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Austin by Morning

4.73  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Another sultry New Adult Romance from USA Today Bestseller Author Alexa Padgett.
From the moment I see Kate Grace, I can't wait to find out if what they say about redheads is true... Not only are her wild ringlets entrancing, she's sweet and sassy, with slower, sexier curves than a Texas back road.

Too bad she's also country music star Camden Grace's baby sister. Camden
Published February 4th 2020 by Sidecar Press, LLC
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Alexa Padgett
Dec 23, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  (Review from the author)
I just finished my final read through of Austin By Morning. Oooh! I do like this story. It may well be the best romance I've ever written.

This scene gives me THE FEELS. I hope you get them, too. <3

Our first official date.
We finished our beers. Kate dabbed her paper napkin on her lips, her eyes warm pools I wanted to fall into.
“You ready?” I asked.
“Yes,” she breathed.
I rose from my chair and reached for her. As I’d expected, many male heads turned toward us, their eyes appreciating each of
Katie Bug
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Austin by Morning, An Austin After Dark, Book 3 by Alexa Padgett

Kate (Katie Rose) Grace works with her sister in law at her family’s guitar shop handling her books and media platforms.

Rye Lawson is trying to finish an album, take care of his ill son, and reignite a singing career all on his own.

Kate is music legend Camden and his twin brother Carters little sister. She found out months ago that her family has lied to her about her father. Since then she has felt like an outsider in her own
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rye Lawson gets a break in his career as the opening act for the wildly famous Cameron Grace. Too bad Cam sees Rye only as a jerk he can’t be bothered with. In Rye's defense, he has a lot on his mind. He's fighting to regain custody of his son from his difficult father-in-law, but Rye needs his career to take off in order to raise enough money for his son's very necessary eye surgery. When Rye rescues Cam's sister, Grace, from a roadie’s nefarious intentions, and then Cam overhears a telephone ...more
Margaret Watkins
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Carrying a load of emotional turmoil after the fall-out from the past, Kate and Rye connect at a soul level that very few people reach. Kate's brother Camden, has given Rye a chance to be his opening act at an upcoming concert, despite considering him a nightmare. However, when Rye jumps in and protects Kate from a roadie's unwanted advance and after overhearing Rye's telephone conversation with his son, Cam softens his attitude somewhat. Despite his attraction to Kate, Rye has vowed to avoid ...more
KL Cassanello
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Before Rye gives up on his music career, he grabs one last opportunity. And what an opportunity it turns out to be! But the good can't last forever. I feel bad for Rye, stuck between doing what he loves and is so good at, and doing what his father wants and needs him to do, just so he can maybe get custody of his son from his father-in-law. Sometimes, he has a hard time being honest with Kate, which just kills her after her father's betrayal and the silence of her family. More than anything, Rye ...more
Suzy Sims
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Austin by Morning by Alexa Padgett

Sometimes the Hero we need is a bit battered. Kate Grace is still reeling from her father's death and the ugly secrets that have come to light. In the shadow of her brother's fame Kate enjoys working behind the scenes. Until the magic of Rye's voice washes over her. The instant attraction is a surprise to both of them. But Rye is not ready for a new love, even as he rescues Kate in a dire moment. Rye has his own issues and traumas to deal with, all revolving his
Viper Spaulding
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Heart-wrenching love-at-first-sight romance!

Despite being instantly drawn to each other, Rye and Kate both have a lot of baggage to unpack before either is ready for a relationship. Kate has some unresolved abandonment issues, and Rye shies away from any hint that someone wants to control his life.

