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With This Kiss Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

With This Kiss by Carrie Hope Fletcher

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Cover image of With This Kiss by Carrie Hope Fletcher.

When their lips touch, will she seal his fate?
From the outside, Lorelai is an ordinary young woman with a normal life. She loves reading, she works at the local cinema and she adores living with her best friend. But she carries a painful burden, something she’s kept hidden for years; whenever she kisses someone on the lips, she sees how they are going to die. But she’s never known if she’s seeing what was always meant to be, or if her kiss is the thing that decides their destiny. And so, she hasn’t kissed anyone since she was sixteen.
Then she meets Grayson. Sweet, clever, funny Grayson. And for the first time in years she yearns for a man’s kiss. But she can’t… or can she? And if she does, should she try to intervene and change what she sees?

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Carrie Hope Fletcher’s novels have been on my TBR for years but With This Kiss is the first I’ve actually read. I found this novel utterly addictive, as soon as I started it I couldn’t bear to put it down and within a few hours I’d read the whole thing. I am now determined to read Carrie’s entire back catalogue of books before the year is out. Carrie’s passion and love of books and theatre really shines through within this story and it’s beautiful to see how her interests inspire the story.

I often ponder about death, there are endless questions I could ask. And although I find books about grief too emotional to read, a book about knowing how people die fascinated me, particularly as it wasn’t by touch of a hand but by a kiss on the lips which made the occurrence less likely to happen by chance. The main character, Lorelai, in most instances, would have the opportunity to consider whether she wished to know how someone would die or not and so whether she would kiss them. When this novels begins, she has sworn off dating in an attempt to never experience the traumatic visuals of someone dying by kissing them, and then Grayson walks into her life.

Carrie Hope Fletcher has mentioned Pushing Daisies as inspiration for this novel and it definitely reminded me of my love for it. Lorelai asks herself many questions throughout the story regarding her particular gift, and because of this she slowly begins to build self-confidence and self-belief and choose her own path. The friendship between Lorelai and Joanie was wonderful and really emphasised the strength of a good friendship when there are no secrets between you and you can depend on each other no matter what.

This isn’t a romance read, it’s more of a novel that will lead to your own inner questions and deep thinking. The story doesn’t dive into Lorelai’s gift into as much depth as I would have liked, but I did appreciate the flashbacks to Lorelai’s various kisses that showed her gift in action. If you enjoyed the show Pushing Daisies or the novel They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera this is definitely a novel to consider adding to your TBR. I will be exploring the author’s previously published novels for sure.

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