Then, Again

Then Again

Sometimes you have to lose it all to find what you really need.

Photographer Kay Turner is dealt a double whammy when she flies home for her grandmother’s funeral to find her boyfriend with another woman. Now with two losses to mourn, she retreats to her newly inherited beach house to clear her head.

Everything at the beach is familiar: the sounds of the ocean, the scent of her grandmother’s perfume—and the irresistible smile of James Margolis. The man Kay spent her adolescence pining for is every bit as charming as she remembers.

James always thought of Kay as “a nice kid”, but he feels something very different for the woman she’s become. Especially when he asks if she’d be willing to part with some of her grandmother’s recipes for his new restaurant—and they wind up sharing much more than culinary secrets.

But as their relationship deepens, Kay finds herself caught between the demands of her dream career as a travel photographer, and a chance for happiness with the one man she’s wanted for a lifetime.

Warning: This foodie romance contains sensual scone baking, a heroine who discovers one bad apple hasn’t spoiled her appetite, and a delicious hero you can’t help but crave. Blend well, serve hot.




5 candy


I absolutely loved this book! It was such an easy, quick read too! I sat down one night and before I knew it I was halfway done with it! Kay is the main character. She travels around the world for her job. She’s a photographer. She ends up cutting a 3 week shoot short and comes home to pack and go to her Grandmother’s funeral only to find that her boyfriend has been cheating on her. For a while it seems! So not only does she have the heart ache from losing her Grandmother, now she’s single and heartbroken. She heads back to her childhood home, her Grandmother’s house. It’s in a small town where every body knows everybody. She quickly realizes how much she’s missed it there. Especially when she meets James again. She has the HUGEST crush on him growing up. Though he’s six years older than her so she’s sure he didn’t notice Kay at all while she was growing up. But one things leads to another and all her wildest dreams seem to be coming true. She didn’t plan on staying too long in this small town. She was just going to stay for the summer, pack up her Grandmother’s house, repaint and decorate it and then sell it. She has a career she needs to get back to. James seems to be making her have second thoughts about that. Could she settle down with him? Start a family? Give up her career as a photographer? She thinks she could picture that (no pun intended). The chemistry between Kay and James is fabulous! And I love how witty they are between each other. This book had me laughing out loud and also hot and bothered during those particular scenes. *fans self*. I couldn’t put it down! I give it 5 stars and would definitely recommend it to all my friends! You have to read it and find out what Kay decides!


Karen Stivali is a prolific writer, compulsive baker and chocoholic with a penchant for books, movies and fictional British men. When she’s not writing, she can be found cooking extravagant meals and serving them to family and friends, who never seem to mind the excessive quantities she tends to prepare. She attributes her ability to multitask to the fact that she rarely sleeps, which gives her more hours every day. Prior to deciding to write full time Karen worked as a hand drawn animator, a clinical therapist, and held various food-related jobs ranging from waitress to specialty cake maker. Planning elaborate parties and fundraisers takes up what’s left of her time and sanity.

Karen has always been fascinated by the way people relate to one another so she favors books and movies that feature richly detailed characters and their relationships. In her own writing she likes to explore the dynamics between characters and has a tendency to craft romantic tales filled with sarcasm and sexy details. Although she writes in three genres (erotic romance, contemporary romance and women’s fiction) all of her stories are love stories with happily ever after endings.

Karen has published several erotic romance novels with Ellora’s Cave including two award winning stories: Always You (published September 2011, First Place Winner of the RWA Passionate Plume Award – 2012)and Marry Me (published June 2012, First Place Winner in the NEC-RWA Bean Pot Reader’s Choice Award – 2013).

Her works of women’s fiction, Meant To Be, and its sequel, Holding On, (published by Turquoise Morning Press in August and November 2012, respectively) both made multiple  Best of 2012 lists and are rated as true gems and recommended reads.

Karen’s latest release, Then, Again is a contemporary foodie romance published by Samhain Publishing.

To learn more about Karen  and all her upcoming books you can visit her website where she blogs original recipes, sassy commentary on The Bachelor, and tidbits about her journey in the writing world. Karen can also be found attempting witty banter on Twitter!/karenstivali






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