Book One in the Kate & Jay Series

When local television news anchor Katherine Kyle is thrust into the national spotlight, it sets in motion a chain of events that will change her life forever. Jamison “Jay” Parker is an intensely career-driven Time magazine reporter; she has experienced love once, from afar, and given up on finding it again...That is, until circumstance and an assignment bring her into contact with her past.​


Kate and Jay’s lives intertwine, leading them on a journey to love and happiness, until fate and fame threaten to tear them apart. What is the price of fame? For Kate the cost just might be everything. For Jay, the price could be the other half of her soul.​

Lynn Ames Reading

audio excerpt for - The PRICE of FAME



The Price of Fame by Lynn Ames is the first book in her series featuring Kate and Jay. I first encountered them in the latest installment, the standalone novel Final Cut, and enjoyed coming back to the beginning to read about how they got together 30 years prior.

Jamison Parker is in Albany to interview the Governor of New York when she turns on the TV in her hotel room and sees a face she’s been thinking about for five years. Katherine Kyle is at the state capitol building, covering the wreckage after an explosion and helping as many survivors as she can. Later that night, Kate can’t believe her eyes when the woman who made her believe in love at first sight approaches her.

Kate’s exclusive coverage of the tragedy thrusts her into the national spotlight, and Jay’s boss at Time magazine wants her to write a story about Kate. Spending time together stirs up old feelings, but can their fledgling relationship stand up against Kate’s newfound fame?

The Characters

Kate and Jay have it all: they’re brilliant, beautiful, talented women who are at the top of their respective careers. Just when it looks like they might be too perfect, we see that they also each have their own flaws, especially around communication. Their snappy banter is particularly endearing and worth the price of the book alone.

The Writing Style

The Price of Fame is a page turner, moving quickly from Kate and Jay’s reconnection at the beginning of the book, to an ending that promises more to their story.

The Pros

The dialogue is so much fun that it often had me smiling and laughing.

The Cons

I can’t get into it without spoilers, so I’ll just say that I found the conflict and some of its resolution frustrating to read (for the record: I’m team Jay).

The Conclusion

I had a lot of fun reading The Price of Fame. I preferred Final Cut, but I enjoyed going back to the beginning and seeing Kate and Jay as their younger selves.


"Ames, much feted for her lesbian mysteries and romances, adds another to her record of successful storytelling. Narrator Emily Beresford provides a fully voiced performance of the two featured women. Kate and Jay first met during a skiing accident when Jay was in college. Now, a few years later, they're meeting again as Kate, a TV journalist, reports live from a state capitol bombing. The crush Jay felt that first time is still much alive, and Kate, happily, is feeling romantic now, too. Beresford effectively differentiates the two principals, as well as the wide range of secondary characters, by varying pitch and tone. Her pacing fits each scene, whether one of tenderness or camera-rolling chaos during news reporting. The first of a series, this audiobook, and its team of Kate and Jay, should find a welcome audience." ( AudioFile Magazine)