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Amazed by You: a contemporary holiday…

Amazed by You: a contemporary holiday romance (By Invitation Only) (Volume…

by Kelsey Browning

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Amazed by You by Kelsey Browning is a 2015 Kicksass Creations publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This novella was originally published in the “Get Lucky” anthology box set which featured St. Patrick’s Day themed stories. Now, you can read Kelsey’s contribution to that anthology as a standalone.

Olivia, voted ‘most likely to succeed’, and Cody, ‘most likely to settle down’, were high school sweethearts, but Olivia couldn’t wait to shake the dust off of the crummy small town of Conrad off her feet and see the world. So, Cody’s plans to marry Olivia was an epic fail.

Ten years later, Olivia is a PA for a wildly popular erotic romance writer with agoraphobic tendencies, living under the thumb of her New York agent. When Olivia gets the idea of holding a garden party for the author, she needs a landscaper ASAP, but is taken by surprise when small town Cody shows up in the big city of Houston applying for the job.

The chemistry between the couple is as hot as Habanero pepper, but Olivia remains very career driven and adamantly opposed to white picket fences and small town life. But, a fling with Olivia might be just what Cody needs to get her out of his system once and for all. But, will he be able to walk away from her and never look back?

I love second chance romance, small towns, and Texas, so this story appealed to me on many levels. Ms. Browning’s trademark humor is in rare form, and the insight into what it’s like to be an author in this current climate was spot on.

The best part of the story sees two people who belong together figure out that all you need is love and everything else will fall into place. Cody and Olivia are old enough now to take stock and start realizing what their priorities should be. True love will always find a way!

This story has only a slight reference to St. Paddy’s day, so it can be enjoyed all year round. This is a really cute, sensual story and is a lot of fun.

Overall this one gets 4.5 stars ( )
  gpangel | Feb 12, 2016 |
In “Amazed by You” Kelsey Brown tells the story of two high school sweethearts that have not seen each other for many years but serendipitously find themselves working together to accomplish the impossible in one week while also trying to keep from reigniting their past passion. Thank you to the author for the copy to read and review. ( )
  CathyGeha | Feb 11, 2016 |
Excellent quick light read! Great writing and the characters are fantastic. Olivia is a high strung perfectionist, Cody is a laid back realist. They shouldn't work but together they are sizzling and perfect! Loved it! I definitely recommend it.
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  Bette_Hansen | Nov 3, 2015 |
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NOVELLA - approximately 33,000 words
Falling again for your first love, this time for keeps...


As a mere assistant to a bestselling author, Olivia McLaughlin has yet to live up to the Most Likely To Succeed label given to her in high school. But now, this small-town Texas girl has a chance to prove herself by pulling off an extravagant St. Patrick's Day garden party in Houston. If she succeeds, she'll be promoted to business manager for her boss's multi-million dollar publishing empire. Unfortunately, Olivia only has seven days to organize the event, and the garden looks like the set from a horror movie.

And worse, the sexy landscape designer her boss hires to help is none other than Cody Kavanaugh, Olivia's high school boyfriend. The one she ran out on the day after graduation. But her hormones don't realize it's been years, and they light up as if those steamy teenage sessions in Cody's truck were yesterday. From the way he's looking at her, it's obvious Cody feels the same. But physical is all they can indulge in because Olivia is an ambitious, big-city career girl while Cody is still a laid-back, small-town guy.

Now, Olivia must decide which she can't live without--the job that will make her a success or the man offering her a second chance at love.

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