KISS HER ONCE FOR ME
This is my first book by this author and I was pleasantly surprised. I liked the fake dating trope through the holidays and mimicked While You Were Sleeping (without the coma). The book was very funny at times so there was a good balance of tension and laughs. When Ellie ends up loving the Kim-Prescott’s, wishing they were her real family, things get extra confusing when the girl she fell in love with last Christmas turns out to be her fake fiancee’s sister!
There is some heavy duty subject matter in the book, child abuse, mental health issues and LGBTQ phobia. But it was handled realistically and sensitively. The characters also felt very real to me, especially Ellie’s mom. I loathed her. There was so much about Ellie’s childhood and her mom that reminded me of my own. I could understand how easy it would be for her to attach herself to the Kim-Prescott family.
The sex scenes were few but done very well and I appreciated that as this is more about love and wanting to belong than anything else. I was rooting for Ellie and Jack right from the start. They made sense together. This is a well written, fun holiday read that takes a unique spin on the fake dating trope, highly recommend it.