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About Kate O'Keeffe
USA TODAY Bestselling Author Kate O'Keeffe writes exactly what she loves to read: laugh-out-loud romantic comedies with swoon-worthy heroes and gorgeous feel-good happily ever afters. She lives and loves in beautiful Hawke's Bay, New Zealand with her family and two scruffy dogs. When she's not penning her latest story, Kate can be found hiking up hills (slowly), traveling to different countries (back when we used to be able to do that), and eating chocolate. A lot of it.
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Sabrina Monroe is poised and ready for her future as Mrs. Todd Edward Blakely. Everything seems perfect, but on the big day, suddenly she’s not so sure. Her nicely mapped out life ahead of her, she finds herself in her own movie scene as the runaway bride, climbing out of the bathroom window. All she can think is escape.
Addison Bloom needs a life makeover. She’s travelled the world to find love—and failed. On her way back from yet another friend’s wedding, she starts to feel ill at the mere thought of seeing another veil that’s not hers. Should she go back home and marry her former sweetheart, or stick it out looking for love in her new home?
Sabrina and Addison are both on the run, wanting to escape to a new life. As the two strangers talk at an airport, discovering they have the same job at opposite ends of the country, a crazy idea unfolds—one which might provide the answers they’ve both been looking for.
Is there such a thing as a One Way Ticket to a new life, or will they find they’re running from themselves, not just the past?
Is it a truth universally acknowledged, that a girl must compete on reality TV to win a modern-day Mr. Darcy's heart?
Emma Brady is having doubts about how far she'll go to promote her new activewear line. Sure, being on a reality show could be the big break her business so desperately needs, but is putting up with a Mr. Darcy wannabe worth it?
Sebastian Huntington-Ross is straight out of an Austen novel. But it's hard to focus on his chiseled jaw, broad shoulders, and wickedly sexy accent when all Emma can see is his pride, arrogance, and smug demeanor.
Sparks fly when Emma realizes Sebastian has his own agenda for being on the show. Will Emma hold fast and keep the aristocratic Sebastian at arm's length? Or will she put her reservations aside when the lines between reality and "reality show" start to blur?
MEDAL WINNER AT THE READERS' FAVORITE BOOK AWARDS FOR 2021
Dating Mr. Darcy is a laugh-out-loud feel-good rom com for fans of The Bachelor, Bridget Jones's Diary, Sophie Ranald, Sophie Kinsella, and of course the great Jane Austen herself. It's the first title in the new Love Manor Romantic Comedy series, and can be read as a stand-alone novel.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "Fabulous fun! One of my favorite books of the year!" - Rich Amooi, Amazon bestselling author of It's Not PMS, It's You
1) Never fall for a client
2) Never fall for your best friend
3) And most importantly, never fall for your back-up guy
…especially if they’re all the same person.
I’m the queen of dating disasters—I’ve had more rotten dates than you can shake a long stemmed rose at. After years of one disappointment after another, I’m beginning to feel like I’ll never say “I do.”
So after being dumped one too many times I do something stupid:
I make a pact with my best friend Asher. If neither of us are married by 35, we tie the knot. That’s five full years of searching for The One.
I’ve got to meet Mr. Right by then, don’t I?
Except when I take a job redecorating Asher’s bachelor pad, I realize he’s a lot different from the guy I thought he was. Against all odds, I find myself falling for my best friend. Maybe my back-up guy could be The One after all?
Except there’s only one problem…
My back-up guy has a secret that could ruin everything.
Never Fall for Your Back-Up Guy is a clean, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy with a smart and sassy British heroine and a swoon-worthy American hero.
It’s the first book in the It’s Complicated series and can easily be read as a standalone novel. It is a spin-off of the Love Manor Romantic Comedy series. Catch up with all your favorite Love Manor characters and meet some new ones in this fun, laugh-out-loud rom com!
Pretending to be engaged to James Brody, the hot, single London deputy mayor who regularly graces gossip columns, is just a business deal. Nothing more. I’m his appropriately demure fiancée that makes him look like he’s not the playboy cad the media thinks he is, and he’s my ticket to getting my pushy mum off my back about not being married and producing her two perfect grandchildren.
