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Saturday, March 10, 2007

The Kiss

**** The Kiss by Elda Minger. Contemporary romance.

I'd loved The Fling, The Dare, and Elda Minger's story in Fantasy, so I bought this as soon as it came out.

The night before Tess Sommerville's wedding, she's out with friends and runs into her high school crush, Will Tremere. They dance, and he gives her his number, telling her if things don't work out with the wedding, to give him a call.

Tess had been having second thoughts already, and seeing Will made it even worse. So she finds herself at the church where they're to be married in the morning, and gets a pretty hard-to-miss "sign" when she discovers her fiance and the minister's daughter having sex in the church.

Fate obviously had a hand in this, so Tess calls Will and invites herself along--he's driving cross-country to deliver a car to a friend.

Will's... well, he's pretty darn perfect. He gives Tess a shoulder to cry on and privacy when she needs it, screens her calls and intercedes for her the first day or so, then is there to support her when she handles her own calls.

Tess's best friend comes up with a fabulous sting for the cheating boyfriend.

The Kiss is a real fairy-tale of a romance, complete with the wicked (oh, okay, she's just self-serving) stepmother, and a knight in shining armor (that would be Will). Tess's journey is both a literal and figurative one--the further they travel, the more she learns about herself, and the more she's able to stand up for herself.

My only quibbles with the story are that some of the characters are a little exaggerated--Will's a little too perfect, the stepmother and ex-fiance are a little too nasty. But then again, isn't that the way it is with fairy tales? They're larger than life.

And you know I couldn't get through this without referencing the Amazon reviews. Plbbbtttthhh to all those reviewers who said it wasn't a romance because there wasn't any sex. Sheesh. Boy meets girl, they fall in love, and they... okay, we don't see them living happily ever after, but it's a pretty good bet that they will. That spells romance in my book. If you absolutely must have sex scenes, read this, then hop on over to Literotica to get your fix.

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Sounds cute, but what is that creature in the background? I clicked on the larger view, and I still can't tell what it is. A dancing dog? A sheep?
Well, the heroine has a scruffy dog, so I'm guessing that's what it is. :)
I never heard of Elda Minger,and went to check the three books from the links you provided directly to Berkley forum. Interesting to see that these books were in 2002 and that Annie, Jill and you were discussing it :)

Are these connected books?
Nope, not connected. Pretty decent straight romance standalones.
Oh goody! Then I don't have to worry about reading them in order then. Thanks!
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