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Shoot the Moon

(Seeking Mansfield #2)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  68 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Despite what his brother—and sponsor—thinks, nineteen year-old Tate Bertram isn’t an addict. He has the 30-day chip to prove it. But when his father learns Tate’s been running an illegal card room out of a friend’s dorm to pay off old gambling debts, Tate is cut off. With his family no longer talking to him, his aunt Nora offers him a chance to intern for her political cam ...more
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Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you so much to NetGalley and Flux books for allowing me to read and review “Shoot the Moon” by Kate Watson. What an insightful look at addiction. I can’t remember the last time I read a book that so deeply takes us into the numbing, heart-pounding world of brain-chemistry changing addiction, where just the mention of a trigger, a let-down during the course of the day, or just not having enough to DO can cause that itch to beg incessantly to be scratched. Kate Watson illustrated that so bea ...more
Eileen Souza
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved loved this book so much! Amazing characterization, gut-punchy story line, and a Byronic hero who matches wits against the best and brightest in Chicago. Five stars must read.
Kathy - Books & Munches
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Again, Kate Watson's writing showed to be very fluent. If there's one thing that immediately pops up when I see her name somewhere it's "Darn, her books read fast!" without a doubt. It didn't take me long at all to finish Shoot the Moon and I honestly love it when I can read a book at such a fast pace.

While Kate Watson's first book, Seeking Mansfield, was a book that made you fall in love with the MC, this novel is completely different. I've never been so frustrated with a main charact
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, own
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and North Star Editions got read and review. All opinions are my own.
Review to come.
Kate Watson
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Listen. I may be biased, and all, but this book is pretty freaking rad. With poker, mafia corruption, family intrigue, and political espionage, it's darker than SEEKING MANSFIELD, but it also poses an interesting question about dudes peeing on their feet in the shower, so, you know. You should probably read it and find out the answer.

(For the record, Tate Bertram does not pee on on his feet, either in the shower or elsewhere, because gross.)
Anna Priemaza
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
SHOOT THE MOON is a witty-banter-lover's dream. And I looooooove witty banter. Along with the epic political intrigue, fully immersive gambling world, and beautifully crafted addiction storyline, SHOOT THE MOON has my favourite kind of romance--the kind where two very intelligent, witty, flawed characters talk the pants off each other (pun intended, hehehe) through sarcasm, bossyness, and intellectual chatter. And to make it even better, Kate Watson takes this trope and twists it in a highly rea ...more
Carlisa Cramer
Much different than its companion novel, Shoot the Moon takes a look at perhaps the darker side of Chicago. I thought the tension and character development and dynamics were so great in this novel! Keep it on your radars for next year.
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-adult, arc
First, thanks to Netgalley for providing me with an e-ARC.

Secondly, damn. I MEAN DAMN. Any writer who can take an unlikable douchebag character and humanize them, then make me actively root for them should get all the stars in the world for their books. In this case, this is worthy of five fist pumping stars.

I'm going to have to do a reread with this to pick up on all the poker details, especially after reading the glossary at the back. If you're only sort of acquainted with poker (in that I've
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Although it's a companion novel, this story stands separate from Seeking Mansfield. It continues the story of the Bertram's oldest son, Tate, a gambling addict who isn't as much in recovery as in denial. It's darker in tone, yet it has the same cleverness and wit as Seeking Mansfield. Tate is a mess, but he's also I love when Alex tells him he's "pathologically incapable of making the smart choice." It's such a biting line. And Alex is his perfect foil. She's a wonderful character-- ...more
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I received this E-ARC via the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I have read the previous book. I liked Seeking Mansfield and of course requested this one. Unfortunately it wasn't for me.

I didn't mind it in the beginning. I felt that the author dealt with Tate's addiction very well. After some time Tate began to get on my nerves. I especially didn't like how he manipulated Finley.

This was a personal thing so I still recommend.

Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Despite what his brother—and sponsor—thinks, nineteen year-old Tate Bertram isn’t an addict. He has the 30-day chip to prove it. But when his father learns Tate’s been running an illegal card room out of a friend’s dorm to pay off old gambling debts, Tate is cut off. With his family no longer talking to him, his aunt Nora offers him a chance to intern for her political campaign. Juggling school with the intense internship, Tate finds himself buying scratch-off lottery tickets
Katie Nelson
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I had great expectations for this novel, and was not disappointed! ;)

There is so much to love about this book! First, it's a retelling of GREAT EXPECTATIONS, plus poker. Watson was able to not only update the classic, but made it fresh and interesting and frankly, a little addicting. The story developed quickly, with plenty of twists and turns. With each new revelation, the tension was high and the stakes higher for each of the characters.

Tate Bertram is the quintessential bad boy. He's handsome
Rosalyn Eves
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed Kate Watson's Seeking Mansfield, so I had high hopes for Tate Bertram's story in Shoot the Moon. It did not disappoint! As a contemporary read, it was fast-paced, but the real draw for me was the characters. I loved seeing Finley Price and Oliver Bertram again, but Tate was a revelation. His struggle with gambling felt very real, and I fully bought his exhilaration for the game. He was interesting, complex, and a joy to follow through the story.
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Shoot the Moon is a companion novel to Seeking Mansfield. It follows Tate Bertram, only a secondary character in book one, as he struggles with a gambling addiction, trying to keep his grades up at school, and interning on his aunt's political campaign. All that, plus the political competition might have ties to the mob! This book was so fun!

I really enjoyed this book - maybe even more than Seeking Mansfield! I enjoyed Tate's characters development, especially how Watson made sure that his gambl
I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review.

Last year I read and loved the first book in this series, Seeking Mansfield, and I was so excited to find out there was a sequel. While Shoot the Moon was not quite the light and fluffy read I was expecting, I still really enjoyed it.

