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A Kiss to Build a Dream On (White Pine #1)

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  89 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews

If pride goes before a fall, Willa Masterson's trip back to White Pine, Minnesota, should be one heck of a tumble. The girl who left her hometown—and her first love, Burk Olmstead—in the rearview twelve years ago was spoiled and headstrong. But the woman who returns is determined to rebuild: first her family house; then her relationships with every
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 31st 2015 by Forever
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I believe that this is a debut novel by Kim Amos and a beginning of a new small-town romance series, a trope which is very popular in the genre. I was pretty intrigued with it because the blurb promised a sort of second-chance theme -- Willa and Burk used to be high-school boyfriend/girlfriend up until Willa packed her bag and left White Pine, Minnesota without even a note.

Unfortunately, this didn't hit the mark quite yet for me.

I think my biggest issue is on the characters themselves. I found W
Kat Hagedorn
Jan 18, 2015 Kat Hagedorn rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, fiction

As you all know, I rarely read romances, however, in the last 6 months I've read two. The first was a recommendation from this very author, and the second is the first foray of this very author in the genre. I feel fortunate to have read the ARC!

Admittedly, I wished the title of the novel was "Interior Design to Build a Dream On" if only because it was more interesting to me than the sex scenes. Granted, those are quite well done! It seems that at my age I'd rather read
Jaime ~ Fiction Fangirls Book Review
Mar 14, 2015 Jaime ~ Fiction Fangirls Book Review rated it really liked it
Shelves: blogged, arcs
4.5 Stars
There is nothing that I like better than a good second chance romance. Throw in a former mean girl who finally understands how it feels to be on the less fortunate side of things and the wrong side of the tracks guy who has worked his way to the right side of them, and this story takes a whole other level of perfect.

I really enjoyed the slow but steady re-igniting of the romance between Burk and Willa, but there was so much more to this story than that. The way that Willa realized how
Jul 09, 2015 Jan rated it it was ok
Welllll.....fill in the holes, please, author, because there were several. And, editor, check that the same word for house (structure) is not used repeatedly. And, editor, check that the very same sentence about heroine's father owning the bank is not used three pages apart. And, editor, use your red pen to suggest something other than 'stormy blue eyes' and 'she brushed back her dark blonde hair'. Plus, give me a deeper plot. Flesh out the other characters. Some snappy dialogue would be great a ...more
Mar 04, 2015 deb22luvsbooks rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, first-reads
This was a nice little romance, with a little heat to it! I enjoyed the story of two individuals that were each others "first" and the story of how they lost one another. It was fun watching her grow into a really strong person and go out and get the love and friendships she deserved!
Jun 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: andra

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In the beginning of A Kiss to Build a Dream On Willa comes home to Midtown Repossession to the apartment she shares with Lance in New York City. Two months later Willa returns to her home town in Minnesota after her life is essentially decimated by her boyfriend Lance’s bad decisions (he has lost all investments from Willa as long as a LONG list of clients and is facing prosecution). And what is waiting for Willa in Whit
Give Me Books
Apr 01, 2015 Give Me Books rated it really liked it
Sweet, a little bit sexy, and very easy to read. This book is just one of those books that, while it doesn't capture and entrance you, fills your hours with gentle smiles and some good, tingly feels.

Burk Olmstead never expected to see Willa Masterson again. Certainly not after more than a decade, and certainly not to lay claim to the house he's been taking care of since she split town.

Then again, Willa Masterson never expected to come back to her hometown, tail between her legs, with only one
3.5 out of 5

*Complimentary ARC provided by the publisher for the purpose of an honest review.

Small towns have long memories. Willa once had it all until her boyfriend lost it all. The former mean girl returned to her hometown of White Pine after twelve years, with her tail tucked between her legs and a big dream in tow. Even though she buried her feelings of guilt and shame behind pretty smiles, she knew she had to make amends if she hoped to have any success with her plans of opening a posh B&a
Marsha Spohn
First reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

Willa shook off the dust of White Pine years ago. While her reasons for leaving might have been selfish and foolish, still she made her choice. Now that she has been forced back to her hometown by circumstances that weren’t entirely beyond her control she has a lot to atone for.

Burk sure didn’t expect Willa to return home from her big city life. She left him behind without a word and the hurt of that betrayal still stung, he had to admit. But the important fact
Feb 15, 2015 Kel rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, 2015, romance
As much as I love a good romance, I have to admit that if I saw this book in the store I probably wouldn't have picked it up. It's just not the kind of cover I'm drawn to. Granted, I've probably missed a lot of great books because of my tendency to judge romance covers. When it comes to this book though, I knew it was going to be good because although this is Kim Amos' first dip into romance, I have read and loved everything else she's published under her other pen name. I was uber excited to ge ...more
Mar 04, 2015 Haley rated it really liked it
Willa Masterson was living a good life in New York before her ex was arrested for illegally investing money. Now with no money, she has to swallow her pride and go back to White Pine, Minnesota. White Pine is the small town where she was raised, where she left her high school love, and where she was everything but friendly to the people that live there.

