Kiss Her Once For Me

Thank you, Atria Books, for the gifted copy of Kiss Her Once For Me {partner}

Genre: Romance
Format: 📖
Pub Date: 11.1.2022
Star Rating: ☆☆☆


“One year ago, recent Portland transplant Ellie Oliver had her dream job in animation and a Christmas Eve meet-cute with a woman at a bookstore that led her to fall in love over the course of a single night. But after a betrayal the next morning and the loss of her job soon after, she finds herself adrift, alone, and desperate for money.

Finding work at a local coffee shop, she’s just getting through the days—until Andrew, the shop’s landlord, proposes a shocking, drunken plan: a marriage of convenience that will give him his recent inheritance and alleviate Ellie’s financial woes and isolation. They make a plan to spend the holidays together at his family cabin to keep up the ruse. But when Andrew introduces his new fiancée to his sister, Ellie is shocked to discover it’s Jack—the mysterious woman she fell for over the course of one magical Christmas Eve the year before. Now, Ellie must choose between the safety of a fake relationship and the risk of something real.”


“We all experience attraction differently, Some of us fall in and out of love easily. Some of us don’t experience romantic love at all. Some of us have to fight to let ourselves be vulnerable enough to fall in love. Some of us have to fight to let other people love us. Some of us need emotional intimacy in order to experience sexual attraction. All love and ways of loving are love.”

Oooof, this is painful for me because I know this will be a very unpopular opinion, but I didn’t love Kiss Her Once For Me. It may be because I had such high expectations after reading (and LOVING) The Charm Offensive last year.

A lot was going on within this book, but one of the most significant issues is that I struggled with the whole instalove thing. I can’t understand how someone could fall in love with someone else in one day and spend the next year pining over them. I also didn’t feel the chemistry between Ellie and Jack – something was there, but I needed more to keep me invested in their story.

But because I refuse not to have anything positive to say – I loved Meemaw and Lovey. Those two ladies were an absolute hoot, and they had me giggling/rolling with laughter almost every time they were present in the book. I would happily read their stories any day because they were a delight.

Again, I understand that my review is unpopular, and I have no issue with that. I want you to read Kiss Her Once For Me and love it because I think Alison Cochran is a phenomenal writer, and I will happily read her next book.

Format: 368 pages, paperback
Published: November 2022
ISBN 9781982191139 (ISBN10: 1982191139)

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