“Just Kiss Me” by Rachel Gibson simply radiates with irresistible southern charm! The leads have an interesting history and the start of the novel is sweet, with the just the right amount of glimpses of the past to get a good idea of the characters’ early years. These glimpses continue throughout the novel and I found that they were a great way of paralleling the past and future. They were also some of the funniest moments of the book! Gibson’s Vivien Leigh Rochet is a relatable and funny character, and her rise to fame is rather believable. I really liked the realistic explanations and turns of events.
Family secrets abound in this story, and I particularly liked that aspect of the family drama in the plot. It suited the setting nicely! While some of the secrets were predictable, I liked the way they were handled. The family bonding that occurred later in the book was also a nice touch. We got a good amount of the sub-characters, without them overtaking the rest of the story. I would have liked a little more of the family history cleared up. There were still some questions left unanswered by the end of the book. But there were also some great little twists and some laugh out loud funny scenes! The chemistry between Vivien and Henry was enticing! He’s an intense, but sweet and honorable character. And they couldn’t keep away from each other! Overall, “Just Kiss Me” was a fun and charming read!
About the Story:
When Vivien Leigh Rochet returns home, she comes back as a famous movie star. It’s a far cry from her life scrubbing and cleaning at the home of the Whitley-Shulers. Yet, she returns to face down her nemesis, the head of the Whitley-Shuler household, and her uppity family. But things have taken a turn. Henry Whitley-Shuler is not the young man Vivien remembers… in fact he has become rather irresistible.
A sudden heat-attack forced Henry to take a long look at his life. Leaving the high-stress life of finance behind him, he’s returned home to Charleston to work with his hands. Henry finds solace in making furniture, but it’s not so easy to escape his family’s legacy. But one look at Vivien and he’s forgetting about all the reasons they shouldn’t be together. Vivien is looking for something more beyond her life of stardom. But with the paparazzi looking for the next scoop and a family history riddled with secrets, could that something more possibly be with Henry Whitley-Shuler?
New York Times bestselling author Rachel Gibson returns with this dazzling love story filled with sizzle, sass, and just a bit of southern charm . . .
"Hello, Ms. Vivian . . . it's been a long time."
And with those words, Vivian Leigh Rochet nearly melted. It's been years since she last saw Harrison Whitley-Shuler. She was a teenager scrubbing houses for a living. He was the gorgeous son of rich parents, not fit for the likes of her.
Vivian had vowed to get out of Charleston, become a big Hollywood star, and stick it to the snooty girls who made her cry.
She got what she wanted—and more—but why does her glamorous life seem so trivial?
Harrison got out too . . . making it all the way to Wall Street, until a heart attack forced him to trade in his cufflinks for a good set of hand tools.
Making furniture soothes his soul, but escaping the Whitley-Shuler heritage is nearly impossible. And now he's come face-to-face with the one who got away. He's not looking for love. He's not even looking for sex . . . so why is resisting her the hardest thing he's ever done?