Shut Up and Kiss Me: A Lost Boys Novel

Shut Up and Kiss Me: A Lost Boys Novel

by Jessica Lemmon

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Hailed by Katee Robert as “an author to keep your eye on,” Jessica Lemmon brings her heartfelt storytelling to a sizzling novel about a steamy kiss—and a relationship that only gets hotter from there.

Cade: I tried. I really tried. I should be out of this small town by now, finishing my law degree and partnering up with my buddies, but I couldn’t resist one last street race. Now I’m sidelined in the hospital, and while my injuries will heal, I’m not so sure my voice will return. What kind of attorney can’t talk? Yeah, exactly. I’m afraid that I won’t be able to come back from this . . . until Tasha Montgomery reawakens every competitive bone in my body.

Tasha: I nearly watched Cade Wilson die on that lonely stretch of road. He’s damn lucky just to be alive, even if he doesn’t realize it. I know he’s destined for bigger and better things, but I don’t mind helping him get there as he relearns everything he took for granted. Cade’s a good student, a real perfectionist; I can tell how much his stutter bothers him. But when he lets his kisses do the talking, everything else disappears. And one day, maybe he’ll be able to tell me that he wants me—as much as I want him.

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Praise for Shut Up and Kiss Me

“Steamy romance and heartfelt emotion with a couple you can root for—Jessica Lemmon brings them all! I laughed, I sighed, I loved Shut Up and Kiss Me!”New York Times bestselling author Virna DePaul

“[Jessica] Lemmon’s sweet contemporary romance about a couple of college kids in the small Midwestern town of Ridgeway might be the perfect confectionary amuse-bouche for a dreary winter afternoon.”Publishers Weekly

“Loved. Loved. Loved. The chemistry between Cade and Tasha is off the charts in this fresh and sexy, heartfelt story.”—Stina Lindenblatt, author of This One Moment

“I couldn’t devour this book fast enough and loved getting lost in Cade and Tasha’s world.”—Books According to Abby

“I enjoyed their relationship and easily fell for Cade. . . . An enjoyable read, and I have already one-clicked her first in the Lost Boys series.”—Books & Boys Book Blog

“There’s nothing better than a hero professing his love in a big way. I would recommend Shut Up and Kiss Me by Jessica Lemmon.”—Harlequin Junkie

“With good pacing and interesting characters, her stories balance all the elements I look for in a romance, pushing all my happy buttons. I highly recommend!”—Smexy Books (Grade: A)

“It was so refreshing to see a realistic, flawed couple. I look forward to reading more books by this author.”—Lady with a Quill

“Jessica, from her very first book I touched, got me hooked beyond measure. Each time, I fall more in love with her writing.”—Collector of Book Boyfriends & Girlfriends

Shut Up and Kiss Me is one sweet, sexy, and steamy read.”—Boundless Book Reviews

“In Shut Up and Kiss Me Lemmon pulled me in, offering moments of laughter, frustration, tears and plenty of curl-your-toes moments.”—Caffeinated Book Reviewer

Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101884713
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/06/2016
Series: Lost Boys , #2
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 212
Sales rank: 149,208
File size: 797 KB

About the Author

A former job-hopper, Jessica Lemmon resides in Ohio with her husband and rescue dog. She holds a degree in graphic design currently gathering dust in an impressive frame. When she’s not writing super-sexy heroes, she can be found cooking, drawing, drinking coffee (okay, wine), and eating potato chips. She firmly believes God gifts us with talents for a purpose, and with His help, you can create the life you want.

Read an Excerpt

The space above the garage was meant to be an apartment, but for a renter, not me. My dad had envisioned making some extra income by finishing the room before he was swept up in gambling instead. In the years while I focused on becoming a lawyer, he’d lost interest in the idea of renting, or maybe he’d forgotten about it. This section of the house had been used as storage.

