May 28, 2015

Review - 21 Stolen Kisses by Lauren Blakely

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We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the Release Week Blitz for Lauren Blakely's 21 STOLEN KISSES!! 21 STOLEN KISSES by Lauren Blakely is a standalone New Adult Forbidden Romance from the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author being published by Bloomsbury Spark! Lauren Blakely is well known for writing sexy, heartfelt and humorous contemporary romance as well as deeply emotional new adult stories. 21 STOLEN KISSES is a beautifully written forbidden romance that will have you holding your breath and turning the pages as fast as you can!

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  ABOUT 21 STOLEN KISSES: When I first met him I resisted. Like any forbidden love, I told myself he was a crush, and it would pass. That was a lie. It never faded. And I never expected he would fall for me just as hard. There were so many reasons that should have kept us apart, least of all, the decade that separated us. Growing up in New York City, I learned early on that love is a double-edged sword. Love broke up my parents, love took away my friends, and love -- the big, intense, never-been-like-this-beforelove -- landed me in therapy. Now I'm heading to college, and it's time to give love a clean slate again. But, can I really start over when he's still in my life? Because the one man I've always wanted, is also the only guy I absolutely can't have… And he wants me just as fiercely. Can I settle for anything less than the love of my life?   21 SK Party Banner   Author Photo

About Lauren Blakely: 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. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, text BLAKELY + your email address to 678-249-3375 (please use the actual + sign).  

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My Review 

21 Stolen Kisses is a different type of love story, to me the story was more about Kennedy’s personal growth. I am not sure if that was the intent, but her personal growth and guilt is what really stood out to me.  

Kennedy’s mother is a famous screenwriter and Noah is her agent and best friend. We quickly learn that Kennedy and Noah had been dating secretly. This is where I was expecting a forbidden love story. Kennedy is seventeen and Noah is 25, completely off limits. I was obviously so intrigued by their past and to see where things would go in the future. 

However, most of the story Noah and Kennedy are apart. The story mostly focuses on Kennedy trying to overcome the guilt and blame she puts on herself because of her mother’s actions. Kennedy develops a plan to rid her of her guilt and “help” her mother. This was seriously frustrating for me as a reader. First, her actions had disaster written all over them. Second, it went against every ounce of my loyal, family first thought process. 

But as things continued to build and unfold my heart broke for Kennedy. In my opinion, she is just a kid who was forced to grow up way too soon. She was put in adult situations and thus made bad choices. The problem here is my frustration then shifted to a new source, so while I wanted to love this story I think I was just too frustrated throughout most of it. 

I think this story had a great premise, I love her epic love letter. I loved seeing the flashbacks of her time with Noah and seeing how their love unfolded. I love how Kennedy grew throughout the story and found her peace. So I definitely enjoyed this read and would recommend it, but keep in mind this is more about personal growth than forbidden love. 

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