Review: “Kissing Lessons” by Susan Laine

TITLE: Kissing Lessons
AUTHOR: Susan Laine
SERIES: Before… and After
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: AngstyG.
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Gay For You
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 81 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 26, 2017
PRICE: $ 3.99 -e-book
  

BLURB:

A kiss is just a kiss. It doesn’t have to mean anything. Does it?

At seventeen, Merry’s never been kissed. Since he doesn’t want to disappoint his prom date, he asks his more experienced best friend, Boone, for some pointers. Surprisingly, Boone agrees to give him a hands-on lesson.

But they have no idea what they’re getting into.

They explore hundreds of ways to make out, but somehow it isn’t enough. A week later, they’re back together for another session. This time things go further than either of them planned, and their relationship becomes awkward and uncomfortable.

Have they learned enough to salvage their friendship and help it evolve? Their lessons have come to an end. They can either part ways forever… or share a true love’s kiss.


This is the first time that I have read a book by Susan Laine, but it definitely won’t be the last. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Kissing Lessons, which is the second book in the Before… and After series. It’s a standalone book. I loved the cover for the book, and the blurb for the book was catchy and made me want to read it. And I wasn’t disappointed in what I read. The book’s pretty steamy with lots of hot kissing scenes and a little bit more. It’s the perfect length for reading just before bed but don’t be expected to be able to sleep afterward. It didn’t have an in-depth or complex storyline which I was okay with, but it might not be for others who are looking for something more complex.

The book’s centered around the main characters Merry and Boone, who are best friends in high school. I found both Merry and Boone to be fun and playful characters that seem to have a history of doing things together in the past. So it’s only natural for Merry to ask Boone for kissing lessons when he’s nervous about his prom night with his date Sarah. And over the next two weeks, they do manage to practice quite a bit of kissing before prom.

I loved all of the different types of kisses that Boone comes up with and how he demonstrates them on Merry and then has Merry practice them on him. My favorite kisses were the neck to shoulder kiss and the Australian kiss, although I liked the full back kiss also.

The book did move quickly with an instant love kind of feel to it as Merry and Boone move from friends to lovers in under two weeks. They had great chemistry though, and I loved their inner monolog as they tried to sort out their feelings for each other. I liked that Boone had previous experience with both girls and boys. However, his experience with boys was limited to making out with two boys during summer camp. I loved how he passed on his experience to Merry without pressuring him to do more than he wanted to do and allowed Merry to be the aggressor. Merry’s completely inexperienced, and I thought it took a lot of guts to ask his best friend for help so that he would make a good impression on his date.

I can definitely relate to this book as I can remember talking and asking lots of questions to my more experienced best friend in high school and how inseparable we were. It brought back a lot of great memories.

I can’t wait to read the first book in the series After the Romance Novel. It’s about a different couple, but it has a very catchy blurb also. And if it’s as good as this one was then I’ll be a happy girl.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book***

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