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Kissing Comfort

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  398 Ratings  ·  62 Reviews
Bode DeLong knows that his playboy brother Bram isn't really in love with Miss Comfort Kennedy, even though it's clear that she's enamored with him. With Bram's motives for the engagement suspect, Bode figures the safest place for Comfort to be is in his arms. Now, Bode just needs to convince Comfort that the childhood fancy she has for his brother is no match for the incr ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 378 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by Berkley
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After finishing this book, I can say with all certainty that it has been much too long since I read a Jo Goodman. I enjoy the current offerings in Historical Romance, but sometimes I long for something a little different. That’s where Jo Goodman comes in. Twisting plots, clever dialogue, subtle all works so well for me.

I was a little nervous when I started this book. Goodman is usually a sure thing, but I wasn’t sure what I would think of a romance that starts with the hero
Goodman’s specialty is writing tormented heroines who are survivors as well as victims. Comfort Kennedy was named after a tin of lozenges she was clutching when she was found by prospectors Newt and Tuck, the only survivor of a wagon train massacre. Twenty years later, Comfort and her beloved “Uncles” have built an extremely prosperous life for themselves as bankers in San Francisco, and no one is surprised when Bram DeLong announces their engagement -- except perhaps Comfort, since he never ask ...more
Jul 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Comfort Kennedy has secretly loved Bram DeLong since she was 16. Bram is impulsive, a gambler, a playboy, and extremely charming... and is Comfort's best friend. So imagine her surprise when, at Bram's brother's surprise birthday party, Bram announces their engagement to the party and Comfort herself. Comfort knows Bram does not love her in the same way and agrees to keep up the charade of engagement to avoid scandal. That is, until she changes her mind about both DeLong brothers.

Bode DeLong, Br
Jul 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Sometimes a gal just needs to read a book with a half naked cowboy on the cover, am I right ladies?

The year is 1870 in San Francisco. When Bode doesn't show up right away to his own birthday party, his brother Bram fills in the awkwardness by announcing his engagement to Comfort, but there's one problem: he never proposed and she's just as surprised as the rest of the guests at his announcement. Bode is suspicious of Bram's "engagement" and decides that he's the one for Comfort. Comfort must cho
Sara Weather
Jul 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: won
First of all i want to thank goodreads first reads and Jo Goodman for making me able to win this book.

So i had a main problems with this story the underdevelopment. In the prologue the story had me because it was different and had so much potential to be awesome.But when you got to the heart of the mystery it was anticlimatic and to me unsuspenseful. One thing that was cool is that some of the relationships had conflicts to them.The characters were okay, they felt stereotypical to me. At chapter
Lynsey A
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Laura (Kyahgirl)
4/5; 4 stars; A-

A book by Jo Goodman always hits the spot for me. I like the way she develops her characters. Her females tend to be smart and full of moxy.
I liked this story. I was hoping it was connected to the Reidsville books but its not.
I should say that I really wish they wouldn't put a decapitated naked male torso on this type of book. What is the point? Its insulting to the author and the reader IMO. At no point in the story is a half naked, ripped, male lounging around, leaning on a f
Gwen (The Gwendolyn Reading Method)
hmmm I love Jo Goodman and I fell in love with the characters in this book. But the plot, was, well... traumatizing at parts & the characters psychologically bounced back a little too easily IMO. Still really liked it but didn't love it as much as the great characterization would have otherwise warranted.
Oct 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another great read by the talented JG. I would have liked to have seen more books in this series, but I guess it is a standalone. I think that Bram has learned his lesson and could use some real love.
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
I find that I'm really enjoying this author. I liked this book because the story was sweet and had a good plot that was easy to follow. The mystery she wove into the story was easy to figure out which is the only reason I gave 4 not 5 stars.
Sandy M
Nov 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
This is only my second book by Jo Goodman. After reading my first, Never Love a Lawman, and loving it so much, as I always do, I vowed to read more of her. Unfortunately, life never works the way you want it to. I haven’t been able to read another until now. And I must say, my reaction to Kissing Comfort is very different from my reaction to NLaL.

While Ms. Goodman does a terrific job of introducing us to her characters, showing us their lives, their strengths and weaknesses, their vulnerabilitie
Aug 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
Kissing Comfort by Jo Goodman
Grade: D
“Mmm. It’s complicated. According to my uncles, I’ve been deceiving myself, and I’m learning that finding my way through that is as challenging as negotiating a labyrinth. I thought I was in love with him, so perhaps I was. Perhaps thinking it is enough to make it true. I keep circling that, wondering how anyone knows the fact of love from the fiction of it. i wonder how i will know.”
Comfort Kennedy has already turned down five marriage proposals when her bes
Sep 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
The story is set in late 1800's San Francisco and it's all about Comfort and Bode's romance with a bit of a mystery about Comfort's past. They've known each other for years and while Bode has loved Comfort from afar, she has been "in love" with Bode's brother Bram for years, or so she thought. After a fake engagement is announced between Bram and Comfort and later both Bode and Comfort are attacked in the streets of San Francisco, our couple gets closer to each other and sparks fly. There are ba ...more
Jun 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
A wonderful romance that is sweet and sensual. I received this as an ARC through Goodreads.

We meet Comfort Kennedy as a small child being rescued by her peculiar “uncles” Tuck and Newt. They find her while coming across the murdered bodies of several people that looked to be traveling west in wagons. She does not know or does not tell anything about herself and is clutching a tin of throat lozenges called Dr Eli Kennedy’s Comfort Lozenges so they name her Comfort.

