THE ONE I’M WITH – Meet the Main Characters

It’s hard to believe that THE ONE I’M WITH is almost a week old already! I hope everyone who’s snagged a copy has enjoyed it (and of course is telling everyone you know about it).

If you haven’t entered my Release Day Giveaway, it’s not too late. The giveaway ends tomorrow at midnight, so make sure you hope over to the giveaway post for details and the link to Rafflecopter. You can win a $25 Amazon gift card OR a Kindle copy of THE ONE I’M WITH.

If you haven’t yet grabbed a copy (or if you have but just want another fun tidbit), perhaps a little meet-and-greet with the main characters will convince you to check out this sweet (but slightly spicy) romance.

Meet Marissa O’Brien

For the past three years, Marissa O’Brien has focused on renovating her Victorian-era farmhouse and building a solid, reputable, and highly sought-after interior design business in Asheville, North Carolina. She likes to have fun with her friends, and does date quite a bit. But never more than five dates (and really, a guy is lucky to make it that far). But her flirty, lighthearted personality hides the scars left by a devastating breakup that’s left her gun-shy when it comes to flowers-726532_1920love.

She has rules. Nothing more than a casual kiss until after three dates. No hooking up until after five. And no sleepovers. Ever.

So while her professional life has been a smashing success, Marissa’s personal life is a shell of what it could – and what she hoped it would – be. But all that seems destined to change when a chance meeting with Josh Mattingly on Girls’ Night Out has her wondering if it might be time to throw her rules out the window and take a risk…

Meet Josh Mattingly

Josh Mattingly has spent most of his adult life perfecting his image as a rich playboy. Being the second son of a prominent family with global corporate interests, his job has allowed him the luxury of having fun without responsibility. But one too many bad choices and a step too far have landed him in hot water. Desperate to avoid an ultimatum that will cut him out of his beloved nieces’ lives, Josh has sworn off romantic entanglements that could lead to bad press for his family and their business.

sparkling-wine-1030754_1920Determined to prove to his parents and brother that he can be serious about his life, Josh has come to Asheville to help save a dying company. If he can pull off this corporate merger, he might be able to convince his family to let him branch out on his own – and finally free himself from their expectations and control.

Romance is the last thing on Josh’s mind – until he meets Marissa. There’s something different about her, and the way she makes him feel.  Though he’s terrified a revelation of his past indiscretions could send her running for the Blue Ridge Mountains, Josh decides that taking a chance on Marissa could be the answer to everything.

If he can convince her to let him into her heart…

THe One I’m With Is now available for Kindle! Order today on Amazon!



THE ONE I’M WITH Release Day Giveaway

THE ONE I’M WITH will be here next Wednesday, and is officially up for pre-order in Amazon’s Kindle Store.

The truth is, letting yourself fall in love means daring to risk heartbreak.

The truth is, letting yourself fall in love means daring to risk heartbreak.

To celebrate my upcoming release, I’m holding a Rafflecopter Givewaway. Starting at midnight on Wednesday, October 5th, you’ll have the chance (or really, several chances) to throw your hat into the ring to win:

  • $25 Amazon Gift Card (1 Grand Prize Winner)
  • The Kindle Edition of THE ONE I’M WITH (5 winners)*

*Just a reminder that as long as you have a device that will run the free Kindle reading app, you’ll be able to enjoy THE ONE I’M WITH.

The giveaway will run from midnight on October 5th to midnight on October 20th. All winners will be notified no later than 11:59pm on October 22nd.

Click the link below to enter starting October 5th!

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As always, be sure to sign up for my email newsletter, and follow me on my socials, Goodreads, and my Amazon Author page!

Stay tuned over the next couple weeks to learn more about our main characters, Marissa O’Brien and Josh Mattingly, and of course, get a sneak peek at Chapter 1!

WHEN IN ROME Release Day Giveaway – Winners Announced!

I’m very pleased to announce the winners of the WHEN IN ROME Release Day Giveaway.

Love isn’t always picture perfect…

Grand Prize Winner of the $25 Amazon Gift Card is: RITA WRAY

And the winners of a copy of WHEN IN ROME for Kindle are:

  • Sophia Pelamonia
  • Robin Abrams
  • Elizabeth Stacy
  • Brandi Dagwan
  • Sue Ahn

All winners have been notified. Thanks, everyone, for entering the giveaway!

And remember, if you’ve read BETTER THAN CHOCOLATE and/or WHEN IN ROME, please don’t forget to leave some reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, and of course tell your friends!

If you would like to stay in the know about future giveaways, releases, and other special things in the Awesomesauce category, remember to sign up for my email newsletter, and follow me on my socials, Goodreads, and my Amazon Author page!

And speaking of upcoming Awesomesauce, I have a great series of posts planned for the next few weeks. Get your passports ready!

WHEN IN ROME Release Day Giveaway!

I’m so excited that we’re only a week away from the official release of Sweet Somethings #2, WHEN IN ROME. I hope all of you are, too!

Love isn’t always picture perfect…

To celebrate my upcoming release, I’m holding a Rafflecopter Givewaway. Starting at midnight on Thursday, March 31st, you’ll have the chance (or really, several chances) to throw your hat into the ring to win:

  • $25 Amazon Gift Card (1 Grand Prize Winner)
  • The Kindle Edition of WHEN IN ROME (5 winners)*

*Just a reminder that as long as you have a device that will run the free Kindle reading app, you’ll be able to enjoy WHEN IN ROME.

