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New Year's Renovations (Starlight Bay, #1)

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Harper:
My year is off to a terrible start. Fired from my job and dumped by my boss-boyfriend at the same time (lesson learned the hard way, don’t even start), I’m forced to adopt the ‘New Year, New You’ mantra whether I want to or not. The only silver lining is a rundown old house my estranged aunt left to me in Starlight Bay, Massachusetts.

That is, until I run head-on—lit
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Kindle Edition, 80 pages
Published January 1st 2021
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The Book Lover
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was a fun a sexy novella! I read it in one sitting because I couldn't put it down! ...more
Amy [Book Addict Reviews]
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
New Year’s Renovation is a fun novella. Harper is newly single and found out she inherited an estate from an aunt she never met in a town she has never heard of. Jackson left his professional hockey career to move to Starlight Bay when his mom got sick, now he is running the family construction company with his brother.

Harper and Jackson had an instant connection and I loved it. He was hired to renovate the home she inherited and now they are working together. There were plenty of times I was l
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lowkeyreader
Dec 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
A fun and sweet novella. I really enjoyed Harper and Jackson's story. I enjoyed their banter and the push and pull between these two. Even though they feel the sparks between them, both are trying hard to resist it because of their past. They fall hard and fast and get their own HEA. This is the first book I’ve read by the author, and I’m looking forward to reading more from her. ...more
Michele McMullen
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Harper and Jackson are a great start to the Starlight Bay and Man of the Month Club series.
Harper is a TV personality that has just found herself newly single and yes jobless. She made the poor choice of dating her producer boss. Just when all seems lost an unexpected surprise leaves her the new owner of a run down Victorian home and in desperate need of a contractor. The handsome Jackson Montgomery is just the man I mean contractor she needs.
Jackson is a retired NHL player that is back to hel
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Ashley
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a great story! I read this in about an hour, so it's a fantastic afternoon cuddle read.

Harper and Jackson are just perfect for each other and they both want a lot of the same things. Harper is a big city TV anchor that just lost her job and inherited a family estate that she has to move to Starlight Bay to fix up. Jackson is the resident contractor and also a complete hottie with a heart and body to melt you in all the right places!

I really enjoyed the quick pace and comfort of this story.
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World Of Books 65
Dec 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: feel-good
Starlight Bay and the Man of the Month Club is set to be a really great sizzling hot new series if this first book in the series in anything to go by. I loved it!

This was a panty melting quick enjoyable read that had everything to start your New Year of just right.

Harper gets left a house in Starlight Bay, a place she had never heard of by an Aunt she never even knew she had; but it came just at the right time, dumped by her boyfriend and also her boss at Channel 5 news in which she was an ancho
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Trish- Late Knight Luna Reads
Dec 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Welcome to the Man of the Month Club! We hope you love book boyfriends because you can meet a new Starlight Bay hottie on the first of every month. The book boyfriend is Jackson Montgomery, former NHL player and now contractor in the small town of Starlight Bay. While at city hall, he meets Harper Fitzpatrick who is town to see a house her Aunt left her. The two have an instant connection and she hires him to reno her house.

This was a cute, short read. It had some laughs, heat and heart. I’m lo
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Vera Blaz
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, wildfire-arc, 2021
This was a quick and fun read! Harper doesn’t know what hit when she lost her job and her boyfriend. Replaced with a newer model. When she finds out she inherited a relative’s estate, maybe her karma is turning around. Because things start falling into place when she arrives in Starlight Bay. Meeting Jackson was icing on the cake!

This book was a great introduction to this series and a great way to start out the new year! I can’t wait to see how the series plays out and I looks forward to meetin
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Josella Lopez
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
LOVED THIS FUN READ!!!

