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Mouth to Mouth

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  3,309 ratings  ·  164 reviews
Police detective Russ Evans gets more than he had bargained for when he is assigned to watch gorgeous coffee shop owner Laurel Wilkins, supposedly the latest target of con man Trevor Dean, in a sensuous and witty novel of mistaken identity and romance.
Paperback, 280 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Kensington
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5+ stars – Contemporary Romance

This is a very cute, funny, spicy romantic read with a sexy, rugged, alpha detective who finds himself completely out of his element when he goes all soft and mushy for a woman he meets on his latest police investigation. The last thing Russ wants or needs is a relationship because between his demanding job and raising his teenage brother Sean, there’s no time left for a personal life. Laurel is tired of being the perpetual “good girl” and living a somewhat shelter
Laura Brown
May 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
As a person with a hearing loss, I was excited to see another story with a deaf character. As a person with a hearing loss, I couldn't finish this book.

I didn't make it much past chapter two because of how the hearing loss was handled. Laurel speaks for the first time but it's not immediately noted her deafness in her voice, which would be obvious. She lipreads like a champ, which is 100% unrealistic. She doesn't miss much, unless the author wanted to use it for emphasis rather than reality. Lau
Jul 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Recommended to Corrine by: Shawna Razzaz
It’s very rare that I come across one five star book in a whole month, let alone two in one weekend. Saturday, I was fed up with reading book after book where the protagonists spend half the book bickering or just hating each other. It seems like no writer is willing to introduce genuine emotional tension, so they manufacture some reason that the hero and heroine can’t get along. Which is fine – once in a while. But book, after book, after book seemed to be like that, so I took a much-need break ...more
Nov 18, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cute read. If I read it 6 or 10 years ago, I might have given it more stars but it was a bit too predictable for me. Nothing much happening in it. Main characters were nice as were the secondary ones ... too much sex? Jeez, who would have ever thought I might think that about books but sometimes I want a bit more of a storyline and substance.

Sep 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K. by: Shawna Razzaz
"Mouth to Mouth" by Erin McCarthy; Present Day Contemporary Romance (with a splash of suspense) 4-1/2*

Russ and Laurel

After so many angsty and tortured heros, it was a nice switch to read this somewhat real life romance. Russ, a meat and potatoes/"every man" cop is coincidentally thrown together with Laurel, a sexily sweet girl next door (although of the "mansion next door" set) while investigating a local con who targets women and rolls them of their money. Ironically, the con that Laurel was su
Russ Evans is floored when the woman he and his partner have been watching, hoping a con artist would approach her, jumps up from her table, calls him by his name, and hugs him. What the heck? How does the woman know him? And what does she mean she was waiting for him?

Well, maybe she meant that she was waiting for him because they had a date, and she knows him because they've been chatting online for the past month or so.
Only that Russ doesn't even own a computer and even if he did he wouldn't h
Miss Kim
Jun 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everybody!
Recommended to Miss Kim by: Mahlet, Shawna, Corrine
LOVED this book! It was like eating cotton candy and getting a secret thrill that tastes so good but I shouldn’t be eating it I had so much to do, but I couldn’t put this book down. Russ, Russ, Russ. He is currently my favorite hero. The always-do-the-right-thing cop that is a little put upon. He ranks right there with Ben Lawson from ‘Talk Me Down’.

He’s the guardian of his 13 year old brother since the death of his parents. He has been struggling with handling his own grief in the past year si
Oct 08, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Lighter Contemporary Romance or Erin McCarthy
Reviewed for THC Reviews
"3.5 stars" Mouth to Mouth was a pretty good book, but wasn't as amazing as I was expecting it to be based on other readers' glowing reviews. Normally, I'm not overly influenced by reviews, because I have found books that others hated which I loved and vice versa. This time, I must have been influenced more than usual though, because I think I went into reading this one with somewhat high expectations, only to finish it feeling a little disappointed and oddly unsatisfied.
Sep 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kathrynn by: Shawna, Kim and many others
4 1/2 Stars! This was a nice, modern romance with a hint of suspense thrown in the mix. Stir the pot and toss in some really hot scenes, comical dialogue and that sums of this little romance set in Cleveland, Ohio--in winter. Brrr. The cold temperature is mentioned in several places, so I felt it, too.

Nicely written. Neat characters: Laurel and Russ. Laurel was a deaf woman, age 25, who was finally ready to get out into the world and live. She used her mom as an excuse, but when her mom's chara
Apr 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, erotic-romance
Loved this! Very funny, touching and HOT!

Laurel lost her hearing due to a childhood illness. She went off to college, and tried to assert her independence, studying to be a teacher. Once her father died and left her the house, she returned to her hometown to live with her mother and clerk at a candy shop. She enjoys what she does, but she’s tired of living a safe, unadventurous life…and one that includes no sex in the last 6 years! After some heated internet chatting with a gentleman using the
Sep 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Adrienne by: Shawna Razzaz
I thought this book was brilliant!! funny and humourous,sometimes a little bit sad, sometimes thought provoking, sweet! OMG what more can I say other than just read the other reviews to get a good reason to read this!

The humourous one-liners had me chuckling away like a fool on the train:) but the underlying stories of who do you trust? how you treat fellow human beings? and the importance of just being 'who you are' were very strong for me.

It was refreshing to read such a sweet, sexy (yes hot
Mar 03, 2016 rated it liked it
ehh... this one was just OK for me... It was cute, almost a little too cutesy.

Overall rating: 4.5 "Bunny" stars!

