Title: What it Takes (Rocky Creek Series, #1)
Author: Kathryn Ascher
Genre: NA / Romance / Suspense
Publisher: BQB Publishing
Release Date: May 27, 2014
After graduating college, Kelsey Morgan left her small-town Virginia roots to make it in L.A. After years slogging in commercials and music videos, her movie career is finally taking off. But she’s still miles behind her current costar, and Hollywood playboy, Patrick Lyons. Kelsey does everything she can to avoid Patrick off-set, hoping to not become fodder for the supermarket tabloids that scour the streets for Patrick, trying to get an exclusive look at him and his alleged woman of the week. Kelsy has successfully kept Patrick at a distance, and her reputation intact, until her drunkard brother-in-law Richard threatens to ruin everything by selling her darkest secret to the highest bidder. Now the victim of blackmail, Kelsey has nowhere else to turn but to Patrick’s arms. But, can he be trusted? Or will the past destroy them all before she can find out if he’s the hero she needs?
My ****4 Star**** Review
Kelsey Morgan waited a whole year to be intimate with Tim and he waited for her. But, apparantly that doesn’t always mean anything. Tim bolts for the door when she reveals she’s pregnant.
The story then jumps ahead about 6 years. Kelsey’s now an actress paired up with Patrick Lyons, playboy extraordinaire. Kelsey will have none of it, though. As a matter of fact, she’s down right rude when it comes to her manners dealing with Patrick. Patrick slowly starts breaking through, however, revealing he has more than just a one-night stand in mind.
When the movie’s done, he chases her home where he meets her sister Janelle and five year old Zach. Kelsey had allowed Janelle and her husband Richard to adopt Zach. However, things didn’t turn out so well after Richard started drinking and leaving marks on Janelle. So, Janelle and Zach are living at Kelsey’s. Richard is not at all happy. Plus Kelsey and Janelle’s mother isn’t pleased with them in the least. A woman should have to tolerate and love her husband regardless.
Things turn really ugly with Richard, and Kelsey struggles with whether to trust Patrick.
The romance sucked me in and the whole Richard debacle really added some tension. The villians in this book are really done up well.
Negatives? The only thing that really bugged me was the ending. I had hoped for better closure between Kelsey and Zach.
Who would I recommend this to? I you’re a fan of romance and suspense, this has both! You’ll experience some violent scenes and some steamy sex scenes. Would I read another Kathryn Ascher novel? Absolutely! This is a great debut!
Warnings: violence, strong language, sex scenes
*I received a copy via NetGalley and BQB Publishing in exchange for an honest review.*
About the Author ~ Kathryn Ascher
Born and raised in Virginia, Kathryn Ascher tried her hand at poetry and fiction in high school, but put it all aside when she went to college. After graduating from Virginia Tech with her degree in communications, she married her college sweetheart and went to work for a local radio station. After her first child was born, she became a stay-at-home mom and began spending her free time crafting and reading.
It wasn’t until after the birth of her third child and a blind book exchange that Kathryn decided to give writing another try. When she picked up her first romance novel, she immediately knew that was the genre for her. She was drawn to the strong lead characters and the quirky secondary characters, the settings, the humor, and most importantly the feelings of falling in love for the first time. She hopes that her readers enjoy these aspects in her writings as well.
Kathryn recently moved from Roanoke, Virginia to Land O’ Lakes, Florida with her husband and three children.