About That Kiss by Jill Shalvis
Series Heartbreaker Bay
Genre Adult Contemporary Romance
Publisher Avon Books
Publication Date January 23, 2018
When love drives you crazy . . .
When sexy Joe Malone never calls after their explosive kiss, Kylie shoves him out of her mind. Until she needs a favor, and it’s a doozy. Something precious to her has been stolen and there’s only one person with unique finder-and-fixer skills that can help—Joe. It means swallowing her pride and somehow trying to avoid the temptation to throttle him—or seduce him.
the best thing to do . . .
No, Joe didn’t call after the kiss. He’s the fun time guy, not the forever guy. And Kylie, after all she’s been through, deserves a good man who will stay. But everything about Kylie makes it damned hard to focus, and though his brain knows what he has to do, his heart isn’t getting the memo.
… is enjoy the ride.
As Kylie and Joe go on the scavenger hunt of their lives, they discover surprising things about each other. Now, the best way for them to get over “that kiss” might just be to replace it with a hundred more.
With witty characters helplessly fumbling into a relationship, adorable puppy stealing the attention, and the family and friends meddling in all affairs About That Kiss proved to be an entertaining and enjoyable read.
Kylie and Joe were delightfully well paired and sexy as all get out. Both being alpha by nature, controlling, protective, stubborn, and bossy, there were sparks flying both mentally and physically.
They both had survived challenging childhoods, made a good life for themselves where the love for the family was in the center, and taking care of those surrounding them a priority. They both had their own quirks and challenges, but that made them even more likable and easy to relate to. I really liked them together, they got each other, they argued but had those difficult talks about feelings, they accepted each other as they were and to understand that it might have been the biggest challenge in between them.
The story has a touch of romantic suspense in it with the investigation Joe is helping Kylie with, but without the sharp edges and intensity, the genre is associated with. The sharpness of the story comes from the clever banter between all the characters, sarcasm and jibing the main forms of communication.
Each chapter in the book starts with a cliche in a hashtag. I have seen that done by a couple of times, and I admit it is coming to be a pet peeve of mine. I have noticed that the hashtag at the beginning of the chapter is like letting all the air out of a balloon when it comes to the build-up from the previous chapter in the story. The cliche also sells the upcoming chapter cheap keeping the expectation lower than they need to be.
With the ideal balance of humor and emotion, angst and adoration, past information and present character development, all embedded into the vivid images and lovely natural flow of the well-written story, About That Kiss was an engaging, endearing, and amiable story.
~ Four Spoons
“What kind of a kiss?” he asked. She was momentarily bewildered. “I don’t know. It was a kiss. A normal kiss. A nice kiss.” She cocked her head at him. “How many kinds of kisses are there?”
He just looked at her for a long moment before coming toward her. He backed her to the wall and pressed his big hands on either side of her head. “There are many kinds of kisses,” he said.
Her breath had backed up in her throat, where her heart had lodged, pounding wildly.
“Such as this one.” And then he leaned in and covered her mouth with his.
Only when he’d thoroughly plundered and pillaged and left her boneless did he lift his head and look into her eyes.
“Wow,” she whispered, fully aware she was still holding on to him like he was a lifeline, but the bones in her legs had liquefied. “I mean . . .” She shook her head. “Wow.”
He nodded. “Yeah. So to be clear, that wasn’t ‘a normal kiss’ or even ‘a nice kiss.’ It was a ‘wow’ kiss. Any questions?”
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