I think I have the goofiest grin on my face right now. Where do I even start? This book! Oh man, let me find the words. It was cute and sweet and funny but at the same time, it was serious and emotional and oh so frustrating. This book was an emotional roller coaster; I laughed, I wanted to cry, I wanted to scream, I was worried and frustrated, then I laughed again and ended the book with a smile on my face.
I felt like I was right there with Chelsea, pulling my hair out trying to understand why she couldn’t be with Damien. The chemistry between the two of them was intense and undeniable, so was their fight to keep it in check. He was so sweet and lovable the whole time he was pushing her away. I wanted to be mad at him, I really did but I couldn’t and that was even before I understood why he was behaving that way.
Usually, I complain when there’s a big twist in the book, it’s too obvious, it’s too trivial… this one was perfect and heartbreaking. I really enjoy friends – to – lovers type stories. I love that there’s already a level of trust in the relationship and then they up the stakes and really go for it. When they finally give in, the result is amazing. It seems when you’re friends with someone first you get to skip the awkward getting to know you part of a relationship. There’s something so special about that.
My only complaint about this book is I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to the two of them when it ended. Don’t you just hate when that happens? Penelope went above and beyond in this book. The dogs…. oh, you guys, I just loved the dogs and I’m not even a dog person. They took the book from amazing to ahh-may-ZING!
I’ve only read a couple of Penelope Ward’s books in the past and while I’ve never disliked them, this one feels like it’s a step above. Honestly, I can’t wait to read more of her books in the near future. If I could give this book more than 5 stars I would.
Now, I don’t usually read books that will make me sad and this one sounds like that’s exactly what it’s going to do. But we all need to get out of our comfort zone sometime right? Don’t worry I know life isn’t all flowers and unicorns but I see enough real at work. When I get home I really just want to escape into a fantasy world where bad things just don’t happen. I’ve read a lot of Tijan’s book and they have all been good. After reading the summary I’m tempted to push this book to the front of my to read list. However, recognizing that I’m probably going to end up ugly crying at some point I think I need to be patient and wait until the weekend where I can cry without worrying about work.
This book has been coming up on my suggested list for a few weeks now. At first, I saw the title and decided I wasn’t really interested in it. Kissing booths kind of creep me out. Don’t worry I know how strange that must sound considering my website is kiss like a girl. It’s just kissing booths always involve children and paying for sex two things I am absolutely not interested in. One day I accidentally read the description. I still wasn’t fully sold but I kept coming back to one part, she had a nap on a random person’s bed at her cleaning job. That is too deliciously embarrassing for me to pass up. You know how much I love when embarrassing moments turn into relationships. So, I’m reluctantly eager to give this book and River a chance.
Have you read any of these books? If so, I would love to hear your thoughts. I’m sure you all know the struggle of picking out a good book, so help a woman out and give me some suggestions. What books have you enjoyed lately? As always, it would mean the world to me if you would like me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter. The buttons should just be on the left side of the page.