Review: Blame it on the Kiss

cover-blame it on the kissTitle: Blame it on the Kiss
Author: Robin Bielman
Series: Kisses in the Sand #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Short Novel
Available: Now


The one guy she shouldn’t want…

Honor Mitchell has lived with guilt and regret for a long time, so when she promises to do the things on her dying best friend’s wish list, she’s determined to follow through and do something right for a change. But when she’s thrown together for wedding duties with the one man who complicates her vow–just by looking at him–she has to put her faith in Bryce Bishop’s pledge to help her, no strings attached.

Bryce’s near one-night stand with his ex-girlfriend’s best friend a few months ago might have been a mistake, but helping the beautiful, free-spirited Honor with her promise isn’t. His trust in women is shot, but he can’t help but play his best man card to his advantage and help Honor tick off the items on his ex’s list, even if it puts him in a no-win situation. Because his assistance might get Honor what she wants, but suddenly being the do-good guy puts his plans–and heart–in serious jeopardy.

Source: ARC from Entangled Bliss via NetGalley

Oh, my heart! For the most part this is a cute, enjoyable romance entangled with plenty of emotional angst thanks to Honor’s recently deceased best-friend being Bryce’s secret ex. It’s good and sweet and lovely enough, but then there are two scenes that just… I can’t. Too many feels!

Before I get to that, I’ll talk about the rest of the book. Honor is best known for never following through and finishing her projects. She’s a nice woman, loyal and selfless with her friends, but she doesn’t do relationships and she’s positive she can’t commit to anyone, let alone a life with someone else. However she’s determined to fulfill Payton’s last wishes, even if a few of them scare her rigid. Now all she has to do is find a man to have a one night stand with, and preferably not the man she’s super attracted to.

Bryce is tired of being a good guy, tired of being left, of never measuring up to something he can’t understand. His relationship with Payton has left more than a few scars, but he can’t deny that there’s something between Honor and himself – and not just Payton’s ghost. He wants to help her, he wants to be a bad boy for once, and he wants to be seen for himself. In fact Bryce is flat out adorable. He’s sweet and romantic and supportive and perfect in so many ways, it’s no wonder Honor can’t stop thinking about him.

If I’m honest, Honor’s guilt towards Payton does get a little tired and drawn out throughout this book. There are other things at work too, of course, since Honor has some pretty big relationship issues. Understandable, though in both cases I just wish she would learn to let things go a little more. It would also have been nice to know why Payton kept her relationship with Bryce so super secret – he’s a great guy, why didn’t she want to share him with the world? The issue with Honor’s brother, Cooper, felt a little contrived too.

However, those are little niggles that didn’t stop me from enjoying the whole book. And then there were those scenes: Jaws and obscure scrabble. Oh my word. It’s all so cute and romantic and just perfect, I think I felt my heart squeezing tight with happiness. I love Bryce. I can’t help it, he completely won me over in this book. Honor is nice and all, but it’s all about Bryce for me and the way he supports and encourages her. A true romantic hero. This was my first Robin Bielman book, but it definitely won’t be the last. I need more from this series!

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