Rating: 3.0/5.0 stars
Main Takeaway: An enjoyable and unique romance that at times felt predictable. Quick, easy beach read.
**I received this novel from the author and publisher in exchange for an honest review. I received no compensation for this review, and the opinions expressed were not influenced by this transaction.**
After leaving behind her luxurious life in Tel Aviv to return to her hometown, Grayton, Pennsylvania, Jayden takes on a high-powered sales job. Working eighty hour weeks, Jayden becomes obsessed with the pursuit of money, power, and success. But how far is she willing to go in pursuit of these things? As Jayden begins to abuse drugs, lose friends, and embark on an illicit affair, Alex, a local bar owner with a knack for pushing buttons, enters Jayden’s life. Ultimately Jayden will have to confront herself to discover what she truly wants.
I want to preface this review by saying that Don’t Kiss and Sell is a bit of general fiction and a bit of romance, and if you’ve been following along for a while you’ll know that neither of those genres are my typical read. That being said, I like a bit of romance in my books, but only when it’s not the main plot line, the primary problem our heroines need to solve. Take, for instance, The Firebird Series by Claudia Gray, in which the love triangle is a primary story arc, but is still a secondary plot line to saving the world from multi-dimensional collapse. Jillian Rose executed this wonderfully as well. Don’t Kiss and Sell is a romance, but the romantic plot lines fall secondary to Jayden’s quest for success and her struggles to be happy and healthy in the face of unsurmountable pressure. The romance fell naturally into the story alongside these other plot lines, and made for a really well-rounded story.
What I loved about this book was how different it is from what I would think as the stereotype of the romance genre. We have a career girl – a SUCCESSFUL career girl – a modern woman with goals and ambition and a relaxed candor on love. For once, someone kicks the employer-employee-abuse-of-power-love-angle in the butt. I liked this novel a lot; at times I felt Jayden was a bit annoying or predictable in her actions, but Don’t Kiss and Sell is a quick, enjoyable read with enough action to keep the pages turning and a great choice for your next beach read.