NECESSARY SPACE by Kate Hawthorne - Review and Giveaway

When we met Hendrix in One for the Road, I immediately knew that he deserved his HEA - I didn't know that Kate Hawthorne would make him work so hard for it in Necessary Space.... 

From the blurb:

What’s the only thing more annoying than my years-too-young neighbor?

The way I want him more than air.

There are plenty of things I don’t like about my new home in California, and my neighbor, Miles, is at the top of the list. He’s smug and arrogant, he speaks out of turn. And even though I should have learned my lesson about fast-talking, younger, dominant men when I broke up with my ex, I want him. For better or worse, Miles and I are on the same page and that’s why we decide there’s no harm in taking things between us someplace a little more private.

Good thing it’s only a physical connection between us because I could never be with a man like him for the long term…

Can I tease my well-dressed and thick-thighed older neighbor into bed?
I’m not sure, but there’s no harm in trying.

There’s never been a man who twists me up inside the way Hendrix does, and from the very first time he tells me yes, I know I’m going to demand a thousand more agreements out of his gorgeous mouth before I’m anywhere close to being done with him. He says he only wants me for my body, but it’s not long before things between us feel anything but casual. Hendrix thinks I can’t tell he’s being cautious with me, that I don’t know his worries about the past repeating itself are a constant threat in his head.
Joke’s on him, though. Hendrix makes me want to be a better man and I’m not going to stop until I prove that I’m worthy of a partner like him, even if I stumble more than once along the way.

What’s the only thing scarier than falling in love with the older man who’s determined not to trust me? Giving him the space to discover he can.


Necessary Space is a 76,000 word age gap romance where coffee is a love language, annoying neighbors become lovers, kneeling is so much more than an act of submission, and love can be found all in good time.

Heather's Review:

Hendrix is the quintessential grumpy neighbour when he first encounters Miles, who knowingly or unknowingly pushes his buttons by calling him 'buddy' during an awkward through the fence meeting.  It's amazing how the annoyance transforms to something completely different as they get to know each other and push away the past hurts and hang-ups.

If you follow Kate's work, you will have briefly met Hendrix in One For The Road as Rome's ex, who embarks on a new adventure in LA and whose HEA so many of us asked for when he gave Max advice...

This story is a bit of a roller coaster - with ups and downs and a few big twists and turns - at times the characters seem so in sync with each other they're in a perfect moment in time, and then doubt or mis-communication take hold and you're back in a low... but if you follow the entire ride, you find a sweet HEA.

Like Kate's other stories, this one moves between kink and relationship, building on layers and both frustrating and entertaining the reader... I can't wait to see what comes of the rest of the Necessary series - it's a great ride to be on so far.

Rating: 5 Stars

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About the Author

With over two dozen published romances to her name, Kate Hawthorne has built a recognizable brand around telling emotional stories that pack a figurative (and sometimes literal) punch.

Existing on a steady diet of wine and coffee, Kate spends her days dreaming up angsty stories full of heat, kink, and heart. Kate now lives in Louisville, where she writes romance, reads romance, and hides from the humidity.

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