‘It Felt Like A Kiss’ is the latest book by Sarra Manning,
Ellie Cohen has it all. A great job at a swanky Mayfair art gallery, loyal mates, loving family and really really good hair. Well, almost everything – there’s the mega-famous rockstar father who refuses to acknowledge her and a succession of challenging boyfriends (which she calls fixer uppers, her friends call losers) but nobody’s perfect. Then a vengeful ex sells Ellie’s secrets and a pack of lies to the press. Suddenly she’s no longer the girl most likely to succeed but a girl whose life is falling to pieces. Strategic damage limitation aren’t the three little words Ellie wants to hear so it’s just as well that falling in love is the last thing on her mind.
It took me a while to finish reading ‘It Felt Like A Kiss’ not because I couldn’t get into the book or because I didn’t enjoy it, it was purely because I started to watch the first series of ‘Mad Men’ and the first series of ‘The Bridge’ at the same time, which was probably a bad idea. So Sarra, sorry I am only getting around to this review now!
I loved this book and oddly enough felt that I could relate to the leading character Ellie with her family life and absence of a father. I loved Ellie, I enjoyed her sense of adventure and envied her glamorous lifestyle as well as her rockstar upbringing. A sweet character who always seems to see the best in people, I found her calmness in the bizarre situation almost admirable as if it had been anyone, I think we all had gone out looking for revenge! Especially when her father still wants nothing to do with her when story is out in the open.
As well as an entertaining lead, Ellie was fortunate enough to have a reliable and fun bunch of friends and family, keeping her sane and offering support through this tough time. Meanwhile, our hero of the story comes in the shape of David Gold, a high powered lawyer who Elle meets one day at Glastonbury. Caught off guard at the sudden frisson for attraction, he suddenly becomes her unlikely saviour and helper whilst the media are out to get her and portray her in the worst light possible.
As well as the main story, Sarra has cleverly added some flashbacks to the tale. These flashbacks are about her rockstar mother Ari relationship with Billy before he became famous and Ellie’s birth. I thought this was a particularly interesting back story and even though these parts were just snippets of stolen moments together, I thought it made the story even more interesting.
Prettily presented,’It Felt Like A Kiss’ is typical of Sarra’s writing, a romantic, quirky and witty story, that leaves the reader begging for more. Featuring sexy characters and scenes of a sexual nature that has the pages sizzling from sexual tension, this book was a thoroughly good read and if only I hadn’t got caught up in 60’s drama, I would have finished it in a heartbeat!
You can buy It Felt Like a Kiss from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.