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Kiss Me Like You Mean It

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  463 ratings  ·  141 reviews
My love is poison. His kiss is mine.

“The first time he saw me I was shattered glass, and he was a shadow. If I had stayed, he would have just faded away.”

It’s strange how easy it is to tell our stories to a stranger’s eyes. The truth about Connor Stratford and I had always been a sad tale. Over ten years of chasing, tears, lies, vows, and leaving. Two people who never lov
Kindle Edition, 145 pages
Published March 22nd 2018 by Rogue Books
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May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it

Genre: Women's Fiction/Romance
Type: Standalone
POV: First Person – Female (Partially dual)

Gwen's life was in shambles. After the future she dreamed of was stripped from her grasp, she needed a distraction. Connor Stratford came into her life when she needed him the most. But what started as a simple friendship turned into a decade complications that would consume both of their lives.

J.R. Rouge is a new author to me. I've seen and like bits and pieces of her poetry and I was intrigued by
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you were ever interested in what a love child between Amy Harmon and Tarryn Fisher looked like- HELLO KISS ME LIKE YOU MEAN IT.

Not only is this a novel about a woman and her struggles with loneliness, depression, and keeping certain men at arms length- it’s a poetic adventure full of delicate words and strong and jagged cuts of feelings. Feelings bleeding out and no band aid cures for these kind, sorry.

The book as a whole was FULL of great lines. The lines were so palpable, heavy. Just righ
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Read this review and many more at: 5171 Miles Book Blog.

Check out my interview with J.R. Rogue here!

Everything about this book makes me excited. The cover, the story, the setting(s) - J.R. Rogue knocked it out of the park with her third novel. This is not your typical love story. It's raw, revealing, and you may find your heart snagging on some of the shattered dreams inside. Nevertheless, the best books are the ones that make readers feel every word, and I definitely have some inkspots splatt
J.R. Rogue
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
The main character is a trainwreck, but I can relate..... 😂😂
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
4 stars

Such a great story!I love the writing so much it was poetic and flawless!I was hooked from the beginning!It was interesting and so different from whatever I have read so far!Kiss Me Like You Mean It was an intense and emotional story!Gwen isn't perfect she is messed up and she tries to hide her emotions.The story was original and you could easily feel like you are a part of it!This isn't your typical romance.I would love to see more books like this from this author!!


Kelli Spear
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
I may have to remove my rating at some point. This is a placeholder until I further review my feelings on this one.

I love me some angst. That’s no secret. And that’s what I was expecting here. Honestly, though, I didn’t feel any. I mostly felt confused and angry.

I’m sort of shocked that this is someone’s true life story, because man. It’s shocking. I really don’t know how else to describe it. Or how I felt reading it.

I’m so many ways, it’s sad. The way she sees herself and the way she thinks o
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The rawness. I love her writing. Holy mother.
This is between a 4 & 5* for me, but when someone writes about their brutal truth for all the world to see, you applaud
the beautiful bravery they’ve shown and you give them all the stars.
This was unputdownable for me. Loved.
Donna ~ The Romance Cover
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Kiss Me Like You Mean It by JR Rogue
4 stars!!!

“You can only go to sleep with tear-stained pillows for so long.”

JR Rogue is a new to me author and it was the synopsis that really captured my attention and made me want to read it. I have to say that this author is insanely talented, the way she strings her words together, sentences, paragraphs and pages is exquisite. Lyrical prose that reads like poetry, effortless, emotional and bewitching. This was a book that I couldn’t put down, another ni
Christina Hart
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tragic, hopeful, honest. I believe this is Rogue's best novel to date.

At once arresting, haunting, and harrowing, Rogue's latest novel will send you down a rabbit hole of adultery, faithfulness, hardships, and ultimately, the path to healing.

I wasn't more than five pages in when I realized this book was going to hurt all my feelings and then some. It was captivating, poetic, and brutally honest in its prose. Rogue has a way of weaving words together that will leave you speechless, make you pau
Halime   Yazıcı Mimaroğlu
Yesterday with my dear friend's recommendation (Actually she had some doubts about this book and wanted us give it a try because of possibility to hate book:D) I voluntered to read this book. Moreover I was curious because of title of book.

