Start with Me by Kara Isaac

August 6, 2020

Author: Kara Isaac
Publisher: Bellbird Press
Genre: Contemporary Christian
Release Date: June 29, 2020

Lacey O’Connor is finally a sure thing for the promotion she’s spent ten years working for. But when a scandal rocks her firm she finds herself on a collision course with the one person she has spent five years trying to forget. Only to discover he doesn’t even remember her…

Victor Carlisle has spent the last three years trying to convince his family he’s no longer the playboy alcoholic who tore their life apart. When a company merger is announced with a US sister firm, he’s presented with the perfect opportunity to prove he’s changed. Only to find himself falling for his competition and the one woman his family will never accept.

As the competition intensifies the choice looms between the professional and the personal. Can they find a way beyond their past decisions and present aspirations to take a chance on the one thing they’re not looking for?


Although this book is not part of a series per say it definitely follows the book Can't Help Falling which is where we actually meet the main character of this book Victor. This definitely can be read as a stand alone like I did but I think reading the previous one would have definitely help me better understand the dynamics in Victor's family and Victor himself. He was obviously the bad boy in Can't Help Falling but in Start with Me he is a guy just trying to live right and seeking forgiveness and redemption. 

Victor is an alcoholic playboy redeemed by God's grace and I for one felt for him. He was truly a changed man and no one wanted to at least give him a chance. It just made me think of how we as Christians hold on to grudges and resentment when others, especially  those close to us hurt us but we can't seem to find it in our hearts and minds to let it go. 

We also meet Lacey who is trying to run away from the past and build a better future.She is ashamed of her small town roots and wants to make something out of herself. She is so focused on her advancing in her career she has no time for relationships. She has been hurt by the church before so the thought of even seeking God out is non-existent to her. 

The story between them truly is the perfect blend. Its not a fall in love right away which I found really interesting. There are some comical laugh out loud moments and some moments where your heart just aches for both of them. The author does an excellent job at tugging at all your emotions but in the end I found it to be a great happy ending. 

I really hope that Kara will continue the story with Lacey's friend Anna. I think it was set up nicely and I for one can't wait to read her story. 

My Rating: 4 Stars/I really enjoyed it

Favorite Quotes:

"Maybe its time to accept that some things are too much to forgive. Or that even if God forgives us, some people never will."

"Every single day, I have to choose to believe he has forgiven me. Even though I still haven't worked out how to forgive myself."

"I love you, and I'm in love with you. And I know I'm not worthy of you. But falling in love with you is the only worthwhile thing I've done in a long time."

(I received this book as part of the Just Read Books Tour. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

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Kara Isaac lives in Wellington, New Zealand. When she's not chasing three hobbit-sized little people, she spends her time writing horribly bad first drafts and wishing you could get Double Stuf Oreos in New Zealand. She is the author of the RITA Award-winning Then There Was You, along with four other contemporary romances. She loves to connect with readers on Goodreads, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and through her website:

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