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68 & Climbing

3.55  ·  Rating Details ·  87 Ratings  ·  44 Reviews
A reissue of one of Kate Douglas's most memorable contemporary romances will appeal to fans of Susan Andersen and Susan Mallery.

Fashion designer Annmarie Weston is working under one of the tightest and most important deadlines of her career. Just when she gets her staff sewing at the perfect pace, a construction crew moves in to remodel the building next door, distracting
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Jul 21, 2014 Brooke rated it did not like it
Shelves: arcs
I received this ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The gist: Annmarie is a fashion designer. Nick is a contractor. They have enough chemistry between them to make a bomb, but they both suck at communication.

Annmarie was annoying. There's really no other way to describe her. It was pretty much just everything about her. Nick was alright, but the writing just ruined the whole story for me.

There were several issues I had with the writing, or I suppose the story itself. The dialogu
68 & Climbing by Kate Douglas
Kate Douglas

Book Summary
Published by - Beyond the Page
Release Date - 16th August 2011
Pages - 130
My Rating - 4 Stars

Wooowee this book is smoking. A lot of fun and oh so sexy!!! Short, quick read that draws you in right from the start all the way to the sweet ending. The only reason it got four instead of five stars was because Annmarie annoyed me a little. Her attitude is at times down right annoying and puritanical, but once the sparks start flying between her and Nick you're able to forget about th
Ruthie Taylor
Aug 25, 2014 Ruthie Taylor rated it really liked it
"I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads."

This fun, hot romance full of misunderstandings and employee misdemeanours is perfect feel good reading. The straight laced AnnMarie meets her match when the builders move in next door and distract her workers. However they are not the only ones that get all hot and bothered!

Wonderful storytelling, and could easily be part of a series as there were lots of interesting characters to get to know.

Wicked Reads Review Team
Jenn Cunha
Jul 15, 2014 Jenn Cunha rated it it was ok
Received an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.

This book suffers from being far too choppy. The love scenes between the H/h begin so abruptly that i had to go back and look for the transitions. We are also expected to believe they were falling in love, but given no evidence of that. We also don't understand where the girls are coming from and if they end up getting the order done in time. My biggest complaint is really the almost forced nature of their love scenes. There is no sign that she
Feb 07, 2016 Jennifer rated it liked it
ARC received for review

new year's resolution book of the week

2.5 stars

This is a reissue and boy can you tell. It was so dated. Not horrible but nothing extra.
Sep 28, 2016 Kimberly rated it it was amazing
Such a cute, quick, easy to read story.

Annmarie Weston, single, fashion designer, has a deadline to meet. She comes from old monument, but she walked away from her Daddy's help, determined to make it all on her own.

Next door, an old building is being knocked down and a newer one is being built. The construction crew insist on walking around with their shirts off as the Boston weather turns warmer. This only distracts Annmarie's girls from sewing and meeting her deadline for delivery. If she doe
Isis Ray-sisco
68 & Climbing by Kate Douglas is a good contemporary romance read. I enjoyed reading 68 & Climbing. I have not read this author before however all of her Wolf Tales books are on my list of books to read. I will be putting them higher on my TBR list after reading 68 & Climbing because I like her writing style. I liked the characters It is Nick and Annmarie’s story.

Annmarie is a busy successful woman. She loves her job and she will do anything to keep it going and growing. She has a v
Jul 24, 2014 Angie rated it did not like it
I think this is a reissue of an older book, but I couldn't figure out if it was originally published in 2011 or 2004. It feels very dated and more like it may have been written in 1984 or 1994 at the latest. It's told in both character's point of view. I liked the story when it was in Nick's voice. You don't get his point of view for quite a few chapters though and unfortunately there wasn't much I liked about Annmarie. I think Nick said it best to her, "You really did just say 'led astray' didn ...more
Jul 24, 2014 Sam rated it it was ok
I hate writing bad reviews. I appreciate the effort that an author puts out to produce a book... that being said, this was not good. I admit I ended up skimming some of it just to make it through.

Annmarie is a fashion designer who is under a lot of stress to get her line production out. She starts having problems with her workers, her "girls" *did not like this term, when they get distracted with the construction crew next door working on a building. Annmarie does her own little watching the hal
Aug 11, 2014 K rated it it was ok
I have mixed feelings about this book. It wasn't horrible but it wasn't great either. It was an extremely dated, unrealistic, corny and fast read that had me laughing and rolling my eyes. This was one of those books that you sort of enjoy for all the wrong reasons.

