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review 2020-05-02 08:10
Blog Tour w/Review - Lessons In Leomade
 
 
Title: Lessons in Lemonade
Series: Starving for Southern Series
Author: Kathryn Andrews
Genre: Contemporary/Sports Romance
Release Date: April 28, 2020
 
 
 
Meg Dukette
When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade.
 
I believe in living my best life, and if surviving cancer taught me anything, it’s exactly that. I wake every day in the most beautiful city in the South, I’m a chef at my own restaurant, and everything is just the way I want it: easy, calm, and in perfect harmony—that is, until my best friend shows up with his wounded heart, smoldering gaze, and adorable dimples. Now, things are changing—we are changing—but with the promises I’ve made to myself, I don’t want them to. After everything I’ve been through, breaking them now seems unthinkable, but the alternative might be a lesson my heart’s not prepared to learn.
 
Jack Willett
Just when you think life is the best it’s ever been, fate has a way of intercepting. 
 
I’ve spent ten years playing in the NFL, and with one wrong hit, my world comes crashing down. Now, I’m at the crossroads of what might become my past and a very different future. What I need is time and my best friend. Her gorgeous smiles, sexy legs, and optimistic outlook on life make the world brighter, better, and I’ve quickly found myself craving her more and more. She says we’re just friends, says that’s all we’ll ever be, but actions speak louder than words. It’s time to change the game, and I’m ready to pass the ball. I just hope she’ll be on the other end to catch it.
 
He’s her best friend. 
She’s quickly turned into something more. 
 
Will making a play for her heart be more bitter than sweet? Or will it add just the right amount of zest to make the most delicious ending of all . . .
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lessons in Lemonade (Starving for Southern, #3)Lessons in Lemonade by Kathryn Andrews
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is book #3, in the Starving For Southern series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment and to fully understand the series, I recommend reading this great series in order.

Jack has been in the NFL the last 10 years. He has had an incredible team and made good friends. When the worst happens, he turns to whom he needs the most. His best friend, Meg.

Meg has never wanted forever. She makes it clear to all who know her that its just easier to be the person living her best life. She has great talent, good friends, and is doing what she can to just be healthy and live everyday.

This was such a great and heartwarming story. Right from the first page I felt totally sucked into the story and could not put it down! I loved these characters already from the series, and this was an installment that felt like icing on the cake. (Or pie.) Being able to read about their journey was totally a gift.


***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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Kathryn Andrews loves stories that end with a happily ever after. She started writing at age seven and never stopped. Kathryn is an Amazon Bestseller for her much loved Hale Brothers Series and is a chi-lit, contemporary romance, and new adult writer. 
Kathryn graduated from the University of South Florida with degrees in Biology and Chemistry, and currently lives in Tampa, Florida. She spends her days as a sales director for a medical device company and her nights lost in her love of fictional characters.
When Kathryn is not crafting beautiful worlds that incorporate some of her most favorite real life places, she can be found hanging out with her husband and two young sons, while drinking iced coffee and enjoying the sun. To find out more about Kathryn and her novels, visit: www.kandrewsauthor.com.
 
 
 
 
 
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review 2020-05-01 22:39
Inevitable
Lessons in Lemonade - Kathryn Andrews

This is book #3, in the Starving For Southern series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader enjoyment and to fully understand the series, I recommend reading this great series in order.

 

Jack has been in the NFL the last 10 years.  He has had an incredible team and made good friends.  When the worst happens, he turns to whom he needs the most.  His best friend, Meg.

 

Meg has never wanted forever.  She makes it clear to all who know her that its just easier to be the person living her best life.  She has great talent, good friends, and is doing what she can to just be healthy and live everyday.

 

This was such a great and heartwarming story.  Right from the first page I felt totally sucked into the story and could not put it down! I loved these characters already from the series, and this was an installment that felt like icing on the cake. (Or pie.) Being able to read about their journey was totally a gift.  I give this read a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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review 2020-04-28 03:51
Ready
Last Slice of Pie (Starving for Southern) - Kathryn Andrews

This is book #2, in the Starving For Southern series.  This story can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader enjoyment, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this great series in order.

 

Lexi is making her way as a small business owner in her small town.  She is gaining notoriety for the pies, even though she has always been known for them locally.  She has been in love with Bryan all her life, but he does not seem to know she exists anymore.  He has not been home in a decade.

 

Bryan is trying to outrun a past filled with pain and heartache.  The best way to do that is to stay away.  Football is the one thing he does right, and he does well.  It has made him well known and feel as if he is deserving of Lexi.  The questions is if he does something about it how will she respond?

