author: Erica Lucke Dean Genre: Contemporary Romance Format: Ebook Pages: 274 Rating: 5 Main Characters: Katie, Cooper Supporting Characters: Silvia, Vivian, Phil Summary: Banker Katie, a romance novel junkie, would rather stay home with a fictional boyfriend and imaginary cat than go find a real man. That is until the night of her 29th birthday bash with her co-workers at a karaoke bar. In walks one of her clients, Cooper, not wearing his usual suit and looking sexy as sin. As things heat up between them, secrets are driving Katie’s imagination wild to where she believes that her new boyfriend is an assassin. What could possibly happen next? Thoughts: I absolutely LOVED this story. Laugh out loud perfection! This had mystery, humor, love, and excitement. Katie is a total klutz, she’ll trip on air, which just makes her so adorkable that you can’t help but love her while you laugh at her. Cooper, so mysterious, yet so freaking romantic I ended up being a puddle on the floor I don’t know how many times. Ms. Dean has become one of my favorite authors! I so enjoy the humor, quirkiness, hotness, and just fun story with every book I’ve read so far. I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
DaneWeimMama More than 1 year ago
This wasn't a great read for me.... I struggled with Katie & Cooper as a couple because they just seemed fake. The romance moved to quickly & was too dramatic for my taste. Not saying they weren't sweet, I just didn't like them together. And I don't know why Cooper being a romance writer was such a terrible secret. I love Erica Lucke Dean & will read more of her books, this one just didn't do it foe me. ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
MBurton More than 1 year ago
ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This was a fun read! I really enjoyed all the characters in this book. Katie is adorably clumsy and the girl everyone loves but doesn't take seriously. Cooper was hunky, romantic and completely smitten with Katie. Cooper didn't want to reveal his career to Katie which just caused her to imagine all sorts of reasons to why he hid his occupation. The whole book is based off of Katie trying to find out what Cooper does for a living and in return kept getting in embarrassing situations. I really love reading books like this that just make me giggle at all the heroines antics. Super fun read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not sure why so many high ratings. The best part was the very beginning, then just desinigrated into nonsense. Parts that I assume were supposed to be  "funny", were just downright irritating & went on way too long. One big eye roll sorry to say.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very enjoyable book, this was the first book that I have read by this author but it won't be my last!
Pinkspo0n More than 1 year ago
To Katie With Love is a great romantic comedy full of random hilarity and mystery. Katie is such a fun character that I had no problems relating to. I couldn’t help but feel like I was right along with her letting my mind work into overdrive creating zany problems for myself. The characters were so lively and fun. Katie and Silvia were cracking me up, although I did want to slap Vicky around. Overall her friends were great and quirky, and I couldn’t help but chuckle at their crazy antics. I loved the fact that Cooper and Katie had a history together prior to their romance. A history that seemed to get Katie in more trouble since she had access to his bank records as his banker. The only downside to their relationship is that Cooper is secretive about his job, which causes all the insanity to ensue! This book made me laugh out loud on several occurrences, earning me weird looks from my family. Katie’s growth as she gains more confidence in herself is hidden in the midst of her Nancy Drew behavior, but it’s still there. By the time the book ends, she’s a strong woman that has no problems standing up for herself. This was such a change from the meek, romance reader that we’re introduced to. Overall, this book is a great way to spend a summer day! This cast of loveable characters will keep you occupied long after the sun goes down! Read it! Note: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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BookReflections More than 1 year ago
Katie James finds the perfect guy in Cooper Maxwell.  He's handsome rich and has been secretly in love with her for a year.  Katie falls head-over-heels but soon finds that Cooper has too many secrets.  Getting few answers, she attempts to discover Cooper's secrets on her own leading to a few quirky situations.  Then Katie's mom shows up and adventures occur at work. The best part of this read was the last 25 pages or so.  The rest was mildly entertaining at best and irritating at its worst.  My biggest issue is that it took till about page 100 for the conflict to pop up.  Until then we get lots of insta-love and a lot of back and forth where nothing really happens.  Characters run into each other, fall in love, and go to work (at least Katie does).  Even when Katie is at work, nothing really happens.  Things progress a little better as soon as Katie starts to wonder about Cooper's job.  The conclusions she jumps to is a bit flimsy for my taste.  The irritating mom component didn't entertain me either.  Or maybe the problem is that Cooper was too perfect and too nice that he didn't seem real.  I enjoyed the end because it was unexpected and liked that Cooper's secret was actually a reasonable secret.  I could understand why he needed to keep it a secret and I found his secret pretty fun.  For me, this read needed better character and plot development to make this one entertaining and remotely believable. Overall, the end prevented this from being a complete wash for me.
