Friday, December 20, 2013

Review - Just Once by Julianna Keyes

Title: Just Once by Julianna Keyes
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Publication Date: October 29th, 2013 
Paperback/Hardcover: 268
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Find it at: Goodreads 

Kate Burke is done making bad decisions. Thirty years old and belatedly determined to grow up, the successful travel writer and one-time party girl returns to work at the remote Ponderosa Pines Ranch to reassess her life.
Although her kitchen/cabin staff is lacking and the workload never relents, Kate’s main challenge is Shane Maddox, the ruggedly handsome and doggedly stubborn ranch foreman. Instantly at odds, they battle over everything from ceiling fans to bothersome bats—studiously ignoring the sparks they generate with each confrontation.
They can’t explain their explosive physical chemistry, but after a few frustrated weeks they can’t deny it either. Their solution? Just once. They’ll get past their inconvenient lust and move on.
Kate’s been trying to think with her head instead of her hormones, but is this just another bad decision in a lifetime of careless choices? Has she really changed at all?
Set in the striking and serene hills of southern Colorado, Julianna Keyes’ debut novel offers a sizzling and satisfying tale of unexpected chemistry and the power of second chances. Her characters will get under your skin and into your heart. Just once may not be enough for you either.

I received this book from the author in exchange of an honest review.
Tired of making bad decision, travel writer Kate Burke decides to go back to the ranch where she once worked as a teenager to reorganize her life. Her plan seems to be going the way it should until she meets Shane, the ranch foreman. The attraction between them is immediately and they’ll both have to learn to deal with it despite the fact they don’t exactly want to.
Kate is the main character in the book and she’s definitely a good one. She’s strong and fun and I was able to understand her.
I really liked Shane as well. He may seem a little rough around the edges but he has a great sense of humor and is just great.
Shane and Kate agree to sleep with each other just once in order to get over their mutual attraction. Of course just once turned out to be much more than just once and I loved the fact Shane kept seeking Kate and ‘tricking’ her into going somewhere private with him.
The chemistry between Shane and Kate was great and made their relationship believable.
I also liked the secondary characters in this book and they definitely bring something to the story with their own dramas and adventures.
All in all, I really enjoyed Just Once and was glad I had the chance to read this book. The story is fun and well-written and I really liked the characters.
If you like a good contemporary romance you should definitely give this book a try!

Rating:   Worth Your Time (4 Stars)


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