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What I'm Looking For

(Boston Classics #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  148 ratings  ·  76 reviews
Recipe for a Boston Classic Cocktail: one part finance geek, one part starving actor, two shots of stubborn and a healthy squeeze of passion. Shake well and serve in a vintage glass.
When Kate Bishop walks into Boston’s famous Bull and Finch pub, all she’s looking for is one guy from her investment firm that she can trust to have her back—a tall order. With a salesman at
Kindle Edition, 286 pages
Published June 23rd 2020 by Home Cooked Books
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Kate Bishop is an analyst for a Boston investment banking firm. It’s the 1980s so she’s that rare female in a field dominated by ill-behaving men. But Kate’s really smart, socially awkward and needing more practice relating to the people she’s analyzing. One evening following work, she joins her colleagues for drinks and gets some much needed advice from the enterprising bartender, Will Talbot. Will is a struggling theater actor and is working part time to support himself. He’s quite taken with ...more
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
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I liked this book quite a lot. When I found out about this book, I just couldn't resist the chance to read it. A romance set in the '80s really appealed to me on a lot of different levels. I really grew up in the '80s so I was pretty eager to catch a glimpse of some of the things I remember from that era. I ended up having a very nice time with the story and am really happy that I stumbled upon this story.

Kate and Will were both grea
Karen Grey
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Well, I wrote it so I think it's the best book it can be! Hope you'll enjoy it, too :) ...more
9/27/2020: Updated for Audiobook

This is my first book by Karen Grey and I’m hooked. A fabulous mix of endearing and realistic characters, humor, a little bit of guarded hearts, and if I’m being honest I did tear up at one point. Grey brings the reader completely into 1987 in a way that the time period almost becomes a secondary character while not overwhelming the cast or story in any way. I do admit to spending quite a bit of time Googling pics of JFK Jr. who is Will’s look-a-like. Or vice ver
This book was so much fun, taking us back to the 80's we meet the very awkward Kate Bishop, she is a financial analyst working in an all male office. She tries her best to fit in and be one-of-the-boys, but she mostly fails miserably.

She is brilliant at her job, but she has problems with speaking in front of people, and has trouble with social cues.

While trying to impress her work colleagues, she agrees to go to a social gathering at the local bar, this is where she meets Will, an actor/bartende
Live, Laugh, Love
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This story was bodacious! Totally Tubular! I loved falling back in time. Bravo Karen! Thank You for writing it.
Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I grew up in the 80’s an so I am glad that Karen Grey decided to make a romance series based in the 80’s as it was rather nostalgic. Just look at that cover, phones with cords!! 😉

Kate is a bit of a numbers nerd and works for a finance firm and wants to climb up the ladder but she has a hard time speaking in front of people. She is good with all the stats and numbers behind the scene just not talking to clients. Will is a theater actor who is also a part time bartender with a grudge against peopl
Stefan Eveline
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 4-stars-2020
I received this ebook for an honest review from the author. Thank you!

What I’m Looking For is the first book in the series Boston Classics by Karen Grey. This is the first book that I read by Karen Gray and I enjoyed it. What I’m Looking For is the story of Kate and Will, two nerds.

Kate is nerd finance and she works in man’s world. After a bad relationship, she now focuses on her career and her goals. She doesn’t want a relationship but when she meets a Will for the first time, she was attracted
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was a great surprise! I fully enjoyed all the 80s references and Shakespeare! Kate is a super successful woman working in Finance and Will is a starving actors. They are both a bit nerdy and uncomfortable in their own skin. However they have instant chemistry when they meet. This was just a great feel good story! Joe Arden brought so much life to Will’s character and hit a home run ;especially in chapter 26! Karen White’s performance was amazing as well. These narrators fully immersed ...more
Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, comedy
“’This is very midsummer madness,’” he says.

What I’m Looking For by Karen Grey is an engaging, romantic, vintage comedy set in Boston in the 1980’s. It includes a profusion of cultural ‘Easter Egg’ references for reminiscing enjoyment.

