Reader reviews for Kiss and Tell

was a decent read; couldn't get into the suspense; characterization wasn't deep especially on the heroine; will not read another from the author
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This is the first book that I've read in this series and I really liked it. I thought it was an easy read and kept my attention. I read it in one day. And I love series' so it gave me something to look forward to in reading about Marnie's brothers.
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Kiss and Tell
3 Stars

Synopsis:
Jake Dolan lives a seemingly quiet life minding his own business until the day he catches Marnie Wright trespassing on his property. Marnie is used to testosterone given her four brothers, but now she is thrust into a world of danger and intrigue with only a stranger to keep her grounded.

Review:
The gripping chemistry between the main characters does not quite compensate for the mediocre and excessively drawn out plot.

Jake is a lonely and paranoid yet endearing hero who feels betrayed and finds it difficult to love again. Marnie is the exact opposite – open and caring with a tendency to chatter ceaselessly when nervous. Although she is quite annoying in the beginning, she has a tendency to grow, not only on Jake, who finds her impossible to resist, but on the reader as well.

Although the characters were likeable and interesting enough to keep me reading, I almost gave up halfway through the book because the plot had a tendency to drag. I managed to stick with it and the story did liven up ¾ of the way in and the last few chapters were really good even if the villain turned out to be predictable.

The writing is mostly smooth but there is some repetitive description and ridiculous dialogue. Moreover, the final action sequence is confusing and difficult to follow. It is virtually impossible to figure out who is shooting and who they are shooting at. It is a good thing that the next chapter sorts it all out more coherently.

The book definitely has potential but isn’t as good as the first book, The Mercenary. I can only recommend Kiss and Tell to those who wish to read the rest of the T-FLAC series because the characters in the next installments are introduced in this book. I personally plan on continuing but it is not a priority.
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Leila Hunt had grown up on the isolated island where her brother still lived. She couldn't wait to leave the island and the small town and gossipy neighbors for the Big City. When Leila returns to the island for a vacation, her fiance declines to come with her and she runs into Dr. Marsh Devlin, her brother's best friend and her tormentor all during childhood.I love Suzanne Brockman's Navy Seal novels, but this is one she wrote before that series. It's lightly entertaining, but didn't really hold my interest.
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I really think Brockmann should give up the Navy Seals books and go back to straight contemporaries because she does them so well. This one was again witty, light, funny, with great dialog, like the other old Loveswepts she wrote. It's a friends to lovers story and I really enjoyed it. (Grade: B)
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Ugh. Very eye-roll worthy. Marsh was waaaay too wussy, and Leila was to clueless to be believed. And, I'm sorry, no guys have touchy-feely discussions like Simon and Marsh did. Not once, let alone often. Ugh. I need to stop reading the really early works of authors whose later works I love....
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Leila Hunt joins her brother in his Floridian home for a New Year's Eve party and subsequent vacations. At the party, she is kissed by a mysterious stranger in a ninja costume. She tries to find this stranger, but at the same time, she seems to be falling in love with Marshall Devlin, her brother's best friend and her own childhood enemy, who has grown into an attractive and lovable man... This is a reissue of a 1996 series romance and it shows. It's bad. Really bad. The author's talent shows even in this book - Brockmann can certainly write, and I have to admit that the book never got boring. But the heroine is intolerable. She's stupid. Bitchy - so much so that she takes bitchyness to a whole new level. She's fickle. She waffles. She considers getting married to a guy who she has been dating for about 2 years, who never has time for her, and who she is so attracted to that she hasn't even slept with him! I just couldn't stand Leila. The hero isn't too bad though, but he doesn't get enough scenes to actually save this book.
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Sweet story about long time friends finding love. Very quick and easy read.
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