Thursday, September 19, 2013

Blog Tour Stop: Review and Giveaway After the Kiss

AFTER THE KISS: Sex, Love and Stiletto Blog Tour

"AFTER THE KISS is a knock-your-stilettos-off, total page-turning treat that had me fan-girling up within the first chapter. I absolutely loved this read!”—USA Today bestselling author Mira Lyn Kelly

AFTER THE KISS: Sex, Love & Stiletto Series by Lauren Layne
A Loveswept Contemporary Romance
On sale August 26, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-345-54725-5

Book Blurb:

In the first book of a delightful new series from Lauren Layne, the star columnist of Stiletto magazine will do anything for a story. Anything . . . except fall in love.

Julie Greene loves flings. Loves steamy first dates, sizzling first kisses, and every now and then, that first sexy romp between the sheets. Comfy pants, sleepy Sundays, movie nights on the couch? Shudder. But when Julie gets assigned the hardest story of her career—a first-person account of that magical shift between dating and “I do”—she’ll need a man brave enough to give a total commitment-phobe a chance at more.

Normally, Mitchell Forbes would be exactly that man. A devastatingly hot workaholic who tends to stay in relationships for far too long, he should be the perfect subject for Julie’s “research.” But what Julie doesn’t know is that Mitchell is looking to cut loose for once in his life. And the leggy journalist notorious for avoiding love is exactly the type of no-strings fling he’s looking for. In other words, Mitchell is the polar opposite of what Julie needs right now. And, at the same time, he’s exactly what she wants.

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Today’s guest is Lauren Layne. Lauren graduated from Santa Clara University with B.S. in Political Science that she has yet to put to good use. After dabbling in an e-commerce career, she decided to quit talking about writing and actually do it. 
A Seattle-native, Lauren's also tried on the Bay Area, Orange County and Manhattan for size. She's currently writing from the Pacific Northwest, but is always looking for the next place to call home. Texas? The South? New England? Suggestions welcome.

What Julie's Reading

Every now and then I encounter someone who utters this inconceivable line:

“I don’t like to read.”

Um, I’m sorry, what?

However will you visit Hogwarts? And don’t give me some cop-out answer about the watching the movies.

How will you find your book boyfriend?? (My current crush is Jesse from Nicole Williams’ Lost & Found)

How will you laugh over Kristan Higgins’ heroines’ mishaps, or cry over the Dark Moment in a Judith McNaught book?

It’s like those people that claim they don’t like cheese. Who doesn’t like cheese?

So imagine my dismay when, as I was doing my usual character sketch while planning After the Kiss, I learned something quite disturbing about Julie Greene:

She doesn’t like to read.

Well that’s not entirely true. She doesn’t dislike it. Julie is just one of those go-go-go type of women who never quite mastered the art of sitting still, nor understands the appeal of being alone with a book when she could be at a bar with a cute guy.

Julie does, however, make a few exceptions. Sassy online articles, a little something scandalous, and even a nostalgic read make her list …

For instance:

This piece about the men of Sex and the City made her laugh out loud the other day. And the writer got it right. Big. Always Big.  Julie will never understand the Aidan fans:

Emma by Jane Austen. This one was her late mother’s favorite, so Julie keeps a very tattered, very beloved copy in her nightstand drawer.

Sin by Sharon Page. Julie read this at the insistence of her best friend, without a clue as to what she was getting into. Riley neglected to tell Julie that this is one very hot little piece of reading.

The Stratejoy website. The ultimate “pick me up” on a bad day, Statejoy’s all about creating a life you’re excited about living, which is the perfect fit for Julie’s happy-go-lucky personality.

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg. Julie rolled her eyes when her boss insisted everyone in the office read this, but she’s glad she did. It delivers a solid dose of girl-power!

So that’s Julie’s reading list. What’s on yours?

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Laura's Review:

There wasn't much I didn't like about this quick, but surprisingly poignant and moving romance. The premise isn't unique - we've seen countless other books/rom-coms about relationships that begin on a deception. Even so, Ms. Layne does such a good job at immediately grounding the story with likable and realistic characters that you root for them from page one - despite their initial duplicity. I read this in nearly one sitting, and am certainly looking forward to reading more from Lauren Layne.

After the Kiss: 4.5/5 stars
Cover: 4/5 stars


  1. Nice review. I'm looking forward to that this is a new book and a new author.
    Thanks :)

  2. I'm looking forward to this book because it's a quick seemingly funny read.

  3. First of all I don't like cheese :) Second I do love to read and this book sounds fun. Can't wait to read it!