The Art of French Kissing Review
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Things don’t always go the way you planned—just ask Emma Sullivan. Just months before her dream wedding, Emma finds herself unceremoniously dumped by her fiancé, Brett. To make matters worse, when she tries to get over the break-up by throwing herself into her work, she loses her job, too. The only person she can talk to is her old friend, Poppy, who immediately demands that Emma come to Paris to help with her budding PR firm.

Once in Paris, Emma realizes that her new job isn’t the dream that Poppy suggested it would be. Sure, they’re working with gorgeous TV star and up-and-coming singing sensation Guillaume Riche. But Poppy forgot to mention that their client is crazy. He manages to get himself into to all kinds of trouble, which Emma and Poppy are then expected to cover up. As if that weren’t difficult enough, she’s also got to deal with persistent reporter Gabriel Francoeur, who seems to see right through her.

Typical for its genre, The Art of French Kissing is far from unpredictable. It doesn’t take long to figure out how the story will end. And although the story does have a big twist, you’ll see it coming from a mile (or two) away. The fact that the twist is concealed but hinted at for most of the story actually makes it rather frustrating, since it forces the all-too-typical chick-lit misunderstandings. But that’s just a small flaw in an otherwise lovable novel.

Despite its predictable story, The Art of French Kissing is a thoroughly enjoyable read. In part, that’s because Emma is a solid character—one that you’ll care about right from the beginning. The poor girl’s world has fallen apart around her—and instead of being pathetic and mopey, she lets her friend talk her into a little adventure (albeit reluctantly). The delightfully crazy Guillaume keeps things interesting with his non-stop antics. He’s nuts—but, fortunately, not so much that he’s irritating.

Of course, it also helps that this irresistibly enchanting story takes place in one of the most beautiful (and romantic) cities in the world. Harmel obviously loves Paris—because she writes about The City of Lights with such passion that her enthusiasm is contagious. If you’ve had the pleasure of wandering the hilly streets of Montmartre and picnicking beside the Eiffel Tower, Harmel’s vivid detail will take you back. If not, you’ll be ready to book your trip by the time you’ve finished reading.

Appropriately for its elegant setting, The Art of French Kissing is often elegantly written—making it a pleasant surprise for chick lit connoisseurs. Harmel’s smooth, carefree style makes it an effortless read—and even though you’ll know how the story’s going to end, you’ll enjoy every enchanting page.

Much like a trip to France, The Art of French Kissing is a fun and romantic adventure, with something new to enjoy around every corner—and you won’t want it to end.

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