Book is narrated by main female character now and from past at the some time in someparts there was Connor who narrated story in his point of view .At beginning this was a little bit confusing for me but after half of story I adjuted it myself actually my bra
A.D. McCammon
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“I wondered why humans applied poison straight to their wounds, without batting an eye. I couldn't stomach healing. I rejected the sun, warmth, comfort. I wanted nothing to do with that foreign magic. It couldn't be trusted. Hurt could be trusted.”

There isn’t anything I didn’t love about this novel. I loved the way Jen set up and told the story, the raw truth and emotion of it, and the way she ended it.

“I can’t let good in all the way, not yet. I will rebel against it until I die. I will rebel
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mind-fuck
2 ⭐⭐ Stars! What a depressing book. The heroine was not likable, the hero deserved better. Was almost a DNF. Nothing felt genuine. The writing style was stilted and choppy. I didn’t like it. ...more
Inked Avenue
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"When I think of his eyes and the way they looked at me I can convince myself that my heart isn't still mangled. I can convince myself I am a little bit whole."


There are certain novels that carve a mark through my heart and demand too much; too much of my heart, too many of my emotions. They make me revisit a darkness from my past; a part that I'm not sure will ever heal. I both love and hate these novels. I love them because I relate so deeply, and I hate them for the very same reason. Kiss Me
Erica Russikoff
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm ashamed to admit that I've had this book for weeks and am just now reviewing it. Honestly, I needed to think about it. I needed time to process. Gwen was not an easy person to like and yet I liked her. Why? I just got her. She had been abused. She was depressed. She hated herself. She was ugly, sloppy, and weak (her words, not mine). She sought distance in relationships. She self-sabotaged. She was flawed. And I could relate to her completely. In getting to know Gwen, I felt like I got to kn ...more
Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 Cranky Stars

This book is messy and it’s not happy and it will pull your soul apart and then stitch it back. Maybe not in the pieces it was before but it will give you some vague sense of hope. I saw my young self in Gwen. Messy when it came to love and terrible when it came to seeing myself as a decent person. A person who deserved all the mess I got and all the heartache I had coming to me. I hope J.R. Rouge knows that this book was like therapy for me yet this isn’t my story to tell it’s Gwe
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This bitch right here has left me speechless. Excuse me while I go cry uncontrollably in the shower for the next few days.
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you're a fan of easy romances featuring cute guys and plucky heroines whose biggest challenge is overcoming miscommunication, this is NOT the book for you.

If, on the other hand, you are a fan of brutal, raw, emotional books, this most assuredly is one you want to read. 

Gwen warns you--repeatedly--that she is a liar. So you spend part of your reading time wondering how much of what she's telling you is real. Sometimes her story takes such Dickensian turns that you suspect her veracity. Yet whe
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
♠♠ 4.5 Stars ♠♠
( Goodbyes are bitter when you have no clue what your next meeting will bring. )
This story was as real as you could get. Gwen and Connor's journey & how they ended up saying goodbye to only thing that was always meant to be forever is seen in KMLYMI.
( I felt like a broken car on the side of the road. He was the freeway, stretching out into oblivion.)
As you know that bad and evil things does happen in real world,
Every person goes through things you can't even imagine but st
Fabiola Francisco
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kiss Me Like You Mean It is a beautiful and moving story. I was pulled in from the beginning, needing to know more about Gwen. The words pulled at something inside of me, creating a mirror at the things I try to avoid looking at. It made me feel, truly feel, as I took this journey with Gwen. It's poetic and heavy with meaning. It hurt to read in the best way possible. The rawness and honesty in Rogue's words is a breath of fresh air.

I can't put into words the feelings that filled me as I read t
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is so hard to read yet so true. It is a sad but great story about what is true and real in life. I went through so many different emotions while I was reading this book. But so few books to that for me anymore. This was an eye opening book for me but I enjoyed it very much. Great book! I would recommend you giving this book a try and seeing what you think and feel when you finish it. *This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.*
Stacy Wray
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rating a book hardly seems appropriate when you know it's based on the author's real life. Not once while I was reading did I forget that. Such honesty poured into page after page. Of course, the writing was great as I expected it to be. I base a book on how it makes me feel, the way the story and characters infiltrate my mind when I'm forced to set it aside when life calls. I was pretty much raised the same as Connor so I found myself mirroring him. I can't identify with one thing Gwen went thr ...more
Angie Crabtree-Liezel and Angie's Book Blog
How do rate a book based on someone’s life? How do you write a review and judge that person’s soul? Their story?

I really don’t know how to do that. What I do know is the raw emotions that this book put me through. At times it was hard to read. Too hard. It took me almost a week to read it. Not because the writing was bad but because the emotions were too real and too much at one time. For me at least.

Jen takes on some very heavy topics. Depression. Abuse. Cheating. She does so with no apologie
Tracy *To the point Reviews*
I walk into this blind. As I result, I got knocked over by the deeply moving and poetic telling of the story of Gwen and Connor by J.R. Rogue. An author that am now eager to explore.

Gwen is on her way to see Connor. At the airport she meets a colleague. And there, she tells her story. And you know, little by little as you go deeper into the book, Gwen will tear you up with the telling of her past.

the gist is...

Self-sabotaging Gwen met Connor after her very ugly and humiliating break up with he
Krystle Able
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"There is little life in waiting for someone who is never coming back. So I liked to Pretend. Pretending was easy, and I was good at it."
"You underestimate my ability to pull others down. There was a heaviness to my words. I'll pull you down. Ill watch that smile leave your eyes."
"It was silly to think that one day he would wake up and magically decide to make a girlfriend out of the girl who was giving her body to him freely."
"I let my dreams slip away because my anxiety was a bigger monster th
Sara ✨ Next Book Review Blog ✨
Kiss Me Like You Mean It was my first book by J.R. Rogue and her writing is completely unique. Rogue’s writing is unlike anything I have ever read. Her writing nearly reads like poetry. I’ve seriously never seen anything like this… even when what she’s writing is painful and makes my heart ache… it sounds beautiful. It sounds like my heart breaking. How is that possible? I’m not a book reader that highlights in her kindle but this entire book reads like a teaser. It’s all quote worthy. Every wor ...more
White Hot Reads
I'm going to write my first ever review for a book that I did not finish ... YET! Why you ask? Because when this book was recommended to me I knew I had to read it. I also knew that it was going to be one that tugged at my heartstrings, broke me down and put me back together in a way that was different.

I was so right about all of these things. However, I'm at a place personally where I won't have this book completed by release day but that doesn't mean that it's not exceptional. The writing is
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After finishing this book I just felt like crying and smiling I will miss these characters.

I was hooked right from the beginning. The authors words flowed so beautifully off the pages...I read each and every one. I've never highlighted soo much throughout a book!

The story told is not an easy one, it's heartbreaking and tragic, yet there is hope and love and strength. I loved reading about Gwen,her relationships, her inner war, her worries, her love and ultimately her personal growth. Her story
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I finished this book in one day and really liked it. Even though I’ve not experienced all of the things the main character did I found myself really relating to her and rooting for her happiness. Also, team Connor.
Gina Wojcik
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Beautiful. That's the word that comes to this story.

When I first started reading I thought, "oh another love triangle." This was a story of darkness, light, pain, hurt, love and hate and the fine line between the two, selflessness and selfishness, and tragedy.

Gwen, she was complicated, beautiful, ugly, broken, real.
Connor, I loved him even when I hated him.

This story focused on a lot of mental illness issues with love in between. I will defintiley read more books by this author.
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Stunning. Raw. Lyrical.

I'm off to devour everything J.R. Rogue has written.

LOVE her style.
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