Overall Grade: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2
I am not usually one who reads a series simply for its covers. And I’m not being fair if I said that I’ve read Emma Hart’s “Kiss Me” series of standalones, simply for their covers. #1 – I like Emma Hart’s rom-coms. She does quirk pretty well. #2 – The first book pulled me in with its sassy heroine and reticent hero. Yet, the covers for this series make me incredibly happy. Like, the type of happiness that bubbles up in your soul and has to be released through little shivers and seat dancing, so I was dying to read these books.
That being said, there were aspects of past Hart books that made me a bit cautious for Kiss Me Tonight. Sometimes, the quirk of her characters can overwhelm the story and make it just plain silly. I can appreciate what she’s doing, wanting to make her readers fall in love and swoon over her characters, while busting a gut in laughter. But it sometimes makes the story disjointed. That is NOT the case with Kiss Me Tonight, however. Trust me, there is silliness galore in this book: an underwear-eating chihuahua, a crazy great aunt, pictures of the male anatomy sent accidentally to unsuspecting persons, and a crazy heroine.
But all of that makes this story charming in a way that I didn’t necessarily feel with the first book in this standalone series, Kiss Me Not. Kiss Me Tonight tells the story of Reagan and Noah. Reagan is one of the best friends of Halley (the heroine of the first book) and the sister of Preston, Halley’s boyfriend. One night, someone sends her a picture – of his male anatomy. Being the sarcastic, sassy heroine she is, she replies to him, letting him know that she is not his intended. This leads to an extended texting relationship over the course of the next week. On an evening later in the week, Reagan’s apartment building is burned in a fire, and she has to be rescued from it. The firefighter who rescues her is Noah, the man who sent her the picture. These two are attracted to each other instantly – first through their texting and then through their meeting. As the story progresses, Reagan and Noah’s relationship moves quickly, worrying her that everything is happening too soon. Will Reagan and Noah settle, or will they grow apart?
This book came at just the right time for me. I had been reading a lot of books that were dealing with heavy subjects such as $ex trafficking, addiction, etc. With those types of subjects, the books are dealing in angst. When you read heavy subjects consecutively, you forget about the fun of romance. Your soul becomes heavy even with an HEA at the end. Hart’s romance, however, is a reminder of what I love about rom-com. Yes, she offers up some moments when you worry over Noah and Reagan’s commitment. But this is never long. This book is feel-good from beginning to the end.
Together, Reagan and Noah along with Reagan’s crazy family and friends serve up the laughs. Kiss Me Tonight is equal parts humor, romance, and steam. It’s a perfect reminder that romance comes in many forms. That if you don’t like one, there is something for you to fall in love with.
And this is what I know. Emma Hart and the Kiss Me series make me laugh. I am absolutely looking forward to Ava’s story, Kiss Me Again, because I trust that Hart can tickle my funny bone and make me swoon one page a time.
In love and romance,