Genre: Romance / Young Adult
Published: May 26th 2015 by Bloomsbury Spark
Rating: 4 HEARTS
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When I first met him I resisted.
Like any forbidden love, I told myself he was a crush, and it would pass.
That was a lie. It never faded.
And I never expected he would fall for me just as hard.
There were so many reasons that should have kept us apart, least of all, the decade that separated us. Growing up in New York City, I learned early on that love is a double-edged sword. Love broke up my parents, love took away my friends, and love — the big, intense, never-been-like-this-before love — landed me in therapy. Now I’m heading to college, and it’s time to give love a clean slate again. But, can I really start over when he’s still in my life Because the one man I’ve always wanted, is also the only guy I absolutely can’t have…And he wants me just as fiercely.
Can I settle for anything less than the love of my life?
I’ve read books from Lauren Blakely before and I really enjoyed them. Thanks to the fact that I was so unnoticed of the new release of 2015, I miss this book and I regret so much hasn’t read it before. I really enjoy Kennedy and Noah, and they’re relationship.
21 Stolen Kiss tells the story of the seventeen years old, Kennedy, a New Yorker of the west side of the city who loves theater, arts and have the dream to run away from the life she and her mother have build into a net of lies. It also tells the story of Noah, 26 years old and successful agent, who represents Kennedy’s mother, likes theater and love with all his heart. And of course, the love they share for each other and how the age difference complicates it all.
Kennedy’s parents are divorce for three years and it all because of her (or that’s what she thinks), she is angry with her mom and felt ashamed to face his father and the only things she wants is to run away from all that, and be with the love of her life, Noah. When I started to read the book, I was lost because it started like the story it has a background (a previous book), but while we got more into the book we understand it all and that feeling is lost. I also thought that I wouldn’t liked Kennedy because I felt she was been childish grieving for Noah, but after knowing all the aspect of their relationship, all the things she had lived and what she faced with her mom, she really won me.
I’m not totally happy about how she handled her problems but I also feel that she didn’t do it all wrong. It was hard to watch your family crumbling down and been powerless to stop it, see how wrong your mom is doing, not just to you but to your dad and plenty of other innocent people, and couldn’t end it, mostly because you love her and you don’t want to hurt her. I think that it was a lot in risk for Kennedy and for Noah that she couldn’t make herself face the source of all her problems sooner.
Noah, I think, left me with mixes feeling, because I love the way he was with Kennedy, how much he loves her and how he worked for the relationship to progress but I also can’t see a guy loving like he did. Can I guy been madly in love for a girl to risk losing EVERYTHING he reach in his life? I’m not saying men are selfish but I don’t think they’re that giving and caring for a girl. I felt that he wasn’t been true to what a real man would do. Though, I love him.
“What makes a relationship work then? I’m dying to know,” Jewel said. “Shared interests? Common beliefs? A little humor?”
“That, and someone who knows all the lyrics to Chess,” he said with a wry smile, and I forced myself to hide a crazy grin. I’d told myself my crush was over. I’d almost tricked myself into believing it. But inside I thrilled at the words. I knew all the lyrics to Chess.
This book has some selfish people (starting with Kennedy’s parents) but there also others who really support and were there for Kennedy when she needed them. It shows how friendship is so important and, in some cases, friends maybe be a better family that our own. Lane, Amanda, and even Catey (I understand the girl; I would be hard to face your best friend again after what she heard) were great and I think that lit Kennedy’s soul, and ours, with their presence.
The story were page turning (at least for me), I wanted to know so badly what would happen with Kennedy and Noah’s relationship and how justice will be fall upon Kennedy’s mom. I’m happy with the end of the book, though it was sad at some point but I feel like the author make justice to the story and was true to what it needed to be true. The book can be predictable but it also can keep you wonder if at the end they would be together or not, because there are plenty of things going on and so many obstacles for their love that we don’t know for sure.
In conclusion, I really love this book. It started a little slow but after a couple of chapters you understand it all and then you’re hooked. The characters have different shades and are entertaining and great to read. Kennedy, of course, could get to be a complicate character that may or may not be loved but she worked for me and I get her. I really recommend this book, it was romantic, but also it has love as itself all over the place, been showed with Kennedy relationship with her family (actually her dad, I not hate her mother but I don’t like her either), her friends, and especially Noah.
About the Author
Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart, and humor, and she has had eight books on the New York Times Bestseller list and sixteen on the USA Today Bestseller list. Like the heroine in her novel, FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. She loves hearing from readers! Her bestselling series include Sinful Nights, Seductive Nights, No Regrets, Caught Up in Love, and Fighting Fire. She recently released SWEET SINFUL NIGHTS, the first novel in her new sexy romance series Sinful Nights that became an instant New York Times Bestseller. In January, she'll release BIG ROCK, a sexy, standalone romantic comedy. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney.