by Donna Kauffman

November 2009
ISBN: 978-0-7582-3131-4
Reviewer Graphic Button Brava
Trade Paperback

For fans of Donna Kauffman the perfect start to a new year of reading is waiting at your local bookstore or your favorite online retailer. A Great Kisser is the story of Lauren Matthews, a woman who seemingly had it all within her reach, and who has decided that perhaps the life she thought she wanted wasn’t really the one she wanted. However, even though she’s given up her job working for a political bigwig she is uncertain about which way to turn. It’s also the story of Jake McKenna. A flight instructor, and pilot who has a strong sense of self, and wants to succeed in winning a big flying race in his grandfather’s WWII fighter plane, Betty Sue.

Lauren’s path should never really cross with Jake’s, but as fate does it intervenes and Lauren whose mom eloped with a man she barely knew is now not only living in the same town as Jake, but is married to Cedar Springs mayor, whom Lauren just doesn’t trust. It’s the needing to see for herself that her mom is happy and safe that brings Lauren to Cedar Springs, and in the need of a ride that only Jake seems able to supply.

Lauren and Jake who on the surface have nothing in common are soon bubbling along in the sexual chemistry department, and the pages where they are trying to figure out their relationship were amongst my favorite. How two such seemingly different people can work together to build a relationship is a strong story that keeps A Great Kisser interesting.

On the down side…the fact that Lauren felt the need and the right to interfere in her mother’s life was a tad annoying. What she may or may not discover about the man her mother is married to ultimately affects the story, but shouldn’t family members have a bit more trust in their family members or is Lauren right in interfering? This is an idea that I still grapple with.

Overall I think that while A Great Kisser took me a long time to read it had more to do with personal issues than with the book, and if I had read it in another time in my life I would have enjoyed it more.

Reviewed in December 2009 by Sandi.

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