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A Kiss in the Dark

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  665 ratings  ·  134 reviews
When the lights go out at a Georgia high school football game, Macy Atwood finds herself in the arms of a boy who kisses her senseless – but is gone by the time the lights come back on. All she knows is that there was something special – and oddly familiar – about her mystery kisser.

Noah Granger, Ridgedale’s resident bad boy and newest transfer student, has no problem taki
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by Simon Pulse
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Camila Roy ••RoyIsReading••
RATING: 3.5/5

(...) there are the times when photographs capture perfectly the things we failed to see, things we didn’t even know about ourselves

Another cute, swoon-worthy read by Gina Ciocca. I’m not a fan of the cover honestly. It’s too similar to the author’s other book Last Year’s Mistake and a bit too cheesy for my taste.

As for the story, it was a nice, romantic, short read. The first 70% of this was fairly average but the twist at the end really shocked me and made me want to rate this hig
nick (the infinite limits of love)

Well, this was a disappointment. With a cover like that, I expected lots of swoony goodness, but what I got was :

1) Homecoming drama
2) More homecoming drama
3) Even more homecoming drama.

And it wasn't even the kind of drama that kept me glued to the pages. Everything seemed so pointless and easily something that could have been solved with communication. There were a bazillion characters here too and no one was fleshed out as deeply as they could have been. Ultimately, they wound up being bland a
Gina Ciocca
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Just piping up to say that I wrote this book, and I am very grateful to those of you who have taken the time to read and review it. A KISS IN THE DARK was inspired in part by a Superbowl commercial, and even though there is a literal kiss in the dark, it very much becomes a metaphor for not seeing what's right in front of you. I hope you enjoy the story of Macy's mystery kiss! If you do, and if you post a review of it (or any of my books - I am also the author of LAST YEAR'S MISTAKE and BUSTED), ...more
Paula  Phillips
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's amazing how much things can change in a few years? For Macy Atwood, when she started high school - she was a cheerleader, had good friends and two guys that she was happy with. Then the incident happened and fast-forward to now. Macy is no longer in front of the cameras as a cheerleader, but behind the lens, her friends no longer chat with her and the two guys she has spoken with since that night that changed everything. It's Macy's senior year, and she is busy snapping photos at the footba ...more
Samantha (WLABB)
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, ya, contemporary
Rating: 3.5 Stars

I loved the concept of a stolen kiss in the dark. A kiss that felt familiar, but was shrouded in mystery. Macy's search for the identity of the kisser coincided with some friends from the past reemerging in her life. I enjoyed tagging along as Macy examined events from her past in order to figure out her present.

•Pro: The format worked really well for this story. There were several concurrent mysteries running through this story, and all were connected in some way to the events
Andi (Andi's ABCs)
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on Andi's ABCs
I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The first time I read a book by Gina Ciocca was her debut, Last Year's Mistake, in 2015. I enjoyed the book a lot. I really clicked with the writing. So when I saw Gina had another book, Busted, coming out in 2018 I was beyond excited. Read and loved that. And then there was A Kiss in the Dark. A boo
ضحى الحداد
4.5 stars
Really liked this cute book .. from the moment of that"kiss" onward it waa really a fun story to follow .. I loved the chemistry between the characters and the ending was really satisfying .. recommeded if you like Kasie West books
Jessica *The Lovely Books*
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very cute!
This. This is just pure high school drama. It’s like a soap opera copy and pasted into a high school setting. There were so many side plots and issues that were just people NOT TALKING TO EACH OTHER. But not for a few days or weeks. Nooo it was a YEAR of not talking!! I liked the main girl at first, but then she was just annoying because it was so gosh darn obvious who “mysteriously kissed her” (which was the only original aspect of the book by the way but kind of got ruined since I figured out ...more
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-but-unowned, arc
I received this free eARC novel from Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review.

Macy is starting off senior year in a way that she never imagined: down 3 friends, not on the cheerleading team, and on the sidelines taking photos. She had everything going for her junior year with her best friends Meredith, Ben and Jadie, and she was crushing hardcore on the transfer student Joel. Homecoming was coming up, and things were looking promising when Joel finally got around to asking her to go with him.
Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
You can find this review and others on my blog shades of paper

I was pretty curious with the premise of the book, so I decided to pick this book up since I felt I was in the middle of a tiny reading slump and wanted something quick an easy to get into, and till this point I don’t know if I regret that decision, because I didn’t like this book at all. I had such high expectations and I ended up pretty disappointed.

Hear me out. The main issue why I disliked the story and made me lower my rating tha
Mar 02, 2018 rated it liked it
It was solid writing, and the set-up was done in a way that did feel paced well and intrigued me enough for me to keep on going. I did figure out something partway through that was a major plot point, but it didn't affect my overall feelings. I do think I might have enjoyed this one more were I a little younger than I am now. ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
The book alternates between junior and senior year. And I lost my train of thought. You know what, YA really works for me when it is like this. First audio, obviously, and second, normal YA with normal people. No angst. Drama, yes, they are teens after all. And romance of course.

Macy loves to take photos (this author seems to have a type), she is nice and normal. I'd love to have had a friend like that in HS.
And then someone kisses her, in the dark. Let the drama begin.

