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4.38  ·  Rating details ·  168 ratings  ·  56 reviews
Passion ignites in this thrilling story of a woman trying desperately to protect her heart and a man’s determination to show her love.

Disappointment. Rejection. Loneliness.

Feelings that have been suffocating single mom Kate Miller for years.

Moving to New Hope to raise her six-year-old son is supposed to be a fresh start, a way to put her past in the rearview mirror and fo
Kindle Edition, 286 pages
Published October 26th 2018
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Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
**Warning: this text may contain spoilers** 4.5 Happy Stars

This was such a freaking surprise, and a good one at that, after reading book one I wasn’t sure what to expect but I am so happy I picked this up. I devoured this read, and found myself getting lost in the pages. I loved Kate – she’s a fab mother, feisty and fierce, not afraid to stand her ground. Then there is Luke, as a cop his instinct is to protect all those he cares for and that now includes Andy and Kate. I enjoyed how patient he w
Tracy  C
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love all these Dimarco men. So swoony! And I fall in love with all the kids in all the books. My heart just melts at the interactions. Kate and Luke's story was less angsty than the rest but just as good.
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Kate by Jennifer Hanks is book 5 in The Dimarco Series. This is the story of Luke Dimarco and Kate Miller. I have read the previous books (and loved them!) but feel that you can make them a standalone book if you wish to do so.
Kate and her young son has move New Hope where she is working two jobs to keep the going since the father is no longer wishing to be in the picture. Luke happens to see Kate while she was driving and pulled her over to talk to her about running a stop sign. Just talking t
Kristy K
Kate is book five in The Dimarco Series, but the first one I've read in this stand alone series. If you like single mom heroines with alpha male heroes pursing them, then this is the story for you. I like Kate and Luke together, even though at times I thought Luke was a little over the top. There's a little bit of suspense that helped keep me turning the pages and the side characters were amazing.

Kate's had some hardships in life, mainly pertaining to her son's father, which has caused some tru
Leisa Ann
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I can not get enough of this series! I love every single character in this series. Kate and Luke’s book was another 5 star read in this 5 star series. I literally don’t want this series to end.....ever!
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first book by Jennifer Hanks and it was such a sweet read. I loved how Kate and Luke first met. Lol. It was so sweet watching his patience and persistence with Kate and all the love he had for her and her son Andy. You got to know about the entire Dimarco Family. I can’t wait to go back and read books 1 - 4 now to learn more about the family. Also loved the sexual tension in this book. Wow, off the charts hot.
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bbf
Thanks to Somia for this!

Spoilers ahead

From the moment I met Luke in the early books of this series I wanted his story, unfortunately I tried reading the books in order and got bored 😂. It was suggested to me to try this one and boy am I pleased!

Luke meets Kate when he pulled her over for running a stop sign, he saw her and couldn't help himself. When he sees she's the waitress at the bar and his father takes a shine to Kate it provides an avenue for Luke to get to know Kate and her son. Danger
Tanja OMGReads
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: omgreads
For the first time in a long time I’m smitten with an alfa character. I loved Luke and his patience, friendship, love and lust he had for Kate. Talk about hot and steamy .
I found a kinder spirit in her. I’ve always had problems asking for help others. And just like Kate I’m still fighting to change that because just like she started to understand that asking someone for help does not make you weak but brave and open. I loved how they made their relationship work even when a few obstacles were
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's always hard to come into a series, especially one about a family, in the 5th book, but that's exactly what I did with Kate. The synopsis sounding intriguing so I figured "why not".

Kate Miller and her 6-year old son, Andy, moved to New Hope to start a new life. Kate gets pulled over by a hot cop and is not having her best morning. In fact, it was one of her worst. Luke DiMarco, said cop, finds Kate intriguing. Imagine his surprise when he runs into her at the bar she works at and he frequent
Beyond The Covers Blog
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gail
Dropping her son of at school has made Kate later than she needed to be,this was turning into the worst day ever. Just when it couldn't get any worse she gets pulled over for running a stop sign.She loses her mind telling the officer just what a rotten day she has had so far. He lets her off with a warning and she's off to face the rest of the day.

Luke can't believe what just happened when he pulled the woman over but he can't get her out of his mind.