Harper and Jackson are perfect for each other. Harper was let go of her news anchor job by her ex boyfriend producer. She inherits a rundown house and when she goes to city hall she runs into Jackson. They hit it off and plus he's a contractor so he does the renovations on the house. Of course things get complicated. Then of course things get straightened out and this book makes you end up smiling and waiting for the next Man of the Month club book. Can't wait!! Very fun re
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JudyAnnLovesBooks
Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
New Year’s Renovations is a quick and easy romance read. On the heels of a bad breakup Harper isn’t looking for love. What she needs is a job because her ex was also her boss. Not good. Jackson is also team single after catching his girlfriend and best friend doing the dirty. But how can you stay single when you meet someone that melts your butter? Harper and Jackson try hard to resist the pull that is between them but ultimately give into it. They fall hard and fast and get the happily ever aft ...more
Ashley Landrum
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Jackson and Harper’s story broke my heart kind of. These two went through a lot to get to where they were. It was sweet slow burn romance. I loved their chemistry and banter! They tried to deny the pull but sometimes it’s just to strong! Definitely a happy sweet little read! Can’t wait to read more!
Judy Ferrell
Apr 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Losing your job may not be all bad!

She lost her job in broadcasting but gained so much more! Kara Kendrick shows us that even when life knocks us down it will lift us back up and usually give us better than we had. Such a lovely way to spend a few hours on a rainy afternoon!!
Emily  T
Dec 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a quick and easy read. Jackson and Harper were a cute and fun couple to read. I love that the story was set against a home Reno, and my only complaint was that the story ended! Would love more of Jackson and Harper!
Nancy VanSpunky Reads
Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Harper is having a terrible time of it. She gets fired from her job. The good news? Her estranged Aunt has left her a house. It's creepy, but with renovations it could be amazing. What's amazing is this hot contractor she bumped into, Jackson. He's going to help her with the reno. And ladies, Jackson is the ideal man. He's hard-working, attractive, and kind. Harper isn't sure if she wants to start something and she hasn't been able to find another job. You'll have to read it to find out what hap ...more
Miss C
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-2020
Sometimes, life is just like a home renovation:
Out with the old, in with the new.
And that’s exactly the way Harper’s life is going, ending her year with a fizzle!
But then there’s the actual renovation project, which starts her New Year off with a bit of a sizzle, also known in Starlight Bay as Jackson Montgomery.
All bets are off in this well written short, sweet and steamy read.


This is the first Kara Kendrick book I’ve read, and I’m very much looking forward to reading more from her.

I recei
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Jocelyne
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was my first Kara Kendrick's book, and won't be my last. This a sweet romance, perfect for the New Year! Jackson and Harper are both great characters. Their journey to love is funny, sexy and romantic. Jackson is handsome and supportive. Harper is lovely and smart. They are perfect together. Looking forward for more books written by this author. ...more
Maggie Robinson
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
New Year’s Renovation was a quick and fun read to start the new year off with. Added bonus is that it kicks off a 12 book series set in Starlight Bay. Each month will be written by a different author.

Ms. Kendrick is a new author to me, but I greatly enjoyed her writing style.

New Year’s Renovation is the story of Harper Fitzpatrick, who used to be an on air personality for a news station in Boston until her boss/boyfriend breaks up with her while firing her. In the midst of Harper’s self pity a
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Kirstie Barr
Dec 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book ended way too soon.. I wish there was more! I can’t wait to meet the rest of the Starlight Bay series.

Hockey star turned carpenter/construction worker = yummy! 🤤 Harper & Jackson are a great couple to start this series off, they are hot & sweet together. Add in Jackson’s brother and Harper’s mom for a few pivotal moments too for more detail/background on each of their family life and it was a perfect read!

