Release Date: November 3, 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Once they shared a night of passion. Now a chance encounter forces them back together. In Cecy Robson’s O’Brien Family series debut—perfect for readers of Monica Murphy and J. Lynn—two total opposites find that the flames of desire are still smoldering.
Tough-as-steel cop Curran O’Brien is quickly rising through the ranks of the Philadelphia police department. But when his rookie partner is almost killed under his watch, Curran just wants to prove he still has what it takes to walk among Philly’s finest. So he’s pissed to be stuck on a cushy security assignment for the DA’s office . . . until he gets a good look at the sweet, straitlaced intern he’s supposed to protect—but not touch.
Tess Newart recognizes Curran instantly. How could she not? Back in college she tied this former frat boy to the bed with her argyle socks! That sizzling one-night stand was the only indiscretion Tess ever allowed herself. She has survived law school so far, despite being pushed to succeed by her overbearing father. Now that she’s interning on a major case against a ruthless crime boss, she won’t jeopardize her career by giving in to temptation again. She just never expected temptation to look so damn hot in uniform.
Tess knows her father has other plans for her, and they don’t include Curran. But soon she’s falling for him all over again. And when danger emerges, Curran will prove just how good a bad-boy cop can be.
Cecy Robson is one of those authors who makes me want to read her books, but sets me off in a mini-panic attack. My first CRobson book was her (awesome) paranormal series. Weird Girls, I'm super in love with the series, but it never fails to shred me into little pieces after because it's so fracking angsty! My threshold for angsty reads is super low so it's with great trepidation that I started ONCE KISSED.
- First thing's first, ONCE KISSED is not angsty at all. So thank you, CRobson for that as I'm trying to end 2015 on a romantic mode. I also love that Curran and Contessa (how I love her name) have a past so it easily avoided any insta-something between them.
- I love how they're somewhat of an odd couple. Not exactly opposite, but they have enough differences to make their pairing interesting. Like Curran is such an extrovert and very outspoken, while Tessa is so meek and proper. Or at least on the outside she is. Girl's a freak behind closed doors though and I love how Curran makes her feel sexy and totally uninhibited in the bedroom because he makes her feel safe.
- I like the social issues reflected on ONCE KISSED that being all these controversies surrounding our police officers. Curran being a public servant found himself in the middle of one and I liked how that part of the story was handled. Very touching resolution.
- Tessa's dad! OMG! Major asshole! He is the Emperor of Douchelandia! The dude riled me up so bad, I had to take breaks during his scenes with Tessa because I was imagining my ereader to be his neck, my knuckles white from gripping it so hard!
The romantic development and relationship between Curran and Tessa felt very natural too. I didn't necessarily find it sweet or romantic though the two were very attracted to each other and they do have a shared past. But they have personal issues that had them seeking comfort and company which drove them together which eventually led to them falling in love and their HEA. However there are two things that I didn't like in ONCE KISSED:
- I wasn't completely satisfied with how Tessa's relationship with her dad was resolved. It was "told" rather than "shown" and I would've really loved to see Tessa, or Curran for that matter, go for the kill as far as her dad was concerned especially after that last thing he did.
- Instead of this epic face-off, there was a situation at the last possible moment which didn't feel cohesive to the story IMHO. It actually felt like overkill and an attempt to squeeze in more exciting events. I just didn't feel like it was necessary considering that this transpired at the 93% mark.
ONCE KISSED is such an honest and sincere love story with a big slice of family, a hint of suspense, and a swirl of second-chance-in-romance. I really got invested in Tessa's story and I love how strong and confident she became in the end because of how Curran loved her.
So which O'Brien brother is next?