Impressive. Honestly, if I had been handed this book and known nothing about this author (which I honestly know very little) I would never have guessed that this was her first book. This was so fantastic.
A childhood bully/bullied, enemies to lovers story, this one had all the buildup I look for. The kissing was scorching hot and honestly the entire relationship developed amazingly well.
While I started out feeling this had similarities to another recent book I have read, this steered quickly into new territory and the story grew quite beautifully. Brody’s childhood and his relationship with his mother was just heartbreaking. But the love and devotion that transpired tapped into the feels something hard. Phew. I was a mess.
For the first time in Owen’s memory, the long table his grandfather built over 40 years ago, was filled with family-blood and chosen.
Family indeed. This had such a strong sense of family. Of love. Of commitment. And of support. These moments were simply beautiful.
I have heard more is to come from this author and eagerly await more on Jonah. He was a quiet force but so compassionate and strong. And Gabe…wow! Look out. I am so in love with this character. His style, his wit and his love for Brody was written perfectly. In addition, the banter with Leslie was just so well done and genuine. Every scene felt real.
I adored the aunts, the mothers and even sweet and confused Nate. Cannot wait to see more from this guy as well.
Overall, I adored every moment of this book and cannot find one thing to complain about. LOL
** Highly Recommended**
An ARC was received from the Author in exchange for an honest review.
When love drives you crazy . . .
When sexy Joe Malone never calls after their explosive kiss, Kylie shoves him out of her mind. Until she needs a favor, and it’s a doozy. Something precious to her has been stolen and there’s only one person with unique finder-and-fixer skills that can help—Joe. It means swallowing her pride and somehow trying to avoid the temptation to throttle him—or seduce him.
the best thing to do . . .
No, Joe didn’t call after the kiss. He’s the fun time guy, not the forever guy. And Kylie, after all she’s been through, deserves a good man who will stay. But everything about Kylie makes it damned hard to focus, and though his brain knows what he has to do, his heart isn’t getting the memo.
… is enjoy the ride.
As Kylie and Joe go on the scavenger hunt of their lives, they discover surprising things about each other. Now, the best way for them to get over “that kiss” might just be to replace it with a hundred more.
About That Kiss
by Jill Shalvis
January 23, 2018
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It hurts to know that fate has given me the perfect person for me to love, but has failed to make it reciprocal.
Gaaaahhhh this book is a killer and an emotional journey that I was not expecting at all.
Gabe, I have to say, I loved from the first moment I met him. His hardass work demeanor, snark, no-nonsense personality totally worked for me. Throw in equally entertaining banter by his assistant, not to mention one that does not let Gabe get away with anything, and I was hooked from the start.
“I think the first person that I’ll put on your team is Tracy from Reprographics.” Hugh immediately spits his water all over the table and Gabe’s suit.
My boss hardly reacts. He just brushes the moisture off, while staring intently at Hugh. It’s the look of a lion toying with its prey. “Yes,” he continues. “I think you really need her and it’s past time that we made her position more formalized. My only query is which position?” He shoots a quick glance at my pen scribbling over the paper taking notes, before continuing. “Should we say missionary, or reverse cow girl?”
Now, that said, this is not what I would call a typical romance and Gabe is not your typical “boyfriend”. He can be quite difficult to love at times. And while the journey to get through his issues is quite heartbreaking it is done so amazingly well. My heavens…the writing in this was quite phenomenal and the emotions are high. Every act has multiple meanings and insight and while you want to throw your kindle at times, I appreciated how Dylan mentally dealt with this man.
I hold him tight, aware when his breaths slacken into the deep, even sounds of sleep, and I can kiss his head and inhale his scent without him protesting. I don’t let go. I feel the need to grab a tight hold on him because, like water, he’s going to slip through my fingers and flow away sometime soon. I can sense it.
And with the highs are some beautifully described moments between these two men. Then throw in a set of parents that anyone would love to have and I am a mess. Rebecca and Tom were gracious, insightful and loving and saw through this beautiful man from the first moment they met him and their advice to their son was painful but real. I only wish we had gotten more of them at the end of the book.
“If his childhood was deprived of love, it will be hard. He’ll probably need love like no one else, and you can give that, Dylan. You’re one of the most loving people that I’ve met, but it won’t be easy. When you’ve gone years alone you develop a hard shell, and sometimes that shell never cracks.”
While the journey is hard, the HEA is strong. Perhaps the epilogue was a little over the top but damn, after the journey, it worked for me. And getting Gabe’s POV even for just a few moments was lovely.
Now I do wish we had perhaps gotten a little more closure or perhaps seen the door slam behind the twat…but I guess I can’t have everything I wish for.
I eagerly await more from Henry and Jude. Both amazing and caring friends who equally deserve to find love.
*Highly Recommended but don’t expect a lighthearted Romance*
Together we are strong.
Together we will survive.
The mind amazes and scares me. Knowing people in my life who have mental issues and seeing firsthand the images and situations that can be created within the mind is fascinating but also so damn frightening. The mind holds really all the power over the human body and to see a mind conjure up such vivid images and thoughts is scary. And yet, the mind can also protect the body by guarding memories from coming forward. How? I am utterly amazed. Ok I am crying now.
This book is one that I feel will stay with me for the rest of my life. I fell in love with all of these beautiful characters and personalities. Their differences, their similarities and yet their common love for Oryn. Their true desire to protect.
This is not a book I can easily review however. This is a journey and an experience that as a reader you just need to submerge yourself into. DID, or Dissociative Identity Disorder, from what I have since read further about on line, is so amazingly and accurately depicted in this book. Written with such care and compassion.
Yes, disorder is chaotic. Yes, it is chaos. And yet for me this disorder is offering protection. It is creating safety and love and the mind is trying to hold together something that could spiral out of control if it were not doing so. For me this book is about order not chaos. This is about the mind finding a way. And Vaughn…gaaahhh sweet Vaughn. If everyone could look at another human being the way Vaughn looks at Oryn, this world would be a better place. Ok literally, I cannot see my screen through the tears. I need to stop now.
Read this book. Just read it. Go in with as accepting of a mind as Vaughn, and while you will be as scared as he is at times, you will feel so many similar emotions, conflicting thoughts and will be equally challenged by what is considered “normal”. Realize not every relationship is the same, not every mind is the same and certainly not every love is the same.