Title: No Kissing Allowed
Author: Melissa West
Publisher: Entangled Embrace
Publication Date: 28 July 2015
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
No kissing. No touching. And definitely no falling in love…
Armed with her besties, an embarrassing number of shots, and her list of 10 Wild Things To Do Before Adulthood, recent grad Cameron Lawson is partying it up before she starts her dream job at New York’s biggest ad agency. Her last task? Hook up with a random guy. And while it’s so not her style, the super-sexy guy sitting next to her is definitely game. No names. No details.
At least, that was the plan.
On her first day of work, Cameron discovers her hook-up is none other than Aidan Truitt—her new boss’s boss. Talk about failing the “no fraternizing with coworkers” policy on an epic level. Especially when Aidan makes it clear their one night was only the beginning. Falling for him could cost her everything, but sometimes the only way to get what you want is by breaking a few rules…
No Kissing Allowed is one of those stories that gets right under your skin straight away. The characters are amazing; from the diverse best friends, the closed off hot guy that rocks Cameron’s world to the dastardly frenemy. There is a lot going on.
Told from Cameron’s perspective, she is the quintessential good girl embarking on her dream career. Undertaking a little madness before settling into the realities of working life, Cameron and her two best friends make a list of ‘challenges’ for their big night out. Resulting in a very uncharacteristic rendezvous. Living in a big city Cameron doesn’t expect to see her anonymous companion again. However, call it what you want, fate/destiny/serendipity steps in with one heck of a surprise, the hot guy she spent quality time with happens to be none other than her boss’s boss *gasp*
I loved Cameron, she is the complete package, beautiful inside and out, independent and intelligent. As the story progresses you can’t help but adore Cameron even more, seeing her compassionate and caring side adds to her appeal. As a reader I desperately wanted her to get her happily ever after. Although, I would have really liked to have had Aidan’s point of view woven into the story, I desperately wanted to see what he was thinking during the pivotal moments of the plot.
I really liked how Melissa West explored the idea of soul-mates within the narrative, not just in the romantic sense but also the way in which people connect whether as family or friends. As well as the way in which parental relationships impact on children is used to dramatic effect within No Kissing Allowed. Both the good and the bad and how it influences in positive or negative fashion.
Although the story is told from Cameron’s perspective it is Aidan’s character development that is central to the plot. I loved watching his layers and emotional barriers breakdown. I would really like to see an extended epilogue in the hope of additional warm and fuzzies these characters create.
I would also love to see Cameron’s best friends, Lauren and Grace, get their own stories. Maybe begging will work on Melissa 😉