Friday, November 8, 2013

Review: After the Kiss ( Sex, Love & Stiletto #1 ) by Lauren Layne

After the Kiss by Lauren Layne

Julie Greene loves flings. Loves steamy first dates, sizzling first kisses, and every now and then, that first sexy romp between the sheets. Comfy pants, sleepy Sundays, movie nights on the couch? Shudder. But when Julie gets assigned the hardest story of her career—a first-person account of that magical shift between dating and “I do”—she’ll need a man brave enough to give a total commitment-phobe a chance at more.

Normally, Mitchell Forbes would be exactly that man. A devastatingly hot workaholic who tends to stay in relationships for far too long, he should be the perfect subject for Julie’s “research.” But what Julie doesn’t know is that Mitchell is looking to cut loose for once in his life. And the leggy journalist notorious for avoiding love is exactly the type of no-strings fling he’s looking for. In other words, Mitchell is the polar opposite of what Julie needs right now. And, at the same time, he’s exactly what she wants.




A classic modern day romantic comedy that is fun, sexy and hilarious with a heart warming ending. I guess Amy had it right, this is quite similar to the movie How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.

Julie Greene is a columnist who writes about dating. Her besties Grace and Riley wrote about Love and Sex. Julie is a serial dater and allergic towards settling for a relationship. A movie night at home with a guy equals total nightmare. But when her boss demands her to write a new topic about bringing your relationship to the next level, Julie find herself totally inexperience in that aspect. So she came up with an ingenious scheme to look for a boring relationship material guy for her research.

"The society pages call them Dating, Love and Sex. Privately, I think of them as Kiss, Cuddle and Fuck."

Here comes Mitchell Forbes who works at Wall Street. At first glance, he is an uptight, stuffy guy who take things too seriously including dating someone. To him, every date is a chance towards the altar. If not, why waste the time. I totally agree, Mitch! Oh, he wore glasses too. I bet he thinks chick dig his Clark Kent persona. Mitch had his own agenda too. His friend Colin make a bet with him saying he can't have a casual fling with a woman without wanting to propose to her. To prove him wrong and take back some of his male pride, he set out to have a fling.

Julie and Mitch met at an educational fund raiser and they both zoomed in one each other as their respective target and hit it off. Julie had her own 'Standard Operating Procedure' for dating, but Mitch isn't like any other guy she dated before. There isn't any seductive moves, teasing, foreplay and etc. He keep calling her bluff and ruin her game plan.

"Reading is my other favourite hobby, remember?"
"Not really. That little factoid was so boring that my brain had to reject it or risk falling into a coma."

Mitchell is not really into glamorous and glitter stuff. He don't wine and dine his girl. Instead his idea of dating is a morning run and buying you hot dogs. He is real and unpretentious. But oh boy, the man is a beast in the sack. Thank God this is not PG13, I was starting to worry in the beginning. The sex scene leaning more towards soft core, but with enough steam and hotness to satisfy me.

"Cute panties."
"I know they don't scream sex. But you try running in a thong."
"I could care less what your underwear looks like. Get them off."

As things progress steadily for their 'relationship' and both party started to feel more for each other, they struggle with their own guilty conscience and looking for a way to make things work. Why is a guy who is suppose to be wrong for Julie turns out to be so right.

She could not be in love with an uptight, baseball-watching Wall Street broker who thought reading was a hobby and running was fun.

From the beginning, I can smell the whole thing is gonna blow up in an epic proportion when one of them find out about the truth. Is quite predictable in a way, but it doesn't make the romance any less sweet and endearing to read.

How to know when he knows you: When he's formulated a solution to your screw-ups before they even happen.

Despite the short page count, the characters were fleshed out, the relationship progress naturally without feeling force and there is also some interesting secondary characters that tease us to follow the subsequent books. I wonder how did Lauren manage to do that with the limited pages, but she did. If you are looking for a romantic comedy read that is not PG13, this is a good choice.

The best part of love isn't about the giggles or the flirting or even the toe-curling first kiss.

The best part comes after all that.

Rating 4/5