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Review: Kiss Her Once for Me by Alison Cochrun

Title: Kiss Her Once For Me
Author: Alison Cochrun
Year published: 2022
Category: Adult fiction (romance, LGBTQIA+)
Pages: 368 pages
Rating: 4 out of 5

Location: (my 2023 Google Reading map)USA (OR)

SummaryOne year ago, recent Portland transplant Ellie Oliver had her dream job in animation and a Christmas Eve meet-cute with a woman at a bookstore that led her to fall in love over the course of a single night. But after a betrayal the next morning and the loss of her job soon after, she finds herself adrift, alone, and desperate for money.

Finding work at a local coffee shop, she’s just getting through the days—until Andrew, the shop’s landlord, proposes a shocking, drunken plan: a marriage of convenience that will give him his recent inheritance and alleviate Ellie’s financial woes and isolation. They make a plan to spend the holidays together at his family cabin to keep up the ruse. But when Andrew introduces his new fiancée to his sister, Ellie is shocked to discover it’s Jack—the mysterious woman she fell for over the course of one magical Christmas Eve the year before. Now, Ellie must choose between the safety of a fake relationship and the risk of something real.

Perfect for fans of Written in the Stars and One Day in December, Kiss Her Once for Me is the queer holiday rom-com that you’ll want to cozy up with next to the fire.

Review: I finally read one of my Book of the Month books; it has been far too long!

As usual, I read the summary of this book when I first chose it then didn't read it again before reading the novel. I like doing that so that I have no expectations going in and so that I have no idea what is coming.

Well, this has a number of good romantic tropes: fake relationship; star-crossed lovers; love at first sight; miscommunication; happy ending. And to me, that's all good. I am all for happy endings especially.

In addition to the romantic tropes there is substance in this story. Cochrun writes about family, our expectations, how we screw each other up, how to deal with failure (or not), and how to take risks and be okay with the consequences. I like it when there is "real stuff" in amongst the fun.

There are tender moments, sexy moments, and passion. But if you don't like sex scenes, you should give this one a miss.

Challenges for which this counts: 
  • Alphabet (title)--K
  • Popsugar--started out as fanfic (in the acknowledgements, Cochrun thanks someone for supporting her when this was "nothing more than a poorly fleshed-out, gay While You Were Sleeping fanfic..."

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