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Friday, March 30, 2012

Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not? by Lea Kinkade

Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not? by Lea Kinkade
Publisher: Siren Bookstrand Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Western
Length: Full Length (179 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 stars
Review by: Plumeria

Xander Chisholm is the head of Chisholm Ranch, a huge ranch in Southern Texas. Ten years ago, Xander was devastated by the actions of a woman who was supposed to love him. Since that time, Xander has given up on love and has a well-earned love-'em-and-leave-'em reputation.

Jordan Prescott is a native New Yorker who loses everything in a fire. Her best friend since college, Jessie Chisholm, talks her into starting over in Deseo. Although not totally naive, Jordan is an innocent and has been waiting for the man who can ignite her passions with one touch.

Once Jordan meets Xander, she knows he is that man. Caught in a whirlwind affair, both are surprised when an unexpected complication occurs. This complication brings back painful memories for both of them. Will it bring them closer together, or will it tear them apart?

Ever heard the ol’ saying, “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me”?

Lea Kinkade starts the series with the a story about a man, Xander, trying for a very long time not to be fooled again. After getting burned so badly he shut down and turned cold towards the idea of love. Sure he had a huge ranch to run and a big family to keep him busy but he never had any intention of getting fooled again. Can’t say I blame him.

Enter the ridiculously sweet Jordan, fresh off the plane from leaving behind the ashes of her life in New York. For being alone in the world and losing everything I have to say she held to together better then most people would have. Of course what happens just a few days after arriving to Texas? Gets smacked with lust at first sight! Then again who wouldn’t be attracted to super gorgeous Xander? Even though he has three other highly available equally hot brothers, Jordan is drawn to him like moth to flame.

This story was actually very sweet. Xander reacted in all the ways that were to be expected, and Jordan did the same. There were a few editing issues and a lot of unneeded details towards the end of the book. I wished we could have seen more scenes with Xander and Jordan really connecting before all heck broke loose.

There is a really good foundation set for the series that includes six brothers and two sisters, and I am going to make sure they are all in my read pile.

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