ONE PERFECT KISS is the eighth
book in Jaci Burton's Hope
series about romance in a small town. When history teacher and
football coach hottie Zach Powers and English teacher Josie Barnes
lock eyes, their chemistry is explosive. Hope, Oklahoma is a quaint and
generally fabulous small town. Zach and Josie are two of the last
remaining singles in their group of friends. As they keep getting thrown
together, they eventually decide to give in to their attraction. Zach is
quick to see how good a long-term relationship could be between
them, but Josie has been burned before and wants to take things slow.
Once again, Jaci Burton delivers a great character-driven romance with
a few ridiculously cute pets thrown in.
Love has not done right by Josie Barnes. In her early years, Josie had
to fend for herself most of the time since her dad was not in the picture
and her mom was a junkie. In later years, a love affair gone sour had
her faith in her ability to pick a trustworthy partner devastatingly
shaken. After these disappointments, Josie is fearful rather than bitter.
Jaci Burton does a good job of creating a heroine who is cautious
without being unreasonably so. When Zach appears on the horizon
Josie just wants a little fun and no drama. What this heroine gets is a
guy who won't give up on them and is in it to win it. Zach is a strong
guy who is confident without being obnoxious, and his relationship with
Josie develops very organically. Even though her faith in love, as it
pertains to humans, is virtually non-existent, Josie has a big heart
when it comes to animals who need extra special care. I think it's
fabulous how Josie is able to share her love of animals with Zach, and
that it becomes something they bond over.
ONE PERFECT KISS is equal parts
sweet and sexy with top-notch characters. The tight friendships in ONE PERFECT KISS ring true and are
a wonderful source of support for the two main characters. The pets in
ONE PERFECT KISS add a dose of
adorable and a little humor to the story. I look forward to Jaci Burton's
next inevitably amazing romance.
Josie Barnes has always craved a sense of home. She's found
that in Hope, Oklahoma--she bought a house, has a new job
as an English teacher at Hope High, she's made wonderful
friends, and she's taking in stray animals that no one else
wants. Now she's flirting with fellow teacher and hot high
school football coach Zach Powers. But he's almost too good
to be true, and Josie learned long ago not to trust in the
too-good-to-be-true, because it has always let her down.
A former pro football player, Zach had to pull back when a
career-ending knee injury forced him to rethink his future.
Now he's happy calling plays as Coach. If he could just get
Josie Barnes to stop benching his players for their poor
grades, life would be perfect. Instead, she drives him
crazy as the stern teacher at school and the sexy woman of
his dreams outside of the classroom. He knows she's been
hurt in the past, but he wants to be that guy she can
The one thing Josie has never been able to count on is the
people closest to her. But Zach intends to show her that
what they have between them is a textbook case ofa love.