Book Review: Shut Up and Kiss Me by Jessica Lemmon

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Ugh, okay, this book is such a rough one for me to review. I LOVED the first 85% of the book. I have such a specific number because there is a colossal moment of asshattery (first time I'm using the word, if it is even a word) that I *almost* threw my kindle down and walked away. However, the ending was wrapped up nicely, and I greatly enjoyed the beginning, so I'm glad I finished reading it. Caden Wilson used to be a street racer until a serious accident left him injured and unable to speak without a stutter. While everyone left the scene of the accident, Natasha Montgomery stayed behind and went to the hospital with him. Working together to help Cade with his speech impediment, they become very close. But Cade's past with women and Tasha's past with men are both difficult to overcome, and they must learn to trust each other if they are to heal and find love again. Alright, so...Cade. Cade, Cade, Cade. I started off thinking Cade was pretty sweet, though extremely insecure. Basically, he acted like a jock knocked from his pedestal and relegated to the bench with the water boy. Unfortunately, though he seemed to get better, that point towards the end showed how truly insecure he really was. It was very unattractive. And I don't care how awesomely romantic his apology was. I'm still mad at him on behalf of Tasha. If it weren't for my rule to review immediately after reading, I would let myself simmer down before writing this. I really liked Tasha! She was a fun, clever young woman who got underneath Cade's tough outer shell to the big softie inside. That being said, she was also loaded with insecurities. She grew stronger as the book progressed, but it took a little while. Her relationship with her dad was terrible, so I could understand that she would have trouble standing up for herself. I'm a little surprised she worked up the gumption to dump her ex-boyfriend, to be honest. Overall, it's the romance that gets this book up to four stars. I can't let Cade's temper tantrum drag down this book. I loved their blossoming love and how they helped each other feel better about themselves. They brought out both the best and worst in each other, and it was so refreshing to see a realistic, flawed couple. I look forward to reading more books by this author. **I received a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

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