I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Kiss My Giraffe by Erin Nicholas
Published by Erin Nicholas on May 17, 2022
Genres: Animals, Contemporary, Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy, Fiction / Romance / Royalty, Fiction / Small Town & Rural, Romance, Romantic Comedy, Single Parent Romance, Small Town & Rural
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Enemies to friends to almost lovers…then back to kind-of enemies…to lovers. For a guy who wanted to keep things simple this is anything but.
Fiona knew Knox would be mad when she moved in next door.
And not because she brought a collection of wild animals with her.
And she was right.
So she intended to leave him alone. Mostly.
But he’s not ignoring her. He’s actively working to send her and her “ridiculous menagerie” (rude) right back out of town.
Still, as hard as she tries, it’s impossible to stop thinking about the small town grump’s long hair and tattoos and that mouth.
Not the one that’s almost always set in a grim line and says things like, “you got a permit for that?”
Nope, the one that kisses her like she’s everything he’s ever wanted and says very dirty things in her ear. And sweet, protective, supportive things. Sometimes. Accidentally. When she catches him off-guard.
The one that also says he only wants a long-distance fling with her. Nothing serious. And that he never dates women he sees every day. Like his neighbor.
Well, fine. If he doesn’t want her—and her unbelievable past and that-can’t-be-real future—then she doesn’t want him either. He can just kiss her…giraffe. (Yeah, she actually has a couple of those.)
Now she just needs to convince her heart to give him up.
Kiss My Giraffe is very different from the others in that it takes the reader much further away than ever before, yet it still has the same small town charm, characters you want to be friends with, and a love story you can’t help but adore. Sharon – Simply Love Books
Despite reading author Erin Nicholas for over a decade at times she still surprises me and Kiss My Giraffe was full of surprises. The couple wasn’t a surprise; I think most of her readers have been waiting for these two to get together for many, many books. However, both these characters have so many layers that I know I didn’t see coming, but made them into some of the most interesting characters in this series.
From the first time Fiona Grady drove her big purple truck into Autre, Louisiana she rubbed city manager Knox the wrong way or maybe it was the right way and he just didn’t want to like it or admit it. They’ve had some interesting moments but never crossed the line physically and when Fiona left Knox with some special rescues before leaving to go home overseas for Christmas he expected her back within a couple weeks. Months later she turns up and in his opinion ruins everything, but does she really?
Fiona has proved time and time again throughout this series what a strong and capable woman she is and yes she sometimes takes risks when going into unknown situations to rescue animals in need. When she decides to relocate to Autre bringing her giraffes with her, she’s doing so for very specific reasons that at times seem a complete contradiction to the way she lives her life. She and Knox have some issues over her decisions and some of Fiona’s secrets knock Knox for a loop at least for awhile, but it is also easy to see that while Knox might think her decisions are good for one aspect of their relationship, the closer the time comes he begins to realize he’s not really on board.
I loved seeing Knox out of his element as a person who always has everything under control, a master plan with contingency plans for everything watching him step out of his comfort zone in multiple ways was entertaining and I’ll admit surprising but I don’t think anyone but Fiona and maybe one other person could make him do it. That said, Knox’s skill at taking over and being large and in charge is also something the appeals to Fiona even when she didn’t always like what he had to say she respected him, his authority, and trusted him with everything near and precious to her.
As always I adored being around the Landry family and friends and seeing how everyone’s relationships were progressing, but most of all I adored the wisdom and wit of Ellie Landry. Leo was pretty silent in this book and I missed him, his unique take on life, love, and relationships always makes me chuckle.
Without giving anything away, I will say this book is very different from the others in that it takes the reader much further away than ever before, yet it still has the same small town charm, characters you want to be friends with, and a love story you can’t help but adore.
Kiss My Giraffe ends the Boys of the Bayou Gone Wild series, but Ms. Nicholas plans to stick around for awhile there are still single people out there and I for one can’t wait to what she has in store for them. Filled with surprises, interesting situations, and two people deserving happiness finally letting go and finding it in each other; I loved this book.