Meeting his family for drinks at their new me
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: small-town
Kate is the first book that I've read by Jennifer Hanks, but it won't be the last. I'm dying to dive into the rest of Dimarco series!
Luke meets Kate after he pulls her over for running a stop sign. He is immediately hooked after being a victim of her smart mouth. Kate, however, is not interested in a relationship in the slightest. Having been hurt before she is determined to protect her heart and that of her 6 year old son. Luke has his work cut out for him if he wants to be the one to break dow
Tiffany K. Adams
I received an ARC of this book and am entering this review with no prodding from the author.

Jennifer Hanks did not disappoint AT ALL. I started in the middle of this series with My Redemption (Pike and Bella's Story) and then immediately started back at the beginning with Lucy.

The character development is slow and steady, it feels natural and realistic. While Kate's tendency to not trust anyone began to get on my nerves, it was a very real portrayal of someone who has abandonment issues and is l
Paula D
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is Luke and Kate’s story and I loved every minute of it. Luke is cop and slight alpha but sweet and will do anything for family and people he loves. Kate is a amazing single mom but had a horrible past so she doesn’t trust anyone. I loved this book. Kinda reminded me of myself how Kate is so I totally understand why her wall is up. How Kate and Luke meet is hilarious and awkward but it leads to such a chemistry it gives ya goosebumps! I love this series can’t wait to read more 5/5 stars
Chanah Dickson (The Book Whisperer)
Kate is Book 5 in the Dimarcos Series and after reading the rest of the book I was anticipating this release! It was so worth the wait, as usual Jennifer Hanks brought us another Dimarco family but this time we finally get Luke’s story!

A hard working Detective that’s already been through the mills because of his job but Luke isn’t one to let anyone get the best of him, that’s until he pulls over a slightly harassed Kate for running a stop sign. Not only does she set his soul on fire but her ins
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I have been on a streak here lately and have read nothing but five star worthy books. Hands down, Kate, installment five in the Dimarco series by Jennifer Hanks, is absolutely brilliant and worth way more than five stars!! Get ready to fasten those seatbelts.

Kate has been burned badly in the past by her ex-husband. When she moves herself and her son, Andy, to a new town to start over, she isn’t looking for anyone. Especiall
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Rating - 5

So, I’ve been in love with the Dimarcos from the beginning, but I have to admit to falling really hard for Luke in Elaina. Seeing everything he went through and the friendship he developed with Elaina left me longing for his story. I mean, who doesn’t want the once broken good guy who is a hot, fierce protector to find his happily-ever-after? But this book was even better than I was hoping for.

Kate is the perfect girl for Luke. She is hilarious, strong willed, and values family just as
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kate is a beautifully written story about a woman that has been burned before and has trouble trusting people and making new friendships, much less having a new love life.
Enter Luke DiMarco. He has found something he wants and it's Kate.
The chemistry between these two is palpable. Trouble finds Kate and then Luke's past comes back to bite him in the ass, only this time he has a woman he's trying to prove his worth to.
As with any DiMarco book, you feel as if you are right in the thick of it with
Sally Coles
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kate is trying to make new start with her six year old son Andy when she meets Luke Dimarco and the sparks fly! Will they both get over their baggage and find happiness together?

Another good book in the Dimarco series.......I wish there were brothers like that round my way!
Jennifer Leigh
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great read!

I enjoyed Luke and Kate’s story. It had emotions, passion, laughter, dramatic twists, and lots of great characters to keep things interesting! I’m looking forward to checking out Grace next!
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m normally a Team-Male Protagonist but in this book, it’s Kate’s son that is my favorite. He’s smart and inquisitive. I enjoy every scene with him in it. The banter and the comedy between the Dimarco family members is realistic and I was always laughing and smiling with them. They’re real, believable.

This is the first book of The Dimarco Series I have read and I am planning to read the first four books now. That’s how good this story is. I am going to make time and read the entire series, the
Absolutely loved the latest installment of the Dimarco family!! Superb writing that brings us a family we can pretend is ours. A family whose constant love and support for each other is something we all wish we had. All the characters are lovable, even when they are exhibiting realistic tendencies of squabbling siblings. The shenanigans of the new puppy, Cookie, were hysterical. And Andy made my day. Seriously! Things kids say!! Kept me in stitches.

