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Kisser (Stone Barrington #17)

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  3,099 ratings  ·  287 reviews
Stone Barrington is back in this thrilling new page-turner from the perennially entertaining New York Times-bestselling author. Stone Barrington is back in New York, and after a rather harrowing sojourn in Key West, he's looking to stay closer to home and work on some simple divorce and custody cases for Woodman & Weld. But when he crosses paths with a fetching Broadwa ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published January 19th 2010 by Putnam Adult (first published January 19th 2009)
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Lydia Presley
Oh, Stuart.. what are you doing?!

I've been a Stone Barrington fan for years now. I've followed his escapades, his women and his light nights at Elaine's faithfully and .. there's no doubt about it, Stuart Woods knows how to write a fast-paced, action filled novel.

But..this novel had less of the mystery and more of Stone Barrington's exploits (reaching a new level of lewdness even). I don't read your books, Mr. Woods, to get my romance novel kick. I was able to put up with it when it appeared onl
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Kay
I don't expect much from Woods anymore but I think this was even a new low for him. It's just full of sex, sex, sex. It seems the older the author gets the more he thinks about it. Maybe he's too old to perform so instead he makes up for it in his books.
I just hate giving up on his books because the earlier books he wrote were great and I know he has [had:] talent. It's almost like he woke up one day and realized he had loyal fans so he started mass producing them with less and less substance.
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Ed
This is the first book I've read digitally and it was a good choice since Stuart Woods is inconsequential reading anyway. And that's not a bad thing. His books, more than 30 of which I've read, are like palate cleansers. Easy and undemanding. This one ranks consistently with all the other Stone Barrington books. The writing is the real pleasure as the plot and stakes are humdrum. If you liked any of the others, there's absolutely no reason to think you won't like this. Two things on the debit si ...more
Min
Okay, with this book Stuart Woods slid into the comedy genre. Excellent. He USED to a pretty decent thriller writer. I'm still not sure why his protagonist, an attorney, ends up tracking down missing persons or being hired to keep people safe from their Highly Dangerous and Obsessive Exes, but that's what he does. And for someone who has two houses, a secretary, a cook, a housekeeper, and an airplane, I'm not sure why his secretary is constantly harping on him that they don't have enough money t ...more
T. Edmund
In this unashamed ham-job Stone Barrington (or was that Bond) attorney/ex-cop/porn star attempts to bust a try-hard drug dealer to save the dealer’s girlfriend, all while falling into bed with every woman he meets (sometimes simultaneously)


The story line is ridiculously badly crafted, the relationships seemed to have found their inspiration from FHM or Ralph magazines and the prose... think lines like “grabbed with by the cock and led him upstairs”


Yet despite all this, Kisser is a self-aware n
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Sue
I've only read one other Stuart Woods book and thought it was a fairly simplistic read so I wasn't expecting a lot out of this one. It proved to be another effortless plot with an overly zealous sex theme. Come on... If a retired cop where women are falling all over him, is going to be the main character, at least give us an interesting and challenging story line.
Vannessagrace Vannessagrace
Kisser was a fun read!

While helping to keep one client’s husband from killing her, he helps another client with getting the client’ daughter away from her lover who’s involved with a ponzi scheme.

Fans will be pleased to learn, or not, that Dolce, Barrington’s ex-wife, is back and is stalking him. Dolce’s father, who’s had her under lock and key, believes she has her sanity back and allows her to go on short jaunts but instead of shopping, she stalks Barrington. We’ll have to wait for the next
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Leo
Mar 08, 2010 Leo rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: police
I've read lamost all of Woods books and this one tilted the scale. It's very disappointing. Stone Barrington is at Elains Restaurant, sees a woman at the bar and goes up and righ away she is sitting at his table and next thing they are in bed together. The sex goes on with the employee of an art dealer and a female detective. I could count more than 15 times that he is drinking knob creek which I dont know if Woods is being paid to advertise the drink.

Not recomended to entertain your time on it.
Randy
Stone is assigned to get a young woman away from an con man/artist before her twenty-fifth birthday and her trust becomes hers. At the same time, he's dealing with a young actress and her ex-husband, who's out to kill her.

