Feature book: Kiss Me
From the opening line, Kiss Me grabs your attention.
Dustin Merriweather is minding his own business whilst walking along the sidewalk in the quiet, Rocky Mountains town of Gold Creek, when he is accosted by a small tornado of a woman, who grabs him and says ‘Kiss Me’. Dustin is a wealthy playboy who is bored out of his mind. His ennui disappears when Amy, the voluptuous, curly-haired stranger, barrels into his arms and asks Dustin to hide her from another woman. It turns out that the woman is Amy’s ‘sister’, Pamela, who is now dating Amy’s ex-boyfriend. Amy then talks Dustin into posing as her fictitious boyfriend, Rick, so that Amy doesn’t look like a loser.
Dustin hasn’t had this much fun in years. He is in Gold Creek, which is an old mining town, high above Denver, on an errand for his brother, Lucas, who runs the family business. The family company, Merriweather Industries, owns most of the major buildings in the town and Lucas wants to sell these to a real estate developer. Unfortunately a local newspaper reporter is creating problems for the sale by increasing public sympathy with her articles protesting the change in character of the town. Dustin originally wanted to finalise the sale then leave as soon as possible. He changes his plans though as Amy intrigues him.
It doesn’t take long for Dustin to find out that his nemesis, the reporter, is none other than Amy herself. Amy was abandoned by her mother when she was young and left with a neighbour who raised her. As far as Amy is concerned, this happened for the best. Amy realises that her hometown is dying and that something drastic needs to be done to revitalise the town. However she doesn’t want a real estate developer to turn the beautiful historical buildings into condos as she thinks that the locals will no longer be able to afford to live in Gold Creek.
As Dustin explores his attraction to Amy further, he comes to realise how empty his life has been up until now. His family has not been close. He starts to build more of a relationship with his siblings and finds that there is more to life than his jet-set lifestyle. However, he and Amy have a rocky path to their HEA.
This story is light-hearted, yet raises issues faced by many communities in the present economic times.
reviewed by Nicola S
A review copy of this book was provided by the author.