It’s the first full-length book authored by Karen Grey, a moniker for Karen White. She opted to use a moniker to avoid confusion with another author by the same name. Karen is one of my favorite audio book narrators. So much so that I have discovered numerous new
Laurie Janus
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very entertaining!
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
As many of you know, I'm not a huge romance reader, but since I know the author personally I thought I'd give her first in a new series a try; and, of course, I just had to read it with my ears. Set in Boston in the 1980s, the story introduces us to Will, a Shakespeare actor who holds his ambitions in check, and Kate, a financial analyst who is trying to find her place in man's world. I enjoyed the period details and the believable struggles of Kate in the workplace (balancing fitting in with th ...more
AJ's book-reMarks
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
What I'm looking for is my first encounter with Karen Grey's work. This story is about Kate Bishop who is an awkward financial analyst working in an all-male industry trying to fit in and get along with the others. While learning the sales part of the job, she understands that she has issues with public speaking and social cues.

Will Talbot, Shakespeare-quoting bartender makes a new old fashion without alcohol and saves the day for Kate with her meeting of colleagues at the local pub. Will is a
Anne - Books of My Heart
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Review copy was received from Author. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

What I'm Looking For is a unique sort of romance, not quite contemporary and not historical, set in the 1980s.  I was actually about the age of the characters during this time period. The chapters all begin with an answering machine message. I don't remember using that at all.  I had messages from secretaries at work and by the mid
SA Krishnan
Oct 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Nice romance

I felt it all for the characters. A little sympathy, some happiness, and they felt real. Boston and the references and overall the story was cute. Liked it.
A.J. Pine
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a lovely debut from one of my favorite audiobook narrators! I loved the 80s nostalgia, the answering machine message lead-ins to each chapter, and be still my Shakespeare loving heart--a theatre actor hero (named Will) who quotes from the bard! The audio is fantastic. I've always loved Karen White's narration, but how have I missed out on Joe Arden??? His performance--especially in a pretty emotional scene toward the end--was off the charts. Welcome to the top of my list, Mr. Arden. You and ...more
Jun 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Advance Listening Copy provided by Karen Grey and Blackstone Audio in exchange for my honest review.
Kate and Will meet one night on opposite sides of a Boston bar. He makes her a drink and the rest is history. Or is it? The two are equally passionate about their careers. His is acting and hers is finance. They hit it off almost from the start so what could go wrong? I loved these two imperfect people. They were perfect for each other but could it be they met at the wrong time?

I loved listening t
Lynn Reynolds
Rating: 4.5 Stars

This story had me laughing quite a bit. Will Talbot's roommates almost had me laughing out loud and I didn't care where I was or who might be listening - want inspiration, think PBS cooking series The Food Flirts. There was a time or two when I would start talking to Kate Bishop. Sad thing is that I got the impression that she wasn't listening to me. Will was a generous man - I'm not talking about money.

Both narrators kept me well entertained. They made it very easy to tune eve
Jun 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I had to admit I bought this audiobook for 3 reasons, the cover, the 80s and yes, Joe Arden. What I love the most is how it truly are back in time, page by page, set in the 1980s and I dig the Shakespeare lines! You see, you are truly back when it’s all about cord phones and truly spending time together. No texting, no tweets, no instagram, no facebook....barely social media. Just people working things out without internet, the down and gritty cute-met kind of way. You will be in a journey ...more
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a delight. It is a well crafted romance set in the 1980s between two characters who seem to exist in separate worlds yet cant deny their attraction to each other.

Will is an actor/bartender who can conjure up Shakespeare quotes for any occasion. Kate is a financial analyst who is trying to find her way in the corporate world while facing sexism at every turn.

