Book Review-About That Kiss by Jill Shalvis

About That Kiss is a charming and sweet romance that will leave you with a smile on your face and a book that will evoke hoots of laughter and smiles all around…perfect book to get you out of the winter blues

I haven’t read Jill Shalvis in a while, I will admit that I didn’t get a kick out of book one, so I have been nervous to get back into this series but I can say that I really enjoyed About That Kiss way more than I was expecting too. I really have to be in the mood to enjoy Jill Shalvis and I think I was in the “right” mood for this book. And I am so happy that I really enjoyed this as much as I did. It was a bit different than what I was expecting, but I was pretty happy with out it played out in the end.

Both Joe and Kylie have a love/hate relationship going on. They have a great kiss which is why the title is so aptly named “about that kiss” because honestly they keep going back to that moment. Joe has a few alpha male tendacies, he has never taken it seriously with a woman before so of course he is way out of his element with Kylie. Now Kylie has had her sights set on her boss, but the way that Joe kisses her changes everything even though she knows that Joe doesn’t do relationships or long term….EVER!! And boy she feels like she is walking down a path that is so unknown.

What really made this book WOW the reader, is the chemistry that these two have. I do have to say that I LOVED their interchanges and boy these kissing changes are powerful I can tell you that much. Definitely blew me away and yeah I liked Joe’s character because his whole take control and kiss the gal against the wall or inside a closet…totally did it for me. And I really got a kick out of seeing them solve a mystery together and develop some true heartfelt feelings for each other along the way. There was an almost “poignant” feel to their relationship and I just adored the way this story developed especially the romance of the story was so “on key” and I have to say Bravo to Jill Shalvis for making this book so special for me.

About Jill Shalvis

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras with her family and far too many assorted quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental.

Look for Jill's latest, ONE IN A MILLION, on shelves and e-readers now, and get all her bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold.

Visit Jill's website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

Book Review-Easy Kisses by Kristen Proby

Easy Kisses is a sweet and deeply emotionally riveting romance that takes its readers back to New Orleans with a sexy brit and a southern gal who discover what true love is really all about…

Easy Kisses was such a fantastic addition to this wonderful series and a bit different. What I have really admired about this series is how unique each book is to the sibling of the Boudreaux family. And this story takes some unique elements and implements a warm endearing love story.

  • Simon Danbury, an English Brit, has become famous for his inspirational retreats for women especially in his talent of building of women’s self-esteem and learning to rise above challenges. Simon is hardworking, driven, and loves people. He understands what it means to be hurt by others and strives to help others rise above abusive relationships. He has a great sense of humor and is thoughtful and romantic. SUPER SWOONY!!!
  • Charly Boudreaux is one of the infamous Boudreaux family, she wanted her own place and set up a shop of shoes and dreams of expansion. But she has her own struggles and is emotionally in a tough spot. Charly is spunky, outspoken, but loving and supportive. She is driven and determined but craves love and commitment like her siblings have discovered and what her parents had together.

I personally think a lot of us feel ashamed when we try so hard to help someone, only to have that help thrown back in our face or ignored altogether, and we are doing ourselves such a disservice in feeling that way. It’s important to speak up, and to talk to those closest to you so they can help you. No one who loves you will stand for you being manipulated or hurt, and you should not be ashamed to talk about it.

THIS is the BEST book of the series or what I have read from Kristen Proby so far….HOT DANG,,, this book was beyond dreamy and I just wanted to sigh in so many moments because this book is the epitome of why I read a romance. There is hardly any angst, which I really liked. Of course, Proby has to put in some kind of conflict toward the end because no relationship is perfect right? But what I loved about this book is how easy this book starts off and the relationship between Simon and Charly.

Charly has been coerced by her sister, to join this women’s retreat in Montana. A completely different atmosphere, with mountains and hiking and bears. At first, she hates that she agreed to do this retreat but she soon realizes how good it is for her and how she needs some emotional and mental TLC. Charly works so hard with her business and needs this break and even though it forces her to face up to her past and what she really wants in life especially in the future with a man, she also comes to terms with who she is and where she wants to go on an emotional level. Then she meets Simon Danbury.  Simon is a British motivational speaker for women (AWESOME!!) Truly, this man is beyond sexy because I love how kind and thoughtful he is. There is truly nothing wrong with Simon, except for the fact that he has some unresolved issues with his ex who really really hurt him. But I love how he is with women and how he views them and really he practically worships women and so cool. I love how respectful he is of them. Now he has a strong chemistry with Charly but knows that there is no future for them, and he refuses to give into temptation and compromise his values of these “women retreats” because he wants women to feel safe. But Charly is more than eager to get into his bed and the chemistry between them is off the charts. They seriously love being together physically and Charly starts to realize that Simon gives her what she has craved for years.

The fact that I haven’t been with a man in forever is of no consequence. I want this man. Right now.

But then they go their separate ways until Simon realizes how happy he was with the short time that he and Charly were together and wants more because he knows that what they have is real and wants to explore it. So while working on his projects, he settles in New Orleans for a short time. Charly and Simon begin to “date” and really court each other. And of course, we have the Boudreaux brothers go all “protective” and make sure that Simon really cares for Charly. Which is pretty hilarious, because in some ways, men have not changed over the centuries hehe

There was such a normalcy to this story like honestly, you could see this book happening in real life….that is how real this story felt. Because the way they connect and date each other is so endearing and you can relate so well to it. But we also have two characters that are a bit flawed at times, and make mistakes. There is great personal growth for both these two individually and it was great to see them work though their own mistakes and become stronger together.

You’re stuck with me, love

Overall I found Easy Kisses a truly endearing and profound story that will make you grin like a Cheshire kitty…..Kristen Proby has outdone herself with this treasure!!

About Kristen Proby

Kristen was born and raised in a small resort town in her beloved Montana. In her mid-twenties, she decided to stretch her wings and move to the Pacific Northwest, where she made her home for more than a dozen years.

During that time, Kristen wrote many romance novels and joined organizations such as RWA and other small writing groups. She spent countless hours in workshops, and more mornings than she can count up before the dawn so she could write before going to work. She submitted many manuscripts to agents and editors alike, but was always told no. In the summer of 2012, the self-publishing scene was new and thriving, and Kristen had one goal: to publish just one book. It was something she longed to cross off of her bucket list.

Not only did she publish one book, she’s since published close to thirty titles, many of which have hit the USA Today, New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists. She continues to self publish, best known for her With Me In Seattle and Boudreaux series, and is also proud to work with William Morrow, a division of HarperCollins, with the Fusion Series.

Kristen and her husband, John, make their home in her hometown of Whitefish, Montana with their two pugs and two cats.