Author: Ellie Brixton
Price: Free on Kindle Unlimited or £0.99 for a kindle edition
#Kissing is a sexy, rock star romance for new adult, college, and contemporary romance readers who enjoy love stories with an HEA. Author's note: #KISSING is a full-length, standalone novel. Due to strong language and content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.
Josie was brought up under pressure and the expectations that were weighing on her turned out to be just too much for her so she ran. She ran right into the arms of Niko, a hot rock star with a British accent. I automatically almost disliked him, which is quite impressive because usually I fall for musicians and when I say I fall I mean I fall hard. It might have had something to do with the fail that was their sex life or perhaps it was his constant disappearing act, I’m not sure, but I wasn’t his biggest fan. I didn’t hate him but right from the off it was clear that he wasn’t Josie’s forever; although Brixton almost terrified me a couple of times on that count.
I liked Josie. She was always hiding behind an act so I almost felt like I might not know her at all and as if that wasn’t painful enough I got to watch her make bad choice after bad choice after bad choice. I struggled with her from time to time. There were moments when I thought she was a bit weak and needed to get a bit of a back bone but then she’d surprise me and do something thoughtful or potentially thoughtless that changed my mind completely. By the end of the book, I loved her to bits, like a little sister I just want to drag away from her god-awful mother.
This book as well as being a love story is a story a young woman finding herself and growing up. It’s never a good read unless you watch your characters change and grow into better people. As for Josie’s love interest and best friend JQ, Brixton gave herself a bit of a challenge. She introduced us to him in quite an imaginative way. He replaced the one thing that Josie was searching for; the Big O, and in doing so she made him that much more important. Without a face to face introduction until quite a bit later, she made me fall in love with an almost complete stranger. Usually you meet your male protagonist in the first few chapters; but not in this book and I got to say that as much as that is makes a bit of a challenge for any author, Brixton met the challenge with a brilliance worth noting.
All in all, I think it’s pretty clear I loved this book. It was absolutely worth reading and I would not hesitate to recommend it. It’s #amazeballs and so I’m totally giving it five out of five stars.