She thrives under Newt and Tuck
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Apr 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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MB (What she read)
This is a very unusual plot. I like the setting: San Francisco in 1870, as well as main characters' vocations. This is one of those kitchen sink books. Lots of weird plot elements thrown together willy nilly. I'm not sure if it all works plausibly...but I'm weird like that. Use your own judgement. It was certainly creative.

I thought the choice of the name for the villain was odd and wondered if it was intentional (score settling?) or totally random? Regardless it is an odd choice, or weirdly coi
Sep 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: historical romance fans
Comfort Kennedy has been in love with Bram DeLong for years, but she is not blind to his many faults, so when he unexpectedly announces their engagement at his brother's birthday party, she is less than thrilled. Especially since they aren't actually engaged. Bram's brother Bode is even less thrilled and far more suspicious. What caused this need for a sham engagement, and how can Bode extricate Comfort from his brother's mess before it destroys them all?

Jo Goodman is a licensed professional co
Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
My absolute favorite Jo Goodman book so far. There's just a lot of nuances and depth to her characters, and the dialogues flow so well, with humor sometimes so subtle it would catch me off guard.

Comfort Elizabeth Kennedy is spirited, intelligent - practical but doesn't take herself too seriously. Like many of Goodman's heroines, Comfort is dealing with trauma and scars from her past. Bode DeLong is a quietly passionate man, strong but kindhearted. He has secretly loved Comfort for a long time b
Oct 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Not your typical mystery romance. JG has a wonderful voice --really interesting story about a girl found by two ex soldiers in the aftermath of a deserter's raid on a wagon train. She can't remember her name so the "uncles" name her for the empty tin of Dr. Eli Kennedy's Comfort Lozenges. Comfort Kennedy grows up rough in a mining town but when her Uncles fall into banking on the Barbary Coast and become rich her life is more than comfortable until the night when her friend Bram announces their ...more
Protracted storyline that bordered on incredible at times. Characters not as well defined as some of her other books although there were still occasional brilliant sparkling dialogue characteristic of Goodman. Still somehow, despite this being a later book, it doesn't seem as polished as her other stories. Comfort showed her fickleness by trading her love for one brother with another in a heartbeat and Bode appeared petty at times in his treatment of his brother and his misplaced jealousy of the ...more
Deborah (LoveToReadRomance)
Jul 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Deborah (LoveToReadRomance) by: Goodreads giveaway.
Shelves: owned, reviewed
This was thanks to Goodreads giveaways.

This is the first book I have read from Jo Goodman. I really enjoyed the book. Comfort's "Uncles" had me laughing out loud. I did get a little confused in the beginning between Bram and Bode (which was which) but that's prob attributable to old age! LOL
I really liked Bode, he was so "devoted" to Comfort without really letting her know it, I think she is too independent to have put up with
much! I'm glad she finally came around to his way of thinking!
Jul 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This was thanks to Goodreads giveaways.

1870's, Comfort Kennedy works in the family bank, continues to lives with her uncles and just heard the announcement that she was engaged. Bram Delong is the man Comfort has loved since she was sixteen. They are not dating, he has not spoke with her uncles but has told most of the town during a lull in the party they are engaged. Bode Delong is the wiser, older brother with similar good looks and a stronger work ethic. Comfort is a capable, proper lady tha
Sep 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
I thought this was a near perfect book. Looking back over the course of the story, I can see misses or inconsistencies, but Goodman did what she was supposed to do as an author. I breezed right through the inconsistencies to the end of the book, memorized by all the characters. Bram was a particularly well-drawn character. He started off as just a simple good ole boy and slowly built into a complex, interesting character, which she managed to do without making him evil. He was just flawed.
Jan 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Wow! All I can say is that I am so glad that Jo Goodman is still writing western romance! This book was hot and well written and ... and... I loved it. I have read all of Jo Goodman's books (except maybe some from the 80s), and I like most all of them. In fact one of my favorite books is a Regency romance by Ms. Goodman. But this one was special -- especially the setting (1870s San Francisco) and the heroine (an orphan raised by two "uncles").
Diane Sallans
Jul 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
This book takes place in 1880 San Franciso which was a unique city with a mixture of classes, ethnicities and a challenging society. The heroine was portrayed as intelligent and capable which I always appreciate. Her quirky supporters lend a bit of humor which I also enjoy. Throw in a loyal and supportive hero, a bit of a mystery, and this was a very good read. I've read a few of Jo Goodman's earlier books before and this encourages me to read more.
Sep 15, 2013 rated it liked it
What confused me about this book was that there really wasn't a transition from when Comfort was not comfortable with Bode to being happy with being married to him. It seemed to me as if in one chapter she wasn't into him but in the next chapter, she was married to him. I think there could have been a nice development of their relationship there, but I suppose the author was focusing on the plot more than their relationship.
Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Very enjoyable read--romance, mystery, set in San Francisco after the Gold Rush.

Loved the main characters, Comfort and Bode, and great supporting cast. The plot flowed smoothly and I couldn't wait to get back to it any time I had to set the book down. Comfort is no shrinking violet, and Bode's smart and conscientious--they make an unstoppable duo :)

Looking forward to reading more of Ms. Goodman's writing!
Dec 21, 2011 rated it liked it
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Bonnie Colvert
Jun 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
OOOOOOO la la! The heat is definitely turned up in "Kissing Comfort" by Jo Goodman! Romantically intense, infused with intrigue, mystery, suspense and strong believable characters all rolled into one great story! Loved this book!
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