Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Book Review: "Blame It On the Kiss" (Robin Bielman)

Honor Mitchell doesn't have a great track record when it comes to following through.

Which makes her current to-do list all the more important. Ever since her best friend Payton died way too young and left Honor a wish list of things to accomplish and try, Honor has been doing her best to silence her naturally rebellious and flaky personality and get done what her best friend wanted. The list is supposed to stay a secret ... until someone finds out.

Bryce Bishop can scarcely believe that he's still so attracted to Honor. After all, she was his ex-girlfriend's best friend. Though he'd loved Payton, his one-night stand with Honor remains forefront in his mind, especially when they're thrown together as members of a wedding party, and he unexpectedly finds the list she's tried so hard to keep from everyone. Before he can even think, he's conned her into letting him help tick things off Payton's list.

She isn't exactly trustworthy. He'll never trust a woman again, anyway. It's not like they could actually end up together. No danger here.

Entangled Publishing's Red-Hot Bliss imprint presents the sexy-sweet romance Blame It On the Kiss by talented romance author Robin Bielman, released just this month.

It's easy for a romance novel to focus solely on like-minded themes: romance, marriage, divorce, passion. While Bielman's novel expertly encompasses a number of those usual themes, another that she thoroughly explores is friendship: the extent to which loyalty to a lifelong friend lasts, whether friends trump lovers in priority, and how a close friendship can genuinely change a person forever.

Honor is the sweetest, most likable heroine, honestly determined to uphold her dying best friend's wishes, even if it means branching out of her own comfort zone to do it (really, a hot air balloon ride? Payton must have been crazy!). Her willingness to sacrifice her own life, to a large extent, to keep Payton's memory alive makes her a sympathetic character from the first page.

Meanwhile, Bryce stands as her foil, her opposite: equally loyal to his ex-girlfriend's memory, even though when she found out she was terminally ill she broke up with him without explanation or warning and left him seething until he learned the truth. Now, even as he lusts for Honor, he hesitates to take any risk that might mean getting burned again.

Usually, the Bliss imprint from Entangled Publishing focuses more on attraction than on the actual culmination thereof, but their Red-Hot Bliss titles have no such compunctions, and Blame It On the Kiss is a temperately sexy read from beginning to end, with the desire between Honor and Bryce flaring at some of the most (hot and) bothersome moments!

Sit back, relax, and prepare to be wooed into a truly poignant, thematically diverse, and hotly satisfying story!

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Author: Robin Bielman
Title: Blame It On the Kiss
Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Red-Hot Bliss)
ISBN: 978-1-63375-291-7
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the publisher via the Netgalley program in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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