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Kissing Lessons

(Before... and After #2)

3.32  ·  Rating details ·  96 ratings  ·  29 reviews
A kiss is just a kiss. It doesn’t have to mean anything. Does it?

At seventeen, Merry’s never been kissed. Since he doesn’t want to disappoint his prom date, he asks his more experienced best friend, Boone, for some pointers. Surprisingly, Boone agrees to give him a hands-on lesson.

But they have no idea what they’re getting into.

They explore hundreds of ways to make out, bu
ebook, 81 pages
Published April 26th 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
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☆ Todd
Apr 08, 2017 rated it really liked it

Wow, that was... steamy. Talk about a buildup. And from a YA/NA story, no less.

Foreplay, anyone?

Toward the end of the first long kissing scene, which didn't rush anything, drawing out the descriptions and sexual tension, I literally caught myself holding my breath a bit and thinking, "Holy shit." (Okay, confession, I actually whispered it.) I'm not even exaggerating. I was pulled that deeply in, no lie.

Then a week later, they shared their second set of slow, steamy kisses, which I also found eng
Kissing porn? Kissing porn.

This story of two straight-identifying 17-year old boys had the potential to be extremely cute. However, I didn't make it past page one before doubts sprang up as to whether the author had ever actually met any 17-year old boys.

Here we're inside Merry's POV as he thinks about his best friend:

"Boone was... the best of men -- although technically at seventeen they had not quite reached manhood yet."

Manhood?? Thought no 17-year old boy in the history of the world, ever.

Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Very, very sweet and surprisingly hot, I was ready to give this book 4-stars until things got too mushy-gushy towards the end.

I haven't had much experience with Susan Laine, but I was surprised with how well she built up the heat between these two innocent little high schoolers (*insert evil grin*). I mean, these guys pretty much just kiss and rub on each other, and I swear I was riveting and sweating along with them. Phew! Who knew making out could be so sexy?

Okay, I knew this book would be sho
4.5 Hearts

This story goes to show you don’t need full on penetrative sex to make a story romantic nor sexy. This was so ridiculously sexy and it was just kissing… everywhere.

Good lord. I have to say that the blurb made me want this because I am a huge sucker for friends to lover’s stories and asking your BFF to teach you how to kiss and then both of you absolutely getting into it? Sign me up. You see, one of my favorite friends to lovers’ stories comes from the God of Teen Angst Drama, John Hugh
This book was absurd in so many ways, I don't even know where to start. One thing I'm sure about, is that I keep expecting way more than I get from this author's writing and all the time the blurb cheats me.
There were so many things wrong with this book that I lost count. No 17 years old boy talks like Merry and Boone (mostly him) did. The use of pet names was annoying and came out of no where. If I read "bae" one more time I'm gonna get my kindle on fire, litterally. The book seemed to be a cat
Erica Chilson
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wickedreads, m-m, mm, 5-star
I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

5 Kissing Stars.

Jesus. I am so glad I was alone as I read this novella. My eyes were popping out of my skull and I'm still wearing a perma-blush as I type out this review.

Susan Laine is a new-to-me author, so I'll be checking out more of her work.

Merry & Boone may be 17 years old, but I can't classify this as a young adult novel (I have no idea what the publisher is classifying this as) From a 17 yo's standpoint, I'd want
Aug 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
DNF:ed at approximately 85 %. I thought I could finish it, I mean it is a little over 120 pages but nah it was horrible. I mean, the text was really clunky...And at first it read like an epic long “kissing-foreplay” if I say so. But it didn’t get better. Honestly I like the first 50 pages or so but then it just fell so flat. And the last pages I just couldn’t get through it. It was really cringe-worthy, both in the non-existent plot and the kinda bad writing...It actually read like an really bad ...more
Sweet, short, friends become lovers and are not sure the other feels the same way. It was a feel good short novel with lots and lots of kissing. I liked the first one and while these are only PG-13 at best I would still read the next in line. Lane's stories always carry a sweet HEA feel to them that some times you just need.
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Kissing Lessons by Susan Lane is the second book in the Before and After series. This can be read as a stand alone book with no problems. I do like the sweet coming of age story in this book. The story of best friends becoming more.
Boon is going to turn 18 in a few days. His best friend Merry always rubs it in how he is older and wiser.
Boon is a good person he is sweet and kind. Good friend to have.
Merry is in a funk. Boon wants to know why. Boon hated being in the dark especially if it involve
Have you ever read a book and thought how cute those two 17-year-old lads were, sharing their 'first's' and one teaching the other how to kiss for the first time? Well, that's essentially the basis of this story but they were so utterly annoying that I wished this book was shorter because seriously, how many types of kiss can one read about before wanting to pull one's hair out because it goes on and on and on till it's become ridiculous!

