by Jessica Lemmon
Series: Lost Boys #2
Published by: Random House
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Cade: I tried. I really tried. I should be out of this small town by now, finishing my law degree and partnering up with my buddies, but I couldn’t resist one last street race. Now I’m sidelined in the hospital, and while my injuries will heal, I’m not so sure my voice will return. What kind of attorney can’t talk? Yeah, exactly. I’m afraid that I won’t be able to come back from this... until Tasha Montgomery reawakens every competitive bone in my body.
Tasha: I nearly watched Cade Wilson die on that lonely stretch of road. He’s damn lucky just to be alive, even if he doesn’t realize it. I know he’s destined for bigger and better things, but I don’t mind helping him get there as he relearns everything he took for granted. Cade’s a good student, a real perfectionist; I can tell how much his stutter bothers him. But when he lets his kisses do the talking, everything else disappears. And one day, maybe he’ll be able to tell me that he wants me—as much as I want him.
Shut Up and Kiss Me is the second novel in the Lost Boys series by Jessica Lemmon. The romance was delivered in dual narratives and provided a breath of fresh air to the New Adult genre. With its likable characters, low angst and feel-good story Shut Up and Kiss Me delivered the perfect escape.
Cade Wilson is the perfect mix of bad boy/good guy. Until a street race left him injured, he was a law student with a plan. He is recovering from his physical injuries and has had time to reevaluate things. The accident left him with a speech problem that includes a stutter. He hasn’t exactly been the ideal patient. His Dad hires Tasha Montgomery, a friend and student working towards her physical therapy degree since Cade seems to at least connect with her.
Lemmon’s characters had me rooting for an HEA. The romance built slowly beginning with trust as Cade opened up and Tasha let him in. Despite issues with his speech, I enjoyed the way this couple communicated. Lemmon kept their interaction free of the typical drama found in this genre, and I appreciated seeing communication. Even though both are adults, there is interaction with both sets of parents. Lemmon painted a realistic portrait even when conflict arose.
In Shut Up and Kiss Me Lemmon pulled me in, offering moments of laughter, frustration, tears and plenty of curl your toes moments. The tale flowed back and forth between their perspectives by chapter breaks. I enjoy dual perspectives, particularly in this type of romance, as it allows me to connect. Friends, outside influences, and Cade’s stubbornness caused some conflict, but it was realistic and executed perfectly allowing me to slip in and enjoy the romance.
Jessica Lemmon continues to be an author that delivers novels that allow me to escape for a few hours and enjoy. For this reason, she is on my auto-buy list.Shut Up and Kiss Me by Jessica Lemmon delivered low angst romance -making it the perfect escape… Click To Tweet
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