TO KATIE WITH LOVE,
BY ERICA LUCKE DEAN
PUBLICATION: RED ADEPT PUBLISHING, LLC;
APRIL 23, 2013
About the book:
Banker Katie James has a serious thing for romance novels. She’d almost rather settle for a fictional boyfriend than risk her heart on a flesh-and-blood man. Besides, the only real guy she’s remotely interested in is her rich, unattainable client, the mysterious Cooper Maxwell.
Looking less like the ultra-conservative man she knows and more like a drop-dead sexy character from one of her books, Cooper crashes Katie’s 29th birthday party. But one too many drinks lands Katie in uncharted territory… Cooper’s bedroom!
Drunk on love, Katie dives headfirst into the relationship only to discover that Cooper is keeping secrets… dangerous ones. As if things couldn’t get worse, her meddling mother makes a surprise visit, digging up a whole new set of problems.
Who would have guessed having an assassin for a boyfriend would be the least of her worries?
I’m so excited to bring you my review of To Katie with Love! I was already a huge fan of Erica Lucke Dean from reading her Flames of Time series, but this was absolutely wonderful! This is the story of a banker named Katie who is smart, funny, beautiful, clumsy, and cannot hold alcohol at all, lol. Katie’s love life pretty much consists of her fantasies about the characters she reads about in romance novels. The night of Katie’s birthday she is out with all of her co-workers drinking and singing karaoke when her dream guy walks in – Cooper Maxwell. Katie has been Cooper’s banker for awhile and she’s always had a crush on him, but tonight, it’s different. She finds herself incredibly drawn to him, but unfortunately, she drinks too much and the night doesn’t go as planned. Cooper and Katie start dating and she knows he’s handsome, smart, wealthy, sexy – but has no clue what he does for a living and he won’t tell her. She finds herself imagining all sorts of scenarios and it doesn’t help that a co-worker and her mother just keep fueling the mysterious fire. She loves him, but can she trust him?
Katie is one of the best characters ever! I love the way she is so honestly developed in this story revealing all of her good and bad sides. Whether she was happy, sad, confused, or embarrassed, there’s such a strong connection between reader and character that you feel all of the emotions right along with her. I loved all of her co-workers also, especially Vicki who was hilariously inappropriate! Cooper fluctuated with me because of his secretiveness. I loved him, then started wondering about who he really was, loved him again, and so on. But by the time I finished reading, I was just 100% in love.
To Katie with Love is hilarious, romantic, and suspenseful all in one. Any female will easily relate to Katie whether regarding her relationship with Cooper, her relationship with her mother, her career, or even her laundry issues. I love a girl that debates whether to do laundry or just go buy more clothes! It took me awhile to catch on to “mystery” of the novel which made it that much more enjoyable, but there is literally never a dull moment in this book. I highly recommend this to any lovers of women’s fiction with a twist of humor and suspense. The 2nd in the Katie series, For the Love of Katie, released today and I’m already reading it. So stay tuned for that review!
*Thanks to the wonderful Erica Lucke Dean for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.