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It Felt Like a Kiss

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  2,211 Ratings  ·  242 Reviews
Meet Ellie Cohen, one of the most perfect girls in London.

Ellie manages a swank Mayfair gallery, but it’s her life that’s a real work of art. Great job, really good hair, loyal friends, loving family. It’s only her succession of lame duck boyfriends that ruin the picture.

Oh, and the world-famous rock-star father she’s never met, who won’t even acknowledge her existence.

Paperback, 480 pages
Published January 30th 2014 by Corgi (first published May 9th 2013)
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Feb 11, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wrote a more expansive review here:

I really liked this, though with that said, I think it will definitely be hit or miss for readers--I doubt it will be a middle of the road read for anyone. It was a lot of fun that Vaughn from Unsticky played such an important role in this book (he's Ellie's, the main character, boss)--and I appreciate that he hadn't really softened at all. In that sense, because IFLaK resides in the same "world" as Unsticky, it's some
Jan 02, 2015 Keertana rated it really liked it
Shelves: swoooon
I'm not sure why I'm surprised to have enjoyed this one so much. It Felt Like a Kiss is set in the same universe as Manning's Unsticky, one of my all-time favorite novels. Yet, despite having held tightly to a copy of this on my Kindle since its release, the mixed reviews have prevented me from diving in. I've enjoyed Manning's work in the past but with the exception of Unsticky, I haven't loved them. And, as a companion novel--of sorts--to Unsticky, I wanted to love It Felt Like a Kiss. Despera ...more
Kirsty (overflowing library)
It is no secret that I am a Sarra Manning fan so when I got my hands on a copy of this book I was more than a little bit excited. Quite honestly it met all the expectations I had for it and I loved every page.

The book revolves around the story of Ellie a 20 something living in London a normal life working at a high end art galley until the day when her secret is leaked to the press and the tabloids have a field day making her out to be a sex crazed gold digger and printing unflattering pictures
Jane Stewart
I was impatient for things to happen. And I wish some things resolved differently.

I hated the jumping back and forth in time. The main story is 26-year-old Ellie in 2013. There were seventeen flashbacks to 1986 and 1987 about her mother dating and having a baby. I would have preferred the author tell the entire 1986 story first, and then the Ellie story. There was nothing major in the flashback story that needed to be saved for later. During the present day story I was impatient for things to ge
La Mala ✌

Varias veces en la tele (mas precisamente en los programas de chimentos) , escuche hablar de las paternidades de Diego Armando Maradona (idolo argentino de futbol) como si fuese un tema de vital importancia .

Constantemente las hijas "legitimas" versus los hijos "ilegitimos" dando notas en la tele como perros peleando por un hueso ; gente opinando de todas las esquinas sobre esos hijos , sobre las legitimas que no entienden que padre horrible tienen y sobre los ilegitimos que merecen tener ese p
Jacob Proffitt
Nov 06, 2014 Jacob Proffitt rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, steamy
The thing I've noticed about Sarra Manning books is that I either hate the protagonists or love them. This one has one of each.

Ellie is a sweetheart and bears up truly heroically in the face of a real beating (metaphorically). She's strong and determined and still sweet even when people betray or hurt her—and not in a sappy or doormat way, either. I liked her from the beginning and enjoyed spending the course of the novel with her.

David, on the other hand, is a huge jerk. He has all the data he

The premise sounded so good and I was sure I was going to love this book. Unfortunately the premise sums up about everything that happened in this book. There were no big surprises and so I found the book absolutely dragging. I even hat to skip some pages to the end.
I am sure the whole book could have been written in a lot less pages.

The protagonist Ellie is rather a down to earth girl who should be very likeable but I couldn't feel a connection to her at all. David was an absolute pain t
Feb 24, 2014 Asma rated it it was ok
This actually looked like a great read. I mean, i loved the description and the book cover is very impressive; I was very excited when i started the book but i got really bored really fast. I got impatient waiting for things to start happen
ing and i flipped through alot of pages hoping to catch the start of reall stuff but it just wasn't working for me, i tried, i REALLY tried but i was just too bored to read it all the way through.
Mar 26, 2016 Chanpreet rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars!

