Review: KISSED IN PARIS by Juliette Sobanet
Kissed in Paris by Juliette Sobanet Genre: Chick-Lit Publisher: Indie Pub. Date: Feb. 4, 2012 Length: 268pgs Kindle Writing: 1st Person POV “You are in Paris, the City of Love. You must not be so controlled. Here, have another glass. I promise you, it will not hurt.” When 29-year-old event planner Chloe [...]
Kissed in Paris
by Juliette Sobanet
Pub. Date: Feb. 4, 2012
Length: 268pgs Kindle
Writing: 1st Person POV
This was a complete impulse buy for me based off of the blurb alone.
I should also point out immediately that this book falls in neither a genre I like, nor a writing style I enjoy (I grabbed it before I was aware of either), yet the author was able to create a story that kept me interested enough to finish out the book.
This is the story of Chloe, an American woman sent to Paris for her job, who while there, ends up getting robbed. To make matters worse, she’s supposed to be getting married within a week’s time, but due to circumstances surrounding the robbery, she can’t tell her fiance the whole story.
In walks Julien. A handsome Frenchman who insists he can help Chloe recover her passport and engagement ring without the help of the police. From there the adventure begins.
The author takes the protagonists on a extensive trip throughout France (which clearly she knows first-hand or has done her research on), always chasing the allusive Frenchman that has deceived Chloe and taken ALL of her belongings – clothes included. As the hero and heroine traipse through the quaint towns and countryside, they start to ‘like’ one another, which makes Chloe inadvertently question her relationship with her fiance, which doesn’t seem to be so solid in the first place.
The looming and approaching wedding is always an external conflict for both the protagonists together and the heroine, personally. With the focus being on the heroine by the use of first-person POV from Chloe’s perspective, I obviously wasn’t gifted a glimpse into what the hero was thinking with all the craziness going on and Chloe’s stiff, rude, and somewhat naive personality.
I was not a fan of the heroine at the beginning of the story, but by the end she seemed to loosen up enough to start taking in the circumstances and evaluating her relationship with her fiance, rather than always be so rudely stubborn.
The plot was reminiscent of at least one movie I’ve seen, but can’t seem to remember the name of. And the ending was … odd?
However, with all that being said, the author makes my personal qualms take a side seat throughout the book. Clearly she kept my interest, with great pace and enough intrigue to keep me flipping the pages and actually finish it.
Despite, however, some of my own personal issues, I have to say that the author must have done a good job to hold and keep my interest in a genre and writing style that does not appeal to me. And, surprising even to myself, I think I would pick up and read the stand-alone book prior to this one: Sleeping with Paris.
This was a cute and romantic read with very little heat. A lot of sexual tension is present, but no sex.
Recommend: If you’re a chick-lit fan, enjoy books written from a first-person POV of the heroine, want to ‘see’ more of the French countryside, enjoy chasing an allusive bad-guy while in the presence of a laid-back, sexy Frenchman with his own secrets, and aren’t looking to be scorched with sexual heat, then this may be the book for you!