A THOUSAND BOY KISSES
By Tillie Cole
One kiss lasts a moment.
But a thousand kisses can last a
It’s rare that a book has me falling apart in tears…halfway through. Tillie Cole writes emotional books, there’s no doubt about that, but never in my long life have I had to stop in the middle of a book because I. Just. Couldn’t. Stop. Crying.
As I’ve found with Cole’s writing style, she loves soul mates. That Ain’t Me Babe, Raze, and now, A Thousand Boy Kisses. It’s as though she’s creating her own little trope: falling in love when you’re just a small child. To some it might sound impossible, but Cole makes it work for her characters and, Rune and Poppy, they’re going to slay you.
A bond that is forged in an instant
and cherished for a decade.
A bond that neither time nor distance
A bond that will last forever.
Or so they believe.
Poppy Litchfield and Rune Kristiansen meet at five years old, when Rune moves into the house next door. She invites him on an adventure in her beguiling-Poppy way, insisting that they are now best friends. The sullen Rune, who’d been forced to move from his home in Norway to a little Georgia town, latches onto Poppy like a lifeline, beginning the adventure of a lifetime for them both. When Poppy’s Mamaw dies, she leaves Poppy with a mason jar filled with a thousand pink hearts, one heart for each almost-heart-bursting boy kiss she wants Poppy to have over the course of her life. Though only eight years old, Poppy already knows that Rune is the only boy she’ll ever want to kiss and saves all those pink hearts for him.
When seventeen-year-old Rune
Kristiansen returns from his native Norway to the sleepy town of Blossom Grove,
Georgia, where he befriended Poppy Litchfield as a child, he has just one thing
on his mind. Why did the girl who was one half of his soul, who promised to
wait faithfully for his return, cut him off without a word of explanation?
A Thousand Boy Kisses is unlike any of the other 7 books by Cole that I’ve read. First, ATBK is considered Young Adult, as it features high school age protagonists. Don’t let that sway your decision to read it as this book is for everyone. Second, as it’s YA, there’s no graphic sex, which quite frankly is something that features heavily in Cole’s books, sometimes in horrific ways. I reveled in absorbing her words and style without the heaviness of the sex of her earlier books. Finally, I found the pace of this book (again, probably because of its genre) to be much quicker than anything else I’ve read from her. If I stopped reading it was because I had to stop, again, to blow my nose or wipe my tears.
Rune’s heart was broken two years ago
when Poppy fell silent. When he discovers the truth, he finds that the greatest
heartache is yet to come.
Poppy and Rune are such likable characters, especially Rune who grows so much through the course of this story. Poppy, we learn early on, is a special soul and perhaps the only one to help lead Rune through the darkness that is as natural to him as the light is to Poppy. The reader is led through an innocent love, that even with all the adversity that they face, never seems to lose its purity. It’s beautiful and soulful and this is transmitted in a heart-gripping way by Cole’s words.
A Thousand Boy Kisses is a book that lingers with you. Poppy and Rune, characters that embed in your heart. And, don’t forget the tissues.
4 Stars for A Thousand Boy Kisses. Heat level: 0.5
I received this book from the author in exchange for honest feedback.
A Thousand Boy Kisses was published in March 2016 by Tillie Cole.
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Tillie Cole hails from a small town in the North-East of England. She grew up on a farm with her English mother, Scottish father and older sister and a multitude of rescue animals. As soon as she could, Tillie left her rural roots for the bright lights of the big city.
After graduating from Newcastle University with a BA Hons in Religious Studies, Tillie followed her Professional Rugby player husband around the world for a decade, becoming a teacher in between and thoroughly enjoyed teaching High School students Social Studies before putting pen to paper, and finishing her first novel.
Tillie has now settled in Austin, Texas, where she is finally able to sit down and write, throwing herself into fantasy worlds and the fabulous minds of her characters.
Tillie is both an independent and traditionally published author, and writes many genres including: Contemporary Romance, Dark Romance, Young Adult and New Adult novels.
When she is not writing, Tillie enjoys nothing more than curling up on her couch watching movies, drinking far too much coffee, while convincing herself that she really doesn’t need that extra square of chocolate.
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