This little holiday treat caps off a fantastic year of reads from this author. While I didn’t enjoy it as much as her full-length books (this hero might’ve been too tortured for a novella), it’s a quick and STEAMY holiday read. I loved the forced proximity, the emotion, and there’s definitely never a dull moment. It can be read in a couple of hours and delivers on its promise to put you through a range of emotions, so cuddle up next to the fire and dig into this hot, heartfelt read.
The story follows London and Miles, two former classmates who each had a teenage crush that they believed to be unrequited… at least until they shared one life-changing kiss before Miles exited London’s life without notice. When a snowstorm brings them back together just in time for the holidays, they have to figure out what happens next – do they finally admit their feelings and move forward, or let the opportunity go to waste?
Saman is such a talented author, and I love her broken heroes. I always know that I’m in for a romance that mixes lightness with angst, and that’s exactly what happens here. It’s short and steamy, wasting no time getting to the heart of the story, and I loved the holiday vibe. However, I do kinda think Miles was too broken for a novella. I found his lack of self esteem and confidence to be exceedingly unattractive, and I think the story would’ve benefited from a few more scenes showcasing his positive qualities (outside of the bedroom, lol). Then again, second chance romances are always difficult for me because I just want them to TALK to each other, so that could be a “me” thing. For a novella though, this feels like a fully developed, steamy romance. I received an early copy via the author and am voluntarily leaving a review of this holiday romance.
The heart wants what it wants and mine has never stopped wanting her.
London Canterbury and I were never meant to be.
Her family was rich. She was cheer captain.
The most popular girl in our school while I was the opposite. Poor, nerdy, and invisible.
Eight years ago, I kissed the hell out of her, knowing I was never going to see her again.
Or so I thought.
Because here I am, rescuing none other than London who crashed her car into a tree in the middle of a blizzard.
Right before Christmas.
Now she’s stuck in my house. In my head.
Back in my heart before I ever have a chance to stop it.
As the storm intensifies outside so does the fire between us.
Despite all that, I know this is too good to last. That eventually the storm will end and she’ll leave.
But losing her is no longer an option.
I’m hoping that sometimes all it takes to fall in love is just one kiss…
JUST ONE KISS is a funny and steamy, second chance, snowed in, holiday romance that will make you swoon! It’s a complete standalone.
Releases November 12th