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A standalone sweet holiday romance.

When Lacey Winters escapes her stressful New York City life for a relaxing winter vacation in the Caribbean, she's ready to get some sun and enjoy a little time to herself. But her plans for peace and tranquility are shattered when she finds that her ex-boyfriend is already at the same resort—and with the same woman Lacey found him cheati
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Published October 13th 2020 by Carina Rose
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Steph's Romance Book Talk
4.5 Stars / 2 Steam Fans

Who knew a book with NO ON PAGE SEX and kisses could be so sexually charged...not I. However, Once Upon a Kiss does that for me. Lacey is on a holiday birthday vacation when her douchebag ex shows up at the same resort with his mistress. Lacey takes charge and notices Drew, introduces herself, and lands a fake boyfriend with one scorching hot kiss. Drew is on his yearly vacation at the resort when he gets tingles after seeing Lacey from afar. Lacey's kiss and proposal ro
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Jennifer
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This sweet Contemporary Romance is sprinkled with Holiday magic. Once Upon a Kiss, the debut novel for Carina Rose, is the perfect package wrapped in sun, sand and all the feels.

Lacey Winters flees New York City to the Caribbean, plowing into Drew Mitchell's existence. A winter escape for them both, unintentionally and inexplicably alters the course of their lives. Moving on after a brutal betrayal is never easy. Their chance meeting begins with smoke and mirrors, but it's what's left when that
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L.A.
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once Upon a Kiss, by newcomer Carina Rose, had me from the first page. This is a sweet and beautifully told romance about finding your happily ever after when you least expect it. Her debut novel and Carina Rose knocked it out of the park. Can't wait to see what she brings us next. ...more
Karrie Mellott Puskas
“Hi, I’m Lacey Winters. Are you single?”

This one question asked will make you forget what you were about to do in your everyday life!

When I read that question, I knew ohhh this is going to be a good story! What I didn’t expect was for this book to be beyond great! I LOVE everything about this book!

It gave me all the feels! I fell in love with Drew! And I have a slight crush on Lacey!

I love that Lacey is a strong woman! She knows what she wants and just goes for it. Drew is the man who we imagin
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Sassy Southern
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG!!!! This book pulled me in and hooked me right from the start! I absolutely loved Lacey and Drew and could not get enough of them. Lacey is away on her birthday vacation when she runs into her ex. Not wanting to look like she was alone she approached Drew in hopes that he could stand in as her fake boyfriend. What starts out as pretend soon starts to feel very real when the pull Lacey and Drew feel towards each other can't be denied. The problem is that Lacey has been hurt before and doesn't ...more
lowkeyreader
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is such a sweet read. I didn't realise it was a debut book. You're for sure going to be so jealous of Lacey and Drew's story. It started off as a fake relationship that turned into something more. It was so much fun to read their love journey. I loved their characters, absolutely well-written. Lacey is one strong and independent woman, that's what I loved about her. And Drew is a swoon-worthy guy. Their chemistry was off the charts!

What an amazing debut!
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Chrissy Busick
This is quite possibly one of the sweetest, most romantic love stories I have ever read. For those of you looking for a clean romance, this is it. It is an Insta-love, clean, sweet romance that will have you chuckling, swooning, and crying happy tears. It is so beautifully written. There are so many incredible characters. I absolutely enjoyed this book.
Heather
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once Upon a Kiss is exactly what I needed to read and I didn’t even know it! It was sweet and romantic and realistic and just amazing.
What an absolutely refreshingly satisfying read. Loved it!
MJ
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-books
Once Upon a Kiss is the utterly charming debut from Carina Rose. A story that is heartwarming and sweet, I do believe I had a smile on my face from start to finish. The unexpected romance between Lacey Winters and Drew Mitchell gives hope to those with broken hearts that as much as you may be hurting and may not believe in fate, it somehow manages to sneak in and cause love to bloom. With a tropical backdrop, these two enjoyed their 'fake' dating a bit too much and I could feel Lacey and Drew fa ...more
Erica
Oct 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-books
Once Upon a Kiss is a sweet, 100% happily ever after book.

