Once Upon A Kiss by Carina Rose
A standalone sweet/clean holiday romance.
When Lacey Winters escapes her stressful New York City life for a relaxing winter vacation in the Caribbean, she's ready to get some sun and enjoy a little time to herself. But her plans for peace and tranquility are shattered when she finds that her ex-boyfriend is already at the same resort—and with the same woman Lacey found him cheating with.
Reeling from the shock and determined to prove she's moved on, Lacey impulsively kisses a handsome stranger she spotted on the beach for all to see.
As for the stranger in question, Drew Mitchell was just looking for a fun getaway from his busy life in Chicago. He's surprised, but pleased at this unexpected turn of events and agrees to pose as Lacey's new boyfriend.
As they explore their tropical surroundings as a couple, Drew finds himself drawn toward Lacey. Now, all he has to do is convince her their romance is real and strong enough to flourish once their vacation is over, while Lacey must decide if she's ready to take the leap and fall in love.
★★★★ 4 𝓢𝓽𝓪𝓻 𝓡𝓮𝓿𝓲𝓮𝔀 ★★★★
First off, I am so glad that I took a chance on this debut book. When I came across this one being marketed as a sweet romance, I decided to jump on it. Those that follow my reviews know that I'm not overly excited to read books with lots of sex. This one held promise of romance without all the descriptive scenes I tend to skim over.
Second.... WOW. This book is all kinds of fun. It's sweet. It's a little cheesy (in a completely positive way). It's fun. It's whimsical. It's swoony. The author did fantastic job with keeping this one light and entertaining. It was just what I needed from the romance genre.
And the characters and plot? I'm not usually overly excited over a fake relationship book. But this one was a winner. The fake relationship was perfection for me; it made the book all kinds of fun to read. I read this one in almost no time. I loved the characters. They're well developed and completely lovable. I think I devoured this one in just a few hours.
Look out readers, Carina Rose is sure to knock your socks off with ability to deliver a fun, flirty, romance without all of the dirty talk! I can't wait to get the next book from her. I hope it's sooner rather than later!