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The New York Times bestselling author of Love Me Again returns to the town of Hope, Oklahoma where school is in session and love rules the playbook. Josie Barnes has always craved a sense of home. She's found that in Hope, Oklahoma--she bought a house, has a new job as an English teacher at Hope High, she's made wonderful friends, and she's taking in stray animals that no o The New York Times bestselling author of Love Me Again returns to the town of Hope, Oklahoma where school is in session and love rules the playbook. Josie Barnes has always craved a sense of home. She's found that in Hope, Oklahoma--she bought a house, has a new job as an English teacher at Hope High, she's made wonderful friends, and she's taking in stray animals that no one else wants. Now she's flirting with fellow teacher and hot high school football coach Zach Powers. But he's almost too good to be true, and Josie learned long ago not to trust in the too-good-to-be-true, because it has always let her down. A former pro football player, Zach had to pull back when a career-ending knee injury forced him to rethink his future. Now he's happy calling plays as Coach. If he could just get Josie Barnes to stop benching his players for their poor grades, life would be perfect. Instead, she drives him crazy as the stern teacher at school and the sexy woman of his dreams outside of the classroom. He knows she's been hurt in the past, but he wants to be that guy she can trust. The one thing Josie has never been able to count on is the people closest to her. But Zach intends to show her that what they have between them is a textbook case of love.


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The New York Times bestselling author of Love Me Again returns to the town of Hope, Oklahoma where school is in session and love rules the playbook. Josie Barnes has always craved a sense of home. She's found that in Hope, Oklahoma--she bought a house, has a new job as an English teacher at Hope High, she's made wonderful friends, and she's taking in stray animals that no o The New York Times bestselling author of Love Me Again returns to the town of Hope, Oklahoma where school is in session and love rules the playbook. Josie Barnes has always craved a sense of home. She's found that in Hope, Oklahoma--she bought a house, has a new job as an English teacher at Hope High, she's made wonderful friends, and she's taking in stray animals that no one else wants. Now she's flirting with fellow teacher and hot high school football coach Zach Powers. But he's almost too good to be true, and Josie learned long ago not to trust in the too-good-to-be-true, because it has always let her down. A former pro football player, Zach had to pull back when a career-ending knee injury forced him to rethink his future. Now he's happy calling plays as Coach. If he could just get Josie Barnes to stop benching his players for their poor grades, life would be perfect. Instead, she drives him crazy as the stern teacher at school and the sexy woman of his dreams outside of the classroom. He knows she's been hurt in the past, but he wants to be that guy she can trust. The one thing Josie has never been able to count on is the people closest to her. But Zach intends to show her that what they have between them is a textbook case of love.

30 review for One Perfect Kiss

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alex ♈

    Love story - solid 4 stars 100 000 stars for the animals!!! 😍😍😍 Wilson, Tumbles, Arthur - cutest pets ever!!! Very likable heroine. Smart, strong, sassy, not a shy wallflower. Her love for animals made her even more beautiful in my eyes. Not a typical CR heroine - she didn't drool, didn't wet her panties on a regular basis, she had brain [!!!], could still build coherent sentences while being aroused and even during and after good sex!!! Sensational! 😉 I didn't quite like the plot with her mother, b Love story - solid 4 stars 100 000 stars for the animals!!! 😍😍😍 Wilson, Tumbles, Arthur - cutest pets ever!!! Very likable heroine. Smart, strong, sassy, not a shy wallflower. Her love for animals made her even more beautiful in my eyes. Not a typical CR heroine - she didn't drool, didn't wet her panties on a regular basis, she had brain [!!!], could still build coherent sentences while being aroused and even during and after good sex!!! Sensational! 😉 I didn't quite like the plot with her mother, but I could understand why she kept her distance at the beginning. Good hero. Total 'boring' - not a manwhore, didn't trash women, he actually respected women and was really good guy. When he adopted Wilson - a cute dog with 3 legs - I said yes to his marriage proposal. Unfortunately he didn't ask me at the end, but the heroine 😜. Safe. No slut-shaming. Zero OW drama. Tasteful sex-scenes (no begging, no spanking, decent heroine with healthy hormonal level!). Enjoyed it a lot! 🤩

  2. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    I enjoyed One Perfect Kiss. The easy, beach kind of romance read. Not over complex, easily followed and an intriguing group of characters that seem to have an affinity for loving animals. You can't go wrong with an animal loving cast. That being said, I had a hard time justifying Josie's choices and personality vacillations between mature and educated to irrational. She was burned, had a hard time trusting but the conflicts were internal and self induced which didn't not endear me towards her. I I enjoyed One Perfect Kiss. The easy, beach kind of romance read. Not over complex, easily followed and an intriguing group of characters that seem to have an affinity for loving animals. You can't go wrong with an animal loving cast. That being said, I had a hard time justifying Josie's choices and personality vacillations between mature and educated to irrational. She was burned, had a hard time trusting but the conflicts were internal and self induced which didn't not endear me towards her. I liked One Perfect Kiss, it was one of those reads you just need when you searching for a light romance book-vacation. I received this ARC copy of One Perfect Kiss from Berkley Publishing Group. This is my honest and voluntary review. One Perfect Kiss is set for publication Sept 4, 2018. My Rating: 3 stars Written by: Jaci Burton Series: A Hope Novel Sequence in Series: Book 8 Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages Publisher: Berkley Publication Date: September 4, 2018 ISBN-10: 0399585095 ISBN-13: 978-0399585098 Genre: Contemporary Romance Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/One-Perfect-Ki... Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/one-... Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/one-... Want more check us out on Tome Tender Book Blog or on Facebook