Loved the alpha in Luke! He stood up for what
Robin Sweeney
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is Luke's book. The brother we don't know much about. But we soon find out he will do anything for Kate and her son. But it's not only Luke who takes so quickly to them, the whole Dimarco family will quickly adopt them and show them she doesn't have to live this life alone. This is a great book that really brings the family together, there's a lot of big family scenes and you really can't help but fall in love more and more with each member of the family. This book is amazing like all the o ...more
Christine C
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book in this series of standalones that I’ve read, and I was not at all disappointed. Kate is a strong, feisty single mom who has learned from her past mistake and isn’t putting up with much anymore. She keeps her days full with working two jobs, and what time she has off she spends with her six year old son Andy and their newly adopted puppy Cookie. She doesn’t have time to even make friends, much less start a relationship. Luke is a police detective, and they meet when he pu ...more
Sassy Southern
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kate is book 5 in the Dimarco Series. Each book focuses on a member of the Dimarco family but also involves the other members you meet throughout the series. Because of this, even though it is listed as a standalone, I would highly recommend reading these books in order. This family is super close and their stories often weave together bringing up things from past books that you would have more knowledge about if you read them in order.

I was hooked from the second I picked this book up and exci
Candyce Kirk
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kate was the first book I read by the author. I will be reading and reviewing the other soon, so keep an eye on the blog for those reviews!
Kate in a single mom trying to get her life together after a bad experience with her son's father. Luke is detective and once he knows what he wants, he doesn't take no for an answer! I liked him from the start. Luke tells Kate he wants her and that's that. Kate is definitely more careful and hesitant. Andy is her everything and she thinks she's too broken fo
Britt The Hatters
Typically I can’t get enough of single parent romance, and if you throw in a sexy detective I’m a goner. So needless to say I had some pretty high expectations when I read the blurb for this one and while parts of it exceeded those expectations others fell flat leaving me feeling just kind of neutral on it. So, let’s break it down.
What I loved:
Luke. Literally everything about him. He’s so insanely sweet, patient and kind willing to do anything to make Kate and Her son happy.
Luke’s family. I alw
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
LUUUKE! Kate is the fourth book in the Dimarco series. Oh man did this one take me places. My heart ached for these characters. They had so much to overcome. I really enjoyed this story.

Kate is the third single parent story in this series. I won't lie. I feel like three in a row was a bit much for me, but it was written well. Kate is a great character. She is so strong and caring. The love she has for her son makes her a superstar. Then you have Luke. Safe to say we all love Luke. He is a great
**Elle**Bee**Double U**
I was so looking forward to Luke's book.
Look, I love love love Luke. In all the previous books he seems to be the most patient of all the brothers. He's also a cop who seems to know that not all things are black and white, there is a bit of gray area that sometimes you just have to find that line and tread it carefully. He's the brother who seemed to actually want to settle down and have a family, honestly he reminded me so much of his father Jack. When it comes to his own book, there is n
Rebecca Freeman
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing

This book was soooo good that it had me hocked from start to finish.
I've very much as been waiting forever for this book. I thought this author couldn't get better than elania. It was my favourite that I read many times. This book though wow what a rush I had when I was reading it I couldn't put it down.

Kate and Luke were amazing together I loved the chemistry they had. Kate finds it hard to trust people because she as been hurt. She as a 6 year old son who is funny and awesome and is her lif
Nikki Swope, nixreadsromace
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I been waiting for Luke to get his chance for a while now. He out of all of the brothers seemed to want it the most. Finally it’s his turn and I love the fiery strong single mom, Kate , for him. It takes a lot of work on Luke’s part to convince Kate he is the forever she didn’t think existed after being abandoned by her ex husband. As a single mom I can definitely understand guarding your kids hearts from getting too attached to anyone. It’s nice when you personally connect with a story the way ...more
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Jennifer Hanks is the author of The Dimarco Series, The Elite Securities Series, and The Sinners MC Series. Her stories are contemporary romance and romantic suspense, all with the underlying message of the power and strength in love. She’s also a sucker for a Happily-Ever-After. Her love of reading and books in general started at a very young age and has steadily grown into a love of writing as w ...more

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