Woods is not the writer he used to be, but he's still one of my guilty pleasures.
Sandie
It seems that the OLDER Stuart Woods gets the more sexually active his protagonist Stone Barrington becomes. It appears that Mr. Woods is compensating for a flagging libido by vicariously fulfilling his fantasies of sexual gymnastics through his character.

In KISSER, Barrington needs nothing short of a big stick (excuse the pun) to keep the women at bay. Everyone is bent on hopping into bed with “Studly Stone”, and not necessarily one at a time. Most of Woods better novels were done earlier in hi
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Jen
Oct 09, 2010 Jen rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: mystery
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Lee
Feb 01, 2010 Lee rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: nobody I know
This is the first Stone Barrington book I've read. Maybe I would feel different if I knew the character better but . . . no woman can stand to be in the same room as this guy without ripping off her clothes and throwing herself at him . . . really? I guess his magical sex appeal was described in a previous book because 'retired cop' wasn't doing it for me. And Stone must live a charmed life because everything happens at his direction, right on cue. This book read like what I would imagine to be ...more
Susanne Leist
The main character, Stone Barrington, is a retired police detective turned lawyer. He loves women and sleeps with every one he meets. Then he complains about being tired. His women are all beautiful. I don't know if they really are or their beauty is just in his mind.
His case is to protect an heiress from succumbing to a con artist. He also has to figure out who is stalking a new girlfriend. A third woman is found watching his apartment. The first two issues are resolved while the third is left
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Melissa Kayden
I think I might be officially done with Stuart Woods after this one. I like some fluff and over the top story as much as the next person, but this one was nuts. Barrington has 2 girls over for la "business lunch" and they all fell into bed??? I liked Woods' books when they were a little over the top, but this book had one unbelievable thing after another. If Woods would stick to trying to write a good "mystery" instead of trying to top his other books with Barringtons's feats, I may still read h ...more
Chana
Boring and sleazy, old man sleazy. Here is what the book is about in the author's own words:

Chapter 43

"Stone sat at Elaine's with Dino, gulping bourbon.
"What's the matter?" Dino asked?
"What's the matter?" Stone made a moue.
"Well, let's see: I've been assigned by Eggers to save a fair damsel from the clutches of an evil fortune plunderer, as a result of which I've become embroiled in an NYPD undercover drug operation; I've been shanghaied back into the department, reporting to Brian Doyle, of all
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Toni
Stone Barrington is back and up to his neck in women…as usual...and that's about it. There's not much action per se in this story, except what Stone's getting. There's one case he takes from Woodman & Weld and one he finds on his own. In the first, the daughter of a wealthy art dealer has gotten in with an artist who's also a drug dealer and a con man in cahoots with a Ponzi schemer. Her father wants Stone to extricate her from the affair. The second case involves an up-and-coming actress wi ...more
Barbara Mitchell
This book is a disappointing one, definitely not a page-turning thriller as described by the publisher. It has little to offer, and reads as if Stuart Woods just sort of mailed it in. It is about NYC rich people who have absolutely no depth, and their sex lives which are adolescent at best. It's as though Woods has been replaced by a pubescent boy. Do not read if you want characters you can care about or if you like an intriguing plot. Not really a mystery at all.
Brians
Feb 27, 2010 Brians added it
Recommends it for: no one
I've been a Stone Barrington fan for years, but Stuart ruined years of work. This is the worst release by Woods ever to the point I had to put it down; I fell asleep. Not only is it boring, Woods destroyed the character. On a personal note, I met Stuart Woods in Sarasota Florida a few years ago at a book signing and he was just a boring and rude a Barrington is in this book. Bad read.
Karen
I've listened to several of the Stone Barrington series as they are easy, non demanding entertainment in the car. This was not one of my favorites as the focus was way too much on raunchy sex. Stone enters the acting world in this one when he gets involved with actress Carrie Cox who is new to town from Georgia. She is headed for Broadway fame but her ex-husband seems to have it in for her. Then there is Hildy Parsons, an art heiress who is involved with Derek, a con artist/drug dealer posing as ...more
Samantha
I am so ashamed! Why do I keep reading these Stone Barrington novels? To see what new levels of depravity Stone stoops to apparently! I kid you not, as I thought, "Well, at least he hasn't ventured into a threesome..." he DOES! And it was an audiobook, so you can't accuse me of reading ahead! Stone has serious issues below the belt. I'm amazed the man can walk and form a complete sentence. Really! In this rich fantasy (eye roll please), Stone meets up with a budding actress who is looking for a ...more
Sharon
*Note* I originally posted this review on the wrong book (Lucid Intervals)

