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Love by Design

(425 Madison #16)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  63 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Cheating husband. On-air meltdown. Public humiliation.
Lucky me, I’ve experienced them all.
Oh, and the implosion of my career as an up-and-coming designer and renovation television darling.
That was then.

Now, I’m in the TV studio, more determined than ever to prove to myself (and the few fans I have left), that I’m back for good. Nothing from my past—no man, no mistak
160 pages
Published April 6th 2020
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Apr 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Love by Design is book sixteen in the 425 Madison series, but it works perfectly fine as a standalone novel. In fact, this could work as a complete standalone as a lot more happens away from 425 Madison than at 425 Madison.

In truth, I was a wee bit uncertain about this one at first. I’m not crazy about stories where we start chapters with flashbacks, slowly being given snippets that are spread out. I much prefer to have a solid flash back, or for the story to show the past and the present indivi
Lisa Mandina
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So, I did really enjoy the book by this same author in the first season of this series, Accidentally in Love, but this one I loved even more! What I find interesting is that lately I have been reading a lot of books about home improvement shows, and in real life I HATE those shows! I always joke that they are like watching paint dry. However I really, really liked these characters and this whole story. Now, we had Annika’s side right away, but it was a bit before we got Grayson’s full back story ...more
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is another entry in the second season of this wonderful series. While I thought that Annika and Grayson's story was OK, it was far from my favorite. I had multiple issues with this book. First, I simply found that this book just didn't hold my attention well. I refuse to go as far as to say I was bored but I was absolutely not as engaged as I normally would be when reading a book from this series. Second, I just wasn't feeling much of a connection or many sparks between these two. To be com ...more
Apr 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-review, 2020
Love by Design is the 16th book in the 425 Madison Avenue series. This is Grayson and Annika's story. I thought it was a cute second chance romance. I liked the chemistry between the couple. The story includes flashbacks to then they first met and their one night together. It helped give me a better view of how intense their feelings for each other were then and in the present. I only wish the story was a bit longer. I think the length took away form the little mystery that shows up toward the e ...more
Isha Coleman
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Ames is an author that will help you find your smile, even as you are working yourself through a box of Kleenex. Grayson and Annika are every day people looking to find their spark again. Life may have pushed them around by the heart, but never quite succeeded in breaking their spirit. Love by Design speaks from the heart with an overwhelming amount of humor and emotion.
Victoria Weston
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the fifth book that Ive read in this series the 425 Madison and I just cant get enough of it, I always look forward to the next in the series. As soon as you start the 425 you will not be able to stop.

This book is Annika and Grayson story and anything can happen on 425 Madison.

Annika has been through the ringer quite a bit over the last couple of years and it has taken a very lot to be able to get back some kind of normality. She lost everything her career, her home and her other half he
Andrea Guy
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Love By Design is book 16 in the 425 Madison series. This is a second chances kind of romance with the two characters meeting up after 6 years.

Both have gone through a lot. Annika more than Grayson as you soon find out at least when it comes to public opinion.

They have a shared past, though not a shared relationship. Misunderstandings and all that, some anger issues and what not.

You get to see the past in some flashback scenes, which I enjoyed. I loved that for the most part Annika and Grayson's
Kari Hansen
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
When Grayson himself the host of a reality show about renovating homes he knows that Annika would be the perfect co-host. He is not deterred by her reputation as he knows that she would be an asset and it might just be the way to right the wrongs of the past.

Annika was the co-host of a popular show until her husband’s betrayal not only ended their marriage but destroyed her career as well. This show is the fresh start she desperately needs even if it means working with the man who hurt her so ma
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Love by Design is Book 16 in the 425 Madison series and stands perfectly fine on its own. In fact, this one even more so than the rest as the connection to 425 Madison was fairly minimal.

This story was extremely well written and drew me in right from the start. Without spoiling the story, there was a manipulation in the past and present that I would have liked to know more of the why behind their actions. Regardless however this was a great addition to this fun series!
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I might love HDTV as much as I love the Food Network so I was excited to read Love by Design by Katy Ames, the sixteenth book in the 425 Madison Series. Katy also wrote book number eight, Accidentally in Love, which I was one of my favorites from the first season of 425 Madison. You can’t go wrong with a book about a hot cop. Grab your iced tea and let’s chat about Love by Design by Kate Ames.

