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The Kiss by Lucy Courtenay




 ‘Aphrodite kissed a mortal once by the light of the moon. It drove him crazy. The next person that he kissed – boum! The craziness travelled from person to person. It travelled through time. Everywhere – boum! And now I’m going to pass it to you…’

Imagine the perfect kiss. A legendary kiss that makes people crazy with love. Imagine a summer’s night, on a moonlit beach, as french boy Laurent kisses 16-year-old Delilah after the best chat up line she’s ever heard.


Delilah is pretty sure the Kiss is fiction, despite her head spinning holiday fling. But with all the sudden crushes, break ups and melt downs happening back at home, the Kiss starts looking a little too real for comfort. If only Delilah could keep track of where it’s gone…

Who knew one kiss could cause this much trouble?


This book was funny.

Delilah has a holiday fling with French boy Laurent after he gives her the best chat up line ever. Aphrodite’s kiss by the moonlight that makes people crazy.

Sounds romantic right?

It is but back at home things start going wrong. Her best friend, Tabby is in a relationship with Sam but Delilah convinces her to have one crazy kiss with another guy before she settles down. Which Tabby does and Sam sees and their relationship goes caput.

Delilah has a plan to get Sam back for Tabby but she didn’t count on Jem being so attractively gorgeous.

And she certainly didn’t count on kissing him under a moonlit sky…

She doesn’t want any feelings for Jem but what if that Kiss thing is actually true?

Tabby think so and when she plans to kiss Jem again so she can get the Kiss and then pass it on to Sam so he’ll fall in love with her again things get more than complicated.

In fact no one’s life in this book is straightforward and it’s all because of that bloody Kiss.

But is the Kiss real? Or is it just a story that people in love cling to?

This book was one complicated mess of fun and it made me laugh in quite a few places.

Delilah, thanks to her French fling, has the Kiss. The Kiss that send people crazy. Yeah she doesn’t believe in it but when she kisses Jem and he starts talking about tasting the moonlight when he kissed her she knows that maybe there might be something to this Kiss thing. Her best friend Tabby believes so and that’s when Delilah knows that things have gotten out of hand. I mean, she’s already broken up her best friend’s relationship by encouraging her to kiss someone else before committing to a long term relationship. She’s then kissed the guy her best friend kissed and to top it all off it looks like she’s actually falling for him. Which is fine, sort of, because he’s HOT but she has commitment issues after her ex-boyfriend so she pushes him away. The of course the ex-boyfriend comes back into her life and yeah…. COMPLICATED! And all because of that damn kiss! Delilah is a great character though and he is a science geek and a zombie geek. Actually she is just a geek and you can’t help but love her.

Jem is the guy who… well… *SWOON* he is hot and he’s totally in love with Delilah despite the fact she keeps pushing him away. He’s fun and likes to paint and he wants to do special effect make up for horror movies. He’s totally cool! The only problem is that girls seems to flock to him and that’s not something that’s going to win over Delilah. Nor is the fact that he seems to have a girlfriend already on the go… Or does he?

Tabby is great as Delilah’s best friend and sticks by her through everything and really doesn’t blame her for the whole ‘cheating on her boyfriend’ thing. In fact she’s more interested in this Kiss thing and trying to get it for herself. Tabby wants to be an actress and when the opportunity arises to star in the play Much Ado About Nothing at the local theatre, its Delilah who encourages her to go for it. They are great as best friends and they are like to magnets. You upset one, you upset the other. But can Tabby get the Kiss? And can she get Sam back?

Sam is totally still in love with Tabby, despite the fact he has a new girlfriend. You can tell it’s a pit stop of sort, to try and mend his broken heart but well, his pride was hurt when he caught Tabby kissing someone else. But will he forgive her?

There are other characters in the book, like Maria, Sam’s new girlfriend and Fatima, Delilah’s French pen pal. Delilah’s ex Dave and the whole group of theatre people.

Everyone in the book gets into this complicated web of the Kiss business and it was just a refreshing book to read. It was light hearted and funny and full of swoon worthy moments and characters you loved and laughed with.

It was set in England which was another thing that I liked as it’s nice to get out of the America bubble that most books are set in. It just brings you a bit closer to where you live and you can understand the way we are with things and how we act and react to things.

It’s a great book to read if you want to get away for a while and get caught up in the whole Aphrodite’s Kiss thing. It’s a great thing to believe in and takes you away into this romantic thought, even if it does seem to be more trouble than its worth! I hope I can get more books my Lucy Courtenay because it was really fun to read and it seems like she had fun writing it.


4 out of 5 stars



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