When Honor Mitchell accidentally nearly has a one-night stand with the one man who’s completely off-limits, she puts it out of her mind. No harm no foul, right? She has a promise to keep—fulfilling her late best friend’s naughty wish list. The only problem is she can’t stop thinking about Bryce Bishop and his scorching-hot kiss.
Bryce knows he should stay away from the beautiful, free-spirited Honor. His trust in women is shot, not to mention she’s his ex’s best friend. But something about her makes him want to help her with crossing things off the wish list, even if it puts him in a no-win situation. Because his assistance might get Honor what she wants, but suddenly being the do-good guy puts his plans—and heart—in serious jeopardy.
Each book in the Kissed in the Sand series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Book #1 Keeping Mr. Right Now
Book #2 Blame it on the Kiss
Book #3 The Best Friend Bargain
Previously released on Entangled's Bliss imprint -- June 2015
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Blame it on the Kiss
A Kisses in the Sand Novel
By Robin Bielman, Wendy Chen
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A girl knew her love life had hit a low point when adolescent kissing games got her hot and bothered.
Honor Mitchell leaned against the wall in the dark hallway closet and wondered which lucky guy would pick her location, and if his mouth-to-mouth skills would satisfy this sudden jolt of eagerness. This wasn't exactly the way she'd envisioned breaking her dry spell, but since her entire focus the past few months had been on fulfilling her best friend's wish and opening their new store; she hadn't had much time for anything else.
She took a deep breath and ran her tongue over her bottom lip. A little innocent fun was just what the Stress Fairy ordered. The last time she'd wanted to kiss a guy ... she blinked away that memory and thanked her lucky stars he hadn't arrived at Zane and Sophie's combined bachelor/bachelorette party yet.
She'd been mentally preparing herself to see him for the past week, but needed a little more time. Another thirty years would be good, but she probably had more like thirty minutes.
Come on already. Where was her "One Minute Temptation" stud? With an equal number of single guys and girls someone had to show up to her spot. She thrummed her fingers against the sides of her jean-clad thighs. Under no circumstance would she leave the closet. Not until she fulfilled her end of the game. As one of three bridesmaids, she had an obligation to follow through on all tasks, requests, and activities.
Sophie's future sister-in-law had planned the games for tonight, and Honor found it cute that she'd included ones Sophie hadn't played as a teenager. Of course Sophie and Zane had slid into the same dark room and who knew when they'd pop back out, but that only made this party game that much better for her dear friend. Sophie had the guy of her dreams and in three days she'd be his wife.
Honor closed her eyes. Wife. Something she'd never be. She'd been super excited when Sophie asked her to be a bridesmaid, though, forgetting that meant being in close proximity to Zane's best friends and groomsmen for the long weekend celebration.
One hurt-to-look-at groomsman in particular.
A few weeks ago, during a girls' night in, Honor had confessed to Sophie how she knew Bryce. Lord, her cheeks still heated just thinking about that night eight months ago. Payton, Honor's best friend since kindergarten, had passed away two months earlier and Honor had needed a distraction. She still missed Payton so much, and not a day went by that Honor didn't say a little something to her BFF.
"I'm standing in a closet, Pay, waiting for a kiss and wishing so hard you were still here."
She had a feeling she'd be celebrating Pay's bachelorette party right about now if Payton hadn't suffered from a rare lung disease that took her friend with little warning. Instead, her best friend had given Honor a list. Not a bucket list, but a Things to Do Before I Turn 25 list. And just before she died, she asked Honor for one thing: make her wishes happen.
Honor had never followed through with anything in her own life. Ever. But the request was Payton's last wish and Honor had promised her. Twice, since Payton had made her repeat her oath. The first thing on Pay's list? A one night stand.
Enter Bryce Bishop.
One of Zane's best men and the most delicious specimen of a man she'd ever laid eyes on. And Honor had laid eyes on lots of guys. But being the fun, flirty girl with a short attention span, she never let a guy stick around for very long. Her friends called her a serial dater. Not the Fruity Pebbles kind.
Bryce also happened to be Payton's secret boyfriend.
Payton had been crazy about him, tossing out the L word after only two weeks. Because of the gossip mill in their small town and Pay's previous crappy track record with guys, she'd kept Bryce to herself, the two of them spending all their time together in a bubble of happiness at his place about an hour away. A few days before Honor was supposed to meet the love of her best friend's life, Payton got her diagnosis. Pay broke up with Bryce and ended all communication.
