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Kathryn Freeman

Forfatter af Up Close and Personal

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Værker af Kathryn Freeman

Up Close and Personal (2020) 30 eksemplarer, 4 anmeldelser
The Beach Reads Book Club (2021) 28 eksemplarer, 3 anmeldelser
The New Guy (2020) 27 eksemplarer, 3 anmeldelser
The Italian Job (2022) 24 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Mr Right Across the Street (2021) 22 eksemplarer, 5 anmeldelser
Strictly Come Dating (2020) 16 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Too Charming (1826) 15 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Do Opposites Attract? (2014) 11 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
A Second Christmas Wish (2016) 10 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Before You (2016) 9 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Nobody Puts Romcoms In The Corner (2023) 9 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
A Little Christmas Faith (2017) 7 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Oh Crumbs (2018) 7 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Search for the Truth (2015) 6 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Was It Good For You? (2023) 4 eksemplarer
Reach for a Star (2019) 4 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
A Little Christmas Charm (2018) 4 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Too Damn Nice (2017) 3 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
A Little Christmas Hope (2020) 2 eksemplarer
Crikey a Bodyguard (2019) 2 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Red is for Roses 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

The Choc Lit Love Match Selection (2012) — Bidragyder — 4 eksemplarer
Kisses & Cupcakes — Bidragyder — 2 eksemplarer

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Mr Right Across the Street was entertaining romance that revolved around Mia and Luke living across the street. It was about settling in new place, finding friends, getting over insecurities, not giving past or anyone power over you, trust, faith, and love.

Plot was interesting flowed naturally with lovely characters, some drama some banter and lots of romance.

What I loved most was the setting of Luke’s green themed bar ‘The Bar Beneath’ that was literally beneath his flat, cocktails he created and Luke and Mia’s non-dates that described amazing places of Manchester.

Chemistry was crackling like soda in cocktail. What I loved most was Luke giving Mia nickname based on different colours she used to dye streak of her hair and their conversation through window, not the idea, but the symbols Luke used.

It was a bit long. Mia was frustrating sometimes and I didn't like some comments on looks and dressing. Overall, Mr Right Across was refreshing, entertaining, and fun romance.

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BooksTeacupReviews | 4 andre anmeldelser | Jun 28, 2024 |
Disclaimer : Many thanks to Rachel @Rachel’s Random Resources for tour invite and author and publisher for providing e-ARC via NetGalley.

The Beach Reads Book Club was heartwarming and uplifting romance that revolved around Lottie Watt, her book club, and bookstore owner Matthew Steele. The story was about unlikely friendship, love for books and reading, getting over guilt and regrets, coming out of insecurities, family, and love.

Writing was entertaining, engaging and fast paced. It was written in third person alternative narrative from Matt and Lottie’s perspective. I loved some of chapter titles with monthly meeting and book they were discussing. Setting of Books by the Bay book store overlooking the sea was great.

Characters were lovely and realistic. I rooted for both Matt and Lottie from the beginning. Romance was lovely and steamy. There was spark between Lottie and Matt but I liked author made them friends first.

Best part of the book was book club. This book club had alcohol, cakes, take outs and of course books. What made this book club fantastic was, it wasn’t just book club discussing books but they were group of close-knit like-minded friends who also shared their life and supported each other in ups and downs. Book club formed strong bond and brought each character closer. I loved their view on books and romance and their discussion was so hilarious. I so want to join this club now!

Overall, The Beach Reads Book Club was delightful, uplifting, entertaining and sexy romance with many hilarious moments and wonderful characters.

I highly recommend this book if you like,
Book club in story
Book store setting
swoon-worthy romance
beach read book
book about books
brooding hero

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BooksTeacupReviews | 2 andre anmeldelser | Jun 28, 2024 |
I have so much I dislike about this book.

It moves so quickly through each problem, there could have been fewer problems and each one is dealt with slowly, but no. Off the top of my head, here are the problems they encounter: MMC has a stalker, stalker has been caught but there might be a separate person trying to kill MMC and nobody believes FMC when she says so, someone is trying to kill MMC, FMC's niece is kidnapped in exchange for MMC, MMC is shot, MMC and FMC might be angry at each other or blames each other. Anyway, all that to say, there were so many unnecessary plot points. It could have been simpler and had more time dedicated to developing characters or relationships.

The MC's trauma felt so plotted. When I read [b:The Thief|34414113|The Thief (Queen's Thief series, Book 1)|Megan Whalen Turner||1069505] I got to the end of the book and went Whoa, that's what was going on?? That makes sense, but I didn't see it. And it turns out, what I (and most of the readers) thought was a huge plot twist, the author thought everyone knew and would see it coming, and so the narrator is a kind of unreliable narrator, but written very naturally. Things that someone would actually mention, nothing unnecessarily vague. BUT Up Close and Personal felt like Kathryn Freeman planned the trauma and then the plot and then wrote all conversations to avoid spoiling the big trauma reveal. And I hate that so much. It makes all the conversations feel so stilted.

Why were there so many flat or very briefly mentioned characters?? Like, couldn't some of them have been consolidated?? Did there need to be twins in the MMC's family? Couldn't he just have one lousy sibling? Did the FMC's sister need to feature into it? She could have been dead, or in a longer term rehab and never come into it. Like, it just felt like too many unnecessary characters.

And now my least favorite thing in this book. The MMC is creepy. I mean, in the very very first scene, a woman he doesn't know spills her champagne on him and is like Oh no, let me help you out, blah blah blah. And then. He starts flirting and immediately starts making sexual comments. And she's like nah and turns him down, and he DOESN'T STOP. And he keeps flirting, he doesn't stop, even when she's his bodyguard or when she says no. The only time he stops is when he's mad at her. Like, if he had turned out to be a crazy creep that actually set up all this stuff to make her his bodyguard and then kidnap her or something, not only would I not have been very surprised, I would have enjoyed the book more.
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_missnomer_ | 3 andre anmeldelser | Nov 25, 2023 |
A Little Christmas Faith by Kathyn Freeman is a 2017 Choc-lit publication.

Faith’s dream of owning and operating a hotel has come true. It’s Christmas and the hotel is now open for business decorated to maximize the holiday spirit… and she’s gotten her first guests- never mind that they are her own parents.

Enter Adam- her first authentic guest- a big lumberjack of a man who wants nothing more than to ignore Christmas…

Unfortunately, he’s come to the wrong place to escape the holidays….

I don’t mind a bit of the sunshine/grumpy trope, just so long as either side is not too heavy handed- and in this case it was mostly balanced, with Adam coming on a bit too strong on occasion, but nothing too over the top.

I had a bit of a wrong impression going into this one, though. I was expecting something a little lighter and cleaner- like Hallmark Movie clean- but there was some heaviness here I wasn’t anticipating, with a smattering of language and sexual content.

I also struggled with the messaging concerning Faith’s teenage niece, Chloe. Having a boyfriend is not a measure of one’s self-worth, and a great teaching moment here was missed. I know this is not a story one should over analyze, but it was a niggle that would stop worrying me.

The subject matter that comes later in the book is quite emotional and because the details came so deep into the story the heaviness overshadowed the sudden reverse back to lighthearted holiday events and perhaps put a damper on the warm and fuzzies I was longing for.

Overall, I wanted to love this one. I think I’ve read this author before, some time back, and enjoyed her work, but this one didn’t work for me as well, unfortunately.

2 stars
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gpangel | 1 anden anmeldelse | Nov 6, 2023 |



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