Book Review: Kiss her Once for me

By Alison Cochrun

Pages: 368
Publication Date: November 1, 2022
Genre: Romance, LGBTQ+, Holiday
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐½

“Kiss Her Once for Me” is a festive and heartwarming romance about a woman who fakes an engagement with her landlord…only to fall for his sister.

If I were to describe this story in just a few short words it would be:

Christmas, Taylor Swift, Gay Rom-Com

Ellie is a webcomic artist who finds herself struggling financially, having lost her dream job, and now working as a barista at a corner cafe. Her life is a mess.

On top of that, she has been overlooked for a promotion at the cafe, and her landlord has just notified her that is rent is rising for a dodgy one-bedroom studio basement apartment.

By a stroke of luck the property owner of the cafe she works at, Andrew, offers her a deal—a fake marriage for one year in exchange for $200,000 —Ellie reluctantly accepts.

To solidify the fake engagement Andrew takes Ellie to their cabin in the Mountains to meet the family for Christmas.

Then Ellie sees her. Jack, the girl she met and fell in love with a year ago on Christmas at a bookstore.

The fake engagement quickly becomes real, all while Ellie and Jack fall in love. But their relationship is complicated by the fact that they have to keep it a secret from Andrew, and their family and friends.

“Kiss Her Once for Me” is an adorably cute and funny story about the power of love. It is a must-read for fans of LGBTQ+ romance and holiday stories.

The book is well-written and the characters are relatable and likable. The romance between Ellie and Jack is sweet and believable, and the supporting characters are also well-developed. The book is also full of humour, making it a light and enjoyable read.

If you’re looking for a heartwarming and festive romance, then “Kiss Her Once for Me” is the perfect book.

Here are some additional things to note about the book:

  • The book is set during the winter holidays, but it is not a Christmas book in the traditional sense. The holidays are simply a backdrop for the story, which is more about the characters and their relationships.
  • KHOFM is a sapphic romance, meaning that it features a relationship between two women.
  • Excellent representation of LGBTQ+ characters and relationships.
  • So many Taylor Swift references. Some subtle, some plainly obvious.

Overall, “Kiss Her Once for Me” is a delightful and heartwarming romance that is sure to please fans of the genre. I highly recommend it, and I also look forward to reading other books by Alison.

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