I hadn’t slept much lately, so on those nights when I lay awake, I came up here and cleared it out. Half the shit went into the garbage—stuff no one needed, like extra garden hoses and malfunctioning holiday lights—and the other half went into storage in the garage. Some of those boxes were filled with my mom’s stuff. I doubted she’d want it back, but I kept it anyway.

I unpacked a box, pulling open another dresser drawer to dump in my T-shirts and sweatshirts. That was the last of my clothes. I kicked the box off to one side. I’d carry it back into my old bedroom and pack up my closet next. Moving from the house to the space above the garage wasn’t my idea of living the high life, but my current job as a busser at Oak & Sage didn’t afford me much in way of a place of my own. That would change, and soon, but in the meantime this place gave me the privacy I needed.

I made the bed next, stretching a set of navy blue sheets over the mattress and surreptitiously checking out my therapist as she sat on my couch.

Tasha Montgomery.

Blond-haired, blue-eyed, great butt. She wasn’t easy to overlook. She was tallish, but not too tall, which I liked. A lot. I’d first noticed her on campus at Ridgeway University on the arm of Tony Fry. That jackhole walked all over his women—and yeah, he had more than one. I figured Tasha knew. I wished I could remember myself as a bumbling, nervous idiot who simply blurted the wrong words in the presence of a hot girl, but that hadn’t been the case.

I’d made a move on her at a frat party before the accident. My intention was to flatten Tasha with a grin, disarm her with my charm, and get her into my bed shortly thereafter. Tasha hadn’t been charmed, or flattened. She’d been pissed. Snapping her head around to face me, she’d told me point-blank to leave her alone.

She didn’t think my offer of riding the “Cade train” was sincere, and—here’s the part I’m not proud of—it wasn’t. I’d pegged her as a rich girl who would go for the grin no matter what I said. I told my buddies as much before leaving them behind to approach Tasha. I was showing off.

I wasn’t proud of that either.

I’d since learned that I was right—Tasha was a rich girl—but also wrong. She never went for the grin. She’d truly believed that she and Tony were going to ride off into the sunset when it had been clear to me—and anyone else watching—that Tony was biding his time with her while biding his time with a few someone elses at the same time.

Being cheated on sucked. I knew firsthand.

Since my ex-girlfriend, Brooke, left me, I’d seen a lot of girls, but never, ever did I date more than one at a time. I wished that made me sound like more of a nice guy, but hey, at least I wasn’t a cheater. For a while I blamed my promiscuity on heartache. Now I blamed myself for being shortsighted while chanting “YOLO” like some frat douchebag who didn’t know the future could change in the blink of one of Tasha’s blue, blue eyes.

She’d followed me up here, which didn’t surprise me. Though her suggestion to work did surprise me. We had a routine, and the harebrained “workout for your mouth” idea she’d cooked up was not happening. I liked our routine. I’d sit on a beanbag chair on the floor of my room and play my game while she perched on my bed, papers spread on the unmade covers.

Today she was on the love seat I’d dragged in here with Devlin’s help, and I hadn’t bothered plugging in my game system. I was busy packing, cleaning out my space, and, lately, working on my new/old car.

Tasha was doing a good job of ignoring me at the moment, which I thought I preferred. Most of the time our interactions reminded me of an old married couple who’d grown sick of each other and no longer spoke. Only in my case, I no longer spoke because rare was the occasion I benefited from it. In the past it had gone something like this: I stuttered. Tasha morphed into teacher mode. I stopped speaking.

Nothing like the girl I liked way, way too much looking at me like I was needy and pitiful. Have I mentioned that I liked her liked her? There was no way to act on it, but having her near hadn’t cured me of my fascination. I was hot for teacher.

