Kiss the Girl by Tara Sivec
I loved this book. The humor, the banter between Ariel and Eric, the banter between Ariel and her friends, the snark, the cussing, the sexy times...it was all perfect.
I also really liked the premise. I mean, who wouldn’t love to read a twisted, sexy, adult version of The Little Mermaid in which Ariel is a stripper, is best friends with Cinderella and Belle (also strippers), engages in a super sexy enemies-to-lovers romance with a snarky billionaire named Eric, and has all kinds of hilarious adventures along the way? The originality of it all was so much fun!
I will warn y’all that Ariel takes a little bit of time to warm up to. She’s coarse, rude, outspoken to an alarming degree, and super anti-social. Her demeanor was a little startling to me in the beginning of the book, but if you stick with it, you’ll soon figure out why she is the way she is, and it all makes perfect sense. It didn’t take long before I was rooting for her.
And while it took me some time to warm up to Ariel, Eric, on the other hand, was instantly grade-A book boyfriend material for me. He’s sexy, hilarious, smart, successful, and so supportive of Ariel (emotionally, of course, not financially, aside from offering her a temporary place to stay) that he instantly endeared himself to me.
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Full disclosure: we received an ARC from Netgalley free of charge.
Does this book contribute to or help crush the romance stigma?
Crushes it! This one’s clean and sober.
Other reading suggestions
Check out the other two books in the series, At the Stroke of Midnight and In Bed with the Beast.
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