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The Art of French Kissing

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  1,534 Ratings  ·  169 Reviews
How do you say, 'So many men, so little time,' in French?

Well, Emma Sullivan can always figure that out later. The point is -- she's in Paris! Which would be great, except that she's stuck doing public relations for one of the hottest -- and craziest -- rock stars on the planet. Making things worse is Gabriel Francoeur, the sexy and stubborn reporter who refuses to believ
Paperback, 338 pages
Published February 25th 2008 by 5 Spot (first published November 15th 2007)
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Dec 23, 2014 Dayreader Reviews rated it really liked it
Emma is a determined girl who knows what she wants out of life. She has to constantly start over but she never lets that get her down. She is a strong female character and no matter what she goes through she always finds a way to make it work!

Emma had her life all planned out. She had a great job, the man of her dreams, and a wedding to plan! That all came to a halt when her fiancé Brett not only broke off their engagement but forced her to move out of their house and on top of that she was fire
Aug 02, 2008 Donnae rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit-paris
The beautiful part of being a librarian is that I walk by the shelves full of new books every morning! However I must admit that I picked up this book several times before finally checking it out. The blurb on the back did not appeal to me. Fortunately I did finally take it home and greatly enjoyed reading it.

Emma's wedding has just fallen apart, she has lost her job and now the only place she has to live is with a very judgemental sister. Fortunately, just as she is ready for a means to escape,
Jun 20, 2013 Annalynn rated it really liked it
Now, this book I liked. I can't help but compare it to my most recent other read, 'From Notting Hill, with Love Actually' since both books involve a heroine leaving their home and fiance behind and moving somewhere to start anew, where of course they find a really great, handsome, local guy they at first clash with and then fall in love with. But in this book, our heroine's relationship with the loser fiance is broken and she moves to Paris with a clean slate - which is SUCH a better premise tha ...more
Jan 19, 2016 Megan rated it really liked it
I read this in practically one sitting. It was pure fluff but it was enjoyable. I knew what was going to happen pretty early on in the book but I loved the descriptions of life in Paris and a really liked the protagonist so it was all good.
May 09, 2012 Geli rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, own-it, france
This book was amazing!!! Kristin Harmel is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Her writing is just so exciting and real. Although I found myself guessing exactly what was to come it was still completely enjoyable for me to read. After reading this book I SO want to visit Paris!