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Shut Up and Kiss Me: A Lost Boys Novel 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
AFOX0 More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully sweet, sexy romance…Loved it!...5+stars! Caden’s future plan of being a lawyer ends when he gets hurt in a street race accident. Once a boisterous frat boy full of conceit and arrogance, he’s become a man withdrawn and angry long after his body has healed. But his voice is broken, the stammering and stuttering is an embarrassing and frustrating ordeal for Caden. Tasha Montgomery and Caden Wilson have a brief history. But it’s more Cade being cocksure and teasing, trying to get her to go out with him. Good girl Tasha never falls for it, though. She’s all about finishing school to become a physical therapist after graduation. In light of Cade’s resistance to therapy, his dad hires Tasha to help in his recovery. Tasha’s a great friend and Cade realizes she’s been right there from the start since the accident when all his friends abandoned him. As they spend more time together, they never imagined enjoying each other’s company. Cade brings out Tasha’s inner bad girl. I just loved the teasing heat that builds between these two friends. Tasha realizes Cade is everything she never knew she wanted. I had to chuckle over the things that ran through Cade’s mind. As Tasha introduces oral therapy, Cade’s thinking more in the line of “sexual healing”. It sure is working wonders for Cade’s confidence. Shut Up and Kiss Me is a wonderful friends to lovers romance with a unique, and delightful story line. I love how Tasha never gives up on Caden, even when he’s frustrated and being taciturn. I appreciate how Ms. Lemmon begins their relationship with a slow burn of attraction and sexual tension, and reading how their story unfolds. Ms. Lemmon pens a wonderful romance with all the feels. I received an ARC copy of this book from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley. I voluntarily reviewed this book.
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
A book that I could not put down. Cade was in a terrible accident that has left him with a speech impediment, his dad hires therapist, Tasha to help him over come this impediment. Cade has gone through quite a few therapists but Tasha will not give up on him. Both are struggling with life in general and they soon find comfort in each other. This is the second book in the Lost Boys series but can be read as a stand alone. I did not read the first book, but will now go back and read. Excellent writing style that will keep you turning the pages.
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
Shut Up and Kiss Me is a typical New Adult romance featuring a wounded hero, a long suffering heroine, two villainous fathers and complicated plot that features a lot of angst. Caden is a law student who is about to graduate when he has a horrible street racing accident that leaves without the ability to speak. Tasha is a friend of the family, who is studying to be a physical therapist. Caden's father suggests that she might be able to help him and Tasha reluctantly agrees. She and Caden begin to work together, he expects her to act like any other female in his world and instantly fall for him. She is attracted to him, but very reluctant to act on her attraction for many reasons. As they struggle to work out their relationship, Tasha and Caden overcome many obstacles to be together. This is a good example of a complicated, angst-filled plot that has some interesting characters. I liked some of this book, but often felt that the story contradicted itself and was too Gothic to hold my attention. If New Adult romances are your thing, this is the book for you! I was given a free copy of an honest review.
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
I read this mostly in one sitting. Caden has quite the attitude and I almost didn't like him. His lack of speech because of an accident was only part of that attitude. Tasha has such a big heart that I wanted her to be happy. As their story unfolded, I rooted for them to work out their differences. There were points in this story that had tears in my eyes and I felt connected to the characters. This is the second in the series and I look forward to more. I received a copy of this story through Netgalley, and this is my unsolicited review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldnt have been any better!!!! Id been anxiously been awaiting this follow up story and it was absolelutely beautifully written with such angsty thought provoking moments as Cade and Tasha both struggled with emotions &words much of the time. I love a good story with any type of medical situation involved thats being addressed or being dealt with having worked in the medical field because it adds an extra raw layer to the story & does involve resesrch which i respect & appreciate adding a bit of real life trauma to a good romance . I also think Jess writes an excellent shorter story comporable to her lengthy ones with plenty of MOMENTS to pace these stories perfectly ALWAYS! Excellent & a must have to ones LEMMON collection of EBooks!! Hugs and happpy HOT READING TRACI OF SOUTH FL