After breaking up with her ex boyfriend,  Lacey decides to go on the bday trip she planned while with him. Low and behold, he decided to show up on her vacation with his current girl. In a split second decision, she makes one move that changes the course of her vacation and life.

Drew is on his yearly vacation at his friend's family's resort and his eyes a spot the most Beautiful woman he has ever seen. Just when he is about to make his
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Stacie Christensen
A standalone sweet holiday romance.

When Lacey Winters escapes her stressful New York City life for a relaxing winter vacation in the Caribbean, she's ready to get some sun and enjoy a little time to herself. But her plans for peace and tranquility are shattered when she finds that her ex-boyfriend is already at the same resort—and with the same woman Lacey found him cheating with.

Reeling from the shock and determined to prove she's moved on, Lacey impulsively kisses a handsome stranger she spott
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FunUndertheCovers
Simply a breath of fresh air, that is what the words of Carina Rose has meant to me.
She has brought back Romance to the world of books. I felt like a teenager again reading the sweet words of Once Upon a Kiss. It's focus being on the emotional and heart issues of a relationship.
Lacey has decided this tropical vacation was the chance she needed to rest and regroup after her love life had taken a turn for the worse when she caught her EX cheating on her. A vacation in the tropics would give her t
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Carol Seymour
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simply a breath of fresh air, that is what the words of Carina Rose has meant to me.
She has brought back Romance to the world of books. I felt like a teenager again reading the sweet words of Once Upon a Kiss. It's focus being on the emotional and heart issues of a relationship.
Lacey has decided this tropical vacation was the chance she needed to rest and regroup after her love life had taken a turn for the worse when she caught her EX cheating on her. A vacation in the tropics would give her t
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A.BookNerd.Bookseller&Bibliophile.Blog
‘Once Upon a Kiss’ by Carina Rose is a down right adorable story; just what I needed! This is a definite 5 Star book! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Lacey is determined to enjoy her Caribbean birthday trip; the trip she was supposed to take with her now ex-boyfriend, until she walked in on him cheating on her. So, when Lacey spots her ex-boyfriend at the resort with the woman he was cheating with, she just about looses it. Lacey makes a bold decision to approach Drew, a very handsome, single stranger, and kisses him with
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Andrea Britton
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Carina Rose gives us a debut book that is as sweet as sugar! This book is full of everything you love in a clean romance. I didn’t want to put it down.

Lacey Winters is taking her birthday trip all alone since she caught her boyfriend cheating on her. Once she sets foot in the Caribbean, a lot of her worries fade away until she finds her ex boyfriend and the woman she found him cheating with at the same resort. Having had enough Lacey kisses a stranger and what follows after that first kiss is a
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Sunny Shelly Reads
Once Upon A Kiss is a sweet, clean, instalove story that will warm your heart. After being dumped by her boyfriend, Lacey decides to go on the tropical vacation they'd had planned anyway. Her heartbreak is magnified when her ex arrives at the same resort with his new girlfriend. Seeing a cute guy across the way, Lacey makes an out-of-character decision to save face in front of her ex... Meanwhile, Drew is on his family's annual vacation when he spies Lacey across the way. Before he can make a mo ...more
CherryRed’s Reads
Author Carina Rose has captured me as fan!

This book brought me back to my first love of contemporary romances that I have missed reading in a long time.

Lacey's adventures on her vacation was so refreshing to read.

I loved how the unexpected happens for her when she meets Drew who I would to want to play my fake boyfriend too especially they way they first interacted. My cherries were bursting with excitement on seeing where this story would go.

I liked how Author Carina Rose sucks you into the wor
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The Book Avenue
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
his sweet Contemporary Romance is sprinkled with Holiday magic. Once Upon a Kiss, the debut novel for Carina Rose, is the perfect package wrapped in sun, sand and all the feels.

