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Just a Kiss Away (Devils and Dames Book 3) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
She is the recipient of a National Waldenbooks Award and a four-time RITA and Golden Choice finalist. Her work has been critically acclaimed as some of the very best by the Detroit Free Press, The Dallas Morning News, and Publisbers Weekly.
Jill currently lives in the Pacific Northwest, where she is working on her next book, Wicked, which Pocket Books will publish in 1999. Readers may write to her at P.O. Box 8166, Fremont, CA 94537-8166. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B08FT9Y7Q8
- Publisher : Oliver Heber Books (August 12, 2020)
- Publication date : August 12, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 2250 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 397 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #187,957 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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JUST A KIS AWAY’s heroine, Eulalie Grace LaRue, known as “Lollie” by her friends, is probably one of the most hilarious and unforgettable characters I’ve ever come across. So naïve and helpless that it’s funny, she gets into scrape after scrape because she honestly doesn’t know how to function outside of her protected Victorian world. Throwing a woman like that into the thick of a jungle with murderous men on her heels is an unusual premise, for sure. But instead of getting aggravated by her seemingly endless ditzi-ness, readers will come to love the pampered society lady that makes up for her real-world knowledge by “spitting in the eye” of her situation and finding her inner courage and spunk. I smiled and giggled the entire way through this book. Well, I take that back; there were a few times I grinned and blushed instead.
And the hero? Sam Forester could’ve stepped right from an Indiana Jones or Steven Segal movie script. A rugged, muscular, one-eyed, mercenary soldier with a thirst for danger and a knack for escaping sticky situations, Sam is as opposite as one could get from the fluffly pink chiffon-encased Lollie. To say they are worlds apart is an understatement. But that’s what makes this book such a fun read. It seems they both are in need of someone to rescue them after all.
Following Sam and Lollie through the jungle on one harrowing adventure and Lollie-induced-disaster after another will keep you turning pages late into the night. Add in a talking bird with a bad attitude and knack for saying awkward things and a few hairy tarantulas into the mix and you’ll be wiping the tears of laughter out of your eyes. I loved this book from the very first pages until the last. Five stars!
Despite the fact I could not stand the heroine, Lollie, Just a Kiss Away was a great story. One adventure after another. I guess I have to thank Lollie for all of those moments but still, annoying is one effective word to describe her.
Just a Kiss Away seemed like a really long book. It kept going and going and just when I thought it was going to wind down, something else popped up. Lottie and Sam experience one adventure after another. Hacking their way through bug infested jungles to escaping mercenaries and armed soldiers, Sam put up with a lot of Lottie's inexperience and jinx ridden aversions.
I understand why Lottie was the way she was. In 1896 women were still really sheltered and with Lottie having a whole slew of older brothers guarding her every move, the lady never got to experience much. Lottie could barely walk by a table without toppling it over. A lot of screaming, crying, whining and sulking by Lottie almost had me giving up on the book. I am not a fan of helpless women and Lottie was pretty much the most helpless women I have ever about. Even her general attitude was childish. I stuck it out because I was driven to see how it would all end. I am glad I did.
Sam may have been a mercenary but Lottie was his match. I could not tell you how many times I felt sorry for him. Not pity. I felt sorry for him because I would never want to be stuck with a person like Lottie tracking through jungle. He had way more patience than I ever would have had.
Lottie antics did allow for some very funny scenes and just as many eye rolling moments. There really are no slow pauses in Just a Kiss Away as the story was constantly moving. It was like an action movie.
Some great quotes:
Lollie and Sam yelling at each other
"If Abraham's son had been like you, Sam Forester, it wouldn't have been a sacrifice!"
"If Christ'd had you along, he wouldn't have needed a cross to become a martyr."
Sam after Lollie accidentally stabs him with a knife
"Any bastard stupid enough to give Lollie LaRue a knife deserves to get stabbed."
Teasers: spiky raw chicken, Medusa the scene stealing bird, tarantula thread roll, trained fighting roosters
Sam Forester is a mercenary for the US government. He wears an eye patch to cover the spot where one of his eyes used to be.
When these 2 first meet, Sam is trying to escape from men who want to kill him and Lolly is strolling through the streets of a town in the Philippines.
Lolly injures him in several ways and finally he grabs her and tries to escape and return her to some place other than a place where he is.
The 2 of them are thrown together in terrible situations. They fight their way through the jungle and with one another.
The readers knows there will be love, and there is, but it takes awhile.
This is a funny book with 2 leading characters who are interesting and well developed. We learn who they are and how they came to this time in their lives.
If you like romance with a different twist, this is a book for you. If you like plot that is not exactly like every other book, this is a book for you. And finally if you want to laugh out loud, this is definitely a book for you.