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Eric and Jaime, who tell the book through dual perspectives, have an incredible attraction from the very moment they meet, although Eric’s brother, Caleb, gives Eric a real run for his money in being my favourite guy in the book. The chemistry between them is scorching, developing at a fast pace and definitely leaves you feeling flush with the hot and sexy scenes and chemistry between the pair. Both characters are really likeable and evolve over the course of the book.
Complex Kisses is well written with a solid plot, fast pace and great flow. The range of emotions both characters experience is well captured by the author, allowing the reader to really experience how both feel. The book has a HEA and rounds off all things for Eric and Jamie and I loved the epilogue ending and the extra point of view we get. I can’t wait to read Caleb’s story because he is definitely one of those characters who just steal your heart with their natural charming persona.
Overall, I loved this romance and would highly recommend the book!
*I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.
One day in the hospital canteen, whilst contemplating everything going on in her life, she meets two brothers, Caleb and Eric. With their easy bather and sarcasm, they share a special bond as brothers.
Eric's life is in a bit of a limbo with no job and a fiancée who left him; he finds himself just going through the motions. The pair start an easy friendship and come to enjoy each other's company as they share stories and keep one another going.
What starts as friendship soon turns into more when the couple give into their attraction for one another. They have this connection that neither of them can deny. They just seem to understand each other.
Complex Kisses is this author's debut novel and overall, it was a really good read. Eric and Jamie were both strong characters even though life had thrown them some crappy situations. The sexy times were hot and I found myself fanning off a time or two.
"This is the most complex kiss of my life."
Complex Kisses deal's with sensitive life issues very well and Kim did an amazing job in blending heartbreaking angst with passion and pleasure in a perfect balance. Jamie and Eric are both dealing with personal heartache. Starting out as friends and being each others comfort and light soon turns into more. Two people finding each other when they both need it the most! They were sweet, intense and sexy together! Their connection, chemistry and banter will captivate you. But thats not just from the main characters but from all. Especially Caleb and Hunter they will steal your heart, and I can't wait to carry on this series.
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Jamie’s life changed in a big way when she was a teenager. It left her already rocky relationship with her father significantly lacking. When he finds himself ill, even with their tumultuous relationship, she finds herself back in her home town and by his side. Even if that’s the last place he wants her to be. While at the hospital, Jamie meets two people who have a huge impact on her. A charming guy named Caleb, and his handsome older brother, Eric. There is something special about these two. She can tell right away.
Eric’s life is in a tailspin right now, but meeting Jamie- it feels like things just might be okay after all. They meet by chance, and it’s sort of like they’re both in the right place at the right time. They both need someone, and they start out developing a friendship. It helps to have someone to talk to and lean on when things get rough. It really does start as just friendship, but there is a undeniable spark between the two.
Even though Eric and Jamie only know each other for a short time, the time they do spend together is meaningful. More meaningful than any relationship either one of them have experienced. They have this connection through what they’re both going through and they just get each other. I truly love them both- I loved watching their friendship, and I loved seeing it turn into something so much more.
It’s not very often that a book can have serious subject matter, but can also make me laugh and smile. When it happens, I’m one happy reader. This story did that. Complex Kisses is extremely witty, sexy and gave me all those feels that I crave when reading. I loved all the characters and Bailey’s writing is strong. There was nothing about this book I didn’t love. I give it a full 5 stars and it’s going on my favorites shelf!
I believe that a spark is needed for love to ignite. That spark doesn’t have to be based on looks, it could easily be a spark of admiration or a spark generated by a meeting of the minds. That instant spark, lets you know that there is a potential for connection. You can then take that instant lust / love / connection /admiration and turn it into an everlasting lust / love / connection / admiration. Insta is just the start, everlasta is whatever you make it be. You just have to let the spark ignite.
Complex Kisses has a spark that ignites from the very beginning. Jamie and Eric are at the same hospital watching a family member suffer. Jamie is watching over her dying father whom she has been estranged from for the last 10 years. Eric is here to support his baby brother Caleb who is fighting cancer. Both Jamie and Eric are struggling. Hospitals are not pleasant places to be especially as you watch someone you love or have loved suffer.
When a little flirty spark named Caleb meets a beautiful spark named Jamie and tries to make her smile, it’s the big and generous spark named Eric that ignites.
Caleb is 14 and thinks Jamie is one of the most beautiful women he’s ever met. With big brother Eric behind him, he flirts up a storm to make Jamie smile. Eric admires his little brother's confidence in approaching this beautiful woman and is fascinated with the beautiful woman who doesn’t treat his little brother like he is only sick. Jamie is touched deeply by Caleb who while facing his own issues, takes the time to try and make her smile. Caleb, with his baldy head and sickly pallor, teaches two grown-ups to make the most of every day.
Complex Kisses is not just a story about dealing with sickness and death, it’s also about coming to realise that you may not have been living the life you were meant to. Eric has lived his life following the path set for him. He had a successful career and a woman in his life who he thought suited his lifestyle. When Caleb’s heath issues were diagnosed, Eric realised his life was shallow and not at all what he wanted for himself. With the job gone and the woman out of his life, he’s looking for a new path.
Jamie has not had an easy life. She lost her mother and sister when she was younger and her father never really recovered. When Jamie and her father should have been there for each other to help and support through their grief, He turned to alcohol and She turned to her boyfriend who she thought she loved. At seventeen Jamie finds out she has a surprise entering her life and when she needs support from her loved ones, they desert her in her time of need. Her new path was forced upon her but it made her stronger and ended up being one of the best things to happen in her life.
Jamie and Eric are attracted to each other physically, but it’s the support they give to each other that really helps them connect. It’s not easy to start a relationship when your father in lying in a bed dying or when your mother spends her days crying over your sick brother. The little time outside of the hospital that they spend together is time to get to know each other better. In a short amount of time Jamie and Eric’s feelings deepen but both of them are too scared to trust them.
I really enjoyed Complex Kisses. Considering this is Kim Bailey’s debut novel, she has done an amazing job. I will admit that there were a couple of times that I felt it was a bit bogged down with inner-monologue but then again, this was a story about looking into yourself. I also had a WTH moment when I thought it was going to end in a cliffie, but of course, it was just me being silly. Jamie does do something towards the end that I wanted to smack her silly for, but luckily Eric gave her a talking to and fixed it right up lickity split.
I loved the characters, the storyline made me think and the steamy scenes showed a great connection between the characters. I definitely recommend Complex Kisses and will be reading more of this authors work in the future.
This is Ms. Bailey's debut book but it doesn't read like one. It was written like someone who knows what makes a good romance. I’m really excited for everyone to read this book. I'm looking forward to more books by Ms. Bailey. She rocked my reading world!
So I usually stay away from books that are too heavy or emotional. I read to escape into lala land and give myself a break from real life stress. Complex Kisses, while dealing with some pretty heavy subjects, was an awesome mix of heavy and light, emotional and funny, sexy and romantic.
I felt all of the feels!!!
What I love about this book:
~Caleb. Man oh man, I love Caleb. His charming flirtatious ways, his bravery, his optimistic attitude. I can't wait for Caleb's book. PLEASE GIVE ME CALEB's BOOK NOW.
~ Eric. He was a hot, strong, sweet hero. I love the way he was there for his family and for Jamie.
~ Jamie. I felt for her from the start - a single mom, doing the best she can without parental support, always putting her child first. I wanted her to find love and was rooting for her from the start.
“This is life, beautiful girl. This is truly living and feeling. Sometimes it hurts. Sometimes it hurts a --- of a lot. But that’s only made me appreciate it more when it doesn’t.”
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