After the Kiss: A Sex, Love & Stiletto Novel

After the Kiss: A Sex, Love & Stiletto Novel

by Lauren Layne
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After the Kiss: A Sex, Love & Stiletto Novel by Lauren Layne

Lauren Layne kicks off her Sex, Love & Stiletto series with a delightful short novel! In After the Kiss, 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.

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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

Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345547255
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/26/2013
Series: Sex, Love, & Stiletto Series , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 180
Sales rank: 8,668
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Lauren Layne is a New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance novels. Prior to becoming a writer, she worked in e-commerce and Web marketing. In 2011 Lauren and her husband moved from Seattle to New York City, where she decided to pursue a full-time writing career. It took six months to get her first book deal (despite Lauren’s ardent assurances to her husband that it would take only three). Since then, she’s gone on to publish ten books, including those in the bestselling Sex, Love & Stiletto series, with more stories always in the works. Lauren currently lives in Chicago with her husband and their spoiled Pomeranian. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her at happy hour, running at a doggedly slow pace, or trying to straighten her naturally curly hair.

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After the Kiss: A Sex, Love & Stiletto Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!
The_Book_Goddess More than 1 year ago
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 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!
IvyD More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book kept me 100% entertained
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Love the stiletto series!!! Definitely a page turner!!
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Oh my the second half is better than the first. I reviewed it before I got to the end. The first half is funny and fun to read. The second have was heartbreaking but with a great ending!
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Gran6 More than 1 year ago
A fun, sexy little series. Recommend this one as well as the others in the series.
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3 1/2 stars. It was a cute, fun read. However, it too closely mirrored the storyline from the movie, "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days." This is the first book I've read by this author. I'm hoping the next one I read is a bit more original, but I will read her work again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very cute story, easy read. I would recommend this book. A little sexy without being porn. I liked it. Look forward to reading the next in this series.
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onlyminordetails More than 1 year ago
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
slz52 More than 1 year ago
Good read, it was a decent length, although I wish it could have been longer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the characters. Look forward to reading more from this writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
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