3.5 Star review of #Kissing by Ellie Brixton



Series:  Rock and Romance #1

Author:  Ellie Brixton

Publication Date: June 14, 2016

Genre:  Contemporary, New Adult Romance


I was always the good girl.

Then when the pressure became too much, I took off and found me a bad boy.

Niko. The hot, British rock star and frontman of the Halos.

He took my angel wings and gave me a lot of things, well, everything but the Big O.

And fidelity.

So with my #fail in hand, I did the worst thing imaginable.

I went home. The insta-nagging, criticism, and impossible expectations reminded me why my life #sucked—the reason I left in the first place.

Well, everything was the same except for JQ, my high school crush. With a snug T-shirt and jeans that fit in all of the right places, it looks like he became man and maybe it was time for me to become a woman.

#Kissing is a sexy, rock star romance for new adult, college, and contemporary romance readers who enjoy love stories with an HEA.

Author’s note: #KISSING is a full-length, standalone novel. Due to strong language and content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

My Review:

3.5/5 Stars!

A little more about the book:

Josie lived a perfect life in Rhode Island.  Beautiful, rich and smart, she was living the life.  Until she wasn’t anymore.  So she left.  She left it all behind including the boy she loved.

She leaves to find herself, sort of.  Basically, she becomes a groupie to The Halos and then becomes The Halos’ lead singer, Niko’s, girlfriend.  But, Niko isn’t really the best boyfriend.  He drinks, does drugs, cheats on Josie, placates her and for all the oral sex he hands out, she can’t get off.


You guessed it.  She leaves again.  Only this time, she goes back home.  She finds the guy and…

Well, you will just have to read the rest to find out.

(Hint:  there is an HEA)

Ok, so my thoughts…

It took a long time to get to a point where I liked Josie.  She just had no self-esteem.  I kind of wanted to kick her in the shin and tell her to buck up and move on.  The worst part was her own self-awareness of her issues.

Niko?  Well, I just flat out hated that guy.  He deserves some redemption, but I honestly didn’t care if he got it.  Which is probably too bad.

Finally, JQ.  I think JQ needed to be introduced way sooner than half way through the book.  He was the one who truly brought about the change in Josie.  He was the real hero of the book, but it was frustrating waiting for his arrival and the thing is, you knew he was coming.  It was just how the story played out.

All-in-all, the story itself was pretty good.  Unfortunately, the execution was lacking in my opinion.  The book was too long, it took too long to get to the real meat of the story and Josie was just too much at times.  However, despite what a lot of my fellow reviewers said, I liked the use of the hastags.  As much as it drives me crazy, I hear my kids use them on a daily basis.  It helped make the story relevant.

Not a bad story, just a little long, but worth a read.

Where to Buy:  Amazon

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