Kissing Katie

Kissing Katie

by Babette James

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BN ID: 2940150223004
Publisher: Chara Press
Publication date: 12/06/2014
Series: His Girl Next Door , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 196
File size: 394 KB

About the Author

Babette James lives in New Jersey with her wonderfully patient husband and extremely spoiled cats. A teacher, she loves encouraging new readers and writers as they discover their growing abilities. Her class cheers when it’s time for their spelling test! When not dreaming up stories, she enjoys playing with new bread recipes and dabbling with paints.

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Kissing Katie 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
This author is new to me but judging from this book I will be reading a lot more from her. I really enjoyed this one and I found the author's writing style very pleasing. The pace of the story is good and I felt the connection between the characters immediately. This author has a great storytelling voice. Looking forward to reading the next book in this series. In this book, Matt Powell returns to the small beach town he stayed in with his parents as a kid. It's a time in his life where a change is needed and some quiet downtime is exactly what he needs. He can't believe it when he finds his childhood friend, Katie Vanburen, still living next door. They haven't been in touch in many years but the strong pull toward her is still there, only now Katie is all grown up and so are the feelings Matt has. This is a book I definitely recommend to everyone. I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
**I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review** Matt decided he needed a break from his current life, so he quit his job and decided to take a vacation in the home his grandparents used to own on the Jersey Coast. The only thing missing is his old best friend Katie from when he was a kid. After he gets himself reacquainted with his grandparents' old home and heads to the beach, the neighbor runs to him and gives him a hug. It turns out to be Katie and she's all grown up. Katie, now widowed, lives in her childhood home on the Jersey Coast. She likes how her life is finally settling down. When her new Summer neighbor turns out to be Matt, her old friend, her childhood crush comes back in full force. Is she really healed from her husband's death to fully move on? I really liked Matt. He's coming off from being a workaholic, is learning to find himself and enjoy a simpler time in his life. He's very determined in what he wants, including convincing Katie she's ready for a grown-up relationship with him. Katie is ok. For having already been a widow for so many years, I didn't understand why she wasn't read yet (I'm a widow and have been for 2.5yrs and don't think I'd have so much conflict). Overall not a bad story. A nice and easy contemporary. No real conflict. However, the only problem I had was that I felt that time-frame for the relationship and the intensity level just didn't work much for me. Overall, not bad book.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Kissing Katie is one of those stories that is both sweet and romantic. Ms. James takes a theme that has been done many times before and gives it a fresh spin. After years apart an unexpected reunion leaves two friends pondering whether they should take the next step into love. What stuck out most in my mind while reading this story is that it never too late to come home. Babette James' Kissing Katie is a well written story. I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
HuskerD More than 1 year ago
I love reunion/second chance romance stories.  But, this one is different, in that, the characters were childhood friends during summers at the beach.  They didn't know that when they met as adults there would be chemistry between them.  This difference creates a whole new twist to the theme.  Babette James wrote a wonderful story that would make a Perfect Beach Read.  Grab a drink, pull up a chair  in the sun and ENJOY!! I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
allromancereader More than 1 year ago
Kissing Katie is a sweet story of childhood friendship turning into mature love. I love how Matt is returning to the one place he was happy as a child - the Jersey shore - to think about the next chapter of his life, not realizing that his childhood friend was back next door. The author creates a pleasing view into the lives of a woman who is not really mourning the loss of her husband as much as the loss of love, and the hope of love. Matt turns out to be the one to give her hope in love again.  Katie as the heroine's name is Kissing Katie a perfect fit for her. Katie is a sweet hometown girl and her name just reflects her light, sweet personality so well. But the author also creates a complex character that has layers to her grief over the loss of her husband and her happiness. I was able to feel the pain and the happiness that Katie is feeling conveyed through the words. The author uses a good balance of dialog and what I call "mind speak", where we hear the thoughts of the characters, to give us insight into the thoughts and feelings of both Matt and Katie. We are able to feel the struggles Matt faces over choices with his career, and with reconciling his teenage feelings for Katie with his adult feelings towards her. We mourn with Katie as the truth of her husband's actions are exposed and shake her tenuous balance between the past and the future. The author paints a great picture of the emotions felt by both characters in this book. The small town Katie lives in and Matt visits is depicted in such a wonderful light it makes the reader yearn for simpler times when a walk on the boardwalk and an ice cream cone fulfilled our days. I really enjoyed this visit to the Jersey Shore and getting to know Matt and Katie in Kissing Katie. Disclosure: I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite Kissing Katie by Babette James is the story of recently widowed Kate Vanburen and burned out lawyer Matt Powell. Katie spent summers at the shore with her parents, and Matt with his grandparents. They were best friends until Matt’s parents divorced and he just stopped visiting. Now, many years later, Matt is taking a break to weigh his future. Katie is living at the vacation home year round when their paths cross again. Although many years have passed and tons of life experiences have shaped them, Matt and Katie slip easily into their old friendship, but with the added development of attraction. Babette James created the perfect conflict for this short read. Matt’s stay is only temporary and Katie is wary of starting anything with him, but with the growing feelings they both must decide whether they have a few steamy kisses or the real thing. I loved the way Babette James described the shore; it just pulled you right into the story so you could feel the sand between your toes and the wind against your face as the merry-go-round whipped in circles. Watching Matt and Katie renew their friendship made Kissing Katie such an interesting story and made them such compelling characters. The feelings they couldn’t identify as children were still there, and watching them fight to define those feelings and deny them was an honor. Their past looms heavily in their present and Babette James turned those scenes into something deep and emotional. I loved Katie and Matt as people and as a couple. Between the beach setting and the old friends reunited angle, this was a fun yet emotional ride.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
This friends to lovers romance is the story of Matt and Katie. Summertime neighbours as children, they lost touch when Matt's parents split up and Matt stopped coming to his grandparent's home. Now back for a few weeks as a renter to decide between several job offers, he discovers Katie is still his next door neighbour - but grown up now into a sexy beautiful woman. With feelings of old combined with new, is there a future possible between them? What a lovely story! I was particularly entranced by the setting detail in the first chapter - the sights and smells of the beach setting were so vivid that it was easy to picture and added to the delight of Matt reliving his childhood memories and finding his old friend Kate still there. I loved how their romance progressed, with a new sexual attraction as adults combined with good memories of their friendship. Though Kate is wary of starting something with Matt, knowing he will be gone in a few weeks, he is charming and persuasive and the resulting love scenes are tender and steamy. Family plays a big role in the story, and affects their choices and decisions, adding some tension into the mix. Overall it was a pure delight to read. 5 stars!