Closing her eyes again, Honor thought back to her first ever one nightstand and how she'd thankfully figured out who he was before —
The closet door opened and shut so fast she didn't have time to catch a glimpse of her gentleman caller. All the guys were nice, though, so she could handle a minute of closed mouth kissing with any of them.
He didn't say anything, but he smelled amazing. A little spicy, a little minty, and ... her pulse sped up ... a lot familiar. She'd thought about his scent more times than she cared to admit since that night at her dad's law firm's party.
"Bryce?" she whispered, grabbing a coat and pulling it in front of her, like that would somehow turn off her senses. Why hadn't she chosen a bathroom or bedroom to wait in instead of a closet with little room to move? Or make an escape?
"Honor?" His deep, amiable voice sounded just as surprised.
"When did you get here?"
"Just now. Sophie greeted me and pushed me in here. What's going on?"
That sneaky little bride-to-be. Honor never should've confessed her situation with Bryce. But after drinking one too many coffees with help from Baileys, her lips had let loose. She hated herself for having even the slightest inappropriate thought about Bryce. He'd been Payton's. Should still be. And she'd made out with him! Honor couldn't look at him without thinking about her best friend and how happy and in love she'd been with him.
"We're in the middle of a game." Honor let go of the jacket and tried to relax. Were the walls closing in? She fanned her sweater away from her stomach.
Honor's eyes adjusted to the darkness and she could just make out Bryce's broad shoulders and the outline of his head. She didn't need any light to picture his soft, tidy brown hair, dark cinnamon eyes, and the cleft in his chin that made her insides go all lovey-dovey. "Yes, you know, an activity or contest often played during a party?" Self defense and shame dictated the flippant remark rather than a simple yes.
Before he could follow up that far too appealing sound, she continued. "And since you missed out on the rules and stuff, we can just head back to the party."
"Tell me the rules, Honor." His tone rang curious. And far too rebellious for her liking.
She gulped. Ran her sweaty palms down her jeans. "I'd really rather skip it."
"Because of me?" He inched a little closer, his body heat and knock-a-girl-to-her-knees scent completely surrounding her now.
"Bryce." How could he not feel as guilty as she did about what had happened between them?
"I want to know. We're part of a wedding for the next three days and I don't want things to be awkward. You avoided me like I had some deadly disease during the film festival a few months ago, but you can't keep dodging me now. If this is about what happened —"
His hand found hers. He laced their fingers together and so much pleasure shot up her arm she had to hold back a sigh. "You don't need to be —"
"I said stop. Please." Humiliation filled her chest and the back of her throat all over again. She couldn't get past the moment when they'd finally exchanged names and she'd fled his hotel room with her dress haphazardly covering her body.
She tried to pull her hand away, but he wouldn't let go. "We need to clear the air. Walk through that night and ..." he let out a deep breath, "move past it. I've tried to leave it behind, but I'm having a hard time forgetting how good it felt to touch you. If we hadn't exchanged names ..."
Her breath caught somewhere between her lungs and her vocal chords, so it took her a minute to answer. He was right about them talking. She didn't want to feel weird about things during the wedding festivities. She didn't want to cause Sophie any concern or strain during this special time. If they discussed that night like two mature adults, she could walk out of this closet with their very brief past over and done with.
"You were supposed to be a one night stand."
He let go of her hand and shifted his stance. "Yeah? When did you decide that?" He sounded half relieved, half sheepish. Had he been after the same thing? Had he wanted to use her to forget about Payton?
"After you laughed at my lawyer joke. No, wait, after you told me you hated stuffy, everyone has stick-up-their-asses parties and you'd rather swim with sharks."
"Then you laughed," he said. "And it was the best sound I'd ever heard. I whispered I'd get a room at the hotel and asked you to sneak away with me."
Bryce liked her laugh? She sounded like a hyena on helium. They'd never talked about what they were both doing at the party, just formed an immediate kinship over feeling like they'd rather be any place else.
"And I said yes, because that's when I decided what I wanted to do." Everything about Bryce had made her insides dance and sing. He'd lit her up so much more than she'd ever been before. After only an hour together! That's when she knew she'd had to take the Pretty Woman approach. No kissing on the mouth. Lame movie move she'd never used before, but following Julia Roberts' lead had seemed like a good idea at the time.
"For the record, you would've been my first one night stand."
"Really?" she almost said. A hot guy like him never having a quick hook-up seemed improbable, but in case he wasn't feeding her a line she went with, "That's nice to know."
"Why do I get the feeling there's more to your story?"
