Review: Kiss Me Now by Holly Dodd

April 11, 2017

Kiss Me Now by Holly Dodd
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Standalone - Brewhouse #3
Release - April 11, 2017
Genre - NA Contemporary Romance
Dual POV - 1st person
Heat - 3 out of 5
Length - 218 pages

Angela Watts loved being the life of a party. Until one night changed everything.

Now, she just wants a fresh start. With one semester left of college, she's intent on finishing it and moving on. That means no more distractions and no more boys. Especially womanizer's like Jackson. His cocky smile and mesmerizing eyes ignite her like none other. Which is exactly why she vows to stay away from him. Except he's always there when she needs him. His hungry kisses and fiery touch inflame her. She hadn't wanted a relationship, but in his arms, she is safe again.

Jackson Clark f*cked up. He failed the only job he'd had, and that failure ruined Angela's life. Even though he didn't have a hand in what happened, he's drowning in guilt. Then, he sees Angela again, and he becomes the protector he should have been. The heat between them is undeniable. For the first time he doesn't only want a tight little body and juicy mouth, but her heart too.

But one thought lingers: if Angela knew the role Jackson played in her downfall, would she still want him?

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This is the second book I've read from Holly Dodd (well 3rd if you consider her co-written Dirty CEO) and I think it's her best work yet! She placed more emphasis on the plot, not the sex this go round, and I liked how character-driven this story turned out to be.

What I liked:
★★★★ it was heavy on the plot
★★★★ the obvious effort made to create developed and realistic characters
★★★★ the subjects (triggers) were dealt with sensitively and knowledgeably and the author didn't shy away from tackling the devastation of her female lead, Angela
★★★★ how easy it was to put myself in the Angela's shoes
★★★★ Jackson was an amazing character and the author illustrated that nicely. He was kind, caring, compassionate, sensitive, understanding, protective, etc. Not to mention, he was sexy as hell!
★★★★ how this story shared a timeline overlap with Pin Me Down. I got to revisit Mia and Regi and finally see what happened to the other girl they rescued

What I wanted to see:
★ the outcome of Angela seeking justice
★ Jackson and Angela as a real couple. Hopefully I'll get a glimpse of them in a future book

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