Shut Up and Kiss Me by Jessica Lemmon

Shut Up and Kiss Me by Jessica LemmonShut Up and Kiss Me by Jessica Lemmon
Series: Lost Boys #2
Published by Loveswept on December 6th 2016
Pages: 176
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Cade: I tried. I really tried. I should be out of this small town by now, finishing my law degree and partnering up with my buddies, but I couldn’t resist one last street race. Now I’m sidelined in the hospital, and while my injuries will heal, I’m not so sure my voice will return. What kind of attorney can’t talk? Yeah, exactly. I’m afraid that I won’t be able to come back from this . . . until Tasha Montgomery reawakens every competitive bone in my body.
Tasha: I nearly watched Cade Wilson die on that lonely stretch of road. He’s damn lucky just to be alive, even if he doesn’t realize it. I know he’s destined for bigger and better things, but I don’t mind helping him get there as he relearns everything he took for granted. Cade’s a good student, a real perfectionist; I can tell how much his stutter bothers him. But when he lets his kisses do the talking, everything else disappears. And one day, maybe he’ll be able to tell me that he wants me—as much as I want him.

‘Shut Up and Kiss Me’ is a largely neutral read for me, which started out great and sort of went down the hill a bit as it went on.

I did like the unusual context of girl nursing boy back to health in a manner of speaking, although it felt very much as if I’d missed a very significant a portion of their interaction when it began in the first book which I didn’t read. There is a brief recollection of the hostility between them – the wounded pride of Cade when he failed to pick up Tasha, his subsequent accident and her helping him to regain his stutter – but I think I would have like a fuller recounting which would have definitely made the story more poignant.

The biggest quibble I have lies with an idiotic male lead, with whom I spent most of my time frustrated. Yes, there has been an accident and the consequences have been devastating. But I did think that Cade spent a lot of time behaving like an arse towards Tasha – the last scene of their conflict was particularly unforgivable – and the amount of grovelling he did just didn’t seem commensurate with the hurt he’d inflicted on Tasha so easily with his words, which were his gift as well as his poison. That she forgave him so easily after a public declaration made me wonder if she was way too soft with him. In short, I think I could have been better invested in the pairing had Cade especially, been less irksome overall, but this is probably only me seeing as many reviewers in general – not just of this story – actually do believe every kind of bad-boy (or jerk-like) behaviour is n fact, acceptable.

Seeing as this is a series, I’m half-curious to know what Jessica Lemmon has in store next – and will probably enjoy it a lot more if her leads don’t steer towards being spineless or halfwits when it really matters most.