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KaitMar Book Reviews

I'm just an average 22 year old college student, currently living in Iowa. I love fiction books, mostly romance.

Whisper of Love - Melissa Foster

Honestly, Whisper of Love is my favorite story involving the Braden family so far. The interactions between the characters and the way the settings are described made me love this story.


Tempest has always been a character I adored, even as a secondary character in the previous stories. She is such a sweet, patient, and caring person. I wanted the best for her. The Bradens are such a close-knit family and I enjoy reading about Tempest's siblings and cousins in this story.


Nash Morgan is a great character. I liked how standoffish he could see, yet he was willing to open up and communicate better for Tempest. He sounds like such an adorable single father who loves his son Phillip.


Phillip is probably one of the main reasons why I love this story so much. He is such a sweet boy who tries to follow in Nash's footsteps. It was very entertaining to see him grow throughout the story. His character made me wish the story had no ending and would keep going.


I received this book through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.

Bad Boys After Dark: Dylan - Melissa Foster

Dylan's story in the Bad Boys After Dark series is a great addition to the family's story. Dylan's story picks up right where Mick's story leaves off.


Ever since I read Mick's story, I've wanted to know how Dylan and Tiffany's would play out. I am very pleased with the outcome.


Tiffany Winters is a work-alcoholic and very independent woman. She does a wonderful job of achieving what she sets out for with her career. With all her success, she lets life pass her by. Tiffany doesn't seem like she takes much time to enjoy life, her success, and her family.


Dylan is the perfect boyfriend for Tiffany. He's patient, kind-hearted, and loyal. Dylan reads Tiffany well and is an excellent communicator. How could someone not fall for Dylan?


I enjoyed seeing how the characters grow and how their relationship helps them both. This story made me laugh and cry with what Tiffany and Dylan have had to go through during their lives.


I received this book through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.

Seaside Whispers (Love in Bloom: Seaside Summers): Matt Lacroux - Melissa Foster

Seaside Whispers is an adorable addition to the Seaside series, with characters that are fun and easy to love. Matt Lacroux has a difficult decision about his future to make. He's well educated, loyal, and goes for what he wants. I love seeing Matt interact with his family and friends. I especially enjoy the way Matt treats Hagen and cares for the young boy. It's certainly melts the heart reading the parts with Matt and Hagen together. Mira Savage is an independent, single mother. She's driven to provide a good life for her son, Hagen. I adore her parenting style and how much she encourages Hagen to embrace what he enjoys doing. Her patients for her son's questions and desire to learn is admirable. I rooted for Mira and Matt's relationship throughout the story. They make a very sweet couple. I do wish there was more interaction or cameos with the Seaside Girls. They are some of my favorite characters. Those girls always amuse me. The ending of this story had me laughing. Theresa got the Seaside Girls good. The ending also made me curious to what is next for the series. I'm really hoping Mira's best friend Serena gets her story told because the hints of the possible romances got me wanting to know more. I received this book through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.

Tru Blue - Melissa Foster

I had high expectations for the Tru Blue novel from Melissa Foster, and it was even better than I expected!!

The settings are well described in this book. I found it easy to picture where the characters are and what it is like. The details given about the Truman's art on the cars are very vivid. It made me wish I could see it in person.

The depth of the characters helps make this novel so great. The characters background stories helps make the reader understand who these characters are and why they've make the choices they do.

Truman's life was turned into a mess thanks to his mother, yet he makes the most of what he can. He is incredibly loyal and dedicated to his siblings, even if that means putting himself on the line to help save them. I love how much Truman cares about his siblings, friends, and Gemma. Even with the darkness of his past, Truman makes a perfect book boyfriend.

Gemma is so kind and loving, especially when it comes to Truman's siblings. I enjoy how pushy and bossy she can be when she wants something. She helps ground and balance Truman. The way Gemma's past is described makes me appreciate the way I grew up and how much my family cared. Although, I do wish there was more interaction between Gemma and her stepfather. The story left me curious as to how he truly is, especially with how their interaction is towards the end of the book.

Even the secondary characters are fantastic. I love the Whiskey family. I'm so excited that Bear Whiskey is getting a story!

I received this book through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.