But, oh, that chemistry! Whew! The way this story is written, there's absolutely no chance of Kate and Rye walking away from what could be between them. I was blown away by the intensity of their
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is my first read by this author but it will not be the last. I found myself very quickly charmed by this book. Kate and Rye were both complex and compelling characters. These two each had some very deep emotional scars and plenty of baggage that weighs heavily on them and on their blossoming relationship. My heart actually hurt for the painful histories that these two had. The chemistry and sparks that this couple generated just sizzled but there was also a beautiful, sweet and poignant ...more
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Kate has had a hard time lately and when she takes two guitars to her brother Cam she hear's someone singing and it goes straight to her soul then when she leaves to go to her car she is attacked. Rye felt something good for the first time in a while when he sees Kate for the first time but he couldn't do anything about it as his son Ike who has special needs and needs emergency surgery will always come first. When he sees Kate being attacked he has no regard for his own safety as the attacker ...more
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed Austin by Morning by Alexa Padgett. It was well written with a strong message. Never give up. Rye and Kate were strong characters that fought for what they wanted. Kate works for best friend and sister-in-law. She first meets Rye after her brother Cam calls asking a favor. Rye is the opening act for Camden, a famous country musician. Actually she hears him singing and is mesmerized before ever laying eyes on him. Both Rye and Kate have their baggage to deal with. Rye is a single ...more
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes our own issues can cloud our perception of people.
Kate is still hurting from the secrets her family had kept from her. When she goes to drop off a couple of Jenn’s guitars to Cam, it’s love at first sound after hearing Rye.
Rye’s got a lot on his plate. He’s struggling to be the best dad he can to his six year old Ike, who has some difficulties from being a premie.
I truly loved Rye and Kate and I empathized with them. Their journey wasn’t the easiest and sure had its ups and downs,
Joyce Black
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly Enjoyable Read

Gosh, a myriad emotions were wrought from me after reading Ms. Padgett's latest novel. It just brought to mind how we never truly know what one person is going through or what causes them to act in certain ways. Once we delve a little deeper into a person's situation or how they are acting, it is amazing to find out what people are really going through or thinking. The addage of don't judge a book by it's cover is so true for this angst-filled book. Good story,
Caroline Doig
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow what an amazing story I loved Rye’s and Kate’s story it was heartfelt and full of angst but Rye was the way he was because of his son he wanted to take care of his son and his music career was his last step in being able to afford his sons surgery. Kate is Camden’s sister the rockstar she had been lied to by her family and when her father died all of the secrets came out and she doesn’t feel like a part of that family anymore, when Camden asks Kate to bring a guitar to one of his concerts ...more
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Book three of the An Austin After Dark Book series a well written story with a very good storyline that kept me turning pages. This is singer songwriter Ryland/Rye Lawson, his son Ike, and Kate Grace these three will have so much to go through before they get their happy ending. A beautiful story of a caring father, the son he would do anything for and the woman they both come to care for and love. I recommend this story. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily ...more
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There's nothing like a rockstar, single dad book. Rye comes off harsh, but he's doing all he can to make sure his son has all he needs without apologies. He's a terrific father who puts his son first before all else. I love the bond that Rye's son Ike has with Kate. Its sweet, trusting, and nurturing. She loves him with an open heart and open arms. The bond between Kate and Rye is magnetic and electric, but past baggage gets in the way, and I think there is unintended self-sabotage at times. But ...more
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves romance
Recommended to Lorrie by: I read all this authors books.
This book was amazing. I have read all the books in this series. The all have been amazing, but the emotions, the chemistry and the adorable Ike in this book just made my heart want to burst! It felt like magic. This author knows how to give us all the feels and I cannot wait for more of her writing! Thank you Alexa for your great writing talent that keeps me reading deep into the night! If you haven’t preordered this book yet, you really should. You will not be disappointed!
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Christine Garza
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What another phenomenally emotional new book from Alexa Padgett filled with secrets, heartache, forgiveness, second chances, passion, fear, family, and love. Kate is the youngest sister of country singing sensation Cameron Grace and tech billionaire Carter Grace and coming to terms with secrets her late father kept. Rye is struggling to re-establish his music career and gain custody of his son. Each have secret pasts but when those pasts come back wreak havoc on their present, will they be able ...more
Juliana Ignácio
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Kate Grace is the baby sister of country music star Camden Grace and she works with her sister-in-law, Jenna.
Her relationship with her brothers and her mother is still a little shaken after the discovery that they have hidden some secrets about her father.
When she needs to hand over a guitar to her brother Camden and hear Rye Lawson's voice, she is immediately captured by his wonderful voice. When they meet, the attraction is immediate, but Rye needs to finish his album and his priority is to
Heather Wamboldt
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Austin by Morning is the third book in the An Austin After Dark Book series.