His suspicion sent a wave of warmth through her. He'd been in tune with her that night, but she wanted him nowhere near her feelings now. She swallowed. How much should she tell him?
"My emotions were all over the place that night. And then I met you and I forgot for a little while, and ..."
"Then I remembered Payton's list and that's why I went to a room with you."
"Before she died she gave me a list of things she'd always wanted to accomplish and asked me to do them for her. I agreed without even looking at it. She'd been my very best friend for almost twenty years, and there was nothing I wouldn't do for her." Honor's heart gave that familiar hitch whenever she thought about Payton and how unfair it was that her life had been cut so short.
"A one night stand was on her list?"
Silence filled the small space. Not the good kind. Or the comfortable kind. The kind that screamed she'd said too much. She couldn't believe she'd told him. But if they were going to move past what happened between them, she had to be honest.
"Until that night I had no idea Payton had passed away. When you told me it was like being thrown against a wall of razor blades. She'd dumped me, by voicemail, with no explanation, and ignored my calls and texts ..."
"She didn't want to burden you."
"No. She didn't trust me to be there for her."
The darkness, combined with the hurt in Bryce's voice pressed down on Honor, making their cramped area feel ten times smaller.
"I'm sorry." Truthfully, Honor had no idea how Payton really felt. Her friend had refused to talk about Bryce after the break-up.
"You have no reason to be."
Several seconds passed before he said, "If we'd kept things anonymous, would you have gone through with it?"
She wanted to believe she would have. "I'm not sure. I'm not really wired for sex with a stranger." She flirted and had fun with guys all the time, but it rarely went beyond a hand on the arm or peck on the cheek. She'd dated plenty of guys over the years, sure, most of them jerks, a few of them decent, none of them like Bryce.
"Correct me if I'm wrong, but by the time we went to my room I didn't feel like we were strangers. I don't confide to just any girl that I wore pull-ups until I was five."
"That's right." She couldn't help herself and let out a small giggle-sigh kind of sound, glad he'd broken some of the tension. They had gotten to know each other like it was the most natural thing in the world. Which made her wonder again ... "What about you? You didn't know what had happened to Payton, and claim you'd never had a one night stand before. Was I just a rebound?"
He didn't say anything, but she felt his eyes bore into hers.
"That's one way of putting it," he finally confessed.
"What's the other way?" His admission stung. It was bad enough they'd had their hands all over each other, but to find out he'd used her to get over Payton made her feel dirty as well as guilty.
"So what else is on Payton's list?" he asked instead of answering her.
The question, along with his unresponsiveness, raised the hairs on the back of her neck. "None of your business."
His posture changed, the air between them rippling with uncomfortable waves. "Should've guessed that. What's on yours?"
"I don't have a list." How could she when she never saw anything through to the end? She didn't need any more pressure than Payton's five wishes. A tiny part of her was pretty damn angry with her best friend for thrusting such a responsibility on her. Payton knew she didn't focus on anything for very long. A free spirit, everyone said.
Yeah, their whole small Southern California town of White Strand Cove knew all about Honor's lack of commitment.
Her high school boyfriend had made sure of it.
"We should head back to the party now." She pushed off from the wall and bumped right into his chest. When had he inched closer?
"Can't." His warm, peppermint breath fanned her face.
She took a step back — one measly step and her butt hit the wall. "When can you?"
"Are we good?"
"Yes, we're good." Sort of. She did feel better for having talked things out. She'd just ignore the way a simple look at him made her think things she absolutely should not. Could not.
"Then we're halfway there." He lifted his arms and flattened his hands on the wall on either side of her head, trapping her.
Her heart did a three-sixty. Slippery didn't begin to describe her palms. And he smelled so yummy that she wiggled her nose to stop from breathing him in. "What are you doing and what does halfway mean?"
"It means as soon as you tell me about the game we're supposed to play, we can leave the closet." His tone had taken an edge she hadn't heard from him before. Part bad boy, part bitter, like he'd detached himself from their past and their history with Payton.
"I think game time's over."
"I think the only game that comes to my mind that's played in a closet with a beautiful girl has got to do with kissing. Seven Minutes in Heaven or something like that. And since we are in the wedding party, it's our duty to follow through, right?"
He thought she was beautiful?
Tingles swept over her lips and down the backs of her arms.
"Am I right?"
She cleared her throat and told her body to ignore any more tingles, quivers, flutters, shivers, trembles, prickles, or shudders he might instigate. He belonged to her best friend, even if she wasn't here to claim him. "Yes, it's a kissing game. But the rules say one minute."