I can't believe I waited this long to read this book! Review to come!
Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
Ellie Cohen is a straightest of the straight good British girl types you’ll find: her only vices are occasionally drinking too much and attracting ‘lame duck’ boyfriends – boys who need her help to overcome their issues, then dump her for better prospects. Ellie is also the secret lovechild of a famous UK rock star, and has never met him, and never even mentions his name. Her life is completely turned upside down when one of the lame ducks, desperate for money, steals proof of Ellie’s dad’s ...more
I’ve always been a fan of Manning’s adult novels, they’re always ones that I turn to when I’m in the mood for a guilty pleasure sort of read. Manning has the knack for creating super hot powerful male characters who would have you turned into a puddle of mush within an instance. These males are business hot shots and know how to take care of a lady. But what I love most about them, is that they’ve lived their entire lives not having met said lady and so when she makes an appearance, they are ...more
Sep 21, 2016 Gaby rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

It was good, in some parts really good, and I enjoyed all 500+ pages but it was missing something that I was hoping for, that wonderful building development of feelings between the two "main" characters.

Liked: The supporting characters, specifically Ari, Chester, and Sadie. The Ari chapters where we get short bursts of insight into what brings about all of the craziness of the present day.

Disliked: The best thing about Unsticky, parts of which I have read at least 10 times in the nine months or
Madeline Toy
Jan 03, 2013 Madeline Toy rated it it was amazing
The brilliant Sarra Manning is back! Heartily recommend this!
Lorenzio Phillibuster Fireworks
You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sarra Manning is one of my absolute favourite books and one I love to revisit when I need a pick me up. Every novel of hers I’ve read since I have been so excited for something equally magical and been sorely disappointed to the point where I think I won’t try again.

The characters in YDHTSYLM are rich, deeply emotional and endearing with a great deal of heart but also of personality. The three novels I have read since, including It Felt Like a Kiss have incl
Jan 18, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it
Sometimes what you need to read is some good old-fashioned romance, and few people do it better than Sarra Manning.

From Diary of a Crush through Guitar Girl and now her new novel It Felt Like a Kiss, I've never read anything by Manning I didn't love.

Ellie Cohen seems to have it all - a great job at an art gallery (even though her boss can be demanding), great friends (even if they don't always get on they love her), an amazing mum (who can be a bit too hip), and a boyfriend. He's not so great. A
Jun 30, 2014 Midnite rated it liked it
Ellie Cohen is the daughter of rock star Billy Kay, who has never acknowledged her. But if you ask Ellie, she's more than just Billy Kay's daughter. She's a loving (and loved) granddaughter, daughter and friend, and she's lived a perfectly good life without Billy Kay's money or attention. Unfortunately, Ellie dates horrible boys and this last one, Richey, is so awful, he sells Ellie's secret to the press and the quiet anonymous life Ellie lived is suddenly over.

I had a few issues with It Felt Li
Mar 02, 2014 Chrissi rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Sarra Manning’s Adorkable so I was really looking forward to getting stuck into her ‘grown up’ book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading It Felt Like A Kiss, I thought it was well written, funny and incredibly easy to read.

The story is about Ellie Cohen. A very good girl, apart from occasionally drinking too much and attracting some awful boyfriends. The guys she picks are people who need her help to overcome their problems, then once they’ve overcome their problems they finish with he
I'm a wreck. partly because I was listening to my Anne boleyn playlist while reading this which is actually rlly ironic (view spoiler) and partly because i'm a human disaster of the content.

I can see why people would
Barbara Elsborg
Much of this book I loved, some parts I was less fond of. I love Ellie, she was a well drawn character with lots to be angry about but she got on with her life and didn't deserve the crap that came her way. I love seeing Vaughn again from Unsticky - and a bit of Grace. David Gold was an interesting character but here comes part of my issue. Not enough between the pair of them. Too much about the issue between Ari and the bastard of a partner/father. It was built up to be some major issue that ...more
Sinéad Mcgrillen
Aug 26, 2016 Sinéad Mcgrillen rated it it was amazing
The biggest flaw that I have come across in the majority of Sarra Manning's books is that there just isn't enough of them. I absolutely loved this book and I love that Manning has created her own little world in which we can visit via her adult books.

