In Review: Mouth to Mouth (Beach Kingdom #1) by Tessa Bailey

Posted March 17, 2019 by Kim in 4 Stars, In Review / 0 Comments

In Review: Mouth to Mouth (Beach Kingdom #1) by Tessa BaileyMouth to Mouth by Tessa Bailey
Series: Beach Kingdom #1
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: November 12, 2018
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eBook, 158 pages
How I got it: I bought it!
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon
Reading Challenges: 2019 Romanceopoly, 2019 Tackle My TBR Challenge
My rating:
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A man with a prison record has no place around a fresh faced college student. Tell that to Rory Prince. He should stay the hell away from Olive Cunningham. There’s one small problem, though. She won’t stop almost getting killed—and with this too-smart, too-sweet girl holding his heart in her hands, Rory is powerless to do anything but keep saving her.

Homeschooled from a young age, Olive is now out on her own and discovering the world, one milkshake flavor at a time. Until recently, she has experienced life through books. She’s walked in a million sets of shoes while flipping pages—enough to know that Rory gives her once-in-a-lifetime feelings. If only he would stop trying to protect her…from himself.

In Review: My Thoughts

Mouth to Mouth had been on my TBR for ages. I’m about 99% sure I snagged it on release day. But, I’m just now getting around to reading it. Naturally. Perfect timing, too, as I have an ARC of the next book in the series and I’ll be diving in this weekend.

But for now, let’s chat about Mouth to Mouth. I wouldn’t normally call a Tessa Bailey book “cute,” but that’s exactly what I found this one to be. It was charming and made me smile that big, cheesy smile I tend to get when a book makes me really happy. Olive was sweet and a total book nerd and klutz. She was pretty easy to relate to. Rory was all in for her from basically the first time he met her and y’all know I love that. There were some moments that he was maybe TOO into her (following her to make sure she made it around safely) but I didn’t find it creepy. It was definitely more endearing than it was creepy. He was a really good guy.

I couldn’t put Mouth to Mouth down once I started it. It was a super quick read with a ton of heart — and steam! — that gave me a few feels at the end. Though the stories are absolutely nothing alike, everything about this book made me want to go back and reread one of my favorite Tessa books — Unfixable. Tessa writes damn good new adult and that one is one of my favorites. But for now, it’s time to jump into the second Beach Kingdom book, Heat Stroke!

Favorite Quotes:

“Jesus Christ. Barely touched you. Wonder what that body would do if I got my hands and mouth on it?”

“I mean, I guess there is something to be said for gray areas. Right? That’s where the light and dark come together. If they always stayed separate, life would be pretty boring.”

“The best endings come after a bad start. Good is only good if you’ve seen enough bad to appreciate it.”

About Tessa Bailey

Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving cross-country to New York City in under four days.

Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.

She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband of nine years and four-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.

Let’s Chat

Have you read any of Tessa’s books?
Any favorites?

Kim Sig

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