Read it all in a couple of hours, didn’t want to put it down, will definitely b
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Erica
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is a quick hit love story! It follows Harper - a broadcast journalist who has just lost her job and her boyfriend and who inherits a house from her great aunt. She heads to Starlight Bay and literally runs into Jackson - the super hot xNHL player turned contracter - and story goes from there. If you would like a quick pick me up feel good love story, check this one out!
Anna  M_82
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Harper and Jackson are HOT HOT HOT!! Harper is a city girl who inherits a house in the small town of Starlight Bay. Jackson is the contractor she hires to fix up the old home. There is instant chemistry but why future can they have when she’s just passing through and he’s a small town man at heart. This is a great read with wonderful characters and an HEA.
Jovette Bossé
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love Jackson and Harper together! Such a sweet and beautiful love story! I absolutly loved it!😍❤❤❤❤❤❤❤🥰
Trish (Beautiful Chaos Reviews)
What a sweet start to your new year? Pick up this novella from Kara Kendrick. New Year's Renovations has a handsome retired hockey pro hero who is now doing renovation work in his hometown. Harper, our heroine, is jobless and looking for a new start. With her deceased aunt leaving her a wonderful old house in need of much work Harper and Jackson meet and agree to renovate the home. From there, the story takes us on the journey of their romance and happily ever after. New Year's Renovations is a ...more
Non Pixiedust
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
If you have a crush on your favorite HGTV host, this is the book for you! A wintry small town setting, a quirky career woman, a hunky contractor, and a home in need of repairs. Throw in some spicy love scenes, and it’s home remodeling show fantasy perfection! Kara Kendrick uses her fun and quippy writing style to make this romp sure to help you on your way to that “read more books” New Years Resolution of your own!
Mariana
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was a very good and sweet novella. It tell us the story of Harper, who just broke up with her boyfriend and Jackson, whose wish is not to date any one in the new year.

They had one of the most short yet not less beautiful I've read, what I loved the most is that there weren't any kind of extra drama. It was a fun, sweet, amazing story to start this 2021 with.

I'm so glad I received an ARC, thank you. ✨
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Jennifer Pierson
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have to say that after reading New Year's Renovations, I'm super excited about this new Man of the Month Club series. So, Harper kicks all off with needing to getting away after a breakup really blows her life up which is how she found herself in Starlight Bay since she was left a rundown house that her estranged aunt leaves her. It also brings her the first man of the month, Jackson, into her sights as he's not only super sexy, but also the best contractor in town & she just so happens to leg ...more
Karen
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is a quick insta-love story. Harper is making some changes after losing her job and boyfriend in one shot. Jackson is a former NHL player who is coming off a rough year and nasty break up. Neither is looking for a relationship, just trying to start the new year off clean. Harper finds herself needing to renovate a old house she fell into, and Jackson just happens to be a contractor. One thing leads to another, and bam, new life, new jobs and new love. This is a short and sweet story with a ...more
Rachel (ReadingForAMoment)
Harper lost her job and her boyfriend in one fell swoop right before Christmas. She's surprised to learn she has inherited a house from her great-aunt, and decides it's the perfect time go check out the house, along with the town of Starlight Bay. Jackson is an ex-NHL star-turned local carpenter and has sworn off women for his New Year's Resolution (famous last words, am I right?). Jackson and Harper literally collide at City Hall, and before they know it Jackson is the general contractor on Har ...more
Donna Feibusch
Sep 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Awesome Book!!!

I loved reading New Year’s Renovations: Man of the Month Club - January (Starlight Bay Book 1)!!! All about Harper Fitzpatrick a broadcast professional in her late-twenties & Jackson Montgomery who is 30 years old an ex hockey star who owns his family’s Construction company. So far New Year has not been to bad, because last year sucked for both main characters!!! Read about Harper & Jackson and the wild adventure of renovations!!! It’s definitely a page turner, with lots of laughs
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Barbara Van Zandt
Aug 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
Inheritance

She loses her job and boyfriend at once, he caught his gf with best friend. Her aunt left her her house and she moved there. He does remodeling and construction. They bump into each at court house and he give her his card. Then she the house and calls him it needs alot of work. They get to know one another ,he has a surprise for her and her ex boss/bf offers her job back. They both cooled off ( his brother springs the surprise on her) and talk. Things are fine now.
Bill Jakobsen
Mar 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What a good book

Enjoyed the courtship of Jackson and Harper. They both had issues with ex-partners and friends. So they had problems with relationships. Jackson started working on her aunt's house that she inherited, sparks flying. You'll have to read the book to see how it works out. GreAt book.
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