Book Review: No Kissing Allowed by Melissa West

July 26, 2015 Adult Book Reviews 1 ★★★

Book Review: No Kissing Allowed by Melissa WestTitle: No Kissing Allowed by Melissa West
Published by: Entangled Embrace on July 28, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: NetGalley
Format: eARC
Pages: 204
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three-stars

No kissing. No touching. And definitely no falling in love...

Armed with her besties, an embarrassing number of shots, and her list of 10 Wild Things To Do Before Adulthood, recent grad Cameron Lawson is partying it up before she starts her dream job at New York's biggest ad agency. Her last task? Hook up with a random guy. And while it's so not her style, the super-sexy guy sitting next to her is definitely game. No names. No details.

At least, that was the plan.

On her first day of work, Cameron discovers her hook-up is none other than Aidan Truitt—her new boss's boss. Talk about failing the “no fraternizing with coworkers” policy on an epic level. Especially when Aidan makes it clear their one night was only the beginning. Falling for him could cost her everything, but sometimes the only way to get what you want is by breaking a few rules...

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Also by this author: Collide

One Line: A sweet, no frills kind of love story.

In My Opinion: Add to cart!

I’ve read my fair share of “forbidden” romance books and No Kissing Allowed isn’t bad. I definitely didn’t love it like I was hoping, but I did enjoy it. I don’t know why I went into this thinking there would be more of a push and pull or a resistance that either character or even both portrays until closer to the end. It isn’t like that with this book. West gives readers a “no frills” and “minimal angst and drama” kind of story. The couple had some hiccups along the road, but for the most part, it was pretty straightforward. West wrote their story with a touch of sweetness that’s always nice to read about.

I really respected Cameron for knowing upfront what she wanted and what she deserved. A lot of the time the girl will let the guy drag her along, claiming that their “traitorous body” just can’t resist them or that overlooks the issue hoping things will change and it gets on my nerves. Cameron does that to an extent and she’s definitely more open about her strong feelings, but she knows when she’s had enough and when to ask for more. As for Aidan, he was such a sweetheart, even when he wasn’t trying. He tries to be aloof and he thinks he knows what he wants, so it was fun watching him fall madly in love with Cameron.

My biggest gripe with the book was the ending. It was so abrupt and it just didn’t sit right with me. There is an epilogue and all, but usually an epilogue is just a glimpse into their lives after the fact, which this is, but that’s all it should be in my opinion. In this case, without the epilogue, the story felt like it would’ve been incomplete. As soon as I flipped the last page I was like “Wait, that’s it?!” and it doesn’t bode well when I’m left feeling like that.

Anyways, aside from that, I liked it. I guess I’m just used to characters being more adamant when they say they can’t have a relationship, before inevitably giving into it of course, so I both liked and didn’t like how Aidan and Cameron’s relationship developed. They were a very cute couple and complimented each other nicely. Cameron and Aiden definitely had a lot of cute and fun moments and their banter was too cute. I hate it when an author does that. I lied, I love it (if you read the book, you’d get it).

About Melissa West

Melissa West writes heartfelt Southern romance and teen sci-fi romance, all with lots of kissing. Because who doesn’t like kissing? She lives outside of Atlanta, GA with her husband and two daughters and spends most of her time writing, reading, or fueling her coffee addiction.

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