Welcome to Kissing Creek, where everything has a romance-themed pun for a name and love is lurking around every corner...
Audrey Miller doesn’t believe in happily-ever-after, so she is definitely living in the wrong town. But she’s never getting out of Kissing Creek, because playing pseudo-mom for her younger siblings doesn’t leave time for much else. She’ll do anything to make sure they don’t end up stuck like she is, working as a barista in a college town, serving Pink Passion mochas with Chocolate Smooch donuts.
Then Ronan Walsh, a new young professor and walking cliché, right down to the elbow patches on his blazer, steps in for a coffee and into her life. She knows his type—intelligent and charming, yet sweet as a cinnamon roll, the sort of man she’s inevitably attracted to but is always out of her league. So why does someone like him have any interest in a worker bee with no future?
Her bland-as-oatmeal existence has nothing to offer, but Ronan’s temporary teaching position is only a stepping stone on his way to somewhere else. He isn’t here to put down roots, Audrey’s roots are firmly planted—neither of them is looking for love. And maybe that’s just perfect.
But in a small town called Kissing Creek, sometimes love can be impossible to avoid...
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I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and I am voluntarily reviewing it.
This was a delightful story of how two people overcome some invisible walls that they unknowingly erected against relationships. This is because of the way they grew up. Audrey had to grow up fast to look after the family and Ronan was because his mother basically abandoned him and his younger sister. This was written in my favorite dual POV format. I love this format as I can really get to "know" the characters and connect to them better.
Audrey Miller is basically raising her younger siblings after her mother passed away and her father became an unemployed drunk. The second oldest has already flown the coup and attending college. Audrey works at the local coffee cafe and her aunt's store. Audrey has one passion in life and that is learning. Even though she didn't finish high school to take care of her brother and sisters, Audrey attends one night college course. She isn't working for a degree just the knowledge to improve her mind. One morning while she is working as a barista, in walks a very handsome man. Audrey has never seen him before and just minutes before she is informed that some people are taking advantage of their college workers' discount. Ronan Walsh is just back from years living and working in the UK. He wants to be closer to his family in Boston so he came to this unassuming college for the next year. These two immediately feel the attraction.
Reading about these two and how they come together and strike sparks off of each other was so entertaining. Their banter and trivia questions to each other was very informing for me the reader as well. I even had to show my husband several trivia lines.
There are several sexy scenes in this story so I can only in good conscience recommend this to someone over the age of 18 as I wouldn't want to offend anyone. If you are over 18 and LOVE a wonderful rom-com, then you really need to give this a try.
Welcome to Kissing Creek
I admit, I’m a fan of Stefanie London’s writing, so I’m not sure my review will be all that impartial. Stefanie’s books, for me, always have the right dose of heart, humor and heat, and “Kissing Lessons” is no exception. Both main characters, Audrey and Ronan, come to the relationship with baggage. Audrey has dedicated her life to raising her brothers and sisters, while Ronan watched his mother walk out on him as a child. It doesn’t help that their first meeting is less than ideal, too. I’m not very keen on discussing plot in a review, only because it seems so many other reviewers do and it becomes tedious. Instead I’ll say that I really connected with the characters and felt particular empathy for Audrey. There were moments of laughter, sadness and hope. “Kissing Lessons” was sweet and sexy and a great read. It was a wonderful world to get lost in for a few hours, and I’m looking forward to more visits to Kissing Creek in the future. I highly recommend it. (Note: My gratitude to the author and publisher for allowing me to read an advance copy of this book. All opinions are my own.)
Dare To Dream
Audrey has had a really rough life. Losing her mom at 15yrs old, having to pitch in and help raise her siblings because her dad is so bogged down with grief...But to Audrey, family is EVERYTHING! She makes the ultimate sacrifice when putting her life on hold in order to keep her family together. She does have one “selfish” indulgence-she takes one class per semester at the community college. She‘s not taking classes working towards a degree, but because she truly enjoys learning. But she begins to wonder what she may be missing out on when she meets the handsome, new college professor.
Ronan loves teaching! When his grandma suffers a health crisis, Ronan decides to temporarily move back to the Boston area, to Kissing Creek. Ronan accepts a job as a professor at the area community college where he can continue to teach and work on his book. Although his family (sister and grandma) are important to him, his work is his LIFE. Ronan has no intentions of EVER settling down. HIs flighty mom all but guaranteed that. Until he stops by for coffee and meets Audrey...
Love, loss, and life....This story had all the feels. I laughed, cried, and wanted to strangle a few people along the way. The quirky facts were AWESOME. I loved that education was highly valued! Ronan’s support of Audrey and her dreams was endearing. I also enjoyed that Audrey wasn’t your typical “skinny, perfect girl”. She was NORMAL and was very accepting of herself. Ronan’s grandma was gruff, but a softy too. This was a feel good, huggable story with forgiveness being key in moving towards happiness. I read a gifted copy and all opinions stated are my own.