 

This was such an amazing story! Filled with a slow burn, it was like a match lit early on and then somewhere along the way caused the heat to just explode!  I loved reading about these characters and their journey.  Both very rich and compelling characters as people, watching from my view felt like a privilege.  Their book was honestly really good and I could not put this one down.  I give this read a 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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review 2015-10-15 00:00
Blue Horizons
Blue Horizons - Kathryn Andrews Blue Horizons - Kathryn Andrews 4.5 Stars
Flame level: 1
POV: Dual (Ava and Ash)
My thoughts: I kind of rolled my eyes when I first grabbed this book. Another book with a famous rockstar (country singer) who hides his identity. READ IT. However, I decided to push through a few chapters and then before I knew it, I was totally hooked. Ash was more that just a famous guy trying to hid his identity. And, it worked really well that Ava/Avery had things she was hiding too. That made the story have a bit more depth than I expected. Ava's past is tragic and I felt that I understood her reactions and reasons. She explains why she (and so many women in similar situations) stay in those situations. It's really well written.
Themes/Tropes: rockstar, abuse victim, hidden identity
If you liked: A less steamy version of A Stone in the Sea by AL Jackson, Emphatic by Kaylee Ryan (a fav of mine!) or other rockstar romance books!
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review 2014-11-18 20:31
Review- Starless Nights
Starless Nights (Hale Brothers Series Book 2) - Kathryn Andrews
 
4.5 "Star Light, Star Bright" Stars!

“Three minutes for six and a half years of unanswered questions, disappointments, heartache and loneliness.”


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Starless Nights is the second book in Kathryn Andrews’ Hale Brothers series. I was very much looking forward to reading this book considering the fact that I loved the first book in this series about the eldest Hale brother. Well, this author delivered in spades and this second installment to the series was every bit as emotional and enthralling as its predecessor. With a fluid, effortless and engaging style, this author has penned a tale about how one incident can change the course of the lives of two friends never giving them the chance to try and figure out exactly what went wrong, allowing numerous misunderstandings to determine the path they followed.


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We meet Beau Hale, the middle Hale brother, in the first book. He came across as this carefree individual with very little cares in the world, someone who was always cracking a joke and making people smile. This Beau was simply a façade for the world to see. The real Beau Hale is broken and can’t seem to escape the haunting memories that often bring him to his knees. Growing up with an abusive father has left many emotional scars that Beau is constantly dealing with; however, losing his best friend and the girl who has always held his heart has been earth shattering for Beau. The little girl who used to star gaze with him is no longer someone he remembers fondly. So many broken memories.


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“Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight, I wish I may, I wish I might, have this wish I wish tonight.”


Leila Starling moved to Anna Maria Island when she was a young girl, just eight years old. There she befriended a little boy who became her best friend and confidant. For six years they were inseparable doing everything with one another. They were childhood best friends, their relationship a depiction of love, purity, and innocence. Until, one day it wasn’t. Somewhere along the way things went so very wrong between Leila and Beau. Circumstances beyond their control and misunderstandings a plenty re-routed their childhood friendship and turned the sweetness of all that they shared into something bitter and damaging.

"The stars weren’t just my thing, they were our thing. Seeing the stars, they made me feel closer to her, even though we weren’t anymore."


This story begins with Beau about to start college in New York City. He is following his dreams and is attending Columbia University to play tennis. His older brother, Drew, and his girlfriend, along with Leila, have already been there for one year. Leila is pursuing her dreams of becoming a fashion designer and is attending a prestigious school. Beau and Leila have not seen each other for over a year, essentially since Leila moved away for college. When they run into one another old feelings come rushing forward. Both Leila and Beau marked each other profoundly, leaving both painful scars and bittersweet memories in their wake. The cherished friendship they once shared is but a distant memory with both of them not really fully understanding what went wrong between them and left wondering why.

“Do you want me to let go?”

“No Leila, I never want you to let me go.”

*****

“When I see you, I see beautiful. I see calm. My heart smiles. No matter what we have been through, just the thought of you brings me peace."


This book is written in dual POVs and seamlessly moves from the present to giving us snippets of the past. It was intricately weaved together and as the pieces slowly start to come together you begin to see just how much has come between Beau and Leila, just how truly complex matters are. One crucial and tragic event had a domino effect leaving pain and destruction in its path. We slowly learn what occurred to rip Beau and Leila apart and when the full picture is complete my heart ached for both of them. I will admit when I started reading this book I did get frustrated with Beau and Leila. They were not communicating nor were they attempting to hash out exactly what happened. However, as the story unfolded I began to understand all that they went through and I was riveted. This author did an amazing job drawing me in. I could literally feel the pain, torment, love and confusion Beau and Leila were experiencing radiating off the pages. It was excruciating at times but this is also a story full of hope and second chances.

All in all, Starless Nights is yet another wonderfully written story by Kathryn Andrews. This is a story about two emotionally scarred individuals who simply can’t let each other go. No matter the years they spent apart or the deep hurt they have caused one another the love they share is profound and not easily set aside. It is about two people who were living a life experience nothing but dark and starless nights to once again being able to bask in the beauty of the starlight.


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*****A review copy of Starless Nights by Kathryn Andrews was generously provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
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