Author: Julie Mullins
Genre: Adult Contemporary, Romance, Memoir
Publisher: Production JEMS
Released: 22 July 2015
Kissing is the gateway to romantic love, but it isn't all Rodin out there. Whether you're 22 or 62, there are a lot of kisses that don't fit before you find a good match.
Kissing is an art, a joy. And an unexpected upside of delaying marriage is that there's more time to kiss ... different people.
The theatrical heroine of To Kiss Or Not To Kiss boldly goes where many a woman has gone before but few have disclosed. Armed with style and humour she finds a healing kiss in the Queensland rainforest, a dangerous kiss at 3,000 feet, a kiss which ends in an arrest, and kisses to save her from being stranded on the streets of New York. From Mr Universe in Paris to Mr Too Cute in Firenze and Banana Man in London the "girl who cain't say no" chases romance across the globe, in search of the kiss that will take her breath away... the kiss that will bring her heart home.
To Kiss Or Not To Kiss is a collection of honest stories about a woman's search for love, told by a hopeful romantic, an actress who is not afraid to take risks, pick up her cues, love, laugh, create and cherish the drama of a passionate life.
I've been a fan of Julie since she played the character Julie Martin in Aussie Soap Opera Neighbours so was keen to get my hands, so to speak, on the book and give it a read. Now, to be fair, I did just interview Julie about her time on the show (which you can read here) and she's such a wonderful person, that I fear this review may be a tad bias. But, either way, I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
The book looks at twelve first kisses that Julie has had, and how the kiss affected the event in which they took place, but also how they changed her perception of that person. From the dangerous kiss and the naughty kiss, to the unexpected kiss and the healing kiss, plus every kiss in between, Julie talks about all the interesting scenarios in which kissing has played a key role.
I really enjoyed this book. It combined comedy, drama and romance, with a little bit of heartbreak here and there. I was invested in each story, and kept saying 'I so ship this!' and was always disappointed when the relationship ended, despite knowing they all inevitably would.
What I really loved was that Julie's writing made you feel like a fly on the wall in each scenario. I felt like I was there watching it all unfold and experiencing almost everything that Julie experienced.
Overall, if you are looking for a fun romance that's a little bit cheeky and naughty, then this is the book for you. You'll be feeling the love and thinking about your own first kisses.