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chris C - A Midlife Wife

    Pretty good. Solid story. 3.5 Stars ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I’m a bit conflicted with this story. I’ve read one other book in the series before this one so I was a bit familiar with a few of the characters. But it had been a while so I don’t know that I remember Josie and Zach. So why am I conflicted? A lot of it came from Josie. She seemed locked in the past and uncertain about life in a few scenes and some of the conversation didn’t flow for me. But then in the next chapter she was funny, warm, yet d Pretty good. Solid story. 3.5 Stars ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I’m a bit conflicted with this story. I’ve read one other book in the series before this one so I was a bit familiar with a few of the characters. But it had been a while so I don’t know that I remember Josie and Zach. So why am I conflicted? A lot of it came from Josie. She seemed locked in the past and uncertain about life in a few scenes and some of the conversation didn’t flow for me. But then in the next chapter she was funny, warm, yet determined to take the lead, which he willingly gave her. Another issue was that there were several scenes in the book that were just plain odd. Attending a party you were not really invited to as a third person to someone else’s first date? Umm no. Zach, on the other hand, was a great character. Loving, very sexy, kind, and extremely patient with Josie. He knew what he wanted and was willing to go for it. Proud and sweet. Overall, the author brought a classic story of love in a small town along with a few internal issues to get over. It was entertaining with a few fiery scenes that bring the heat and finally, a happy ever after. * advance copy received for review consideration

  4. 5 out of 5

    Auntee

    A little ho-hum for me. Two high school teachers with a little baggage each go from friends to lovers. A perfectly OK read, but I just didn't feel the passion in this one. Probably my least favorite one from a pretty solid series. 3 stars

  5. 4 out of 5

    Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

    Two-Fer Review - Amanda and Kitty Jaci Burton wrote such a sweet and sentimental story with One Perfect Kiss. Even though the story started off a little slow for me, she picked the pace up and had me hooked in the fun tale of the teacher and the coach. Zach was relentless throughout the book. He has wanted Josie for a while. She flirts, has a wonderful time but doesn't let on that she may be interested in anything other than being friends. That is, when they are out. When she walks into school, it Two-Fer Review - Amanda and Kitty Jaci Burton wrote such a sweet and sentimental story with One Perfect Kiss. Even though the story started off a little slow for me, she picked the pace up and had me hooked in the fun tale of the teacher and the coach. Zach was relentless throughout the book. He has wanted Josie for a while. She flirts, has a wonderful time but doesn't let on that she may be interested in anything other than being friends. That is, when they are out. When she walks into school, it's a whole other story. Ms. prim and proper, hard-nosed English teacher. But, when she starts benching his star football players, he has no choice but to try to convince her to bring their marks up. He agrees to her terms and they find themselves constantly in each others company both in and out of the classroom. Josie can't afford to get involved with the hot football coach. It's bad enough that he is friends with all of her friends but, now his football players are failing and he keeps coming into her classroom to see what he could do to bring their grades up. It's hard enough keeping her thoughts of him out of school, now she's trying to hide her feelings inside as well. But, he's shown that he does care about his students just as much as he does about football. Now, hiding how much she really does want him has become a full-time job. When Zach and Josie finally put their cards on the table, it's beautiful, sweet and wonderful. The twists and turns in the book actually made me more interested in the story. It's hard enough for an author to write a true romance but to throw in social issues, a mother that didn't know how much her rejection hurt her daughter and you have an exceptionally written story. Now, besides the romance and the drama, let's mix in a mean cat, a three-legged dog and a blind bunny. So much fun awaits! But, seriously, I truly enjoyed One Perfect Kiss. Jaci Burton has a true talent for writing romance novels that make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside and always puts a smile on your face. One Perfect Kiss is a heartwarming story of learning to love and trust when both have been elusive. Josie Barnes is new to Hope, Oklahoma and loves her teaching job, her fur babies, and her friends. Hanging out together she’s noticed Zach Powers and is definitely attracted to the high school football coach/history teacher. There’s no denying an attraction between the two of them, but should she act on it? Zach Powers does all he can for his players and that means confronting Josie when she places his players on probation. His team is having a really good season and he needs all his players in good academic standing and that means working with Josie. Keeping things professional is necessary but he sure would like to get to know her on a personal level. When she finally gives him the green light, he knew that she would be more than he imagined and the sexual chemistry would be off the charts. When she shows signs that this is only fun for her can he convince her what he feels in his heart when he knows she’s never felt love before? One Perfect Kiss has all the elements of a good romance story from the cute pets, witty banter, a flawed heroine, and one understanding hero. It was also good to catch up with the previous couples from earlier books and see where life is taking them. Josie has overcome so much in her life and to see her grow with the help from her friends and introspection, it’s very gratifying. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and its understated romance and wish I could live in Hope, OK.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Stacee

    I had never read this author’s books, but I liked the synopsis, so figured I would give it a try. Sadly, it wasn’t what I expected. Josie and Zach are decent enough characters. They’re both driven, loyal, good people. They’re just insanely boring. I didn’t see any chemistry between them at all and that made some of the cringeworthy scenes even worse. As for secondary characters, I’m assuming everyone else is from the previous books. They’re all either pregnant or just had a baby and it was near I had never read this author’s books, but I liked the synopsis, so figured I would give it a try. Sadly, it wasn’t what I expected. Josie and Zach are decent enough characters. They’re both driven, loyal, good people. They’re just insanely boring. I didn’t see any chemistry between them at all and that made some of the cringeworthy scenes even worse. As for secondary characters, I’m assuming everyone else is from the previous books. They’re all either pregnant or just had a baby and it was near impossible to keep anyone straight. Plot wise is where I really struggled. It was all step by step telling, not showing and there isn’t any conflict or build up. It was all so bland and felt very pointless. Oh and there are legit pages of descriptions on what each person is wearing in the scenes. Overall, something kept me reading, but I’m not sure what it was. I will not be reading any other books in this series. **Huge thanks to Berkley for providing the arc free of charge**

