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What-To-Read Wednesday: After the Kiss

Sometimes, you want a complex epic endless angst-filled contemporary romance with weirdness and alligators and fail-sex in the mud. And that’s good, because I’m writing one of those. Check back with me on November 11, we’ll talk.

But I’ll tell you, in the meantime, writing one of those is a lot of work. I’m worn out, people. And when I’m worn out, it can be lovely to relax into a contemporary romance that’s just … not so complicated.

I read After the Kiss a while back when I was asked if I would provide a quote for it, which is always a trepidation-filled enterprise because of the distinct possibility that I won’t like the book and then I’ll have to deal with that. Luckily, that was not the case!

Here’s the blurb—

After the KissJulie 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.

This isn’t a book that’s going to change your whole life, but it is a very well written, thoroughly enjoyable category-length contemporary romance. It made me smile, and it even made me laugh. I read it while visiting my mom, and I stopped a few times because I wanted to tell her about some thing that was happening that I thought was particularly clever. It’s just … cute. Cute all over the place, and comfortable, and witty. It hit the category romance sweet spot for me — maybe it will for you, too.


After the Kiss by Lauren Layne | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads

11 thoughts on “What-To-Read Wednesday: After the Kiss

  1. As always a great recommendation! Loved it! I think I need to consult with you before buying books……somehow your picks get me every time. Thanks Ruthie!
    By the way……… Truly is awesome….. xo

  2. Ooh, I can’t wait to read “weirdness and alligators and fail-sex in the mud”!

    After you recommended Unteachable by Leah Raeder last week, I did sample it and I decided to save it for when I can handle the angst. The beautiful prose sucked me in, so I’m sort of glad that the sample cut off when it did.

    I have After the Kiss by Lauren Layne on my TBR list and your review of it has cemented it as the next book I’ll read when I want something cute, comfortable, and clever that hits the sweet spot.

    By the way, the last complete book I read that made me LOL was Tangled by Emma Chase because of its distinctive first-person narration.

  3. I liked this book and am now looking forward to reading the next two books in the series.

    I’m also really looking forward to your complex epic endless angst-filled contemporary romance with weirdness and alligators and fail-sex in the mud. LOL

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