One Perfect Kiss
Jaci Burton’s One Perfect Kiss is somewhat of an opposites attract love story. It’s number eight in Burton’s Hope series with Hope being both a fictional town near Tulsa and a state of mind. Hope High English teacher Josie Barnes had a rough childhood – her single mother raised her, when she wasn’t out on a tear or passed out from drugs and alcohol. By the time Josie reached high school, her energy was solely focused on getting out of town and getting an education. Football coach and fellow teacher Zach Powers once played professional football, but a knee injury changed his plans.
One Perfect Kiss is the perfect amalgamation of two American passions: love of football and a deep-bedded affection for small-town life. Football is by far America’s favorite sport with thirty-seven percent of the country claiming it, and in many small towns the Friday night high school football game is the highlight of the week. Not for nothing is the television series Friday Night Lights so popular. Zach’s Eagles are vying for the state championship and the whole town is pulling for them.
Perhaps not the whole town. Josie has put Zach’s best wide receiver and his center on academic probation. Is she trying to sabotage his winning season? Josie shows Zach her grade book: “They were both Fs.” Is this going to interfere with their growing “beautiful friendship?” Make that promising flirtation. Fortunately, grownups don’t have to agree on everything, particularly professionally.
“It has nothing to do with how I feel about you outside the classroom. In case you didn’t notice, we are outside the classroom.”
“So you can separate the two.”
She gave him a direct look. “I can. Can you?”
He wanted to spend time with her, and she was a totally different person outside of school. That was the Josie he wanted to get to know better. “Yup.”
“Then is that a yes?”
She gave him the kind of smile that made his gut clench.
“Then follow me home.”
Josie’s friends are astonished to learn that she has never been to a high school Homecoming let alone a Homecoming Dance. In the words of Jane Fonda, “It’s never too late—never too late to start over, never too late to be happy.” What are you waiting for Josie?
The parade was about to start, and she felt that shock of excitement drilling through her veins. There was a giant banner across the front of the street that Hope High Homecoming, and a grandstand had been set up with bleachers. The park was filled with people who occupied the benches, and every available curb was taken.
It was a cool fall night, perfect for a parade and football.
How utterly fun.
You know what else is exciting and fun? Falling in lust. Josie and Zach make consent sexy. They’re direct, clear, and clearly interested in jumping each other’s bones, even if it’s just for the moment.
He lowered his mouth to hers, and her breath caught.
Oh yes, in the moment was exactly where she wanted to be.
With Zach’s lips on hers.
One Perfect Kiss is a perfect antidote to playoff mania – readers will juggle between watching America’s favorite sport and blissing out with a terrific read.