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Posted November 2, 2013
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!!!!
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Posted November 21, 2013
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!
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Posted November 14, 2013
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
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Posted January 15, 2015
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 December 27, 2014
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted May 4, 2014
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!!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 15, 2014
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted March 5, 2014
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.
Posted March 4, 2014