A first kiss is hard to forget—and Kelsey Brian’s just walked into the bar where she works and isn’t planning to leave anytime soon. It figures. With her last semester of college finally here, Kelsey can’t wait to finish the year smoothly and start a new chapter. She doesn’t need to drive over yet another bump in the road.
Ethan Connelly has spent most of his adult life trying to be accepted by his father, and now he has the chance to make him proud. He’s also just stepped into another chance with the girl who got away. Deciding who matters most to him isn’t an easy choice. If he picks his father, he’ll lose her again—if he picks her, everything he’s worked for will be for nothing.
Can Kelsey learn to trust him, or will Ethan’s secret of why he’s really back in town tear them apart?
As far as debut novels go, Just One Kiss is a pretty good one. I was intrigued by it from the get go – starting with the blurb and ending with the quality writing and the lovable characters.
The book is a fun, light and just ‘happy-feel’ read – it does have some heartbreaking moments, but mostly it made me just adore reading it.
Just One Kiss, follows Kelsey and Ethan – two very different individuals, with distinct upbringings and even more distinct future plans. While Kelsey strives to become a writer, while also studying accounting, to please her father, Ethan is only looking to get his father’s acceptance. That’s the reason he relocates and takes to running the Black Alcove also known as BA, from his cousin Sara, while she takes a year off and travels the world. He doesn’t expect to find Kelsey there, the girl with whom he shared a kiss years ago, and whom he still has a crush on. Their chemistry is still there and it’s hard for them to fight it off. They start off as frememies, but that doesn’t take long to transform into something more. Then the unexpected happens, add to this Ethan’s father selfishness, and I was left wondering and hoping, that this couple will get their HEA.
I enjoyed that the author didn’t go for the shocking plot twists, and even it it was a bit predictable in part, it still kept my interest and made me cheer for our heroine ans hero, and all the other secondary characters. The funny parts were hilarious – from the fence jumping scene, to the ‘accident prone’ Ethan whenever he was near Kelsey, to Sara and Logan’s interactions – this book was a hoot.
The one aspect I wish was a bit more developed is the ending – I wish the author would have taken more time in resolving the plot twist – it was a bit too rushed, and we were more so told what happened than showed – I always want this part to be expended and make me feel for these characters than have it all solved in a flash.
All in all, Just One Kiss is worth reading- it’s a fun, summery <<<why not?! read – with perfectly combined hysterical and unhappy moments, all culminating in a celebration of love and family, that just gets you feeling upbeat and ready to face the world 😉
***ARC reveived from the author in exchange for an honest review***
JAMI WAGNER was born in Wyoming. Still living in the Cowboy State, Jami and her boyfriend are currently writing their own love story with their yellow lab.
Jami enjoys writing New Adult and published her debut novella Date in the Dark in 2015.
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