Thursday, June 11, 2015

Today's Special - - Robin Bielman and Blame it on the Kiss

Blame it on the Kiss
Kisses in the Sand - Book 2
By Robin Bielman
Publisher: Entangled Bliss
Release Date: June 9, 2015

The one guy she shouldn’t want…

Honor Mitchell has lived with guilt and regret for a long time, so when she promises to do the things on her dying best friend’s wish list, she’s determined to follow through and do something right for a change. But when she’s thrown together for wedding duties with the one man who complicates her vow–just by looking at him–she has to put her faith in Bryce Bishop’s pledge to help her, no strings attached.

Bryce’s near one-night stand with his ex-girlfriend’s best friend a few months ago might have been a mistake, but helping the beautiful, free-spirited Honor with her promise isn’t. His trust in women is shot, but he can’t help but play his best man card to his advantage and help Honor tick off the items on his ex’s list, even if it puts him in a no-win situation. Because his assistance might get Honor what she wants, but suddenly being the do-good guy puts his plans–and heart–in serious jeopardy.

With each book by Robin Bielman that I read, I fall more in love with her characters and their sassy, sizzling, fun, emotional stories. Blame it on the Kiss is one of my favorites. Honor and Bryce are such good, likable people who really deserve a happy ending. I laughed with them, cried with them and cheered them on throughout the ups and downs of their emotional journey. I appreciate the time Bielman takes in bringing them together. Going too fast, without the associated guilt and doubts the situation warranted, would be unrealistic. I enjoy the sizzle (and these two do sizzle) but I love the heart. So much heart. The supporting cast is terrific, adding humor, tension and realism to their small, friendly beach town. Makes me want to go visit!  

Honor is a warm, free-spirited, fun-loving woman and a very loyal friend but an incident in high school convinced her that she's not cut out for happy-ever-afters and has caused her to steer clear of any type of long-term commitment.  When Payton, her best friend since grade school, is given a terminal diagnosis she gives Honor a list of "five things to do before I furn 25" - ride in a hot air balloon, have a one night stand, get a tattoo, open an antique store with your best friend, fall in love - and asks her to complete them for her after she dies. When Honor meets Bryce Bishop at a party there's an instant connection and that one night stand is in her sights until they exchange names and realize they already have a connection. Bryce was Payton's secret boyfriend, the man Payton hoped to marry and the man she cut out of her life with no explanation when she found out she was dying. Understandably, they went their separate ways and Honor hasn't seen him in several months but now they're together for the weekend as members of a wedding party and it only takes one silly game and one lovely kiss to know the attraction hasn't gone anywhere.

Bryce truly is one of the good guys. He was gutted when Payton cut him out of her life with no explanation and was still reeling from the fact that she died and didn't trust him or love him enough to allow him to be with her during her final weeks when he and Honor first met. He felt an instant attraction to Honor when they met and now that he's spent more time with her during the wedding weekend, he discovers how much he likes her and would like to get to know her better. As he helps her with the items on her checklist, the two grow closer and he begins to realize that he didn't know Payton as well as he thought he did and the feelings he's beginning to have for Honor are deeper than anything he ever felt for his ex. But obstacles still stand between a happy for now and a happy ever after with the woman who's slowly burrowing her way into his heart.  It will take an unexpected apology, a confession from Payton's mother, and the best Scrabble game ever to finally give these two the ending they deserve.

Though this is the second book of a series, it stands well on its own. However, after reading it, and meeting the couple from book one, you'll probably want to dive right into their story, Keeping Mr. Right Now. I did, and I recommend putting both books on your summer reading list!



Bryce stared at her. Most girls would’ve had a fit if the sprinklers had soaked them. Not only had Honor laughed it off, she looked amazing and none the worse for wear as the pink light of the toy ring glowed at her waist.

“Do not tell me you have x-ray vision and can see the color of my undergarments, because then I’d have to use this magic ring to one, make you color blind, and two, make your clothes disintegrate so everyone could see if you’re a boxer or briefs man.”

His grin came quick and easy. “You want to see what I have on underneath my jeans, all you have to do is ask.”

“No thanks.” She stopped in front of him.

“You sure?”


“You don’t look positive.”

“How do I look?”

He took a slow inspection down her body and back up. “You really want me to answer that?”

“Boy, you had me fooled there for a minute Captain Underpants, but I see you’re just like every other guy, which is a huge relief, I can’t even tell you.” She brushed by him and headed toward the front door.

“What does that mean?” He fell in step beside her. Something didn’t feel right inside him. He didn’t like being lumped in with all guys.

“Here,” she slipped the ring off her finger and dropped it into their bag. “Be a good partner and turn our stuff in so I can raid Sophie’s closest for something to change in to.”

“Grab me one of Zane’s shirts, would you?”

She paused at the porch to slip off her shoes and slowly rake her eyes down and up his body. Touché. “Really? Zane’s got all sorts of muscle going on and I’m not sure—”

He whipped off his shirt. Honor was messing with him, but he wanted to remind her Zane didn’t have anything on him. He took care of his body, often working out with the guys he represented. He put forth the best image possible for his agency and that included being in good physical shape.

The appreciative look in her eyes told him she liked what she saw. She’d had her hands all over his chest in their hotel room, and if he closed his eyes he knew he’d remember exactly how hot her touch had made him.

“Can I ask you something?” he ventured.

“Okay,” she said to his chest.

“Eyes up here, sweetheart.” He motioned his hand in the direction of his face.
Her cheeks reddened. “Sorry, yes?”

“Have you had your one night stand?” He fisted his hands. It didn’t matter. It shouldn’t matter. But for some reason, he wanted to know. She might not be wired for it, but according to Payton, the two of them were like sisters, and if Honor promised to do the things on Payton’s list, he imagined she would keep that vow.

She gulped and again he could see her mind at work in the way she blinked and her head tilted a fraction to the side. “No.” A crease drew her brows together. “But I might be able to remedy that these next few days. A couple of Zane’s friends seem like they’d be willing to help me out.”

No doubt. “People hook up at weddings all the time, don’t they?”

“That’s what I hear.”


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USA Today Bestselling Author Robin Bielman lives in Southern California with her high school sweetheart husband, two sons, and one crazy-cute dog who loves to chew on everyone’s socks. When not attached to her laptop, she can almost always be found with her nose in a book. She also likes to run, hike, eat cupcakes, and dip her toes in the ocean. Writing is a dream come true, and she still pinches herself to be sure it’s real.

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  1. Hi PJ! Thanks so much for your continued support, the wonderful review, and for being part of my blog tour! I'm so happy you enjoyed Bryce and Honor's story! :D Have a great day!

  2. HI Robyn!
    I have never read any of your books but after reading the review I will have to look for it soon. I wanted to retire later but after falling and fracturing my elbow and dislocating it problems arrived so I got fired from my job so now I am retired not much money but more time to read... the library loves

  3. Robin is new to me but the book sounds wonderful!

  4. Never read her; book sounds vg. If in print, will put it on my wishlist.

  5. I haven't read your books, but I'll definitely be checking them out!

  6. I don't have a specific list written down, but there are things I want to do and I have been working on them. I marked off two items 2 weeks ago. I went to Canyon de Chelly and Chaco Canyon. They were quick trips which convinced me we need to go back for a more thorough visit.

  7. I haven't read yet,but definitely I'll :)