Tuesday, July 28, 2015

No Kissing Allowed by Melissa West ~ Review & Release Day

Source: Received an eBook copy in exchange for a fair and honest review. 

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...



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I adore this author.  Everything I have read from her, I have loved.  Her characters are rich and full.  They feel real and I want to be part of their lives.  Her stories are captivating and satisfying from start to finish.  She's quickly become a one-click author for me.

In No Kissing Allowed, Cameron is letting loose for the first time before her first real job starts.  A kiss turns to more with a hot guy at the bar and she wakes up to him in her bed.  It's not her normal MO and she ushers him out without getting him name, though he does look vaguely familiar.  Expecting to never see him again, she's shocked when he turns up running the meeting on her first day at her new job.  Not just her boss but her bosses boss.  And no kissing is allowed between employees.

I love Cameron.  She's a relationship girl who spend four years with the wrong guy only to have him sweetly break up with her.  Feeling the need to make up for lost time but also wanting to focus on her career, she's totally taken by Aidan.  She never backs down from this man that owns her heart, she says what's on her mind and is a strong women.  While he's not a relationship kinda guy, maybe she deserves some fun times with him.  He's so worth the risk.

Aidan is a different kind of no relationship guy.  He's afraid of becoming his father, though he's far from him.  His dad (a total jerk) left him and his mom when he was young and has treated them like dirt forever.  Aidan sees the way to avoid hurting a women and child that way is to avoid marriage and family.  And it's worked for him until now.  But now, he can't get Cameron out of his head.  Staying away from her is painful.  Hurting her keeps him up at night.  Distance just doesn't work.

What I thought was interesting about this story was the turn in the story.  Most romance have a falling out and then a period of pain before something changes and things are resolved.  This story felt different.  That falling out/painful period was not the regular fair.  It's hard to explain without spoiling so I won't.  Just that I liked it...a lot.  

If you've ever read Melissa West, you already know you want this book.  If you haven't had the pleasure, then make this your first.  It's an amazing read.


  1. Now you got me intrigued! I want to know how it's different at the end! Gah! I am so behind on reading but I have to have it to know! Thanks for the review!

  2. So agree! I loved this one! Cameron and Aidan were so great. Great review!

  3. I loved this book so much!Great review!

  4. Ooooh... I like the sound of this one Val. You have me curious about the falling out!

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

  5. I was on the fence about reading this one. You had me at 5 star review! Off to one-click.

  6. I love the premise of this story! I love that the turn n the story was different from the norm. I'm adding this to my TBR. Excellent Review Val :)

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape