ARC Review: Complex Kisses by Kim Bailey

29 Dec 2016

Book Title: Complex Kisses
Author: Kim Bailey
Series: Standalone
Release Date: December 29th, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
When lost and living in the moment …
… can you be found with just a kiss?

Jamie Hartley ran away, leaving grief and heartache behind. Lost on her own. Raising a child. Her plan is simple. Make it through. Find her path. Survive.

Eric Anderson walked away, abandoning plans and expectations. Living day to day. Waiting for miracles. His goal is complicated. Make it through. Find a way. Endure.

In stolen moments of passion and pleasure, Jamie and Eric find reprieve from their complex lives. Together, they ease the burdens. Together, they soothe the pain. But can they recognize the future when it finds them?

Here and now.

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Complex Kisses is a fantastic debut novel by Kim Bailey. It truly is all things angsty emotional and sexy all tied up in a contemporary romance bow. Single mother Jamie Hartley is emotionally torn between her old life and new when the call comes in that her estranged father is on his death bed. Leaving her son in the care of a school friend, Jamie hops in her car for the four-hour drive to North Bay. Torn between the long term scars from the emotionally abusive past with her dad and her desire to make things right in his final days, Jamie is barely hanging on. Until in a crowded hospital cafeteria, a feisty teen boy offers her his chocolate pudding. Anything to turn that frown upside down...

Complex Kisses embodies two stories coming together for the price of one. Jamie is living day to day, missing her son while she watches her father fade away. And also that of Eric Anderson- older brother of that feisty fourteen year old- is also burdened by family illness. Through mutual emotional stress and pain, Eric and Jamie find a bond in friendship and understanding. And with that, an insane chemistry blossoms, offering up a physical release from their current life stresses. But what happens when it's over... will it be over?

Kim Bailey did a great job pacing their stories, both of family and the love story between Eric and Jamie. It's angsty emotional but has a touch of light-hearted humor thanks to a snarky flirtatious fourteen-year old named Caleb. It highlights the strength of family whether blood-related or not. I found it warm yet sexy, sad yet humorous too. Complex Kisses has it all! A great debut novel for author Kim Bailey. Looking forward to what's next from this aspiring new author.

Advanced copy received by author in exchange for my honest review.

Kim   Bailey

Kim Bailey is a born procrastinator and a sarcasm junkie. She gets her motivation from coffee and the smile on her husband's face when she tells him "maybe". 

When she was young and naive, Kim dreamed of being a documentary filmmaker but then life happened - she went where she actually got paid to work. Now, she's a customer service specialist by day and a romance writer by night. 

Writing is something Kim's always done - she has about 20 million half-started story ideas. (okay, so it's only 200 - she may also be a slight exaggerator).

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