Review: Ache For You by J.T. Geissinger

Posted November 7, 2018 by Lorna in Reviews / 18 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Ache For You by J.T. Geissinger
Ache For You

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Series: Slow Burn #3
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Montlake Romance
Released on November 6, 2018
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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The Delight

A sort of Cinderella fairy tale spin off happens when Kimber meets Matteo in Florence Italy and sparks fly between the two. It’s not that simple though, and really is it ever? Geissinger pulled me into the story as usual and didn’t let go.

Review

When clothes designer Kimber’s father dies, she has to relocate to Italy from California temporarily. He lived and died there so that’s where her family home is and now unfortunately, the home comes with a new step-mother-one she only recently found out about. There’s also her father’s exclusive, but floundering design shop to take care of and she’s not the only one that wants the shop after her father’s death. Matteo is rich, handsome and a icon of the fashion world. He is also connected to her family, something else that Kimber didn’t know. She does know that she is not giving up her father’s design shop to just anyone. On Matteo’s part, well, he fell for her at pretty much first sight.

I had some problems with both main characters at times. I actually liked them, but both of them were flawed-which isn’t a bad thing. I really hate cookie cutter characters. Kimber is getting over a major heartache, but pretty much was on board with a new relationship, although she fought it fiercely. She was suitably upset as well over her breakup so it was kind of different to see how attracted she was to Matteo-secretly. Of course, with the description of Matteo, I guess most woman would be attracted! It did make for a slow burn romance of sorts-if you discount her immediate attraction. Matteo was pretty arrogant at times and that irritated me, but I did eventually like him. And the best part about him? He was not a womanizer-something the reader knows long before Kimber, so hopefully not a spoiler. That was refreshing. Another character, Jenner, is Kimber’s gay best friend and also the reason for a lot of the humor. I really enjoyed the scenes he was involved in. The guy who dumped her, Brad, also was in the story and he was suitably annoying.

I have been a fan of Geissinger from the beginning of her writing career-or close enough. She’s easily one of my favorite authors. I  recommend this book and all of her books to all adult contemporary romance readers. Adult due some steaminess. As is her usual, she does not use sex scenes to take the place of story. Quite the opposite as all her stories are well written with just the right amount of angst(and not in a bad way), humor, banter and sexy times. Not to mention Italy for a setting!

This was the third in the authors Slow Burn series. I recommend starting with book one, Burn For You, but it’s not absolutely necessary as they can all standalone. I must admit the second book, Melt For You, is still my favorite of the series and actually one of my favorites of all her contemporary romances. This is one series that shouldn’t be missed!

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I’m a lifetime book addict and currently own nine Kindles, with only six still working. I do tend to wear them out! They pretty much are my favorite technology-well that and my cell phone. Okay, yes and my laptop. I spent most of my life in Kentucky, but moved to Maryland in my attempt to get closer to the the ocean a few years ago. Being retired helps. I have a B.S. degree in law enforcement with a minor in sociology, but never really worked in my major. Instead, I spent my entire adult life working in the medical field in some capacity. After retiring(early), I found my passion in reviewing books for a couple of blogs and I love it. My author favorites include, Dannika Dark, Amber Lynn Natusch, J.T. Geissinger, Colleen Hoover, Samantha Towle, K.A. Tucker, Karina Halle, Sarina Bowen, J.R. Ward, Mariana Zapata, Dianne Duvall, and I could go on and on. I read many different genre’s, but still like a romantic element in most, if not all of them.

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Debbie Haupt
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Debbie Haupt

sweet, sounds good Lorna and she is a new to me author!

Lorna
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Lorna

It was good! All of these are standalone books. So different from each other, but I enjoyed all of them.

Shari
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I have read two of her books. The first one started off very strong, but I think the authors father passed away as she was writing it. You can tell something happened because the story took a hard turn and became something that really scared me. The writing style went grittier and harder than the more light hearted fun beginning. I tried the second book in the series right after that and while better, it still didn’t make me want to continue. I guess I should try one of her other series.

Lorna
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Lorna

All three of these are pretty lighthearted and not dark. Especially Melt for You. I laughed so much in that book.

Melliane
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I see this one a lot around. I only tried her PNR books but I would be curious to try her romances too

Lorna
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Lorna

I loved her paranormal books and they were favorites of mine. So good. But I do love her paranormal books as well.

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
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Looks like i need to grab book one Slow Burn for when the romance bug hits me again.

Lorna
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Lorna

It’s a good book and I think you would probably like it Kimberly.

Carole rae
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😀 I’m glad you liked it! This does make me curious about the first one. I keep hearing about this series.

Lorna
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Lorna

I think it’s a really good series and they are all standalone so it doesn’t matter where you start.

Northwoman
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This is also one of my favorite authors. I didn’t like this one quite as much as you as I felt some parts were unrealistic. But it’s fiction so… I’m happy you enjoyed it too. Anne – Books of My Heart

Lorna
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Lorna

Oh, I’m glad you like her too. Book two was my favorite so far of this series.

Sophia Rose
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Ooh, the fashion industry and Italy. Glad she writes these without too much angst.

Lorna
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Lorna

Yeah, if I flew(I don’t)Italy would be my bucket list. And since I had my genealogy done, I really would love to visit England and Ireland. And Scotland!

Lover Of Romance
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I had a fun time with the first book but I can’t wait to get with this one. I just have really enjoyed this author’s writing style even if she did cookie cutter characters. If its written well it will work for me hehe

Lovely review darling and hope you are enjoying Fall!!

Lorna
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Lorna

Thank you and I love Fall! Have you read Melt For You? The second in the series? It’s so much fun and laugh out loud at times. One of my favorites by her. Burn For You is good too though.

herding cats
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I enjoy her, too. I have this one on my list for December 🙂 Glad it was good over all despite some blips.

Lorna
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Lorna

Wow. Sorry I just saw this. She’s one of my favorite authors. Glad you enjoy her too!