Thursday, February 24, 2022

✱✱Audio Book Review✱✱ Kiss and Tell by Maya Hughes

 

Kiss and Tell
By: Maya Hughes
Narrated by: Stephen Dexter, Desiree Ketchum
Series: St. Francis U, Book 1
Publisher: Some Kind of Wonderful Publishing

"Wouldn't most guys love a no strings attached hook up?"
"Maybe, but most guys don't deserve you. I want to be one who does. And I want to be all tangled up in your strings." 

Newly arrived on campus, I knew two things. 1) No one could know my dad was the president of the university and 2) football players were bad news. 

My run in, the literal kind, with my neighbor cranked up the heat and sparks flew. A new college campus. A secret bound to explode in my face. And a football player neighbor who is bad news in the best of ways. Reid Riddick was hotness personified, so of course I literally ran into with him - well, more like he plowed into me. I didn’t know he was a football player when I started falling and now I can’t stop. A stolen kiss later and my heart races whenever he looks at me from across the quad.

But my secret would spell disaster for him.

I’m the daughter of the college president. The college president who’s been feuding with his football coach for years. Their bitter campus war leaves us teetering on the edges of a divide we can’t see a way across. Resisting him is more than I can handle. He’s risking it all for me. His team standing. His football season. His pro future.

Throw in a campus gossip site. My out of control new friends. His way too hot roommates. College traditions. A secret campus bar and the only guy who’s ever made me feel like he can’t live without me. And I have one last secret.

Our star-crossed love is my first and I want him to be mine.

Momma Says: 4 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐

Kiss and Tell, the first in a new series jam-packed with everything I expect from Maya Hughes. As the first couple in the series, Reid and Leona have set the bar high. Their story is super sweet and just as sexy. It's a bit of a when you know, you know kind of love, and these two certainly know - even when they pull away to keep their secrets. True to form, Maya gives us all the feels, from laughs to swoon to heartache, it's all there in spades as this couple figures things out. They have terrific chemistry, and that conclusion was absolutely perfect (no spoilers, you'll have to see for yourself). So, here we are with a brand-new series, and we're off and running. In addition to this lovable couple, there are some great secondary characters who I'm sure will get their turn, and I can't wait.
That's what I had to say when I read the ebook of Kiss and Tell - so yes, I knew what was going to happen before it happened, every twist, every heartache, every swoon-worthy bit, even the blood, sweat, and tears on the football field. Did that lessen my enjoyment of it? Not a bit. I already enjoyed the story, and Stephen Dexter and Desiree Ketchum just added an extra layer to it. The story is done in dual POV narration, and both narrators give a terrific performance. From Maya's sarcasm and wit to all the feels in this love story, Dexter and Ketchum capture all of it, and it comes through loud and clear. So, Kiss and Tell was already a great story, now it's also a great audiobook, and I'll be revisiting both versions when I need some sexy romance. 

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