This just wasn't believable. When two supposedly straight
Lisa The Novel Approach
Awwww….this was cute. And, pretty sexy as well! Who knew there were so many different types of kisses?! I sure didn’t. But, Merry wanted kissing lessons, damnit, so Boone did his research, and went all out to help his best friend. I cracked up at this line from Boone after Merry was expressing concern that he wasn’t taking it seriously, and maybe wasn’t gonna give Merry his best stuff…

“Man, you’re a demanding little prick, aren’t you?” But Boone sounded amused, so Merry let it slide. “Fine. I’ll
RE Reader
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
I'd probably give this 2.5 stars but will round down because of the unbelievability. It's a sweet premise, but it's just so far-fetched.

What I liked:
~ both MCs -- Boone and Merry are good guys, and although the book focused almost entirely on their relationship with each other (so we don't really get to see the bigger picture of their lives), I still found both of them sympathetic
~ the romance...kind of -- it was sweet, without a doubt, but it was also a gentle unfolding rather than anything str
Apr 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m-romance
Kissing Lessons is a short book about two seniors in high school, Merry and Boone, who have been best friends for most of their lives. Merry finds the courage to ask Boone to help him learn to properly kiss [something he never had the chance to do] before he goes to prom with his date so he doesn't embarrass himself in front of the entire student class.

Boone, although reluctant at first, agrees to help teach Merry the various ways to kiss someone, growing more interested and invested in the less
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lgbt, novels, young-adult
ugh, too short it's means not enough development. it feels like a really rough draft too. it has a lot potential to be the hottest slown burn romance ever since there's no such thing as too much kissing. yet, it felt rushed, weird and cringe worthy. you know, when suddenly the MC calling each other bae, baby, honey, sweetheart? too much endearment it's feels like a grandma talk. the 'oh i love him, i've fallen for him' thing was too sudden. like seriously? sorry it just didnt work with me, but t ...more
Courtney Pate
Dec 01, 2018 rated it liked it
This was an okay romance. Some of the endearments were a little odd for 17 year old boys to use - like sweetheart. In the beginning I thought it was going to be a two star romance but it got better toward the end and earned itself 3 stars.
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
A sweet read and I never knew so many different names for kissing. I loves the romantic build and of course the learning experience with the characters.
Bob S.
Cute, sexy and romantic but devoid of any real story.
May 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Short and sweet MM romance.
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, short
My only real issue with this book? The use of the word 'bae'.
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 sweet and sexy stars
Jun 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Cute idea, although I admit the kiss names started to grate on my nerves. And sometimes they seemed much older than 17.
Morgan  Skye
What a pleasant surprise this was!

I was a bit nervous about this – I’ve seen the premise before and it’s hard to be fresh in this area. It’s also hard to know what to expect from a YA story – there’s so much room for interpretation as to what is “acceptable”.

I will say that you absolutely have to let go and suspend your disbelief – these two guys don’t sound like any boys I’d know – they speak far too “maturely” and far too comfortably about their feelings – I’m sure they exist but boys this age
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This is the first time that I have read a book by Susan Laine, but it definitely won’t be the last. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Kissing Lessons, which is the second book in the Before… and After series. It’s a standalone book. I loved the cover for the book, and the blurb for the book was catchy and made me want to read it. And I wasn’t disappointed in what I read. The book’s pretty steamy with lots of hot kissing scenes and a li
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Susan is an award-winning author of LGBTQ erotic romance. She writes for Dreamspinner Press, DSP Publications, Siren BookStrand, Evernight Publishing, and Less Than Three Press. Susan is a Finn writing in English. She likes action flicks, pop music, saunas, and the seasons in Finland. Join Susan's newsletter HERE.

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