Grayson is the new host of a network design show, Hesse and a Hard Place, where his team works to restor
Katia Rose
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love by Design was such a fun, unique, and heartfelt read! Katy has done it again with this one, and I couldn't recommend it more! I loved diving into the world of these characters and learning more about what goes on behind the scenes in the lives of home designers, builders, and renovators. Seeing the passion Grayson and Annika both had for what they did and how it shaped their view of the world, and ultimately drew them to each other, was a real highlight of the story for me. Of course, these ...more
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sensational! Katy knocks the brakes this baby, spinning all the shenanigans and mayhem, with such acumen, immense passion and unique insight, welding this sparkling jewel together sleek, shiny and tight. A tumultuous wild ride chocked-full of unexpected circumstances and thrilling mishaps, blasts those swirling emotions into play, booting this glittering jewel into a roaring tempest, catapulting it into a tailspin with a mind-blowing culmination. Twined, combined
Michelle Settle
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
My first time reading this author, and what a thoroughly enjoyable diversion! Great book to curl up and enjoy while the world is taking a timeout for social distancing. A talented designer and an emerging home restoration TV star share a past and few misunderstandings! Annika and Grayson must find a way to work together and overcome their history as she tries to rebuild her life post-divorce and public humiliation and he needs a successful show to be able to help his family. Wonderful story with ...more
Amy M. (Amy Loves Reading Blog)
In this series I haven’t been disappointed yet and while reading this one I couldn’t help but be blown away. Not only do you get the excitement of those butterfly feelings about a new couple but oh goodness do you get DRAMA!!

Throughout this book you feel all the emotions Annika feels and it kind of knocks you on your butt but when Grayson comes into the picture you can’t help but hold onto hope. Annika seems to struggle and I can completely understand why but seeing Grayson struggle had me compl
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Misunderstandings, if they aren't cleared up, can lead to some unnecessary grief - and some decisions you might never have made.

Gray and Annika met on a design show six years ago, they hit it off and, through flashbacks, seemed like they had explosive chemistry together. They went so far as to sleep together, one night, only once, and when Annika woke in the morning, she was alone - and hurt. Little did she know, Gray had a good excuse, but she wouldn't learn of that until some years later, whe
Charlotte Lynn
Apr 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
425 Madison is the perfect place to fall in love. Katy Ames has written a perfect love story for Annika and Grayson. They met, they hooked up, and then they lost touch due to a miscommunication. A few years later they meet again and the heat they felt initially has not been put out. The sparks, the heat, the attraction is still there and stronger than ever.

I did feel that this book moved a little slower than some of the other in the series and that I knew exactly where Grayson and Annika would
Apr 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Simple and tender
Good simple romance, well written and rather sweet which gives a new chance to a couple who was separated on a misunderstanding 6 years ago. Their story has a background of TV show which brings some twists and turns, but the whole remains cute and tender . There is a lot of going back with the past at the beginning, and it tends to annoy me.
Annika finds Grayson: they both think that one had ghosted the other 6 years ago and after that, Annika married then divorcedfrom her hus
N.D. Jackson
Apr 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Love By Design is another romance in the 425 Madison Ave., but you don't need to read all the other books to know what's going on with Nika and Grayson. And there is a lot going on.

These two have a past that would be best left there but this is the world of romance and they can't, and we all get to go along for the ride. And it was, for the most part, a fun ride. I didn't really care for the constant flashbacks. It's not my favorite form of storytelling because it takes me out of the current sto
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Based around a home reno show, Grayson is the host and pulls strings to get his long lost love interest to co-host the show with him. As with all long list loves, they are usually lost for a reason, and this is the first order of business both wish to get sorted. This book in the 425 Madison Avenue series by Katy Ames was fantastic. The chemistry between Grayson and Annika was off the page. And once they started to sort through their history, that chemistry became explosive. I loved the addition ...more
Teshia Elborne
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Based around a home reno show, Grayson is the host and pulls strings to get his long lost love interest to co-host the show with him. As with all long list loves, they are usually lost for a reason, and this is the first order of business both wish to get sorted. This book in the 425 Madison Avenue series by Katy Ames was fantastic. The chemistry between Grayson and Annika was off the page. And once they started to sort through their history, that chemistry became explosive. I loved the addition ...more
Jennifer Pierson
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I LOVE me some 425 Madison series, but as much as it pains me to say this, Love by Design was a bit slower for me to be honest. That doesn't mean that I disliked it, just means that it took some time before I really got into it. This is the story of Annika & Grayson, who I really didn't imprint on. She's been through some things which messed with her in some ways, and made me mad reading. Grayson also had some things happen to me, but really made me happy was they didn't totally lose their full ...more
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Annika and Grayson’s story is swoon and fire! An unputdownable read with a sweet HEA! I love that when we get introduced to these characters, it isn’t the first time they met. We get a glimpse into their history through their thoughts of the past. I love the setting this story is set in, and how Annika and Grayson are brought together and reconnect.