  7. 4 out of 5

    Elle's Book Blog

    Release Date: September 4, 2018 Genre: Small Town Romance Actual Rating: 4 stars I absolutely adore this series! Jaci Burton has a way with these books and she always puts a smile on my face. In One Perfect Kiss, two teachers find love although, it isn't sunshine and rainbows in the beginning. True love, as shown in this book, takes time, effort, and sometimes a lot more energy than one would want! I loved this book. I finished it in one sitting because I couldn't get enough of Zach and Josie Release Date: September 4, 2018 Genre: Small Town Romance Actual Rating: 4 stars I absolutely adore this series! Jaci Burton has a way with these books and she always puts a smile on my face. In One Perfect Kiss, two teachers find love although, it isn't sunshine and rainbows in the beginning. True love, as shown in this book, takes time, effort, and sometimes a lot more energy than one would want! I loved this book. I finished it in one sitting because I couldn't get enough of Zach and Josie's story. I know many readers are going to devour this sweet romance just like I did!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dianne

    Her past left her craving a sense of home and belonging. Josie Barnes found that Hope, Oklahoma could be that “home” she never had. She has found new friends who are genuine and is trying to leave her painful past behind. She even has “eyes” for the high school football coach, Zach Powers. Zach has always noticed Josie since she joined his circle of friends. He’s also noticed she carries emotional scars, but he is determined to be the man who makes her forget all others. Jaci Burton’s ONE PERFECT Her past left her craving a sense of home and belonging. Josie Barnes found that Hope, Oklahoma could be that “home” she never had. She has found new friends who are genuine and is trying to leave her painful past behind. She even has “eyes” for the high school football coach, Zach Powers. Zach has always noticed Josie since she joined his circle of friends. He’s also noticed she carries emotional scars, but he is determined to be the man who makes her forget all others. Jaci Burton’s ONE PERFECT KISS should be that light romance that makes for a perfect, upbeat love story of two souls meant to be together. For me, it wasn’t all it could have been. Zach was patient, caring and most definitely willing to do what it took to get Josie to notice him as more than a friend. Josie was like an emotional ping pong ball, warm and flirtatious one minute, doing a complete reversal the next. Together, their mental dialogues were almost mirrored words…and actually sounded like they were part of the high school crowd, things were repeated so much. That said, the rest of the characters were delightful and truly gave a sense of continuity to the story! Toss in some furry friends, each with personalities more defined than the main characters and this less than defining romance makes for some good beach or poolside reading. I received a complimentary ARC edition from the Berkley Group! Series: Hope - Book 8 Publisher: Berkley (September 4, 2018) Publication Date: September 4, 2018 Genre: Contemporary Romance Print Length: 320 pages Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble For Reviews, Giveaways, Fabulous Book News, follow: http://tometender.blogspot.com

  9. 5 out of 5

    Under the Covers Book Blog

    I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Jaci Burton returns with another sweet installment in the Hope series. I have to say that this is one of my favorite series by this author, mainly because I think it stays consistent throughout the books. If you haven’t read Burton before, she has a sexy side as well as a sweet one and I think this Hope series lands a little bit more on the sweet I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Jaci Burton returns with another sweet installment in the Hope series. I have to say that this is one of my favorite series by this author, mainly because I think it stays consistent throughout the books. If you haven’t read Burton before, she has a sexy side as well as a sweet one and I think this Hope series lands a little bit more on the sweet side. However, that is not to say that there isn’t any sexiness in this book. Because the hero of this book, Zach, is all kinds of sexiness. He’s a former pro football player with a big heart and I think getting a chance to see more of his character was really nice. The same goes for Josie who I think fits the typical mold of the perhaps the more quiet heroine who is looking for more in life. So when these two come together, it really becomes an explosive story. There’s some good banter and also some fun moments between secondary characters as well. I read this book pretty quickly and that’s also one of my favorite things about Burton’s books. They are always fun and exciting and also a breeze to read. I always look forward to reading a Jaci Burton book! *ARC provided by publisher Reviewed by Annie❤ ♡ Don't want to miss any of our posts? Subscribe to our blog by email! ♡ ❤

  10. 4 out of 5

    Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

    Jaci Burton returns with another sweet installment in the Hope series. I have to say that this is one of my favorite series by this author, mainly because I think it stays consistent throughout the books. If you haven’t read Burton before, she has a sexy side as well as a sweet one and I think this Hope series lands a little bit more on the sweet side. However, that is not to say that there isn’t any sexiness in this book. Because the hero of this book, Zach, is all kinds of sexiness. He’s a fo Jaci Burton returns with another sweet installment in the Hope series. I have to say that this is one of my favorite series by this author, mainly because I think it stays consistent throughout the books. If you haven’t read Burton before, she has a sexy side as well as a sweet one and I think this Hope series lands a little bit more on the sweet side. However, that is not to say that there isn’t any sexiness in this book. Because the hero of this book, Zach, is all kinds of sexiness. He’s a former pro football player with a big heart and I think getting a chance to see more of his character was really nice. The same goes for Josie who I think fits the typical mold of the perhaps the more quiet heroine who is looking for more in life. So when these two come together, it really becomes an explosive story. There’s some good banter and also some fun moments between secondary characters as well. I read this book pretty quickly and that’s also one of my favorite things about Burton’s books. They are always fun and exciting and also a breeze to read. I always look forward to reading a Jaci Burton book!

