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Kiss Her Once for Me by Alison Cochrun: Book Review

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Kiss Her Once for Me by Alison Cochrun

Published November 1st, 2022

Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, LGBTQ

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The author of The Charm Offensive returns with a festive romantic comedy about a woman who fakes an engagement with her landlord…only to fall for his sister.

One year ago, recent Portland transplant Ellie Oliver had her dream job in animation and a Christmas Eve meet-cute with a woman at a bookstore that led her to fall in love over the course of a single night. But after a betrayal the next morning and the loss of her job soon after, she finds herself adrift, alone, and desperate for money.

Finding work at a local coffee shop, she’s just getting through the days—until Andrew, the shop’s landlord, proposes a shocking, drunken plan: a marriage of convenience that will give him his recent inheritance and alleviate Ellie’s financial woes and isolation. They make a plan to spend the holidays together at his family cabin to keep up the ruse. But when Andrew introduces his new fiancée to his sister, Ellie is shocked to discover it’s Jack—the mysterious woman she fell for over the course of one magical Christmas Eve the year before. Now, Ellie must choose between the safety of a fake relationship and the risk of something real.

Perfect for fans of Written in the Stars and One Day in December, Kiss Her Once for Me is the queer holiday rom-com that you’ll want to cozy up with next to the fire.

Thank you to the publisher, Simon & Schuster Canada/Atria Books, for sending me an e-ARC of this book via Netgalley. All thoughts are my own.

The holidays are over, but it’s so cold where I live that I still feel like cozying up with a good winter read. And Kiss Her Once for Me by Alison Cochrun is the perfect choice in that regard.

I am a sucker for second-chance romances. They just provide the perfect opportunity for all sorts of juicy feelings and emotional tension, and Kiss Her Once for Me takes full advantage of the history between Ellie and Jack to craft a very heartfelt holiday romance. Their love story was so well written that I didn’t mind the fact that their original meeting was instalove-y, even though that is my least favorite trope.

I think the reason it worked so well here despite that was because their instant love connection was only the beginning for Ellie and Jack. Since this is a second-chance romance – and throw in the additional challenge of Ellie being fake engaged to Jack’s brother, Andrew – there was a lot of opportunity for pining and yearning to build between Ellie and Jack.

Or maybe it was simply because Kiss Her Once for Me was just such an entertaining book. It was hard to find fault when I was having so much fun reading about Ellie, Jack, Andrew, and the rest of the cast. All the characters felt so well realized that it made it easy to root for them and their happy endings. 💕

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Liza is a twenty-something book blogger who spends way too much time with her nose in books and feels way too much. She loves cooking, baking, reality tv show watching and, of course, reading. She can be found most often with a cup of tea in one hand and a book in the other. Her blog, Literary Liza, features bookish content like reviews, recommendations, and author interviews.

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