"So you planned to kiss the guy that found you in here?"
"On the mouth?" he asked, surprised.
"Yes. But no tongue."
The small space between them dissolved as he canted his head down to talk in her ear. "I think it's our obligation to play, Honor. It's just a game, so can I kiss you?"
YES! Her traitorous body shouted as his husky voice made her toes curl. Then, like he had some magic mojo, she put her arms around his neck. Her hands should not have been anywhere but at her sides, dammit. She reasoned the dark had something to do with it. Because she couldn't really see him, she could pretend he was Theo James and this was her sixty seconds of pretend boyfriend kissing.
Maybe it was his agreement. Maybe it was her earlier desire to break her dry spell, to not leave the closet until she'd gotten a kiss. Whatever it was, she found herself pushing aside her guilt and wanting to finish the game she'd agreed to play.
"Okay," she said.
God, did he have to be so careful with her? She touched her nose to his. "Yes."
"Plan on one minute in heaven, Honor." A split second later his lips were on hers.
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There's a reason Robin Bielman is one of my go-to authors: Ten books read. 48 stars in total. THIS is why. The lady never fails; from the romantic first kiss which induces a serious case of the butterflies, to the grand gesture that will leave your heart singing, she has a gift of bringing her reader a captivating story and couple to become emotionally invested in. Blame it on the Kiss is no exception. With an undeniable chemistry, Bryce and Honor's journey brings everything from fun and flirting to passion and intimacy. And, as the bond between them builds, it brings the emotion to the forefront as these are two people who are both afraid of being hurt. 'I didn't mean for this to happen.' 'I didn't either.' This couple will have you cheering them on from the very start. I laughed at the humour and sighed at the romance but I appreciated Honor and Bryce for the people they were; real, relatable, frustrating at times and loveable. And with Sophie and Zane featuring throughout, along with a great cast of secondary characters it brought that close-knit family feel I love. Blame it on the Kiss is a superb addition to Robin's Kisses in the Sand series and I look forward to seeing what she treats us to next. 4.5 stars. 'I may be clean cut on the outside, but make no mistake, I like to get very, very dirty when nobody’s looking.' Copy generously received courtesy of the publisher for an honest and unbiased opinion.
ARC kindly provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Review 'Blame it on the Kiss' is the second, most funniest, romantic and swoon-worthy volume in the 'Kisses in the Sand' series and my second novel by Robin Bielman. I have loved this author’s writing so far, and this novel has captured everything I loved – and currently love – best about her writing. Highly recommended to anybody up for a read with a hot-as-hell, gentlemanly and intelligent men without all that alpha male shenanigans! The author continues to enchant me with her lovely writing and prose! Her novels are so well written and reading them, so far, has been like gliding seamlessly and violently down from an airplane towards an end which will leave you with no regrets. Robin Bielman has managed to capture so much of what I love in romance novels: That rush of falling in love as the precipice the main characters find themselves on just before the fall. She has managed to capture the turbulent emotions and the many, various doubts we humans often face about love. Reading her novels is like a breath of fresh air, and each time it's something new. I must admit that, of the two novels I've read by Robin Bielman so far, the first novel, 'The Best Friend Bargain' which is the third in the 'Kisses in the Sand' series, has been my favourite. I know! I seem to be going backwards! Reading book three before traveling onto book two then one! Maybe it was the cliche best-friends scenario, but I loved that novel best. It seemed to have touched me on a deeper level. For those wondering if you should read books one and two first, before going onto book three, I would recommend reading whichever novel appeals best to you. I liked the sound of book three best, so I read that first. There was no confusion when some of the characters from the previous instalments returned but books one and two give you an insight into the presence of the many characters and may make the reading experience better for you. Honor's and Bryce's relationship was one constantly plagued by the death of a best friend for Honor and an ex for Bryce. I loved how slowly the two progressed from her constant presence, which clouded their blossoming relationship with doubt and grief to one where their friend's presence brought peace and acceptance...and finally love. I enjoyed that the novel didn't weigh too heavily on me. There are SOOOOOOOOOOO many novels out there that are all dark and gloomy and depressing. Seriously people! GAG me! It makes the reading a bit of a trial sometimes and sometimes a deterrent especially if I want something uplifting and happier...and with a darn happily ever after. Guys, read this if you want something relaxing and happier in your life. You won't regret it! This was a fairly short read for me! I absolutely zoomed through it! There was something about the language that made it easily to just keep reading, reading, reading and impossible to put the book down! Congratulations to Robin Bielman on publishing a fantastic second instalment in the 'Kisses in the Sand' series! Rating Plan 1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking. 2 star : Didn't like it, didn't find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me. 3 star : An average book. Wasn't bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea. 4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progres
I was brought to tears by this story. Blame It On The Kiss tackles friendship, loss, love and promises kept. With help from her matchmaking guardian angel, Payton, Honor sets out on a journey heartache, hope and living life to the fullest. Ms. Bielman ended up creating a magical and heartbreaking story that captures the heart and romances the mind. I got two love stories in one. Honor and Payton's unbreakable bond of friendship and Bryce and Honor's journey to forever.
