Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Trouble When You Walked In by Kieran Kramer

They sat in silence for at least three seconds, but she couldn't bear it. What if he was thinking about her? He probably was. She was the only other person there. What kind of thoughts was he thinking? Sexy ones? Scornful ones? Pitying ones?
"Are you thinking...anything right now? She asked him.

He took a healthy sip of champagne. "Yep."

"Like what? What's on your mind?"

"You dropping your robe and getting in the water while I close my eyes. You telling me when I can open them again."

"Oh." She could do that. She set her glass down. The champagne fizz was going to her head already. She pushed back her robe, felt the icy air on her breasts, tummy and back, and slid down into the welcoming heat of the water. 

"You are thinking about something," he said.

 "Why do you suppose that?"

"When you got into the water"--his voice took on a husky quality---"you forgot to tell me to close my eyes."
Five pages in and WOW I knew that I loved this book! Kieran Kramer pairs a shy librarian with a charming football coach in Trouble When You Walked In. Cissie Rogers has not gotten over her fourth grade crush on Boone Braddock. All of the woman in Kettle Knob fantasize about Boone. And why shouldn't they? He's handsome, charming, the high school football coach and the town's mayor. Boone stops by the library to tell Cissie that her library is going to close and merges with another library.

Cissie decides to fight town hall and together with her loyal patrons, friends and her Nana, holds a sit-in! Yes, a sit-in!  Loved these pages as they showcased Cissie's devoted and endearing  library  friends and the honest banter between Cissie and Boone. Cissie and Boone's chemistry sizzles off the pages! Their relationship changes direction when Cissie decides to run for mayor against Boone. Can their romance survive the election? National news interviews? Boone's disapproving parents?  

Ms. Kramer excels at creating a slice -of-life novel with characters that resonate with the reader and an emotional storyline that tugs at your heart. I enjoyed reading Cissie and Boone's love story as it unfolded during the novel. Both characters had to overcome their insecurities and take a leap of faith in the relationship. I loved both characters-- Kieran Kramer has the ability to create southern heroes who effortlessly charm their way into their heroines' and reader's hearts! Fingers  crossed  that the author writes another novel or two set in Kettle Knob!!

If you are looking for a smart, sexy contemporary novel with humorous dialogue and unique characters --pick up Trouble When You Walked In --it's fabulous!

Reviewed by Susan Gorman
ARC provided by author Kieran Kramer.
Video created by Kieran Kramer.


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    1. I hope you'll like it, Karen! Thanks for the kind words!!

  2. Great review, Sue! I like KK too.

    1. Thank you so much, Lisa! Every time I see the name of one of my loyal readers, I get all grateful and happy inside!!! Hugs!!!

  3. Great review, Sue! I like KK too.

  4. Thanks Ladies!
    I love this book....hero, heroine and Nana!

  5. Dear Susan, I'm thrilled you loved Cissie and Boone!! And I love that you called it a slice-of-life. My most important task as an author is to make my stories seem REAL and RELATABLE. I can't do that unless I'm really "feeling" them, getting deep into my imagination and living that story along with the characters. And I do love these two...Thanks for highlighting a book that is near and dear to my heart. Kettle Knob is based on my warm memories of Blowing Rock, NC. We lived about an hour away when our kids were small, and we'd go up there, look out over those mountains, and just breathe!!! It's a slice of heaven!! XOXO

  6. Terrific review, Susan. Kieran Kramer is definitely a Lady Celeste favorite.


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