New Release Review and Giveaway! JUST KISS ME by Rachel Gibson

 Title: Just Kiss Me
Author: Rachel Gibson
Release Date: July 26, 2016
Publisher: Avon Books
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: Paperback/Ebook/Audio
Inside the Book:

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Gibson returns with this dazzling love story filled with sizzle, sass, and just a bit of southern charm . . .

“Hello, Ms. Vivian . . . it’s been a long time.”

And with those words, Vivian Leigh Rochet nearly melted. It’s been years since she last saw Harrison Whitley-Shuler. She was a teenager scrubbing houses for a living. He was the gorgeous son of rich parents, not fit for the likes of her.

Vivian had vowed to get out of Charleston, become a big Hollywood star, and stick it to the snooty girls who made her cry.

She got what she wanted—and more—but why does her glamorous life seem so trivial?

Harrison got out too . . . making it all the way to Wall Street, until a heart attack forced him to trade in his cufflinks for a good set of hand tools.

Making furniture soothes his soul, but escaping the Whitley-Shuler heritage is nearly impossible. And now he’s come face-to-face with the one who got away. He’s not looking for love. He’s not even looking for sex . . . so why is resisting her the hardest thing he’s ever done?

 

Review:

It’s been a while since I’ve read a Rachel Gibson book, so I was really excited to have a chance to read this one. It does have a slow start…partly, I think because the “one who got away” aspect of the blurb isn’t really correct. If you go into this one thinking that Henry (the hero’s name in my ARC is Henry, so that’s the name I’m going to use here) has ever lusted, secretly or otherwise, after Vivien in the past, you may be a bit disappointed by the h/H interactions for the first quarter or so. This is probably a book you’re better off going into without preconceived notions.

Instead, just read the book. 🙂

It starts with a few of young Vivien’s (full name: Vivien Leigh Rochet–so Southern; love it!) diary entries, a device that I really enjoy in books and which is used for a nice effect throughout the novel. Since this is a return-home story as much as it is a enemies-to-lovers one, the entries are a fun way to bring us up to speed on her childhood without bogging us down in flashbacks. In the novel’s real time, she’s just come back home for her mother’s funeral. Since leaving North Carolina for Hollywood years ago, she’s come back as little as possible, so there’s quite a few things about her mother’s life in the interim (and earlier, for that matter) that she had no idea about–some which are going to come as quite a shock.

But the biggest shock of all just might be Henry Whitley-Schuler, who may or may not still be a scary butthead, but is most definitely much hotter than Vivien remembers.

This is going to be a problem. Or not be a problem, depending on your perspective. 😉

Their romance is a slow burn, and seems doomed to failure due to their history and the fact that she’s now a movie star and he’s dedicated himself to a low-stress life as a carpenter. Despite this, I loved the two of them together and really, really hoped Ms. Gibson would find a way.

Spoiler alert: she does 🙂

My only complaints? 1) The resolution happens very quickly. It felt pretty rushed, especially given how slow moving their relationship is for so much of the book. 2) How they’re ultimately going to make their seemingly incompatible lifestyles work isn’t really explained. 3) Not enough cute Vivien-and-Henry togetherness time (at least partly related to complaint #1).

Still, There was a lot to like in Ms Gibson’s latest book, and I very much enjoyed the time I spent reading it. I’m so glad she’s back!

Rating: 4 stars / B

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Meet the Author:

 Rachel Gibson is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of fast-paced contemporary romance novels. Publisher’s Weekly proclaims Rachel’s “clever, snappy dialog amuses at every turn” and “With humor and eloquent prose, Gibson brings substance and depth . . . to modern day romance.”

Four of her novels were named among the Top Ten Favorite Books of The Year by Romance Writers of America. Two of her novels, True Confessions and Not Another Bad Date, were awarded the RITA, Romance Writers of America’s highest honor of excellence. Some of Rachel’s other awards and achievements include The Golden Heart Award, the National Reader’s Choice, Amazon Editor’s Top Pick, Publisher Weekly’s Quill nominee, Borders bestselling romantic comedy and Romantic Time’s Career Achievement award.

When not writing, Rachel can be found shopping for shoes or looking for strange and unusual flowers to plant in her garden.

You can visit her website at http://rachelgibson.com

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Giveaway

Avon Books is giving away 3 Print Copies of Just Kiss Me!
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Tour Schedule

Monday, July 25 – Book reviewed at Stranded in Chaos
Guest blogging at Celebrate with a Book
Book featured at CBY Book Club
Book featured at Harmonious Publicity
Tuesday, July 26 – Book featured at Bound 2 Escape
Book reviewed at 3 Partners in Shopping
Book featured at Just Us Book Blog
Wednesday, July 27 – Book featured at Authors and Readers Book Corner
Book reviewed at Doing Some Reading
Book featured at E-Romance News
Thursday, July 28 – Book reviewed at Becky on Books
Book featured at The Bookworm Lodge
Book reviewed at Pretty Sassy Cool
Friday, July 29 – Book featured at Booklover Sue
Book reviewed at Written Love Reviews
Book featured at Write and Take Flight
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Monday, August 1 – Book reviewed at Our Families Adventure
Book reviewed at ReadsandReviews
Book featured at Mello and June
Tuesday, August 2 – Book reviewed at Svetlana’s Reads and Views
Book reviewed at Ashley’s Bookshelf
Book reviewed at Deal Sharing Aunt
Wednesday, August 3 – Book reviewed at Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Book featured at What is That Book About
Book featured at A Title Wave
Thursday, August 4 – Interviewed at Whispering Stories
Book reviewed at I’m Shelf-ish
Book featured at A Taste of My Mind
Book reviewed at Romantic Reads and Such
Friday, August 5 – Book reviewed at Us Girls and Books
Book featured at Socrates Book Reviews
Book reviewed at What Is That Book About
Book reviewed at What I’m Reading
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