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Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite
Kissing Katie by Babette James is the story of recently widowed Kate Vanburen and burned out lawyer Matt Powell. Katie spent summers at the shore with her parents, and Matt with his grandparents. They were best friends until Matt’s parents divorced and he just stopped visiting. Now, many years later, Matt is taking a break to weigh his future. Katie is living at the vacation home year round when their paths cross again. Although many years have passed and tons of life experiences have shaped them, Matt and Katie slip easily into their old friendship, but with the added development of attraction. Babette James created the perfect conflict for this short read. Matt’s stay is only temporary and Katie is wary of starting anything with him, but with the growing feelings they both must decide whether they have a few steamy kisses or the real thing.
I loved the way Babette James described the shore; it just pulled you right into the story so you could feel the sand between your toes and the wind against your face as the merry-go-round whipped in circles. Watching Matt and Katie renew their friendship made Kissing Katie such an interesting story and made them such compelling characters. The feelings they couldn’t identify as children were still there, and watching them fight to define those feelings and deny them was an honor. Their past looms heavily in their present and Babette James turned those scenes into something deep and emotional. I loved Katie and Matt as people and as a couple. Between the beach setting and the old friends reunited angle, this was a fun yet emotional ride.