Kat's Nine Lives

by Laina Villeneuve

Wedding bells are ringing for Kat Morehart—just not her own. When the church she works for refuses to let a gay couple marry in the sanctuary, she aims to make it up to them by offering her home as the perfect venue. It will take an act of faith to pull it off at the historic home she shares with her quirky parents.

Caterer Wendy Archer enjoys the business Kat directs her way and their friendship even more. Though she loves how much Kat cares for others, Wendy has to wonder at times how she fits into Kat’s life.

As they work together to create the perfect setting for the wedding, Kat and Wendy struggle to fight what simmers between them.



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Genre Romance
Length 278 pages
Publication Date October 18, 2018
Publisher Bella Books
ISBN 9781594936081
Editor Cath Walker
Cover Designer Judith Fellows



"My parents throw amazing parties: simple Fun Fridays, Halloween festivals, birthdays and many, many weddings, thirteen to be exact! Watching the preparation for my niece's wedding, my writer brain started to turn. Setting. Each time my sister talked about helping with the wedding hiring, I started searching for a storyline. Many of my family members have worked for churches, so I brainstormed possibilities with them. Who would the protagonist be? Homeowner or daughter? Are there multiple parties at the house or just one? Out of all the questions, one idea became the seed around which the whole book bloomed. Years ago, my parents invited a gay couple to use their home because they could not get married at their conservative church. Conflict. I knew that my sister could help me build a character who worked at the church. Protagonist. Weddings need food, and my wife worked as a chef years and years ago. Love interest. That's what I start with. I had exactly one scene in mind when I sat down to begin writing, a moment of realization between my protagonist, Kat and her caterer friend Wendy when the gay men are rehearsing their wedding. It's an amazing thing to write by blindly leaping from one scene to another. I truly enjoyed watching this story take shape and hope you fall in love with Kat and Wendy just as I did."

—Laina Villeneuve


The Lesbian Review
...is a friends-to-lovers romance about putting in the time and energy to figure out who you are rather than accept what others think you should be. …Villeneuve does a superb job with the pacing of this story. It is clearly a romance novel, but there are elements to it that made me feel like I was reading a mystery. She reveals clues about Kat’s past bit by bit. As each new piece of information was revealed I was surprised over and over again. All of these tidbits lead up to a better understanding of Kat’s fears and understandings.

Pin’s Reviews - Family dynamics is important to this story just as much as the relationship dynamics between Kat and another protagonist Wendy Archer, whom I liked a lot. There is a believable conflict there which is derived from differences between them and their upbringing. The story is written from the point of view of both protagonists allowing us to get to know them from both perspectives so we can follow them equally. This and many other elements are done well. I have to mention that I kind of struggled to get into the story, but when I did, it went smoothly to the end. So have patience and I believe it will be worth it. Overall I was quite happy with this book, enjoyed reading it and could easily recommend it.

Lex Kent’s Reviews - This was a good well written book. If you enjoy weddings, romance, and some family drama, this book may be for you. I did have a few issues with it, but I would not hesitate to read Villeneuve again.

Customer Reviews

1 review for Kat’s Nine Lives – Paperback

  1. hcoughlin

    I loved this! The characters are people I would love to be friends with. The parents in this story are fantastic!

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