Reading is something I’ve always loved, but I love it ever more when a book finds you just when you need it. Kiss Me Not was a book I didn’t knew I needed. This book left me with a smile on my face and a cozy feeling at the end. A big thanks to the author and Social Butterfly PR for providing me with an ARC to read and review! Keep reading for my review and a little excerpt!
What do you do when you’re the reigning kissing booth champion but the only person you want to kiss is your best friend’s brother?
Kiss Me Not, an all-new hilarious brother’s best friend romance from New York Times bestselling author Emma Hart is available now!
Let me make this clear right here, right now: I, Halley Dawson, do not care that Preston Wright is kissing other women.
Not a lick. Not at all. Nuh-uh-freakin’-uh.
I do care that he’s doing it six feet away from me behind a gaudy velvet curtain—making him my competition in this year’s kissing contest.
Why do I care, you ask? Because I’ve had an unfortunate crush on the insufferable idiot since I was sixteen years old, but I also know it’s never going to happen.
He’s the Creek Falls bachelor to die for, and I’m the Creek Falls racoon lady who puts peanut butter sandwiches out for them every night.
I’m not going to let him break my four-year-long reign—no matter how many times he breaks the rules and slides the curtain across to do the one thing he’s not allowed to:
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Kiss Me Not is the first book I’ve read by Emma Hart, but it definitely won’t be my last! Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop (even though I had to, because I had to work). Lately I’ve read a lot of emotional books that felt pretty heavy, but Kiss Me Not definitely got me smiling again and ready for something new.
Halley is the reigning kissing booth champion at her town fair and is back to defend her title. Things get a little awkward, when she finds out her competition is her best friend’s brother, Preston. It’s clear that they both have feelings for the other, but hide it by trying to be enemies. This gives us readers a lot of fun banter and some fun competition.
Halley is a dedicated librarian. She’s sarcastic and can seem really tough, but she has a big heart. I mean, come one, she feeds the raccoons who used to come and raid her trash. Those were my favorite parts of the book. Even though this kissing competition isn’t something she’s looking forward to anymore, she does is for charity. Halley wants to help those in need!
Preston is single and so many women would date him if he were to give them the chance. He’s not open for that though, because a lot of them are just after him for his money. That’s not what he’s looking for! Preston can seem arrogant, but he’s really sweet. What guy would make sandwiches for someone’s raccoons after insulting her on accident?
There is definitely chemistry from the start and I love how it slowly came together. Things didn’t go smoothly, but there wasn’t too much drama or angst. Kiss Me Not was a lighthearted romance with a few steamy moments near the end.
Besides this fun romance, the cast of characters is amazing. Halley’s friends are nuts and made me look forward to their stories. Her family is definitely quirky and I can understand where her insecurities comes from. Don’t even get me talking about Preston’s grandmother and Halley’s aunt, haha.
All in all, this is an amazing feel good romance that had me laughing out loud. I need the next book ASAP!
“I never answered your question.”
“What question?” I darted my eyes to the side.
“Just now. You asked me if I wanted to kiss you.”
I did, didn’t I? Right. “Oh,” was all I said.
Slowly, he moved his hand to my chin and gently lifted it. Still, I didn’t look at him, keeping my eyes firmly trained on the front of the tent, even though I was facing him.
“I want to kiss you.”
My eyes darted to his.
“I thought that’d do it.” His lips twitched, and he lowered his head until I had to fight the urge to close my eyes in anticipation of the kiss that was coming.
I swallowed, my lips parting.
Preston moved closer.
And he kissed my cheek.
I jerked out of whatever trance I’d just been in. “What the hell?”
He jumped off the stage, grinning. “I guess we’ll have to wait until tomorrow to break the stalemate, won’t we?”
“Oh, hell no!” I jumped off, stalking him to his side of the stage. “You just stood there in front of me and told me you want to kiss me, then kiss my cheek? The hell was that?”
His eyebrows shot up, amusement flashing in his eyes. “If I didn’t know better, I’d think you wanted to kiss me, too.”
“Irrelevant,” I shot back. “But you’re a special kind of asshole to tell a girl you wanna kiss her and then not do it.” I turned around, then stopped. “You know what? When I beat you tomorrow, you can kiss my ass.”
“You’re way too mad about this.”
“I’m not mad!” My voice raised a few octaves. “I couldn’t care if you want to kiss me or not. I most certainly don’t want to kiss you.”
“Why are you shouting at me?”
“I’m not—” I was shouting at him. “Whatever,” I said in a normal voice. “Make sure you take that money to the bank. Tell Tish I sent you.”
I left him on his side of the curtain and went to get my purse. He could get fucked. After all that where I think I was so damn nervous I broke a sweat, he didn’t even kiss me.
I wasn’t lying with what I said.
He could kiss my ass.
I’d even wear my good panties and bend over for him.
About Emma Hart
Emma Hart is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty novels and has been translated into several different languages.
She is a mother, wife, lover of wine, Pink Goddess, and valiant rescuer of wild baby hedgehogs.
Emma prides herself on her realistic, snarky smut, with comebacks that would make a PMS-ing teenage girl proud.
Yes, really. She’s that sarcastic.
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Kiss Me Not was such a fun feelgood book and I’m really looking forward to Kiss Me Tonight! What was the last feelgood book you read? Let me know in the comments!