Cheating: (view spoiler)
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I found it enchanting in a steamy sort of way. Another easy pleasant read with a hint of suspense thrown in.
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4.5 STARS ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Michele Smith
What I like about Erin McCarthy is that she writes about real freakin people. People with issues, people who are like the people I have met in real life. People who annoy me, people who excite me, people who are just awful and amazing all rolled up together in one. It’s soooooo freakin refreshing. I’m so used to reading about characters who have their shit together. They are rich, smart, creative, loyal... their shit don’t stink and I’ve yet to find anyone in my life who actually truly has their ...more
Russ Evans is a love em and leave em Cop, who although would never seek commitment with another woman, finds himself hunting down a con artist who seesks out dumpy women, has them fall in love, and than takes there money and runs. Currently Russ is staking out what looks to be his next victim, Laurel Wilkins. Something is not adding up though because the beauty through his binoculars is far from the women he chases, believing she is an accomplice, Russ just needs a closer look before deciding ho ...more
I feel like I read this but never marked it as read...hmmm
Feb 10, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Daisiemae by: I like the author
I have read several books by Erin McCarthy. I haven't been disappointed in any of them so far. I think her characters are well developed, and the sexual chemistry as well as the relationship that develops between them is always well written.
Russ Evans is not looking for a relationship. Having the responsibility of raising his younger brother, dealing with the death of his parents and being a cop he does not have the time or the inclination to have a girlfriend.
Laurel Wilkins is looking for a se
Diane ~Firefly~
Jul 31, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Diane ~Firefly~ by: Shawna
Shelves: cat, contemporary, romance
Well if you are looking for a steamy romance with a hint of danger, this is the book for you.

What I enjoyed:
* Laurel. It is unusual to have a heroine with a handicap (she's deaf) and she's lived a sheltered life, but seems to be ready to take control.
* Sean. Poor kid has had his life turned upside down and his brother can't seem to figure out what to do.
* Cat and Jerry because they are cute together.
* Ferris, the cat was a definite character.

What could have been better:
* A little less steam and
Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim)
Hi. I'm Laural Wilkins. I'm deaf. (Well, rich and deaf but who's keeping track.) I feel a little lonely so I think I'll engage in some random sex with a random guy I met online. Well, the guy I thought I was meeting showed up. Except he wasn't the guy I was chatting with. Oh well. I guess I'll just have sex with him instead. He is hot and sexy after all.

If you can get over this brief digest of the opening of the book, they you'll probably really like the book. The sex was hot and fun (the candy
Dec 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, 11th-12th-grade
3.7 stars!

This was a pretty nice book. Not earth-shattering but nice. Sometimes,I got a little frustrated and angry with the main characters, but by the end, all the problems were solved and they weren't annoying at all. My favorite character was Sean, Russ's little brother. I thought he was just awesome and I felt for him. Character development was awesome.

I like reading books where either the girl or the guy, one of the main characters, have some kind of physical problem. Reading these books
Aug 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
June 2020
I went ahead and bought the ebook version and it was a nice treat to myself. I still very much like this book but I am taking away one star away from my original review. It doesn't have a seamless flow between characters.

August 2015
You have the perfect recipe for a classic romance novel. A strong yet stubborn male meets a slightly innocent but confidant woman and fall in love. There's a hint of a threat in the form of a con artist. And you even have the two best friends fall in love wit
Nov 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book because it kept me laughing throughout. Loved Russ and Laurel as well as Cat and Jerry. Cat and Jerry added even more humor to an already humorous story. Great chemistry between the two couples, and very steamy love scenes. Laurel is such a sweetie (or should I say "bunny" LOL) that you can't help but like her. ...more
Nov 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Contemporary romance
There is something about the way Erin McCarthy tells a story that just appeals to me in every way. I have yet to read a book of hers that I haven't absolutely LOVED. This one is no different. I love the character development in this story and they're so easy to fall in love with. And FUNNY! There are so many moments that I find myself laughing out loud whenever I read ANY of her books. ...more
Mary C
Mar 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reread, 2019
I love this book. I've read it several times now. It's one of the few books that I reread on a regular basis. I'm not normally a rereader. But I loved the 2 main characters. I'm not good a reviews so I don't know if I can even say why. Other than that the book makes me smile every time I read it even though I know what's going to happen. ...more
Mar 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was a great book! I loved the characters and the progression of the relationship. The dialog was good and often hilarious. Nice light reading with some chuckles thrown in.
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this story and was pleasantly surprised at how steamy it was. The H was really crazy for the h and I loved that. The author did such a great job with the secondary characters such as Vincent and Cat. Ferris stole with book for me, I adored his scenes. My only problem with the book was how the author handled the h's disability. I don't think it was very accurate. ...more
Oct 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
Erin McCarthy has done it again with Mouth to Mouth. Her latest book was so good that I didn't want it to end. It was witty, sexy and with a heroine who even though she has a disability, doesn't let that defer her from having a life and love. And the hero thinks he belongs on the dredges of society, that is until he meets the wonderful heroine and beings to feel worthy.

Laurel, is deaf and lives with her mother. She doesn't date much because of her disability and decides to use on-line dating to
4.25 RATING- A cute and enjoyable contemporary story that I'm glad I took the time to read. While there is a suspense story line it is definitely secondary to the romance which develops between the two main characters, Russ and Laurel, and really only provides a backdrop for the relationship. No major suspense, no kidnappings, drama, etc.

I really enjoyed the interaction between Russ and Laurel and loved how protective this hero was over the heroine, who happened to be deaf. The steam level was
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USA Today and New York Times Bestselling author Erin McCarthy sold her first book in 2002 and has since written over seventy novels and novellas in teen fiction, new adult, and adult romance. Erin has a special weakness for high-heeled boots, beaches and martinis. She lives in Ohio with her family, two grumpy cats and a socially awkward dog.

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