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Kiss it Better Paperback – July 1, 2013
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About the Author
Linda is a contemporary romance author from the midwestern USA, where she lives with her wonderful husband, daughter, and nine cuckoo clocks. The eighth and final child of dairy farmers, she was forced into having a vivid imagination if she ever wanted to do something one of her siblings hadn't already tried. Feel free to visit her at her website: www.LindaKage.com
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WHILE I read this book - I am excited to turn every virtual page on my Kindle. Am so excited to read what happens next. The twists and turns are a bit contrived and maybe even over the top, but I am still completely engaged.
Then things wrap up in the end and I am feeling a little bit 'taken in' by the author. Like the author is trying to manipulate my emotions and feelings and then at the ends continues to do it - but badly.
So the premise of the book is that an extremely hardworking, driven, (and yes, super sexy) Reed is working as an accountant. Already, nerdy field with super hunk? Okay - I kept going with it.
Sophia is a gorgeous woman who works in the same office as Reed. She has a history of going out with 'broken' men in attempts to heal them.
Eventually, they paths cross romantically and bomb after bomb drops - revealing various tragic events in certain characters' lives.
Again, as a reader, I was still engaged. A little surprised at the depth of the tragedies, but still hanging in there with baited breath.
Then...it seems each character reveals a depth of strength that astounds us all, and are on the fast lane to healing.
I think that is what bothered me the most. The tragedies are so profound, yet the repercussions/effects are fairly minimal. I expected more angst, or struggling. It was more like, "Hmmmm,I don't feel worthy". and just lighting up more cigarettes does not seem to be a great way to heal.
So....with that said.
I still gave the book 4 stars because it still hit that 'spot' for me. The one that says, "I would like to read a romance with a HEA, with some steamy scenes, gorgeous characters, interesting plot, no cliffhangers, where we like the characters (even the supporting characters), with some humor, or sass. No major misunderstandings, nor too heavy angst. No characters that are so broken and just feel unworthy all the time, nor perpetually grieve for their losses. Yup. This fill the bill."
The author throws in some great scenes of Reed attempting to join the main stream society during his healing process, that are fantastic. I loved it. Like a kid trying to learn how to overcome the fear of jumping off a diving board, or learning how to ask someone over for a playdate. It's adorable. A bit juvenile, but it makes Reed so incredibly endearing. And how Sophia walks him through all of it, she is a trooper and all heart. We love her for how she completely takes Reed under her maternal wing.
This book was enjoyable and fun to read with heart-felt characters and an easy to follow plot.
Reed Walker's life is almost perfect, he's got a job, a nice apartment shared with his best friend and he's about to ask the girl of his dreams of a date - until he received a call that his sister, Danni has been sexually assaulted. Just when every thing else in his life is starting to fall apart, Sophia, the girl he has been wanting for ages, strolled in to his life.
Sophia didn't want to add another Troubled Man to the list of her dating partners. She has enough of them. All he wanted to find was someone normal - no emotional issues, no hidden past or scarred soul, just an average guy. But then there was Reed Walker - he has more baggage than anyone. Only if he could tell her what is bothering him - perhaps they could work things out, and she could just kiss it all better.
The secondary characters are pretty amazing as well. Most especially Nic - he's an awesome, awesome friend. He may hook up with a lot of girls and bring them home (despite the fact that Danni is staying with them), but he doesn't judge, he listens and most especially he wanted to help.
I NEVER EXPECTED. I thought all the while... I was so surprised, had my jaws drop in the revelation. I didn't see it coming. Sexual abuse or any types of abuse can happen to anyone, at any place, at any given time. Denial doesn't help. So as keeping it a secret. Victims of abuse are not of fault here. They should know that - we should make them realize it.
Linda Kage never fails to amaze me with the twist and turns of her stories. I love this book turned out to be, my expectations were exceeded. This wasn't just a book with a pretty cover, nor it deals with a love story between two couples. Linda Kage ventured into one of the most delicate topics of the society - she had done successfully with tact and sensitivity.
*ARC Copy was given in exchange for an honest review
Sophia has had nothing but bad luck with any man she's had a relationship with and unbeknownst to her, Reed has always had a crush on her. However, Reed thinks he's too damaged for her to even think of asking her out or starting a relationship.
The story begins when Danielle, Reed's younger sister, is attacked and raped at her college dorm room. Reed begins to feel unhinged because of the horrible memories from their past are coming back. In the meantime, Sophia, reaches out to Reed because she feels like Reed is in need of a friend. Sophia and all of the women in her family have had an attraction to men with emotional damage.
No one knows of Reed's horrible experience or so he thinks, until Danielle has a nightmare one night and it suddenly comes back to her when she inadvertently shares it with Reed's best friend and roommate, Nic.
This story grabs you and doesn't let go until the end. I love how this story flows. I cried when Reed begins to share his past with Sophia but cheered as their love began to unfold. Loved the support that Nic gave Reed and cheered as Danielle began to heal.