Friday, October 15, 2021

Book Review ~ A KISS TO REMEMBER by Naima Simone

A Kiss to Remember (Rose Bend, #1.5)
by: Naima Simone
Series: Rose Bend
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 1, 2021
Publisher: HQN Books
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It starts with an unexpected kiss…

Remi Donovan doesn’t know what possessed Declan Howard to sidle up to her desk and ask for a kiss—but she’s not about to turn him down. After all, she’s had a secret crush on the sexy-as-sin wealth manager ever since he set foot in Rose Bend two years ago. Still, why steal a kiss from a small-town librarian when a man like Declan could have any woman he wants?

For Declan, the plan is simple: fake a relationship with Remi to keep his ex off his back and his matchmaking mother happy. As the charade brings them closer, it ignites something real—something neither can ignore. But before they can build a happy future together, they’ll both have to reconcile with the past…



“EXCUSE ME. Can I kiss you?”, the words every woman wants to hear, especially when said to her by a man she’s been crushing on. Too bad for Rose Bend librarian Remi Donovan the words are only spoken by Declan Howard to get a lady he used to date to leave him alone.

Declan is an every other weekend visitor to his mother’s newly adopted hometown of Rose Bend, Massachusetts. To make his mother happy, he agreed to go on a date or two with her neighbor. Declan doesn’t do serious relationships and has made this clear. However, no amount of letting her down easy is getting his former plus-one to understand that he’s just not into her.

A series of events lead to Remi and Declan pretending they are a couple. Fun late-night texts and spending time together leads to some serious unexpected feelings between the two. Past hurts and fear threaten to destroy anything and everything that seems to be growing between them.

A Kiss to Remember is classic Naima Simone, but maybe a little toned down. Declan and Remi are characters I immediately liked. I loved the playfulness between them. I loved Remi’s snarky comebacks to Declan. It’s like they’ve known each other for a while when they really haven’t. What I loved most about this story is that Declan truly sees plus-sized Remi. He sees everything about her from her beauty to her personality to her mind, and he isn’t afraid to tell her.

The story is short, however, it’s complete. I wasn’t left with heart palpitations, but I was left feeling satisfied. I am definitely looking forward to spending Christmas in Rose Bend, with the next book in the series, appropriately named Christmas in Rose Bend.

~ Favorite Quotes ~

“You are worth the work.”

“True love only makes you stronger, better.”


**Personal Purchase**

Rating: 4

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The Rose Bend Series:

Slow Dance at Rose Bend ~ Review
The Road to Rose Bend ~ Review

Christmas in Rose Bend releases October 26, 2021

The Love List releases March 1, 2022

With Love from Rose Bend releases March 29, 2022

Published since 2009, USA Today Bestselling author Naima Simone loves writing sizzling romances with heart, a touch of humor and snark. Her books have been featured in The Washington Post and Entertainment Weekly, and described as balancing “crackling, electric love scenes with exquisitely rendered characters caught in emotional turmoil.”

She is wife to Superman, or his non-Kryptonian, less bullet proof equivalent, and mother to the most awesome kids ever. They all live in perfect, sometimes domestically-challenged bliss in the southern United States.

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