Kiss the Girl - Melissa Brayden

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Kiss the Girl (Soho Loft #1) by Melissa Brayden

Sleeping with the enemy has never been so complicated.

Twenty-eight-year-old Brooklyn Campbell is having a bad day. A speeding ticket, a towed car, and a broken heel are all working against her laid-back vibe. To top it all off, her birth mother, whom she’s never met, has requested contact. The only bright spot is an impromptu date with a beautiful and mysterious brunette.

Jessica Lennox is what you would call a high-powered executive. She’s the head of a multimillion-dollar advertising firm in New York City, and it didn’t happen by accident. But when the blonde head turner from the wine bistro turns out to be her number one competitor, her life gets infinitely more complex.

Is New York big enough for both Brooklyn and Jessica? Maybe it’s just time they experienced it together…
I have to admit that when it comes to f/f romance (or wlw, if you prefer) I’m still getting my sea legs. I read a sci-fi romance a couple years ago, Rulebreaker, and it was kinda lackluster. This was unfortunately not stellar either.

The writing style took some getting used to. Both heroines are narrators, and when they meet both are given perspectives in each scene they interact. The author switches from one love interest to the other sometimes several times on a single page, but without a more clear switch than naming the person and saying something akin to “Jessica looked” or “Brooklyn thought" it works, and yet it took some getting used to, and at first I was very adverse to it.

It's worth mentioning that the pop culture references didn't always land, and one was actually slightly repulsive: Sybil, the woman who's personality disorder became a bestseller, whether she's real or not. Also, there was an 'overwritten' quality to the prose that made many explanations feel redundant while retaining a very utilitarian style.

If I seem tergiversatory, it’s because I had trouble feeling any of the emotions aside from the birth mother drama. That whole part resolved nicely despite being heavier than I anticipated. But otherwise, I'm not sure many emotions landed. Despite all the lust between them, I didn't feel the heat.

I'm not sure if I'm just not used to a higher level of angst from m/m romance, all the hospital scenes, all the stress about coming out, but I was kinda disappointed in the lack of tension here. (It is a nice that there is no coming out drama though, even for the bisexual secondary character.) There were some very nice moments, but I felt they lacked true consequence. Maybe I just need to get more experience with the genre.

But I am invested enough in the characters that I’m looking forward to reading about the other women in the Soho Loft Series down the line...

And in this entire book, not a single reference to The Little Mermaid, despite the proliferation of pop culture references.

Pages: 305
Year: July 15th 2014
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books

Read: 24 Jan 2018 to 2 Feb 2018
Stars: 2.5 (curious)