Title: The Art of French Kissing
Author: Brianna R Shrum
Page Count: 256 pages
Genre: Contemporary // Young Adult
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Release Date: June 5, 2018
Buy It: Chapters Indigo
Seventeen-year-old Carter Lane has wanted to be a chef since she was old enough to ignore her mom’s warnings to stay away from the hot stove. And now she has the chance of a lifetime: a prestigious scholarship competition in Savannah, where students compete all summer in Chopped style challenges for a full-ride to one of the best culinary schools in the country. The only impossible challenge ingredient in her basket: Reid Yamada.
After Reid, her cute but unbearably cocky opponent, goes out of his way to screw her over on day one, Carter vows revenge, and soon they’re involved in a full-fledged culinary war. Just as the tension between them reaches its boiling point, Carter and Reid are forced to work together if they want to win, and Carter begins to wonder if Reid’s constant presence in her brain is about more than rivalry. And if maybe her desire to smack his mouth doesn’t necessarily cancel out her desire to kiss it.
The Art of French Kissing started off with instant pull. I love watching cooking shows so when I found out this was Top Chef meets contemporary romance I had a feeling it would fulfill my summer contemporary mood. It was just so cute and with great representation and diversity.
Okay now I can talk about the food! I absolutely loved the descriptions of all the food and it was such a fantastic idea for a contemporary. Not to mention it was set at college (even though the characters were on the cusp of adulthood) and I am always on the lookout for more college contemporaries.
The only thing was that the ending felt a bit rushed. Those last competitions were jammed into the last 2 chapters and I wish there was more. But overall it was wonderful! Definitely grab yourself a copy for a feel good cute read!
**Thank you Thomas Allen & Son Ltd for sending me a copy of the book for an honest review.**