After the Kiss
Book 1, Sex, Love, & Stiletto - A Sex, Love & Stiletto Novel
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Lauren Layne kicks off her Sex, Love & Stiletto series with a delightful short novel! In After the Kiss, the star columnist of Stiletto magazine will do anything for a story. Anything . . . except fall in love.
Julie 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.
Lauren Layne’s USA Today bestselling Sex, Love & Stiletto series can be read in any order:
AFTER THE KISS
LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH
JUST ONE NIGHT
THE TROUBLE WITH LOVE
Don’t miss any of Lauren Layne’s hot reads:
The Love Unexpectedly series: BLURRED LINES | GOOD GIRL | LOVE STORY | WALK OF SHAME | AN EX FOR CHRISTMAS
The Oxford series: IRRESISTIBLY YOURS| I WISH YOU WERE MINE | SOMEONE LIKE YOU | I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE
The Redemption Series: ISN’T SHE LOVELY | BROKEN | CRUSHED
Praise for After the Kiss
“Packed with loads of sizzle and Snickerlicious fun, Lauren Layne’s After the Kiss is a knock-your-stilettos-off, total page-turning treat that had me fan-girling up within the first chapter. I absolutely loved this read!”—USA Today bestselling author Mira Lyn Kelly
“Funny, intelligent, and touching, Lauren Layne’s After the Kiss is a delightful debut.”—Ruthie Knox, USA Today bestselling author of Flirting with Disaster
“I loved After the Kiss! It was funny and exciting all the way through.”—Fresh Fiction
“If you’re looking for a light, fun, sexy contemporary romance I’d definitely recommend this one. It’s the most fun book I’ve read in quite a while.”—Smexy Books
“This delightfully funny little gem . . . kept me reading with its entertaining antics, light drama and sweet conclusion.”—Craves the Angst
“It’s a delightful story that will have the reader rooting for the happily ever after, and one I highly recommend.”—Janna Shay
“I thought this book was great! It was an interesting story line and had great and believable characters.”—Libby’s Fun Books
“I love this story so much that every reader should read it! It’s a must read!”—Abigail Books Addiction
“A great read.”—The Season for Romance
“I loved After the Kiss. It was an adorable, sexy sweet story.”—Love to Read for Fun
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from these Loveswept titles: Trying to Score, Long Simmering Spring, and The Story Guy.
After the Kiss
Stiletto Magazine is a must read for young, single, beautiful people in New York City. Julie Green is a well known columnist in the Daring, Love and Sex department, along with her best friends, Grace Brighton and Riley McKenna . Each is known for their own slant on love and dating. Julie handles the hearts and flowers get to the first date , Grace is their relationship guru, and Riley handles the sex aspect.
A meeting with her boss Camille has rocked Julie's perfect world. It is an assignment from her boss to write a column about "taking it to the next level." Julie doesn't do relationships. She likes the first kiss, some other firsts, and then saying goodby. Camille won't take no for an answer on this assignment. Julie feels this story is a make or break for her career, so she immediately contacts Grace and Riley for help. Three devious minds work so much better than one!
Mitchell Forbes works on Wall Street, is known as a workaholic, and just ended a long relationship with a very popular senator's daughter. He is putting in time at a fund raiser, chatting with an office friend. The subject of Mitch's boring dating record is brought up. Colin his friend, dares Mitch to, for once, have a fling. Five dates and goodby. Seems simple! The pot becomes sweeter when Colin offers half of his season tickets to the Yankees. Now, this is a bet worth winning! Colin points across the room to Julie Green, the Stilleto star. Julie glances up and sees a tall, good looking guy, wearing glasses, and obviously Wall Street.
Perfect for her article! Let the games begin!
This novel was a lot of fun to read. Manhattan is portrayed in it's usual glamorous, glitzy fashion. Beautiful people, meeting at the best places. Julie and Mitch start out playing the game they signed up for, but in the middle, the game changes. Neither one expected honest feelings to work their way into the equation. The characters are a bit ditzy, but enjoyable. Secrets, even with the best intentions, have a way of opening up.
I recommend this novel to readers who enjoy stories about the fun and adventure of big city life, and of course, fans of Sex in the City.
I received this ARC from the publisher and NetGalley for an honest review.
If you watched how to lose a guy in 10 days, this is the book version of the movie. I was disappointed after reading several pages and realize this is the exact story. Wish I can get my money back.
- Category: Contemporary
- Published: Aug 26, 2013
- Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
- Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
- Print Length: 180 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 1, Sex, Love, & Stiletto