Thursday, July 7, 2022

✱✱Audio Book Review✱✱ The Kiss List by Maya Hughes

 

The Kiss List
By: Maya Hughes
Narrated by: Stephen Dexter, Desiree Ketchum
Series: Fulton U Rivals, Book 2
Publisher: Some Kind of Wonderful Publishing

If I were on fire, she’d break out the marshmallows.

It’s not that we don’t like each other, more like hate with the fury of a thousand suns. But it wasn’t always that way.

I still remember how her lips tasted. How they felt pressed against mine. How I wanted more.

How I still crave her. Our disastrous night together ended with her storming out, me wondering if I’d ever be able to show my face on campus again and us as bitter enemies.

When a campus competition is announced to find the most in love couple, she’s the last person I thought I’d turn to for help. But the prize could change both our lives. An internship for her and a chance to finally connect with my father. It’s too hard to resist. Just like her heated glares and tempting curves.

To win, we’ve got to prove to everyone we’re a couple. Head over heels, can’t keep our hands off each other in love. Fake the hell out of it for our chance at glory.

Maybe we’re a little too good at selling it to the whole campus because the lines haven’t just been blurred, they've gone up in flames.

Can I convince her I want us to be together for real and keep the prize? Or will I lose them both?

A Fulton U Rivals stand-alone set on a brand new campus, St. Francis U.

Momma Says: 5 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Kiss List is everything I love about Maya Hughes's writing. It's witty, it's emotional, and it's wonderfully written with characters that practically leap off the page. I absolutely loved Cole and Kennedy. Their story is technically a fake dating romance with some enemies-to-lovers vibes in there, although that's pretty fake too, but in a different way. Of course, nothing generates more sparks than when two people are both determined to keep the other from knowing how they really feel, and Kennedy and Cole certainly generate some sparks. They also both have some baggage, and maybe even a secret or two. This is where I throw in that some of that baggage felt all too real and maybe even a bit familiar, so this one struck me right in the feels on a couple different levels. I think it would be a fair statement to say that this couple has a few pit stops on their journey, but what a journey it is. There are so many things I loved about this book, but to name them all would get into spoiler territory. With that in mind, I'll just say that Maya has set the bar high for whatever comes next in this series, but I have no doubt she'll rise to the challenge. 
Add the exceptional narration of Stephen Dexter and Desiree Ketchum to an already great story, and we get romance magic. This one has feels for days, and these narrators totally capture every single one. 


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