Crushing on Love: Shannon Braden (Book 4: Bradens at Peaceful Harbor) (Love in Bloom: The Bradens) - Melissa Foster

Crushing on Love is an adorable addition to the Bradens series. I love how the setting in the mountains and town is described. It made me miss how peaceful nature can be away from cities and bigger towns.

I enjoyed the characters in this book.

Steve Johnson amazes me with how much restraint and caution he has. When most people would act on their desires, he thinks it through and thinks about the long-term consequences. He thinks it through when it comes to his actions with nature and in his relationships. I like that about him. His passion for nature and wanting to protect it is a huge part of this story.

Shannon Braden makes me smile. Her bubbly and sociable personality makes her very likable. Like most of the Bradens, when she wants something, she goes for it. If it isn't for her wanting to pursue something with Steve, I'm not sure Steve would ever take the risk. They are an adorable couple.

There are times that Shannon did frustrate me though. Steve look into ways to keep their relationship together and make things work. To me, it seems like Shannon doesn't make the same efforts as Steve. Shannon focuses so much on her life in Peaceful Harbor that she doesn't take much time to think of a life with Steve in Colorado.

Life decisions can be difficult to make, but they are often necessary to make for one's own happiness and growth.

I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.

Chased by Love - Melissa Foster

I enjoyed Chased by Love. It's a great addition to the Love in Bloom series. The book shows the importance of communication and not judging a book by it's cover.

I couldn't help but fall in love with the characters.

I adore Trish, like the rest of her family. She's kind hearted, yet she has a feisty streak that makes me very entertaining.

Boone was not who I expected him to be when I first started reading the book. He's so much better than what I imagined him to be. The scene where Boone takes in the kitten made me start wondering if Boone truly is as irresponsible and arrogant as he seems.

Even Boone's family seems like they'd be a fun bunch to get to know more, especially Lucky. I would love to see more of Lucky or Lucky having his story.

I really enjoyed reading how Boone and Trish would communicate and talk through their issues. They were able to make it past many hurdles by discussing their thoughts and feelings.

The book did leave me curious about one main thing, how is Jude, Boone's bandmate, doing?

I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.

Seaside Lovers - Melissa Foster

Seaside Lovers is a nice addition to the Seaside series. The book is a sweet and loving read.

I enjoyed the characters. Grayson seems like the perfect book boyfriend. He's caring, supportive, and willing to take charge. Without him, Parker may not have the courage to do some of the harder tasks that came about after Bert passed away. Grayson is there to help encourage Parker to step out of her comfort zone.

Parker is a rule-following good girl. She cares about her image to avoid negative press. Being an actress and in the public eye can be challenging. I could tell Parker cares about other people. She dedicated herself to seek out Bert's brother, Abe, after Bert passed away. There were times I wanted to shake Parker because she was more concerned about what others would see rather than doing what she truly wanted. At times, it seems like Parker is living in a role of America's Sweetheart and not her actual life.

I did find myself wishing that more would have been mentioned about Bert or more interaction with Abe.

Overall, I loved seeing how the characters grow and the surprised they learn throughout the book.

I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.

Bad Boys After Dark: Mick - Melissa Foster

Mick's story in the Bad Boys After Dark series caught my attention from the start and kept it throughout the book.

Amanda Jenner came out of her shell in this story. Amanda is normally careful and cautious. At the masquerade bar, Amanda tries something out of the norm for her by trying to seduce a man and aiming for a more primal hookup. Little does she know that the man she ends up seducing happens to be her boss.

Mick Bad is an alpha man who avoids relationships due to his family's past and issues. He doesn't like to mix business with pleasure. Mick recognizes Amanda behind her wig after they've already crossed the line.

When Amanda realizes it was Mick behind the mask, talk about an awkward situation. Mick comes up with the idea of spending a weekend together. He hopes to get Amanda out of his system. Things don't always work out as planned.

I am amused that Amanda researched how to seduce a man with a book. I found it adorable and pleased that it helped give her confidence.

The ending of the book has me really curious and wanting to read Dylan's story. I can't wait for it to come out!

I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.