The giveaway will run from midnight on March 31st to midnight on April 16th. All winners will be notified no later than 11:59pm on April 17th.

Click the link below to enter starting March 31st!

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As always, be sure to sign up for my email newsletter, and follow me on my socials, Goodreads, and my Amazon Author page!

Don’t forget to keep checking back here throughout the next couple weeks to meet the main characters, Kate Miller and Domenic Varezzi, and to take a little virtual trip to Italy with me – where I fell in love with my own Romantic Hero of a Husband.

Night Owl Reviews “Love is in the Air” Booklover Contest

There’s a very cool contest going on through the month of February over at Night Owl Reviews. If you’re looking for some new books to read and want to win some prizes, this might be the contest for you.

Love is in the Air / Night Owl Reviews

I’m a sponsor for NOR’s “Love is in the Air” contest, which runs February 4th through February 27th. It’s a scavenger hunt, and BETTER THAN CHOCOLATE is one of the featured titles. Prizes range from $5 to Amazon all the way up to the $100 Amazon Gift Card Grand Prize.

Of course, it’s not all about the virtual money. There are a ton of great reads that are part of this scavenger hunt, and with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s a great way to get in the mood for some romance!

Check out the contest page over at Night Owl Reviews for more details and to enter!

Waking Up to Love by Katie O’Boyle (Book Review)

Happy Halloween, all!

I have a completely non-spooky post in store for you today. It starts with a review of a new book release and ends with a giveaway!

Intrigued? Read on.

Waking Up to Love

by Katie O’Boyle


About the book

Kyle Pennington broke Lyssa’s heart when he let her go, rather than interfere with her budding career. An ocean away now, Lyssa has fallen under the spell of golden-tongued Rand Cunningham who’s in a hurry to marry her. But Kyle is miserable without her and is willing to risk everything to get her back. Will Lyssa wake up in time to ask who she really loves?

Waking Up to Love is on sale now at Amazon.

My Review

Waking Up to Love, the fourth book in the Lakeside Porches series begins as Lyssa, the heroine, is faced with a tough decision. She’s been offered the chance to interview for her dream job at Tompkins Falls University – except it means she must leave England, where she’s lived and worked for the past year. At the same time, she’s trying to determine whether her feelings for Kyle, the hero, are reciprocated to the level where he’s looking for forever. So far, he hasn’t shown much inclination that that’s where he stands. Ultimately, they need to part ways, but when before boarding a flight to the United States, Lyssa drops a bomb on the seemingly clueless Kyle – she thinks she’s in love with him.

Upon returning to the US, where she’s reunited with her sister and brother-in-law, as well as a few other familiar faces from her past. Despite her joy at being together with family once again, Lyssa’s broken-hearted over Kyle and completely stressing about doing her very best at her new job. And she has reason to be stressed. As a recovering alcoholic and addict, Lyssa seems to struggle to keep herself on even footing, especially after she literally runs into Rand Cunningham.  The fellow professor who decides on sight that Lyssa’s the only one for him. But he’s trouble from the get-go.

Eventually, Kyle comes to the US, both to win back Lyssa as well as help a mutual friend and head of the college solve a major problem with internet security and hacking, grade fixing, and the otherwise unseemly antics of several faculty members. He and Rand quickly begin to butt heads, but Lyssa is overjoyed to be reunited with Kyle – if only she knew for sure he’s the one she’s suppose to be with. Kyle has to prove to Lyssa that he’s serious and returns her love.

Waking Up to Love is a multi-faceted story that  walks the fine line between romance and romantic women’s fiction. Both Lyssa and Kyle must not only figure out where they stand with each other, but must also overcome obstacles to their personal happiness. Lyssa’s desire to remain on the straight and narrow after a year of sobriety plays along with her insecurities about the relationships with friends and family alike – and no wonder, given the tumultuous path she followed as a young girl. Kyle, in turn, is the sort who likes having control over what’s happening in his life, but he has to figure out how to balance his business and desire to plan for others with the demands of family obligations and, of course, his love for Lyssa.

Katie O’Boyle has created a cast of memorable characters that engaged me. I wanted to strangle Rand much of the time, and shake both Lyssa and Kyle in turn when they were being obtuse or stubborn about their relationship. There were a few sections that referenced the stories told in books 1-3 of the Lakeside Porches series, but without the general summary of events that often accompanies the reintroduction of characters. I was able to figure out who was who and the general gist of their stories, but having not read the first three books, I admit I was a little lost at times.

Overall I enjoyed this book, but I would recommend picking up volumes 1-3 in addition, so you can get the full story behind the story, as it were.

4 out of 5 stars in my book!

*I received an ARC from the author/publisher in exchange for my honest review.*

And Now for the Giveaway!

Katie has been kind enough to partner with me for a Rafflecopter Giveaway. She is giving away two Kindle copies of Waking Up to Love. There are several ways to enter.

Check out the Rafflecopter Giveaway for details and enter for a chance to win!

About Katie O’Boyle

Born in the upstate-New York village known as the Birthplace of Women’s Rights, Katie O’Boyle loves the Finger Lakes in every season. She enjoys lunch with friends at quaint inns, and she cherishes the lakeside porch as a place for intimate sharing, laughter, and inspiration. To the outside world, she’s a tech-savvy college professor. In her soul, she’s a passionate author of warm-hearted romance.

Find Katie O’Boyle online:

Twitter: @TompkinsFalls