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And Then He Kissed Me (A White Pine Novel) Mass Market Paperback – July 28, 2015
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AND THEN HE KISSED ME:
"4 1/2 stars! Sassy modern storytelling makes up Amos's latest which is filled with humor and warmth. Kieran is a sympathetic bad-boy-turned-good, and Audrey is down-to-earth and charming. The verbal sparring between Kieran and Audrey is infectious, and their fiery chemistry jumps off the pages. With steady pacing and distinctive, colorful characters, Amos' read is a sweet and sexy modern read."―--RT Book Reviews
"This determined and lovable heroine and her reformed bad boy will capture readers' hearts."―Publishers Weekly
EVERY LITTLE KISS:
"Fun, fresh, heartwarming, and sexy."
--Lori Wilde, New York Times bestselling author
"Small-town warmth, relatable characters and plenty of sweet, sexy, fun."
--Sarah Morgan, USA Today bestselling author
A KISS TO BUILD A DREAM ON:
"4 stars! Laced with humor and filled with colorful characters, Amos' latest is a sweet romance about second chances. The banter...is amusing and [the] chemistry is electric."―RT Book Reviews
About the Author
Kim Amos is a romance writer whose Midwestern roots run deep. You can usually find her hanging out in a state that borders the Great Lakes. She is married to an artisan ice cream maker, which is a dangerous complement to her enduring love for cheese. Learn more at www.kimamoswrites.com.
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Right from the cover of And Then he Kissed Me I knew (okay…I had high hopes) that I would enjoy this book. I must say, I was most definitely NOT disappointed. I had a wonderful time escaping into the world of White Pine, Minnesota. Though I must say…I was definitely annoyed with Kieran in the prologue! Really dude….show more class than a Post-It Note…and during the White Pine Asparagus Festival! Luckily, he redeemed himself…… eventually
I certainly had great sympathy for Audrey when she lost her job as a P.E. teacher at the local high school as a result of cut-backs and then had to apply for a sales position in the Harley-Davidson dealership to make ends meet. However, a smile did cross my face when the position that she got was actually as a person showing off the Harley’s scantily clothed as opposed to a sales person as she had hoped. Oops :) And isn’t her lucky really bad, when her new boss is Kieran…the guy who walked out on her, breaking her heart five years ago….and whom she has not gotten over.
Early on Audrey is feeling a bit sorry for herself, as evidenced by this quote when she is with the Knots and Bolts crew:
“Audrey felt a small twinge of jealousy as she studied her friend’s laughing green eyes, her radiant smile, and the sparkling ring on her left hand. She tried ignoring it, but the splinter of emotion just buried itself deeper: this feeling that Audrey had lived in White Pine her whole life, played by all the rules, and hadn’t found love, but Willa had managed to swoop in, find a guy, and start a business in a matter of months.”
One can certainly get into Audrey’s ongoing feelings for Kieran right from the start when she catches herself daydreaming at work:
“…Audrey swore she could almost see the outline of his rock-solid abs through the cotton material. She licked her lips distractedly, thinking about lifting the shirt from the waist of his jeans and sliding her hands underneath, running her palms over his ridges, the heat from his skin warming her through and through.”
I loved the following quote…showing the strength of character that Audrey has “You hurt me, yes. But break me? Never.”
Kieran, in the prologue is your basic Harley riding bad boy…..hot looking and not wanting any permanent attachments. Kieran and Audrey had two great weeks, but then Kieran got cold feet…at least that is what we are lead to believe in the beginning. Interesting enough, that storyline is definitely much deeper than just cold-feet. It was in fact a bit twisted. We get a hint of Kieran when one day he is also musing at the dealership:
“He tried to picture the diploma on his office wall, the glowing reviews he’d received from his own managers in the past, and the ever-growing numbers on the calendar marking his time in recovery.”
At that point in time, I realized there was more to Kieran than the bad boy persona. I was intrigued and hooked…could not put the book down!
I would say for the most part…it was in true romantic style…and therefore somewhat predictable…but comfortable. What set this apart from other books in this genre was the depth of the secondary stories. Betrayal of a sister all in the name of trying to protect her sibling. All I say to that is …..When will people learn…honesty is always the best policy. The reasoning behind the dishonesty of Audrey’s sister is complicated and better left for the reader to discover.
I also really enjoyed the sub storyline of Audrey helping a former student (Alexis) with her overly possessive and domineering boyfriend, Hunter. It added depth and suspense! Enough said on this…except it was gripping.
This was a great second chance romance with much depth. I am additionally intrigued by asparagus beer :) As well, I really enjoyed that characters from the first book were also in this book, so the community and people seems familiar to me. I eagerly await to read One More Kiss (White Pine 2.5) and Every Little Kiss (White Pine 3.0).
*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*
I love a good second chance romance. Make it a SCR with a strong female lead and a hot reformed bad boy and I get giddy.
My favorite part of this story was Audrey and the strength she showed throughout the story. She's was no doormat and she definitely didn't need a man to keep her safe. She was pretty badass.
I didn't fall hard for Kieren right away. I did have a slow steady kind of appreciation for him though. I loved that once he decided he wanted Audrey back, he didn't try to hide the truth from her for long at all. He knew what he wanted and that in order for it to work out, he had to confront the past head on. He even confronted her sister Casey and made it clear where he stood.
This story was really low on angst but heavy on the small town feel. There was more to it than just the romance between Audrey and Kieren, which made the story just a little more interesting. This wasn't a story that will stay on my mind for any great length of time but it was a nice, easy summer read.
*I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Publication Date: July 28, 2015
Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna
Rated: 4 Stars
This was an enjoyable romance surrounding a young woman who lived her life trying to be what others thought she should be until life threw her a curveball. Kieran has also transformed himself from what he once was and it was fun to watch them dodge and parry their way back together. I was pleased to have a dangerous mystery thrown in as it added a nice edge to the story. I enjoyed this book and look forward to seeing how Audrey’s sister finds herself in the next one.
*Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Audrey loses her job as a teacher and is desperate to find another job. She finds one all right at the local Harley store working for her old flame Kiernan. He tries his best to stay clear of her and not to hurt her even more. But, since this is a romance novel....of course they end up falling back in together. There are several twists and turns to their relationship and some suspense also. I enjoyed this second book in the series and look forward to Audrey's sisters book next. I give this book 4 stars!
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