And if you have already read 'How to Sleep with a Movie Star' then you'll really enjoy this book as well. She even briefly mentions a few of the characters from that novel in this one, which I found completely hil
Fatema Al Fardan
Feb 23, 2013 Fatema Al Fardan rated it really liked it
I was first introduced to this book by the last pages of another book. I first thought the title was "inappropriate" then I read the description and it wasn't so bad. So, I downloaded the free sample on my ibookstore -like i always do with almost every book- and i read the first chapter which was not so bad. It was interesting.
The book is totally a chic flick. I enjoyed reading it, since I do enjoy watching chick flick movies, most of the times.
I found Poppy's theories kinda ironic since she du
May 24, 2016 Scwong0 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
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Nov 10, 2014 Rocket to Mars rated it liked it
Shelves: random-picks
While I overall liked the book, if I take and split its story into two main plots I can say that I enjoyed only one of them.
The "babysitting a crazy celebrity" subplot was thoroughly fun. I love a good story about ingenuity and solving strange situations, and the book delivered. Guillaume was a surprisingly likeable character and the situations in which he got himself were interesting; likewise were Emma's solutions.
The "hunting for men around Paris" subplot, and the whole Brett situation, were
Apr 15, 2009 Kristigpaul rated it did not like it
What a stinker--how does one say formulaic and pointless in French? I picked this up for 50 cents at the library book sale and am actually wondering if they'd give me a refund...I bought this because I am going to Paris in July so I thought it would be interesting and in that regard it gave some mildly helpful tdbits about life in Paris but otherwise it was a complete waste of time. I'd rather be watching ROCK OF LOVE (and I HATE reality TV)!!!
Bea Patricia
Jun 30, 2015 Bea Patricia rated it liked it
Light and easy read! Although the blurb was misleading and did not appropriately describe what a gem this book was, it did its best and managed to capture my attention. Only criticism would be the flow of time in the narrative....but that's just me. Overall, this was a perfect beach read/ travel companion and i loved how everything from the apartment to the cafes actually existed (taken from the author's own experience in the city). I would also like to drop everything and move to Paris, meet my ...more
Mar 07, 2014 Elle rated it liked it
I read some of the other reviews. I think that the book is not that bad. I find it cute. As you know, a book just has to be entertaining for me. It met my criteria. The book is about Emma. Emma is a publicist for a boy band living in Florida with her fiancé, Brett. Then her world falls apart when he kicks her out of the house, calls so the wedding and sleeps with one of her friends. With no where to go, she gets in touch with her friend, Poppy living in Paris and who is working for a crazy cross ...more
Apr 11, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
Drivel! I'm at the beach and needed some drivel. This fully fit the bill. I read it in one day.
May 26, 2015 Jay rated it liked it
Shelves: for-review, hard-copy
Emma Sullivan thinks her life is, if not perfect, certainly headed that way. She has a great job doing public relations for a music company, and she’s engaged to the perfect man. However, on the night of their one-year anniversary of moving in together, Emma’s fiancé dumps her. To add insult to injury, he also asks her to move out of the house they bought together. And, to top it all off, Emma finds out that he’s been sleeping with her best friend! Just when Emma thought things couldn’t get any ...more
Aug 14, 2011 Barb rated it it was ok
okay, up front, i realized that it couldn't have been fine literature by a) it's ridiculous title and b) it was in the bargain bin at B&N. But, did it have to have ever chick "lit" cliche in it? (WARNING -- MAJOR SPOILER ALERT)Girl is needy, girl gets dumped by fiance, girl gets fired for no fault of her own, family not supportive, friends are worthless. Girl goes to Paris. Girl meets handsome man but is afraid to show her feelings. Girl gets fired for no fault of her own (again), girl goes ...more
Geeta Ariani
Jun 22, 2009 Geeta Ariani rated it liked it
Set in Paris, beautiful city of the Eiffel Tower, this is a chick lit that will have readers take part in a tour to visit Parisian locales. Emma Sullivan is a PR coordinator to American boy bands in Orlando, city in central Florida. Firstly, she thinks she will have a happy marriage with her perfect fiancé. Devastated when her fiancé suddenly dumps her and her boss fires her, she thinks that the best person who could help her would be her friend who lives in Paris, Poppy. She moves on by decidin ...more
Jul 22, 2011 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Shelves: chicklit
One of the better chick-lit books I have read in a very very long time. Seriously, I read maybe 2-3 books a year that I like and would recommend to people (who like a certain genre) and this is #2 of 2009. I liked the setting, supporting characters and Protag a lot and it all made sense. It didn't hurt that the first chapter of this book is so straight out of my head as the first 1/4 of the book I have in my head. When I first read it, I was like, COPYRIGHT! Even though I haven't even started, r ...more
Feb 15, 2012 Kristin rated it it was amazing
I have to justify my 5 stars with a review because this is the first 5-star book of the 29 books I've read this year. It's not the best book I've read this year (that distinction probably has to go to Suite Française as of now), but I tend to rate things based on other things of the genre, and this is just one of the best chick lit books I've ever read. I absolutely loved it.

Sure, it starts the same as any other chick lit. Emma, a perfectly acceptable girl who works in PR gets suddenly dumped by
Canan  ^^
Oct 04, 2012 Canan ^^ rated it really liked it
Shelves: wid
Fransız öpücüğünü ciddi anlamda merak ettiren bir kitap ne diyeyim ^^)
Ama şunu öğrendim ki Fransız-Amerikan öpücüğü daha iyiymiş(valla en azından yazarın fikri bu yöndeydi)
Emma zavallım, evlilik hazırlıkları,düğün hayalleri derken, aksilikler zinciri midir anlamadım,
önce nişanlısını, ardından işini ve arkadaşlarını kaybetmiştir.Ah buna artı olarak evindende olduğunu eklemeliyim.
Kızımız kaldı mı ortada...
Derken Fransa'dan bir ışık doğar kızımızın yüzüne..Poppy...Emma'nın eski bir arkadaşı
Apr 18, 2010 Cathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, ebook
While I did not enjoy this book as much as her first, How to Sleep with a Movie Star, it still satiated my Chick Lit interests just fine. We follow the main character, Emma, on a trip abroad from Orlando to France as she must deal with the break up from her engagement to Brett and the loss of her PR job at a Boy Bad company in Florida. With her friend Poppy, a crazy rock start client and a new love interest to keep her busy in the city of Love, this story starts out with much action packed adven ...more
Apr 14, 2015 Carol rated it it was ok
Cleaner than the title implies. Also, lamer. Unrealistic characters in unrealistic situations with unremarkable results. I did enjoy Gabe. But I picked up this book for its promise of Paris and found it only in indigestible binges here and there - for example, after five chapters of dialogue, a sudden collection of five thick paragraphs of the random sights and sounds of Paris. This would have been much better spread evenly through the book. But hey, I didn't hate it.
May 14, 2014 Stacey rated it really liked it
This was such a fun book to read. Predictable? Yes. But aren't all "chick lit" books predictable in that "girl gets her heart broken but then meets a guy that is SO much better anyway" kind of way? True to form Emma's fiancé was the one who broke her heart but she will be much better off without him.

