The Art of French Kissing by Brianna Shrum @BriannaShrum #Review #YA #YoungAdult #ARC #Romance #Netgalley

Book Review


How scrumptious is this cover? I just had to read it after seeing this!

The Art of French Cooking Kissing (Expected Release Date: June 5, 2018)

Seventeen-year-old Carter Lane has wanted to be a chef since she was old enough to ignore her mom’s warnings to stay away from the hot stove. And now she has the chance of a lifetime: a prestigious scholarship competition in Savannah, where students compete all summer in Chopped style challenges for a full-ride to one of the best culinary schools in the country. The only impossible challenge ingredient in her basket: Reid Yamada.

After Reid, her cute but unbearably cocky opponent, goes out of his way to screw her over on day one, Carter vows revenge, and soon they’re involved in a full-fledged culinary war. Just as the tension between them reaches its boiling point, Carter and Reid are forced to work together if they want to win, and Carter begins to wonder if Reid’s constant presence in her brain is about more than rivalry. And if maybe her desire to smack his mouth doesn’t necessarily cancel out her desire to kiss it.

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My Thoughts…

Mmmm, hungry yet?

Well as much as this book is about delicious food, it’s also a really cute, contemporary YA romance. This book has a fun story, awesome, diverse characters, and a fresh, relevant writing style many readers will appreciate, especially teens.

Seriously, is there anything worse than a YA novel that reads like your grandmother wrote it?

This book starts with your typical love/hate start to romance but in an atypical setting. Think Master Chef. And it is really entertaining! One of the things I really love about this novel are the characters. There are teens representing from all walks of life and the diversity is wonderful.

If you love cooking shows, romance, and a little drama, you will really enjoy this book!

Rating… A

*A big thanks to the author and Netgalley for providing me with this e-ARC in exchange for an honest review

About the Author


I’m a lover of words. Sometimes weird ones. Sometimes bloody ones. Sometimes kissy ones. I try not to discriminate. Also, all things nerdy. Odds are, if they talk about it on The Big Bang Theory, I like it. Star Wars, superheroes, gaming (BIOWARE. Bioware forever), you name it. Much to the dismay of my much cooler younger sisters.

I live in Colorado with my high-school-sweetheart-turned-husband, two boys, and dog named Sevro, all of whom are pretty great.

Sometimes, I blog about writerly things. I’m an author of YA fiction, and I LOVE what I do. I am represented by Steven Salpeter at Curtis Brown.

Brianna Shrum


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