Thursday, July 30, 2020

START WITH ME by Kara Isaac, Reviewed by Winnie Thomas

I was so excited to read another Kara Isaac novel and could hardly wait to get my hands on this one. Her books are witty, hilarious, touching, and always a treat to read. I love her sense of humor, her creative settings and characters, and the ability she has to run the reader through the gamut of emotions—from laughing out loud to heartache.
The two main characters in this story are very realistic, endearing, and relatable, and I quickly found myself rooting for Lacey and Victor. Their flaws and personal histories make them so human and lovable that the reader laughs and cries right along with them. Isaac’s quirky, sometimes snarky, but always fun sense of humor adds so much to the story and makes for some laugh-out-loud scenes and visual images.

There are also tender, uplifting messages of redemption, forgiveness of self and others, honesty, grace, and healing that add emotional depth to the story. I loved Victor’s determination to put his mistakes behind him and change his life for the better.

“Sometimes it’s hard to accept that others have changed.”
“. . . you gave me the gift of not throwing my past back in my face. Nobody has done that for me before. Not ever.”

This book is bound for my keeper shelf along with this author’s other books. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy contemporary romance with wit and heart. 
4.5 stars. 
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the author. All opinions are my own.

BackCover Blurb:
Lacey O’Connor is finally a sure thing for the promotion she’s spent ten years working for. But when a scandal rocks her firm she finds herself on a collision course with the one person she has spent five years trying to forget. Only to discover he doesn’t even remember her…

Victor Carlisle has spent the last three years trying to convince his family he’s no longer the playboy alcoholic who tore their life apart. When a company merger is announced with a US sister firm, he’s presented with the perfect opportunity to prove he’s changed. Only to find himself falling for his competition and the one woman his family will never accept.

As the competition intensifies the choice looms between the professional and the personal. Can they find a way beyond their past decisions and present aspirations to take a chance on the one thing they’re not looking for?

Bellbird Press June 2020
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