Thursday, May 28, 2015

Blog Tour & Review: 21 Stolen Kisses by Lauren Blakely

21 Stolen Kisses by Lauren Blakely came out on May 26, 2015 and I'm so privileged to be a part of the blog tour and book blitz organized by Ink Slinger Blog Tours.  See the book details, review, author information, and giveaway below!!

21 Stolen Kisses by Lauren Blakely
Release Day: May 26, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
Genre: New
Adult Contemporary

When I first met him I resisted. Like any forbidden love, I told myself he was a crush, and it would pass.  That was a lie. It never faded.  And I never expected he would fall for me just as hard.

There were so many reasons that should have kept us apart, least of all, the decade that separated us. Growing up in New York City, I learned early on that love is a double-edged sword. Love broke up my parents, love took away my friends, and love — the big, intense, never-been-like-this-before love — landed me in therapy. Now I’m heading to college, and it’s time to give love a clean slate again. But, can I really start over when he’s still in my life Because the one man I’ve always wanted, is also the only guy I absolutely can’t have…And he wants me just as fiercely.  Can I settle for anything less than the love of my life?

This story was a lot deeper than what I was expecting.  By the name and summary, I was expecting a little forbidden romance with a touch of humor perhaps.  I did get the forbidden romance, but there were plot complications and deeper emotions that I didn't anticipate.

First of all, I loved the two main characters.  Noah is an older man in his mid-twenties, hence the forbidden quality to the relationship, as he is into the 17 year old daughter of one of his clients.  I have to say though, that even with that large age difference, I was surprised and gratified with how careful, how gentle, how honorable and noble he was about the entire scenario.  He never took advantage of Kennedy.  I loved him for loving her for herself and not for sex.

Kennedy was harder to get to know, but only because she was a bit closed off as a character.  She's had to be due to the complicated relationship she has with her parents, especially her mother.  The nature of that relationship with her mother just made me want to shake the woman for doing what she's doing to her daughter and for having no qualms about it, not realizing how her actions might affect Kennedy.  I also wanted Kennedy to stand up for herself, and yet, that was really the point of the whole story.  Will she reach a point where she grows strong enough to do that?

I loved the character growth Kennedy goes through in this story. It was very well done, and very believable.  The story had some surprises I didn't expect, was at times very romantic, and sad as well. I enjoyed reading this story very much.



     He inhales sharply. The look in his eyes says we’re crossing into the danger zone again. It’s the only place I want to be with him. Because when we’re there, nothing between us feels dangerous. Everything feels right.
     “I turn eighteen in a few more weeks,” I say, like my birthday is an open invitation for us to slam back into each other.
     He nods. “I know.”
     A breeze blow by and rustles his hair. A lock falls out of place. Instinct takes over. I raise my hand to reach for his hair.
     But he’s faster. He grasps my wrist, and the second he does, the moment expands. It stretches and unfolds into the thing I will replay tonight and tomorrow and the next day. I stare at his hand clasped around my wrist, flashing back to all the times he held my hand, touched my wrist, and ran his fingers along my arm. I shiver as the memories collide, the past slamming into the present.
     I look up from our hands to his eyes. Blazing, full of heat. Full of all that restraint from him that I know so well.

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About the Author

Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart, and humor, and she has
had seven books on the New York Times Bestseller list and eleven on the USA Today Bestseller list. Like the heroine in her novel, FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. She loves hearing from readers! Her bestselling series include Caught Up in Love, Seductive Nights, No Regrets and Fighting Fire. She recently released Forbidden Nights, a standalone novel in her New York Times Bestselling Seductive Nights series that became an instant New York Times Bestseller. This summer she'll release Consumed by You, her next title in her NYT Bestselling Fighting Fire series about sexy firemen and the women they love, and Sweet Sinful Nights, the first book in her new series Sinful Nights. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney. 

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