"68 & Climbing" could have been better. But unfortunately the book has a few issues which ruined it for me. The writing style is the biggest problem. Because of the dialog and they way Annmarie behaves, she comes across much older
Quirah Casey
Jul 31, 2014 Quirah Casey rated it it was amazing
Originally Posted on Red Reder Reviews

Mmmhmm... so a summary first. Annmarie (Annie) owns her own fashion business. Nick is a construction worker and his crew just so happens to be working on the building next to Annie's. That's a big problem because Annie's workers can't help but to admire the shirtless men outside next door, but they have a huge order they need to finish. Annie goes to take a look for herself and well.... she's able to understand why the girls want to stare so badly.

Annie is d
Jul 28, 2014 Amaranthine rated it it was ok
Can you complain about the things that annoyed you when they are both apparently intentional AND addressed in the book? Let me try to explain:

From the very beginning I was confused because despite all the obvious modern trappings, I still thought I was reading a historical romance. We are in the heroine’s head for the majority of the book, and there’s just something about the way she speaks…

"You really did just say ‘led astray,’ didn’t you? I didn’t think anyone still talked like that.”

It doesn’
Aug 05, 2014 HappilyEverChapter rated it really liked it
*** Provided by NetGalley for an honest review ***

Annmarie Weston founded Weston Designs, creating business attire. She has orders to fill but it's hard to keep her seamstresses on track with half-naked construction workers remodeling the building next door. She's determined to succeed on her own, without the help of her family, and she cannot afford any distractions as her biggest to-date contract's deadline is fast approaching.

Nick Marone's working on a restoration next to Weston Designs &
Jul 21, 2014 Claudia rated it liked it
The Plot of "68&Climbing" sounded really promising and I was really happy to read it.

Annmarie Weston is a promising new designer who has one a big contract. Now she is working under a strict deadine. so when the construction crew, who moved in to remodel the building next door, distract her girls with their hunky bodies she is more than angry. but worse is, that one of the workers is luring her in as well ...

Determined to put an end to the distraction, Annmarie confronts contractor Nick Ma
Sep 02, 2014 NomdePlumePress rated it it was ok
My biggest problem with this book is the title. I just don't get it! I mean, I assume it's supposed to be some reference to a certain oral manoeuvre, but said manoeuvre does not at all occur in the book. I suppose because progress towards it has been made? Or something?

Second biggest: the ponytail. Unless it's in a historical romance, a ponytail on a guy is a dealbreaker for me. (Altho this was originally published in 2004. Maybe then ponytails were okay? Nope, not even then.) Admittedly, this p
I received this book in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley via Beyond the Page Publishing.

Annmarie Weston is an up and coming fashion designer who just landed herself a big account. As her deadline draws close for her designs to be done a little hiccup happens when construction starts up next door. The girls get distracted when the temperature rises and the construction workers take their shirts off. To make matters worst Annmarie finds herself attracted to the foreman. When she has fi
Jul 27, 2014 Lisa rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, romance
I received this ARC from Netgalley for honest review.
The story: dual POV. Annmarie comes from old money, has the best education money can buy, and is spoiled, immature in her responses and actions, and annoying. Determined to make a name for herself in the fashion world, she launches a deal, with a dead line, that can make a name for herself. Her employees are young adults with troubled past. I wish the author spent more time developing these characters so I could understand their positions bett
Crystal's Many Reviewers
Sep 01, 2014 Crystal's Many Reviewers rated it really liked it
I wasn’t sure how much I would enjoy this book when I started it because even though I am a fan of Ms. Douglas’ work, I have mainly read her paranormal books. I did end up enjoying this story more than I thought that I would, but I still felt like something was missing I believe.
The characters were well written, it was very easy to follow along with the story as well. It was a very fast paced story that I was able to finish reading in a couple hours. While the characters were well written, I di
Cara Nicole
Jul 23, 2014 Cara Nicole rated it liked it
68 & Climbing is a fun, cute and easy read. It follows Annmarie and Nick through the ups and downs of work and attraction. She owns the design shop, employing younger girls who needed help. However, when a construction crew that can't keep their shirts on moves in across the way, sparks fly. The heavy eye-flirting across the way succumbs to lots of passionate encounters between the two. While those parts were definitely hot and kept my attention, the lack of buildup while still having so muc ...more
April Symes
Jul 27, 2014 April Symes rated it did not like it
**I received this book from Netgalley for my honest review***

This is a story about Annamarie and Nick.
Annemarie is a clothes designer while Nick is the owner of the Construction Crew that works next door to Annemarie.
The whole premise of this story is that the noise bothers Annemarie so she goes over to finally “have it out” with the boss of the crew which is Nick and ends up having sex with Nick right there in his office. Oh it was awesome sex and she had the best orgasm of her life but what I
Nov 07, 2014 Jenna rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars
I have read a couple of other books by Kate Douglas and loved them, so I feel like I can say truthfully that I am a fan. And while I did enjoy this book, it didn't quite "wow" me like some of her other books.

