Review: A Wild Card Kiss by Lauren Blakely (Happy Endings #1)
Note: An advance reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author.
A Wild Card Kiss is the first full-length novel in Lauren Blakely's Happy Endings series, the first release being the novella My Single-versary, which can be read independently of this new book. This is Harlan Taylor and Katie Madigan's story, and it's a second-chance romance of sorts mixed with a sports romance feel. Harlan is twenty-nine and Katie twenty-eight when they meet as plus-ones for their respective best friends during a wedding. The attraction is instant and they share a mind-blowing kiss that has them eager for a proper first date. That is, until a life-changing opportunity has Katie moving from San Francisco to Los Angeles and leaving both of them wondering what could have been but moving on nonetheless. Nearly eight years later, he's a single dad and football star and she's the empress of yoga. She walked away from him once; he won't let go that easily this time around.
Harlan and Katie's story initially begins in the free prequel novella, A Wild Card Night, but that's included in the full-length novel, so no worries if you haven't read that yet. If you have, you can totally skip it and jump right in to A Wild Card Kiss. It's difficult not to be charmed by the story that plays out between Harlan and Katie, and I appreciated that these two didn't spend the over seven years they hadn't seen each other, pining away and being all woeful. They lived good lives while apart, and I liked that they used both their hearts and their heads when making decisions after they'd reunited. I loved the supporting characters, although Katie's mother, and I use the term loosely, could give Joan Crawford a run for her money. The bits and pieces from a couple of those support characters has me eager for their upcoming books as well. A Wild Card Kiss was a 4.5-starred start to the long weekend.
Release Date: 25 February 2022
Date Read: 23 February 2022
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