The Kisses, book 1
Category: Contemporary Romance
Overall Rating: 3.9
- Captivation: 4
- Sizzle: 4
- Romance: 4
- Enjoyment: 4
- Literacy: 3.5
Book Description: When small-town girl Emma LaRue won a vacation to an exclusive tropical island, a last minute cancellation meant she would be going by herself. Shy and studious, she never had time to fall in love, and often wondered if she was just meant to be alone. However, that all changed when a handsome stranger literally walked into her life while on the beach and sparks began to fly.
New York’s most eligible billionaire bachelor Jack Saunders thought this vacation would be the perfect escape, one last hurrah, before taking full control of his father’s company. When an innocent Emma didn’t recognize him, he figured that he might get a chance to have a vacation from being rich. He didn’t tell her about the cars, the yacht, or the penthouse. All he did was let her fall in love with him.
Soon, Jack found that he was the one falling in love with Emma. When they enjoy a fantasy marriage ceremony on the beach, they thought it was a bit of harmless fun before returning to their normal lives. A bittersweet goodbye was supposed to be the end of their perfect vacation romance, but when photos of the ceremony were leaked to the press, everything changed.
Feeling lied to and thrust into a world of wealth and privilege, Emma must choose between following her dreams or following her heart. Will she be content at being nothing more than the billionaire’s wife, or will she return to her normal life with only memories of saltwater kiss
Captivation: I started this book somewhat weary of actually liking it. I was very pleasantly surprised that I did, in fact, enjoy the book. I enjoyed it so much so that I read it straight through, with minimal stops. The story doesn’t have a great deal of drama, but is a sweet, shorter read that catches the heart.
Sizzle: I found the love scenes quite tantalizing! There’s a level of innocence to the main characters initially, but the way Lakes builds their relationship makes the intimate scenes between them comfortable, taking out the awkwardness that authors tend to use with initial scenes (making them realistic) – without making the book and erotic romance.
Romance: I categorize this book as a shorter novel. As such, the relationship building in this book was well written, semi-realistic (as much as it can be when talking billionaire romances), and quite sweet.
Enjoyment: I enjoyed this book quite a bit. I was somewhat bored/annoyed with the several pages of non-action and non-interaction between the characters – the acceptance from Emma of the situation without any kind of heat, drama and/or fight.
Literacy: There were several sections in the book that had missing words, or incorrect words. Lakes uses several similes that are awkward and not necessarily appropriate (I hope) to her intent.
Overall, I found myself quite pleasantly surprised by this book. Usually I avoid the Cinderella-type romances as the stories are usually so far-fetched and unrealistic to make them just plain uncomfortable. This version, however, was sweet and well written.