Kissing Kate (Book #4) by K. Lyn Smith

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Book Review of Hearts of Cornwall: Kissing Kate (Book #4) by K. Lyn Smith

For the last few months, I have experienced something very different for me. I’ve been in a reading slump. Seriously. It’s bad. I have never experienced this in my whole life. You may have noticed that I’ve been MIA. I’ve been reading the same book for about two months. I checked it out from the library, and I renewed it several times and then I had to go in and recheck it out because I still wasn’t finished. I have no desire to read. So weird—and very unlike me. I’m on the Kissing Kate book tour today so I knew I needed to up my game. I started the book yesterday afternoon and finished it this morning. Could Kissing Kate break this slump? I sure hope so!


“Benedick Kimbrell attempted to steal his first kiss from Miss Catherine Parker in the perfectly imperfect spring of 1808. But his hopes, then and since, were larger than fact.”


Kate Parker is resolute in her quest for marriage, seeking a dependable match among Newford’s eligible bachelors. But behind her composed demeanor, Kate’s heart holds a stubborn affection for her less-than-dependable friend and an unspoken longing for a kiss that was never claimed.


Years ago, Ben Kimbrell harbored ambitions, chief among them a kiss from Miss Kate Parker. Fate, though, had other plans. Now, his heart is weighted by family tragedy, his pain concealed behind a carefree charm. His reputation as an aimless rogue is well-earned, but beneath the façade lies a man who yearns for more.


When Kate sets her sights on Ben’s dependable cousin, a man who fits her expectations if not her heart, Ben can no longer stand idly by. His efforts to save her from a loveless match find the two of them paired together in a village production of Much Ado About Nothing. Tasked with crafting the enchanting sets for their town’s inaugural performance, their undeniable affection finds the perfect stage to blossom.

But for their love to flourish, Ben must reveal his true self and confront the shadows of his past. Can he find the courage to unlock his heart before it’s too late?

Kissing Kate is a heartwarming best-friends romance about finding the courage to choose happiness and the healing power of love. Set in the charming seaside village of Newford, each book in the Hearts of Cornwall series stands alone.

My Book Review:

Kissing Kate is a cute, fun, fast, and entertaining read. Even in a reading slump I finished it in just a few hours. It is part of K. Lyn Smith’s Hearts of Cornwall series, but it is a stand-alone book. I haven’t read any of the previous books, and I feel like I understood everything just fine. I think I might need to go back and meet some of the other characters and read the previous books.

One of my favorite parts about this book is the characters. They’re super cute. Kate, of course, is beautiful, poised, loves gardening, and is known for her impeccable manners. Ben may be a bit of a common rogue on the outside, but he is much more than that on the inside. He keeps his thoughts and feelings to himself, but he’s handsome, smart, and is a very hard worker.

Some of my favorite secondary characters are Bronwyn and Merryn. They each help bring out the best in our main characters. I enjoyed getting to know them and all the members of the community. Ben has quite a large extended family, and I enjoyed watching the dynamics of the family.

Much Ado About Nothing is my favorite Shakespearean play so I loved how it came to life in this book. I recently watched the movie with Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branaugh again, and it’s so much fun! I enjoyed watching the set designs, costumes, and characters come to life as the community prepared for their first play. There may have been a little matchmaking going on along the way, which made it even more exciting.

You know me with my focus on mental health! This book discusses the difficulties of trauma, especially in men, which is so needed today. I appreciate the author discussing trauma because books are such a good way to process information like that. Trauma is real and so hard to heal from. If you have suffered trauma, please seek out help.

If you’re looking for a cute romance, Kissing Kate by K. Lyn Smith is the book for you! I enjoyed it! Hopefully it will pull me out of my reading slump!

Kissing Kate Book Tour graphic

PG-13 Rating

Content Rating: PG-13

  • Profanity: None
  • Intimacy: None (Some brief kissing)
  • Violence: Low (One character dies a tragic death.)

Age Recommendation: YA and up

My Rating: 4/5

4 Star Review

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Kissing Kate by K Lyn Smith



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