Simply Smitten by Kimberly Rose Johnson – Book Review, Preview

Posted November 28, 2018 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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I once had a boss who lived in another state. Each Monday he would fly in so he could be at the office all week – staying at a hotel – and then Friday afternoon he would fly home.  In my family growing up, my dad would often invite his employees over to the house. It seemed natural enough to extend an invitation to my boss to have dinner with my husband and me at our apartment. So I did.

At first, he accepted the invitation. Then, the next day he told me that while he appreciated the invitation, he didn’t feel it was right to fraternize with his employees.


Honestly, I wasn’t offended, but I did feel really sorry for him. What a lonely way to live!!

Simply Smitten by Kimberly Rose Johnson – Book Review, Preview

Simply Smitten

by Kimberly Rose Johnson

Series: Brides of Seattle #2
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Published by Sweet Rose Press
Publication Date November 7, 2018
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Washington Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 18-24, 25-34
Written for: Adults
Pages: 142


Business brought them together but will betrayal pull them apart?

Hailey O’Brien, a recent economics graduate is practically handed her dream job, but there’s a catch. Her new boss allowed her to believe he was someone he was not—they bonded on the train ride to Seattle, and now she is smitten. On top of that, her hometown is where her estranged mother lives. Can she mend the riff with her mom and follow her heart back to Seattle? Or will their past be too large of a hurdle?

Michael Pierce co-owns a start-up software development company. They are well on their way to success when Michael discovers something that changes everything. Can the beautiful economist he hired fix the mess, or are they doomed to bankruptcy?

Hailey is under a lot of pressure at work. Not the least of which comes directly from her new boss. She’s dreamed of being a successful businesswoman, but now her heart wants more. Can she have love and a career, or will she have to choose?

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

Also in this series: The Reluctant Groom, A Christmas to Remember, Until I Met You

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Michael had a no fraternizing policy at the office – and he was starting to regret it. Now that Hailey had joined their team, it was very hard to deny his attraction to her. Yet rumors already had to be squelched about why she had been promoted to the position of vice president so quickly.

This sweet romance deals with some deep heart issues. Michael wasn’t even aware of the things he did to attempt to control the people and events around him. And Hailey struggled with a hurtful relationship with a controlling mother causing her to fear even starting a friendship with a man who had those same tendencies.

I was impressed with the way the author dealt with these issues and some of the realizations the characters made along the way. Especially the things that Hailey learned about herself. The conclusion she came to makes perfect sense but I had never even thought about it that way.

For those who have read the other Brides of Seattle books (The Reluctant Groom and Until I Met You – the prequel), you will be glad to see some of the characters from those stories. Hailey is Ray’s little sister. If you haven’t read them, it would be helpful, though not necessary, to pick them up and read them first.


About Kimberly Rose Johnson

Faith Hope and Love Reader’s Choice Finalist, Kimberly Rose Johnson, married her college sweetheart and lives in the Pacific Northwest. From a young child Kimberly has been an avid reader. That love of reading fostered a creative mind and led to her passion for writing. She especially loves romance and writes contemporary romance that warms the heart and feeds the soul.

Kimberly holds a degree in Behavioral Science from Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington, and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

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