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Love By Design

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  433 ratings  ·  59 reviews
Life has a funny way of revealing harsh truths.

Cassie Carl believes she has it all. On the cusp of achieving her professional goals and soon to marry the man of her dreams—the handsome, kind and loving Stefan Van Allen—it seems she's found the life every woman dreams of.

What else could a girl want?

Peyton Kingston is a beautiful, talented interior designer on the rise
Kindle Edition, 337 pages
Published August 21st 2016 by Amazon Digital Services
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Diane Wallace
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
An incredibly well written story that had some spicy,steamy chemistry between both leading characters who also had the support of a few well developed secondary cast...great storytelling and i do recommend to everyone!
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 3-5, sapphic
I rarely ever like insta love but this one I loved. Whenever Cassie and Peyton were in close proximity a energy crackled between them. Cassie almost kissed Peyton on the first meeting. Normally the sudden attraction and lack of control would be driving me crazy but the author managed to make their immediate connection believable. I am really surprised by the crazy fireworks those two always had going.
Since the start the book was full of angst because Cassie thought she loved both Stefan and Pey
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Love By Design” features yet another woman, on the brink of being married to a man, who is attracted at the last minute to a lesbian! Is this more of a “thing” than I knew? Perhaps the Catholics need to add a section to their pre-Cana conferences, or their FOCCUS marriage quiz, asking whether the woman would prefer sex with other women!

All kidding aside, this is a very enjoyable book about very likable people. MC Cassie loves her fiancé, but not the life she will lead as his wife. MC Peyton lov
Aug 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
So sweet you'll get a cavity

I really enjoyed this book and S.W. Andersen's writing style. This read is very straight forward with little angst, very understand people, blunt best friends, and a whole lot of sweetness. Told from the the views of Payton and Cassie, everything is covered and you get a complete range of emotions and feel for the characters. It's the perfect book to read if you're looking for something to make you happy and smile.
I have some mixed feelings on this one...

Is it well-written? Yes. Every scene was written well. The balance of dialogue, description, editing, etc was pretty much perfect. Even the side characters were given some personality that added to the narrative.

As a full story arc, though? Eh, I had a harder time. The story alternates between the POVs of Cassie, the woman that's engaged, and Peyton, the designer making changes to the betrothed's home. The first 30% of the book has the two leads lust for
3.5 Stars for the Audiobook.

A nice, pleasant, well written romance. It is written in 2 POVs of the MCs, basically alternating chapters. Cassie Carl is the fiance to the wealthy Stefan Van Allen, "of the Van Allens family". Cassie runs the local Neiman Marcus store and is eyeing a district manager position. Peyton Kingston, co-owns an interior design business and is the interior designer that Stefan hires to redo his mansion before the engagement party. So the audiobook is narrated by two narrat
Sep 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
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2 stars. It's just too god damn sweet and cheesy as well as superficial and everyone in this book have massive communication issues.

Their attraction is nothing but infatuation of sexual nature, it's one-dimensional and unfortunately it stays that way for most of the book. Furthermore the relationship issues explored are pretty standard, I didn't read anything new in this book that hasn't been written about countless times before.

And I'm not a fan of endings where everyone pairs up happily and
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: instant-noodle
My first read by Ms.Andersen, got it for a dollar through the mega sale the other day. Up to the 8O% of the story kept me on my toes and my heart beating rather fast. Yes, the story was insta but kudos to Ms.Andersen for spinning it gorgeously as a spider spinning its web. I was transfixed, I couldn't move away from Vader Jr, I wanted to cancel my dinner date with my friends especially when they told me that I couldn't bring him along. I was there, at the restaurant with my besties, I couldn't r ...more
Loek Krancher
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely WOW!

Repressing feelings is practically impossible and brings you only pain, sadness and frustrations. To give in is playing with fire. A close working relationship develops into a burning hot desire. The chemistry is explosive. It is a roller coaster of emotions and intense sexual tension. I loved the interaction between the main characters and their friends. The dialogues between Cassie, Peyton and their besties, bring so much fun to this book. I have enjoyed it immensely. This is an
Danni Mladenovic
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have a huge weakness for those "when I saw her, I felt like I got struck by a lightning bolt" romances, so I won't even try to analyze it... I loved the chemistry between Peyton and Cassie, and even though the book wasn't perfect, this was enough for me.
Lexxi Kitty
For several reasons, this was a difficult book for me to read. The main one was the fact that at about 29% into the book, and no no need to use a spoiler alert, I ended up receiving access to two advance reader copies of books I really wanted to read. There wasn’t anything inherently bad or unreadable about this book up to that point, but, I found myself in the unfortunate situation of wanting to read something else while not having a good excuse to dump the book I was reading. This situation, o ...more
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book starts with a bang and its a roller coaster from that point forward. It just seems there is no way things could happen well for these two. Fortunately, the author is quite good at working things out. A romantic love story with excellent primary and secondary characters.
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Kathryn by: Listopia: True Femme/Femme Romance

