Book review: Kiss Between My Lines by Anne Tourney

Kiss Between My Lines by Anne Tourney
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: August 7, 2008
Source: This was a gift from my amazing boyfriend, who knows that I love hate-reading erotica. ❤

Infogeek Jordi can’t break her addiction to her loaded laptop, her favorite source of secondhand stimulation. But when her laptop is stolen she’s forced to get her fix at the library’s computer terminals, and there she stumbles across a blog recounting the sexual adventures of a sultry love-addict called Dana. Jordi’s and Dana’s identity begin to mesh in bizarre ways and Jordi finds herself falling for Nolan, the insanely hot, renegade library page who’s trying to help her figure out how she’s connected to Dana. She’s also drawn into a series of intense mind games with Steffan, an elusive older man who works at the reference desk and leads a secret life of his own. Meanwhile, Dana’s adventures are growing wilder by the day, and Jordi can’t stop slipping in to Dana’s world to sample its stolen delights. Soon Jordi is way too busy to question her borrowed identity . . . until Dana steps up to reclaim it. Will Jordi be able to go back to the realities of flesh-life – and the possibility of true love – after spending time in Dana’s sexy virtual skin?

To say that I was excited to read a book like Kiss Between My Lines would be an understatement. I love a good hate-read (just see my reviews for Troll, Distrust, Axl, and Burn the Fairy Tales) and this sounded like just the book for me. And, you know what? It was an experience. I honestly have no idea what I just read.

I guess, first of all, I’d say that the synopsis is really misleading. Yes, the book is about a sex addict named Dana and an infogeek named Jordi. Sure, Jordi stumbles across Dana’s blog and is really intrigued by it. But the whole “soon Jordi is way too busy to question her borrowed identity “and “Dana steps up to reclaim it” thing? Did I miss that? Also, her laptop is never stolen, it just breaks? I’m so confused.

This is a huge spoiler about the whole “borrowed identity” thing.The only thing I can think of that makes that part of the synopsis make sense is the “plot twist” at the end of the book, which honestly, I saw coming from about chapter two. The thing is, Jordi and Dana have very similar physical appearances. (They’re both redheads and both overweight.) Jordi looks for Dana but can never find her. At the end, there’s this weird Fight Club-style reveal that Jordi and Dana are actually the same person, Jordana. (I rolled my eyes.) But even with that reveal, I can’t say that the synopsis makes a ton of sense. It’s not like Jordi and Dana fight or anything. I also didn’t understand how Jordi can have an apartment that she shares with a roommate while Dana is homeless and sleeping in a library after being kicked out by her father. The ending was such a mess and really cemented my one-star rating.

Moving on to something else that didn’t really make sense to me: LIRA. Now, I get the concept. In case you want me to save you from the 256 pages of this book, I’ll give you a brief description of Jordi’s pride and joy. LIRA is a computer program that somehow mentally connects all of its users. They can pass emotions through LIRA’s network and mostly use it to “Throb” and “Thread,” which I guess is supposed to be like sex? Its users have physical reactions to both using it and not using it, and at one point, Jordi steps away from her laptop and experiences actual withdrawal symptoms. An interesting concept, for sure, but how exactly this computer program is able to effect its users so strongly is never explained. Whenever LIRA was brought up in the book, I got kind of distracted because I started thinking about how something like that would actually work.

The next thing I want to talk about is the safety aspect. I don’t want to give more spoilers than I already have, but I think I can say that, in her search for her next sexual conquest, Dana does some really dumb things. She seems to have no concept of personal safety (like, for example, stranger danger) until she suddenly does. And every time she would suddenly act like a normal human being and think to herself, “hmm, maybe I shouldn’t put my life in danger right now,” she’d be like, “nah, he’s cute” and keep doing whatever she was doing. Maybe that’s another aspect of her sex addiction, that she’s just so focused on her next sexual experience that she doesn’t even think about anything else, but it kind of irritated me.

Anyway. Overall, the writing actually wasn’t that bad. I feel like the author could write a good book if she wanted to, and I wondered a few times if she was just messing with us with this book. I mean, it’s just so ridiculous that I almost think it has to be on purpose. The only thing I found odd about the writing style was that Jordi’s chapters were written in third person and Dana’s were written in first person. I guess I get it since Dana’s chapters are her blog posts, but it was still an adjustment every time the POV changed.

All in all, the book was easy to read, but a definite mess. I’m not sure what exactly the author was going for here, since Dana’s chapters were pretty classically erotic while Jordi’s chapters were… not. I can’t really recommend this one unless you’re looking for a particular kind of crazy story, but I sure had fun reading this.

#romanceopoly: erotic eaves

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Tag: The Real Neat Blog Award

Thank you to Laura Beth for my first nomination for the Real Neat Blog Award! ❤

The guidelines for accepting the Real Neat Blog Award are pretty straightforward:

  • Answer the seven questions posed to you
  • Gift 3 bloggers
  • Pose a further seven questions

Laura Beth’s Questions

What is your dream novel, or idea for a novel?
My dream novel would be a romance (obviously). Two of my favorite tropes are friends-to-lovers and relationships developing through text messages, so it would definitely have to feature that. Neither of the characters think the relationship is going to happen, but then it just kind of does and there’s none of that “oh, but what about our friendship???” nonsense. It also has to have just enough slow burn and sexual tension to drive me crazy without being over-the-top.

Which fictional world would you want to live in?
I’ve said it before, but I’d love to live in Red London from V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic series.

What is your preference: The beach, or the mountains?
If I get a cozy cabin and don’t need to do any actual hiking, I’d go with the mountains. If I’m expected to enjoy the setting, I’d go with the beach.

