The Kiss Countdown by Etta Easton #EttaEaston @BerkleyPub @BerkleyRomance

Posted April 6, 2024 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 16 Comments

Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Kiss Countdown by Etta Easton #EttaEaston @BerkleyPub @BerkleyRomanceThe Kiss Countdown by Etta Easton
Published by Berkley on April 9, 2024
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Three. Two. One...Romance? Amerie Price is jobless, newly single, and about to be evicted. The last thing she needed was to run into her ex and his new girlfriend at her favourite coffee shop. Panicked, Amerie pretends to be dating the annoyingly sexy man she met. He plays along - for a price. Half the single men in Houston claim to be astronauts, but Vincent Rogers turns out to be the real deal. What started as a one-off lie morphs into a for the three months leading up to his mission, Amerie will play Vincent's doting partner. In exchange, she gets a rent-free room in his house. What Amerie doesn't plan for is Vincent's gravitational pull. While her mind tells her a future with this astronaut is too unpredictable, her heart says he's exactly what she needs. As their time together counts down, Amerie must decide if she'll settle for the safe life-or shoot for the stars.

I didn’t know exactly what to expect but the fake dating had me willing to read.  Amerie has really had the worst luck and poor timing.  She is smart, competent and hard-working.  It’s seriously wrong that a company where she did outstanding work for years had such limited backup support for emergencies and stuck her with the blame.  I get her having a douche boyfriend when she is more career focused plus with the threat of possibly losing her Mom, she is not the most trusting of relationships.

Vincent, the astronaut, is also very focused on his work.  He doesn’t want distractions of dating right before his 6 month moon mission but in trying to get his Mom off his back, he trades one diversion for another.  He’s a cinnamon roll nerd. Vincent is kind and the fake dating is a safe space for them both from the judgement of others.

Overall I liked both their parents and families.  I wasn’t as partial to Amerie’s best friend Gina.  Amerie’s business startup was difficult as I would expect, but on her own I was worried she would end up with more troubles.  She didn’t seem to have as much marketing and business expertise as I would have hoped.  Although she was very skilled at her role in a larger firm.

Of course, the pretending gets real as they happily spend time together.  They are lovely together and have some heartbreak with coming clean.  But it’s what they both need and so right for them both.  I appreciate their maturity and honesty as they navigate the reality of their relationship.  I enjoyed The Kiss Countdown and the feels it brought.

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Posted April 6, 2024 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 16 Comments

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