Monday, 9 February 2015
Review: Kiss Me Kate by Katy Regnery
Series: English Brothers (Book 6)
Publication Date: 13th February 2015
Kate English, cousin to the beguiling English Brothers, has relocated to Philadelphia and now works with her cousins at English & Company. The problem with moving to Philly? It was where Kate met her first love, Etienne Rousseau. Since the move, Kate can’t seem shake the painful memories of a romance that broke her heart.
Etienne Rousseau, neighbor and arch-enemy of the English family, is recently single and has every intention of enjoying his newly-minted bachelor-status. That is…until his brother inks a deal with English & Company, forcing Etienne to work with his one-time lover, Kate English. Though he wants to hate the girl who once destroyed his life, he can't deny the fierce attraction or hide the deep tenderness he still feels for Kate.
With vibrant flashbacks of their passionate, teenage love affair making it impossible to ignore their unresolved history, Kate and Etienne will commit to unraveling the secrets of their heartbreaking past to make way for a breathtaking future.
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!
"Even all these years later, she was Kate and he was Etienne - and once upon a time, he had loved her madly."
Read that quote and tell me you feel nothing and I'd wager you have no soul.
This book is stunning! Seriously, it's perfection.
I have no idea how Katy did it but she took a character I didn't care about (Kate) and a character I kinda despised (Etienne) and made them my favourite characters in this entire series by the end of the second chapter!
I'm finding it really hard to write my thoughts on this book without being too gushy and ridiculous. I keep writing and deleting, because in all honesty, the book made me feel gushy and ridiculous! The entire book felt like falling in love. It made me smile, it made me laugh, it made me want to kick-ass and take names of those who stood between my precious Kate and Etienne. I was warm and tingly and completely content and happy. It was a wonderful few hours of blissed out, loved up happiness watching the two of them come together... A real modern day Romeo and Juliet without all the death and abject stupidity.
I loved how the point of view shifted between Kate and Etienne so you got a complete picture of what was going on. I LOVED - oh my god, how I loved - the flashback scenes to when they were teenagers and falling in love for the first time. That really made the story for me, those scenes were the story's heart and they so easily conjured memories of teenage love and heartbreak, it was hard not to feel like it was my love and my heartbreak.
Katy Regnery cast a spell over me long ago with her wonderful writing and heart-warming stories but this book was just above the rest for me. Beautiful.
P.S. It is book 6 in a series but it can be read as a standalone.
(ARC granted by author in exchange of an honest review)