I love the chemistry between Cassie and Payton. I didn't even mind the switching between POV. Beautiful love story...loved it. Thanks Kara for your talked me into it.
C. Mack
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Love by design

A very sweet romance that was a light and easy read with a bit of light angst thrown into the mix.
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good book. Definitely recommend if you need a reminder that true love exist and finds you even if you think you've found it!
Interesting and engaging read for me. Loved the main characters and the storyline. My heart ached for both Cassie and Peyton while reading the book. Ending was just nice and not too rush or short.
Sep 07, 2016 added it
Oh, the "feels"!

Oh, the "feels"! Love By Design is a beautifully written love story. If you haven't read S. W Andersen's books yet, you will fall in love with her writing style with this one! I have and there is no turning back!
Cece S
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great listen on audible
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent in so many ways. It is funny, hot and has all the ups and downs I love in a book!
Dorothy Bennett
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
LOVE BY DESIGN by S.W. Andersen is an alls-well-that-ends-well love story. On the whole, it's well written, the characters are likable, the feelings are pretty realistic, there is charm as well as humor, and there are love scenes with other feelings explored besides sexual desire. At the same time, the book seemed long, sad (what could be more sad than two people engaged to each other who don't belong in each other's lives and haven't seen that fact), and not particularly grounded. We are given ...more
Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Loved It.

I kept reading until 3:30 a.m. and still had to force myself to put it down for the night.

The characters are strong, charismatic and interesting women. I got a bit frustrated with the story at times, but it was worth the read.

My only disappointment with the book seems to be a recurrent situation with most lesbian romance stories I've read, and that is the exclusion of women who are not femme. I mean, come on, many of us are neither butch nor femme, falling somewhere in between, but I ha
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I want more!

I would highly recommend this read hence the five stars. It had a great pace and lots of wonderfully anticipated build up between Cassie and Peyton. Would really enjoy a sequel or maybe a book with Val and Charli and we catch glimpses of Cassie and Peyton. I appreciated the way the author dealt with the relationships and the potential for supreme heartache if poor decisions were made on the characters behalf. The author created characters that acted like responsible adults and for th
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Not bad but needed far better editing than it got. Too much telling not showing, repetitive sentences as well as irritating mistakes e.g. sifter not snifter, Columbia not Colombia, peace not piece.

Nice to have adults behaving like adults after a break-up rather than the usual tropes. It wasn't painful to read but just too wordy.
Sascha Broich
Oct 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Normally you speak of a rollercoaster of emotions.
Not in this book. Here it is like the offspring of a bulldozer with the hyperloop.
From the start there is an instant connection between Cassie and Peyton. And despite their attempts to squash and ignore it, resistance is futile.
And contrary to many other books, the author decided to have no real controversy, so it peters out smoothly. Nobody is really angry or deeply crestfallen - quite contrary. Every counterpart gets seamlessly his/her woman a
Ginger Miller
Nov 08, 2016 rated it liked it
,Pretty good

Not bad but nothing great either. This book should have been over after the first 50 pages. The rest was just fill in. Peyton was the more likable of the two. Cassie and her internal monologue got old quick. This could have been a really good book had it put them together quickly and allow them to deal with the fallout together. Instead it wasted too much time. Still okay but could have been so much better.
Tony Hisgett
Dec 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: lgbt
I read the first chapter of this book and I was really confused. All the information provided by the author shows Cassie as definitely heterosexual, literally within a second she is hopelessly lusting over Peyton.

The more I read the less I liked Cassie and Peyton, with this type of book I really want to like the main characters. This might turn into an interesting story, but it’s not one I want to read.
Jul 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
If you ever wanted to read a book by Joyce Wischnia, this is it. Maybe I misread the characters, but they felt like they should be in their 30's, while they talked like they were 60. I feel like this book had some potential under there, but got lost in the details. It's the same story I've read 100 times, with nothing new to contribute. Sorry to say, but this was a disappointing read.
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Found it an uncomfortable read - love outside a relationship is always difficult - & initially I read three or four pages before having to put it down again - but it held me & the skilful writing carried me through till I charged towards the ending, a happy bunny. I'll need a lie down before I read another of her's, though. ...more
Julie Dobson
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Good stuff....

I always judge a book, on whether it grabs my attention, in the first few chapters! This not only grabbed my attention, I couldn't put it down!! Excellent read....likeable characters
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