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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Berkley
Released on September 4, 2018
As a fan of small town romance, I’ve enjoyed the string of stories set in Hope, Oklahoma with their gentle plots and tender, but slightly spicy romances. A bit of conflict between two teachers at the local high school and a side of attraction seemed just the thing for the Back to School time of year.
One Perfect Kiss is book eight in the Hope series. While the characters are rather new and their situations were unknown before this making it seem like it would make an alright standalone, there is a lot of appearances, catching up, and time spent with the previous characters in the series. All that to say, it might drive one a bit nutso trying to keep up with all the names and situations so it might make a bad place to jump in.
Zach is the football coach and history teacher at the high school. He’s laid back and remembers what it was like to need football and need to do well. He had his chance at a football career, but now he’s content with his small town life. Josie is the somewhat buttoned up high school English teacher. Being open to friendship and even the attraction with Zach is enough to tie her up in knots. He’s trying to be patient with her issues even while she shuts him down because of her past.
I like this series and eagerly pick up each new installment, but there have been a couple stories that just didn’t click for me. One Perfect Kiss will be one of them. I couldn’t engage with the story and never really warmed up to Josie. I was expecting more of the football and school setting side. Zach’s a sweetheart and was the whole reason I kept reading. Frankly, I got bored and could care less if they got together because I didn’t feel the romance and things just seemed to todder along the surface giving me nothing to latch onto. Zach makes efforts with Josie while she comes on strong or pulls back in turn with no real reason that Zach caused. There were some cute and fun moments, even some swoon at times. It was okay in the end and I enjoyed dropping in with the circle of friends and the setting.
Yep, all in all, it was mild and alright. Not particularly engaging, but not bad. Series fans are the group it would target. Still, I do enjoy the series and the author’s writing, generally so give the series a go when you get the chance.
My thanks to Penguin for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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