What’s more, while we’re pretending to be engaged, I can spend all my time trying to capture the real prince in my fairy tale. The guy I’ve been in love with forever.
The problem is, I’ve started to enjoy being with James on our fake dates and public appearances. And, if I’m being totally honest, with his tall, dark, and handsome looks, he’s pretty easy on the eye, too.
And then there’s that kiss we shared that took my breath away. Yeah, that.
Sure, I know it was for the cameras. I know I shouldn’t read anything into it. I know he’s kissed more girls than I’ve had trips on the Tube. But the heat in that kiss can’t be fake.
The problem is, I want the fairy tale, the Hallmark movie, the real thing. And I know James Brody isn’t the real thing.
Nope. This is a business deal.
Only the deeper I get the more I realize someone forgot to tell my heart that.
Never Fall for Your Fake Fiancé is a laugh-out-loud, swoon-worthy rom com with a fake relationship, hilarity, and romance. This is a closed-door romance with some incredible kissing and all the feels!
1) I hate Charlie Cavendish.
2) I hate Charlie Cavendish.
3) Oh, and did I mention I hate Charlie Cavendish?
Rich. Over-privileged. Smug. The guy’s far too good looking for his own good, and he’s always got that smirk teasing at the edges of his mouth, telling me what he thinks of me.
And now, my worst nightmare has come true.
Charles Cavendish has moved into my building which means I can’t avoid seeing him everywhere I go. He’s always there, judging me, especially when I come in late at night. Hey, I can’t help it if my “single American girl in London” writing gig means I’ve got to check out every new club in town. Charles is so tightly wound he goes to work before the birds have chirped their first good morning.
He needs to loosen up. Live a little. Actually, I don’t care what he does, just as long as he does it nowhere near me. Because I hate him with the heat of a thousand suns. And I always will.
Only now I’m stuck in an elevator with him.
On Christmas Eve.
What’s the worst that could happen?
Never Fall for Your Enemy (especially not at Christmas) is a clean, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy with a smart and sassy American heroine and a swoon-worthy British hero.
It’s the second book in the It’s Complicated series and can easily be read as a standalone novel. It is a spin-off of the Love Manor Romantic Comedy series.
Is it a truth universally acknowledged, that a girl can humiliate herself on reality TV and still get her fairy tale ending?
Emma Brady is in shock. She fell in love with Sebastian Huntington-Ross on national television, showing everyone that opposites can most definitely attract. Now, he's asked her to marry him and live happily ever after in his fancy English manor. It's a fairy tale ending.
Or is it?
The problem is the TV audience wanted Sebastian to marry someone else. And in choosing Emma to be his bride, Sebastian could lose everything his aristocratic family has held dear for generations. Not to mention Lady Jilly Fotherington, who goes out of her way to make Emma feel like she doesn't belong.
With enough hurdles to keep an Olympian jumping, can Emma and Sebastian find a way to stay together? Or will the pressures pulling them apart cancel their trip down the aisle?
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "A laugh-out-loud rom com with endearing characters, hilarious situations, and a touching happily ever after." - Delancey Stewart, USA Today bestselling author
Marrying Mr. Darcy is the sequel to Dating Mr. Darcy. It's a laugh-out-loud, feel-good rom com for fans of Sophie Kinsella, Lindsey Kelk, and Bridget Jones's Diary.
First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in the baby carriage. Right?
That’s the way the song goes, anyway. For Emma Brady, marrying her Mr. Darcy was a road to happiness that is about to take a sharp turn to trouble. Creating a tiny Mr. Darcy isn’t exactly proving to be easy. Sure, being newly-weds mean they’re more than happy to give it a good shot, but as time ticks along, Emma and Sebastian’s efforts come to nothing.
It’s time to call in the big guns.
For Emma, that means mood swings, hot flashes, ovulation kits, and more needles than a haystack. Add that to an increasingly-disapproving granny, and Sebastian and Emma’s love is being put to the test in a way they never saw coming.
Will they get the family they so desperately want? And will their love survive? Or will Emma’s fairy tale ending with her Mr. Darcy slip between her fingers?