This is a heartwarming story with characters that are loving but also hurting. The storyline is well written and engaging, with drama, angst, a sick but adorable child, and a chance for romance to heal two broken people.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Bursting with emotions as this gripping story shakes things up and refuses to let me go. Oh My poor heart. Alexa did an amazing job of bringing this story to life in great detail that grabbed hold of me from the start quickly taking up space in my heart making me feel and see every heartfelt word that makes this another fantastic read that I'm delighted to have read.
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another great story from the mind of Alexa Padgett, my third book to date.

I enjoyed reading about Kate and Rye. Having read books 1 and 2 in the series about Kate's brothers, Cam and Carter, I thought she might end up in a relationship with Chuck (Cam's head bodyguard), but loved that I got to meet a new character in Rye. Let's not forget his adorable son, Ike!

I enjoy Alexa's writing style. She brings her characters to life in an emotive way. Their past, hang-ups and struggles are real and
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Emotional, heart-tugging, angsty and sweet. It's a fantastic read with a beautiful story. Kate feels lost after finding out her family has lied to her, her whole life so she's avoiding them. Rye is trying to take care of his son and find a way into the music business again.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Hi'D's Book Hub
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Austin by Morning, An Austin After Dark, Book 3 by Alexa Padgett was my first read by this author and I really enjoyed it! Even though it's part of a series the author does a great job tying in previous characters. Rhysand Kate's story is an emotional one and one I enjoyed reading! I loved their instant chemistry and their passion for music! Their story was tastefully written and right up my alley! ...more
Anne Young-Cronister
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story! Kate is sooo determined to fight for what she wants
But also has sooo many insecurities to get through as does Rye. This showed that love doesn’t always take a straight path. But that Road is so worth it if you take the chance! And what an adorable, precious little boy that is Ike. This was a great read

I received an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
NanaShauna Joesten
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Fantastic read. I love how the Author has brought the story to fruition. He is a music star but his son is his World. This story grabs you and keeps you enthralled and pulls at the heart strings its definitely an amazing story that is a real page turner. I definitely recommend this read. Its more than a 5 star read.
Shauna Joesten
Melanie Jo
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This series by Alexa is so good and this book is just as great. It's the third in the series and I loved it so much. Rye and Kate are one great couple. It takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions and leaves you with a happy heart. Another great book by Alexa.

I voluntarily reviewed this after receiving a free copy.
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rye and Kate have great chemistry but they both have to deal with past issues before they can get their happy ending. Their story is an emotional roller coaster ride of emotions, misunderstandings, family drama and forgiveness. Austin By Morning is well written and has well developed characters. I look forward to reading the next book in this series. I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book.
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love this author more and more with each new book. Poignant storyline, great characters. You cannot go wrong with this series.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The storyline was so wonderfully written with well created characters that I was hooked from the very beginning! The chemistry between Austin and Kate kept me totally glued to my kindle until the very last page!
Joanne Hampton
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Friendship okay, love -- mmm maybe not - hold on now. Kate meets Rye, a singer on a downhill turn right now. But sparks start flying with Rye. Love can be hard at times and Rye and Kate sure had their ups and downs. Do they get together? Good reading, good series.
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With a degree in international marketing and a varied career path that includes content management for a web firm, marketing direction for a high-profile sports agency, and a two-year stint with a renowned literary agency, award-winning author Alexa Padgett has returned to her first love: writing fiction.

Alexa spent a good part of her youth traveling. From Budapest to Belize, Calgary to Coober