Shirley_Holmes More than 1 year ago
Sweetest, sexiest, and funniest book you will read all year! Cover Talk: Those boots! Seriously, this cover makes me happy. It’s not a typical bodice ripper and brooding male. Not that anything is wrong with those. But it’s nice to have the romance covers changed up. First Line: “Look around, Katie. Somewhere out there is the perfect man for you.” Why I Read It: When I stumbled across Erica’s blog a couple of years ago, I went through all of her old posts and read snippets of her books. I fell in love with Erica’s writing and have semi-Twittered stalked her ever since. Characters: Katie is beautiful, funny, and clumsy as hell. She has a soft spot for vampire romance novels and doesn’t search for love. But she just can’t help falling for Cooper. As she tries to convince herself that they should just remain professional, her heart and other body parts fail to follow through. Katie is so incredibly sweet and I loved seeing her come out of her shell. Cooper Maxwell. Tall, dark, and handsome. Alpha male. I would say he is a typical romance male, buuuut, there are a couple of things that make him unlike any character I have ever encountered in romance novels. And as to what those things are, I’m not going to tell you because I want you to be surprised. Just know, he is super romantic! Katie’s group of friends are absolutely wonderful. Sylvia is one of the best, sweetest and loyal friend that any woman could ask for. By the end of the book, she was easily my favorite character. Aside from Katie and Cooper. Vicky…is the office flirt and is so outrageous. I wanted to strangle her at times, but everyone has that one friend. Phil and June are always bickering and they’re always cracking me up. Plot/World-building: I’m not one to read strictly romance novels. But I will be damned if this isn’t one of the sweetest, sexiest, and funniest books I’ve read this year. Katie, Cooper, and the whole gang are just wonderful. The relationships between everyone are so well done, even Katie and her mom. Katie’s clumsiness, shenanigans, and snooping just make for some wonderful entertaining. I wanted to shake her sometimes when she began to doubt Cooper’s feelings. Clearly, the man is in love with her. It’s adorable. I normally don’t like romance novels to continue for twenty books, but I totally would not mind a sequel to this…I don’t know where it would go from the end of this one. But I just love Katie and Cooper too much to let them go! I might have to re-read this… Final Thoughts: I was seriously blown away by this book. I have a hard time believing that this is her first book! I can’t wait to read more by Erica and fall in love with more characters.
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Jayne is Katie James’ favorite author.  The vampire in her books is enough for her.  She loves the happy endings and the characters in the books.  She has decided that the books are much better than real life, flesh and blood men.  Then she meets Copper Maxwell,  her very rich and very secretive client.  From the minute he walks into her birthday party Katie’s life is changed.  Can she liver with the secrets and falling love with the mysterious Cooper? I love everything about this novel.  The characters are so entertaining.  You get to know clumsy, curious, and shy Katie and watch her come out of her shell.  I love that when she was trying to discover Coopers secrets that she compared herself to Stephanie Plum, one of my most favorite bounty hunters.  The humor to me was as she started to believe what everyone was saying about Cooper.  About where he got his money and why it was such a huge secret.  She so wanted to believe that it was on the up and up, but then she would hear or see something and her imagination would run away with her. Then there is her bank co-workers, with all their advice and muddling they kept me in stitches.  Vicky, the sex maniac who told everyone exactly what she was thinking, reminded me of that friend that you see coming and want to turn the other way.  Silvia was more of a mother figure to her and was really looking for Katie’s best interests.  The rest of her co-workers were equally interesting.  Of course, I cannot forget Cooper.  I started off loving him, oo-la-la, the romance.  He had me right away.  He had the right words, the right dates, the right car, and of course the right house.  Most importantly he didn’t give up on getting that first date.   Then I distrusted him with all his secrets. I couldn’t understand why his job was such a secret and his history was something that he would not talk about.  I just knew that he was something that would shatter Katie and break her heart.   By the end I could not help but love him again for never giving up on Katie.   The secrets were told and Katie’s heart was not broken.  He stood up to her mom and her co-workers.   I would definitely put this as chic-lit, but it has mystery, murder, and lots of giggles.  This was a fun and entertaining read.  I am highly recommending this novel. 