Touched by Love (Love in Bloom: The Remingtons) - Melissa Foster

Touched by Love is very heart warming and adorable read. The characters stood out and are memorable.

I love how independent and determined Janie is. She doesn't let her blindness stop her, and it's inspiring. Janie is a very strong and brave woman. She faces her problems and fears head on.

I absolutely loved Boyd's character. The way he described the surroundings and photographs to Janie made me adore him.

One of my favorite lines that Boyd says is, "I'm not romantic or heroic. I'm just a guy trying to make a beautiful woman's day a little brighter." I found it ironic since he's a firefighter and was a paramedic. He also helped Janie after her accident. In my view, he's a heroic guy. Boyd also claims not to be a romantic, yet so many things he says and does for Janie is incredibly sweet. That line made Boyd seem humble and down to earth.

Touched by Love left a smile on my face throughout the story.

I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.

River of Love (Love in Bloom: The Bradens): Sam Braden - Melissa Foster

River of Love is a great addition to the Love in Bloom series.

Faith is a caring and independent woman. She protects her heart after a relationship gone bad. She put together a forum for women who also got cheated on. Faith helped bring a group of women together to form each others' support system.

Sam has been a playboy for years. He's loyal to his family and very caring. As tough as Sam is with his adventures and businesses, there's a softer side to him that Sam keeps protected.
Sam's playboy past can be a hard pill to swallow for a girl who was once betrayed by an ex. Sam desires Faith to give him a chance and not to judge a book by it's cover.

Beyond the humor and watching the two main characters grow, my favorite part about this book is how well Sam communicates. I love his honesty and willingness to speak his mind. Sam encourages Faith to be open with him about her feelings, worries, and concerns. If that communication was not there, the story could have gone very differently.

There wasn't much drama or action within this book. I kept waiting for something bad to happen to Faith or Sam. When it finally did happen, I had not expected that situation.

The story focuses on the growth of the characters. Reading about how Faith and Sam evolve and grow as people and as a couple made the story very adorable and relatable.

I'm thrilled that Sam finally has his story. I've been curious when and if he'd ever fall in love. I'm still curious about the other Braden siblings find out where their stories take them.

I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.

Laguna Sights (Laguna Beach Book 4) - Kaira Rouda

Laguna Sights novel is better than I expected it to be. I had opinions formed about Scott already from reading Laguna Lights. I didn't like Scott at first because of how he ended things with Laura and joining a dating app behind her back when they were still together. In Laguna Sights, the way Laura is described made me dislike her, even though I read Laguna Lights. Together, Laura and Scott are toxic. It was good to see a the two characters in a different light. This novel certainly changed my opinion and made Scott seem like a very kind, patient, and caring person.

Jamie seems like a nice person, but she lacks the ability to stand up for herself for the majority of the book. Considering her past, it makes sense. I was proud of her when she worked up the nerve or courage to stand up for herself.

The book reminded me of a short story. There wasn't a lot that went in if read as a stand alone. It did bring closure to Scott's story and answered some questions brought on in Laguna Lights.

I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.

Claimed by Love (Love in Bloom: The Ryders, Book 2): Duke Ryder - Melissa Foster

I truly enjoyed Claimed By Love. The setting is well described and seems like it'd be a relaxing place to be. I love how close those who live on the island are. It reminds me of a typical small town, much like I grew up in.

The characters are truly what make this story fantastic. I love the strong value of family that both the main characters have and how close they are with their own family.

Gabriella seems like a strong, fiery woman most of the time. There were a few times when I wanted to shake her and remind her she has the opportunity to change the island she loves for the better during the times she didn't want the island to change or had a hard time talking about the investment. I adore Gabriella's immediate and extended family. They seem very kind hearted, amusing, caring, and nosy.

To me, Duke's character seems more laid-back and easy going than tough businessman. His desire to get to know the residents of the island once he got there amazed me. It made me think he cares for them, their opinion, and their comfort and would put that into consideration with the investment deal. The way he communicates with the other characters pleases me. He is open and honest with them. Duke doesn't give up when things get rough.

I can't wait to read more Ryder stories. I wouldn't mind some Liakos novels either. Gabriella's brothers seem like they'd be fun to read more about.

I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.