Lacey Winters flees New York City to the Caribbean, plowing into Drew Mitchell's existence. A winter escape for them both, unintentionally and inexplicably alters the course of their lives. Moving on after a brutal betrayal is never easy. Their chance meeting begins with smoke and mirrors, but it's what's left when that
...more
MJ
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-books, arc
Once Upon a Kiss is the utterly charming debut from Carina Rose. A story that is heartwarming and sweet, I do believe I had a smile on my face from start to finish. The unexpected romance between Lacey Winters and Drew Mitchell gives hope to those with broken hearts that as much as you may be hurting and may not believe in fate, it somehow manages to sneak in and cause love to bloom. With a tropical backdrop, these two enjoyed their 'fake' dating a bit too much and I could feel Lacey and Drew fa ...more
Virginia
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once Upon A Kiss is a fun, lighthearted read by new author Carina Rose.

Drew and Lacey meet in an unconventional way but their attraction to one another can’t be denied. Will they explore what’s between them or will Drew remain her “fake” boyfriend? And will Lacey open herself up to a relationship after being hurt?

This book was really a lot of fun! I loved the writing, the characters, and the setting! I really felt like I was on the island with them and now I want to go on vacation! I fell in l
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Cathy
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ONCE UPON A KISS by Carina Rose. What a truly romantic tale! This is a sweet romance that had me swooning. I adored both Lacey and Drew - they were incredible together. Ms. Rose does a phenomenal job of making the reader feel throughout the entire story. Everything about this tale was easy to read and fun to follow. Lacey is a strong and independent woman, although, to be honest, once or twice I did feel the need to shake her a bit! But, she comes around. She meets Drew, who is pretty much the e ...more
Joelle
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let's start off by saying this is a first-time author for us and our first read by them was super sweet.

I have to say this was a cute and fun read with likable characters. Lacy and Drew meet on a tropical island where Lacy decided to take her vacation that was meant for herself and her ex to celebrate her birthday but, the idiot follows her with his new girlfriend. Shocking right? Typical douche bag...

Drew and Lacy's introduction was an unusual one but, one that was an impressionable one at leas
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Michele McMullen
Jan 02, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Oh how I love a fake romance that turns into so much more. Lacey Winters and Drew Mitchell just happen to be in the right place at the most wonderful time. Lacey is getting out of the city and on her way to a much more warm and tropical location when her getaway is hijacked by the arrival of her cheating ex and his new flavor. Drew is just looking for some R&R with his family when he literally finds a gal in need of a quick fake boyfriend. This may have started out as a rue but they soon discove ...more
Fiona
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this story. A story full of love, romance, heartbreak, surprise and some humour. Such a really easy read, I didn’t want to leave it down. Absolutely loved the connection between Lacey and Drew! Meeting by chance on holiday, after Lacey’s heartbreak she didn’t think she would be interested in another man until she met Drew. The story spiralled from there. Would love to see more books about other characters in this story.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am
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Melissa
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sigh... love, simple happiness , pure romance .

This was so enjoyable you have such a warm feeling while reading . It’s a feel good story. This makes you happy. It’s a sad start for our heroine Lacey , Drew is the answer . Don’t despair fate has other plans for her . Sometimes it’s true what’s meant to be, will be and it can be everything . Just getting there can be challenging .

“ Yes , there was something special about Lacey , and Drew knew right then and there he didn’t want to let her go”

Th
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Donna
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Marika
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This must be one of the sweetest stories I ever read..I loved it right from the start and I was rooting for Lacey and Drew!!!
I need to say it..where are men like Drew?! Where can I find one? The man is so amazing, sweet, caring, protective and loves kids..he is swoon worthy.
I admire Lacey for taking a chance after that ex of hers..she is also determined in her workplace.
This story was a pleasure to read!
Nickie Nalley Seidler
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Jenn (YeahOrNeighReviews)
A chance encounter to save face when her horrible ex shows up, leads Lacey and Drew on a wild adventure that will change both of their lives. Once Upon A Kiss is a charming romance that will sweep you off your feet!
Melissa
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: booksprout
This is a fun light-hearted and easy fake relationship read. The characters are good, the story is entertaining, and mostly a clean read I'll say.
Lacey had planned the trip for her and her ex the thing is he was a cheating d-bag. Seeing him there with the woman he cheated with brought Lacey and Drew together.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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