Title: Kissing Lessons
Author: Susan Laine
Series: Before……And After
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 4/26/2017
Genre(s): M/M Coming Out,Young Adult Romance
Page Count: 81
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 1 star out of 5
A kiss is just a kiss. It doesn’t have to mean anything. Does it?
At seventeen, Merry’s never been kissed. Since he doesn’t want to disappoint his prom date, he asks his more experienced best friend, Boone, for some pointers. Surprisingly, Boone agrees to give him a hands-on lesson.
But they have no idea what they’re getting into.
They explore hundreds of ways to make out, but somehow it isn’t enough. A week later, they’re back together for another session. This time things go further than either of them planned, and their relationship becomes awkward and uncomfortable.
Have they learned enough to salvage their friendship and help it evolve? Their lessons have come to an end. They can either part ways forever… or share a true love’s kiss.
Have you ever read a book and thought how cute those two 17-year-old lads were, sharing their ‘first’s’ and one teaching the other how to kiss for the first time? Well, that’s essentially the basis of this story but they were so utterly annoying that I wished this book was shorter because seriously, how many types of kiss can one read about before wanting to pull one’s hair out because it goes on and on and on till it’s become ridiculous!
This just wasn’t believable. When two supposedly straight, best friends decide to start kissing each other for the first time, they aren’t going to start with Eskimo kisses and butterfly kisses and necking kisses and bee kisses…. will somebody please make it stop! Don’t even get me started with the terms of endearment these still allegedly straight boys use on each other, starting with ‘sweetheart’ and ending with ‘bae’. Oh, come on! Seriously?! Bae?!?! Mind you, what can you expect from someone who is called ‘Merry’ because his parents liked Lord Of The Rings! They jump from straight to being a gay couple at prom in a flash, as if it’s that’s a natural progression and no-one blinks an eye.
‘Friends to lovers’ is one of my favourite tropes and what could’ve been a very sexy story about first-time love and experimentation was too far fetched for even my wild imagination. Never mind, they do live happily ever after……