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After the Kiss

Sex, Love, & Stiletto Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Samantha Cook
Series: Sex, Love & Stiletto Series, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
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This Story Is Sexy

Publisher's Summary

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.

Contains mature themes.

©2013 Lauren LeDonne (P)2018 Tantor

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"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!" (Mira Lyn Kelly, USA Today best-selling author)

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After The Kiss

Julie works at Stilello, The Magazine for women and is part of the "IT" girls, the trio who write the infamous articles and her newest assignment is NOT something she is familiar with and doesn't have the first clue where to turn and she is spinning out of control. When met with an ultimatum from the boss, either write the article or lose her spot to her nemesis, she bends to a bet to have a fling for the sake of a relationship so she can write the article. This puts Mitchell in her sights. Mitchell works on Wall Street and he is recently single. He is a serious dater who when he dates it is for real and long term. This leads his friend to bet him he cannot actually have a fling and "love 'em and leave 'em" and puts up Yankee tickets as an incentive. This puts Julie in his sights. Oh, what a tangled web this is, especially when things start to get serious and hearts become involved. When the bets are made public knowledge, tempers flare and words are exchanged and hearts are broken. Oh my, how will they ever find their happy ending because these always have a happy ending. This was so good and listening to it in audio was a hoot. I found myself laughing out loud! I highly recommend it and off to get the next one in the series now!

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connverse to "how to lose a guy in 10 days"

Sweet and somewhat comical take on learning how to "take it to the next level" and fall in love with someone.

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It was okay.

Would have been better with a male voice to play Mitchell instead of the awkward male voice the woman used.

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Remove plastic before cooking frozen pizza!

Not the typical love-at-first sight story, but perfect just the way it is. The sarcasm of the main characters made me lol. Sweet ending.

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Best of Lauren

The Stiletto series is uneven, and the premise of this book is unpleasant, but Lauren Layne's characters and dialogue are delightful. Also, Samantha Cook's narration is better than a whole movie-full of actors!

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Love love love! She tells her stories so well! She keeps you guessing until the end!

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B+ rating...

My Review:
Overall: 4.0
Performance: 3.75
Story: 4.0

Which came first How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days or this book? I honestly don't know, but this book reminded me so, so much of that movie. It was hard to separate the two in my mind.

Like the movie, Julie Greene has her girl-tribe who all work with her at her magazine at Stiletto. She also has a demanding boss who requires her to go out and do the impossible story...a story about falling in love...something that Julie doesn't do. She's the dating girl. The one who goes out and has fun for a couple of dates and then MOVES ON. So, to complete her assignment, she goes for the boring guy.

Mitchell is a guy from Wall Street. In other words...he's BORING. While Julie is dating him for an article. He's dating her for a bet. (See, I told you...this is so much like the movie. But I liked the movie, so it was fun to basically see a retelling of it with slightly different circumstances.)

And while on the surface these two have nothing in common, they don't care what the other thinks so they are themselves...something that neither one normally is and they quickly discover that they have some amazing chemistry.

Even with all the similarities to my favorite movie, I loved listening to the audio of this book. It was fun and entertaining and funny. I loved the romantic chemistry between Mitchell and Julie and loved the whole setup of who they are as characters. I've read the last few novels of the Oxford series, so it's fun to go back and read through the first novels of the Stilettos side of that.

Lauren Layne is one of my favorite authors and I recommend all her books. They're smart and fun and there's always great dialogue and repartee between the characters that makes for really entertaining reading.

I can easily recommend this one, too.

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