After the Kiss

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Book Description

Lauren Layne kicks off her Sex, Love & Stiletto series with a delightful short novel!

In After the Kiss, the star columnist of Stiletto magazine will do anything for a story. Anything . . . except fall in love.

Julie Greene loves flings. Loves steamy first dates, sizzling first kisses, and every now and then, that first sexy romp between the sheets. Comfy pants, sleepy Sundays, movie nights on the couch? Shudder. But when Julie gets assigned the hardest story of her career—a first-person account of that magical shift between dating and “I do”—she’ll need a man brave enough to give a total commitment-phobe a chance at more.

Normally, Mitchell Forbes would be exactly that man. A devastatingly hot workaholic who tends to stay in relationships for far too long, he should be the perfect subject for Julie’s “research.” But what Julie doesn’t know is that Mitchell is looking to cut loose for once in his life. And the leggy journalist notorious for avoiding love is exactly the type of no-strings fling he’s looking for. In other words, Mitchell is the polar opposite of what Julie needs right now. And, at the same time, he’s exactly what she wants.

Kind Words
“Packed with loads of sizzle and Snickerlicious fun, Lauren Layne’s After the Kiss is a knock-your-stilettos-off, total page-turning treat that had me fan-girling up within the first chapter. I absolutely loved this read!”—USA Todaybestselling author Mira Lyn Kelly
“Funny, intelligent, and touching, Lauren Layne’s After the Kiss is a delightful debut.”—Ruthie Knox, USA Today bestselling author of Flirting with Disaster
“I loved After the Kiss! It was funny and exciting all the way through.”—Fresh Fiction
“If you’re looking for a light, fun, sexy contemporary romance I’d definitely recommend this one. It’s the most fun book I’ve read in quite a while.”—Smexy Books
“I loved After the Kiss. It was an adorable, sexy sweet story.”—Love to Read for Fun
“This delightfully funny little gem . . . kept me reading with its entertaining antics, light drama and sweet conclusion.”—Craves the Angst
“It’s a delightful story that will have the reader rooting for the happily ever after, and one I highly recommend.”—Janna Shay
“I thought this book was great! It was an interesting story line and had great and believable characters.”—Libby’s Fun Books
“I love this story so much that every reader should read it! It’s a must read!”—Abigail Books Addiction
“A great read.”—The Season for Romance
Excerpts

After six years with a flawless record, the queen of dating had just done the unthinkable.

She’d failed to land the second date.

Mitchell heaped some of the salad on her plate, which she studiously ignored. “You’re not what I expected.”

“Oh? You had plans for me other than lame pickup lines?”

“Well, that’s because I wasn’t trying to make you fall in love with me. If I was, you’d have for sure gone in for a kiss by now,” she said with a wave. “I thought I’d go slow with you. You’re so . . . stodgy.”

He did the only other he could think of that would catch her off guard.

He kissed her.

“What’s wrong with my clothes?” he asked, glancing down.

“I guess I just wasn’t aware that NASA made workout gear.”

“You’re grumpy,” he said, pulling her ponytail.

“Oh, yay, it’s playful Mitchell,” she muttered. “Remind me again why we’re doing this.”

“Here was a short-term kind of girl begging for a long-term relationship from a long-term kind of guy who wanted a fling.It was movie-worthy.”

"Real love—the kind that matters—is giving your heart to someone even after he tries to hand it back.”

“Tell me you want me.

"I want you,' she said softly.