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Kisser (Stone Barrington #17)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  4,609 Ratings  ·  352 Reviews
Stone Barrington is back in this thrilling new page-turner from the perennially entertaining New York Times-bestselling author. Stone Barrington is back in New York, and after a rather harrowing sojourn in Key West, he's looking to stay closer to home and work on some simple divorce and custody cases for Woodman & Weld. But when he crosses paths with a fetching Broadwa ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published January 19th 2010 by Putnam Adult (first published January 19th 2009)
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Lydia Presley
Mar 24, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010, fiction, mystery
Oh, Stuart.. what are you doing?!

I've been a Stone Barrington fan for years now. I've followed his escapades, his women and his light nights at Elaine's faithfully and .. there's no doubt about it, Stuart Woods knows how to write a fast-paced, action filled novel.

But..this novel had less of the mystery and more of Stone Barrington's exploits (reaching a new level of lewdness even). I don't read your books, Mr. Woods, to get my romance novel kick. I was able to put up with it when it appeared onl
Diane Wallace
May 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
Ok series! entertaining storyline but too much promiscuous relations from Stone plus i'm not even sure if he's practicing safe sex ..not a good series (paperback!)
Mar 03, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
I don't expect much from Woods anymore but I think this was even a new low for him. It's just full of sex, sex, sex. It seems the older the author gets the more he thinks about it. Maybe he's too old to perform so instead he makes up for it in his books.
I just hate giving up on his books because the earlier books he wrote were great and I know he has [had:] talent. It's almost like he woke up one day and realized he had loyal fans so he started mass producing them with less and less substance.
Aug 28, 2010 rated it it was ok
Okay, with this book Stuart Woods slid into the comedy genre. Excellent. He USED to a pretty decent thriller writer. I'm still not sure why his protagonist, an attorney, ends up tracking down missing persons or being hired to keep people safe from their Highly Dangerous and Obsessive Exes, but that's what he does. And for someone who has two houses, a secretary, a cook, a housekeeper, and an airplane, I'm not sure why his secretary is constantly harping on him that they don't have enough money t ...more
Thomas Edmund
Mar 11, 2010 rated it it was ok
In this unashamed ham-job Stone Barrington (or was that Bond) attorney/ex-cop/porn star attempts to bust a try-hard drug dealer to save the dealer’s girlfriend, all while falling into bed with every woman he meets (sometimes simultaneously)

The story line is ridiculously badly crafted, the relationships seemed to have found their inspiration from FHM or Ralph magazines and the prose... think lines like “grabbed with by the cock and led him upstairs”

Yet despite all this, Kisser is a self-aware n
Aug 30, 2011 rated it did not like it
I've only read one other Stuart Woods book and thought it was a fairly simplistic read so I wasn't expecting a lot out of this one. It proved to be another effortless plot with an overly zealous sex theme. Come on... If a retired cop where women are falling all over him, is going to be the main character, at least give us an interesting and challenging story line.
May 28, 2010 rated it did not like it
It seems that the OLDER Stuart Woods gets the more sexually active his protagonist Stone Barrington becomes. It appears that Mr. Woods is compensating for a flagging libido by vicariously fulfilling his fantasies of sexual gymnastics through his character.

In KISSER, Barrington needs nothing short of a big stick (excuse the pun) to keep the women at bay. Everyone is bent on hopping into bed with “Studly Stone”, and not necessarily one at a time. Most of Woods better novels were done earlier in hi
Jul 23, 2010 rated it liked it
This is the first book I've read digitally and it was a good choice since Stuart Woods is inconsequential reading anyway. And that's not a bad thing. His books, more than 30 of which I've read, are like palate cleansers. Easy and undemanding. This one ranks consistently with all the other Stone Barrington books. The writing is the real pleasure as the plot and stakes are humdrum. If you liked any of the others, there's absolutely no reason to think you won't like this. Two things on the debit si ...more
Vannessa Anderson
Kisser was a fun read!

While helping to keep one client’s husband from killing her, he helps another client with getting the client’ daughter away from her lover who’s involved with a ponzi scheme.

Fans will be pleased to learn, or not, that Dolce, Barrington’s ex-wife, is back and is stalking him. Dolce’s father, who’s had her under lock and key, believes she has her sanity back and allows her to go on short jaunts but instead of shopping, she stalks Barrington. We’ll have to wait for the next
Melissa Kayden
Jan 26, 2011 rated it did not like it
I think I might be officially done with Stuart Woods after this one. I like some fluff and over the top story as much as the next person, but this one was nuts. Barrington has 2 girls over for la "business lunch" and they all fell into bed??? I liked Woods' books when they were a little over the top, but this book had one unbelievable thing after another. If Woods would stick to trying to write a good "mystery" instead of trying to top his other books with Barringtons's feats, I may still read h ...more
Mar 08, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: police
I've read lamost all of Woods books and this one tilted the scale. It's very disappointing. Stone Barrington is at Elains Restaurant, sees a woman at the bar and goes up and righ away she is sitting at his table and next thing they are in bed together. The sex goes on with the employee of an art dealer and a female detective. I could count more than 15 times that he is drinking knob creek which I dont know if Woods is being paid to advertise the drink.

