Is he really repeating the past…or finally getting a chance to do things right? Stay by Karina Bliss #Bookish #BookReview #Romance @BlissKarina




The last thing Joe Fraser needs is an opinionated young teacher telling him he needs to get his act together with his ten-year-old daughter. It’s hard enough working all hours to meet his estranged father’s medical bills. Who the hell does Philippa Browne think she is? Unfortunately he’s desperate enough to take her advice. But when he attends a four-day school camp as parent helper his clashes with Miss Browne take an unexpected direction…
Pip hasn’t resisted the advances of charming, easy-going Californians to fall for this taciturn tough guy so close to returning to New Zealand. But does any woman walk away from the temptation of a dangerous attraction? And they both have a safety net – she’s leaving the States soon. Her unexpected pregnancy changes everything.

Pip’s not ready for motherhood and while Joe’s suggesting marriage, his heart’s not in it. Unfortunately hers is.
As for Joe, he’s been down this road before. But is he really repeating the past…or finally getting a chance to do things right?

“Bliss demonstrates a skill for snappy dialogue and clever plotting that will captivate readers.”~ RT Book Reviews


Karina Bliss


New Zealander Karina Bliss has written a biography for a rock star, swapped identities with her twin, raised three orphaned children with her ex husband, worn a cow costume to a Bachelor and Spinster ball, considered marriage for the sake of a baby, and been mayor of a small town.

Oh wait, that’s her characters.

Outside her imagination, she’s always been a professional writer, first as a travel journalist and then as a romance author. Her deeply held convictions include: love conquers all; yoga pants are daywear; and what a woman really wants is a man who cleans. Unfortunately, she does not live with one, (nor indeed has raised one). Please buy her books so she can pay for one.

She has also swum with sharks. They were very small. Babies, really. But still count.

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My Review

I love stories about divorced fathers trying to remain involved in their children’s lives.

Karina has written a gem here!

Joe Fraser has his hands full with his estranged father’s medical bills after a serious stroke, business dealings not panning out the way he needs them to, and a growing distance between him and his daughter. He doesn’t need advice from her nosy teacher.

When ten year old Kaitlin gets in trouble at school, Joe realizes he needs to make time in his busy schedule to go on a four day field trip in order to reconnect with his girl.

A rocky start makes him wonder if he made the right decision, not to mention a growing attraction to Kaitlin’s teacher. He manages to win over the girls he’s in charge of, but an emergency has him leaving camp early, creating misunderstandings that lead to an explosive confrontation and a kiss that gets out of hand.

Philippa Browne is drawn to the dour father of her favorite pupil, even as she sympathizes with his ex-wife. He seems to be more interested in his career than he is in his daughter and she can’t stand that.

She advises him he needs to step up before Kaitlin pays the price for his neglect. She’s surprised by the smart, funny, kind man she gets to know at camp and when she learns of the real reason for his absentminded parenting, she falls for him.

The problem is, she doesn’t want to fall in love.

I give Stay 4 lovely kisses- A sweet and spicy read!



  1. Considering my Roaring Twenties series with Pip — you know I’m going to like that character. Have a wonderful Wednesday, Jacquie. Hugs.

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    1. Joe’s rather lovable, for sure!
      It’s another hot, blue sky day here. Never thought I’d say this, but bring on the rain, lol

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      1. Finally some sun here (although the humidity…) I had a “weather alert” on my phone this morning — for “falling trees”. It’s rained so much that the ground is so saturated it can’t support the trees.
        That’s bad. DC has been described as an urban forest. There are a lot of huge trees. The idea of them randomly falling is freaky.
        Hmmm… food for another serial episode! 😉

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        1. One extreme to another! Mother Nature needs a coffee, lol

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  2. robbiecheadle says:

    A very nice review, Jacquie. Unexpected pregnancies are always interesting.

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    1. They can definitely create interesting results 🙂

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  3. Nice review with a centered focus of character interaction. I love the intimacy of this story!

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    1. Sometimes, it’s nice to just escape with a romance novel 🙂


      1. Yep! I think that’s termed “Love” exercise for the mind… LOL!

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