Monday, July 13, 2020

Book Review: Start With Me by Kara Isaac

About the Book:

Lacey O’Connor is finally a sure thing for the promotion she’s spent ten years working for. But when a scandal rocks her firm she finds herself on a collision course with the one person she has spent five years trying to forget. Only to discover he doesn’t even remember her…

Victor Carlisle has spent the last three years trying to convince his family he’s no longer the playboy alcoholic who tore their life apart. When a company merger is announced with a US sister firm, he’s presented with the perfect opportunity to prove he’s changed. Only to find himself falling for his competition and the one woman his family will never accept.

As the competition intensifies the choice looms between the professional and the personal. Can they find a way beyond their past decisions and present aspirations to take a chance on the one thing they’re not looking for?

My Thoughts:

Start With Me by Kara Isaac gave me a book hangover. I absolutely loved the story and stayed up way too late reading it.  The novel snagged my attention at the beginning and I just had to see the characters’ journeys through to the end. With the lovely balance of romantic tension and character development, I couldn’t put it down.

Start With Me had so much heart. While there were a handful of laugh-out-loud moments, the novel tackled serious issues. Lacey deals with a dysfunctional family and personal issues. Victor has a history of poor choices, alcoholism, and much more. The author didn’t skimp on his mistakes or give him a magical pass where everything works out. Making Victor struggle with the natural consequences of his actions added authenticity to the novel. Start With Me also takes on gender equality in the workplace. It makes no apology for women in leadership roles, asks hard questions, and doesn’t give male insensitivity or ignorance a pass.

Start With Me by Kara Isaac integrates several characters from the author’s previous books, but still works as a stand-alone novel. Lacey and Victor’s backstory is supplied and I didn’t feel like I was missing anything in regards to them. However, I clearly was missing information in Lacey’s relationship with her cousin and girlfriends. Sounds like a good reason to go pick up Kara Isaac’s other novels! I recommend Start With Me by Kara Isaac to readers who enjoy contemporary romances with gritty situations and inspirational themes.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I was provided a copy of this book by the author or publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.

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