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Dekker's writing has drawn me in like few authors can. I hesitated to pick up the books because I'm not a fan of Sci-Fi or Fantasy fiction. But now I see that his writing is neither. There are no aliens or fantasy creatures. Instead, his style introduces supernatural events in everyday situations. Healy adds enough of the feminine touch to this story that both male and female readers will enjoy this gripping account of emotional healing and reconciliation. I give "Kiss" five big smackeroos.
However, the character arc seemed a bit contrived. Shauna feels bad for stealing memories and finally ruins a man's past and realizes that she went too far. This doesn't seem like a strong enough change to me. Anyone would feel that way, I think. Also, I wanted to get to know her deeply and although I enjoyed the references to her mother, I didn't feel that Shauna's characterization was as strong as it could have been. She didn't feel like a rounded, real person to me.
Finally, I miss the deep spirituality of Dekker's earlier books.
This is Healy's first book, and despite the things I feel it lacked, both she and Dekker did deliver on creating a page-turning read.
I just wish the end could have left me more fulfilled.
Enjoyed it thoroughly and and could not put it down until finished.
However, after coming out of her coma Shauna finds herself suffering from amnesia; she doesn't remember any of the potentially damaging information she was planning to confront her father with. Yet, during the course of trying to reconstruct her memories she has to deal with various shady characters who think she knows / remembers more than she does and who have a decided interest in her never regaining those memories. From the boyfriend she doesn't remember, to the doctors who treated her with experimental drugs during her coma, to the uncle who seems to be a bit more than just her father's business partner and advisor, Shauna's every move is shadowed and she doesn't know who to trust.
The "catch" of the story is that, as a result of her accident, Shauna discovers that she has acquired the ability to read and steal people's memories. She first discovers this while kissing her alleged boyfriend (hence the book's title), but later comes to learn she has to do little more than touch someone to utilize her new talent. Unfortunately this potentially interesting plot device is never fully utilized. The story twists and turns around on itself in an attempt to seem complicated, but really just spins its wheels with a main character who, even having a recent coma as an "excuse", engages in far too many questionable - if not downright ill advised - activities.Read more ›
The premise of the book has Shauna McAllister, daughter of pharmaceutical industry honcho and aspiring presidential candidate Sen. Landon McAllister, attempting to confront her estranged father at a campaign party with a bombshell misdeed just weeks before the election. Stymied, she retreats with her brother and campaign manager, Rudy, only to drive her car off a bridge. For six weeks she languishes in a coma. On waking, she learns the awful fact that the crash left her brother in a vegetative state and left her with felony drug charges and six months of lost memories. As compensation, she also discovers she has acquired a most unusual gift, one that will prove useful in unlocking the truth behind the crash and the identity of the lover standing at her beside, Wayne Spade, a man she does not remember.
Mysterious text messages, experimental drug programs, baby smugglers, a kindly housekeeper, a shadowy newspaper photographer, a lost love, shady businessmen, the persistent black hole that was her recent life, and memories garnered from other people through intimate contact keep Shauna constantly looking over her shoulder as she tries to piece together answers to the questions lurking behind that fateful night of the crash.
Dekker and Healy have a fine premise that offers thousands of possibilities that could have kept them writing twists and turns that would have kept readers guessing to the very end. The potential is there for a great book, but sadly, _Kiss_ never lives up to its promise.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The premise of this book sounded exciting, but the story in general was disappointing. The writing was almost juvenile; it seemed a high school kid wrote the simplistic prose. Read morePublished 3 months ago by ahammerquilts
I love Ted Dekker,but these books with ms. Healy disappointed . A friend recommended reading Kiss and Burn NOT A FANPublished 5 months ago by Cindy Lee Allen
Great story that kept me reading and not wanting to put it down!Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer