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More Than a Kiss

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  252 ratings  ·  31 reviews
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All reporter Sadie Barton wants is to be taken seriously and judged on her own merits, not her stepfather’s money. She and her actress sister left Wisconsin to get out from under his controlling thumb and leave behind the malicious whispers that they’re no better than their gold-digging mother. But California isn’t all sun and fun, and paying the rent while t
Kindle Edition, 1st, 282 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Stacey Joy Netzel (first published April 28th 2012)
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Danielle (Bookwhoreblog) Perez


For the past few weeks I have been going through a terrible reading funk. I tried to find a book that would capture my interest but nothing seemed to snap me out of my reading funk. Well nothing until I decided to mozzie over to my bookshelf and pickup my copy of More Than a Kiss by Stacey Joy Netzel. Within the first few chapters of this book I was sucked so far into the story that the world around me completely disappeared.

Sadie is running from under the thumb of her rich
Adria's Musings and Reviews
Jul 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
I have found a new author to love. A few weeks ago my buddy Danielle over at Book Whore Book Blog was talking about how much she loved Lost in Italy by Stacey Joy Netzel in her review and since she and I have very similar tastes in books, I went looking for Lost in Italy for my Nook. Alas, at the time it was not available on Barnes and Noble but I found another book that was mentioned in a follow up interview with Stacey Joy Netzel on Danielle's blog. It was More Than A Kiss. Even though it wasn ...more
Mireille Duval
Aug 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, read-in-2015
This poor book had a lot of things going for it, it just didn't happen at a good moment in my life. (Namely: at a moment where all my waking days are consumed by a Broadway hip-hop show about a founding father.) So I never really got into it, despite the fun beginning (kissing for work!!!), the cool characters, the tropes I like, etc. SORRY BOOK, you deserved better. (Also, the book is much better than what the cover would imply.)
Sherri Hayes
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book several times, but every time I started reading it something would pull me away. It's taken me months to dig into this one, but I'm glad I was persistent.

This is the first book I've read by Stacey Joy Netzel, but I doubt it will be my last. I enjoyed all the characters, even the more minor ones. They were all well developed with their own backstory, which helped to support both the hero and the heroine's personalities.

Sophie and Zach were quite a pair. On the outside they l
Aug 04, 2013 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this story.

Sadie and her sister, Gemma, moved to California from Wisconsin to make it on their own. Their mother had married a wealthy older man when the girls were young and the stigma of her being a gold-digger spread to her daughters as well, making their lives a bit difficult with their peers. Their stepdad used his money to control the girls by getting them to do the things and make the decisions he wants.

Zach is a very wealthy entrepreneur with a Netflix-type company. When Zach
May 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent read. Stacey Joy Netzel is becoming one of my favorite authors. She has a way of holding your attention so you want to keep on reading. I look forward to reading some of other books.
Aug 22, 2018 rated it liked it

My first book by this author. I enjoyed it thoroughly!

The meet cute was funny, sweet and hot. Our couple sure had chemistry! But a few angry lines from Zach, overheard by Sadie, taken out of context and misunderstood, sent Sadie running. Both Sadie and Zach had emotional baggage about gold diggers so this was a sore point for both.

I could totally understand why poor Sadie was so sensitive to the money issue, and this coloured her childhood into adulthood. It cannot be easy living with the na
Deb Diem
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
More Than A Kiss is a fun contemporary romance by Stacey Joy Netzel. Ms. Netzel has delivered a well-written book loaded with a fantastic group of characters. Sadie takes her sick sister's place at the filming of a commercial where she has to kiss a stranger. Back in her journalist position she's pulled off an assignment on orphaned ducks at the last minute and sent to interview millionaire Zach Robinson. Zach lost a bet with his friend and the payment is to appear in his own commercial where he ...more
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this sweet read. The characters felt authentic and I could see Sadie's stubborn expressions.
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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Sometimes it seems that sweet, straight contemporary romance novels are a dying genre and it always make me happy when I am proved wrong. If the characters are from different social statuses then the book is on my “to read list” automatically. More Than a Kiss falls in both categories and I am very glad that I had a chance to read it.

This is a lovely, sweet romance with great characters. The main characters are Zach and Sadie. Zach is
Romancing the Book
Feb 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, romance
Reviewed by Amy P.
Book provided by the author for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

They, whomever they are, say that the biggest source of trouble in a relationship is money. If Sadie and Zach are any indication, they are correct.

Sadie and Zach meet when each is undercover. She is filling in on a commercial shoot for her aspiring actress younger sister, while he is disguised as a zombie, a sort of payback for losing a bet. Zach instantly is attracted to Sadie, but all she sees
Pat aka Tygyr
Oct 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013, kindle
Sadie and Gemma are sisters living in CA. Sadie is trying to be a journalist and Gemma an actress. They are barely making it financially. Gemma has a small part and gets too sick to keep it. It's a non-speaking role so Sadie agrees to go in her place. She meets Zach who is there and will be in the film. Parts get rearranged and she ends up in Zach's lap kissing him. It required little acting to pretend she was lost in his kiss. Zach is rich and Sadie does not like rich men. Experience with her s ...more
Jul 21, 2014 rated it liked it
I purchased this as part of the "Loving the CEO" box set and so far it's been the best one. Sadie, Zach, and even side character Matt are all jaded and decently well developed characters in need of some honesty. Due to the rumor surrounding her attractive younger mother and her rich husband 30 years her senior, Sadie is basically anti-rich guy. Since Zach is a well off CEO of his own company (that's basically Netflix), he's off limits to Sadie. This doesn't stop her from falling for him, though. ...more
Sara Luck
Aug 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Good book, a little cheesy at times but overall, a good one.
Zach is the owner and CEO of movie mail, but a bet with a friend lands him starring in his own commercial where he meets Sadie who is filling in for her sister. On screen kisses light a fire into both of them but Sadie takes off. The following day sparks a new surprise when Sadie has to interview the owner of MovieMail.,.to both of their shock, they are once again face to face, but when Sadie refuses to write an article over the materi
Aug 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
A truly beautiful story about trusting others and yourself. Sadie and Zach's journey of learning to love and trust others is a lesson everyone can learn from. I loved how neither character was weak but also not strong enough to resist each other. The constant turmoil kept me wondering if there really was going to be a HEA for their story. Needless to say I was just as satisfied at the end as I was when I first started.
Aug 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Loved it! Lots of yummy chemistry between Zach and Sadie. Sadie has huge issues with being judged by other people. She will do just about anything to avoid being labeled as a gold-digger. So what does Sadie do? She pushes away a great guy like Zach just because he is rich! Sadie informs Zach that she has a job and does not need or want his money! I laughed so hard when he told her, "That's good because I have decided not to give you any!" Great story!
Nov 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sada takes her sisters place in a commercial because she is sick. While there she meets Zachary but thinks he is just another actor. Little does she know that the next day she is sent to interview the CEO of a million dollar company who never gives interviews. As she steps into the offices, she discovers that it is Zach.
Lisa Survillas
Feb 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Loved Sadie and Zach' story. I loved that the drama was realistic and not so heart wrenching that it broke my heart. This is my first Netzel book, but won't be my last. I hope there is another book to go with this that has Matt and Gemma's story!
Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
this was the best book so far in the "loving the ceo" bundle. i will say that in the beginning, i was fairly sure that it was so ridiculous that i would be forced not to finish it. it did take a turn for the better and i enjoyed it. it was ridiculous and cheesy but held my attention. 2.5 stars
Liis McKinstry
Sep 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a 3.5 for me and in all honesty, I liked it a lot more than I thought I would. it was funny at times, and great way to unwind in my reading chair.
Nov 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fun contemporary romance. It was nice and light with lots of fun moments. All of the characters were like-able and the scenarios were relatable to most everyone.
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved Zach and Sadie! I look forward to more from this author.
Jane Geltzer
Aug 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Although extremely predictable the characters are fun and dialogue was well written. I enjoyed the relationships more than the story
Crystal Yawn
Sep 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
this was a cute quick read. Confusing at times. Sadie and Matts hate seems forced. The quickness of sadie and Zach's relationship is too fast. A slowed down longer book would work for this story
Brandy C
Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebook, romance
Book was purchased in a combo pack. "Loving the CEO" bundle
Natalie Townsend
Oct 28, 2013 rated it liked it
I liked this book but would have liked a little bit more of an ending. Maybe an epilogue would have given this book 4 stars instead of 3.
Feb 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Cute book but it seemed kind of short.
Sep 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
Yep, the bundle again.

Totally unbelievable but quite sweet and neither the hero or the heroine made me think they should have been drowned at birth. So that's a plus.
Oct 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Definitely the best book in the bundle. I enjoyed every part of it - the plot, the characters, the writing... Everything was just right.
Oct 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sweet little love story.
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Wisconsin native Stacey Joy Netzel fell in love with books at a young age, so for her the graduation to writing them was natural. A member of Romance Writers of America (RWA) and Wisconsin Romance Writers (WisRWA), she credits her parents for encouraging her dreams of becoming a published author, as well as the very talented friends she’s made in WisRWA since joining in 2004. Her Christmas antholo ...more