One Kiss by Misty Simon

One Kiss by Misty Simon
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday (Valentine’s Day)
Length: Short Story (63 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Fern

The last place Lorena Weber wants to be on Valentine’s Day is a singles party thrown by her newlywed best friend. But how can she say no? She’ll give it an hour—two, tops—and then she’s heading back to her normal life. But she didn’t plan on seeing the one man who had turned her world on its side New Year’s Eve with one kiss that opened doors she had firmly locked.

Caleb Manning got coerced into attending this ridiculous party by a co-worker. He’ll stay for an hour at most and then he’ll head home. That was the plan until he recognized Lorena across the room and had to see if that kiss was only New Year’s Eve magic or something more.

Lorena loves her newly married best friend dearly, but not even that friendship can convince her to stay at a singles-only Valentine’s day party for more than an hour. Two at most. While looking for the fastest and least offensive means to exit the party, Lorena bumps into Caleb, the handsome stranger with whom she shared a New Years Eve kiss. Could Lorena and Caleb really get a second chance at something great?

I found this to be a fun, lighthearted romance. While I shuddered at the idea of a singles-only hook up Valentine’s day party, it was just clichéd enough to be fun – Pin the cloud on the Cupid! – and an excellent setup for the story. I enjoyed how the chapters alternated between Lorena and Caleb’s point of view – so I could get a good handle on both characters and see things from their eyes. I also enjoyed how there was no rushing – no jumping into anything the moment their eyes met and they recognized each other. The slow fall was delicious and made the happy ending even more sweet for me.

Readers who prefer the bedroom door closed might need to skip just a few pages. While the (one and only) sex scene is consummated with the door open, it is not particularly descriptive and certainly not to my mind explicit or in a manner to make a girl blush. Readers who enjoy steamy kisses and passionate clinches shouldn’t mind the fact that Lorena and Caleb do move a step further without purple prose or strange euphemisms. I really enjoyed how tasteful I found the scene and was deeply satisfied to have consummation without anything too explicit pointed out for me. It was also a natural next step for both Lorena and Caleb, so I felt it suited the situation perfectly.

A fun, modern story with a good deal of laugh-out-loud funny moments. I found this a sweet and endearing story and one I greatly enjoyed. Recommended.


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