Published by Entangled Embrace on July 28, 2015
Genres: contemporary, Romance, New Adult
Source: eARC from Publisher
No kissing. No touching. And definitely no falling in love...
Armed with her besties, an embarrassing number of shots, and her list of 10 Wild Things To Do Before Adulthood, recent grad Cameron Lawson is partying it up before she starts her dream job at New York's biggest ad agency. Her last task? Hook up with a random guy. And while it's so not her style, the super-sexy guy sitting next to her is definitely game. No names. No details. At least, that was the plan.
On her first day of work, Cameron discovers her hook-up is none other than Aidan Truitt—her new boss's boss. Talk about failing the “no fraternizing with coworkers” policy on an epic level. Especially when Aidan makes it clear their one night was only the beginning. Falling for him could cost her everything, but sometimes the only way to get what you want is by breaking a few rules...
No Kissing Allowed is a new adult contemporary romance by Melissa West. I have read a couple of Melissa’s other books and I have to say this one was not my favorite. Don’t get me wrong, I liked it. But I just didn’t love it. No Kissing Allowed is a fun, quick and flirty new adult romance. And I liked it for that purpose. But I had some snags with some of the characters. But much like the book overall, I didn’t dislike any of the characters per se, I just didn’t love the main character Cameron as much as I wanted to.
Cameron is a driven, impulsive and incredibly stubborn young lady. I loved how driven she was and that she went after what she wanted at work, but her impulsiveness led to foot in mouth disorder so many times throughout the story. I get it. She wants to be able to say whatever she wants to say, whenever she wants to say it. No one should oppress her or make her bite her tongue. #AmIRight? But maybe the line should be drawn just before you are talking back to your boss in the middle of a meeting on your first day at work. Moments like those just had Cameron grating on my nerves just a little bit. She struck me as the kind of person where while sweet, and compassionate (and she was! I loved her sweet and caring side)she was also the type of person that held their ideals on their sleeve. And that doesn’t bother me, but when they feign to be open minded but really think everyone who disagrees with them is wrong…that kind of does. I know, you must think I hate Cameron by this point…and I really don’t. I liked her and I really enjoyed the very bumpy but always fun romance between her and Aiden. It was just these little details in Cameron’s personality held me back from falling in love with the story.
But what saved No Kissing Allowed for me was Melissa West’s writing. I love her easy and conversational style. It made reading this book feel good. I loved Aiden, and I loved the friendship between Cameron and her friends. I would love to see their stories next. I feel like I would like Lauren a lot more than I liked Cameron. Now let’s talk romance! The romance between Aiden and Cameron is of the forbidden variety and while this doesn’t always work for me, it did this time because there wasn’t a huge age difference between Cameron and Aiden. I loved the romance. It was fun and sexy and downright addicting. But for a book whose title is No Kissing Allowed, there certainly is a lot of kissing going on. I didn’t really get the title because it didn’t tie into any of the rules that Aiden and Cameron laid out. But I get that it was a theme thing, so it didn’t bug me, I was just surprised to find out there wasn’t a no kissing rule when I started reading the book. If you are looking a quick and fun read, and you like forbidden romances, this might be a great one for you. And like I said, I do hope that Melissa West makes stories for Cameron’s friends.
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