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Seeking peace while he decides between prestigious job offers, burned-out lawyer Matt Powell rents his boyhood vacation home at the Jersey shore on a nostalgic whim. However, discovering the lovely widow next door is his childhood best friend, Katie Vanburen, complicates everything. His old love for her hits hard, but this time around his feelings are anything but innocent ...more
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Published December 16th 2014 by Chara Press (first published December 6th 2014)
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Nancy Stopper
May 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kissing Katie is a sweet story of childhood friendship turning into mature love. I love how Matt is returning to the one place he was happy as a child - the Jersey shore - to think about the next chapter of his life, not realizing that his childhood friend was back next door. The author creates a pleasing view into the lives of a woman who is not really mourning the loss of her husband as much as the loss of love, and the hope of love. Matt turns out to be the one to give her hope in love again. ...more
Angel Hatfield
May 11, 2015 rated it liked it
**I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review**Matt decided he needed a break from his current life, so he quit his job and decided to take a vacation in the home his grandparents used to own on the Jersey Coast. The only thing missing is his old best friend Katie from when he was a kid. After he gets himself reacquainted with his grandparents' old home and heads to the beach, the neighbor runs to him and gives him a hug. It turns out to be Katie and she's all grown up. Kat ...more
Jennifer
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this is the story of Matt who goes to the place he used to spend his summer holidays when he was a child - it used to be his gandparents place but is now a rental home. He hasn't been back in years since his parents divorced.
He sees the place next door is looking well cared for - it used to belong to his childhood crush Katie.
After looking round the old place he decides to go for a walk - but is seen by the woman next door - who happens to be his long lost friend.
After catching up on old times a
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Michelle Joyce Bond
KISSING KATIE, is the perfect balance of sexy and sweet. Katie Vanburen and Matt Powell once spent summer after summer together in scenic Lavallette, NJ, but the friends lost touch after Matt’s parents divorced.

Years later, Matt rents the beach house that once belonged to his grandparents, noting that the house next door appears to be occupied by new owners. He is caught off guard when a beautiful woman runs over from the neighbor’s yard and throws her arms around him. It’s his long-lost Katie,
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Isha Coleman
May 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Kissing Katie (His Girl Next Door, #1) by Babette James
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
 
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Kissing Katie is one of those stories that is both sweet and romantic. Ms. James takes a theme that has been done many times before and gives it a fres
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Maria Rose
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This friends to lovers romance is the story of Matt and Katie. Summertime neighbours as children, they lost touch when Matt's parents split up and Matt stopped coming to his grandparent's home. Now back for a few weeks as a renter to decide between several job offers, he discovers Katie is still his next door neighbour - but grown up now into a sexy beautiful woman. With feelings of old combined with new, is there a future possible between them?

What a lovely story! I was particularly entranced b
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Bette Hansen
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This author is new to me but judging from this book I will be reading a lot more from her. I really enjoyed this one and I found the author's writing style very pleasing. The pace of the story is good and I felt the connection between the characters immediately. This author has a great storytelling voice. Looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

In this book, Matt Powell returns to the small beach town he stayed in with his parents as a kid. It's a time in his life where a change
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Melinda
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
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This is the first I have read from Babette James and have to say it was sweet and funny. I loved that even though they have not seen each other for years Katie and Matt easily pick up where they left off. Their relationship is unique and so carefree. The love they had is still there and seeing how mature they are now is just icing on the cake. Matt is all about working and Katie is exactly what he needs right now. Together these two are so comfortable r
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Isha Coleman
May 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Kissing Katie is one of those stories that is both sweet and romantic. Ms. James takes a theme that has been done many times before and gives it a fresh spin. After years apart an unexpected reunion leaves two friends pondering whether they should take the next step into love. What stuck out most in my mind while reading this story is that it never too late to come home. Babette James' Kissing Katie is a well written story. I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
InD'tale Magazine
4.5/5.0

Matt and Katie are wonderfully fleshed out and completely human characters.

Read full review in the 2015 March issue of InD’tale Magazine.
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Angel Hatfield
**I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review**
Matt decided he needed a break from his current life, so he quit his job and decided to take a vacation in the home his grandparents used to own on the Jersey Coast. The only thing missing is his old best friend Katie from when he was a kid. After he gets himself reacquainted with his grandparents' old home and heads to the beach, the neighbor runs to him and gives him a hug. It turns out to be Katie and she's all grown up. Kati
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Cathy
May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 STARS
"Kissing Katie" is a sweet romance filled with childhood memories, second chances, heartache and an abundance of love. Matt and Katie were childhood best friends but grew apart when Matt moved away. They have found each other again but will it last? Katie is a widow and is still struggling with the loss of her husband. I found Katie to be a bit frustrating at times. I understood her actions but didn’t necessarily agree. These actions, however, proved that she's a kind and caring individ
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Gina
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A childhood friends to lovers romance with a beautiful backdrop and lovely prose. Ms. James has a lyrical writing style that brings the scenes to life on the page. After years of workaholic behavior, Matt has quit his job at a law firm and while deciding which partnership he should choose next, is lucky enough to rent the summer home where he used to spend time with his grandparents on the Jersey shore. He is stunned to discover Katie, his childhood best friend, lives next door. Now widowed, Kat ...more
Renae
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, nerdy-girls
Kissing Katie was a little slow to start and hold my interest but once Matt and Katie reconnected and started overcoming their obstacles I was hooked. I enjoyed how Katie had to grow and help some secrets that could go multiply ways in Matt's mind until they were revealed. I also enjoyed how Matt was struggling to figure out what was important in life and had the strength to step away when it might affect his integrity.

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Joyce
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great story of childhood friendship that after years of distance brings them back together and sparks ignite at their first meeting. They go through ups and downs and finally with great communicating they figure out they are both headed down the same path. Lighthearted, with just enough sass to keep you turning pages. Looking forward to reading more from Ms. James.
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