Stepping Up to Love by Katie O’Boyle


Stepping Up to Love by Katie O’Boyle
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Inspirational
Length: Full (243 pgs)
Heat: Sweet
Rated: 4 stars
Review by Rose

When her boss Joel Cushman catches her using the spa shower at The Manse, junior accountant and graduating college senior Manda Doughty comes clean about the alcoholic drinking that has led her into a disastrous relationship with a predatory professor. Joel, who is also a trustee of the college, is faced with more problems than a beautiful, naked woman in his shower. While he’d rather make love all night with funny, brainy Manda, Joel knows his desire for her has no future if Manda cannot stay sober, grow up, and face her problems. While Manda immerses herself in AA, Joel uncovers harassment and embezzlement that threaten the existence of the college his ancestors founded. Can he fix the problems at the college without exposing Manda to public humiliation? Can Manda clean up her mess and trust the love she feels for Joel? The odds may not be in their favor, but miracles happen for those who are willing to change their lives and open their hearts.

This book deals openly, honestly, and with no holds barred about a couple of tough subjects: alcoholism and abuse.

The reader is pulled right in at the very first with a terrified Manda trying to sleep in her car at work. The story is less about Manda getting away from her abuser, though, and more about both Manda and Joel dealing with their own internal demons. With the help of AA and the 12 step program, they realize they have to take the time to heal so they can be the people they are supposed to be for each other.

Inspirational without being preachy, Stepping Up to Love shows just how relationships are supposed to work.

This is the first book of the series and that makes me happy. I’m looking forward to reading the next which I hope will revisit not only the area but the characters as well (a Justin/Gwen pairing, maybe?). Recommended.


  1. You warmed my heart with your review of Stepping Up To Love! I’m happy to say Book Two (Justin and Gianessa’s story) will be out in August from Soul Mate Publishing. Book Three is Gwen’s romance 🙂

  2. Cindy Austin says:

    Wow, I really loved the review and I am going to get this book and put it atop my tbr list. I love romance with some deeper story to it. I have been reading the Letters From Love series by Roberta Grimes and I love them as they are deeper than just romance in general. Grimes’ series is fantastic, her site is and if you like books like this one then her series I recommend!

  3. Thank you for sharing your review with us! I really want to read this book now after reading all the great things everyone has said about the book. =)

    BLeigh1130 at yahoo dot com

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