DesertJules More than 1 year ago
Katie James is not a social butterfly. A bit of a klutz, she'd rather curl up with her book boyfriend - the 700-year-old vampire - than deal with real-life men who are never interested in "a shy banker with too many hours on her hourglass figure". Well, there was one man who'd captured her attention ... her super rich, super sexy, and super off-limits client, Cooper Maxwell. In honor of her 29th birthday, Katie's co-workers dress her up in a skimpy outfit, drag her to their favorite karaoke bar, ply her with shots, and shove her up on stage. Barely two bars into her song, she looks out through the lights at the most incredible man she has ever seen. When he turns around, her heart doesn't know whether to stop or leap out of her chest: Cooper Maxwell?! And, from there, things spiral into everything a 29th birthday should never be; culminating with Katie, in Cooper's bedroom, throwing up on his feet. Somehow they manage to not only get past this horrific evening, but fall headfirst into a relationship. Unfortunately, Cooper is less than forthcoming with certain aspects of his life. All it takes is overhearing a couple of phone conversations, an interfering mother, and Katie's imagination takes flight. Little did she know, reality was about to get a lot worse than she could ever have imagined. I have to admit - this was just a fun read, start to finish. Katie is confused and lost, and completely relateable. Although, at 29, one would expect her to be a little less ... high school ... about everything. I guess that's what happens when your social 'evolution' comes via romance novels. The secondary characters - Katie's coworkers - were so real, they made me cringe. We've all worked with, or been, someone exactly like Vicky or Sylvia or June. And, heaven help us, some of us have had mothers who simply couldn't say something nice if their lives depended on it. Absolutely loved the ending. But, Ms. Dean? I still wanna know about the peppermint breath. Please? ~*~*~ Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary electronic copy of this book from the publisher, Red Adept Publishing [...]. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
AVoraciousReadr More than 1 year ago
A fun romp! Banker Katie James has a serious obsession with romance novels. On her 29th birthday she’d rather be home reading one of her books, but her coworkers have persuaded her to celebrate with them at a local bar. Pushed into singing karaoke, it’s while she’s belting out a song that her crush walks in. Cooper Maxwell is one of her bank clients and one hot hunk of man. As a client he’s also off-limits even if she thought he was interested in her. The way he’s staring at her right at that moment though makes her wonder if it’s possible he is interested. Getting drunk, waking up at his house and barfing on his feet weren’t really in her plans, but somehow they adapt, overcome and start a whirlwind romance to rival any in some measly book. Katie’s life would be perfect if he would only stop dodging her questions about what he actually does for a living because clues are piling up and she fears she’s falling in love with a paid assassin. Well-written, fast-moving and smooth-flowing with excellent characters this story is great entertainment. Cooper is hunky and mostly sure of himself except when it comes to Katie. Katie, after a lifetime of being put down by her mother, has low self-esteem and is finding it very hard to believe that Cooper is interested in her. Their mutual nervousness is endearing and yet so much fun to watch. Steamy without being graphic the sex scenes make me feel like a voyeur. Yum! For an afternoon of humorous delight I recommend picking this one up. *Book source ~ Many thanks to Red Adept Publishing for providing me with a review copy. Please see disclaimer page on my blog.
shannschoice More than 1 year ago
Imagine being out with your colleagues from work on your birthday and the man you have secretly admired for months shows up and can't take his eyes off you. This is how we first meet Katie James, an ultra conservative banker by day and romance novel reader by night. Katie would much rather stay at home and read a book than join her co-workers for a drink. The man of Katie's dreams is one of her clients, Cooper Maxwell. Cooper is charming, confident, sexy and smitten with Katie. A relationship developes between them, but Katie discovers Cooper has secrets. Katie's mother is a constant irritant to Katie because of her continual nagging and negative remarks. Even though Katie is smart and successful, she lacks self confidence due to her mother. Katie works with an interesting cast of characters at the bank and they are a wonderful addition to the story with their hilarious antics and quirky personalities. There is never a dull moment at the bank, including another client who is attracted to Katie. Who knew there was so much going on behind the scenes of a bank? Cooper and Katie are likable characters with loads of sexual tension between them. This delightful contemporary romance has it all, witty dialogue, great characters and an engaging story. This is a laugh out loud book that I didn't want to put down. Reviewed by Karen for Cocktails and Books
BigAl70 More than 1 year ago
Romance novels have a basic formu … no, let’s call it something else. Time tested patterns. The basic blueprint is boy meets girls. Sparks fly (or sometimes just the opposite at first, but the sparks come before long). Then, we have the big misunderstanding (probably due to poor communication) and the couple seems headed their separate ways. Last, something causes them to realize they misunderstood each other, get back together and, go riding into the sunset. (Actually that last part is a Western. I wanted to make sure you were paying attention. Replace with “live happily ever after”) But really, all novels fit a pattern. We’re so aware of it with Romance because of the relatively small number of templates for a novel; this is by far the most popular one. However, this means that for the story to feel fresh, an author has to come up with great characters and situations. They need to feel like real people. The situations have to be realistic. In To Katie With Love, Erica Lucke Dean came up with some great characters.  Katie is a character who should feel familiar to a big part of the target audience. In fact, many will see something of themselves in Katie. Other than the obvious gender difference, I did. She’s an avid reader, introverted, and will often choose a vicarious adventure in a romance novel over the alternatives on her social calendar. The people she works with are quirky, yet real enough to remind me of past co-workers. And her bank job gives her plenty of chances to meet men with both money and looks, especially the mysterious Cooper Maxwell. The situations Katie gets herself into seem almost larger than life, yet not so much as to have me disbelieving. I was surprised multiple times as the story was working its way to a conclusion, never guessing the answer to the big question every reader is going to have by that point, nor guessing how (or even whether) Katie was going to get that ride into the sunset. **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **