More Than a Kiss (a Romantic Comedy)

More Than a Kiss (a Romantic Comedy)

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by Stacey Joy Netzel
     
 

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**New York Timesbestseller in the Romancing the CEO boxed set**

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When a kiss...

All reporter Sadie Barton wants is to be taken seriously and judged on her own merits, not her stepfather's money. She and her actress sister left Wisconsin to get out from under his controlling thumb and leave behind the…  See more details below

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**New York Timesbestseller in the Romancing the CEO boxed set**

Limited time SALE

When a kiss...

All reporter Sadie Barton wants is to be taken seriously and judged on her own merits, not her stepfather's money. She and her actress sister left Wisconsin to get out from under his controlling thumb and leave behind the malicious whispers that they're no better than their gold-digging mother. But California isn't all sun and fun, and paying the rent while trying to prove herself is harder than she ever imagined.

...is more than a kiss...

Something about Sadie drew self-made millionaire Zach Robinson--and it wasn't just the amazing kiss they shared as impromptu actors in his company's commercial. He's used to women being interested in his wealth, and Sadie's fierce independence is an enticing breath of fresh air. He's falling fast--until his brother suggests acting runs in her family and Sadie might not be exactly what she seems...

~~~

Zach leaned against the edge of the sliding door and watched her wet a hand towel from next to the sink. She dropped a half dozen cubes in, gathered up the edges and turned toward him.

Ice pack. Made sense. Why hadn't he thought of it?

Moonlight bathed her curves and glinted in her hair, silver blending with gold.
Dumb question.

He held out his hand, but she pointed outside to a deck chair and ordered, "Sit."

Somewhat bemused by her switch from nervous Nelly to militant nurse, he took a pull off his beer and did as he was told. Sadie sat on the wide arm of the chair with her back to him before twisting around to reach for his face.

"You should've iced this right away."

The first touch of the cold cloth on his sore lip triggered a reflexive jerk away. He hissed air through his teeth before relaxing to let it out slow.

She raised her other arm and laid her palm along his stubble covered jaw to hold him still. It seemed strange, her fussing over him like this when he could take care of himself. Warmth spread from her touch and started his heart thudding in his chest. As if someone smacked him upside the head, he realized this was the closest she'd gotten to him since they'd kissed on the set of the commercial. Voluntarily, anyway.

With her concentration fixed on his mouth, Zach let his gaze wander over her long, down-swept lashes, smooth skin, and enticing lips. Discomfort shifted to center below the waistband of his shorts. Didn't help that she had the corner of that lush, lower lip caught between her teeth again. He wanted to nibble.

When he raised his gaze to find her watching him, his pulse stuttered. Color stained her cheeks, but she didn't break the connection.

"I didn't thank you yet," she said softly.

"Sure you did."

His grip tightened on the cold bottle in his hand. Shut up, idiot! Let her thank you however she wants.

"Not for taking me to get Gemma, I didn't. Or helping us get out of there and taking the hit for us."

"Two," he reminded, throwing in a grimace for good measure. "I took two hits."

A smile tugged the corners of her mouth upward. "Don't worry, I was counting."

"Good."

She lowered the hand with the ice pack to rest on his shoulder, bracing herself as she leaned closer. The minty freshness of her breath filled his nostrils and he swallowed hard at the thought of tasting it on his tongue.

"So...anyway...thank you."

"You're welcome."

Zach held still, afraid to even breathe in case she changed her mind. Anticipation sizzled through his body and what had been a refreshing ocean breeze now became a teasing caress on his heated skin.

Sadie's lashes lowered as she closed her eyes and pressed her lips to his. Stomach muscles tightened in his effort to lean into the kiss, but she pulled away.

Well, damn. He had two chances here and one was already over? To hide his disappointment over the all too brief contact, he joked, "That's one."

The thumb of her right hand whispered across his lips. "How does your mouth feel?"

"Cold."

He barely had a chance to draw a breath before she leaned in for take two.

~~~

"From the classroom to the boardroom, directors to ducklings, Stacey Joy Netzel takes you on a fun, romantic joyride with two lovable people who are just trying to do the right thing in the cutthroat world of journalism and big business." ~ Delia DeLeest, author of NOT LOOKING FOR TROUBLE

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Editorial Reviews

The Book Whore Blog - Danielle .
"I definitely recommend this book to adult readers. More Than a Kiss is a hidden treasure, an undiscovered jewel in a pile of books."
A Breath of Life Reviews - Adria .
"More Than a Kiss is an entertaining, steamy, at times funny story about two people who come from two different backgrounds. The chemistry and passion between the two is set at the right pace to allow for personal and emotional growth and makes the relationship more believable. This book is a keeper."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940014465458
Publisher:
Stacey Joy Netzel
Publication date:
04/29/2012
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
260,863
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Stacey Joy Netzel fell in love with books at a young age, so for her the graduation to writing them was natural. An avid reader and fan of movies with happy endings, she lives in her native Wisconsin with her husband and three children, a couple horses and some barn cats. She works part-time as a travel agent, and in her limited free time enjoys gardening, canning, and visiting her parents in Northeastern Wisconsin (Up North) at their cabin on the lake.

Her newest release is the contemporary romance, More Than a Kiss, but for romantic suspense you can check out Lost In Italy, and her Colorado Trust Series, Trust in the Lawe, Shattered Trust, and Shadowed Trust. Other titles include Ditched Again, Welcome to Redemption Series (books 2,4,6), Chasin’ Mason, Dragonfly Dreams, If Tombstones Could Talk, and her Christmas anthology, Mistletoe Rules, which took 1st place in WisRWA's 2010 Write Touch Readers' Award.

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More Than a Kiss (Dark Cover Edition) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entertaining story and lovable characters that you can relate to. Did not want the story to end. Look for it in the Loving the CEO bundle for a great deal.
Book-Whore More than 1 year ago
For the past few weeks I have been going through a terrible reading funk. I tried to find a book that would capture my interest but nothing seemed to snap me out of my reading funk. Well nothing until I decided to mozzie over to my bookshelf and pickup my copy of More Than a Kiss by Stacey Joy Netzel. Within the first few chapters of this book I was sucked so far into the story that the world around me completely disappeared. Sadie is running from under the thumb of her rich stepfather and her "gold-digging" mother. Sadie wants nothing more than to be independent and self made. Unfortunately the road to self made is paved with little money and lots of bills to be paid. When Sadie's sister Gemma falls ill Sadie has no choice but to fill in her sisters spot on a commercial set. Once on set Sadie is thrown into rich millionaire Zach Robinson's arms, and when the director calls action a passion ridden romance kicks off between these two characters that had me captivated; hook, line, and kiss, I mean sinker. Stacey Joy Netzel has a gift for writing and creating characters with amazing chemistry. The passion between Zach and Sadie was natural and realistic. Sadie is sweet and caring but not overly perfect where you want to kill her. Zach is, I'm going to say it, Christian Grey if he wasn't all crazy and 50 shades of spanking girls. By this I mean Zach is a young, rich, businessmen man in charge but with a softer side. Did I forget to say handsome? Oh yes, handsome he is! The push pull chemistry between these characters had me barreling through this book to find out the ending. The amount of conflict between Zach and Sadie literally made this book impossible to put down. I had to know if they were going to make it. I had to know if they were going to be together. I had to know if they would meet again! I finished the book in less than two days, because I just had to know. Not that I will tell you how any of these situations ended but you must find out for yourself! I definitely recommend this book to adult readers. More Than a Kiss is a hidden treasure, an undiscovered jewel in a pile of books. When I realized More than a Kiss had only six reviews I was shocked. This book is too awesome of a read to not be read by millions of people. You should definitely check it out. I am holding out hopes Stacey writes a sequel with Gemma and Matt.
adria_r More than 1 year ago
I have found a new author to love. A few weeks ago my buddy Danielle over at Book Whore Book Blog was talking about how much she loved Lost in Italy by Stacey Joy Netzel in her review and since she and I have very similar tastes in books, I went looking for Lost in Italy for my Nook. Alas, at the time it was not available on Barnes and Noble but I found another book that was mentioned in a follow up interview with Stacey Joy Netzel on Danielle's blog. It was More Than A Kiss. Even though it wasn't a romantic suspense novel, the summary did peak my interest. Score another point for Danielle and about 100 for author Stacey Joy Netzel because this book is a keeper. This is my first real experience with an indie author's work and I didn't know what to expect. I love being pleasantly surprised with books. More Than a Kiss is an entertaining, steamy, at times funny story about two people who come from two different backgrounds, Zach is rich and Sadie isn't. What I loved was that Sadie had flaws. She didn't realize that while she was adamant about not dating Zach because of his money that she was in essence judging him because he did have money just like wealthy people judged her for not having money. Both Sadie and Zach have flaws, and I love that in books because it makes them more believable and real. No one's perfect in real life and they shouldn't be in fiction either. Perfection is boring and thank goodness Stacey Joy Netzel didn't create perfect characters. There's also a secondary love story going on along with Zach and Sadie that while interesting, doesn't take away from the main focus of the story. The dialogue is witty, thoughtful and at times funny. There's just the right amount of angst in this book to make the ending all the more sweet. After they throw out all their respective emotional baggage, Zach and Sadie realize they're great together. The chemistry and passion between the two is steamy, and it's set at the right pace to allow for personal and emotional growth between the two and makes the relationship more believable. I can't wait to get my hands on more of Stacey Joy Netzel's books and I just found out Lost in Italy is now available for Nook. Guess what's going on my wishlist?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I stumbled upon Stacey's work through a free ebook and have found her stories and characters refreshingly relatable. They have thoughts and doubts that are real, plenty of misconceptions that reality has, and through their struggles, she shows how love can truly make it in our world even when love isn't easy. I recommend her work to anyone who enjoys a good laugh, a bit of tension, and a heart that yearns. Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice little romance book . The story was cute but drug out too long! seriously too many "what ifs" from her. Took longer then expected to finish
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I get sick and tired of books being MISLABELED!!!!! I am 48 years old, why the HELL does BN think I'd be interested in NEW ADULT ROMANCE, which is for HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE KIDS??? This is not the first time this has happened, BN routinely mislabels books as CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE when they are not. 6 pages in and I realized the error and I am mad I got ripped off! I have absolutely no interest in reading about a 24 year old kid and her teenybopper romance with some immature stud. Either we need better samples, or BN needs to put in the descriptions EXACTLY what the age range is. There is a DIFFERENCE between New Adult and Contemporary Romance. NA is appropriate for Ages 17-29 and is wrtten for that audience. Contemporary is written for an older more mature audience! I don't appreciate having New Adult shoved down my throat on pupose!!! I want real love stories not cutesy crap! Please make changes, I feel like I am owed a refund because of BN's decit and FRAUD!!!
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Amy P. Book provided by the author for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book They, whomever they are, say that the biggest source of trouble in a relationship is money. If Sadie and Zach are any indication, they are correct. Sadie and Zach meet when each is undercover. She is filling in on a commercial shoot for her aspiring actress younger sister, while he is disguised as a zombie, a sort of payback for losing a bet. Zach instantly is attracted to Sadie, but all she sees is a zombie. But before you can say, “Action!”, the two are cast in different roles – ones that make them kiss. But Sadie, who makes things as difficult for herself as she can, misinterprets a conversation she overhears and bolts before Zach can ask her out. This being a romance novel, though, our lovers are not apart for long. When they reconnect, each learns the truth – or part of it, anyway – about the other, and their mutual attraction continues to build. Their relationship faces a series of obstacles (most caused by Sadie), and they have to work to be together. This is a pleasant, although not entirely remarkable or memorable, little read. Nothing dramatic or overwrought occurs, and Zach and Sadie are a likable, if even a bit admirable, couple. As we get to know Zach, we see the significance of what he has achieved. In Sadie’s case, we offer respect for the choices she has made, even if she is one hardheaded girl. In terms of romance, it abounds as far as feelings are concerned. As far as sexy times, well, you have to content yourself with one sex scene. It’s hot, but not steaming or explicit. By the time it happens, we’re ready for it. Stacey Joy Netzel does not disappoint, unless you’re looking for something more than mildly R rated.
Faith08 More than 1 year ago
Loved it!!! This was a really sweet story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed sadies story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was enticed by a well-written review that seemed to go into more of the main character's history than the book itself did. Parts of the book were well-written, some not so much. Enjoyable, not great.
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