Today, the dynamic duo of Riley & Sheehan release “Shut Up & Kiss Me”, a contemporary romance.
She ran from her past.
After relocating from a small town in Tennessee, Mila has been living in New York City for a year in half, more than happy to be lost in the crowd. Living vicariously through her best friend and roommate Nikki, Mila spends her day’s waitressing and her evenings at home. Then, one night, after getting exclusive tickets to a nightclub downtown, Nikki is able to convince Mila to let loose for once.
He’s running from his future.
Having lived a privileged life, William is used to getting what he wants, and who he wants. Now though, in his thirties, he’s bored, and seeking more from his life than mindless sex, and even worse—mindless women. Spotting Mila from across the club he realizes right away that she’s different from what he’s used to, an observation that proves true. One night together will change everything for both of them. Pasts and futures will collide, secrets will be revealed, and the results will transform both their lives forever.
My Impressions So Far:
While this isn’t my normal type of read, I found it a refreshing change. I was worried going in that it would verge on erotica; it seems that sex, sex, sex, has been the name of the game for the romance genre lately. If I wanted my sex hookup, I’d go for LK Hamilton or Kim Harrison- at least they give me some crazy good loving with a lot of intrigue and killing.
If I’m going to read a true romance story, if I’m craving that, I want it to be freaking romantic. Is that so much to ask? I don’t think so.
It seems that Riley & Sheehan agreed.
The main characters have secrets. We all do. We all have things we’d rather forget. It’s the coming together, the bonding and falling in love beyond the secrets, that helps us grow and, in that growth, or, rather, because of that growth, we are able to face our secrets, share those things that make us vulnerable and weak and then, when the walls have fallen, create in us the ability to fall truly, madly, and deeply in love.
The book has the essential elements to a great story- a supporting character best friend that somehow makes the main character complete. The mysterious man that draws interests. And the unexpected entrance into the mix that creates a secondary path. Because love and life is a journey that has multiple forks in the road. Sometimes, we think we find the right path, but fate has a different story ending for us, one that we can not predict or force.
A Goodread’s user wrote this on their review and I thought it was a quite effective wrap-up: “Bottom line: Will Townsend isn’t an alpha male, he brings his own different and refreshing identity to this story. Nikki is the kind of friend that every gal wants in a best friend, and she and Mila are a match made in BFF heaven. Richard caught me completely off-guard, and I found that I was swooning over him by the end of the story. If you are looking for a light summer romance, look no further, just shut up and read this book.” -GR’s user “GAIL”
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CLAIRE C RILEY