Not recomended to entertain your time on it.
Apr 14, 2015 rated it did not like it
Boring and sleazy, old man sleazy. Here is what the book is about in the author's own words:

Chapter 43

"Stone sat at Elaine's with Dino, gulping bourbon.
"What's the matter?" Dino asked?
"What's the matter?" Stone made a moue.
"Well, let's see: I've been assigned by Eggers to save a fair damsel from the clutches of an evil fortune plunderer, as a result of which I've become embroiled in an NYPD undercover drug operation; I've been shanghaied back into the department, reporting to Brian Doyle, of all
Feb 27, 2010 added it
Recommends it for: no one
I've been a Stone Barrington fan for years, but Stuart ruined years of work. This is the worst release by Woods ever to the point I had to put it down; I fell asleep. Not only is it boring, Woods destroyed the character. On a personal note, I met Stuart Woods in Sarasota Florida a few years ago at a book signing and he was just a boring and rude a Barrington is in this book. Bad read.
May 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Stone is assigned to get a young woman away from an con man/artist before her twenty-fifth birthday and her trust becomes hers. At the same time, he's dealing with a young actress and her ex-husband, who's out to kill her.

Woods is not the writer he used to be, but he's still one of my guilty pleasures.
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Good story and Stone Barrington is an interesting character. Promiscuity is rampant and absolutely uninteresting. Two glaring story issues that didn't make sense. Story would've been just as compelling if all the sex was removed.
Sep 15, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
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Jul 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
June 2017 book on tape. So much better to listen to this story in the car vs. the news in the summer of 2017.
not read on 1-1-2015 but i want to give this one a rest.
third read 6-1-2011. i gotta get a life!
second read: 2-27-2011
I've been running out of series books and this was in the "new Book" section under mystery. I liked it much more the second time. in july i gave it 3 stars, i've now goosed it up to 4 stars.
happy reading.!!!!!
first read: 7-1-2010
even the book review is bland. i liked the
Jan 31, 2010 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: nobody I know
This is the first Stone Barrington book I've read. Maybe I would feel different if I knew the character better but . . . no woman can stand to be in the same room as this guy without ripping off her clothes and throwing herself at him . . . really? I guess his magical sex appeal was described in a previous book because 'retired cop' wasn't doing it for me. And Stone must live a charmed life because everything happens at his direction, right on cue. This book read like what I would imagine to be ...more
Susanne Leist
Apr 26, 2014 rated it liked it
The main character, Stone Barrington, is a retired police detective turned lawyer. He loves women and sleeps with every one he meets. Then he complains about being tired. His women are all beautiful. I don't know if they really are or their beauty is just in his mind.
His case is to protect an heiress from succumbing to a con artist. He also has to figure out who is stalking a new girlfriend. A third woman is found watching his apartment. The first two issues are resolved while the third is left
Barbara Mitchell
Jul 02, 2010 rated it did not like it
This book is a disappointing one, definitely not a page-turning thriller as described by the publisher. It has little to offer, and reads as if Stuart Woods just sort of mailed it in. It is about NYC rich people who have absolutely no depth, and their sex lives which are adolescent at best. It's as though Woods has been replaced by a pubescent boy. Do not read if you want characters you can care about or if you like an intriguing plot. Not really a mystery at all.
Mar 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: march-10
good story and thriller, but is it just me or is Stone Barrington getting more and more promiscuous--3 different and new women in this one, including a threesome, and the return of his dangerously crazy ex Dolce!
Feb 24, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009-2010
This was a fast reading book..I can best describe it as a male fantasy,with all the jumping in and out of bed by Stone.
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
I've read many Stuart Woods books over the years, and I love the Stone Barrington character. But this one, I believe, was unlike all the others. The "love" scenes were obviously written by a man who has no understanding of how women actually see sex. The women characters are only written on the surface, and "need" men in a way that's not realistic. Talk to women Mr. Woods, and find out how we actually think!!
Leonard Herman
Dec 29, 2017 rated it liked it
When reading a later Stuart Woods novel, expect the following things:

Frequent unbelievable sex

A complete description of every single thing the characters eat and drink to show how cultured Woods is

Many many phones calls always starting with "Hello?"

An unbelievable plot filled with too many coincidences

An easy quick read

If you begin reading Kisser with these expectations you won't be disappointed

Stephanie Hein
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I judge audiobooks by how easy it is to keep up with the characters, how entertaining the story is, and whether or not they keep me from loathing the chores I am doing while listening (i.e. cleaning the house, weeding a garden, feeding the animals, etc).

I enjoyed the flow of the book. I am looking forward to listening to more audiobooks in this series.
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
A delicious Stone Barrington romp, involving threesomes, egged car roofs, angry exes, lots of dinners at Elaine's, a helicopter chase (no mere car chase for Stone!) and women of all stripe:, feisty and stubborn, spoiled and willful, ego-driven and selfish, expert-cop-on-the-ground, a whole rainbow. Ideal read for a plane ride!
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Too much bedroom activity with too many partners. Too much conversation about it and too much groaning about it along the way. The parts that are written about the plot, the investigation, and the take down are all great. There is some comedic relief along the way, too. I like Stone, but does he really have to be such a hound dog?
William Crisp
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book

Enjoyed the storyline and the pace of the book. Maybe a personal peeve, but the “Author’s Note” is a bit pompous and self serving fluff, that is not needed. I doubt that Mr Woods has camp followers beseeching him for his pearls of wisdom.
May 18, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed it
Mar 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
Not worth reading. Such a disappointment after his other books.
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