Blog Tour Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway: The Kiss That Launched 1,000 Gifs by Sheralyn Pratt

The Kiss That Launched 1,000 GifsThe Kiss That Launched 1,000 Gifs
by Sheralyn Pratt
Adult Contemporary Romance
Ebook, 183 Pages
July 6th 2015 by Wicked Sassy


Summary

Each weekday from 2:00-4:00 p.m., Grace and Ashton cohost Battle of the Sexes, a radio program arguing the he-said/she-said issues of the day. Their fiery debates often have listeners wondering if there’s more to their relationship than just talk, even though Grace has been dating Phillip, Mr. Tall, Dark, and Perfect, since long before she ever met Ashton Miller.

Yet when news comes that Battle of the Sexes is on the bubble for cancellation, Grace and Ashton need to step up their efforts to engage their audience to keep the show alive. When a charity organization approaches them and proposes that the two of them kiss for a fund raiser, Grace and Ash agree to kiss for a good cause. A kiss is just a kiss, right?

Or can one kiss really change everything?

My Review

The Kiss That Launched 1,000 Gifs was cute, fun, had great characters, lots of laughs, and plenty of romance. The chemistry between the two main characters, Grace and Ashton, jumped off the page from the start. I loved the banter and how they continuously battled each of their "sides." The fun continued out of the radio booth and onto social media and then further when they decided on setting up a single kiss for a fundraiser.

What made this book so enjoyable were the two main characters and some of the supporting ones. Grace's friend and Ashton's niece had important roles and their characters were complex enough that they really added to the story. I just loved the interactions between them all. The teasing. The knowing looks. The denial. The friendship and family. This story was definitely character driven and written well enough that all the characters and their relationships felt genuine.

Let's talk romance. This is definitely a romance, but it didn't feel pushed or instant or fluffy. It was more sarcastic, humorous, and slow-building, which is just how I like them. There was quite a bit of innuendo and references to characters sleeping together, but nothing specific. So plenty of heat, while keeping it clean.

I'd recommend this one to romance lovers out there both in the NA and adult genres and those that want to be entertained by some good banter, humor, and a very sweet happily-ever-after. I really enjoyed it and plan to look up this author's other books.


Content: Some fairly heavy innuendo and kissing, but still just over the border of clean.

Source: From the tour host, which did not affect my review in any way.

Excerpt

“Good afternoon, and welcome to the newest edition of Battle of the Sexes," Grace said, starting off the show. "With me today is the man who has just proven that the Instagram app is truly foolproof—my no-longer-technically challenged cohost, Ashton Miller.”
Ash leaned forward into the mic. “And with me is the woman I’ve recently learned feels compelled to alert the world via photograph every time she finds a pair of shoes she likes—the woman who takes the ‘anonymous’ out of Shopaholics Anonymous—my lovely cohost, Grace Vasquez.”
Grace was unapologetic. “A good pair of shoes is worth sharing.”
“Oh? Does that mean I should post pictures of my shoes?” Ash asked, picking up his phone and pressing the camera icon.
“You’re wearing hiking boots.”
“That’s right,” Ash said, putting his shoes up on the table and snapping a picture. “These are Salomon Quest 4D GTXes. I wear them any time I go on a shoot that requires some hiking. They’re light, durable, and provide great stability. Is that the sort of thing you share on Instagram?”
“Not really,” Grace said. “But I’m sure Salomon doesn’t mind the free advertising you just handed them.”
“Well, I’m totally posting a picture,” Ash said, in his best valley girl tone. “It’s not every day a man finds comfort, function, and fashion all in one shoe.”
“Indeed,” Grace replied. “I’m still waiting for that day to happen for you.”
Ash smiled against his will and set his phone to the side. He’d post the photo later. Grace was clearly in a mood that required his full attention. “So what are we talking about today? And, please, don’t let it be shoes!”
Grace glanced at her computer screen, giving Ash a view of her stunning profile. Seriously, how was her skin so smooth?
“Today the most up-voted topic is…” She blinked, looking confused. “Huh.”
“Huh?” Ash echoed, intrigued by the look of confusion on Grace’s face.
“Cupcakes,” she said.
“Cupcakes?”
Grace nodded and frowned at her monitor. “Why do men hate cupcakes? is the trending topic at the moment.” Grace looked Ash’s way, visibly confused. “Do men hate cupcakes?”

About the Author

Sheralyn’s first job was as a karate instructor, which taught her that practice does not make perfect; practice makes habit–good or bad. Martial arts also taught Sheralyn that a master is simply a person who can effortlessly do all the actions a beginner finds difficult or maybe even impossible.

Sheralyn has worked in many fields throughout her life, but her 12 years as a karate instructor have shaped how she does everything, including writing and mentoring. She likes to keep things light and fun, but she’s also aware that life is journey and that if you’re going to buy a book, your life should better for it.

So, fiction or nonfiction, know that each of Sheralyn’s books are designed to take you to a new place. Maybe that book is designed to help you escape for a few hours, or maybe it’s a book designed to teach you a new skill. Either way, Sheralyn hopes it’s unforgettable…in a good way.


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6 comments

  1. I know I want to start reading the first book of Doon, it looks super interesting! :) I hope you enjoy the third one!

    Happy Reading,

    Steph

    Heres my WoW

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  2. Miranda Bussell Davenport7/15/15, 8:05 AM

    Good pick! I want to read Shades of Doon sooooo bad! I just love the McCrae brothers!!
    Here's my WOW :) http://mirandasbookreviews.blogspot.com/2015/07/waiting-on-wednesday-3.html

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  3. Great pick! I've wanted to check this series out so badly because I love Scotland.

    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

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  4. Lisa Mandina7/15/15, 1:26 PM

    I've seen the Doon books around, but don't know for sure if I want to read them. Great picks!
    Check out my WOW

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  5. I still haven't read Destined for Doon, and it's been sitting on my bookshelf since last year! I hope you enjoy the third book though!
    Ariel @ Bookish Confessions

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  6. Love the covers of the Doon books! I hope you enjoy these! My WOW

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