Review: Bonus Kisses by Freya Barker
Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Buoni Amici Press.
I love this woman. Completely. The sounds she makes, the feel of her skin under my touch, the humor in her eyes, her wild hair and ratty clothes. I love her sweet and her bite. The way she can brighten a room simply by being in it, and the way she adores the kids.
Most of all I love how her eyes give me everything she hasn't put in words.
Bonus Kisses is the newest standalone from bestselling author Freya Barker, and it's a love story that's both heartrending and hopeful. Readers meet thirty-eight-year-old Natasha Boran, a nurse who has spent the past nine years working in various countries around the African continent along with other healthcare providers. In all that time, Taz has only returned once to her hometown of Eminence, Missouri. Then she receives a call informing her that her forty-year-old sister, Veronica, doesn't have much time left after suffering a heart attack, Taz makes the long journey back. The reception she receives is far from welcoming, but she's more than willing to suffer through it in order to ensure Nicky is comfortable in her remaining days--even if it means being around Rafe Thomas, her sister's husband and the only man Taz has never quite forgotten in nearly a decade.
This book broke my heart before mending it back together, and I'd happily go through it all over again for any story that's written as wondrously as Bonus Kisses. Taz's story is the kind that's best experienced firsthand. Nothing quite compares to having all the events unfold right before your eyes, as you turn from one page to the next. Whatever preconceived notions you may have after reading the blurb, I ask you to set them aside and go into this book without any expectations as to how the story will go. Heck, go into this blind! Dare I say that you're reading experience will be all the better for it. Taz is the sort of main character that you will want to cheer on. She's independent and feisty, but she's also generous and caring, and getting to know her was one of the reading highlights of my year. I highly recommend you read Bonus Kisses as soon as you can. Five-plus stars.
Release Date: 07 December 2020
Date Read: 15 November 2020
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