RELEASE REVIEW: When We Kiss by Tia Louise


When We Kiss by Tia Louise

Release Date: September 6th

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Cover Design: Shanoff Designs

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Kiss me…

You’re too law-abiding for me.

What makes you say that?

That uniform. Those handcuffs.

Maybe I should put you in handcuffs.

Maybe I’d like to see you try…”

Tabby Green:

Preacher’s niece.

Website designer.

Bad Girl.

Chad Tucker:

Retired military.

Deputy sheriff.


He’s a hot cop with a square jaw, a sexy grin, and a tight end.

I’m a bad girl, a “Jezebel”—just ask all the old biddies in town.

We’re oil and vinegar. We don’t mix.

But when we kiss…

She’s got flashing green eyes, red-velvet lips, and luscious curves in all the right places.

She’s a bad girl all right, and after what I’ve lost, I’m not looking for trouble.

But when we kiss…

Oil and vinegar DO mix,

And when they do, it’s electric.

A full-length, STAND-ALONE, opposites-attract romance about heroes, bad girls, and what happens when you stop fighting and surrender to love. NO Cheating; NO Cliffhangers!


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My Review

As soon as I heard the title of Tia Louise’s newest release, When We Kiss, I instantly thought of Betty Everett’s song, “It’s in His Kiss,” and two particular lines of the lyrics seem to epitomize Tabby and Chad’s slow burn romance and the depth of their attraction and desire for each other.

“If you wanna know if he loves you so

It’s in his kiss.”

Since Tabby and Chad have spent the last year avoiding one another,  building up a whole lot of sexual tension, their first kiss is a long time coming, but once it occurs, there’s no stopping these two from getting down and dirty, so much so, that Tabby feels the need to name Chad’s private part, illustrating just how quirky she is and how captivated she seems to be with Chad and his bedroom skills.

I love how Louise slowly reveals that Chad is not as straight laced as Tabby assumes, which means that as the begin to build a solid connection, committing to seeing where their relationship can go, readers begin to understand why they’re so attracted to each other despite how different they seem to be at the beginning of their story.

As I continued reading Tabby and Chad’s story, the fact that Tabby had specific career goals and plans to leave Oceanside was always in the back of my mind, so as they found themselves falling in love and starting to want more than a physical relationship, I wasn’t sure how it was going to work between them without one or both of them having to give up something that truly defines who they are. Tia Louise odes a nice job of illustrating Tabby’s struggles and her need to do a bit of soul searching so she knows when she does make a decision that she’s considered all options and avenues presented to her.

I love the small town vibe of Oceanside that Louise creates throughout Tabby and Chad’s story, and I find it quite interesting that they seem to be at opposite ends when it comes to their little city. Chad moved there to escape his old life, embracing the slower pace of his new home while Tabby seems hellbent on escaping all the judgmental people who have watched her grow up and act out when she was under her uncle’s roof. Tabby has a severe case of wanderlust, and, in some ways, Oceanside is too set in its ways and too old fashioned for the fearless and adventurous woman that Tabby is. I especially enjoyed the old ladies of Oceanside who do their best to get into everyone’s business; these women are the busybodies of the town, which is realistic for a small environment like Oceanside and it’s just one more reason that Tabby feels the need to escape, which makes her feelings for Chad a bit problematic.

The ending of When We Kiss is perfect for who Tabby and Chad are and what they’ve become. The idea that a kiss started their love and it also helped to bring their love back shows how important passion in a relationship is, especially with someone like Tabby whose fiery personality keeps Chad on his toes.

Even though I wanted a bit more insight into some of the relationships that existed in the story line and further explanation as to why Tabby and Chad are who they are based on their pasts, I really enjoyed When We Kiss. Tabby is definitely a handful but if anyone can ‘tame’ her and make her see that she can have adventure, a career, and even love right where she’s at, it’s Chad.

4.5 Poison Apples

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About the Author

Tia Louise is the USA Today best-selling, award-winning author of When We Touch, the “One to Hold” and “Dirty Players” series, and co-author of the #4 Amazon bestseller The Last Guy.

After being a teacher, a book editor, a journalist, and finally a magazine editor, she started writing love stories and never stopped. She loves the beach, sexy romance, dark chocolate, and sparkling wine.

Louise lives in the Midwest with her trophy husband, two teenage geniuses, and one grumpy cat.

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