Title: Kiss and ‘Telle?
Author: Nadine C. Keels
Publication Date: May 18 2020
If only this type of thing were as easy as it looks in chick flicks.
Ever since her college days, Chantelle has had growing feelings for Dennis, a swaggering and smart geek-at-heart who’s got romance coming out of his ears. At least, he talks as if he’s mastered the art of dating, but how would Chantelle know if it’s true? She’s never gotten to experience Dennis as anything more than a close friend.
But wait! A huge opportunity comes along that could impact both their personal and professional lives. This may lead to the perfect time for Chantelle to tell Dennis what he means to her.
It may also be time for some of Chantelle’s own words about love to come back to bite her.
I had really high hopes for this book. I mean, friends to lovers is up there with the best romance tropes. Unfortunately, I was let down. I think the story could’ve been much better if it was a novel instead of a novella.
The reason I say this is because a lot of the development is done off-screen. I was told everything, I didn’t see anything for myself. I wasn’t invested in the romance, and I don’t think that’s a good thing for a romance book. As I said before, I was told everything. The past experiences that made them so close, the development of their romantic feelings in the past as well as in present times. All of that was done of screen and then mentioned in very few lines. I didn’t feel anything about the bits that did see so do with that what you will.
Another reason I felt, “Kiss and ‘Telle?“ should’ve been a full length novel is that everything felt rushed. This also ties in with the fact that most of the key moments that aided in the development of the relationship were done off screen or just skipped over. So it felt like the author was just trying to get to the end or the happily ever after as soon as possible.
The fact that most of the development was done off-screen came with another issue. I barely know the characters. I probably know maximum facts about the main characters.
The snippets of friendship that we did see, was cute. The book is a quick read and the writing flows quite nicely. So those are the redeeming qualities.
Side Note: This isn’t a critiquing monument or a praising moment. I just think it’s weird that the MCs call their other best friends their “sidekicks.”
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
That’s All I Got, Danielle.