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "Charming, romantic, and absolutely hilarious! This book will take you on an emotional journey to a wonderful happily ever after." - USA Today bestselling author, Delancey Stewart
Phoebe Wilson is a total romantic. As in she’s read Pride and Prejudice fifty-one times, her favorite movie scene is the boombox serenade in Say Anything, and she goes to sleep every night certain that one day she’ll meet her prince and get her happily ever after.
That’s why she entered the reality TV show, Dating Mr. Darcy. Everyone knows Mr. Darcy is the most romantic hero of all time, so the guy posing as him has got to be as close to perfect as any guy can get.
The only problem is it’s not Mr. Darcy who’s got Phoebe’s pulse rising. It’s his best friend, Johnathan Bentley a.k.a. Mr. Bingley, the show’s presenter. Not the bachelor.
Despite knowing she’s breaking the rules, Phoebe begins to snatch secret moments alone with Johnathan. But when someone discovers them, things begin to get complicated.
Secrets, lies, and blackmail. Will Phoebe and Johnathan’s love story survive?
Although Falling for Mr. Bingley is part of the Love Manor Romantic Comedy series, it's not a continuation of Emma and Sebastian's story. The heroine of this story is reality TV show contestant, Phoebe Wilson, and her Mr. Bingley, who both appear in Dating Mr. Darcy.
This title was originally published as A Very English Love Story in the Love in the City box set, this story has been expanded with new scenes and a romantic epilogue.
Cassie Dunhill and her friends make a pact to marry the next guy they each date. What could possibly go wrong?
Cassie is sick of dating. It's been ten years and it's time, time to find The One. It's either that or buy a fetching habit and veil and abandon the whole thing. But Cassie believes in love, and she's not ready to give up yet.
The pressure is on to find Mr. Right and Cassie's the first to find him: Parker Hamilton. He's good-looking, smart, cultured--and a doctor. Despite his obvious credentials, Cassie's not taking any chances. She's vetted Parker so thoroughly she could offer some pointers to the CIA. Needless to say, he passes with flying colors.
Things get complicated when Will Jordan, her irritating work colleague, muscles in on her dream job and her love life. Will is a typical guy, complete with nicknames for everyone, even Cassie. His good looks and relaxed, easy nature can be distracting. But Cassie can do without that kind of distraction right now, no matter how good Will looks with his shirt off.
In the end, is there only One Last First Date?
One Last First Date is a fun, heart-warming friends to lovers rom com for fans of Sophie Kinsella, Bridget Jones's Diary, Lindsey Kelk, and TV shows like Jane the Virgin. It's a light-hearted, humorous, and fun full-length novel that can be read as a standalone title.
Readers LOVE One Last First Date!:
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "One Last First Date by Kate O'Keeffe is a hysterically funny and well-written romance story." - Readers' Favorite
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "Kate O'Keeffe is the Sophie Kinsella of New Zealand!" - Kirsty McManus, author of 1996
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "I was hooked from page one . . . The story is well-written with a ton of laugh-out-loud moments. Bravo, Kate O'Keeffe." - Joslyn Westbrook, author of The Fifty-Two Week Chronicles
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "If you like stories written with quirky humor and toe-curling romance, stories about dates fraught with mishaps and workplace situations gone asunder, and stories about finding love where you least expect it, One Last First Date is the book for you." - Geralyn Corcillo, Amazon best selling author
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "One Last First Date is a cute, sweet romantic comedy . . . this book is a 'sit on the beach with a Mai Tai' read....just don't make a pact while there!" - InD'tale Magazine
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "Artfully plotted, with just the right dose of you-are-ahead-of-the-heroine to make you turn pages in anticipation ... I loved it from beginning to end." - Laurie Baxter, author
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "Loved this book!" - Melissa Baldwin, bestselling author of Friends ForNever
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "This book is well written, romantic, funny and everything a great chick lit book is. I'm super excited to read another of Kate's titles!" - Aimee Brown, author of Little Gray Dress
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "Kate O'Keeffe will bring you to tears with laughter in One Last First Date.
Paige is a hot mess. She's stuck in a job she hates, the guy she fell for is in love with someone else, and she's agreed to a dating pact to marry the next guy she dates. Talk about being in a jam. Now, she has to figure out what to do professionally and personally... Life as a spinster with fifteen cats doesn't sound too bad, though.
Deciding to give up on love, Paige begrudgingly befriends Josh Bentley, the friendly coffee delivery guy, while helping out at the Cozy Cottage Café. His T-shirts make her eyes roll, but their runs have become an important part of her day and a blessing to her waistline, because Bailey's cakes are too good to pass up.
Meanwhile, her best friends offer to find Mr. Right for her, and all Paige has to do is let them. But when the man of her dreams walks through the door, any thoughts Paige had of being alone with those fifteen cats fly out the window. Now, she just has to hope her friends choose him as her Last First Date.
But in the end, are Two Last First Dates enough to find The One?
Two Last First Dates is the second book in the Cozy Cottage Café series, but can be read as a standalone. It features fun and laughter, a swoon-worthy guy who will sweep you off your feet, and a lot of cake! And a feel-good, happy ending is guaranteed!
Readers LOVE Two Last First Dates!:
★ ★ ★ ★ ★"An engaging, fast-paced read that is sure to charm lovers of romcoms."- Tracie Banister, author
★ ★ ★ ★ ★"Kate is a great writer of chick-lit and each of her books has kept me laughing out loud while falling in love with her very realistic characters!" - Aimee Brown, author
★ ★ ★ ★ ★"Kate O'Keeffe is the Sophie Kinsella of New Zealand!" - Kirsty McManus, author
★ ★ ★ ★ ★"As tasty as a slice of carrot cake from the Cozy Cottage Café, Two Last First Dates is the perfect book to slip into your beach bag. " - Diane Michaels, author
★ ★ ★ ★ ★"Kate O'Keeffe tops it again!" - Grass Monster, book blogger
★ ★ ★ ★ ★"Kate is a great writer of chick-lit and each of her books has kept me laughing out loud while falling in love with her very realistic characters!" - Aimee Brown, author of The Little Dress
★ ★ ★ ★ ★"This story grabs hold and doesn't let go until the last page." - Laura, book blogger
★ ★ ★ ★ ★"If you loved One Last First Date, you will love Two Last First Dates twice as much! And if you haven't started the Cozy Cottage Cafe series yet, no problem - Two Last First Dates is an amazeballs stand-alone read with its own heroine, heroes, and a whole lotta fun. Paige Miller makes her move, steps across that line -and decides to shake up her humdrum, dissatisfying life. But ... is the change too much? Too big? And was it wise to swear off men and love? Will the gorgeous Marcus change her mind? And what about that nice guy Josh who looks like HarryPotter? Should Paige play it safe and just be an office drone spinster with a rose-munching goat ... or should she try to find out what ... and who ... makes her truly happy? Riding shotgun as Paige tries to figure it all out is a rollicking delight!" - Amazon bestselling author, Geralyn Corcillo
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NO MORE BAD DATES
Twenty-five-year-old Sophie McCarthy's career is virtually nonexistent, her family expects her to "do something important" with her life, and she's totally sick of dating the wrong guys: the self-absorbed, the arrogant, the borderline criminally insane.
After she's unceremoniously dumped during the vows at her boss's wedding, she and her two equally disappointed-in-love best friends agree to help each other find decent guys to date. Together, they form the No More Bad Dates Pact: stop dating the wrong guys and start dating the right ones--weirdos and jerks need not apply.
When Sophie's roommate Jason Christie--a.k.a. doctor-in-training and serial nurse-dater--joins the pact, he vows to weed out the bad ones for her. But with his rejection of every guy Sophie meets, she begins to wonder if he's got an ulterior motive. And anyway, why does she always have so much more fun with Jason than with the guys she's actually trying to date?
While desperately seeking her "happy for now," could Sophie stumble into her "happily ever after?"
NO MORE TERRIBLE DATES
Twenty-five-year-old personal assistant Darcy Evans likes to be in control of her life. But there's one thing she can't get a handle on: men.
Sick of terrible dates, she makes a pact with her friends to only date good guys. But it's tough out there. From the liars and cheats to the positively weird, where's a modern day hero when you want one?
