Kiss Me Quick My Rating:
Published by: Tule Publishing on July 9th 2015
Genres: Adult, Cliffhanger Free, Contemporary, HEA, Romance
Juliana Jones is twenty-seven, single (divorced) and out of work (again). But for the next eight days none of that matters. A citizen of the Royal Pacific cruise ship, she’s going to put it all behind her and with the aid of sun, rum and fun she’s gonna get her wild on. Then JJ discovers that she’s on a Second Honeymoon Cruise and is the only unattached passenger on board and the only one under the age of sixty!
Enter Kane Phillips, former star athlete turned ship’s fitness director. Kane can make JJ’s knees melt with a glance, but he’s staff and therefore off limits (right?). Besides, JJ’s not looking for a guy who has faced his own disaster and come out the other side of it all self-aware and ready for a relationship. Better to leave relationships to those who know how to tend one. But JJ’s feelings for Kane are growing and she has nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, and even if she could run…Is Kane just the man to keep up with her?
Kiss Me Quick by Ally Blake is the first book in the Cinderella Project Series. It’s a fun, sweet, and super cute romance. But don’t let that fool you into thinking there isn’t substance behind the sweetness.
It was a quick read. I read it in one sitting—just a few hours. But while short, it wasn’t short on feels. I really enjoyed the characters, especially some of the septuagenarians on the second honeymoon cruise. I only wish I could have had more of the quirky, meddlesome matchmakers! Kane and JJ were great characters and easy to like and root for. They’re flawed, their lives are messy, and they don’t have things figured out. All of which make them relatable.
The setting—a cruise for second honeymooners—was fun. It was a different idea. I was skeptical about it working when I first read the synopsis of the book. I wasn’t sure how JJ could unbelievably end up on a cruise for honeymooners in their golden years when she was neither married, nor anywhere near her 50s, 60s, or beyond. But Blake created a scenario that I thought worked and I enjoyed the dynamic of a younger woman surrounded by a bunch of well-meaning older women matchmakers.
The book did have quite a few typos, misspelled and misused words, which bugged me somewhat. The formatting was nicely done, however. And I liked the cover. It was fun and sweet and fit the story.
Bottom line: While maybe a tad predictable, Kiss Me Quick is a sweet romance that gives us everything we want and need in a HEA romance. I really enjoyed it and recommend it to anyone who is looking for a quick, feel-good story. I’m looking forward to the next book, Love Me Tender, in the series, which I’ve already downloaded.