Friday, September 19, 2014

Someone Like You by Karen Rock Review & Giveaway

Title: Someone Like You
Author: Karen Rock
Genre: Contemporary, Sweet Romance
Source: I received a copy from the tour host in exchange for an honest review

You can't program love...or can you? Kayleigh Renshaw has come up with the idea for a brilliant "compatibility app," a new kind of matchmaking software. All she needs is a programmer to help her bring the idea to market...and she knows exactly who she wants. But Niall Walsh—a code whiz and her former best friend—has been avoiding her since he returned from Afghanistan. In spite of their history, and some sparks that go beyond friendship, he's proving reluctant.... Is it her, or is something darker holding him back?

My Review:
I love a good story about how two friends fall in love. My husband and I were friends first and I think it's such a great way to build a strong relationship.

Kayleigh hasn't had it easy lately--her boss and ex-fiance basically drove her away from her job--one that she's good at. She's steered in the direction of an old friend, Niall, who is a pro at computer coding. While talking with him, trying to figure out where she can possibly find another job, she comes up with a great idea for a new app. Niall has reasons for holding himself back--he fought in Afghanistan and endured some terrible things, things that he can't talk about, due to classification.  

I can only imagine how hard it would be to be a war vet. Karen Rock wrote this story in a way that makes it a little easier to understand what some of these men and women must go through. I loved watching Niall battle with himself internally, struggling to find himself, while coming to terms with who he is now. War can really change a person. I read this on September 11th and it was the perfect time to read it, thinking about all that has happened in the world since that day. I really liked Niall, even with his gruff and tough exterior.

Kayleigh is a sweet and determined woman. She is so kind--I loved the relationship she has with her grandpa and all those in the assisted living center. They were all so much fun and such great characters! They were very supportive to her and Niall and had me laughing.

This author has a fabulous way of weaving a story that is fun, entertaining, and romantic, yet also sweet and tugs at the heartstrings. I've loved everything I've read of hers and will continue to watch for her works in the future!

Content: very mild language (like one or two words); some talk of war stories and death, but nothing graphic; sweet kissing. Clean!
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Someone Like You Excerpt FRIEND TO LOVE
Strong hands slid into hers, and Kayleigh shivered with pleasure. “I wondered where you went.”

She forced herself to meet his kind eyes. “I’m sorry about that, Niall. Sorry for what I said. Sorry for lots

of things. You’ve always been such a good friend to me, and I treated you badly.”

“A friend?” His eyes searched hers, and she felt her heart open up to him like a flower touched by dawn.

He wanted more than friendship. She couldn’t predict how this would go, but after years of knowing

each other, they had a good start.

“No. Not just as a friend,” she admitted, and felt herself melt at the passionate flare in his eyes. She

angled her head and leaned closer, aching for his kiss.

“We have to get out of here,” he said suddenly and stood, pulling her with him.

“Huh? Why?” His words broke through her romantic fog, and she flushed, embarrassed. Had she

misread the situation? Either way, she wouldn’t regret it. But another look into his soulful eyes

reassured her. She was right about him. She knew it down deep.

“Because I can’t kiss you here.” His eyes slid to Gianna’s open door then back to her, and heat raced up

her neck and flooded her cheeks.


He lifted her fingers to his lips, then pulled her out the door.

Author Bio:

Karen Rock is an award-winning YA and adult contemporary author. She holds a master’s degree in English and worked as an ELA instructor before becoming a full-time author. With her co-author, Joanne Rock, she’s penned the CAMP BOYFRIEND series with Spencer Hill Press under the pseudonym J.K. Rock. She also writes contemporary romance for Harlequin Enterprises. Her wholesome romance, Heartwarming novels have won the 2014 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence and the 2014 Golden Quill Contest. When she's not writing, Karen loves scouring estate sales for vintage books, cooking her grandmother's familyrecipes and hiking. She lives in the Adirondack Mountain region with her husband, daughter, and two Cavalier King cocker spaniels who have yet to understand the concept of "fetch" though they know a lot about love. To find out about her upcoming releases, appearance and latest news, visit or follow her on Facebook at or Twitter at She’d love to connect with you!

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