Cyber security consultant, Sloane Cooper is dumped by her wanna-be politician boyfriend, his parting shot—not only are you the worst girlfriend ever, but you’re a lousy kisser, too! So she turns to game developer Miles Preston for “kissing lessons”. But Miles doesn’t want to be Sloane’s rebound guy. How does he convince his best friend steamy kisses are not enough? Traditional wooing won’t work. Can a few well chosen gaming obstacles do the trick instead?
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“What?” He stopped with his hand on the door knob. His annoyance no longer flashed, but had it faded enough not to come roaring back at the shocking idea that just popped into her head?
“You date a lot, right?”
“I wouldn’t say a lot.”
“But the point is, you kiss the girls, so you’ve had some practice and are probably a good kisser, I’m guessing.” If her sketchy memory was correct, he was a damn fine kisser.
His eyes narrowed.
Sloane kind of questioned her sanity too, but nonetheless blurted out, “I could be a better kisser. A best friend would help me practice, wouldn’t he?”
It was amazing really, seeing Miles shove a wall up between them, shutting her out as if they hadn’t known each other for the best part of two years. He’d always been so open and transparent. The guy she could ask anything of, share anything with. Now he was looking at her with a stranger’s eyes.
Being caught in that stare was almost worse than having Todd dump her. Sloane’s stomach knotted.
He yanked the door open. “Think about working on my game. I really need you on this project.”
And then he was gone, leaving nothing behind. Not even his usual warm and cheery smile.
So what did I think?
It’s not very often I read a book where I’m said to get to the end. But with Sealed With a Kiss, closer I got to the end of Sloane and Miles’s story the less I wanted it to end.
Sloane is a Cyber Security Specialist, and as such she’s a bit of a geek. Prefers gaming to partying. Her best friend Miles gets her the way no one else does.
After a brutal break up with her boyfriend of two years, who tells her she’s a lousy kisser, Sloane suggests Miles gives her kissing lessons.
After losing thee opportunity to date Sloane two years ago, Miles is determined he won’t be the rebound guy. He wants to be the last guy Sloane ever dates. He sets about making that happened.
Even though the suggested lessons don’t go ahead. Neither one can’t get the kiss they shared the night they met of their mind. This leads to the suppressed chemistry to combust between them.
As I said I was sad to say goodbye to these characters. As somewhat of a geek myself I totally understand Sloane’s vulnerability to putting herself out there. I also felt for Miles, despite their first kiss being a scorcher, he was a gentleman. He stepped back and asked Sloane on to meet him for coffee and she met someone else before then. So now he doesn’t want to miss this chance with her again. Nor does he want her to use him as a rebound. But he can’t bear the idea of her kissing someone else.
I really enjoyed this novella and would happily read a full length novel about these characters. I love forward to more from Susan Lute!
Who is Susan Lute?
Like all children of military families, Susan spent her childhood moving from one duty station to the next. An ardent student of human nature, she acquired a love for ancient history and myth, a fascination for the ridiculous and unusual, and is the first to admit, she still collects way too much useless information. These days, when not working as a Registered Nurse, she writes whenever she can. When not writing, her favorite things to do are spend time with family, read, watch movies, garden, take black-and-white photos, travel, and remodel her house.