  11. 4 out of 5

    ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰

    ARC received via Netgalley for an honest review It has been a while since I have read a Jaci Burton story, and I have not read any of the previous Hope book, however this did not affect my enjoyment of One Perfect Kiss. Zack and Josie's story is sweet and cute and adorable and just the light read that I needed this past weekend after reading a few emotionally draining stories in a row. I loved the support characters (even though I hadn't read any of their stories), they are all well rounded and add ARC received via Netgalley for an honest review It has been a while since I have read a Jaci Burton story, and I have not read any of the previous Hope book, however this did not affect my enjoyment of One Perfect Kiss. Zack and Josie's story is sweet and cute and adorable and just the light read that I needed this past weekend after reading a few emotionally draining stories in a row. I loved the support characters (even though I hadn't read any of their stories), they are all well rounded and added a lot of depth to the story. I did get a bit frustrated with Josie's flip-flopping between wanting Zach and then whining about how her ex hurt her and how Zack would too. I wanted to talk some sense into her! I am a big fan of stories with characters that are animal lovers - makes me miss my old girl but makes me smile! I really enjoyed my tour of Hope, Oklahoma, and I have already added some of the previous books to my kindle. Can't wait to see what Ms Burton brings us next.

  12. 5 out of 5

    *The Angry Reader*

    ***ARC received for an honest review*** I’d not read Jaci Burton before, and I was looking for something light and sweet to break up my intense reads. In this instance, however, light and sweet equated to shallow and trite. Josie and Zach are teachers with a crush on one another. Over the space of the book they take their mutual attraction to the next level. There’s a lot of characters in this book - I suspect that most of them come from the series. Maybe I would have enjoyed this more if I knew ***ARC received for an honest review*** I’d not read Jaci Burton before, and I was looking for something light and sweet to break up my intense reads. In this instance, however, light and sweet equated to shallow and trite. Josie and Zach are teachers with a crush on one another. Over the space of the book they take their mutual attraction to the next level. There’s a lot of characters in this book - I suspect that most of them come from the series. Maybe I would have enjoyed this more if I knew who any of them were. As it was I had a hard time keeping everyone and their significant other straight. There’s little in the way of drama. Little in the way of steak. And little in the way of real life. Lots of nicey-nice conversation and situations that felt like they’d never happen IRL. I don’t need angst. But I do like to feel something when I read - and this book couldn’t get me there.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rejane

    Based on the blurb. Again a woman who was burned and not willing to trust a man again. 🙄🙄🙄🙄 How many times is this going to be written in the same series? Boring

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rosa Sharon (iScream Books Blog)

    "Josie knew better than to trust in fairy tales, because she knew better than most that there was no such thing as a happily-ever-after." Though this is the 8th book in the Hope series, I read it as a standalone. I really enjoyed the support characters whom I'm assuming the other stories are focused on, but it didn't detract from my enjoyment of this story not to have read them yet. This is only my second book by this author, my first being in her Play by Play series. I must say, there wa "Josie knew better than to trust in fairy tales, because she knew better than most that there was no such thing as a happily-ever-after." Though this is the 8th book in the Hope series, I read it as a standalone. I really enjoyed the support characters whom I'm assuming the other stories are focused on, but it didn't detract from my enjoyment of this story not to have read them yet. This is only my second book by this author, my first being in her Play by Play series. I must say, there was a big difference. This one moved a lot slower and I admit that I struggled with the pace. Both of the main characters were reluctant to jump into a relationship. Since they both worked as teachers at the same high school it kept them in the friend zone longer than I would have liked. I kept thinking that Zach being a former pro football player, he would have more game when it came to women, but he's sweet, friendly, and more of a loner and not alpha other than with the boys that he coaches. Football is his passion and he really cares about the kids he teaches. When some of his best players end up on academic probation he's not happy they might not be able to play. When he heads over to talk to the teacher responsible I was expecting fireworks, but alas I was disappointed. He was 'nice' and I didn't get the BOOM! Josie is new to Hope. She's looking to start over, make friends, and forget her painful past. She had a tough childhood and that experience makes her a great teacher. She has a big heart and wants to help others find the love and acceptance she didn't have. She's also an animal lover and she feels the same way about them. But, her feelings of unconditional love do not extend to herself. She's been hurt and wants no part of love with a man, she just wants to have fun. It's safer that way, nobody gets hurt, right? The attraction between Zach and Josie is obvious to everyone and I think their friends were as frustrated as I was that they moved so slowly. I agreed with Zach when he told Josie, "So one bad guy breaks your heart, and now you paint us all with the same brush?" But, at the same time, I understand why she feels the need to protect her heart. Hopefully, she will realize that their One Perfect Kiss was better than all the others that came before it and worth taking a chance on a future with the man that "wore hot like a brand."

