Title: Kiss Me Like You Mean It
Author: J.R. Rogue
Genre: Women’s Fiction/Romance
POV: First Person – Female (Partially dual)
Gwen’s life was in shambles. After the future she dreamed of was stripped from her grasp, she needed a distraction. Connor Stratford came into her life when she needed him the most. But what started as a simple friendship turned into a decade complications that would consume both of their lives.
J.R. Rouge is a new author to me. I’ve seen and like bits and pieces of her poetry and I was intrigued by how this novel would be. The story wasn’t how I expected it to be. It was better.
I didn’t deserve tender acts from tender men. I deserved the hell I had been living in.
Right from the beginning I knew Gwen wasn’t going to be a likeable character. She loved too deep and obsessed too much for her own good. Her self destructive behavior dragged her down and refused to let go.
We had too many weapons behind our backs, ready to pull out.
Connor wasn’t any better. If I were to sum up their relationship in two words it would be beautiful disaster. It was painful to see how their actions (and inactions) hurt each other. It was like watching a slow motion train wreck – gruesomely mesmerizing.
The writing is beautiful but it took me a bit to get in the groove with the switching narrative. But I’m the type of reader who likes books that challenged readers’ attention so I like it. My reading ADD brain also appreciates the short chapters. However there were some parts that felt too slow.
It was always this thing with us before we got together. Constant chasing and other people and never being happy with the stand-ins but pushing each other away when we were free to be together.
Kiss Me Like You Mean It is a story of hard earned love. It would appeal to readers who could appreciate the allure of messed up characters.
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