For Caitlin Gregory, life after divorce has been an exercise in getting to know herself again. Finding love is the last thing on her mind. She scorns the idea of dating because she has all she needs—a nice new condo to call her own, her best friend right next door, and a new job that’s taking her back to her professional roots.
When Caitlin sets her eyes on Mallory Walker, however, she realizes she may not want to completely shut herself off from dating. Crossing paths with Mallory was not on Caitlin’s post-divorce agenda, but once she feels that unmistakable spark ignite, she feels herself drawn to the other woman despite the warnings and raised eyebrows from others.
While Caitlin’s emotions are ready to jump in, Mallory’s feelings are singing a much different song. The chill emanating from Mallory should be enough to ward off anyone, but Caitlin is nothing if not persistent.
FROM THE AUTHOR
"It’s an age-old piece of wisdom we’ve all heard in some form: you write best about what you know. Truthfully, writing about what I know best (teaching) wasn’t something I ever wanted to do. But then 2020 happened, and I was suddenly removed from my high school classroom.
With the physical distance from my reality, I felt inspired to write about teachers. Trust me, I was more surprised about this than anyone else.
And so, Across the Hall came to be. Caitlin and Mallory are both really good teachers but in very different ways, which provides just the right amount of friction to rumble beneath their growing attraction. They work in a school that would cause me way too much anxiety, but some of their experiences in the classroom hit close to home.
Turns out writing what you know is a wild and weird ride from beginning to end."
Orlando J. - I loved Kat Jackson's first book, Begin Again, and I've been not-very-patiently awaiting the release of her second. I was not in any way disappointed! If you're looking for a layered tale of wonderfully flawed people, look no further. What enchanted me so much about Begin Again, and what runs through Across the Hall is one of the things that makes humans so interesting is that we are not perfect.
Mallory and Caitlin are complex characters with great depth, who I alternately wanted to hug and shake. Their stories are carefully crafted, and I am so thrilled to hear that Lina is getting her own book!
Karen R. - Kat Jackson's Begin Again was an incredible debut and she became my favorite new author of 2020. Needless to say I was really looking forward to this sophomore effort. It didn't disappoint.
It's a workplace romance featuring two mains with a lot of baggage to bring to a fledging relationship. This story is really told in third person from Caitlin's POV, so we don't really know what's going on in Mallory's head. I really enjoyed following the ups and downs of the relationship and it was hard to tell where it was going. I started reading and next thing I knew, I was finished. That's what I love about a book.
T. Geist - I completely enjoyed this book from start to finish. I thought Caitlin was super charming and I really felt for her when she's trying to get back on the dating horse. Of course she picks a woman who's a bit of an ice queen! They are always the hot ones!! What I loved even more, though, was that Mallory was actually a great equal to Caitlin. I really felt the ying/yang and their chemistry.
I don't want to spoil it, but there is a bit of angst between the two that I wasn't expecting, but it made it that much more entertaining. And go Caitlin for calling Mallory out when she was, in part, being lead on. I may have cheered a little.
Overall, a very fun read with great characters, excellent chemistry, and just the right amount of story. Can't wait for the next one from Kat Jackson.