Thrilling new page turner? Not quite. While I still enjoy the Stone Barrington series, and I especially love how Mr Woods pulls in characters from his standalone books, and how many characters seem to hail from Delano, GA, the setting in CHIEFS, I'm becoming less than enamored with Stone's extracurricular activities. This story especially seemed to be 1/3 to 1/2 dedicated to Stone's sexual exploits. It seems every woman he
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Amy
good story and thriller, but is it just me or is Stone Barrington getting more and more promiscuous--3 different and new women in this one, including a threesome, and the return of his dangerously crazy ex Dolce!
Ace
The book has a plot and it resolves itself but that's all incidental to what is truly the overriding focus of this book - Stone Barrington's phenomenal luck and by luck I don't mean a fortuitous run of favorable events, I mean "getting lucky", scoring with the ladies. No wonder the poor sap is always tired - he gets horizontal with every woman he bumps into. But, don't be mistaken, this is not a romance. How could it be - he doesn't really give a crap about any of these chicks. I don't know what ...more
Linda
This was a fast reading book..I can best describe it as a male fantasy,with all the jumping in and out of bed by Stone.
Steve
Great book! With the usual cast of Stone Barrington characters - -
Dino Bachetti, Stones best friend.
Eduardo Bianci, Dino's ex father in law.
Bob Cantor: wires, bugs, protection, etc...
Elaine, owner of Elaine's restaurant.
And lots of drinking of Knob Creek at Elaine's restaurant and elsewhere.
And a surprise return of the beautiful and insanely murderous Dolci Bianci, Eduardo Bianci's daughter, and Stone's one-time wife. Did Dolci Bianci have a child by Stone that's been kept a secret from us a
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Ed
Jun 30, 2014 Ed rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: nyc, legal, action
#17 in the Stone Barrington series. Another episode in Author Woods' soap opera. You either love it or hate it. I'm addicted.

Stone Barrington picks up Carrie Cox, an actress, at Elaine's. Every woman Barrington encounters pursues him, including Carrie, art gallery assistant Rita Gammage, U.S. attorney Tiffany Baldwin, and unstable Dolce Bianci. Barrington manages to shield Carrie from her ex-husband, protect young heiress Hildy Parsons from a con artist/drug dealer, and plot to take down Ponzi
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Matt Schiariti
This series has been going down hill for several novels now, but Kisser is definitely the worst. There's really not much of a mystery in this one. Hopefully actress from the south is being stalked by her ex husband, Rich man's daughter is messing around with a self proclaimed artist / drug dealer. Stone gets involved in helping the actress deal with her ex as well as getting involved in finding the rich man's daughter. Hijinks ensue.

That's pretty much the plot of Kisser (named so because the afo
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Connie
Stone and Dino are back in New York City and Stone does not have a shortage of women. Stone is asked by Eggers to get one of his rich clients away from a man that is shady. Stone goes undercover with a woman detective and under cover means both figuratively and for real. He becomes involved with the detective and her girl friend. This one has a couple of scenes with a threesome in it. Stone is also protecting a woman that has arrived from Atlanta to become a Broadway star. Her ex-husband is tryi ...more
John
Stuart Woods is one of my "I need a breather" authors. He always writes stories with familiar characters and the plots are not so convoluted that you have to pay too much attention to the subtleties and/or twists and turns.

However, I must tell you that "Kisser" was a delightful story that held my interest throughout and kept me guessing a bit more that usual. I typically will rate most of Woods books with 3-stars, but this one definitely deserves four.

Of course the old familiar characters are fr
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Sarah Bauman
This book was hard to put down. Great story and fast moving story lines. Love the character of Stone Barrington, a no nonsense kind of guy who does not put up with a lot of crap. The main story line involves a Broadway Beauty by the name of Carrie Cox. Divorced and working her way through the fast moving life of New York City. This book is a must read and I highly recommend it. Check it out!
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Stuart Woods is the author the New York Times-bestselling Stone Barrington series and Holly Barker series. He is an avid private pilot, flying his own jet on book tours. You may see his tour schedule and learn more about the author on his website.

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