A Kiss is a Kiss is a Kiss by Destiny Moon

A Kiss is a Kiss is a Kiss by Destiny Moon
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (49 pages)
Other: F/F
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

On Pride morning, bookish and reserved Rachel musters the courage to talk to her barista crush, only to discover she’s not alone in her desires.

Where does an introverted bookish dyke hang out on Pride morning? Her local LGBTQ bookstore, of course. While helping to put together the store’s annual float for the parade, Rachel reveals that she has a crush on the barista at the coffee shop next door.

The bookstore gang encourages Rachel to step out of her comfort zone and talk to the barista, even though Rachel is convinced she must have a boyfriend. Much to her surprise, the girl flirts with her and even shows up at the bookstore on her coffee break, where she introduces herself as Mavis. In spite of her shyness, Rachel lays bare that she has had a crush on Mavis for some time and Mavis—to everyone’s surprise—wants to know what Rachel is doing after the parade.

Beside herself with disbelief, Rachel skips through the parade. She is so unsure of herself and the new connection with Mavis and she’s convinced that Mavis is straight. When Mavis confesses she has never been with a woman, Rachel must face her worst fear—that she was right. But it doesn’t take long for Mavis to convince Rachel that she’s up for a new experience.

Rachel doesn’t want to be an experiment and she has a hard time trusting that Mavis wants more than just a bit of fun on Pride. Can she take the leap of faith so necessary in taking their connection to the next level?

Eventually somebody has to make the first move. Will Rachel regret being the one to do it?

The dialogue made me grin. It was written so realistically that at times I felt as though I was eavesdropping on someone else’s conversation instead of reading a book. I especially liked how smoothly Ms. Moon transitioned from the characters having a conversation to describing the settings they were in or what they were planning to do next. These sections were very nicely done.

It would have been helpful to have more details about Rachel’s personality. The way it was described in the beginning of this story didn’t always match up with how she behaved. I would have liked to know why this difference existed and whether or not Rachel realized it was there. She was a very appealing character to me. It was simply difficult to understand why she made certain decisions that seemed to conflict with her temperament.

Rachel and Mavis had an incredible amount of chemistry that didn’t waste any time showing up in the storyline. It was fun to see the first sparks fly between them so quickly! I really liked seeing how they interacted because of how well they got along with each other. They seemed to have a lot in common, too, which only made me root for them to end up together even more.

A Kiss is a Kiss is a Kiss is a good choice for anyone who is in the mood for something sexy and romantic.

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