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Review: No Kissing Allowed by Melissa West

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No Kissing Allowed
      by: Melissa West

Publication Date: July 28, 2015
Publisher: Entangled: Embrace
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Source: e-ARC provided via the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Page Count: 204 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N
My Rating: 4.5/5 stars

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..

I think this has to be one of my favorite Melissa West books. It's fun, sexy, and FULL of kissing. There is also relatively low angst, which I liked. I'm also quite partial to Aidan, who is otherwise known as UT guy. As a former UT alum myself, I couldn't help but swoon over this ruggedly handsome guy in orange and white! Overlooking Cammie's allegiance to Alabama, I really enjoyed both characters in this one.
I am always a fan of books that have a healthy amount of friendship in it, so I loved that the book opens up with Cammie out with her girls Lauren and Grace. All three are about to start their big girl jobs and they are having one last wild night before they start. After a last minute addition finds its way to the list, intensely competitive Cammie is determined not to lose, no matter how out of her comfort zone this last item is. The sexy stranger beside her, who happens to hear the conversation, isn't ashamed to offer himself up to the task and soon Cammie finds herself experiencing the hottest kiss of her life with a guy whose name she doesn't even know. With the help of some liquid courage, Cammie takes a chance and ends up taking him home with her. I felt bad for poor UT guy. The awkwardness that ensued the next morning made me cringe and I wanted to smack Cammie for being so rude to the hot guy in her bed.
She gets to make up for her behavior though because her hook up is none other than the chief creative director at the new firm she's just started at. She knows they must maintain their professionalism and that they must keep to the line that's been drawn. However, working together in the type of environment they do, it's hard to keep their distance and soon the two find themselves fighting the sexual tension that still simmers beneath the surface.
I always love that 'eff it all' moment in books where couples aren't supposed to be together, but then they just throw caution to the wind and have that MOMENT. It's so powerful and makes me swoon so hard. Melissa is a master at writing amazing kissing scenes, so I was definitely grinning when Cammie and Aidan gave in to their attraction. There's one slight problem. Cammie doesn't do casual and Aidan is Mr. Casual. He isn't looking for love or a future. This definitely caused some problems between the two and my heart hurt for both of them, as they are so good together.
If you're in the mood for a sweet, fun contemporary this is the one to pick up. I really enjoyed Melissa's writing style and I love that while Aidan had his hang ups, he was genuinely a good guy. I am looking forward to seeing what West writes next!

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  1. Jess, I really enjoyed this one too! I mentioned how much I liked the kissing too. Haha! For a book titled "No Kissing Allowed" there was plenty of it. :D
    I loved everyone in this book from the MC to Aidan (SWOOOON!).
    I told Melissa I hope she explores some of the side characters from this one too.
    Lovely review, Jess!

  2. I've never read a Melissa West book before, but this one seems pretty fun. I'm glad you enjoyed it so much.

  3. I had such second hand awkwardness while reading the morning after scene.. our poor UT guy... he clearly wanted to make it more and Cameron just freaked. This was such a fun read and I loved the low amount of angst! Great review!

  4. I've never read anything by Melissa West but I see her name everywhere! This sounds like a book I'd like. Drama, kissing, friends, and a LITTLE angst.

    Thanks for putting this one on my radar! I wonder if it'd make a good audiobook...

  5. I love that moment too! I have been reading some really amazing reviews about this one and I really want to read it! Hopefully soon!

    Wonderful review

  6. HUH. I didn't know West wrote this type of novel! I love romance, so I'm sure I'd enjoy it. It flew completely under my radar! I'm so glad you enjoyed it so much :D Excellent review, Jess!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  7. This sounds really good, Jess! I keep hearing it's low on angst, which definitely makes me happy. And I love that moment, too, when characters throw caution to the wind - sooo romantic.
    Lovely review, lady!


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