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And Then He Kissed Me (A White Pine Novel) Mass Market Paperback – July 28, 2015
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"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*
While out of her comfort zone in the new job, especially once she realizes that Kieran is her new boss, standing in front of everyone in sexy leather biker clothes gives her a certain attitude that bleeds over into her every day life. Watching her come out of her shell and shine is an absolute treat. But it isn't always easy.
Besides dealing with Kieran (which would be enough on its own), her controlling sister is pushing against not only her changes but her being anywhere near Kieran again. Having it been the two of them for so long, it definitely isn't easy for Audrey to deal with her sister's attitude. But as she finds a new stride, I cheered for her every step of the way. It's glorious and she's definitely one of my favorite heroines of all time - her opening comment to Kieran sealed it for me ... but you have to read it to find out what she said (or look at reviews on Goodreads) :)
I also loved how vulnerable both Audrey and Kieran are in this situation. Both of them have to come to terms with the past and decide if they are going to let it impact their future - Audrey on whether she can trust Kieran again and Kieran on whether he can be vulnerable but more importantly if he can reveal a secret that will hurt Audrey. It's not an uncommon dance in romances but one that Amos handles exceptionally well.
It's no surprise that I didn't read the first story in this series, A Kiss to Build a Dream On. Luckily this is one of those times when it didn't matter, although I'm definitely adding it to my TBR pile. With fantastic primary and secondary characters and an emotional storyline, And Then He Kissed Me is a must read and Amos is an author to watch. She has two more White Pine stories this year and I can't wait!
(Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review)
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