In ONE MORE KISS, Samantha Chase presents a poignant,
passionate story of one man's triumph over personal and
professional disappointments. As a guitarist for the
legendary rock band Shaughnessy, Matt Read was used to
success, parties and lots of media attention. The band
members decided to take a break from touring to pursue
different creative outlets. Matt chooses to perform a
musical on Broadway, however, much to his disappointment
the musical closed after 3 performances. While his band
members have achieved success during the break, Matt has
crashed and burned in a big way. Members of the media have
questioned his singing ability and his work ethic.
Vivienne Forester is Matt's best friend's sister and she's
had a huge crush on Matt for years. A successful food
blogger and editor, she is moving into a cottage on her
brother's property. Vivienne is not amused when her brother
tells her that Matt is hiding out from the media at their
home. Loved that the author provided a backstory to Matt
and Vivienne's romance as it clearly defined the
difficulties faced by Matt's rock star persona and provided
the reader with Vivienne's perspective.
Samantha Chase's portrayal of Matt's struggles takes on an
edgy tone. In the novel, the reader senses the intensity of
his inner struggle. Was he really the party hearty, Jack
Daniels drinking rock star Matt Read? Or was he Matt Read; t
the singer songwriter from North Carolina?
I am glad the author chose to have romance between Matt and
Vivienne progress slowly in this character-driven novel.
Both characters need to sort out issues before they can
take the leap from friends to lovers. Vivienne is one of
Ms. Chase's best characters. She's is independent, smart
and very career-oriented. Even though the chemistry
between Matt and Vivienne sizzles during the novel, she is
aware that Matt is restless.
The last few chapters are superbly written in this novel.
Matt's past and present seem to simultaneously collide in
front of him. His friendship with Aaron, Viv's brother, is
tested and Riley presents him with a huge opportunity. Will
Matt and Vivienne be able to exist in each other's worlds?
In ONE MORE KISS, Ms, Chase delivers a terrific
contemporary fiction novel with characters whose unique
story has a perfect happily ever after!