Friday, July 20, 2018

After the Kiss by Lauren Layne (audiobook)

Title: After the Kiss
Author: Lauren Layne
My Rating: B+
Narrator: Samantha Cooke

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: Sex, Love, and Stilettos #1
Main Characters: Julie and Mitchell
Release Date: January 2018 (audiobook)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Lauren Layne kicks off her Sex, Love & Stiletto series with a delightful short novel! In After the Kiss, the star columnist of Stiletto magazine will do anything for a story. Anything . . . except fall in love.
Julie Greene loves flings. Loves steamy first dates, sizzling first kisses, and every now and then, that first sexy romp between the sheets. Comfy pants, sleepy Sundays, movie nights on the couch? Shudder. But when Julie gets assigned the hardest story of her career—a first-person account of that magical shift between dating and “I do”—she’ll need a man brave enough to give a total commitment-phobe a chance at more.

Normally, Mitchell Forbes would be exactly that man. A devastatingly hot workaholic who tends to stay in relationships for far too long, he should be the perfect subject for Julie’s “research.” But what Julie doesn’t know is that Mitchell is looking to cut loose for once in his life. And the leggy journalist notorious for avoiding love is exactly the type of no-strings fling he’s looking for. In other words, Mitchell is the polar opposite of what Julie needs right now. And, at the same time, he’s exactly what she wants. 
My Review:
Overall: 4.0
Performance: 3.75
Story: 4.0

Which came first How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days or this book? I honestly don't know, but this book reminded me so, so much of that movie. It was hard to separate the two in my mind. 

Like the movie, Julie Greene has her girl-tribe who all work with her at her magazine at Stiletto. She also has a demanding boss who requires her to go out and do the impossible story...a story about falling in love...something that Julie doesn't do. She's the dating girl. The one who goes out and has fun for a couple of dates and then MOVES ON. So, to complete her assignment, she goes for the boring guy. 

Mitchell is a guy from Wall Street. In other words...he's BORING. While Julie is dating him for an article. He's dating her for a bet. (See, I told you...this is so much like the movie. But I liked the movie, so it was fun to basically see a retelling of it with slightly different circumstances.)

And while on the surface these two have nothing in common, they don't care what the other thinks so they are themselves...something that neither one normally is and they quickly discover that they have some amazing chemistry. 

Even with all the similarities to my favorite movie, I loved listening to the audio of this book. It was fun and entertaining and funny. I loved the romantic chemistry between Mitchell and Julie and loved the whole setup of who they are as characters. I've read the last few novels of the Oxford series, so it's fun to go back and read through the first novels of the Stilettos side of that. 

Lauren Layne is one of my favorite authors and I recommend all her books. They're smart and fun and there's always great dialogue and repartee between the characters that makes for really entertaining reading.

I can easily recommend this one, too.

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