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
This was a good read for me. I found the story entertaining and I liked the characters. The story has lots of drama and emotion and the connection with Cade and Tasha is beautiful. However, the book seemed rushed at times with some inconsistencies. Overall it is an enjoyable story.
ButtonsMom2003 More than 1 year ago
I liked it. Shut Up and Kiss Me is the second book in the Lost Boys series. It’s connected to Fighting for Devlin but I don’t think you need to have read that to enjoy this one. The story is told in first person alternating between Cade and Tasha. Cade was badly injured in a street racing accident and, while his physical injuries healed, he is left with difficulty speaking. As a result, he just doesn’t talk and he’s abandoned his plans to become a lawyer. Tasha is studying to become a physical therapist and she worked with Cade after he fired every other therapist he had. Once his physical injuries healed she also began working with him on his speech because no one else could stand to work with him. Before his accident, Cade was a cocky, bad boy. He hit on Tasha when she was still with her now ex-boyfriend and she rejected him. Now, working together so closely, there is an attraction between them but she is afraid of getting hurt again. It takes time, and there are a lot of ups and downs to their relationship, but the story has an HEA and things eventually work out in spite of Tasha’s father being a jerk and Cade not trusting rich girls; and OMG this book was so hot I thought my e-reader was going to burn my hands! “Bad-boy” stories aren’t my favorite but I enjoyed reading this one. Jessica Lemmon knows how to tell a great story and I find her writing style very compelling. Even when the type of book isn’t normally my favorite, if she writes it I’ll read it. A review copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley but this did not influence my opinion of the book or my review.
KimP65 More than 1 year ago
This book is the perfect follow up in the Lost Boys series. The characters are so well written, so strong and deep that I was totally sucked in from beginning to end. The strength that they both exhibit in overcoming the hard times in their lives on their own was amazing but when they join forces, bringing out only the best in each other, offering the unconditional support to each other that only two really strong people can then it's magic. From beginning to end this book was one to devour and fall in love with.
Laura_F More than 1 year ago
Cade is on his way to finishing law school and plans to open a law firm with his friends when an illegal street race leaves him with massive physical injuries. After recovering from his physical injuries, the only thing left to fix is his speech. Tasha is months from graduation and becoming a certified physical therapist. She was on the scene the night of Cade's last race and is determined to help him recover completely so he can finish accomplishing his dreams. I didn't read the first book in this series and wasn't the slightest bit lost with this story. I loved Tasha's tenacity and competitive spirit. Even when Cade never did more than grunt or be silent, she continued to show up to help him recover from his last obstacle. Cade is equally as competitive as Tasha and once he learns the key to unlocking his speech, he's focused on Tasha and figuring out what's next in his life. I was immediately connected to these characters and loved every second of this book. I finished it one sitting because I just couldn't put it down. I'll definitely be going back and reading book one as soon as possible! *This is my voluntary review of an Advanced Reader Copy*
Marie-Elizabeth More than 1 year ago
Disclaimer: ARC received in exchange for an honest review Jessica Lemmon's latest, Shut Up and Kiss Me, is a frothy, swoon-tastic delight of epic proportions! Shut up and Kiss Me may be a follow-up to Fighting for Devlin, but their tones couldn't be more different. Devlin was dark, suspense-laden, and intense, whereas Kiss Me is light and sweet, bubbly and effervescent, and just so dang enjoyable. Tasha and Cade are such an endearing couple, and their personal and romantic journeys are triumphant and uplifting, and as corny as it may sound, an absolute tribute to the power of love. Tasha is damaged but determined and Cole is gorgeously grumpy, but together, together they are MAGIC. This story is a pure fairy tale, grounded in reality, and it's sure to leave even the most jaded reader sporting a wide, cheesy perma-grin all the way through the happily-ever-after. Lemmon may bring the sweet and cheery in this book, but she certainly doesn't skimp on the sexyfuntimes. There are some fantastically memorable scenes that enhance the grand, sweeping romance playing out in the pages of this stunning story -- tornado sirens, mirrors, and cop cars have never been so seductive and alluring. Much like its author, this standalone is a true gem. Tasha and Cade are the perfect couple and readers will quickly fall in love with them. Shut Up and Kiss Me may have one of my favorite titles ever and this book has quickly ascended high on my list of Lemmon books I love!
