Friday, August 23, 2013

Blog Tour: Stepping Up To Love by Katie O'Boyle

Contemporary Romance
Date Published: 8/7/2013
Soul Mate Publishing, Inc., NY

A lakeside porch in the Finger Lakes is the perfect spot for a quiet moment or a heart-to-heart with your special someone. Joel and Manda’s first heart-to-heart on the breakfast porch at the Manse Inn and Spa is anything but romantic. Joel the owner of the Manse is furious with his junior accountant for using one of the spa showers. If Manda didn’t have a desperate story and a spectacular body, Joel might not be feeding her breakfast and falling in love. Can Manda get sober, clean up her act, and open her heart to her rich, hunky boss?

My Review:
Age wise, this fits in the realm of the New Adult Genre, which I LOVE! 

There was a deep subject matter in this book and the way O'Boyle handled it was very well done. 

The lead female character was equal parts wounded and strong. Now Joel, Joel is completely Swoon-worthy. I loved the way he handled the situation and how he was her saving grace and protector. Their connection was believable and unfolded naturally.

Great Contemporary Romance. 


Once upon a time, Katie O’Boyle was a stellar student and closet substance abuser at a picture-perfect small college. She credits loving friends, 12-step spirituality, and plenty of hard work for her transformation into tech-savvy college professor and passionate author of warm-hearted romance. Fall in love with her characters on the lakeside porches of the beautiful Finger Lakes in upstate New York. Lakeside Porches, Book One: Stepping Up To Love (Joel and Manda’s story); Book Two: Coming Home to Love (Justin and Gianessa’s story).


  1. Bailey, I got happy chills reading your review of my book Stepping Up To Love! Thank you from the bottom of heart. You really got my characters :-)
    -- Katie O'Boyle

  2. Wonderful review. Book sounds amazing! Congrats!