With her little savings that her ex didn’t know about it, she plans to restore her childhood home into a B&B. When she meets the contractor
Aug 10, 2015 Susan rated it liked it
I just finished the second book in this series, and could have sworn that I already wrote the review for the first, but can't find it, so....

I enjoyed this. I think it's a good solid start for a new romance author. A friend of mine who is a romance editor (unrelated to this book) told me once that a good romance needs conflict individually within each of the hero/heroine, between the two, and between the two of them and the world. This story hits all three notes.

I thought that Willa was a little
Mar 29, 2015 Linda rated it really liked it
It is a refreshing read in A Kiss to Build a Dream On. In A Kiss to Build a Dream On, Willa has finally came back to her hometown after a terrific accident. Willa has a lot of challenges when she gets home because she was a selfish and spoiled teenagers that it will takes some time for the community to open up. I definitely can give Willa credit because she does admit she was selfish but she is going to right her wrong no matter what. However, things will become difficult for Willa because her e ...more
Heather andrews
Mar 09, 2015 Heather andrews rated it it was amazing
Burke is something else, "someone is going to work on that house,” he said finally. “It might as well be me. And my crew . I don’t see what the problem is." He's a very passionate man, "like this?” he asked. “Is this what you want between us?” He shifted so she could feel the thick hardness of him. She closed her eyes at the shower of sparks that ignited her flesh." The boy needs to work on his after sex manners, "thanks,” he said, working to keep his voice flat and even. The bed shifted as he s ...more
Jul 05, 2015 Josephine rated it really liked it
Before I even finished this book, I went online to buy it and preorder the next 2 books in the series. I really enjoyed Burk and Willa's second-chance story. It was romantic, sweet, emotional, and the little bit of action thrown in worked well.

I dropped a star because at times, I felt it was a bit slow and some of the sex scenes lost their sexiness with abundant uses of 'penis'. I know it's the correct word for that particular appendage, but it doesn't work during sex scenes. I also loved the in
Bette Hansen
Mar 30, 2015 Bette Hansen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the perfect choice for reading on this lazy rainy day!! It's a wonderful small town romance that is the start to what should be a fun series to read. It's got great characters and a story that is sexy and romantic. Can't wait to dive into the next one. Willa Masterson was the queen mean girl in high school and left White Pine for the bright lights of NYC without a goodbye to anyone. Not even her boyfriend Burk. When the life she started in NYC implodes spectacularly, she finds herself b ...more
Feb 19, 2016 Diana rated it liked it
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I almost gave up on the entire genre, after reading one too many ridiculously written romance novels, but this book was a fun read, with great characters. The only problem I had was all the growling by the male in the book. If anything is growling in my bed, it better be the cat or the dog. Just way too weird to use that word, although I know Robyn Carr uses that same term...and it still bugs me!
Patty Champion
Apr 06, 2015 Patty Champion rated it it was amazing
When i First started this book, i didn't think i was going to enjoy it, it was like the classic rich girl looses all and crawls back home. This is not the way it was with this book. I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to more. It was nice that Willa realized her past mistakes and owned up to them.
Melissa Townes
Nov 29, 2015 Melissa Townes rated it it was amazing
I loved this debut novel by Kim, I love small town romances especially when it's in a series! Looking forward to the next book in this wonderful series!
Jan 05, 2015 Wanda rated it it was amazing
I haven't finished it yet but can't wait to get the next one.

I have now finished the book and love it.
May 17, 2016 Paula rated it really liked it
Enjoyed Willa and Burk story. Selfish and mean B.. meets compassionate Burk... She never got out of his system.
Dec 21, 2015 Missy rated it it was amazing
Loved this small town romance!
Angie Cain
Aug 13, 2016 Angie Cain rated it did not like it
Aug 21, 2016 Jessica rated it liked it
Shelves: library
A basic and enjoyable read.
Interested to see what the series brings.
Tracy Bilen
A sizzling hometown romance! I'm so excited for the second book in the series...the hero sounds (a bit bad-boy) but awesome!!
Nov 13, 2016 Penney rated it it was amazing
Very good, this is a new Author for me and this is part of a series so I'll be getting the rest to catch up.
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I am a romance writer whose stories usually have hot dish in them, which is the Minnesota name for a casserole.

Currently, I live in Michigan with my husband, two dogs, and a cat.
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