Finding love when you least expect it! Honor Mitchell doesn’t believe she’s cut out for happily ever after, and she’s okay with that … or at least she’s convinced herself she is! She has lived with guilt and regret for a long time, and doesn’t want to let anyone else down, so when she sets out to complete her best friend’s death bed bucket list, she’s determined to finish it! Bryce Bishop is thrown together with Honor on best man, bridesmaid type duties when two of their friends are getting married. He’s happy to see her again, but she’s not so much. They almost had a one night stand several months ago until she realized he was her BFF’s ex! Will Bryce be able to convince Honor that she should be hanging out with him? And as time goes by and they both start feeling more than they wanted to, will it lead to a happily ever after or only to two people being hurt again?
I love this series! Blame it on the Kiss is a fun, flirty romance that will take you through all the feels. Honor is a mess and she knows it. Bryce has it together, but he's been hurt before and doesn't want another broken heart. They had a fling. It was supposed to be a one-night stand. Honor wasn't supposed to see Bryce again. Well, we all know how that turns out. Their mutual friends are getting married and their both members of the bridal party. What starts as a silly game and a hot kiss sparks something more. Something neither of them is sure they want. So they agree to the whole no-strings thing. Again...we all know how that goes. This was a great book! Bielman has a great writing style and her words will have you laughing, crying, swooning and mad, but in the end, she always gives you the happily-ever-after you want.
This is the 2nd book from the Kisses In The Sand series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment and understanding, I recommend reading series books in order. Honor has the hots for Bryce. He has the hots for her. Yet they shy away from every opportunity since he used to date her best friend. The both feel guilty, but have no real reason to. Bryce just wants Honor to give him a chance. Just a moment in time that he can be more than just a past piece for her best friend. They both have pasts with hurt and pain to overcome. Can they get past the secrets and get together? I love this series. I found these two very honest and sincere. I loved their banter and the heat is sparking right off the page! ***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publishers, in exchange for an honest review only.
I don't read a lot of contemporary romance so I was looking forward to something new and I really enjoyed it. I didn't realize until later that this was actually the second in a series. You don't miss any connections. There was a very real dramatic back story that I could feel because I have a "forever friend" as well and her death would weigh on me. I have to say though that Bryce was the most relationship minded man I have ever seen or read! I'm used to the opposite in both writing and real life. It had a lot of moments in it where I was just grinning ridiculously as I read along. Including her trying to decide what guy to pick up. Fun Read!