I think my biggest issue was that the relationship between the two main characters crossed over into "insta-love" territory. That is one of my main turn-offs for a book is when I don't believe the authenticity of the feelings that the characters have for each other. I need to really feel it
Heather andrews
Jul 15, 2014 Heather andrews rated it it was amazing
It was actually interesting to see this author write something other than paranormal. It's good to know when an author can work all the genres it makes you want to be a steady fan. Nick that boy is the biggest flirt, "that's got to be the best response to a wink and salute I have ever had in my entire life," he said, laughing. Teasing her, almost as if they were friends. "Or was it taking off my shirt that got your attention?" The boy is also not hesitant when it comes to him and his woman, "wha ...more
Mariel Hoss
Aug 13, 2014 Mariel Hoss rated it liked it
*I received this ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Note that this is a reissue so it is showing it's age somewhat with some eye-rolling situations and dialogue. BUT, if you get into this book knowing it is a fun romp between the sheets and to not expect a fully developed, emotional roller-coaster type of romance, then you are good. For me this felt like someone wrote a tv movie version of that coke commercial from the 1990's with that construction guy that the ladies were all d
Jul 20, 2014 Lea rated it it was ok
This one just wasn't for me. I couldn't connect with either character and truthfully I didn't even like either character for most of the story. Annalise was a stuck up prude who seemed to think it was her job to control everyone's lives and Nick was a total Neanderthal. I mean I have no problem with the take charge alpha male thing but really these two couldn't have a conversation without tearing their clothes off and he was usually the instigator. How are people supposed to fall in love of they ...more
The Book Junkie Reads . . .
Sexy, fun, flirty, quirkier.

I like it but was not completely bowled over by the content. It took me way to long to read this short read (<200 pages). Annmarie seems to be more of a snob than a business woman. There are some inconsistencies in her character. Nick, well what can I really say. There is apparent chemistry between the two. Up to the point that they are unable to keep their hands to them selves and do their jobs. That is where one draws the line.

Douglas has pieced together various
Tamra LeValley
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Annmarie is an uptight woman who has been attempting to get her business off the ground and running. To be a success and get free of her rich parents. Nick was bidding a remodel job when he saw her walking down the street and decided to buy the building instead just so he could see her again. Now his work crew has her work crew all heated up.

This was actually a well written short story. Although it is typical and predictable it was an enjoyable read overall.

The author did a go
Aug 06, 2014 Anima rated it really liked it
Shelves: hot-romance
Received from Netgalley for honest review.

Fun and sexy, with sexual tension and incredible chemistry. Annmarie is an upcoming fashion designer with deadlines to meet. Nick leads the construction crew next door. Naturally her seamstresses are distracted by his shirtless team. While asking him to make sure the men wear shirts sparks fly and fireworks begin. It's funny how two adults can act so immature and miscommunicate. The secondary characters were fun and witty. Annmarie and Nick were very ent
Jessica Alcazar
Jul 17, 2014 Jessica Alcazar rated it really liked it
My second book by Kate Douglas and I loved it!
I'm not a fan of paranormal books, so I havent read Kate Douglas until now and I hope she continues to write more contemporary stories.
This was funny and sexy and I loved the witty banter between the H/h ~ it keeps you engaged and not wanting to put the book down.
Highly Recommend this author!
Thank you NetGalley & Beyond the Page Publishing for this ARC copy in exchange for an honest review!
Nichole ~Bookaholic~
I’m feeling mixed about this one….while not horrible, it was not great either. I seems a bit choppy and very dated….I realize it is a reissue but that being the case maybe it could have been updated a bit??? Not sure how that really works though…on the brightside…being a bit dated made it kinda funny and cheesy, so it was an entertaining read.

I liked Nick as a character but Annmarie bugged me….I can’t quite place what it was about her…but I found her annoying
Jul 25, 2014 XxTainaxX rated it really liked it
Someone turn up the AC cause Nick and Annie are steaming up the place. Normally, I don't go for hot and heavy at first sight but it's just too delish not to appreciate the sparks. This is definitely a great read. It moved a bit too fast in the end for me but I forgave that piece because the raw hotness of the title more than made up for it. It could've been a smidge linger to develop the story and relationships more.
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Some people just seem to know they are meant to write, but it can still take a while to figure out exactly what their career will entail. Kate Douglas started out writing radio copy for a country western radio station in 1972, wrote and illustrated an educational cartoon strip for the American Mosquito Control Association for a number of years, was a newspaper reporter for a small town weekly wher ...more
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