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The Perfect Kiss (Kissed by the Bay) (Volume 2) Paperback – December 27, 2015
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SUSAN HATLER is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, who writes humorous and emotional contemporary romance and young adult novels. Many of Susan's books have been translated into German, Spanish, French, and Italian. A natural optimist, she believes life is amazing, people are fascinating, and imagination is endless. She loves spending time with her characters and hopes you do, too. You can reach Susan here: Facebook: facebook.com/authorsusanhatler Twitter: twitter.com/susanhatler Website: susanhatler.com Blog: susanhatler.com/category/susans-blog
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And it might have worked out just fine – if Brody and his friends hadn’t been staying at the mansion right next door. If his fun and charming banter, his patience with her refusals, or his determination to show her that she could have the love of a good man and a successful business… hadn’t gotten in the way of her plans.
I have said it before and it’s worth repeating – I am a huge fan of Susan Hatler’s writing. Plus she’s a super nice person. It is always so easy to fall into her stories. I’ll often discover traits of her characters in my own circle of friends. It’s definitely amusing to me to see them portrayed so well in her books, as if she knew them herself… or has those types of friends as well.
Olivia and Brody are a fun couple. She is smart, stubborn and really can stand on her own two feet. He is charming and understands that anything worth having is worth working for, whether that’s a business or a relationship. I truly liked them separately, but together they made that couple that you see now in their late life, still holding hands on the bench watching the sunset. True love over a lifetime, that is what Olivia and Brody brought to my mind as their story concluded.
When you’re looking for a good, solid love story, one that is realistic yet full of possibilities then you should be looking at Susan Hatler’s titles for inspiration. The Perfect Kiss is a tale well told and a love worth wishing for in your own life. Definitely would highly recommend this story to any Romance reader, no matter their preferred genre.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.* **I also purchased this title for my own personal collection.**
Olivia is tired of her supermarket fishmonger job and wanted to be an event planner for the picturesque Blue Moon Bay... and she just snagged the ultimate gig... Execute a 2-week luxury retreat for Greta von Strand, best-selling author of "Men: Who Needs Them" and her followers, who need to embrace their independence and nurture each other. And Olivia definitely needed some of that independence. However, the retreat hit a snag when Brody and his friends, all hunky firefighters, took up residence next door. Now Olivia has to resist Brody's advances, keep Brody and his friends away from the female guests, and keep Greta's male friend away... and somehow still keep her regular job... in case this gig did not work out. And it happens that Olivia likes Brody quite a bit...
Olivia was basically encouraged by the lessons from the author/guru about going after what she wanted, and she wanted advancement... AND Brody. The push-pull is fun, there were some rom-com worthy moments, and overall it was a satisfying read.
For me, Olivia took a long time to even admit to herself that she had some issues to deal with in her personal life. I thought Brody could have used a kick in the behind too, to use his voice and actually speak to Olivia but then again, there wouldn’t be much of a story. These two were likable characters and think that most of their decisions would be what anyone would say or do in life. The story is really about how they both “win” in a battle of the sexes, as the author describes it, and what happens along the way. Sometimes the book took a long time to get where it needed to but I did like it! And OMG, the author Greta von Strand…I’ll bet every author out there hopes they don’t show THIS face to the world!