The chemistry between these two had me swiftly turning through the pages. I was rooting for them from their first moment together. Annika and Gray ar
Apr 05, 2020 rated it liked it
A bit disappointing

This was a quick read and is an okay story with a lot going on. I liked that it was told from dual POVs, but it was a bit disjointed with the back and forth in time, which usually is not a problem for me. There's palpable chemistry between Grayson and Annika and of course Annika's ex-husband is a major jerk, but his actions and especially his stunt at the end were kind of ridiculous and unrealistic.

I've read other books by this author and loved her eloquently-written Tropical
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Every book in this series can be read as a stand alone, but some characters from other books do pop up. This book is about Annika and Grayson and it touched lots of emotions. Once I started it, I did not want to put it down. I give a lot of kudos to Grayson for all his caring and patience and understanding where Annika is concerned. I loved his quirky family, too. Annika got put through the wringer by her exhusband and it takes her awhile to find her mojo again. I enjoyed the relationship dynami ...more
Cynthia L. Green
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great story and behind the scenes of a TV show Hesse and a Hard Place. Remolding old homes with a design team. Grayson has met Annika in years before he helps to hire her for his new TV show. Annika was on a TV show years before but caught her ex husband cheating with a co worker on back stage and cause a scene on TV and was let go. Annika went into hiding until this show came up. She meets Gray as she called him and they start up slow at first because she is causes of another guy. Love this sto ...more
Merry Jelks-Emmanuel
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Annika has come a long way from the heart ache and betrayal of her ex husband. She is finally getting her life back in order along with her career which leads her back to Grayson a man she had a one night stand with that she thought was going to be so much more. As these two reconnect he sheds light on what happened all those years ago and has them rekindling the past. As they bond it looks like her ex has some more surprises up his sleeve. Will his antics break up Annika and Grayson? This story ...more
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was another solid offering from this series! Annika was a designer and host of a TV show. She finds out that her husband was having an affair on air and had quite the meltdown. Grayson is host of a new design show and Annika is working with him. Annika knows this is her second chance at a career in design and can't let anything or anyone in her way. Grayson had his work cut out for him to win her over. It was such a pleasure to read!

Thank you for the privilege of reading this book! Well do
Astrid Rudloff
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I voluntarily review an ARC.
This is the sixteenth book of the 425 Madison series. The books are standalones, but I suggest to read them all and in order.
This story is a sweet romance of two people who hurt each other deeply in the past by a misunderstanding. It's really nice how they clear up the air and don't beat around the bush once they meet again.
I liked the characters and the writing style.
But I missed other characters of the series and a connection to 425 Madison Avenue, a place many read
Christine C
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was just the kind of book I needed right now. Easy, fun read light on the drama and angst. Annika is recovering from a personal and professional disaster. Grayson is trying to keep his family afloat. Together they make a fabulous team, and the chemistry between them is fire.

This book is a wonderful little getaway from the real-life drama going on, and a fun behind-the-scenes look at the design and renovation shows we love to watch. Definitely get this second chance, one-that-got-away love s
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: have-read-2020
Having a second chance at love doesn't happen everyday, so when Annika and Grayson meet after a one night stand that occured six years ago, you wonder what will happen as the story unfolds. The book is told in flashbacks as well as in present day by both characters. This way, you get the full feel of what happened when they first met and the years following.

I liked the premise of LOVE BY DESIGN, a home design television show, since watching home makeovers on television is one of my favorites.

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