Review: The Thing About Love by Kim Karr

Posted January 10, 2018 by Mallory in Reviews / 2 Comments

Review:  The Thing About Love by Kim KarrThe Thing about Love by Kim Karr
Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on January 2nd 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
Pages: 326
Source: Personal Copy

The whole stethoscope-and-white coat thing isn't my cup of tea. I prefer a man with an artistic vein in his body. 9 - 5 hours. And I can definitely do without the half-lidded, sleepy bedroom eyes. (Okay, so those are kind of sexy.)

Tall, dark, and handsome doesn't change the fact that he's arrogant, cocky, and rude. Not that I care, but he's made it clear he wants nothing to do with a quirky girl like me, which is why he said no.

Turns out no isn't an option. I have a quickie wedding to plan, and Dr. Jake Kissinger doesn't have a choice. He looks at our situation like he's stuck with me, but in reality, I'm stuck with him. Stuck with his pouty mouth. His long, lean body. And stuck with those loose, low riding scrub pants. (Okay, so the doctor thing is growing on me.)

When spending time together turns into more than it should, I know I'm in trouble. He isn't supposed to make my heart pound. I'm not supposed to make him look twice. And we aren't supposed to spend the night together. (Okay, so he has more than one artistic vein in his body, and other places.)

Falling for him is definitely a mistake. Here's the thing... Jake is unavailable, and I know it. Just not in the way you might think. I guess you can't have your cake and eat it too.

Also by this author: No Pants Required

I’ve read Kim Karr books that ranged from okay to good, but The Thing About Love is the showstopper by which I’ll compare all the others. I laughed, I cried, and I reflected.  Mark my words, this will be one of my Top 10 Books of 2018!  

Here’s the rundown:

  • Juliette Easton recently inherited her uncle’s wedding business and has been hired to plan he Georgian wedding of the century.  Except the bride is at college, the wedding is in five weeks, and she only has days before the business goes belly-up.  The Bride’s brother is volun-told to help her, except well… Juliette drives him crazy.
  • Dr. Jake Kissinger wants to fulfill his grandmother’s wish of Jake’s sister getting married. True Romance fashion, Jake is unbelievably good looking and straight-laced but has an undeniable attraction to Juliette.  Even though she may or may not have shoved cake in his face when they first met. (Yes- there is a serious enemy to lovers vibe in the beginning)

This book was just exceptionally sweet, romantic, and heartfelt.  It hit a sensitive spot and what started out as witty romantic comedy snowballed into an emotional story about leaving a past behind and finding your way.   

I was worried The Thing About Love would veer into the cliched territory. I mean, Juliette is a wedding planner who can’t find love – but everything was very well delivered.  Kim Karr dotted the book with beautiful Georgian plantations, lots of puppies, and wonderful banter.  The “steam” got a slow start with the enemies-to-lovers beginning, but wow was it good when it finally picked up.

The Thing About Love relies on fighting that insta-lust feeling, so those not digging the trope may want to stay clear.  The only drawback I have is Jake was a little too wrapped up in himself.  It was his way or the highway. and the usually confident Juliette let herself get pushed to the wayside. But that’s one of the reasons this book worked – it just demonstrated how much they needed to find someone to hang onto despite not looking for love.

Most of us realize as we walk into a Romance that we’re steering towards a happily ever after.  The best books are ones that suspend that assumption for just a moment, and I think I found it with The Thing About Love.  I got lost more than once in the events and plot twists. I could see some saying the major plot twist was a little over-the-top. However, I thought it was well done and moved the book from light, fluffy, and funny RomCom to something much more meaningful.


2 responses to “Review: The Thing About Love by Kim Karr

    • Mallory

      I feel like 5-10 years ago when I first started getting into Romance I was reading about wedding planners EVERYWHERE 🙂 Must have been some sort of strange early 2000’s trend? 😉

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