I’ve reviewed and loved quite a few books by Nadine C. Keels so when she asked me if I wanted to review her newest release, Kiss and ‘Telle?, I said yes. While the other books I’ve reviewed by her have been historical fantasy, this one is a contemporary romance novella. It’s a sweet, light read but I’ll talk more about it below after the synopsis. This review will be spoiler free.
If only this type of thing were as easy as it looks in chick flicks.
Ever since her college days, Chantelle has had growing feelings for Dennis, a swaggering and smart geek-at-heart who’s got romance coming out of his ears. At least, he talks as if he’s mastered the art of dating, but how would Chantelle know if it’s true? She’s never gotten to experience Dennis as anything more than a close friend.
But wait! A huge opportunity comes along that could impact both their personal and professional lives. This may lead to the perfect time for Chantelle to tell Dennis what he means to her.
It may also be time for some of Chantelle’s own words about love to come back to bite her.
Kiss and ‘Telle? is a clean romance and just pure sweetness. It’s basically a Hallmark movie in novella format. The characters in this story first appeared in another book, Hope Unashamed. I haven’t read that book so I went into this one blind. It didn’t really make a difference, however, because the story is well written. I had no issues keeping up with the different characters and figuring out what was going on. Keels’ writing is always easy to read so you don’t have to worry about being confused if you decide to pick up this novella without reading its precursors.
I’m not going to talk about the actual story too much since this is a novella and a newer release but I will say while it is predictable, it’s enjoyable. Typically with romances it’s pretty clear early on who will end up with who but if the romance is well written, it’s still fun to see how the characters get from point A to point B. This is definitely one of those romances.
I know many people are wanting to show their support for black authors right now. Nadine C. Keels is a woman of color who writes about characters of all colors. Chantelle, Dennis and the other characters in this book are black so if you’re looking to support a black woman or read about black characters, this novella (or any of her other books) would be a great choice. Are you a fan of sugary sweet romances? Let me know! Thanks for reading and have a great day!