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Release tour and review: Love by Design (425 Madison series #16), by Katy Ames

Release Tour for Love by Design by Katy Ames
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With her ugly past behind her, Annika is back to prove she’s still as brilliant as ever.
Grayson has the makings for ultimate success, as long as his new co-star is everything
they say she is. Annika stole his heart years ago and never looked back, but will the past
be able to stay in the past? Readers are going to love this reunited love romance from
Katy Ames. The 425 Madison series is back with season two and LOVE BY DESIGN is
now live!
 
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ANNIKA
Cheating husband. On-air meltdown. Public humiliation.
Lucky me, I’ve experienced them all. 
Oh, and the implosion of my career as an up-and-coming designer and renovation television
darling.
That was then.
Now, I’m in the TV studio, more determined than ever to prove to myself (and the few fans I have
left), that I’m back for good. Nothing from my past—no man, no mistake—is going to knock me
down again.
If only fate—and Grayson Hesse—had gotten the memo.
GRAYSON
Woodworker. Stone house restoration guru. And the new host of Hesse and a Hard Place
This is what I know: 
If this show’s a success, I’ll finally be able to give my family the financial stability they need. My
chances of success go way up if I have the best designer in the business working by my side. And
the best in the business (despite the lingering rumors) is Annika Hale.
She’s the triple threat: brilliant designer, restoration maven, and the woman who stole my heart
six years ago…and hasn’t looked back since.
But that was then.

 

Now… Well, what is it they say? After all, 425 Madison is the perfect place to fall in love.
 

**My Review**

Welcome to my stop on the tour for the 16th book in the 425 Madison series, Love by Design! This is my second time reading author Katy Ames and I had such high hopes because I loved her earlier installment in the series, Accidentally in Love. This book is about Grayson, who is starting a new home design show, and Annika, who is trying to make her comeback in the world of home design television. Six years ago, they had a moment but miscommunication and missed connections prevented things from progressing further. But now they have reunited once again.

As I said before, Katy Ames earlier installment in this series, Accidentally in Love, is one of my favorites, so I had high hopes. I love the idea of a second-chance romance and I loved both of these characters from the start. My problem was, there wasn’t a lot of “meat” regarding the plot in this book. There are a ton of flashbacks and there are some conflicts regarding Annika’s ex, but otherwise (and unfortunately) it didn’t seem as if much actually happened throughout the bulk of the novel. Moreover, I never quite understood the burden of Grayson’s family. Besides financial issues, what was wrong with them that he had to drop everything at a moment’s notice to run home? I missed that somehow.

The characterization saved this one for me and of course, I was rooting for the main characters the entire time. Both Grayson and Annika were likable and relatable characters, despite being tv stars. They had great chemistry and they sort of seemed as if they were “meant to be.” 

Although this is definitely not my favorite of the series, I still enjoyed it and continue to enjoy this fantastic series. I look forward to the final installments coming soon!

Excerpt 
Copyright @ 2020 Katy Ames


I watch my best friend chew a hole in her lower lip. “Explain, Abby. Before you make yourself bleed.”

Abby opens her mouth. I brace myself for whatever she’s going to say and don’t hear a single word. I don’t hear anything at all, except the deep, rumbling laugh that rolls through the soundstage.

My stomach does cartwheels and every single hair on the back of my neck stands pin-straight. My anxiety before? It’s got nothing on the nerves that are about to knock my knees right out from under me.

That laugh—his laugh… It’s as potent today as it was the first time I heard it.

My eyelids flutter shut. All worries about first-day nerves and my shitty ex-husband and career recovery vanish. Into that mental void rushes a series of images, ones I’d mistakenly sworn, hoped, prayed, I’d forgotten.

A sweltering summer night. Low whispers and lurid words.

Large calloused hands finding the secret, most sensitive parts of my skin.

Lips made for sinning and promises whispered in a voice that sounded like salvation. A voice that belongs to a man who vanished without a word.

A man who, if I’m reading my friend’s—no, strike that, former friend’s expression correctly, has just claimed a starring role in the horrifically-timed comedy that is my life.

Abby’s eyes dart between my face and the person behind me. Plastering on a smile, she swivels her finger in what I’m assuming she thinks is the “turn around now” sign. “Annika, this is Mr. Hesse.”

I pivot, thrust out my hand, but can’t unglue my eyes from the ground.

M. G. Hesse.

G. As in Grayson, the quiet, kind, insanely hot carpenter I met on my first network design job.

As in the only man I’ve ever fallen for so hard, so fast, I didn’t stop to ask his last name before tumbling into his bed. Hell, I didn’t even care.

As in the guy I thought, against all the odds, would disprove my mother’s lessons about how untrustworthy men are—only to become the poster child by morning.

A broad palm slides against mine, fingers curling into a warm grasp. A jolt of awareness lights up my nerves, and my eyes finally lift to a face I haven’t seen in six years. Since the day I woke up in his bed, naked, in love, and alone.

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About Katy


Katy writes contemporary romances about heroines who aren’t afraid to kick ass, heroes brave
enough to love them, and stories that get a little messy before ending happily ever after.

She’s mom to two boys whom she loves to bits but wishes would sleep a lot more than they do,

and wife to a man whose reading habits are far too serious. Katy and her family reside in
Washington, D.C., a city in which she never planned to live and loves so much she’d be happy to
talk about it for hours. Just ask.  

Katy is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Washington Romance Writers.



About the 425 Madison Series
 
 
Welcome to 425 Madison Ave the perfect place to fall in love. Nine delicious romances set in fast-paced &
sexy NYC just waiting for you to read.
 
This season will feature some new authors as well as some of season one’s favs. Back for season two is
Allie York, Leigh Lennon, MK Moore, Aubree Valentine, Lauren Helms, and Katy Ames. Plus a warm
welcome to KC Enders, and Marcie Shumway! 
 
Not only do we have a sexy mix of new and returning authors, prepare for pages packed with new
romances, characters, and tropes all from the same well-loved high-rise apartment building in NYC. 
 
Make sure to follow the 425 Madison Avenue Facebook page for more on release dates, cover reveals
and author spotlights. For exclusive excerpts, giveaways, and news subscribe to our 425 Madison
newsletter!
 
 
Check out the Season One and get caught up today! You can read all nine books for FREE with

 

 

 

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