Review: Shut Up and Kiss Me by Jessica Lemmon

25430309Shut Up and Kiss Me
Series: Lost Boys, #2
Author: Jessica Lemmon
Publication Date: December 6, 2016
Publisher: Loveswept
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Note: I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆


Cade: I tried. I really tried. I should be out of this small town by now, finishing my law degree and partnering up with my buddies, but I couldn’t resist one last street race. Now I’m sidelined in the hospital, and while my injuries will heal, I’m not so sure my voice will return. What kind of attorney can’t talk? Yeah, exactly. I’m afraid that I won’t be able to come back from this… until Tasha Montgomery reawakens every competitive bone in my body.

Tasha: I nearly watched Cade Wilson die on that lonely stretch of road. He’s damn lucky just to be alive, even if he doesn’t realize it. I know he’s destined for bigger and better things, but I don’t mind helping him get there as he relearns everything he took for granted. Cade’s a good student, a real perfectionist; I can tell how much his stutter bothers him. But when he lets his kisses do the talking, everything else disappears. And one day, maybe he’ll be able to tell me that he wants me—as much as I want him.

Before reading Shut Up and Kiss Me, I had only read a few of Jessica Lemmon’s contemporary romances. I had no idea she also wrote new adult books! Shut Up and Kiss Me really surprised me. Jessica Lemmon’s writing was just as good as the other books I had read of hers, but it was so different. Instead of being a fun and sweet romance, Shut Up and Kiss Me was angsty and emotional. Don’t get me wrong, it was still fun to read and had its sweet moments. The tone was just completely different. If that doesn’t show what a great and adaptable writer Jessica Lemmon is, I don’t know what would.

Shut Up and Kiss Me had two great main characters. Cade was a man whose life changed directions after an accident. He lost his voice, the one thing that always defined him. He was frustrated and didn’t want others to feel sorry for him. Cade didn’t want anyone to try to fix him. Tasha wanted to do just that. She didn’t like Cade much, but she felt a need to help him regain the life he lost. The more she tried to work with Cade on his speech, the more she discovered he may not have been as bad as she thought.

Cade and Tasha had an intense chemistry. At first, it was almost a love-hate chemistry. They pushed at each other a lot. Once they started acting on their attraction to each other, things got super sexy and incredibly hot. I loved their relationship and how it progressed. It was so much fun to read.

Shut Up and Kiss Me was a fast-paced, entertaining read. New adult readers will enjoy the troubled characters and emotional storylines. I’m looking forward to going back and reading the first book in this series.

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