Rhondaz More than 1 year ago
Shut Up and Kiss Me by Jessica Lemmon....Another fantastic book from this amazing author. Jessica Lemmon knows how to pull the readers in with great storylines and wonderful characters that are well developed and likeable. Cade wanting to be a lawyer, but gets hurt in a street racing accident. Tasha is beautiful and a friend studying to be a physical trainer, so Cade's dad hires her to help with Cade's recovery. I enjoyed watching their stories unfold. Jessica Lemmon is one of my favorite authors, I know it will be a 5 star read. I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book from publisher via NetGalley.
DebraMenard155 More than 1 year ago
I voluntarily reviewed this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.I really connected with this storyline,my husband was in an automobile accident,and he had to go through all the physical therapy,learn how to do everything all over again what we take for granted.I really enjoyed reading this book,thank you for writing Ms.Lemmon.
nelriv More than 1 year ago
I received and ARC for honest review for netgalley. Loved Cade and Tasha. Tasha was a strong person, to be able to deal with stuff she dealt with. Loved her resolve not to give up on Cade even when he was difficult, to stand up to her father when he was being a jerk. Cade, your heart went out to him, it could not have been easy to hold back when people were being horrible. I did get upset with him when he hurt her, but thankfully he realized the error of his ways and made a comeback, she deserved it and so much more.
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
Shut Up and Kiss Me by Jessica Lemmon got off to a slow start, but little by little this small-town romance captured my heart and attention. The two main characters are genuine and honest, so their insecurities were easy to identify with. This is the second book from Ms. Lemmon’s Lost Boys series, and it can be enjoyed as a standalone. Tasha never left Cade’s side after he almost lost his life due to a street racing accident. With the exception of the ability to speak, Cade has made a complete recovery. However, he is now a year behind in law school and all of his friends have moved on. Fixing cars is his passion and a career aligned with his new outlook is just what he needs to stay focused. Tasha is an excellent physical therapist, yet she took the time to figure out how to help Cade regain his speaking ability. Their time together develops into scorching heat, and they share some very lustful and intimate encounters. Tasha learns that she is a desirable woman and enjoys the way Cade protects her. It is unfortunate that their respective fathers create barriers to their happiness together. This is the third book that I have read by Ms. Lemmon. Tasha and Cade are perfect for each other, and I liked the way their relationship developed. I found Cade's character to be interesting and constantly evolving. In addition, his dominance in the bedroom was very hot. Tasha is a strong heroine and her never give up attitude was perfectly penned. I liked her right from the start and her kindheartedness never grew stale. Overall, this is a nicely written romance with two main characters that I could not get enough of. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
PennieM More than 1 year ago
This was a fun, flirty, and at times flipping sexy book involving Cade and Tasha. Cade had his life planned and was studying pre-law but all that ended when he was involved in an accident during a street race. His body has healed from the broken bones but his speech has not come back and he is now left with a stutter. He has chased off all the therapists who tried to help him except for Tasha. The only problem is Tasha is not a speech therapist, she is studying physical therapy and graduation is just weeks away. She studies how to help him but Cade is reluctant to try anything to help himself. Finally Tasha decides to try something else and the flirting becomes more. It was fun watching these two circle each other. I did not read the first book in this series and had no problem keeping up with this so would deem it a standalone. I recommend this book for a great time! **Received a copy of this ARC from the publisher via NetGalley**
TheBunny1 More than 1 year ago