There is Joel who she got
Nov 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Not as swoony of a romance as I wanted. The back of the book makes it sound like the central theme of the story is an anonymous romance, but it was more about mending friendships and piecing together what happened at homecoming of the prior year. There was a lot of drama and a lot of miscommunications between Macy and, well, everyone else. She was also fairly clueless. I adored the love interest, and the ending was very sweet. I was expecting this to be more like PS I Like You (one of my favorit ...more
Raven_Blake (dreamy addictions)
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars!
Same Review Also Posted On My Blog: Dreamy Addictions

I have mixed feelings about this book. It was fun to read, but honestly I didn’t enjoy it as much as I hoped. From the blurb and the cover, I expected some swoon worthy romance not some high school drama. The mystery and the twists in the plot were pretty much predictable. The main character was not bad but her ignorance quite frustrated me. I’m not saying it was a terrible read because the plot was entertaining enough
Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)
I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Macy had a rough junior year and is hoping to make the best of her senior year, including mending some relationships that were destroyed last year. When the lights go out at her high school during the football game, Macy finds herself in the arms of a boy who kisses her senseless. The boy seems to know her and everything about him is familiar, but ...more
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
I didn't particularly love Gina Ciocca's BUSTED so I was slightly worried going into this; however, I ended up being pleasantly surprised. A KISS IN THE DARK is fast paced as well as fun, and Gina even packs in a surprising twist at the end!

It took A KISS IN THE DARK a while to find its footing. I had a hard time at first keeping Macy's friends and potential love interests - there were THREE, which seemed nutty at the time but Gina brought it together quite nicely by the end - straight. Once I
Lenni Jones
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-5-stars

Finally, a cutesy romance novel that was exactly what I needed this summer!

It's been a while since I've read a romance novel. I mean like a real, cheesy, fluffy, cute romance novel. I loved this book and everything about it and I'm really glad to get back on track for the summer with this novel!

This book starts off with a kiss. Our main character, Macy Atwood, is kissed in the dark at a football game by a "stranger" who is gone by the time the lights come back on. This is an inte
KarenJo Custodio
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 - Adorable and Wonderfully Swoony

A Kiss in the Dark is a fun and wonderfully swoony YA contemporary story. With a mixture of drama, mystery, romance and humor, this book had me positively entertained throughout the entire time.

When I saw this book on Instagram, the gorgeous cover immediately made me swoon and I was dying to get my hands on it. Then I saw that Ciocca was also coming out with Busted and I just couldn’t pass up requesting for both books. I finished reading Busted a few months a
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable easy read. It started out a little confusing introducing a lot of characters at once so it was hard to keep everyone straight but as the story progressed i found myself not wanting to put the book down. At some points I did have to remind myself that it was based around teenagers because communication could have solved a lot of issues however I remember being a teenager and communication isn’t something they’re great at. Unfortunately like in real life, the characters were concerned wi ...more
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
Jun 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: yabc, arc
See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! I got a hardcover for review from the publisher as a staff reviewer for YA Books Central.

Got a secret admirer or similar mystery suitor in a book? Perhaps the characters talk through letters or online but neither knows who the other person really is? GIMME BOOK. I WANT. From A Cinderella Story to How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You and beyond, it’s been a trope that rubs me just the right way–and it’s the trope A Kiss in the Dark is built on.

Macy is a lika
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
High school drama, it's never interesting unless you were part of it. But weirdly enough, knowing that i hate drama, this one actually interested me, to the point of me staying glued to the pages and finishing it in one sitting.
It was full of secrets which makes you continue on reading to know what happened and what's going to happen, because it alternates between the past and the present, so even though i figured out the identity of the mysterious kisser way in the beginning, i continued on rea
Char ღ Denae
I really enjoyed this book! It was part love story, part mystery and, though I figured out the 'mystery kisser' pretty quickly, and I'm not sure the author was trying to keep it a secret, it kept me totally guessing on other mysteries. It was very well written, the characters were believable and realistic, and the ending was very satisfying. It was also very well edited which, in my opinion, is important in a good read. No typos or grammatical errors, that I remember...

All in all, definitely an
Really good! I love how well written this was. Like I feel like if this happened in real life, this is exactly what would happen. Ben was such a good character, and I can relate to Macy (MC) a lot. Highly reccomend!
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gave-away
Just what I needed. Something that kept me intrigued from start to finish, had a bit of a surprise towards the end, and sweet happy romance. 😁
Drama, drama, drama... but dang it, I couldn't stop reading it.

Also, holy awesome plot twist batman! I'm usually good at predicting things, but I didn't catch on to this one until about a minute before it was revealed. Nice, very nice.

Not a big fan of how happy the ending was. Everyone seemed too quick to forget old hurts/betrayals/fears and just be ok with everything
But there's no way I imagined it. Someone kissed me in the dark. But why?
And more important--who?

Senior year is not starting as planned for Macy Atwood. Last year, she was on the cheerleading team, crushing on the transfer student, and hanging out with her large group of friends. Until all of that went up in flames, literally. Now Macy has lost two of her closest friends, quit the cheerleading team, and is still struggling with the fact that the boy she liked stood her up last homecoming. Bu
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, romance
A Kiss in the Dark is slightly intense with mystery.

Trope: friends to lovers.
Rachel Jing
May 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
I’ve realized that Gina Ciocca books are not for me. After reading Busted, which contained barely any romance and was mostly a mystery, I thought A Kiss in the Dark would be more romantic, but it had a similar, gaping mystery. I guess the mystery is what kept me reading till the end, but it wasn’t an enjoyable ride. Because:

a) THREE LOVE INTERESTS. Waaaayy too many. I didn’t end up caring about any of them, sorry.

b) The whole mystery could’ve been solved so easily, with one conversation. Yet it
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