Author: Kim Karr
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 3, 2018
The whole stethoscope-and-white coat thing isn’t my cup of tea.
I prefer a man with an artistic vein in his body. 9 – 5 hours. And I can definitely do without the half-lidded, sleepy bedroom eyes. (Okay, so those are kind of sexy.)
Tall, dark, and handsome doesn’t change the fact that he’s arrogant, cocky, and rude.
Not that I care, but he’s made it clear he wants nothing to do with a quirky girl like me, which is why he said no.
Turns out no isn’t an option.
I have a quickie wedding to plan, and Dr. Jake Kissinger doesn’t have a choice. He looks at our situation like he’s stuck with me, but in reality, I’m stuck with him. Stuck with his pouty mouth. His long, lean body. And stuck with those loose, low riding scrub pants. (Okay, so the doctor thing is growing on me.)
When spending time together turns into more than it should, I know I’m in trouble.
He isn’t supposed to make my heart pound.
I’m not supposed to make him look twice.
And we aren’t supposed to spend the night together. (Okay, so he has more than one artistic vein in his body, and other places.)
Falling for him is definitely a mistake.
Here’s the thing…
Jake is unavailable, and I know it.
Just not in the way you might think.
I guess you can’t have your cake and eat it too.
The Thing About Love is… that it’s not as cut and dry as the sayings about it make it out to be. It’s not all hearts and flowers, and it definitely doesn’t always make one’s heart sing with glee.
The Thing About Love is…it can hurt as much as heal; it can be cruel as much as it can be patient. It can destroy as much as build-up, and it can make people feel hopeless as much as it can make them feel hopeful.
There’s no magic eight ball that can see a clear image of who each person’s ‘North Star’ will be…of the person who will be the other part of his/her soul, and that’s because as amazing love can be, it also takes work and two willing people who, despite their similarities or differences, are brave enough to show one another the way to happiness and be willing to take it once it’s presented…despite past heartbreaks and negative feelings about the whole idea of being in love.
When I started Kim Karr’s The Thing About Love, I wasn’t truly ready for the journey she would take me on…I didn’t think that the story would have as much heartbreak as it did or as much depth as it did when it comes to the hero and heroine’s respective pasts and the reasons behind their less than stellar views on love and marriage. It’s described as a romantic comedy, and while Jules’ sassy demeanor as well as her banter with a certain Dr. Kiss definitely provides comic relief in multiple areas, there’s still a bevy of emotional moments amidst the steamy scenes and enemies to lovers set-up.
Jules is an intriguing heroine – one who understands her imperfections despite her need for perfection in the career that she adores. She’s honest when it comes to her inability to handle the business side of Easton Design & Weddings, but that doesn’t mean she’s ready to give up on herself, which demonstrates exactly the type of person she is. Jules is quirky, sweet, stubborn, and quite the smartass; she’s a genuine person and that shines through with her interactions with Rory, the bride-to-be and Rory and Jake’s grandmother, Mimi.
But her interactions with Jake, Dr. Kiss himself, is where her imperfections are showcased; he flusters her and pisses her off, creating quite the dichotomy of emotions inside her, and that reaction is very much the case for Jake as well, regardless of how much he wants to deny it.
Jules and Jake’s backstory is tragic, and it’s clear just how much that experience has shaped their present, especially Jake. He’s a fantastic doctor and protector of his little sister, but it’s unclear if he has anything just for himself, and while he quite annoyed with the sassy Wedding Planner, what he finds with her is something he’s never felt before, which scares the hell out of him.
The way that Kim Karr constructs Jules and Jake’s relationship from enemies to acquaintances to the pair responsible for planning his sister’s wedding to so much more is planned out perfectly and every step of the way readers are there to witness not only their interactions but their internal musings as well, realizing just what’s at stake for each of them, not only when it comes to their chosen careers but their romantic lives as well.
The Thing About Love is was so much more than I expected it to be! Both Jules and Jake are complex characters who have been scarred by their pasts and while they both aren’t sure about that thing called love, it’s clear that every sexy encounter they have, every electric connection they feel proves that they are both more than capable of feeling love when it comes to the perfect person for them, even if they don’t realize it until it might be too late.
4.5 Poison Apples
Reader * Chocolate Lover * Writer * Coffee Lover * Romantic * Beach Lover * Yoga BeginnerKim Karr is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of eighteen novels. Best known for writing sexy contemporary love stories, she enjoys bringing flawed characters to life.
Her romances are raw, real, and explosive.
Her characters will make you laugh, make you cry, make you feel.
And her happily-ever-afters are always swoon worthy.
From the brooding rock star to the arrogant millionaire. From the witty damsel-in-distress to the sassy high-powered business woman. No two storylines are ever alike.
Get ready to fall in love.