Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: No Kissing Allowed by Melissa West

I'm excited to be taking part in the blog tour for Melissa West's No Kissing Allowed. See the exciting book details below.

No Kissing Allowed by Melissa West
Release Date: July 28, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: New Adult Contemporary

No kissing. No touching. And definitely no falling in love... Armed with her besties, an embarrassing number of shots, and her list of 10 Wild Things To Do Before Adulthood, recent grad Cameron Lawson is partying it up before she starts her dream job at New York's biggest ad agency. Her last task? Hook up with a random guy. And while it's so not her style, the super-sexy guy sitting next to her is definitely game. No names. No details. At least, that was the plan.

On her first day of work, Cameron discovers her hook-up is none other than Aidan Truitt—her new boss's boss. Talk about failing the “no fraternizing with coworkers” policy on an epic level. Especially when Aidan makes it clear their one night was only the beginning. Falling for him could cost her everything, but sometimes the only way to get what you want is by breaking a few rules...

Sometimes it's just really nice to pick up a book that takes you back to the basics.  A book that's about relationships, love, and romance.  No Kissing Allowed delivered that for me.

This is a simple story, but I love those kinds of stories where the character does something out of character, like a one-night stand, and then goes into her new job Monday morning to find out that the hot guy she spent the night with is her boss. What intrigue!!  That's exactly what happens in this book, and I just adore the conflict such a situation creates. Melissa West tells it so well, and brings something new and different to the mix.

I tend to jump to conclusions about the guy characters that participate in a one-night stand.  Oh, he's a player.  He'll never want a relationship because he just likes to slut around.  These characters surprised me though.  I loved Cameron from the beginning. She is a new graduate, is starting a brand new job in advertising, and is driven and excited by her new career.  That fresh outlook really came out in her narrative, and it reminded me so much of myself when I was first starting out in my own career.  So I was able to relate to her very well.  And then there was her boss, or should I say her boss's boss, Aidan.

Aidan is the other side to this one-night stand coin, and I loved him too.  He's not just a player not wanting a relationship, although he is afraid to commit... but there are reasons.  I loved how the author peeled those reasons back for us and allowed us to get to know him.  I also loved watching him try to fight what is obviously more than just an attraction to Cameron.

The author did really well with the characterization here... even with the friends. I loved Cameron's friends so much.  They were vivid and alive, and their interactions with her were so fun to read.  There was one character in the story who was a bit cliche, but I didn't really let it bother me because I was enjoying the rest of the story and enjoying just being entertained.  Before I knew it, I looked up and I had finished the book.  It was very fast-paced, and had the perfect ending.  A very good read that will leave me checking out other books by this author.

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About the Author

Melissa West writes heartfelt Southern romance and teen sci-fi romance, all with lots of kissing.
Because who doesn't like kissing? She lives outside of Atlanta, GA with her husband and two daughters and spends most of her time writing, reading, or fueling her coffee addiction. Connect with Melissa at www.melissawestauthor.com or on Twitter @MB_West.

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