***ARC Provided by the Publisher and NetGalley*** 4.5 Stars Cade and Tasha were interesting. The idea that the hero is not only recovering from an injury that hampers his ability to communicate but that the injury has shown him that he wants to travel a complete different path in his life puts the characters and the relationship into a different light, and it feels like a fresh and different story. Jessica Lemmon is a favorite of mine for the characters she writes. They are interesting and engaging without being heavy. The characters are dealing with real issues, and real struggles, but this doesn't overshadow the romance. It is a difficult balance, and one that she does very well. This can be read as a standalone, however the characters from the first Lost Boys book appear in this one, as Tasha and Rena are friends. There is the smallest possible spoiler in the story, but it is not one that will detract from reading this book, even if you haven't read the other. I liked how real all of the characters felt in this book and I was sorry to see it end...although I am hopeful to see Tasha and Cade in future books, to check in on them. I recommend this book.
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Favorite Quotes: If memory serves, you used the words 'mind-blowing,' 'tooth-tingling,' and 'knee-numbing.' My ex-boyfriend didn't use a bat, but he did start playing the field. There were a lot more girls in that field than I first realized. Cade was as immune to me as if he'd been vaccinated. I didn't see the point in being so in love with him I couldn't see straight. But I was. My heart needed a lobotomy. My Review: My infatuation with Jessica Lemmon continues - I just can't help myself, I love her style! I have now read five of her mouthwatering books, and have adored each and every one. Tasha and Cade's story was engaging, relevant, and sweet. It was brimming with humor, delicious steam, and heart squeezing exchanges. As with all Ms. Lemmon's stories, these characters were uniquely flawed and stubborn - while at the same time they are also highly endearing and scrumptious. I fear I have an addiction, I want to read every word this talented author cares to scribble.
Janet_Reads More than 1 year ago
Shut Up and Kiss Me is another winner from Jessica Lemmon. Her latest book features two college students whose relationship evolves from frenemies to lovers. Cade Wilson is injured in a serious car wreck during an illegal street race and has speech problems making him unable to speak without a stutter. Now he just chooses to speak as little as possible. He was known as “silver fox” for his ability for persuasive speech before the accident; therefore, the stutter is emotionally debilitating for him. He was also on track to be a lawyer before and feels this path is no longer open to him. Tasha Montgomery and Cade are acquaintances through mutual friends, and she feels an unacknowledged pull to him and decides to be there for him after his wreck. She is studying to be a physical therapist but becomes Cade's quasi-speech therapist after he runs off his other therapists. She wants to help him and studies to find ways to help him speak again. Cade was attracted to Tasha prior to his injuries but his self esteem took a hit and he feels he has nothing to offer. After the two spend time working together, they can no longer deny their attraction, but Tasha’s father knows Cade and does not approve. He vows to keep them apart, and Cade needs his confidence back to have the strength to stand up to her father. I really enjoyed Shut Up and Kiss Me. Tasha and Cade have great chemistry, and Cade’s speech problems were an interesting and original storyline that Ms. Lemmon obviously researched before writing. The reader really empathizes with Cade as he tries to recover his identity. I was worried I would not be able to relate to the young lead characters, but this was not a problem. Jessica Lemmon is a gifted writer, and I will definitely be picking up her future books. I definitely recommend you read Shut Up And Kiss Me. ARC provided by publisher via Netgalley, but no one made me write this review and my opinions are honest and my own.
brandihowell1 More than 1 year ago
Great follow up book in the Lost Boys series. We meet Devon's brother Cade in the previous book. At the time he was an entitled jerk who thought he could get anyone in his bed, now he has just survived an accident and won't talk. Enter Tasha, Rina's best friend. Tasha was hired by Cade's dad to help him talk. She isn't one to give up. This story takes the reader on a ride with two people who just want someone to see their real self. Both wanting to be independent from family and finding the best in each other along the way. These characters have such depth that you can't help being drawn into the story!
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Finally!! I feel like I've been waiting for this book forever!! Was it worth the wait? Why yes, yes it was. I first fell in love with Cade while reading Fighting for Devlin. Now we find out what happened after the devastating car accident. While this is the second in the series, you'll have no problem reading this one even if you haven't read the first. Cade had his whole life planned. All that came crashing down when he's involved in an accident during a street race. Now his body is healing but speaking clearly isn't coming so easily. For someone who had planned to be a lawyer, this is a real problem. Cade's attitude and bad temper has managed to run off every therapist and friend around except one. Tasha. The one person who just won't give up on him. Will she be able to help him find his way again?? An excellent read and one I recommend to everyone.