Just Once

Just Once

by Julianna Keyes

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ISBN-13: 9781623420673
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Publication date: 10/29/2013
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 290
Sales rank: 85,110
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Julianna Keyes is a Canadian writer who has lived on both coasts and several places in between. She's been skydiving, bungee jumping and white water rafting, but nothing thrills - or terrifies - her as much as the blank page. She loves Chinese food, foreign languages, baseball and television, not necessarily in that order, and will go to her grave swearing that 'ain't' is not a word. She has volunteered in Zambia, taught English in China, and dreams of seeing pink dolphins in the Amazon. It'll happen.

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Just Once 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Nancy524 More than 1 year ago
JUST ONCE is a book that most definitely got to me. I couldn't stop thinking about Shane and Kate - their chemistry was natural and explosive. Their shared journey of self-discovery is one I don't think I'll ever forget. Kate is a woman who thinks she knows what she wants, but, as in real life, she doesn't know exactly what she's looking for. She's tired of the same old/same old. Travel and glamour had its time and place, but she's been there and done that so much that the shine wore off.  She returns to the place where she felt safest - and later in the book, we discover why (no spoilers here). It's an event that, while scary, wasn't so scarring that she's sworn off travel forever, but it does make her rethink her life. Shane is the strong, silent, stubborn type. He also experiences a great amount of growth in this novel; he falls hard for Kate, and he makes a (major) mistake when jealousy rears its ugly green head. His reactions to Kate, before she finds out about the transgression, had me first concerned, then horrified, then heartbroken for Kate. I experienced a pretty large range of emotions within just a couple of pages; my heart hurt within my chest and I had to stop reading for a minute to remind myself that this was, in fact, just a book.  The supporting characters of this book aren't only for decoration; each one has a purpose and their own journey during the summer. I am (desperately) hoping Hailey gets her own novel; she and Brandon, one of the ranch hands, intrigued me and were most definitely left with unfinished business. I loved 18-yr-old Lisa who takes the summer to spread her wings; she breaks away from the "mean girls" and becomes involved with Pete, a rather slow (but super sweet) employee, and has that "I'm ready to experience life!" moment that makes life so fantastic, amazing and full of hope for a young adult.  My favorite part of this story, however, was at the very end. Kate has such a joy about her, despite having lost/gained so much during the summer. She finally finds herself, and as a result of that, finds love. It's refreshing and wonderful to see the story end that way, instead of the other way around.  Kate and Shane will stay with me for a long time. I highly recommend this novel; the writing is descriptive without rambling prose and the ranch is somewhere I'd love to visit (and my idea of a cabin is one built by HGTV and designed by Vern Yip). The characters are complex, well-comprised, and ones I could relate to (despite the differences in career choice). Four and a half stars - I look forward to more from this author, and hers will be an automatic pre-order for me.
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Very sad, but l like it. <br> -Bird &#31609
ElleLeigh More than 1 year ago
***This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.*** I really enjoyed this book about losing who you are and the struggle to find it again. After years of globetrotting and being pampered, Kate returns to a place from her past that means something to her. Trading in her expensive heels for jeans and sneakers, she heads to Ponderosa Pines Ranch to (unknowingly) face off with Shane, the ranch&rsquo;s Foreman. There were sparks from the second Kate met Shane. Sexual tension radiated off the pages every time they were together. After deciding the only way to get past it is to give in to it, they decide that they&rsquo;ll sleep together &lsquo;just once&rsquo; to get each other out of their system&rsquo;s, and they&rsquo;ll be good to go. Only&hellip;it doesn&rsquo;t quite work out that way. If I thought the sexual tension radiated off the pages just from their conversations, it shook my freaking Kindle when they made it to the bedroom. I&rsquo;ve been so lucky lately in that I&rsquo;ve read back to back to back books with some hot as hell sex scenes, but this one takes the cake. Shane and Kate were absolutely electric together&ndash;Shane especially was just so damn hot. He definitely knows how to get a gal&rsquo;s blood pumping. They were both likable characters. Kate was having second thoughts about the path her life was on, and Shane, though he had a gruff exterior, ended up being incredibly playful at times when it came to Kate, which made him even sexier. And I liked that though he was self-assured, he was uneasy about the gap in their lifestyles and if the ranch was &lsquo;good enough&rsquo; for Kate. I think this was accurate for his character. A man like Shane, who was very prideful, would give a great deal of thought to something like that. I found it interesting that despite her jet-setting lifestyle and the fact that she grew up wealthy, it was the ranch she&rsquo;d spent three summers working at as a teenager that Kate considered her home. It said a lot about her character&ndash;she wasn&rsquo;t someone who felt she was entitled to things though she&rsquo;d been treated that way most of her life; she wanted to earn her way. I really like the way things progressed between Kate and Shane. I felt like it was a true to life pace. It wasn&rsquo;t an &lsquo;eyes meet&ndash;jump into bed&rsquo; type of situation. They were both fighting their attraction, and their sleeping together was sort of a last ditch effort to get over each other. There was a lot of day to day life in this book, which is something I really enjoy, especially when it&rsquo;s in a setting I don&rsquo;t know much about. There was also a lot going on with the secondary characters, but when you&rsquo;re dealing with a setting like a ranch/resort, there are a lot of players; I liked knowing what was going on with each of them. It was a good opportunity to learn more about Kate, as she was often dishing out advice and putting out fires between the other employees. Overall, I thought the story was well-done. There was a nice balance between the Shane/Kate moments and everything else going on around them. I felt like everything was tied up nicely at the end, and I got my happily ever after! I have to say that I&rsquo;m floored this is a debut novel. The writing was very seasoned and there was a nice flow to it. It makes me excited to see what is next from this author! For more reviews, please visit Gigi's Book Blog!
bPete85 More than 1 year ago
Travel writer Kate Burke is back at the Ponderosa Pines Ranch after being away ten years. She has agreed to help out managing the kitchen and cabins at the Ranch. She's a successful writer and after years of extremes and partying she is ready to slow down and make changes to her life. Being back at the ranch is exactly where she hopes she can find the peace and calmness she needs, even if it is just for one summer. Shane Maddox is foreman at the Ranch. He's been at the ranch for years, it is his life. He's strong, rugged and handsome, all man! He's not the typical guy Kate would go for but the chemistry between these two characters is off the charts. No matter how hard they try to stay away from each other it just doesn't work. They decided to get each other out of their systems, just once.......well you know what they say about just once!! It's not all sugar and sunshine, there are issues and struggles but they are dealt with and handled in a way that you don't feel like you've missed something somewhere in the story. This is a full and complete story with real life characters that you will fall in love with! The secondary characters are awesome in this story, well written and just as important to the story as the hero/heroine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You are a fantastic writer, who inspires me to try my best at writing too :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not exactly something that would cheer you after a mental breakdown. I love how well written it was, and used good amount of detail, copious amounts even. Grammar was great too.
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