  15. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Urban

    One Perfect Kiss by Jaci Burton is a romantic contemporary romance read. It was simple, fast-paced, and heartfelt. I loved the funny yet fun banters between football coach and English teacher. Both feel an undeniable attraction towards each other. Good looks, intelligence, and a passion for helping others in need made this a sweet story. Josie is experiencing family issues from her past and present. Her mother is struggling to keep a job and to stay drug free. Her mother is always calling her for One Perfect Kiss by Jaci Burton is a romantic contemporary romance read. It was simple, fast-paced, and heartfelt. I loved the funny yet fun banters between football coach and English teacher. Both feel an undeniable attraction towards each other. Good looks, intelligence, and a passion for helping others in need made this a sweet story. Josie is experiencing family issues from her past and present. Her mother is struggling to keep a job and to stay drug free. Her mother is always calling her for help like more money for drugs. Yet somehow, Josie finds the courage to not feel bad about giving into her mother's needs. Then, there's her stereotyping towards men like Zach. Good looking yet popular men. However, Zach keeps proving to Josie that there's more depth to him than just his looks.  Overall, I would highly recommend this novel. It had themes of overing coming one's fears, relationships both romantic and family wise, and friendship. I fell in love with the characters. Their journey was one that melts my heart and makes me swoon. I received this copy from the publisher. This is my voluntary review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    One Perfect Kiss is a fast paced addicting romance. One Perfect Kiss follows the story of Josie and Zach. The only thing Josie has ever wanted was a feeling of home and she thinks she may have found the perfect place in Hope, Oklahoma. She’s finally living the life she’s always dreamed. She’s got the perfect job, great friends and even a potential love interest. But, if there’s one thing that Josie has learned, it’s that if it seems too good to be true, it almost always is….Zach is a former footb One Perfect Kiss is a fast paced addicting romance. One Perfect Kiss follows the story of Josie and Zach. The only thing Josie has ever wanted was a feeling of home and she thinks she may have found the perfect place in Hope, Oklahoma. She’s finally living the life she’s always dreamed. She’s got the perfect job, great friends and even a potential love interest. But, if there’s one thing that Josie has learned, it’s that if it seems too good to be true, it almost always is….Zach is a former football player turned coach/teacher. He loves the game more than anything. So, when Josie benches some of his players due to poor grades, he’ll stop at nothing to get them back on the team. Josie makes Zach crazy, but that doesn’t stop him from trying to get closer….Will Josie take a chance on Zach and try to let him in?? There’s only one way to find out… Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I found One Perfect Kiss to be a quick and enjoyable read. I loved the fast pace of the story and slow burn of the romance between Zach and Josie. Yes, Zach and Josie had instant chemistry, but I really loved how the author built up their relationship; had them get to know one another and really build that trust before jumping in. I really enjoyed getting to know these two and see just how their story was going to play out. One Perfect Kiss was a great read from beginning to end. I honestly can’t get over just how quickly I read this book. I mean I totally devoured it. Zach and Josie’s story hit all the marks for me and was just the romance I was looking for. A totally great story to spend the day getting lost in. I can’t wait to see what this author will have in store for us next. *I was provided an ARC copy of this book via the publisher & NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

  17. 4 out of 5

    Allyson ☘️

    *2018 50 States Reading Challenge-Oklahoma* *ARC NETGALLEY* 3.5 Stars I love Jaci Burton. It’s been a while since I’ve picked up one of her books but I still adore her. I did feel the writing was a little stiff at times but I still loved the story. I’m going to miss the gang in Hope.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Moving to Hope is a way for Josie to be near her mother. Don’t be mistaken in the fact that this is tedious for Josie. With a mother who struggles to stay clean, Josie is always at the beck and call of her mother’s whims. More often than not, Josie’s mother will ask for money. A way to fuel her addiction. Determined not to let it get her down, Josie finds a way to hold her head high in the face of her troubled family drama. As the high school football coach, Zach moved to Hope after an injury cr Moving to Hope is a way for Josie to be near her mother. Don’t be mistaken in the fact that this is tedious for Josie. With a mother who struggles to stay clean, Josie is always at the beck and call of her mother’s whims. More often than not, Josie’s mother will ask for money. A way to fuel her addiction. Determined not to let it get her down, Josie finds a way to hold her head high in the face of her troubled family drama. As the high school football coach, Zach moved to Hope after an injury crushed his professional career. Small town life is just what Zach needs to focus on to help others that long for that football dream. When Josie joins Zach’s medley of friends, she immediately caused Zach’s radar to ‘ding’. Everything about Josie was a bag of mixed signals, giving Zach the information he needed to realize that Josie’s past had a lot to do with her reaction to him. A little patience and honesty goes a long way, and Zach is determined to wait Josie out for the duration of her emotional turmoil. One Perfect Kiss is the latest installment from Jaci Burton within the Hope series. While I am always a HUGE Burton fan, this novel just didn’t ‘wow’ me like others have in the past. Don’t get me wrong….One Perfect Kiss was ‘good’….just not what I expect from the author after such a successful series. The back and forth between the two main characters lacked the build up that one expects in a romance. The feeling of that lack of chemistry shadowed my thoughts about the book. There was plenty of angsty moments, but the believability factor was absent for me. Very little meat and potatoes but a whole lot of fluff in the cake. The other point that took away from the story was the way the story has ‘repeating’ information from the characters. So much of it that I found it taking away from my attention to the story. Was this a book I would ignore if I had the chance? No….I just would save it for a lazy beach day when I am not worried about a ‘meat and potatoes’ type of book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Blodeuedd Finland

