Published: July 2016
It's been years since Vivian last saw Henry. She was scrubbing houses for a living, he was the gorgeous son of rich parents, not fit for the likes of her.
She had vowed to get out of Charleston, become a big Hollywood star and stick it to the snooty girls who made her cry. Vivian got what she wanted – and more – but why does her glamorous life seem so trivial?
Henry got out too . . . making it all the way to Wall Street, until his life took an unexpected twist and he traded in his cufflinks for carpentry back in Charleston.
But escaping his heritage is nearly impossible. And now he’s come face-to-face with the one who got away. He’s not looking for love. He’s not even looking for sex . . . so why is resisting her the hardest thing he’s ever done?
The one that got away just came back . . .
Probably I've read almost every book of Rachel Gibson. Ever since her Writer Friends series I have been a big fan of her writing. I still haven't found another writer who can tell such hilarious stories with a twist, that keeps me chuckling constantly. But at about one third of this book, not even a little smile... Fortunately the famous plot twists did occur also this time in the book.
But somehow there is just no real chemistry between Henry and Vivien. Although the flash backs in the diary of Vivien are a very nice point of view, somehow Rachel doesn't convince that there is some kind of attraction between the two of them. I just can't put my finger on it, but where the sparks are flying in the Chinooks series, there's only a lukewarm feeling in Just Kiss Me. Both Henry and Vivien didn't look that friendly at all. They appear both selfish and arrogant, so especially in the first part it was very difficult to identify with the characters or feel even a glimp of sympathy.
The story is build up just fine and Rachel does an excellent job in building up the tension and sudden plot twists, so in all it is a great read. Of course there are incidents and things from the past, which makes sure you can never predict the ending. Even if you know that Rachel is a sucker for an happily ever after (just like me).
But if you are a die-hard Rachel Gibson fan, you might be disappointed. If you are going to try a book of Rachel for the first time, I would recommend 'I'm in no mood for love' (with Mr. Right Now instead of Mr. Right) or 'Nothing but trouble'. They are just hilarious. I really love all Rachel's stories and I've re-read several of her books. But this one, I'll stick to this read only. Of course I'll be still looking out for the next novel of Rachel. But hopefully one with more sizzle. Three out of five stars this time.