Sharon’s review ~ Skip to the End by Molly James

Posted August 15, 2023 by Sharon in Mainstream, Reviews, Sharon/Slick / 0 Comments

Sharon’s review ~ Skip to the End by Molly JamesSkip to the End by Molly James
Published by Grand Central Publishing on August 15, 2023
Genres: Fiction / Friendship, Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy, Fiction / Women
Pages: 352
Format: ARC, eBook, Paperback
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4 Stars

In this joyful romance, one wild night results in three kisses—only one successful—and leaves a perpetually single Amy searching for her perfect match so she can find a happy ending.

Amy Daniels has a pretty nice life. Her career is on the up, she loves her friends, and she's about to buy her very own flat. On a good day, Amy could be described as a catch—so why is she perpetually single?

The trouble is, Amy can see something no one else can: the end. As soon as she kisses someone, she knows, in intimate, vivid detail, how their relationship will finish. A screaming argument in the middle of the supermarket over milk. An explicit email sent to the wrong address. A hasty escape through a bathroom window on the second date. At the altar—runaway-bride style. There seems to be no end to the unhappy endings.

After years of trying, and failing, to change a pre-written future, Amy has given up. But then she drunkenly kisses three men at her best friend's wedding and sees three possible endings: two painful, one perfect. The problem is, Amy can't really remember who she kissed, and worse, what ending belongs to which person—the only thing she knows for certain is that she's determined to find out...

This was an endearing romance on many levels, but not always light and fun; there were some more emotional moments too which made it a well rounded story. ~ Sharon – Simply Love Books

 

I enjoyed this somewhat quirky romance that features a heroine with a unique gift; when she kisses someone for the first time she is able to see where that kiss will end. In other words, she’s waiting to kiss a man where she can see a happy ending.  So far she hasn’t been too lucky, but with one of her best friends getting married her other best friend made her promise to kiss with wild abandon at the reception. Sounds interesting, right? I thought so and I did enjoy this story quite a bit.

Amy Daniels’s life has been interesting but with her mother being in a nursing home because of early onset dementia, her professional life not quite being what she wants, and her best friend’s upcoming wedding she wants more in her life, mainly a partner to share the ups and downs.

At the wedding Amy gets a bit too inebriated and when she wakes up the next morning she knows two things; she kissed three men and with one she saw a happy life.  The problem is she’s not sure of the three men she kissed and even worse who “the one” is.  As she puts the pieces together she winds up knowing for sure one she kissed and begins dating him, she’s pretty sure she kissed the cute waiter and they spend some time together as well but more in a friends kind of way, but mystery man number three remains just that. I enjoyed watching her navigate all of the ups and downs and let’s just say there were some interesting moments. I had my suspicions all along who number three was, and I was delighted I was right, but even so her journey was memorable.

This was an endearing romance on many levels, but not always light and fun; there were some more emotional moments too which made it a well rounded story. I would have loved more time with Amy and her mystery man, however I have no doubt they will have a wonderful life.

4 Stars

About Molly James

A former pop, travel and women’s magazine journalist, Molly James is the author of 12 escapist novels including multiple bestsellers, written under the name Belinda Jones. Excited to take her writing in a new direction, Molly now brings a twist of magical realism to her heart-based humour, creating worlds the reader will want to return to over and again…

SKIP TO THE END is dedicated to everyone who needs more kisses in their life!

Molly loves to write in cafe nooks (with a latte and açaí bowl) and in the car (parked with a scenic view and the windows rolled down)!

Posted August 15, 2023 by Sharon in Mainstream, Reviews, Sharon/Slick / 0 Comments