What a beautiful feel good Romance. Honor and Bryce have their own demons to exorcise from their past. Bryce is Honor's deceased best friends ex-boyfriend and they both feel guilty for wanting each other. Even though it feels so right, the guilt is eating Honor alive. They both have different mountains to climb to even come close to living again but she's not sure if the journey is worth betraying her deceased best friend. I've only given you a glimpse of everything that's happening in the story. It's all about forgiveness. Forgiveness to your friends, your past and most of all to yourself. This is a fabulous, heartwarming, feel good romance and one that is worthy of a reread. Robin Bielman really knows how to write a great contemporary romance. I can't wait to see what's next for this amazing author. Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
It is a good story but not the best by this author...is interesting and has some good twists but just not enough to really reach..Something was lacking with this story ***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for my honest review**** The story is about Honor Mitchell and the guilt she is living with. She is literally dying inside for what she did. Then she learns her best friend is dying of cancer. She wants to do anything to help her friend out, make her last days the best. Her best friend has a list of things she wanted to complete before she turns 25. Her friend knew she would never complete but she asks Honor if she would complete them for her. Honor said she would for her and Honor wanted to honor Peyton that way. You would think completing “things to do before I turn 25 list” is easy right? NO! Here are some of the things to complete-- Have a one night stand. Get a tattoo. Take a hot air balloon ride. Open an antique store with my best friend. Fall in love. Well, here is where Bryce helps Honor- Bryce (Peyton’s ex) was dumped by Peyton –and never told him why she did it. Bryce finds out about the list and wants to help fulfil it. See, they almost did the first item on the list but never went all the way. This is before they knew who each way to Peyton not that long ago ; There are a lot of chemistry between them and they try to fight it. Act like they are just trying to complete the list in honor of Peyton . There is so much going on between the MC that made me feel so much for them. They wonder if they are hurting the memory of their lost one; if it’s a betrayal of her . They are falling for each other and want to grab one another and hold tight but are too afraid to; afraid of loss, of being rejected. That doesn’t stop them from getting hands on with each other. There are some twists you do not see coming and there is one scene that will have you grabbing tissues. Just be prepared. I really think Honor is a wonderful friend who does all she can to honor her best friend . She doesn’t realize how good a person she is til the end of the book. Bryce also is a great guy who had a lot of potential who just had been burned too many times and was afraid of loss. This is a story of loss and of hope and the confusing period of time after the death of a loved one. This book had a lot of potential; Blame it on the Kiss had promise but just fell flat. I was hoping it would improve but some if the story seemed to be rough at times –I would find parts of it that were wonderful and fantastic but other parts would be slow and I wanted to skip over it to get to the good parts. This is a good book but not the best from this author. I look forward to her next book because I am sure it will be better. My rating: 3.8 stars ***
Another winning story from Robin Bielman. As with past books I've read by this author, I was not disappointed. She has crafted characters with so many layers and so much depth that you can't help but care about them and become invested in them finding their happily-ever-after.
Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews by Kim First off, I have to say Blame it on the Kiss is my favorite Robin Bielman book to date. I even have to admit that Honor and Bryce are also my favorite couple. That’s saying a lot since I generally love all of her couples. Bryce Bishop is truly a good guy. He oozes the “forever” vibe. A family and a white picket fence is him. He thought he was on track to have all that and more until Payton dumped him via voicemail. Now, he doesn’t trust his heart or women. Honor Mitchell is a free-spirit with a heart of gold. Unfortunately, she’s been living with regret for way too long. It’s this regret that she’s been using as a crutch and holding herself back. She’s so accustomed to failing or thinking that she’s going to fail, that she doesn’t even try. But when her best friend since kindergarten passes away, she’s determined to fulfill the promise Payton asked her to. Payton’s list of “Things to Do Before I Turn 25” consists of: 1) Have a one night stand 2) Get a tattoo 3) Take a hot air balloon ride 4) Open an antique store with my best friend 5) Fall in love. Honor is actually in the process of working to checking one night stand off her list when she meets a guy named Bryce. Before things go too far, the two realize who the other is and backs off. But there’s no denying there are sparks between them. Turns out, Bryce was Payton’s boyfriend, before she died. Things for Honor and Bryce get complicated when they try to avoid each other. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately for them, that’s impossible when they have to spend the weekend together at their best friends’ wedding. “I need to kiss you, Honor. One kiss the way I want to kiss you, and then we can be done.” One kiss will just never be enough for these two. At the time when Payton broke up with him, he never knew why she did it. Honor keeps thinking of Bryce as belonging to Payon and feels bad about thinking about “Payton’s” guy that way. Blame it on the Kiss is special in that it’s an unbelievable story of friendship. Robin takes the readers along Honor and Bryce’s journey of recovering from the loss of someone they both cared about. You get to see Honor struggle to keep a promise, learn to trust and have faith in herself, and forgive herself for things she thinks she’s done wrong. You see Bryce falling head over heels in love with Honor and willing to do anything to see her spread her wings and discover who he and everyone knows her to be. I can’t forget about the chemistry. They totally have chemistry. “I may be clean cut on the outside, but make no mistake. I like to get very, very dirty when nobody’s looking.” What? Wow. What happened to mister nice guy? Trust me, he is still definitely there. Bryce manages to make eating waffle fries sexy. There are a couple of secondary characters I would love to read about, so I am definitely looking forward to returning to White Strand Cove. **Received a copy from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**
