Release Blitz (Book Review): Thresholds by Kate Canterbary

Title:Thresholds (The Walsh Series #8)
Author: Kate Canterbary
Reviewers: Ivy & Michelle @PoisonIvy70 @Michelle6803
Release Date: December 14, 2017
Rating: Michelle’s rating: 5 Thresholds Stars
Ivy’s rating: 5 jingly balls… I mean stars

Snowy days, steamy nights.
The Walshes are home for the holidays.


‘Twas the weekend before Christmas, when all through the North End
Not a Walsh had his life together, not even his friends;

The parties were planned by the foodies with care,
In hopes that Wes and Erin would soon find their way there;

The men were stressing over last minute shopping lists and plans,
While the ladies were busy with work and nesting and finding the right paella pans;

When out in the dining room there arose such a clatter,
The Halsted dogs sprang from their beds to see what was the matter;

They whistled and shouted and called each other names,
While the secrets and announcements and surprises quickly came;

So onto another adventure they flew
With the sleigh full of Walshes, and the Commodore too—

As they continued arguing and clamoring around,
Down the road an unexpected visitor came with a bound;

But it wasn’t long until couples were all nestled snug in their beds,
With new memories of steamy holiday nights dancing in their heads.



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M & I


It didn’t feel quite right to do this review, especially for this series, without my girl Mick. She introduced me to Ms. Canterbary and I have been converted, so I had to badger her into doing one last review. Mostly so I can bug the ever loving fuck out of her about the mens and how they are mine. 😛

Michelle: Missed me?  I know you did Ivy, we’ve been busy fighting on PMs like an old married couple for my man Will.  Anyhoo, thanks for asking me to guest review with you, we will get this crazy show on the road.

Ivy: Well, I say one down, one to go. She’s finally acknowledged that RISD is mine. Ahem, see receipt right here 

Michelle: In the words of Riley … erroneous!  I will cut you later.

Ivy: *ignores her and carries on* And clearly, you want to give me Will too, so it’s all good. Let’s discuss Thresholds! *blinks* Well, without any actual detail and spoilers, so let’s do this. 😀

Michelle: Author lady sure knows how to surprise the hell out of her readers for sure.  I didn’t know about Thresholds, it was so under the radar. Good thing she did, she has some rabid fans in her readers group (of which I am one).  .

I was sold from the blurb for sure, so when Thresholds hit my Ipad, I hung out with my favorite (fictional) family.

Ivy: It really did have that feeling of going home. Seeing all the Walshes, living their lives on the daily, getting to see them navigate their perfect imperfection together, was great. I even busted out the coquito and sat near a …well I haven’t put up my tree yet, (don’t you judge me!) so I settled for a Christmas movie playing in the background.

Michelle: For you non-Latinas, Coquito is Puerto Rican eggnog, get it together DeLuca!.  Anyway (rolls eyes), I agree, I was asked for a quote earlier today on why I loved Thresholds, and this is what I said: I loved Thresholds because it’s like revisiting family members you haven’t seen for a while and that’s what the Walshes are to me, family. You can relate to each character, my spirit animal is Shannon and everyone but obviously Ivy knows, that I get quite stabby for Will.  Thresholds is that warm fuzzy blanket you love snuggling up to during a cold winter’s night with laugh-out-loud, hot sexy times and bittersweet moments.


Anyway, I really enjoyed seeing the way the individual chapters worked together, like individual plotlines on a soap. The good kind, without the melodrama, just drama mixed with humor and feels. There are unexpectedly serious moments that give depth and heart to this tale and I loved it. I’ve certainly read alot of holiday novellas for several different ongoing series and I’ll say it – this was a much richer tale than I anticipated.  When it could have just been a straight candy cane epilogue, Ms. Canterbary made this a legit meal that you can savor while you wait for the next installment.

Michelle: Good point Ivy, I agree.  Each chapter was delivered with the same enthusiasm we come to look forward to when reading a Kate Canterbary book.  You see lots of growth and how each have tackled marriage or almost leading to the altar.  We also get some new blood.  Good times.  Man that epilogue, don’t get me started.  Author lady sure knows how to keep us wanting more with that little tidbit.  

Ivy: Ms. Canterbary has preserved her spot on my auto-read/buy list, no doubt. And as we get to the end of another joint review, I just have to say that it was just as much fun as ever, girl.

Michelle:  Thank you Ivy for letting me crash the party, I must go now and re-read Thresholds and get reaquainted with my man Will because …


Well, besides our neverending “mine” battle, as you can tell, this is Shorties-approved and we absolutely recommend, especially for those who have already read the Walsh series. And if you haven’t, don’t jump in here, but start from the beginning. It’s so worth it.

– Ivy & Michelle

*An ARC provided by author for an honest review.

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#1 Underneath It All

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#2 The Space Between

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#3 Necessary Restorations

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#4 The Cornerstone

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#5 Restored

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#6 The Spire

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#7 Preservation

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Kate Canterbary doesn’t have it all figured out, but this is what she knows for sure: spicy-ass salsa and tequila solve most problems, living on the ocean–Pacific or Atlantic–is the closest place to perfection, and writing smart, smutty stories is a better than any amount of chocolate. She started out reporting for an indie arts and entertainment newspaper back when people still read newspapers, and she has been writing and surreptitiously interviewing people—be careful sitting down next to her on an airplane—ever since.

Kate lives on the water in New England with Mr. Canterbary and the Little Baby Canterbary, and when she isn’t writing sexy architects, she’s scheduling her days around the region’s best food trucks.

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  1. Dawn Cagstrick says:

    Love this review! I am delving into the #WalshShenanigans today ❤

  2. Hahaha!! I love this review! Most excellent job Ladies!

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