In Bloom

by Kat Jackson

Nicole Callahan is certain she has endured the worst heartbreak possible, and she’s in no hurry to dive back into the tumultuous waters of love. She insists that she’s absolutely fine being alone, but a part of her still wonders…

To Avery Pullman, owner of a flower shop filled with thorns less prickly than her exes, the idea of love is just a disaster waiting to happen. She sees no reason to invite pain in, especially when she’s still tending to fresh wounds on her heart.

Neither expects—nor wants—the tiny spark that ignites the moment their eyes lock. If they get too close to it, they might each have to face an uncomfortable truth—that they’ve never really known true love before. And that might be more terrifying than any heartbreak.



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Genre Romance
Length 286 pages
Publication Date October 12, 2023
Publisher Bella Books
ISBN 9781642474992
Editor Alissa McGowan
Cover Designer Heather Honeywell



"Some book ideas come to me as calm whispers, tendrils of characters and plot sweeping through my mind until they meld together into something I can bring to life.

Other ideas arrive like luminous flames, breaking and entering with a sparking cascade of tinder and urgency. They light fire after fire, igniting a path that refuses to be ignored.

In Bloom is a fire that, even after spilling out of my heart and onto paper, continues to blaze. It’s one, in some ways, I imagine I’ll never quite put out.

As I wrote, I broke my own heart repeatedly. I kept writing until I managed to put it back together.

And so, if you find your heart breaking as you read In Bloom, just keep going: I promise I’ll put it back together."

—Kat Jackson


Women Using Words
In Bloom delves into profound themes with a level of artistry that deserves commendation. Jackson’s narrative skillfully unravels the intricacies of the heart, emphasizing its enduring capacity for hope and resilience. The thoughtful construction of this narrative is marked by compassionate grace. It is raw, tender and remarkable in every way.

Lily M. - In Bloom by Kat Jackson is an incredibly deep and poignant study on love, loss, and healing. The characters, Nicole Callahan and Avery Pullman, are beautifully crafted with depth and authenticity—you can't help but hurt deeply for the pain these two women are going through. Jackson's superb writing skillfully navigates through the complexities of the women's lives and slow burn birth of a deep connection.

Jackson weaves a story that is emotionally thoughtful and mature. The pacing, though deliberately slow, is expertly handled, drawing readers into the intricate web of emotions and experiences that shape Nicole and Avery's journey. …In Bloom is a perfect book for anyone who appreciates a well-written, medium stakes sapphic love story.

The Lesbian Review
All the emotions the author explores are very powerful, full of grief and regret, but I never felt overwhelmed. The author gives a reader two women who are finally beginning to feel a need for some kind of relationship after years of emotional pain, making the story about that and not the falling happily into bed as the end goal. There is understated complexity in the plot and an often gorgeously crafted prose that drew me in.

Shimere A. - …The author's raw and honest writing style adds depth to the story, making it a truly enjoyable read. If you're seeking a whirlwind spicy, instant love story, this isn't it. However, if you appreciate a heartfelt, slow-burning connection between two genuinely deserving individuals, then this is the story for you.

Sam D. - The cover, it’s stunning, I love it. The book is different from many others. It’s a story about grief and dealing with loss. The very physical loss of a loved one dying and the loss of a relationship, the end of a long period of uncertainty. I think this story is told beautifully and I like how each character navigates their loss in their own way. Grief is a weird beast and everyone moves through it in their own way, at their own pace. You can only hope to find some people who’ll support you on that journey. And I think this is exactly the story this book tells.

Reading with Caz - This is not your run of the mill, happy go lucky romance. This story is an intense exploration of grieving, hurting, letting go and trusting again. It’s so beautifully written, it should be front and center on your TBR!

Jessica P. - Wow! This is my first read by this author and I was so impressed. They really knew how to evoke some intense emotions in their writing. This was so much more than a romance. Highly recommend.

Andrea K. - This book was beautifully written. The development of these two characters and their stories, their past trauma, their emotions, their growth and development…it was just incredibly deep. It’s uncommon to read a romance novel and feel so much. This author is incredibly talented with her ability to evoke emotions in the reader as we read along and immerse ourselves in the beautiful connection and growth between these two characters. I’ll read anything this writer puts out there!

Dominique V. - Not a typical book when you're looking for a romance, but I would strongly urge you to read it and actually put it somewhere near the top of your list. Incredibly well written journey of 2 lovely women who have (or are) experiencing grief and who are able to help each other. Kat Jackson manages to really create two women that are written so well you feel they could be one of your friends and I felt for both of them during their journey.

Natalie A. - Such a great story! I loved the characters and the story! The characters were wonderful, and I loved the push and pull between them. I didn’t want to finish this book! It held my attention and my heart loved it so much!

Sam B. - This was my first Kat Jackson book, and it won't be my last. I was unprepared for the depth of story I was offered by Avery and Nicole's romance. If you are a fan of well written, medium stakes sapphic stories of love then this is right up your alley.

Laura G. - …For anyone who hasn't read a book by Kat Jackson, I would strongly encourage you to do so. Her books have a maturity and depth that you won't find in many books, sapphic, or otherwise. Her characters have flaws, they are damaged and realistic. Despite their occasional resistance, they strive for personal growth and do the work to get there. Jackson also has an uncanny ability to bring humor into situations where you wouldn't expect to find it.

Karen C. - These aren't your garden variety beach reads; her books are to be savored and remembered.

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