Book Review: Love by Design by Katy Ames

About the book:LbD_ebook

Title: Love by Design

Author: Katy Ames

Published: April 6th 2020

Source: ARC received in exchange for an honest review from Forever Write PR

Format: e-copy



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.


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.

Check it on: Amazon & Goodreads

My Review

The “425 Madison” series is a great one. It has a lot of amazing stories and I cannot wait to read them all. I did manage to finish only a couple until now, but I am following up on them slowly. For today, let me tell you my thoughts on “Love by Design”.

 While I devoured this book, I admit I was not too found of it. It’s an easy read, with likeable characters, but the plot was not to my taste. But I should start with the things I really enjoyed.

Annika and Grayson have had their fair share of misfortune and now they plan on making their careers as successful as possible. I like their simple life, their desire to gain success through hard work and dedication to a job they really love! I envy them for this. It’s a breath of fresh air seeing two normal people try to combine professional with personal, acting like the adults they are.

But the plot was so predictable. And the fact that we learn about the issues very early in the book, makes all the following events feel like a drag. At some point I was thinking: “Come on, kiss and make up already! You know this is not serious.” I understand Annika’s mistrust and her fears of being let down, but I find it misplaced. The guy proves he is there to stay with every step. Also, there is one additional conflict close to the end that felt unnecessary and forced. This is what made me take several steps away from the five-star rating.

Overall, I did not dislike it and I think it’s an ok book. With good characters, a sweet second chance romance and an interesting TV show, “Love by Design” by Kate Ames will definitely offer you a good reading time 😉

Cover review: I like the happy couple, I like the consistency with the city in background, as it appears on the covers of the other books in the series. But nothing makes me think about the characters or the plot.

3 stars

About the Author

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.


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