The 80s references are placed seamlessly throughout the story. I particularly enjoyed the use of answering machine messages
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is my first of Karen White's stories and it will not be my last! She is a brilliant writer that can bring on all the emotions. It brought on plenty of laughter to keep me smiling.
Kate was a beautiful young woman that came from a family with money. Her work with finances were nothing short of amazing , but she had a bad experience with her ex-boyfriend. Will was what we would call a starving actor. He worked in a bar to make ends meet. Then when they met, sparks began to fly in more ways tha
Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story was a lot of fun. Taking place in the 80's she really used it to her advantage in many ways. We are so used to getting in touch immediately with texts and phone calls now, we forget there used to be more effort. The use of the answering machine was like a character on it's own. Reminding us of pagers and payphones - oh my the effort! But it was very effective for the story telling here.
I LOVE all of the 80's references that are thrown in. Growing up then, it was like finding hidden Ea
Anne Pak
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfect summer read. Smart, sexy, funny. Loved the 80's time period and the Boston setting. I'm ready for a visit to Walden Pond! ...more
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
This was such a great story. I love the 80's time frame (hello, childhood memories!!) and the relationship between Will and Kate is so sweet and supportive as they each try to deal with their own issues and hang ups and worries. The Shakespeare quotes and references are a lot of fun for me and Will's breakthrough in Chapter 26 is so heart wrenching, but so satisfying that he's finally figured it out - both for his professional life and his personal one. ...more
Nikki Swope, nixreadsromace
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love stepping outside of my reading comfort zone and this book is definitely that. I say it’s stepping outside my comfort zone because although it is not really a historical romance it is one that is set in 1987, which would have made me 2. I really enjoyed this book though as all the characters, including the side characters were really fun and real.

This really is an opposites attract love story with Kate being an uptight finance analyst and Will is a wannabe actor who bartends to pay the bi
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story! She's an ambitious but somewhat shy financial analyst. He's a charismatic, Shakespeare quoting stage actor/bartender. Seems like an unlikely match but as happens in both books and in real life, they had a spark.

Set in the 80s I absolutely loved all of the popular culture references that brought me back to those days. There were also some references to the environment of sexual harassment that was so common and treated as acceptable at that time. Despite that, this story is m
Betty Loves Love
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio
Have you ever bought a book because you love the narrator? Well I just did. Joe Arden is arguably one of the best narrator's on the scene, but his performance in this book is next level greatness. First, this book was super good and entertaining. I felt like I was in a time warp and I loved it. The two MC's were fantastic and the writing was great. I am now a new fan of this author and will be reading, or listening, to more of her books. Now the narration was amazing. There is a scene in this bo ...more
Kathryn Barry
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ah, the 80's...pagers, answering machines and waiting days for a call, oh my!

Terrific book that brought me back to a very different time in comparison to today. It was also different from what is seen in many books with everyone jumping into bed right away. There is character and relationship development in the book. It's kind of how it was way to instantly connect or respond.

The sexism references were spot on! Sadly I experienced it first hand, and loved how she was confident enough
The Rogue Book Reviews
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I was provided an advance reader copy by the author in exchange for my unbiased review and opinions.

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 out of 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

I am sitting here writing this review and trying to do justice to the fantastic reading experience I've had with this book. Can we even call a book set in the 80's historical? I rather not contemplate that 1980 was FORTY YEARS AGO.

Although this book is a romance, I am happy to share that readers that usually do not read romance will appreciate this book too. It has
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Karen Grey/Karen White is among a trend of narrator's switching hats to writing and it is a success! This book is funny while also tugging at your heartstrings. Karen's narration is great as usual, but it's Joe Arden's emotional performance that may surprise audiobook listeners. It's gutwrenching and beautiful that will have listeners hitting the bookmark button. ...more
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KAREN GREY is the pen name for Karen White (assumed not to hide her identity, but because her actual name is already connected with a well-known fiction author). A theatre actor in Boston in the eighties and early nineties, she started working as an audiobook narrator in 1999 after moving to Los Angeles. Having returned her home state of North Carolina, she shares a home with her family and probab ...more

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