This books focuses on Tate, Oliver’s older brother. I loved how witty and sarcastic he was. He could also be kind of awful, but in a fun way. I loved watching his journey throughout the boo
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best cover —> story realizations I’ve ever seen. What I see:

1. A little James Bond
2. A conflicted boy who is still figuring himself out
3. A little danger when you slip too far into the abyss

I loved this book and Tate Bertram! A solid story from start to finish!
Lindsey Caputo
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved Seeking Mansfield, and so when I learned Watson was producing a second book with some of the same characters, I was so excited! This second book dove into a grittier and more complex plot than the first and I loved that. You know you've got a complex and real (possibly familiar) character in your hands when you're physically pained being along for the ride of self-sabotage. I found it interesting that some readers hate the main character, when it’s the disease (addiction) that is the vil ...more
Breeana Shields
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
SHOOT THE MOON was such an engaging, unique story. It pulled me in from the first page and I loved it all the way to the last. Kate Watson is fantastic at characterization. Tate Bertram is so complex, flawed, and relatable that you can’t help but root for him. And every other character in the book is just as skillfully written. Add all of that to a high-stakes plot—gambling addiction, mafia ties, politics!—along with a swoony romance, and you’ve got a book that’s not only hard to put down, but a ...more
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
SEEKING MANSFIELD was one of my very favorite 2017 debut novels, and author Kate Watson has certainly cemented herself as one of my favorite contemporary authors with her sophomore novel SHOOT THE MOON.

This story is equal parts entertaining and moving and brought me to tears more than once! Following Tate Bertram on his journey through gambling addiction, love, and self discovery was such a lovely and heartrending experience. I can't recommend this book highly enough to fans of YA and NA contemp
Samantha (WLABB)
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, contemporary, 2018, na
As each member of the Bertram is unique, so are their stories. This companion to Seeking Mansfield was very different from its predecessor. This is a grittier story, which examines family dynamics and addiction. Not as fluffy as the previous book, but quite entertaining.

I was a fan of Watson's debut, Seeking Mansfield, and was excited when I heard we were getting another story from this world. This companion was quite different from its predecessor. As each Bertram child was unique, so are thei
Suzie Waltner
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Even though I started this read knowing it was not a continuation of Seeking Mansfield and it was not another modern day adaptation of a Jane Austen book, I really wanted to like it. And I so…didn’t.
The issue? For me, it was the main character himself. Tate Bertram is an arrogant jerk who believes he is smarter than everyone around him, that he knows best. I waited and waited…and waited…for this guy to redeem himself. When he does finally admit to his faults and failures, the person I felt a smi
The Clever Reader
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This YA Contemporary picks up a few months after Seeking Mansfield but this time you’re getting Tate’s POV. You remember Tate, Ollie’s big brother, who ended up in the hospital due to his gambling addiction.

Tate is not the most likable character and at times I struggled with his personality. I had to keep reminding myself that addicts are often so used to lying that they’ve become accustomed to doing what people expect them to do out shear habit. Tate is exactly like this. I struggled because he
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from the publisher on Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

4/5 stars. Shoot the Moon is the second book in a series, although I didn't know that when I requested it. I started looking at other reviews and saw that you don't have to read the first to read this one. And honestly, you didn't. This book gives you all the details you need to get into the story and know the characters. The first doesn't seem very interesting to me, so I probably would have giv
Lee-ann Dunton
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read “Seeking Mansfield” quite some time after it was released, and I immediately fell in love with the characters, Tate especially. When I found out that Tate would be the main character in this novel, I was more than a little bit stoked. I ordered this the day it was released & had a hard time putting it down (work be damned!).

Dare I say that I enjoyed Shoot the Moon more than Seeking Mansfield?! HELL YES I DARE! I absolutely LOVED it. While SM held my attention, had me enthralled plent
Read InAGarden
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shoot the Moon is the second novel in the Seeking Mansfield series. I didn't know it was a second novel in a series when I read it. I frequently felt that I was missing parts of the story while reading Shoot the Moon - which makes more sense now that I know it is a book two. To me, it does not work well as a stand alone novel.

Tate, has had a gambling addiction in the past but he's been in recovery for 30 days by the time the novel begins. But that is just semantics. Tate is still living an addi
Karlene Browning
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book, but it's marketed as a YA book. I really think it's more New Adult—not for sensuality but I just felt the characters who were supposed to be in the 18-20 year old range sounded older, like 23-25. There were several times when I was pulled out of the story when their ages were mentioned because the characters just sounded too mature.

There's some violence. It deals with addiction (gambling) and recovery. But I thought it was a great story. I want to read more by this a
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in one afternoon because I literally couldn’t put it down. I even found myself pulling out my phone to read it during my 2 hour long anatomy lecture because I just had to know what happened next! I love Shoot the Moon! Tate is such a conflicted guy, and yet I adore him. If you want to get lost in a great story, READ THIS BOOK.
Sara Jo
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. So much wit, and the snarky characters? So good. I laughed a ton, teared up a few times, and smiled a whole bunch. Basically my favorite things to do while I read. It's how I know a book is awesome. Kate Watson has done it once again!
Kara J McDowell
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh, Tate. I wanted to hug him and smack him at the same time! Watson's deft portrayal of Tate's gambling addiction is insightful, heartbreaking, and kept me turning the pages. Great characterization combined with a twisty, action-packed story!
McCall Hoyle
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I can't wait to finish this book!
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Kate Watson is a young adult writer, wife, mother of three, and the tenth of thirteen children. Originally from Canada, she attended college in the States and holds a BA in Philosophy from Brigham Young University. A lover of travel, speaking in accents, and experiencing new cultures, she has studied in Israel and lived in Brazil, the American South, and now calls Arizona home.

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