What is your favorite vacation memory?
I think every trip I’ve taken to Tennessee has been my favorite. I have great memories of visiting Dollywood, seeing a Christmas light show in Nashville, and just doing fun things like ice skating and axe throwing. ❤

Where is one place in your state or area you’ve never visited?
I’ve lived in New Jersey for the last seven years of my life and I think I’ve done most of the touristy things here by now. One place that people talk about visiting that I haven’t done yet is Hershey, PA. It’s not super close to me, but it’s also not too far away.

What was your favorite toy when you were younger?
Probably my Beanie Babies! Unsurprisingly, I had all the cats.

Which fictional character would you want to date?
I definitely prefer my real, living, breathing boyfriend over fictional characters, but if I absolutely had to choose a fictional character to date… I might go with Michael Phan from The Kiss Quotient.

7 questions from me:

  1. What’s your favorite city to visit?
  2. If someone gave you $50 and dropped you in a bookstore right now, what would you buy?
  3. What’s the best book you’ve read so far this year?
  4. What are some of your favorite book blogs?
  5. What’s your favorite thing to order at a coffee shop?
  6. Which book do you recommend most often?
  7. Which fictional character do you wish you could hang out with for a day?

My nominations: Trisha 💖 Eline 💖 TJ

As usual, no pressure to do the tag if you don’t feel like it, and please feel free to participate even if I didn’t nominate you! Would you choose a vacation on the beach or in the mountains? What’s your favorite vacation memory? Do you like being nominated for tags like this? Let’s talk in the comments!

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ABC Book Challenge ✰ V

I’ve seen this ABC Book Challenge on a lot of different blogs, but most recently Thrice Read. This week is the letter V.



Have you read anything that’s on my TBR? Which books should I read first? Do you agree or disagree with my favorites? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: The Wanderlust Tag

This tag looks like so much fun, and I was so happy when Siobhan tagged me in it! Thank you, Siobhan!

The Rules

  • Mention the creator of the tag and link back to original post [Alexandra @ Reading by Starlight]
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you
  • Answer the 10 questions below using any genre
  • Tag 5+ friends

Secrets and Lies | a book set in a sleepy small town

Not a book, but a whole series! The Raven Cycle is set in Henrietta, Virginia, and I would love to visit.

Salt and Sand | a book with a beachside community

I’m not the biggest fan of actually going to the beach, but I love books with a beachy setting. The first book that came to mind was Seaside Sweets by Melissa Chambers!

Here There Be Dragons | a book with a voyage on the high seas

I can think of a bunch of books that feature an ocean or a sea, but I was drawing a blank on a book that actually included a voyage. Then I remembered that Circe exists!

Tread Lightly | a book set down a murky river or a jungle

I definitely don’t read a ton of books set on murky rivers or in jungles, but one that did come to mind was The Green Unknown.

Frozen Wastes | a book with a frostbitten atmosphere

I was honestly kind of disappointed by What Light, but it does take place during the winter on a Christmas tree farm, which definitely gives off a frostbitten kind of vibe.

The Boonies | a book with rough or isolated terrain

I think a lot of dystopian books could fit this prompt, but the first one that came to mind was Under the Never Sky. I read this book six years ago. How is that even possible?

Hinterlands and Cowboys | a book with a western-esque setting

“What? I don’t read books about cowboys,” I thought to myself. Then I remembered that I read (and absolutely adored) Arrogant Devil.

Look Lively | a book across sweeping desert sands

Volume 8 of Saga is set in some kind of desert.

Wild and Untamed | a book set in the heart of the woods

I had a little trouble coming up with a book set in the woods (which I would think would be one of the easier settings to think of!) but then I remembered reading Land of Strength and Sorrow last year.

Wildest Dreams | a whimsical book shrouded in magic

I still haven’t read Practical Magic (I know, I know!!) but I did love The Rules of Magic.

I’m tagging: Paige ✈️ Jamsu ✈️ Laurel ✈️ Maisy ✈️Laura Beth

Feel free to do this tag even if I didn’t tag you (and please link back to me so that I can see your answers)! And, of course, no pressure if I tagged you and you don’t feel like doing it. 🙂 Have you read any of these books? Are any of them on your TBR? Would you have chosen differently? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Book review: 41 Reasons I’m Staying In by Hallie Heald

41 Reasons I’m Staying In by Hallie Heald
Rating: ★★★★☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: January 29, 2019
Source: Borrowed

In a world of seemingly unending social obligations, we could all use a night off. 

In 41 Reasons I’m Staying In, illustrator and self-proclaimed introvert Hallie Heald imaginatively portrays engaging and sometimes outlandish excuses to avoid leaving home.

With each page comes a new room and character, pursuing their obsessions, hobbies, interests, and sudden whims with gusto: 

plotting world takeover, learning magic, mooning over a crush, evading taxes, and beyond. 

This dark and humorous celebration of introverts offers a unique look into their private worlds and reminds us of the deep fulfillment and joy we can find in spending time alone.

I remember first seeing 41 Reasons I’m Staying In as a spotlight on Clarissa’s blog. I immediately hopped over to my library’s website and put a hold on it, and I was not disappointed at all!

The first thing to know about this book is that it’s really more of a collection of art than anything else. There are very few words, but surprisingly, that didn’t bother me! I absolutely loved the art in this and I think my favorite reason was #1: hiding evidence of my emo phase. Everything about that illustration reminded me of my teenage years. I’m still emo at heart.

I think that 41 Reasons I’m Staying In would make a great gift for an introvert or a great coffee table book. It’s also just fun to flip through and look at the illustrations! I just flipped through again while I was writing this review and noticed new details.

I’d highly recommend this for any introverts.

#mmd19: a book outside your (genre) comfort zone

Have you read 41 Reasons I’m Staying In? Is it on your TBR?
Let’s talk in the comments!

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