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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Review: Midnight Kiss Books 1 and 2 by Lisa Fox / @BipBopBooks @lisafoxromance

Title: One Kiss
Series: Midnight Kiss, Book 1
Author: Lisa Fox
Publisher: Harper Impulse
Release Date: February 1, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
ARC Received From: Bippity Boppity Book

Sometimes one kiss can change everything.

New Year's Eve is supposed to be a night for celebration and new beginnings. For best friends Kat and Dean, it is a nightmare filled with disastrous dates and enraged ex-girlfriends!

Lucky for them, they've got each other to help laugh off the embarrassing, and downright inappropriate, moments. But then midnight rolls around and neither of them have anyone to kiss…

There's no doubt this is a night they will always remember.

The real question is whether it will be a night they want to forget…

Friends to lovers. These kind of romances have a way of making me say, "Aw!" when I probably wouldn't, lol. How well the couple knows each other comes from years being around each other. They've celebrated each other's successes, offered hugs and a shoulder to lean on during the bad times, made it a point to hang out "just because".

Dean and Kat's friendship had all of that. It was developed, appreciated, needed, and wanted. The change in their feelings for each other didn't happen overnight; they were a long time in development, even though it seemed like they changed because it was New Year's Eve. Despite the time they'd been together as friends though, it was surprising to see how hesitant Kat was to talk about her past and her family with Dean.

What I liked was the time that passed. See, during New Year's, Dean and Kat's relationship turned about ninety degrees. It felt like it had done an about face, but it hadn't. The remaining ninety degrees would remain as long as Kat didn't open up completely to Dean. Thank God she had the sense to; she would have missed out on the most amazing thing ever if she hadn't.

One Kiss is a well-rounded, short story that's perfect to read during a lunch break, between appointments, or before bed. The characters are engaging and stubborn, and Dean is wonderfully determined to see their relationship change for the better.

Title: Her Perfect Lips
Series: Midnight Kiss, Book 2
Author: Lisa Fox
Publisher: Harper Impulse
Release Date: December 4, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
ARC Received From & Reviewed For: Bippity Boppity Book

You have to take a risk to live an adventure. 
Determined, capable, and primed to rock her first big marketing conference, Stacy Saunders is not about let to anything get in the way of her ambition. It's been a long time since she's been in New Orleans, but she has no use for beads or Bourbon Street. She built a strict itinerary for this trip – one that certainly didn't include running into the gorgeous Tennyson Landry again.
A chance reunion between the former lovers brings old feelings to the surface and the possibility of rekindling old flames. Their second time around could be the best time of all – if they can bridge the gap even wider than the thousand miles between them…

Drive is a good thing. Determination to achieve a goal helps a person realize and achieve their dreams. But leaving behind relationships in favor of achievement... I don't believe achievements mean diddly-squat if the journey from beginning to end isn't shared with someone. What joy is there in celebrating alone? The love and support of a partner and/or friend makes the journey to the top less weary, and the end result is more incredible because you can revel in that satisfied feeling knowing you had someone behind you the entire time.

While I admired Stacy's goal, I didn't like how her hesitation in finding some kind of middle ground with Tennyson (Ten) regarding their relationship. His business kept him in New Orleans, but hers could take her anywhere. Why not there?

I liked Ten and Stacy's story but wished she was a little less rigid. For all that Ten revealed on their last night together, I thought she would have at least been willing to take that risk and meet him halfway. In a way, I guess she did but it didn't really feel like it. Still, their story is cute and sweet and achieves a happy ending that works for them.

World-renowned neurosurgeon, jet fighter pilot, secret member of American royalty, seducer of legions of beautiful, outrageously sexy angels and demons and vampires and werewolves and the occasional pirate, Lisa Fox has done it all…in her own mind. In reality, she can generally be found at her desk with a cup of coffee close at hand. Or maybe a martini. It really depends on the day.

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