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The Art of French Kissing

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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...more
Paperback, 338 pages
Published February 25th 2008 by 5 Spot (first published February 7th 2008)
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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,...more
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
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...more
Fatema Al Fardan
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...more
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)!!!
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
Drivel! I'm at the beach and needed some drivel. This fully fit the bill. I read it in one day.
Barb Harris
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
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
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
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...more
ஐ Canan ஐ `·.¸¸.·´´¯`··._
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...more
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
Stacey Harrison
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...more
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...more
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...more
I loved this book, it was captivating from the moment you started it and straight to the finish. I was on the beach laughing out loud multiple times and I'm sure making those around me scoot a bit to distance themselves from the crazy chick laughing. I really liked the protagonist and I could relate to her and her situation, not that I've ever had a wedding called off, but just the numbness that comes when you receive news that hits you like a ton of bricks. This book was definitely the ideal va...more
This was a light, easy read. This book has been on my "to read" list for quite awhile. It was great to read as an escape. The story was fairly predictable, though there was a little twist I hadn't anticipated (probably because I was distracted with other things). Emma's character was pretty well developed, and demonstrated some good personal growth over the course of the story. Overall her character was very likable, as were most of the other characters.
Unfortunately, I read this book in two parts...part of it during the summer/fall, then a whole winter to pass before I picked it up again (not because I didn't want to, but time really seems to fly when you're busy at work), so I didn't get as deeply involved in the story as I would have liked. I like Kristin Harmel's style and the romance of France is so wonderful, it only makes me wish that I could be in Paris longer than I will be. It's a cute story, typical of her other works (and a brief me...more
Very cute book about a woman finding herself in Paris after her slob of a fiancee dumps. I liked the insider's view of PR for a big celeb, and I wonder if this kind of spin happens for big real-life celebs like Angelina. Loved the whole running away to Paris thing, and then what to do when that awful fiance comes back. The relationship aspects of the novel were pretty realistic. It's not fine literature, but it's fun. It's also like a mini-guide book to Paris, describing the sites and the funnes...more
It was fun! Just a fun, fun books to read!

Actually, I was a little unsure about the book, based on the title, because I prefer to read "clean" books. But it was fine, and it was fun!

After some very unfortunate events in her life, Emma moves to Paris to work on a project with her friend Poppy. There she discovers her true self, falls in love with the city, and falls in love!

I wanted to read this book because of the excellent review that my friend Kristin wrote, and I was not disappointed!
This was just what I expected...a fairly predictable cutesy romance novel. One of the things that intrigued me though were all the descriptions of Paris; I don't know if it was all made up or not, but if it was all true, there was a lot of interesting facts about Paris. The book itself was sweet, definitely a feel-good kind of love story. This book is not meant to be taken seriously, but if you're looking for something that's just fun fluff, I would definitely recommend this book! :)
This book was fun for a pool side read and had a positive message. Sure, it's chick lit, but it was an uplifting read
I read this book in one day. I read with a smile on my face and thought 'kiss him! kiss him!' throughout the book. This is not a life changing book by any means but it was nice to visit Paris and the author wrote at the end of the book about a summer in Paris that changed her life. It was heartfelt and intimate and I really liked that she did that. And so, I will probably end up reading the other book by her, The Blond Theory this weekend as well.
Kelli Klein
I come from a French background and would love to visit Paris someday so seeing the title of The Art of French Kissing grabbed my attention. I'm glad I picked it up. Not only did I get a "tour" of Paris as the book went on, it was also a good book. I felt so sorry for Emma with what she went through with her lousy fiance, three best friends and sister before going to Paris to start over and by the end of the book, she had a happy ending.
I could NOT put this book down, which surprised me as I'm currently not reading many novels.
I learned quite a lot about magazine and tabloid reporting from the author who has been employed in the field.I,for one, had no idea that they started rumors themselves to spur on excitement about a future rock-star or actor or any other superstar. All of this info was done with surrounding it in a fun, dramatic novel. Fun Stuff!
I really liked this one -- a fun, fluffy, and quick escapist read. Emma was a very likable character and the supporting cast of characters (especially the eccentric celebrity) fleshed out the story nicely. Though the author tried a little *too* hard to show that she had done her research on Paris, and there were several points where I felt like she was just including famous places or Paris history to prove she could.
Fairly predictable, but light and fun. (And knowing who is supposed to end up together long before they figure it out themselves is half the fun of it!) Not quite as funny as I'd hoped--the crazy situations Guillaume kept getting into seemed forced, like the author was trying too hard to come up the most outrageous thing she could think of. The descriptions of Paris were the best parts. :-)
Good for an hour and a half of mindless reading, but overall a very forgettable book. Anyone with brains (though apparently not the heroine or any other reporters, publicists etc did even though it'd have been the biggest scoop of the year) could see it coming from a mile away. Nothing unique about the characters, though the situation had so much more potential. Was hoping for something better...
Dianne Reardon
This was not an enjoyable read at all. THe characters where not interesting....the rock star made me feel anxious when he did all of his antics, and his manipulation of his pr people....well...I know it happens but it is uncalled for. THe only thing I did like was the references to places of "Paris"...I will check them out. I guess that humorous books bore me. Not a good read
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Hi everyone! My name is Kristin Harmel, and I'm the author of seven novels, including THE SWEETNESS OF FORGETTING, which comes out this August from Simon & Schuster! I'm so happy to finally be on goodreads!

In addition to writing books (including ITALIAN FOR BEGINNERS and the YA novel AFTER), I've also been a magazine writer for years; my credits include People, Men's Health, Woman's Day, Ameri...more
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