Morsels [#16]: Laurel Heights by Kate Perry

Laurel Heights, #2
Phoenix Publication
Published: February 22nd, 2012
Adult Fiction | Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

This book was every bit as sweet as it was sad. It’s the story of a girl who can’t do anything right in her father’s eyes. But as most fathers out there, there was nothing he wouldn’t do for his daughter. It’s tough love, but it’s love, nonetheless.

It’s also a story about a woman who couldn’t quite figure out what to do with her life. It’s been years since her husband passed, but she can’t seem to figure out how to live. It’s incredibly sad to see the lengths that she would go to preserve a business she no longer care for, just because that’s all she ever knew. Even to the point of losing her chance at love, and her son, who devoted his life caring for her.

I really enjoyed this one. It had just enough angst to balance out the sweet. It was funny and incredibly sad sometimes, but for me it was nearly perfect.  Eve and Treat is quite the couple.

SIDESTORY:  The villain gets her own romance, too. 

Laurel Heights, #1
Phoenix Publication
Published: January 2nd, 2012
Adult Fiction | Romance
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

Freya Godwin is a marketing wiz who has lost inspiration. Greg is a divorce lawyer who’s been hung up on his downstairs neighbour. Before Freya found out Greg’s line of work, she thought they could’ve been so good together. That’s basically the meat and potatoes of the story. Freya has a problem with Greg being a lawyer, and Greg simply wouldn’t quit.

In an attempt to entice her inner muse to come out, Freya decided she needs to get laid. So she puts out an ad. I’m not doing a very good job at summarizing this book, but take my word for it, this was fun. The conflict was a little thin, but that’s what makes romance novels frustratingly fun to read. Everyone makes a big deal out of something when it can all be solved over a little romp in the sheets.


SIDESTORY: Freya’s sister, Anna and the chef who lives in the downstairs apartment. 



  • purplebook6

    Since I’m an emotional junkie I love the sound of the second book and can definitely see myself picking it up. Thanks for sharing!

  • Gorgeous reviews Joy. <3 I'm glad you mostly liked both books 😀 They do sound pretty great 😉 But still not my taste, sigh. But yeah. Maybe someday 😀 Love reading about the books you read. <3 Thank you for sharing about them sweetie 🙂

  • His name is Treat? What on earth! I’m really hoping that’s a nickname because otherwise even fictional characters are really pushing it when naming their children. It sounds lovely though Joy, I love a fluffy romance with real heart and depth, perfect for when you’re feeling emotional and need a good cry too it sounds. I need to grab a copy of Perfect For You, an ad to get a bit? That sounds horrendous, so of course I need to read it. Thanks so much for sharing Joy, love when you review new romances. Brilliant reviews! <3

  • These sound like fun reads

  • hahaha I love these reviews Joy, especially your comment about everything getting sorted with a little romp in the sheets 😉 I do like books which are flirty and fun, and I certainly wouldn’t mind squeezing these ones in amongst the books with darker messages I keep tearing through. Thanks for putting these on my radar!

  • Nice shorties 🙂
    I really should write a review too now

  • Oh these sound about my sort of thing. I’m on a romance/contemporary kick right now. It sort of reminds me of Hero by Samantha Young which I loved. Will keep an eye out for these. On to the TBR they go. Great reviews. 🙂

  • I have the first book on audio but I’ve put off listening to it because I heard Freya’s constant pushing is super frustrating. I’ll get to it someday. Nice to hear you enjoyed the second one more. Wonderful minis, Joy! Hope your affair with Kate Perry romances continues happy! 🙂

  • I really do wan tto pick up this series and if you are loving them, then I’m sure I will as well. 😉

  • This series does sound like a lot of fun and I’m glad you’re finally having some luck with the author. I do like the sound of the first one better. I’ll have to check these out to read during the summer.
    Lovely reviews, Joy!

  • Great post Joy, haven’t heard of these, but they sound good! Hope you pick them up 🙂

    Happy Reading
    Patrick @ The Bookshelves

  • I always grab the freebies for this series but haven’t tried it. Now I am more inclined to read them sooner because it sounds like they’re quality novels, and it is the season for sweet and cute romantic reads

  • Awww, the story about the first one already touched my heart. Something so relatable to me because I yearn to please my father and I know I do, but still, I always find it hard to reach his expectations. I’d love to read that one as soon as possible!

    Faye at The Social Potato

  • They’re both new to me I confess but they sound nice, well mainly the first one. It’s always nice to have a romance from time to time like that. thanks for the reviews!

  • All I love the synopsis of these two! I’m all about books that have to do with romance so these are right up my alley. The first book seems really sad due to the fact that the heroine can’t live up to her father’s approval. (I think I kind of know how the book is going to end but I’ll just have to see) hehe