Monday, November 28, 2011

Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not?

Title: Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not?
Author: Lea Kinkade
Publisher: Siren Bookstrand
ISBN: 1-61926-110-3
Genre: {M/F} Contemporary, Western, Series
Rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Rose Nymph 

When a fire devastates her New York apartment, Jordan finally takes best friend Jessie up on her offer to stay with her in Dry Creek, Texas. As Jordan arrives at the Chisholm family ranch however, her life is turned upside down once again, courtesy of Jessie’s brother Xander. Jordan has been waiting her entire life for a man whose touch could ignite the flames of passion within her. One look at Xander has her sure that he could elicit that and much more, if only he would give Jordan a sign that the feelings were mutual. 

Xander Chisholm is captivated the moment he sees Jordan, but he is quick to hide the flicker of interest in his eyes. Gone are the days he would let a woman into his heart. But his bed? That’s a whole other story. He’s playing with fire, sneaking around behind his family’s backs with his sister’s BFF, but Xander just can’t risk history repeating itself… 

…Too late. As hard as they both try to fight it, Jordan and Xander are in deep. Their affair is a whirlwind of stolen moments and knowing stares across the dinner table that are bound to come out eventually. Nothing was ever going to be straight forward for this gorgeous couple, but will their complicated pasts be too much for their fragile relationship to endure? 

Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not? is book one in the new series The Chisholms of Texas. I loved the romantic response that Jordan evoked in me as she moved from the big city to a small town. There was a connection as I put myself in her shoes as she left her old life behind. Jordan is a strong, fiercely independent woman whose need to make her own way in the world without having to rely on anyone is very endearing. Xander however, was not the easiest person to like.  

Knowing what happened to him in the past, I can understand his behavior but I just wish he could have risen above it and not let the experience bring him down. He never realizes how badly he has been treating women and instead, his recent “conquests” are seen as annoying and pathetic and are discretely disposed of when they have served their plot purpose, which I personally had a problem with. His family pointing out how bad he’s been treating Jordan by sneaking around created some amusing scenes however. It’s just a shame that Xander’s questionable character traits spoilt the chemistry between him and Jordan in my eyes. 

One thing that was obvious to me however was just how much the author has invested in creating such a vivid, detailed setting. That alone will make me check out the next installment of the series.

No comments: