A Kiss by the Book: Volume 2 (Kiss & Tell) Paperback – 2 Apr 2014
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About the Author
Christy Hayes writes romance and women’s fiction. She lives outside Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, two children, and two dogs. Visit www.christyhayes.com for more information.
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This was a really good YA/NA romance story, although there were once again some funny lines!
I really liked Zach and Jenna in this. I wasn’t Zach’s biggest fan in the first book, after all who moans at their girlfriend for breaking up with them before a big football game? I mean what a tool! Thankfully though I liked Zach in this, even forgiving that line! Zach turned out to actually be a sweet guy, and he and Jenna made a really good match.
The storyline in this was good, and I am so glad that I decided to read it! I switched to this book for a break from another book, but liked this so much that I read 80% of this before going back to the other book! I really enjoyed this one, even though there were a few dodgy lines –
“that flick of her finger made his kickstand spring to attention.”
His kickstand? I’ve never heard it called that before!
“Her tiger was about to meet his lion, and together they’d roar.”
“(she) couldn’t help but marvel at his perfect arches. Even his feet were beautiful.”
Anyway, the romance in this was really good, and I really loved how Zach and Jenna slowly got to know each other. The kisses and sex scene were hot, and Zach and Jenna made such a great pair!
The ending to this was pretty good, and I was glad that we got a ‘happily ever after’ for Zach and Jenna!
Overall; great YA/NA contemporary romance,
8.5 out of 10.
It took me a little while to warm up to either of them, as in the beginning Zach's is utterly obsessed with football and his own greatness, whilst Jenna is arrogant and believes she's intellectually and morally superior to Zack without bothering to get to know him. Luckily they both change as their friendship grows, and as we get to know them we see what the other is falling for.
I haven't read the first in this series, Kiss By Design, and though this can be read as a stand alone, I think I would have benefited from having read the other first. I hope I would have liked Zach's brother and ex more at any rate, as they came off very badly in this one.
* ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review *
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At the end of the last book, Zach was devastated with the initial breakup of him and Emily and the thought of Emily and Dylan becoming a couple. He is more shattered than anything about the fact that his familiar world is crumbling around him. This book kind of delves more into his feelings on the subject and how he is going to cope with it. And...well...he copes a bit better than he realizes.
This book is a fight between the two characters but also an internal struggle inside themselves. As much as they want to deny it, the two are more alike than they think. They both have these environments that hold no surprises. They are comfortable. They have planned against the inevitable, and no one can take this away from them. But love is a fickle mistress and will take them to a place they never expected.
They will try to contain their feelings, denying them, but life will throw them for a loop.
Okay, so throughout this book, Zach gives a nickname to Jenna. I don't want to give it away, but I have to say that it made me squeal every single time. It was just so cute, and that, paired with the denial of their growing feelings for one another, just made it that much more intimate and...well, I couldn't stop smiling each time the name came up. In fact, I still can't stop smiling when I think of it.
We get to see the real Zach in this story. The one behind the persona he exudes. He truly is a sweet guy. It just has taken him a bit longer than most to find his true self.
I liked this book. The author makes a good argument for this the hero's circumstances and does a good portrayal of Jenna. I still can't really sympathize with the weirdo American football culture, but whatever. It was a fun read.
I get it, that was sort of the point, that he and Emily had a relationship based on all the wrong things. I also know that he realized this but he still continuously seemed to put all of the blame off on Emily and Dylan. Then Jenna started to do the same thing. P.S. You guys kissed while he was still dating Emily but I guess that doesn't count against you? That was my least favorite part of their story. I think I still just have a lot of love for Emily and Dylan. Haha.
I did love that Jenna gave Zach a hard time and that she didn't treat him like he was some sort of god. I LOVE that she never went out of her way to dress up and "make herself pretty" just to tutor him. She was exactly what Zach needed without either of them knowing at the time. It was good to see another side of Zach in this book. He tends to come across as a cocky, selfish jock but in reality he is so much more than that. He doesn't like to party and he cares about getting good grades, he hopes for a future in football but is realistic that it might not be in the stars for him so he isn't banking on that alone. I think it showed a great maturity for him to put the responsibility of deciding the outcome of their relationship on Jenna. He didn't want her coming to him because she felt sorry for him or obligated but because she wanted to be with him. It was important that their relationship was decided based on their feelings without outside interference.
It was great to see Zach and Jenna get their HEA. I'm just hoping we get to see little brother Nick grow out of his pervert stage and into his own relationship in the next book, if there is one? A reconciliation between Dylan and Zach would be a welcome surprise in a 3rd book as well. :)
*I received a complimentary copy from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review