After the Kiss: A Sex, Love & Stiletto Novel [NOOK Book]

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In the first book of a delightful new series from Lauren Layne, the star columnist of Stiletto magazine will do anything for a story. Anything . . . except fall in love.
 
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 ...
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After the Kiss: A Sex, Love & Stiletto Novel

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Overview

In the first book of a delightful new series from Lauren Layne, the star columnist of Stiletto magazine will do anything for a story. Anything . . . except fall in love.
 
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.

Praise for After the Kiss
 
“Packed with loads of sizzle and Snickerlicious fun, Lauren Layne’s After the Kiss is a knock-your-stilettos-off, total page-turning treat that had me fan-girling up within the first chapter. I absolutely loved this read!”USA Today bestselling author Mira Lyn Kelly

“Funny, intelligent, and touching, Lauren Layne’s After the Kiss is a delightful debut.”—Ruthie Knox, USA Today bestselling author of Flirting with Disaster
 
“I loved After the Kiss! It was funny and exciting all the way through.”Fresh Fiction
 
“If you’re looking for a light, fun, sexy contemporary romance I’d definitely recommend this one. It’s the most fun book I’ve read in quite a while.”Smexy Books

“This delightfully funny little gem . . . kept me reading with its entertaining antics, light drama and sweet conclusion.”Craves the Angst
 
“It’s a delightful story that will have the reader rooting for the happily ever after, and one I highly recommend.”—Janna Shay
 
“I thought this book was great! It was an interesting story line and had great and believable characters.”Libby’s Fun Books
 
“I love this story so much that every reader should read it! It’s a must read!”Abigail Books Addiction
 
“A great read.”The Season for Romance
 
“I loved After the Kiss. It was an adorable, sexy sweet story.”Love to Read for Fun

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from these Loveswept titles: Trying to Score, Long Simmering Spring, and The Story Guy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345547255
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/26/2013
  • Series: Sex, Love, & Stiletto
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 180
  • Sales rank: 3,433
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Prior to her writing career, USA Today bestselling author Lauren Layne worked in e-commerce and web marketing. She wore cute shoes and actual outfits, like an adult. Then she was like, nope, changed into her pajamas, and started writing romance novels for Penguin Random House and Grand Central Publishing. Lauren believes in sarcasm, weekday happy hours, and happily-ever-afters, the latter of which she writes full-time from her Manhattan apartment.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2013

    Loved it!!!!

    Haven't read a book that i have enjoyed this much in a long time! Great banter , sex and friendship! Would recommend as long as you have several uninterupted hours to spend because you won 't beable to put it down!!!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 21, 2013

    I receieved a copy of this title from Net Galley in exchange for

    I receieved a copy of this title from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review

    What a fun new series! I was pretty excited to get a copy of this book to review and I certainly was not disappointed. Lauren Layne created characters that were instantly likeable and interesting. The chemistry between Julie and Mitchell was intense and made for a fabulous read. The book was funny and steamy...my favorite combination in a romance novel. The writing was clever and fluid and the story was engaging. The plot reminded me of two movies: How to Lose a Guy in 10 days and Never Been Kissed. As a romantic, I was impressed by how accurately the author captured the process of transitioning from dating to a relationship. This was a fun and quick read and I am eager to follow the series to see how Grace and Riley fair in the game of love. This is the perfect weekend read to entertain you and make you swoon. I know I certainly want my own Mitchell after reading this story. I would highly recommend this book!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 14, 2013

    Julie Greene has been commanded by her boss Camille, via the hai

    Julie Greene has been commanded by her boss Camille, via the hair sway, to write beyond the first date, the first kiss, to go deeper.  Deeper isn’t Julie’s thing, she thrives on the first, knows the rules and is a pro at the game.  She doesn’t want to meet parents or, God forbid, do a movie night.  Julie does the fun dating stuff, not actual relationships.  Shallow?  Guilty as charged but it’s a lot more fun this way.   That’s not the half of it though…. Camille has assigned her nemesis, Kelli, as an alternate. Over her dead body is the only way that’s happening.




    Stiletto Magazine is the magazine and Julie, Grace Brighton and Riley McKenna are, quite literally, the Dating, Love, and Sex Department.  
    While making a charity appearance at the MoMA Julie, Grace, and Riley, hatch what they consider a brilliant plan.  Julie will find a man to start a pretend relationship with that goes beyond a few weeks of dates.  In fact, Grace knows the perfect man. Mitchell Forbes.  Mitchell is a Wall Street colleague of Grace’s boyfriend, Greg, and just broke up with his girlfriend of two years, Evelyn.
    Mitchell Forbes is predictable. He’s never had a fling or one night stand. His colleague, Colin, bets him half his Yankee season tickets that he can’t do a fling.  Now that things are over with Evelyn it’s just what he needs isn’t it?  Can he do it?




    Mitchell’s thoughts on first seeing Julie…
    She looked like California chic had collided with East Coast reserve and gotten it all wrong.
    Julie’s thoughts on Mitchell..
    Pinstripes. Good Lord. Ten bucks says he has a pocket protector.
    Let the games begin…




    Hilarious. I laughed my way through the first part of AFTER THE KISS.  Mitchell keeps Julie off center, never being quite what she expects and blowing her away with the “kiss from the gods.”, among other things.
    Julie gives up all pretenses and practiced moves with Mitchell, surprising him by actually having depth, intelligence, and a personality.  
    Neither is what the other expected.  Having their misconceptions blown away while they truly get to know the person beneath the public facade is loaded with humor and fun.  
    Julie wanted an article out of this “relationship” and Mitchell wanted Yankee tickets for half the season, they’re both getting exactly what they weren’t looking for and didn’t want.  You can see the train wreck coming.  
    Ms. Layne’s writing snagged me from the beginning.  Mitchell and Julie’s lively banter complete with snarky asides and thoughts, their believable evolution to a real couple and dreading the moment they discover the original reasons each sought the other made AFTER THE KISS hard to put down.  Despite having a good idea of how things would play out I was still 100% vested. 
    The whole package blends wonderfully to make AFTER THE KISS an addictive delight.  Looking forward to Grace’s story, Love the One You’re With.  I’m fairly confident Riley will have her book but sincerely have my fingers crossed that Camille will get her HEA.   Reviewed by IvyD for Miss Ivy's Book Nook

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 15, 2015

    My Thoughts: This one was surprisingly a lot better than I expe

    My Thoughts:

    This one was surprisingly a lot better than I expected it would be. The premise is very How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days (as others have pointed out), but I think this one goes a lot deeper. And I liked that, a lot. There was more to the relationship than meets the eye.

    Julie is the type who fights a relationship where you're settled down and comfortable, where it goes beyond the first moments. Seeing her struggle to fight while wanting a real relationship was impressively balanced. And Mitchell, well, it's hard to imagine a girl not desiring more than just a couple dates. He's the type to want more than just a fling, but he's trying to prove he can have a fling. But the chemistry between Julie and Mitchell is beyond what either of them expected and not at all what they planned.

    After the Kiss showed the line between truth and pretending. Julie and Mitchell managed to discover where they really stand despite the games being played in the background. I liked how Lauren Layne got me invested in their relationship and I can't wait to see what's in store for the others in the rest of the series, including the next story, Love the One You're With.

    My Rating: Exceptional

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  • Posted January 7, 2015

    Good read, it was a decent length, although I wish it could have

    Good read, it was a decent length, although I wish it could have been longer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2015

    Fun read

    Loved the characters. Look forward to reading more from this writer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2014

    Good story

    At first I kept thinking "this is going go be like 'how to lose a guy in 10 days'" but as I kept reading, I changed my mind. Its funny how the two think of each other at first and thrn all of a sudden they are like "well.." it has its heart felt moments, its a good love story. The sex scenes aren't terrible either!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2014

    Dear phille

    I want u btw my names katie

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2014

    To katie

    I will

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2014

    Read

    This is a trite rendition of " How to Loose a Guy in Ten Days". 164 nook pages of shallowness. Other books by this author are pretty good, but this one is not

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2014

    Loved it!

    Really enjoyed it from start to finish couldn't put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2014

    Jake

    Walks in

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2014

    Fuq a sexy mute guy

    At bdo res one

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2014

    Hi

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2014

    Loved this series!

    Lauren Layne is my new favorite author! Her writing style reminds me of Jill Shalvis, Rachel Gibson, and even Julie James! This was a great series and I fell in love with all the characters. They were believable and her books made you feel as if your a part of the story. I hope Lauren Layne writes about Alex and Emma. That was the only disappointment....three books but 4 characters. Can't wait for more from this author!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2014

    Good Read

    I actually read the second book of this series first, then went back and read the first one. This book was very similar to the second one, but still enjoyable. Julie is an orphan and has a hard time with relationships. Mitchell has been in a long term relationship but realizes that it wasn't right. The two both enter into their relationship basically for a dare. There is a lot of emotion in this book, from both characters and it's a bit of a roller coaster. Very good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2014

    Ashley

    Cleans her cuts on her hands with rubbing alcohol....

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2014

    Hghh

    Huhh

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    Julie Greene is a journalist working for one Manhattan's trendie

    Julie Greene is a journalist working for one Manhattan's trendiest magazines. Her reputation is to never reach the stage of staying home to watch movies as a date night. Her editor gives her the assignment of finding someone to date to actually reach that stage. Who can she find to conduct her experiment? Enter Mitchell Forbes.




    Mitchell Forbes has had relationships that tend to be long lasting commitments. A co-worker bets Mitchell that he can't become involved in a short term relationship and then end it. What's at stake? Season tickets for the Yankees.




    After the Kiss is a fast, fun, sexy read with good character development and witty dialogue I recommend this story. Lauren Layne gave great insight into both Julie's and Mitchell's feelings as their relationship progressed.








    Copy provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2014

    Quick cute read

    Loved the story and the characters. Well writtrn.

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