Stefanie London has written a host of contemporary romances that I’ve read and enjoyed and her latest is Kissing Lessons, the start of a new small town series – Kissing Creek – where the stores have cute names and the friendly townspeople all know each other and their histories. So when a stranger comes to town, it doesn’t go unnoticed.
Audrey Miller is stuck in Kissing Creek, taking care of her siblings as her alcoholic father, still grieving the loss of his wife, has abdicated his duty to them. It’s not that she doesn’t enjoy her job at Kispresso Cafe, but it’s not exactly her career goal. In her spare time she takes night classes at the local college to pursue her dream of higher education, and wouldn’t you know that the handsome guy she flirted with at the cafe turns out to be her new professor.
Ronan Walsh has taken on a term at the college so that he can be close to his grandmother who’s getting on in years and has suffered some health problems. She’s the one who raised him and his sister as his mother was an absentee parent, too involved in her art to take care of her children. Though working at a small town college isn’t going to advance his career, it’s just for a year and provides an interesting change from higher academia.
Ronan is quite taken with Audrey, finding her interesting, intelligent, sexy and funny. The fact that she’s his student is a complication that does get dealt with in reasonable fashion, leaving Ronan and Audrey the chance to pursue a relationship. They bond over parental problems and there are some bumps in the road on the way to their HEA but the journey is worth your time.. I love a nice guy hero and Ronan fulfills that role, a cinnamon roll type who is supportive and caring and wants to do anything he can to help Audrey fulfill her dreams. Luckily, those dreams come to include him. It was also great to see Audrey realize that she can accept help from others, and that her own happiness is as valid as anyone else’s. For fans of small town romances Kissing Lessons is a cute and entertaining read.