    Two teachers gets the hots for each other. That sums it up. Though they have been friends for a while since they are in the came circle of friends, and they have flirted. But they have never taken that next step since they teach at the same school. Also Josie is an English teacher and some of the football players are failing. And Zach is the football coach and he wants his team to go state. Though it does not really cause drama cos they are both so understanding. Josie has some issues from her pas Two teachers gets the hots for each other. That sums it up. Though they have been friends for a while since they are in the came circle of friends, and they have flirted. But they have never taken that next step since they teach at the same school. Also Josie is an English teacher and some of the football players are failing. And Zach is the football coach and he wants his team to go state. Though it does not really cause drama cos they are both so understanding. Josie has some issues from her past. Zach seems ready to love, so no issues there. Though again, it does not cause that much drama cos they take it slow. She freaking LOVES animals and wants to adopt them all. That was cute. Someone needs to adopt the ugly, old and those that need love too. You all know there will be a HEA so there is no surprise that in the epilogue they talk engagement and I found it weird when she said they were taking it slow and still they were getting married after a year together...that is not taking it slowly. OK so that all seems great right? Weeeell, frankly I kept wondering where that something was. I mean it was good and all, but at the same time it was boring. There was SO much dialogue, and most about trivial thing like what they would eat or talking what they would wear. And on top of that she also described what they were eating and wearing all the time. And then there were the friends, I could not keep them all straight. She always mentioned them in a group and never one on one. So ok one single, 2 preggos, married peeps, why do they all have to meet together? I get that they are previous couples but still, I do not care about them and no for the hundredth time i do not wanna hear that you are preggo and how you all are dealing. It does work as a stand alone, it's not like I felt lost. But she obvi expects that you are invested in the other characters which I was not. It felt like she had phoned it in. I like drama free books, but this one needed some drama to get it exciting and get these lovely people to stop talking and being kind. Too much talking, not enough action Narrator I fear I had issues here too, her female voices sounded the same (except Josie's mum who sounded 80), her males voices blended together and then both female and male voiced blended together. Put in 6 couples and you have no idea who is talking.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Heather andrews

    Zack could be a skeptical one at times, “he really is very sweet and cuddly,” she said. “Once he gets to know you.” Zach took a sip of his beer but kept his eye on the dining room table with its glowing eyes. “You don’t like cats?” Josie knows how to hit her man where it hurts: “Pizza or ***, Zach.” He straightened, then frowned at her in the mirror. “That’s not fair. You can’t make me choose between the two.” Zach is a smart man, he doesn't need to be asked twice on certain things, “I’m sweaty, Zack could be a skeptical one at times, “he really is very sweet and cuddly,” she said. “Once he gets to know you.” Zach took a sip of his beer but kept his eye on the dining room table with its glowing eyes. “You don’t like cats?” Josie knows how to hit her man where it hurts: “Pizza or ***, Zach.” He straightened, then frowned at her in the mirror. “That’s not fair. You can’t make me choose between the two.” Zach is a smart man, he doesn't need to be asked twice on certain things, “I’m sweaty, so I’m stripping down and getting into the shower. Wanna join me?” It took him less than twenty seconds to get naked. " I liked this book, I loved Zack he was so patient and kind.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    I loved this story of two high school teachers, both new to the small town, finding each other. I appreciated the way Zach was portrayed, a former pro football player with a career-ending knee injury, who found fulfillment in teaching and coaching high school football. Josie was also a great character, on her own but dealing with a drug addict mother. She was strong in denying hand-outs to her mother but helped get her into rehab when she was ready. Zach and Josie's romance was a slow burn, taki I loved this story of two high school teachers, both new to the small town, finding each other. I appreciated the way Zach was portrayed, a former pro football player with a career-ending knee injury, who found fulfillment in teaching and coaching high school football. Josie was also a great character, on her own but dealing with a drug addict mother. She was strong in denying hand-outs to her mother but helped get her into rehab when she was ready. Zach and Josie's romance was a slow burn, taking time to build and going over obstacles, until Josie could see her way clear to believing in love.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sophia