I first started reading Sarra Manning's books when I was about 13/14 and I immediately related to the characters. The writing is of such a good standard and so underrated because I honestly don't think I have come across another author who captures
Feb 02, 2014 Sašenka rated it it was amazing
Jedna z mála kníh, ktoré som prečítala za jeden a pol dňa a to hovorí za veľa.
Na začiatok dve vyjadrenia:
Pred touto knihou si určite prečítajte najprv Unsticky. Je to v podstate taký prequel asi ako Perkinsovej Anna and the French Kiss je prequelom k Lola and the boy next door. Čiže teoreticky to nie je nutné, ale ja hovorím, že je.
Po druhé je toto podľa mňa najlepšia Sarrina kniha zatiaľ. Aj keď je na jej štýl vlastne trochu atypická, lebo v každej jednej, ktorú som čítala bola hrdinka viac men
Marcela (BookaholicCat)
3 Stars

I don’t know how to feel about It Feel Like a Kiss. In a way I liked it, but sadly, I didn’t feel the connection or the chemistry between the hero and heroine. I also couldn’t believe the felt so deeply in love in such short amount of time. It needed at least couple of more months to feel real or believable.
Jun 05, 2015 Chi-Chi rated it liked it
Really liked it, but 1)I felt we didn't get to know David enough 2)The ending is too rushed and 3)I was so excited to see that this was connected to Unsticky, I really really wanted to see more of Vaughn and Grace...
Ellie is quite a strong character and I admire her love of white dresses!
Lyndsey O'Halloran
Nov 07, 2013 Lyndsey O'Halloran rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult
While a fan of Sarra Manning’s young adult novels but this is the first of her adult novels that I have read.

Manning begins by letting the reader really get to know protagonist Ellie. We learn that she is a bit of a party girl, falls for the wrong guys that her flatmates hate but she also has a family that she’s really close to. Immediately, I could imagine the kind of woman that Ellie was and I could picture her doing certain things like going for a night out. Manning has a great way of writin
Feb 10, 2014 Kate rated it it was amazing
Firstly I’d like to thank Madeline from Transworld Books for sending me an uncorrected proof copy to read and give an honest review. I’m a big fan of Sarra Manning’s writing (my reviews can be found on my blog) so I was extremely excited to receive her latest adult book and couldn’t wait to get started! When I realised that there were characters from a previous book included in the storyline I was even more excited about it.

The story began in Camden, London 1986 and this was something I hadn’t e
Dec 22, 2015 Mette rated it liked it
I've only read one other novel by Sarra Manning (You don't have to say you love me), but that novel is a favorite of mine, so I was very intrigued when I picked this up.

The story is quite slow in the beginning, and it took me some time to really get under the skin of the characters. Ellie is very loveable as a heroine, and the fact that I could relate to her, despite not having a single thing in common with her, is thanks to Manning's great writing.
I love how the plot is so different from a typi
Aug 09, 2016 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: stand-alones, 5-stars
Without sounding like a Carly Rae Jepsen's song; I really, really, really liked this book!

I came across this book by chance and I am so glad that I did, because it is exactly my type of book. It reminded me of Mhairi McFarlane's books (an author who is one of my faves), which I loved! The book was witty, romantic (but not in a cheesy way) and also dealt with some heavier stuff.

I loved the main character, Ellie (you are just rooting for Ellie throughout the book with all that is happening to her)
I picked this book up because I really liked “You don’t have to say you love me” which was all kind of funny, romantic, a bit sad but a great read

the plot for this book promised much of the same and I really had high hopes … but in the end, I was really disappointed.

we start with Ellies last relationship and the hole beginning could have been a big funny scene, especially with the festival and so on. but the longer the story, the sadder it was and depressing. I really hoped for at least a lot o
I actually hate this book. No, I mean I HATE it. It's weird, I've always been a fan of Sarra Manning... but this book is just TERRIBLE. There's not a single character here that I didn't hate and the romance was just all smoke and vapors. I hated Ellie who could never seem to just stand up for herself and not have others push her around, and David? Don't even get me started, what a piece of shit.


In fact, this whole book was a piece of shit. I even had to make a new shelf for this book... and t
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Sarra Manning is a teen queen extraordinaire. She spent five years working on the now sadly defunct J17, first as a writer and then as Entertainment Editor. She then joined the launch team of teen fashion bible Ellegirl, which she later went on to edit and has consulted on a wide range of youth titles including Bliss, The Face and More.

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“Ari had discovered a contraband Barbie bangle in her weekend case and had gone on an hour’s rant that contained words like ‘body fascism’ and ‘third-wave feminism’, then made Ellie write out fifty times, ‘Barbie is a toxic plastic tool of a patriarchal culture.” 2 likes
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