He inhales sharply. The look in his eyes says we’re crossing into the danger zone again. It’s the only place I want to be with him. Because when we’re there, nothing between us feels dangerous. Everything feels right.
“I turn eighteen in a few more weeks,” I say, like my birthday is an open invitation for us to slam back into each other.
He nods. “I know.”
A breeze blow by and rustles his hair. A lock falls out of place. Instinct takes over. I raise my hand to reach for his hair.
But he’s faster. He grasps my wrist, and the second he does, the moment expands. It stretches and unfolds into the thing I will replay tonight and tomorrow and the next day. I stare at his hand clasped around my wrist, flashing back to all the times he held my hand, touched my wrist, and ran his fingers along my arm. I shiver as the memories collide, the past slamming into the present.
I look up from our hands to his eyes. Blazing, full of heat. Full of all that restraint from him that I know so well.
*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
I have only read one other Lauren Blakely book and have countless of others in my TBR. Unfortunately, I hadn't had the opportunity to read any of them until 21 Stolen Kisses came along. I mean if you know me you know that I absolutely LOVE forbidden romance stories and the synopsis of this promised just that. Of course, once I finished reading it, it was not exactly what I had in mind.
Kennedy and Noah are perfect for each other. They instantly connect over their shared love for Broadway (and off-Broadway) musicals, and they have found that they can let go and be themselves when they're with one another. So what's the problem? Noah happens to be a bit older than she is for one. How old? She is seventeen; just eight years younger than he is. But the biggest obstacle in the way of the the love between these two? The fact that Noah is not only Kennedy's mom's agent, but her mom also considers him one of her closest friends.
But this book is not just about the romance between these two. The romance aspect of it actually felt like a secondary storyline at times.
Kennedy has been weighed down by the lies of someone close to her for years. She figures that the to make right the wrongs that she feels she had a hand in is to write these love letters to those that have been hurt because of the lies.
K's character growth throughout the book and the way she dealt with what was thrown her way was why I fell in love with this book. Of course, the snippets of Kennedy's love letter to Noah thrown in between chapters was also one of my favorite things. The one thing that stopped me from giving this book five stars was the fact that I wanted to get to know Noah a bit more since the book did focus mainly on Kennedy and what she was dealing with. Also, even though I started reading this book because of the forbidden aspect, their relationship didn't really feel forbidden to me (maybe because they were so perfect for each other? Hmm Maybe?).
Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. It had been a while since I started reading a book that I just could not put down til the wee hours of the morning. Lauren Blakely wrote one truly beautiful book and I cannot wait to read what she comes up with next!
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.*
“Maybe we wanted to be found out. I think I do. I do want to be found. Because I don’t want the way I feel for you to be a secret.”
I’m a huge fan of Lauren Blakely and if she writes it, I will read it. 21 Stolen Kisses may be teased as a forbidden romance but don’t be fooled, it is so much more.
Kennedy’s view of love has been warped by her parents’ marriage. Kennedy struggles with her mother’s actions and the impact it has had on her own life. So much so, the guilt is weighing her down. In the midst of it all, she meets Noah, someone who should be off limits but he becomes her talisman, someone she can rely on and put her trust in.
21 Stolen Kisses was all about Kennedy’s journey. As an emerging adult, Kennedy takes charge of her life and begins to make amends for the wrongdoing her mother did. It is only when Kennedy begins to absolve her sins does she discover the type of person she wants to be.
This is my favourite book by Lauren Blakely in terms of writing. It was romance at its best and Lauren’s words made me fall in love with love. I loved the flashback kisses and the way in which the classic love letters were weaved throughout the storyline. The romance, although it could have been frowned upon, was never sordid and I loved that it was actually Kennedy in charge of the relationship the whole time. Noah gave her the space she needed and Kennedy was the one to decide their fate.
My only wish was that I got to know Noah better. Understandably, Kennedy was the main focus and the beginning of their relationship was only touched upon but for me to fall completely head over heels for Noah, I wanted to get inside his head and discover why he fell for Kennedy knowing she was only seventeen when he was twenty-five. Their relationship blossomed from friendship and I understood the progression but ultimately I wanted to understand his actions to completely root for him.
21 Stolen Kisses is a new adult, coming of age romance, it is very different from Lauren’s erotic series, but it proves how effortlessly Lauren can switch between the two and write both styles flawlessly.
This is definitely worth a read.
Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart, and humor, and she has had seven books on the New York Times Bestseller list and eleven on the USA Today Bestseller list.
Like the heroine in her novel, FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. She loves hearing from readers!
Her bestselling series include Caught Up in Love, Seductive Nights, No Regrets and Fighting Fire. She recently released Forbidden Nights, a standalone novel in her New York Times Bestselling Seductive Nights series that became an instant New York Times Bestseller.
This summer she'll release Consumed by You, her next title in her NYT Bestselling Fighting Fire series about sexy firemen and the women they love, and Sweet Sinful Nights, the first book in her new series Sinful Nights. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney.
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