Book Review: First Kisses & Other Misfortunes by Kimberly Karalius

Book Review: First Kisses & Other Misfortunes by Kimberly KaraliusFirst Kisses and Other Misfortunes by Kimberly Karalius
Series: Grimbaud #1.5
Published by Macmillan on February 8th 2016
Rating: four-stars
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, Fantasy
Pages: 64
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Also by this author: Love Fortunes and Other Disasters, Love Charms and Other Catastrophes

In Kimberly Karalius's First Kisses and Other Misfortunes, two boys discover that true love is harder than it looks, even in the charming town of Grimbaud, in this lovely novella from the author of Love Fortunes and Other Disasters.
Nico is worried. Again. After freeing Martin from the illegal love charms of his evil ex-girlfriend, Nico was sure that their love would be the perfect romance he'd been waiting for. But it's been months and Nico's still waiting for his first kiss. Between Martin's dedication to student government and Nico's responsibilities at his family's tourism business, there's been no time for romance or kisses. Fortunately, the Canal Festival is coming up and like all Grimbaud events, it will be filled with romance...especially the Water Parade, Nico's favorite part. And this year, Nico will be the captain of his own small boat! It's the perfect opportunity for a romantic (and hopefully kiss-filled) date with his boyfriend. There's just one small problem: Martin is afraid of drowning. Will Nico's dreams of a romantic first kiss be sunk before they are even launched?

First Kisses and Other Misfortunes is one of those super-sweet books you just devour. It helps that it’s a novella, too, so you can literally devour it in one go! But first, before you get excited and go and buy it (and do go and buy it because as I type it is FREE), you must read Love, Fortunes and Other Disasters first. You’ll thank me later, because you need to read Fallon’s story before you read Nico’s.

As I said, this is just a short novella, but it’s so good to see Nico get his story! I loved him in Love, Fortunes and Other Disasters, and I just wanted him to get his happy-ever-after with Martin, but Martin is so awkward and Nico is such a worrier and oh, bless them, you just want them to kiss and GET IT OVER WITH DAMN IT. But I could understand why both boys were so shy! Martin had that whole awful experience in Love, Fortunes and Other Disasters, and Nico could hardly believe his luck that Martin wanted to be with him. That just equals all kinds of awkward and cute.

Honestly, I thoroughly enjoyed First Kisses and Other Misfortunes. It’s whet my appetite perfectly for Love, Charms and Other Catastrophes, even though we barely saw Kiriji or Fallon, but it was a lovely little filler between the first two books and I still absolutely adore Nico. He’s a darling!


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