After her break-up she takes off to Paris to join a friend to help her manage the public relations of a rock star. We are then treated to an imaginary visit to Paris (which I will happily take any da
May 12, 2015 Mira rated it liked it
The Art of French Kissing is pretty straight forward, nothing ground-breaking in the chick-lit genre – a good-looking American girl just loses her fiancé, her job and her place in the matter of a couple of days, so she jumps at the opportunity to visit an old friend who lives in Paris.
There, she is included in her small PR company, handling a new big French rock star. The story is charming, but the author does underestimate her readers – for me, the ‘big’ twist is visible from miles away.So tha
May 02, 2015 Elizabeth rated it it was ok
This is a totally brainless, predictable, fluffy, and somewhat ridiculous story which is why it only gets two stars. However, I will say that a brainless, predictable, fluffy story was exactly what I was in the mood for so it was kind of a fun read, especially with the Parisian background.
Ashley Huggins
Mar 29, 2016 Ashley Huggins rated it really liked it
PR Girl + Bad break up = a stunning good time in Paris! (Sounds too close to my own life!). A delightful and quick read about falling in love with yourself, with Paris and with a great guy.
Linda historia, para pasar un buen rato con una lectura amena.

Pd. Me quede con la duda, si son hermanastros ¿Por que las semejanzas entre Guillaume y Gabe? (Y si son medio-hermanos ¿Por que tienen diferentes apellidos?) Dudas... dudas...
Jan 30, 2016 Kristy rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-books
Just a mindless girly read. Not fantastic, but a decent read. Pretty much what I was expecting. Having just visited Paris in September I did enjoy the enthusiastic descriptions of Paris, as I totally share it.
Dec 21, 2014 MaDoReader rated it it was ok
Tarde de catarrazo monumental... Y este libro fue el primer plato. Entretiene, pero no para tirar cohetes. Tampoco buscaba otra cosa.
Emily S.
Definitely just okay. Nothing terribly memorable, other than the setting. This one goes into the donation bin.
Jun 24, 2011 Sara rated it really liked it
Shelves: cheap-getaway
Although not an in depth or classic read, it sure was fun... especially the Gene Kelly bits. It also made me want to go to Paris. My favorite quotes from the book were:

"Guillaume, you keep twenty-eight hundred euros in your underwear?"

"High above the street, which was blocked off by police barricades, Guillarme was dangling by this ankles from a thick rope suspended between two buildings, at least twelve or thirteen floors off the ground."

"It didn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that mos
Oct 21, 2011 Thea rated it it was amazing
I have to say this was the best money I've spent on a book in a long time. I adred this book to no end. A book about Emma, a girl who thought she had it all until the man she was about to marry dumps her and the very next day she gets fired. Her life changes when Poppy her frind begs her to come to Paris for a job working with the up and coming rockstar Guillaume. Who is just a tiny bit off his rocker... And then there there is Gabe...

Paris its the city of love and Emma finds out first hand just
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Kristin Harmel is an international bestselling novelist whose books have been translated into numerous languages and are sold all over the world. After spending many years as a journalist (including more than a decade writing and reporting for People magazine) Kristin now freelances only occasionally, focusing on book tours, book club visits and, of course, writing her next books! THE SWEETNESS OF ...more
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