August Cruz is the only man I’ve ever loved.
He’s the one who got away.
He’s the one I totally screwed over.
Now he’s standing on my doorstep, nine years later, but he’s not the only thing that turns up. My mother’s lost diary is in my hands, and it might lead me to my father. A possibility I wished for one year ago, at my last birthday.
I have 36 hours to fulfill that wish.
I have 36 hours to drag August on a wild scavenger hunt.
I have 36 hours to protect my heart before I lose him again…because there’s something he’s not telling me.
So, let’s start with that cover. Holy Six String! I wasn’t sure if Licks was the title or a command, but either worked for me. There’s nothing sexier than the hands of a guitarist. I literally swooned over this cover.
Okay, now that that’s out of the way…
I really liked Licks.
Each time I read a new book from Kelly Siskind, I’m bowled over by what an insightful and laugh out loud funny writer she is. This is such a great combination, which makes for great reading every time. I’m either laughing or crying. If an author can pull both of these emotions out of me, they’re definitely doing something right.
There’s an intensity to Licks that really surprised me, though it shouldn’t have. The book takes place over a 36 hour time period as Gwen and August race to find out who Gwen’s father is. The intensity kept me on the edge of my seat along with every twist and turn. More importantly, Siskind digs deep into these two old friends who have loved each other for as long as they can remember. I’m pretty sure I highlighted half the book as both Gwen and August realize something about themselves that just knocked me on my ass. Why? Because their insights into themselves resonated with me. Between Gwen’s self-hatred and August’s need to fix everything, I connected with these characters and that made me love them.
There’s really no doubt about the where August and Gwen end up, but the journey is wild and unexpected. Gwen’s search for her father is so much more than putting a name to a face, it’s a discovery of where she came from, who she was, and her realization of who she wants to be. While some of the surprises were easy to guess it never really distracted from the story or the intensity. There were moments I wanted to knock some sense into August, who bordered on alpha-hole status a time or two, but managed to redeem himself. And, quite honestly, I found myself distracted by…
August’s identical twin is the guy who basically drives Gwen and August apart early on and is painted as the villain and rightly so. But, damn. Just like with Gwen and August, there’s so much more to Finch and I know I’m going to beg Kelly Siskind for his story before too long.
4 stars for Licks. Heat level: 4
I received a copy of Licks from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Licks was published in April 2018 by CD Books.
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About Kelly Siskind
A small-town girl at heart, Kelly moved from the city to open a cheese shop with her husband in northern Ontario. When she’s not neck deep in cheese or out hiking, you can find her, notepad in hand, scribbling down one of the many plot bunnies bouncing around in her head. She laughs at her own jokes and has been known to eat her feelings—gummy bears heal all. She’s also an incurable romantic, devouring romance novels into the wee hours of the morning.
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