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Monday, March 23, 2015

Release Day Blitz: Loving Kate by D. Kelly (Book 3 of The Acceptance Series)

 
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Release Day Blitz: Loving Kate by D. Kelly (Book 3 of The Acceptance Series)
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Katherine Moore has loved Michael Matthews since they were children. She’s also in love with his best friend. After her world was turned upside down, she made an impulsive choice which may have cost her the loves of her life. Now, as she tries to make amends, she has to choose one of them. But how do you choose between two men who love you unconditionally? Things continue to get even more complicated with the arrival of baby Lucas. In the midst of it all, her college graduation looms on the horizon and her future has never seemed more unclear. When she finally declares which man she can’t live without, he refuses to let Kate back into his heart. Everything seems hopeless until a sudden change of events puts her in day to day contact with the man she loves. As they both struggle to accept their new circumstances, Kate can’t help but hope this will be their second chance at happily ever after. Will the man of her dreams be able to forgive her or will she finally have to accept that she’s truly lost the love of her life? Loving Kate is the third and final full-length novel in The Acceptance Series.
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EXCERPT:
It’s crowded, but since it’s a weeknight, it’s not nearly as packed as usual. Since I’m about to lose my bull riding virginity I’m thankful for the slightly smaller crowd. As promised, Mike goes first but the ride operator isn’t as gentle on the men and he flies off pretty quickly. I think he might have wacked his balls against the hand hold on his way down. He winces a bit as he gets up. “You okay?” I ask him, giggling, but I’m truly worried about his man parts. He pulls me in close, his breath caressing my ear. I’m holding my breath as he whispers, “I think my baby makers are broken.” I laugh as he places a kiss on my cheek. “Good luck, baby, now go ride that bull like you’d ride me.” He says it loud enough for everyone to hear and if I thought I was going to go deaf from the music before that was nothing compared to the whooping and hollering of the crowd. Of course the ride operator uses it to his advantage “What’s your girl’s name?” he yells across to Mike. There’s a devious gleam in Mike’s eyes as he replies “Jessica, but all her good friends call her Jess.” He nods that he’s got it and after I’m straddled onto the bull, he holds nothing back. “Alright, everyone, let’s hear it for our new friend Jess! Now, we all heard her boyfriend tell her to ride our bull like she rides him at home, so I think we’re in for a show.” My cheeks were already flushed from the alcohol, my palms sweaty from nerves, but the embarrassment zinging through me makes my entire body burn. I catch Mike out of the corner of my eyes, laughing and shrugging his shoulders in a semi apology. At least he had the decency to not give my real name. The bull starts off nice and slow, periodically gyrating a few times in a forward motion, but I’m able to hold on with just one hand. I don’t really know how long this goes on, maybe a minute or so, when I hear the announcer tell Mike over the PA system that he’s a lucky man. At this point, he’s done being nice and the bull starts bucking around like crazy. I’m able to hold it together for about another thirty seconds or so before I go flying off. Someone helps me to my feet and I stumble over to Mike as the crowd starts chanting ‘kiss, kiss, kiss, kiss’. Hell, at this point what does it matter? Mike’s eyes seek permission from mine as I wrap my arms around his neck and pull him close. He kisses me and the crowd goes wild. It’s just like the kiss we shared in my bed a few days ago—a little more than just friends, but not exactly like lovers. Whatever it is, I allow myself to feel it and the crowd cheers their approval.

REVIEW

5 Stars

Let me just start this review with telling you I am strictly Team Daniel and always have been, always will be. The way D. pulls you into the lives of Kate, Daniel, Michael and the rest of the gang is simply amazing. I was completely invested in this book, these friends were my friends and I went through all the ups and downs with them. This series has been an emotion ride from the start and D. does not disappoint with Loving Kate.

Kate has made her choice between Michael and Daniel, but things are not as simple as they seem. With everyone transitioning into their new roles after the arrival of baby Lucas, you would think things would be settling down, but in true D. Kelly style, just when you think things are going one way, she hits with some major curve balls. One of my favorite things is in this story is the children, to see how a new life can bring everyone together, even when things are tough, this makes all the bad things seem insignificant.

“My entire world is upside down and inside out, but I’m holding absolute perfection in my arms. How does that even make sense? How can something be so utterly perfect in a world full of chaos and sadness?”

This book has a ton of ups, downs, twists and turns that I didn’t even see coming. And you will feel right along with everyone. The way D. writes, it isn’t just about the main characters in this story; the supporting characters are just as important to the dynamic of the story. Their banter, support and acceptance are what make them all family.  When you fall in love with the supporting characters as much as you do the main character, to me that is a sign of great writing.

There isn’t much more I can say without spoilers and I do not want to ruin this story or series for anyone that has not read it. It is a must a read; it is emotional gripping all the way to the last word. 5 Fan-Frickin-Tastic Star from me! I can’t wait to see what D. has in store for her readers next!

Reviewed by Tonya Nichols of Eye Candy Bookstore
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Check out the whole series today! 77cce10625e3b7575c509ce720794e5cBreaking Kate (Book 1 of The Acceptance Series) Amazon | B&N | iBooks | Kobo
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Catching Kate (Book 1.5 of The Acceptance Series) Amazon | B&N | iBooks | Kobo
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Releasing Kate (Book 2 of The Acceptance Series) Amazon | B&N | Kobo

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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I'm a wife, a mom and a dog lover. I'm also a taxi, problem fixer, extreme multi-tasker and my kids biggest fan in anything that they do. I love to write, so when my career suddenly derailed I turned back to my love of writing. I married my high school sweetheart... how cool is that? Margaritas and sarcasm make me happy. Chocolate makes that happiness grow exponentially. People who make me laugh are my favorite kind of people. I believe Karma is a bitch who slaps back hard and that mean people suck. I'm California born and raised, I love the beach but hate the sand. The Acceptance Series is my first series with more books to come soon. Follow D. Kelly: WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | GOODREADS | AMAZON