    As a fan of small town romance, I've enjoyed the string of stories set in Hope, Oklahoma with their gentle plots and tender, but slightly spicy romances. A bit of conflict between two teachers at the local high school and a side of attraction seemed just the thing for the Back to School time of year. One Perfect Kiss is book eight in the Hope series. While the characters are rather new and their situations were unknown before this making it seem like it would make an alright standalone, there is As a fan of small town romance, I've enjoyed the string of stories set in Hope, Oklahoma with their gentle plots and tender, but slightly spicy romances. A bit of conflict between two teachers at the local high school and a side of attraction seemed just the thing for the Back to School time of year. One Perfect Kiss is book eight in the Hope series. While the characters are rather new and their situations were unknown before this making it seem like it would make an alright standalone, there is a lot of appearances, catching up, and time spent with the previous characters in the series. All that to say, it might drive one a bit nutso trying to keep up with all the names and situations so it might make a bad place to jump in. Zach is the football coach and history teacher at the high school. He's laid back and remembers what it was like to need football and need to do well. He had his chance at a football career, but now he's content with his small town life. Josie is the somewhat buttoned up high school English teacher. Being open to friendship and even the attraction with Zach is enough to tie her up in knots. He's trying to be patient with her issues even while she shuts him down because of her past. I like this series and eagerly pick up each new installment, but there have been a couple stories that just didn't click for me. One Perfect Kiss will be one of them. I couldn't engage with the story and never really warmed up to Josie. Zach's a sweetheart and was the whole reason I kept reading. Frankly, I got bored and could care less if they got together because I didn't feel the romance and things just seemed to todder along the surface giving me nothing to latch onto. Zach makes efforts with Josie while she comes on strong or pulls back in turn with no real reason that Zach caused. There were some cute and fun moments, even some swoon at times. It was okay in the end and I enjoyed dropping in with the circle of friends and the setting. Yep, all in all, it was mild and alright. Not particularly engaging, but not bad. Series fans are the group it would target. Still, I do enjoy the series and the author's writing, generally so give the series a go when you get the chance. My thanks to Penguin for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    I can’t quite put my finger one why this story didn’t really work for me. I have really enjoyed Burton’s previous work, but this one left me wanting more. One thing that stuck out for me was the fact that I felt a lack of connection with the characters. Both of them are teachers, not to mention the fact that Zach is the high school’s football coach. However, you don’t really get too much time with them on the job. You get a few snippets, but it would have been nice to really be there experiencin I can’t quite put my finger one why this story didn’t really work for me. I have really enjoyed Burton’s previous work, but this one left me wanting more. One thing that stuck out for me was the fact that I felt a lack of connection with the characters. Both of them are teachers, not to mention the fact that Zach is the high school’s football coach. However, you don’t really get too much time with them on the job. You get a few snippets, but it would have been nice to really be there experiencing the game/practice through Zach’s eyes, or getting more interaction between Josie and her students as they read poetry or go over literature. Heck, Zach is a history teacher, and I kind of completely forgot about that until just now because you never really saw him teaching. I felt like the only times the book covered these two at work was just to cover their brief interactions with each other while at the school. I also felt like a lot of the story was sort of glossed over and barely brushed up on. It seemed like we were just going through the motions without there being any real depth or feeling behind it all. There was a surprise wedding in the story and I found myself just sort of shrugging at it all as it popped up and then moved on to the next scene. Or the fact that Josie randomly gets a blind bunny and it’s just there. No real information. No rhyme or reason to having the rabbit. It’s just, “Oh, I got a rabbit the other day. Let’s go out to dinner now!” Considering she wants to own all these neglected and forgotten animals, I guess I would have liked to have been in her POV when she got the rabbit. Maybe her experience with owning said rabbit and how the cat handled the new addition. Because I tell you what, my cat would be ALL OVER a rabbit… and not in a good way. In the end, One Perfect Kiss just didn’t do it for me. There was no spark, no character depth, nothing that made me feel connected to the main characters. I wish we could have seen them more in their element. I wish I could have seen Josie adopt more animals in need. I would have liked it if the author took a little more time to build up the characters and not make it so dependent on having read the previous books. I felt like the entire book was one massive reunion of friends and if you hadn’t read and fallen in love with the previous characters, then you were out of luck.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Samantha (WLABB)

    Rating: 3.5 Stars It has been awhile since I visited Hope, and it was nice to be back. Zach came to Hope for a fresh start after losing his football career to an injury. Josie was also there hoping to start anew after being betrayed by her last boyfriend. As just about the only single people left in their social circle, they struck up a friendship, which was accompanied by an obvious attraction. Both Josie and Zach were looking for some fun, but it seemed like this friendship ran a deeper than th Rating: 3.5 Stars It has been awhile since I visited Hope, and it was nice to be back. Zach came to Hope for a fresh start after losing his football career to an injury. Josie was also there hoping to start anew after being betrayed by her last boyfriend. As just about the only single people left in their social circle, they struck up a friendship, which was accompanied by an obvious attraction. Both Josie and Zach were looking for some fun, but it seemed like this friendship ran a deeper than that, but would Josie and Zach be able to set aside their past and take a chance on each other? This was what I have grow to expect from the Hope books. Likable hero and heroine, great chemistry, fun banter, a touch of drama, and lots of time spent with their awesome friends. I absolutely adored Zach. He really put himself out there, and was just so perfect. Josie was a little bit tougher to love, though her affection for unwanted animals put her in a special category for me, I still wanted to give her a good shake, or make her see a professional to help her work through her past, because Zach was too good to let slip away. Overall: A solid story, and I did grow to care about Zach, Josie, and their future. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. To me, the town of Hope seems to be a place where second chances can be found along with life-long friends. A small town where everyone knows everyone else and looks out for each other. To Josie, its a dream come true. Moving to Hope is a way for her to be closer to her mother yet far enough away from her daily drama. Zach returned to Hope after his football career ended and did something that most people didn't expect: beca I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. To me, the town of Hope seems to be a place where second chances can be found along with life-long friends. A small town where everyone knows everyone else and looks out for each other. To Josie, its a dream come true. Moving to Hope is a way for her to be closer to her mother yet far enough away from her daily drama. Zach returned to Hope after his football career ended and did something that most people didn't expect: became the high school football coach. For Zach, its one way to give back to his hometown and still be a part of the sport he loves so much. When he meets Josie, there's something about her that calls to him. Its a like a piece of himself has found a home. Josie feels the same but she has a hard time believing a former football star would want to date her. I really enjoyed this book and am ready for the next book in the series. ~~Wicked Reads Review Team~~

  26. 4 out of 5

    Danielle from Short and Sassy

    This one fell a little flat for me. I found myself struggling to keep going with it. I didn't love Josie, and that might have been my biggest problem with the story.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nalla Reads