Seaside Embrace (Love in Bloom: Seaside Summers) - Melissa Foster

Seaside Embrace is a fantastic new addition to the Seaside series.


The way this story started off, I knew the characters were in trouble, especially Jana.

Jana is a very strong, independent woman, who is insecure when it comes to her ability to commit to relationships. Jana loves to dance, box, and perform in theater. Lately, life has gotten crazy and out of control that Jana has had to cut back on the things she loves.


Hunter is a creative and hard working when it comes to his sculptures and a major player in his personal life. He's not used to relationships or romance.


Jana and Hunter are very similar with their player and non-commitment behavior. They often butt heads and get on each others nerves. Hunter finds Jana to be a challenge is willing to pursue a chance of being with Jana. Jana's insecurities about relationships and her past don't make it easy.


Hunter's patience and ability to communicate with Jana impressed and pleased me. I couldn't put the book down. I was too curious to see if Hunter and Jana could work it out.


I can't wait to see what is next for the Seaside Series. I would love to see what happens with Clark and Nina, Hunter's brother Grayson, or Jana's siblings.


I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.

Playing Catch: A Baseball Romance - Rachelle Ayala

Playing Catch is a novel that kept my interest very well. I frequently found myself guessing what could happen next and wondering what happened in the past for the main and secondary characters.


The main characters, Kirk and Jeanine, kept making me think they were crazy due to trying to be each others wingman and wingwomen. From the reader stand point, their chemistry is obvious. I had a feeling that the wingman and wingwomen relationship would end badly. In a way, it does, but it brings them closer together and recognize their own jealousy.


There are many parts in the story that take place that I had not seen coming. Those moments surprised me and kept my interest the most. They move the story along well and create a connection between Kirk, Jeanine, and their pasts.


I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.

Surrender My Love (Love in Bloom: The Bradens) - Melissa Foster

The second novel in the Bradens of Peaceful Harbor series made me tear up. Surrender My Love is a relatable story with well developed characters.

It's scary how easy one event, accusation, or rumor could completely turn your life upside down.

Annalise "Leesa" Avalon's life is in shambles after a student she's been helping makes claims about how she's acted around him. After weeks of her life being invaded during an investigation, placed on leave, relationships destroyed, and friendships tested.

Now Annalise must find some order in the mess that's been made. Escaping to a new town and going by the name Leesa, Annalise must try to find herself or who she truly wants to be. Waiting for the bomb to drop of someone recognizing her get tiring, especially after she meets Cole. Now Annalise "Leesa" has to worry about her past affecting more than just her.

Cole Braden is the eldest of the Braden brothers. He's the one who has taught and encourage his younger siblings that family and loyalty come first. He cares deeply for his family and for his patients. Since meeting Leesa, the workaholic doctor has found that living life is just as important as him work.

My favorite part of the Braden novels is seeing their family interact. I love how close nit and caring they are for one another. They love to tease each other, yet the loyalty and love they have for each other runs deep.

Two people who have very similar values and interest can fall deeply in love fast. Annalise must deal with her present issues to determine if there's a possible loving future with Cole. The way Annalise faces her situation left me tearing up.

I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.

The Haunted Heart of Rory O'Dannon - Delia J. Colvin

The beginning of this novel drew me in right away. How does one react when they're biggest dreams are ripped away from them far too soon? How easy is it to move on without becoming a shell of your former self?

Megara is living a gray life. Her life has become bland and numb after losing so many that she's cared for. Her life is no longer colorful, bright, or filled with happiness. She's simply going through the motions of living for her husband's political career.

A visitor from her past has been haunting her for years. Could that visitor have been real or just a dream? Traveling with her husband has Megara finding the gravestone of Rory O'Dannon, an Irish poet. One of his poems reminds her of something her visitor once said to her.

An accident has her choosing the color of her world. She must choose if she wishes to continue living in gray or something different. Her choice leads her to Rory.

Parts of the novel was slow moving, other parts seemed rushed. I loved the parts that had Megara interacting with Rory and those close to Rory. She seemed far more alive than she had before.

I just wish the ending or epilogue didn't skip about 60 years. I wish I could have read more about Megara and her growing relationship and changes in life.

I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.