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Friday, July 10, 2015

Review: Kissing Frogs by Rich Amooi

Title: Kissing Frogs
Author: Rich Amooi
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Publisher: Rich Amooi
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
Summer is finally here and Geography teacher Sara Larson has exactly one month to find the perfect date for the wedding of a high school rival. The odds seem stacked against her, but the last thing she wants is to sit at the kids’ table again. Or even worse, the singles’ table. While trudging through an assortment of certified losers, Sara fights her attraction towards Ian, the irresistible guy next door.

Art teacher Ian McBride has a dream of opening his own gallery, but for now he’s focused on sculpting a gift for his grandparents’ 50th anniversary and enjoying a relaxing summer. However, Ian is blind-sided when crazy, beautiful Sara and her giant dog move in next door and rock his world. Too bad she wants nothing to do with him.

How can Sara avoid the attraction that sizzles between them and stick to her rule of not dating neighbors? As far as Ian’s concerned, the prince Sara is looking for is right under her nose. And one kiss just might change everything.
After being submerged in thrillers for two weeks I needed a change, I needed to read something fun, cute and sweet and lucky for me I had just the perfect book, Kissing Frogs by Rich Amooi.

Geography teacher Sara Larson is not only happy that school is over, she also happy with her new house. Two months of vacations awaits her and she plans to sleep in everyday, but her neighbor has other plans for her. He is a sculptor who likes to start the day early, too early for Sara’s taste.
Sara can’t believe she is being awakened with a ruckus at seven in the morning on a Sunday. Even her poor dog Kili is missing her sleep. With no other option, she goes next door to ask her new neighbor to keep it quiet. What Sara wasn’t expecting was the nice specimen of a man that opened the door. After the confrontation, Sara perplexedly returns to her house. Her new neighbor, Ian, is not only hot as hell; he is also fun and smart. Sara knows she is in trouble, because after her last experience she promised herself never to date a neighbor again. She won’t succumb to Ian’s charms, even now that she’s desperate to find a date to go to her nemesis’ wedding in a month’s time, for that she has online dating.
Ian likes his new crabby neighbor. She is beautiful, funny and the chemistry between them is something they can’t deny. He knows she doesn’t date neighbors, but he is willing to do everything in his power to make her break her rule because he knows they are good together.

I liked Sara, she was a beautiful person and a great friend.  After learning about her past it was easy to understand why she didn’t want to date her neighbor. Seeing her experience with online dating was incredibly entertaining. Her dates were all unusual, comical, but the best part they were believable.

Ian was a delightful character. I liked that he was cute, smart and caring. I loved how he was with his grandparents and with his best friend. I also liked what he did for Sara at the end, that showed how committed he was to make things work between them.

The chemistry between Sara and Ian was very obvious since their first encounter. I liked how things develop slowly between them.  I also liked to see them fight what they were feeling, but failing in the intent. They are a cute couple, one that made me believe in their HEA.

The secondary characters make the story even more entertaining. Ian’s best friend, Billy, was hilariously funny as was Sara’s friend, Becky.

One thing I like about Rich Amooi’s books is that there is always a furry friend in them. I like that they are not just fillings in the story, they make an important part of it. In Kissing Frogs we have Kili, a beautiful and lovely Saint Bernard who eats everything she can find and is not aware of her size or her weight.

As I said before, Kissing Frogs by Rich Amooi is a fun, cute and sweet book. Kissing Frogs is the perfect beach or pool read. It’s also the perfect book for those days when you want to read something that will make you smile and laugh out loud couple of times. I highly recommend it.

My Verdict: 4 ½ Paws
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  1. That good? The cover made me think it was a picture book

    1. I know. The covers of his other books are like this one as well.

  2. Sounds like a cute and quirky story! Is this a short novel by chance?


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