    Originally posted on NallaReads.com! It's small town romance with a sporty touch! Both new to the town of Hope, Josie and Zach have become friends outside of being teachers at Hope's high school. There's flirting and chemistry between them but Josie's been burned before and doesn't want to risk her new happy life in Hope for a fling. But as they spend more time together, Josie sees how kind and charming Zach is. Not only does he care about the kids he teaches and trains, he's also becoming an ani Originally posted on NallaReads.com! It's small town romance with a sporty touch! Both new to the town of Hope, Josie and Zach have become friends outside of being teachers at Hope's high school. There's flirting and chemistry between them but Josie's been burned before and doesn't want to risk her new happy life in Hope for a fling. But as they spend more time together, Josie sees how kind and charming Zach is. Not only does he care about the kids he teaches and trains, he's also becoming an animal lover; a huge win in Josie's book. Zach wouldn't consider himself a loner by his own standards, though he definitely enjoys his solitude, he also enjoys coaching football and spending time with his new friends in Hope. Particularly Josie; she's sweet, sexy, and Zach thinks there might be more beneath the quiet school teacher. As they spend more time together, Zach peels back the layers that make up Josie. While she's sweet and endearing to her students, she's fun and charismatic with their friends. And once Zach gets her alone, she's the sex kitten he'd only dreamed of. But beneath all that, Josie has more trepidation towards love than Zach knows, and it'll take a hail mary to win her over I love that Burton sort of switched the narrative on our hero and heroine. Zach is open to falling for Josie and finding out where they could go. He's lived solo for a long time but Josie brings out the homely side of him. He feels warmth and happiness radiating from her whenever they're together. But Josie's past with her mother and the lack of love in her childhood did a number on her. She believes that love is a fallacy for most and that only some people can find it. So when Zach drops the L-bomb, it forces her to re-examine her beliefs as well as what she thinks she deserves. Another a feel good romance from Burton, featuring small town characters with big personalities and captivating hearts.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I absolutely love Jaci Burton’s Hope series! Small-town romances are definitely my cup of tea! Josie and Zach’s story is fun, sexy and full of all kinds of good feels! Their chemistry is off the charts! The sexual tension is so thick you can cut it with a knife! I really enjoyed their scenes together, especially when it involved their furry friends. Josie has trust issues stemming from some serious family issues but that didn’t stop Zach from wanting to get closer to her. He scored a lot of poin I absolutely love Jaci Burton’s Hope series! Small-town romances are definitely my cup of tea! Josie and Zach’s story is fun, sexy and full of all kinds of good feels! Their chemistry is off the charts! The sexual tension is so thick you can cut it with a knife! I really enjoyed their scenes together, especially when it involved their furry friends. Josie has trust issues stemming from some serious family issues but that didn’t stop Zach from wanting to get closer to her. He scored a lot of points with me! And can we just talk about Zach for a minute? This high school football coach was once a former NFL football player. RAWR! He’s still toned and making the football moms drool! Not to mention a certain English teacher 😉 The supporting cast is also wonderful. I love revisiting all the Hope couples. We also get a quick mention from Ms. Burton’s Play by Play series. I loved it! ONE PERFECT KISS is a sweet and sexy romance with all the fixings! ***I voluntarily read a copy of the book generously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings expressed are my own***

  29. 5 out of 5

    Patti

    Very excited to revisit the town of Hope, Oklahoma and catch up on all the earlier couples from this series!! Josie Barnes and Zach Powers are both teachers in the local high school and have been friends for a while. With Josie having major trust issues she has a hard time avoiding her feelings for Zach! Both Zach and Josie are very attracted to each other but with Josie's past she avoids any true emotions! With Zach and Josie getting closer, can Zach breach her high walls to show her love can b Very excited to revisit the town of Hope, Oklahoma and catch up on all the earlier couples from this series!! Josie Barnes and Zach Powers are both teachers in the local high school and have been friends for a while. With Josie having major trust issues she has a hard time avoiding her feelings for Zach! Both Zach and Josie are very attracted to each other but with Josie's past she avoids any true emotions! With Zach and Josie getting closer, can Zach breach her high walls to show her love can be great between them?? Definitely loved this book and can't get enough of this series!! Hope there is more to write from this town so we can revisit it again!!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sandy Reilly

    Josie has a dark past filled with family issues that she's trying to leave behind her, yet it leaves her with issues getting close to people and questioning what it means to love someone. Zach's past consists of a professional football career cut short by a knee injury which he seems to have gotten over now that he's a high school football coach and History teacher. With so many friends in common, and with Josie being an English teacher at the same high school, it was inevitable that Josie and Z Josie has a dark past filled with family issues that she's trying to leave behind her, yet it leaves her with issues getting close to people and questioning what it means to love someone. Zach's past consists of a professional football career cut short by a knee injury which he seems to have gotten over now that he's a high school football coach and History teacher. With so many friends in common, and with Josie being an English teacher at the same high school, it was inevitable that Josie and Zach became close. Just how close depends on Josie's ability to move past the hurt others have caused her and Zach's determination to show Josie just how dedicated he is to their future. Thoughts: First, let me say that I'm a huge fan of Jaci Burton's novels. Her books consistently have fun characters, humor, and interesting plot lines. Sadly, One Perfect Kiss did not meet the normal standard. I found all of the characters lacking any real depth, with each being placed in their own respective stereotypes. The interactions between the characters lacked any real emotion and chemistry, and the dialogue alternated between redundant and confusing (i.e. when Zach is supposedly taking a moment to reign in his amorous thoughts to slow the moment down and not do anything rash, but in the next sentence propositions Josie). There are plot holes, hurriedly-explained backstories, and plot lines that deserved more attention but ended up feeling like filler (i.e. a surprise wedding that could have been a beautiful moment if it were approached differently with how it was presented to readers). I was very disappointed in this book and I am hoping Burton's next title is better...

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