Book Review: Complex Kisses by Kim Bailey

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Complex Kisses Book Cover Complex Kisses
Standalone in Here & Now, #1
Kim Bailey
Contemporary Romance
December 29th 2016

When lost and living in the moment …
… can you be found with just a kiss?

Jamie Hartley ran away, leaving grief and heartache behind. Lost on her own. Raising a child. Her plan is simple. Make it through. Find her path. Survive.

Eric Anderson walked away, abandoning plans and expectations. Living day to day. Waiting for miracles. His goal is complicated. Make it through. Find a way. Endure.

In stolen moments of passion and pleasure, Jamie and Eric find reprieve from their complex lives. Together, they ease the burdens. Together, they soothe the pain.
But can they recognize the future when it finds them?

Here and now.


My review

My review on Goodreads + teaser

It’s crazy, that this is a debut for Kim Bailey. The emotional and sexy story about two people who find each other in the least expected and most needed moment of their lives.

About the plot: Jamie Hartley ran away from her hometown when she was seventeen. Pregnant and without the support, she managed to create a warm home for her son. Ten years later when her father is on his deathbed, she decides to go back and be with him in his last moments.

Eric Anderson had a perfect life. Or so he thought, until his younger brother got sick. This opened his eyes. He learned not to plan for the future only get the most out of each day. Now the most important thing for him is to be there for his brother, Caleb and support their family.

None of them plan to meet each other in that horrible timing of things and draw strength from a stranger. And definitely not to fall in love.

“Even though everything in my life’s so horribly wrong, in this moment, she and I together, feels tremendously right.”

Final thoughts: You may think it’s a very sad book. But although it raised many emotional threads, it is not overly tragic. Just a simple life and its problems. It was even uplifting and may recall that not everything in life can be planned.

“It seems like design, or destiny, or what-the-hell-ever, started making plans for me, the minute I stopped making them for myself.”

I quickly became drawn into the Jamie and Eric story. Easy building attraction between them added a lot of thrills. They were not shy to take from each other, what they needed at the moment, and these scenes are scorching hot. Some drama and angst only made that you keep reading further and cheer for them harder. I got to like them so much. Jamie because she was strong and independent. And Eric for his support and love.

“It feels like a new beginning. Like promises being made. Like I never want it to end. No, there’s nothing simple about it. This is the most complex kiss of my life.”

Do not make me start to write about Caleb. I think that with such a character Kim Bailey has guaranteed success of the next book. I can not wait!



About the Author

Kim Bailey is a Canadian author. She’s a born procrastinator and sarcasm junkie. She gets her motivation from coffee, the fact that her teenage children haven’t disowned her, and the smile on her husband’s face when she tells him “maybe”.

When she was young and naïve, Kim dreamed of being a documentary filmmaker, and script writer. But when real life happened, she went to a job that actually paid her. Now she’s a customer support specialist by day and romance writer by night.

Writing is something she’s always done – she has about 20 million half-started story ideas. She may also be a slight exaggerator.

Kim promised herself to set her fears aside and make the dream real. She’s working on that, one day at a time.

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