A delectable, sweet, fun, romance.... After a disastrous experience when she feared her high school boyfriend wanted to get too serious, Honor has avoided any long term relationship. Less than a year ago, Honor Mitchell’s best friend, Payton, died, leaving Honor with a list of things she’s like her to do before she’s twenty-five. Payton had broken up with her secret boyfriend, Bryce Bishop, when she’d learnt about her terminal illness and had be particularly close to Honor in her final months. There aren’t many things on the list - things like go in a hot air balloon, get a tattoo, open up an antiques shop, have a one-night stand and fall in love…. She’d started working on accomplishing these but had a nasty shock when she tried to have the one-night stand a few months ago - she found out the man in question was Payton’s secret boyfriend! Now Honor and Bryce are going to be thrown together as their friends marry. He’s not got over how Payton finished with him, with no explanation, so doesn’t trust women. He can’t get over his near one night stand with Honor and is seriously attracted to her but it doesn’t feel right because of Payton…. He volunteers to help her achieve some of the items on her list but can they resist temptation? This is a delectable, sweet, fun and highly emotional romance where past experiences have a traumatic effect on the willingness of both main characters to give their love for each other a chance to develop and flourish. From their highly charged first kiss in the closet, their vulnerabilities, hopes, fears and dreams are exposed to the readers in a way which makes it easy to empathise and relate to them both, really hoping they’ll achieve their HEA. I have no hesitation in highly recommending this as a great escape into romance. Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Interesting, romantic and fun, this is an amazing book for those who are looking for light-hearted romance. It is well written and all the characters are well developed. Plot is nothing exceptional but it is executed exceptionally. I enjoyed reading and would gladly recommend it to all book lovers. Honor is the kind of girl who never does relationship. She only had one boyfriend, in high school. After that she becomes the love-them-and-leave-them kind of girl. But with Bryce it feels different. He should be off-limits because he is the man her best friend had loved. Now her friend is gone but she still feels guilty for having feelings for him. When he kisses her she can forget everything and everyone.. Bryce's heart was broken once and now he wants to stay away from complicated relationships but Honor makes him crazy. She is the kind of girl he can see himself having a long-term relationship, now he just needs to convince her of that.
Robin Bielman is an auto-read/auto-buy author for me. And this book is definitely worth a read. From the start, it has such a romantic heartfelt read. It is so easy to love both Honor and Bryce. Theirs is a "feel good" story. It does have the spice, the angst, the laughter, and the tears. But it is such a smooth loving read. Their connection was pure magic and despite both of them wanting to stay away, the line drawing them together was too strong. I felt for Honor because she felt so undeserving of finding her own HEA or having an everlasting love. But her heart won out. And Bryce was pure male, good and bad. His words and flirtations with Honor were smoking hot. And the way he encouraged her too was so sweet. The two of them together was pure gold. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
Originally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In Books I received a copy of this book, from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this sway either my review or my rating! So, I have very mixed feelings after finishing Blame it on the Kiss. I was intrigued by the storyline with the possibilities of tension because we have a best friend/ex-girlfriend who has passed away and the guilt between these two people from her life for feeling an attraction towards one another. What can I say I enjoy messy situations in books. Unfortunately, some of it worked really well for me and some of it didn't. Don't get me wrong I did enjoy it quite a bit, I just wasn't in love with it. While the core group of main characters I thought were great, I felt like there were just too many secondary characters who took up all of maybe 30 seconds of reading time. Names were constantly being thrown at me and then never really mentioned again and it was hard to keep people straight. Like when a guy named Drew was noticed hitting on Honor it was pointed out that Drew was Mark's friend/cousin/brother (something) but when that was pointed out my brain was only thinking, "wait, who is Mark?" There were some people whose purpose of having a name put to I just wasn't sure of. I'm not even sure if this makes sense outside of my mind haha. Though at times I found her to be a bit on the dramatic side with her emotions, Honor was a lot of fun. I loved the close relationship she had with her brother and her relationship with him as well as the impact that her relationship with Payton still had on her, you could tell she has this huge heart and a strong sense of loyalty. She has this strong outward appearance but it only takes a second in her point of view to see just how insecure and full of self doubt she is. Then there's Bryce who is so incredibly sweet and sexy. He's that really good guy that you know has a naughty streak inside of him just waiting to pop out. He's the one thing that I really, really fell in love with in this book. One thing this book was not lacking in the least was sparks or chemistry. The relationship between Honor and Bryce was the perfect mixture of sweetness and steamy. Plus you know how someone almost always makes a grand gesture in romance novels. The one big huge declaration to show their love and win back the person they love? Oh my gosh, Bryce's gesture at the end of this book alone is worth every minute you spend reading it. It's so simple and yet so freaking sweet and swoon worthy. Sigh. I want a Bryce of my own. I believe the biggest problem I had with this book was that I really felt a detachment with the whole Honor-Payton-Bryce situation. (Payton being the ex-girlfriend/best friend who at the start of the book has been gone for like 6 months or so.) My brain understood the concept of their guilt or any other feelings they had towards Payton, but we don't get to know her ourselves except through stories from other characters so I couldn't stop feeling like 'she's gone get over it and kiss already' because I didn't feel any loyalty towards her myself. So it ended up making me feel frustrated from time to time because I wanted things to happen but guilt kept getting in the way. For me personally, I feel like I probably would have benefited more from maybe an extra chapter squeezed into the beginning. Maybe getting to see Payton and Honor before she was gone first hand and feel a better attachment to their situation. Maybe even get that first almost encounter between Bryce and Honor, because as it was the opening of the book when the two of them are in a dark closet and verbally reliving the moment with "and you said", "then you said", "right and then you said" well it just didn't flow well or feel natural. To me. Now I haven't read the first book in this series, Keeping Mr. Right Now, yet, but I have discovered that it's already been on my Kindle so I am looking forward to going back and reading Sophie and Zane's story. They seemed like a really fun couple and I want to see how they got to where they are in here. I did have fun reading Blame it on the Kiss. It was quick and sweet and I look forward to reading more of Robin Bielman's books in the future! Thanks to Entangled Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book.
Awesome read! This is a sweet, fun, and very emotional book. A beautifully crafted story that shows us the characters vulnerabilities, regrets, hopes and aspirations. Honor and Bryce are characters that you can't help but like and you want to see them get their happily ever after. Treat yourself to a wonderful afternoon and grab this one! I highly recommend it.
*** This ARC was received from Entangled Publishing in exchange for a honest review*** Very interesting story. I love how Bryce bought Honor a puffer fish to "fall in love" with so she could cross that off of the list. She is very(almost too much) devoted friend and obviously so was Payton since she purposely wrote the list for Honor knowing what she would do after her passing
I don't know how Robin comes up with such super endings that invariably leave me with a big smile and a tickled-pink giddiness, but I hope she never stops! “I may be clean cut on the outside, but make no mistake." He moved even closer, close enough to see her pulse jump at the base of her neck. "I like to get very, very dirty when nobody's looking.” BLAME IT ON THE KISS by Robin Bielman is a lovely, small-town contemporary romance! It is the second book in her Kisses in the Sand series, but each of these are meant to be read as standalones with interconnected characters. Robin is one of my very favorite authors for warm-fuzzies romances. When I need a sweet, fun read, Robin always delivers! I loved the heroine and hero! Honor Mitchell, our heroine, is an event specialist for the mayor's office in beach town, White Strand Cove. Bryce Bishop is an agent for pro athletes. We met them both in the first Kisses in the Sand novel, KEEPING MR. RIGHT NOW. Honor and Bryce have instant undeniable chemistry but they also have some major impediments to furthering their relationship including their mutual connection to Payton who has passed away; She had been Honor’s best friend and Bryce’s ex girlfriend. Honor feels guilty to be lusting after her best friend's ex. It's difficult for Bryce, also, as Payton dumped him without a reason once she found out she was dying; So he never got to say goodbye to her. My full review is posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. Check it out there. 4 1/2 Wine Glasses!
Robin Bielman is an auto buy author for me, and this book just proves it even more. I could not put this book down, a sweet emotional, laugh out loud story of Honor and Bryce finding love. Honor is trying to complete "the list" that her friend left her after she died. Bryce her friend's ex finds the list and wants to help Honor to fulfill the list. Neither are looking for a relationship, but the chemistry is flowing between them. Two things on the list are a one night fling and to fall in love.They both agree to the one night fling but falling in love was not part of it. As Bryce said, " I could breathe you in all day Honor" . Making this relationship work has many obstacles along the way and brings Honor out of her comfort zone at times. I now have a new book boyfriend, Bryce. He is so tender hearted, I too am in love. I highly recommend this book on the journey of falling in love.
Blame it on the Kiss by Robin Bielman is a wonderful romance novel. This book is the second in a series but can be read as a standalone. The authors writing is flawless and fluent and she takes you deep into the story. The readers can feel with the emotional journey of the leading characters and believe me the author uses the complete spectrum of emotions possible. Honor and Bryce both hurt and struggle but it’s beautiful to watch them together. I can recommend this book fully and hope others will enjoy it too > > > I have received this Book as an ARC from the Publisher < < < > > > In Exchange I promised an honest Review < < <