Then, when her boss buys an art gallery, Darcy's forced to work with photographer Alex Walsh. He's a blast from her past and definitely not hero material. Ridiculously handsome and charming, he's all those distracting things Darcy doesn't need, especially when she can't forgive him for what happened back in high school.
With Darcy holding out for a hero, will she miss the perfect man right under her nose?
NO MORE HORRIBLE DATES
What do you do when you've agreed to a dating pact with your best friends, but you're stuck in a fake relationship with the last guy you'd ever want to date?
Twenty-five-year-old Erin Andrews has got a problem. She works for the country's most successful rugby team but a bitter past tells her all pro sports players are self-satisfied, arrogant jerks. There's no way on this sweet Earth she'd date one. That's why she agrees to a pact with her best friends to find good guys to date, and for her that definitely does not include guys like the "Wild Boy of Rugby," Nick Zachary.
So, when Nick is in desperate need of a reputation rehab, the big bosses turn to her as the nice, ordinary girl who can get his image back on track. For Erin, being that girl is the last thing she would ever want to do. That is until she realizes just how much being Nick's high profile fake girlfriend can do for her dream of becoming a fashion designer.
But playing this game of make-believe begins to feel real, and Erin wonders if the "Wild Boy of Rugby" could be her happily ever after...
MEDAL WINNER AT THE READERS' FAVORITE BOOK AWARDS 2020!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "The perfect fun-filled escape from reality. Kate O'Keeffe at her delightful best!"- Whitney Dineen, USA Today bestselling author
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "Warm, witty, and wildly romantic.
What do you do when you've agreed to a dating pact with your best friends, but you're stuck in a fake relationship with the last guy you'd ever want to date?
Erin Andrews has got a problem. She works for the country's most successful rugby team but a bitter past tells her all pro sports players are self-satisfied, arrogant jerks. There's no way on this sweet Earth she'd date one. That's why she agrees to a pact with her best friends to find good guys to date, and for her that definitely does not include guys like the "Wild Boy of Rugby," Nick Zachary.
So, when Nick is in desperate need of a reputation rehab, the big bosses turn to her as the nice, ordinary girl who can get his image back on track. For Erin, being Nick’s fake girlfriend is the last thing she would ever want to be. That is until she realizes just how much the publicity could do for her dream of becoming a fashion designer.
Playing this game of make-believe begins to feel real, and Erin wonders if the "Wild Boy of Rugby" could be her happily ever after.
But Nick has a secret that could bring Erin’s world crashing down.
No Horrible Bad Dates is a fun, heart-warming enemies to lovers rom com for fans of Sophie Kinsella, Bridget Jones's Diary, and Lindsey Kelk, and TV shows like Jane the Virgin. It's a full length novel and can be read as a stand-alone title.
MEDAL WINNER AT THE READERS' FAVORITE BOOK AWARDS 2020!
Readers LOVE No More Horrible Dates!:
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "Full of fun, humor, and a wonderfully romantic happily ever after." - Whitney Dineen, USA Today bestselling author
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "I loved every minute of it." - Laura Heffernan, author of the Gamer Girl series
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "Super cute story!!" - Goodreads reviewer
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "You won't want to miss this hilarious story line and the great dialog that keeps it happily moving along." - Bookbub reviewer
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "It's funny, sad, realistic and just an enjoyable read. Cheering for Erin's happy ending makes the book difficult to put down." - Goodreads reviewer
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "Great final story in this adorable series." - Bookbub reviewer
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "These books SLAY me. They're seriously incredible and I'm obsessed. These books are oh so funny and oh so romantic. I recommend these to anyone and everyone." - Amazon reviewer
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "I couldn't put this book down from start to finish!"- Amazon reviewer
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "I enjoyed this book so much that I'm going to read the first six books in the series." - Goodreads reviewer
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "Loved this laugh out loud, sexy, fun and engaging adventure filled with exciting charters, fun to quote witty banter and undeniable, unexpected passion.... was a great read from beginning to end." - Bookbub reviewer
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "Love the High Tea Books! Must Read!!" - Amazon reviewer
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