REVIEW: ‘The Kissing Season’ by Rachael Johns

Ebook (100 pages)

Published by Harlequin Australia, December 2013

4/5 stars


From the author of Man Drought and Jilted comes a funny and romantic Christmas story set in rural Australia.

Every family has a black sheep…and Hannah Elliot is it.

It’s no surprise to anyone when Hannah Elliot makes the spontaneous decision to marry a stranger in Las Vegas. But when she finds herself pregnant and her new husband files for an annulment, she dreads having to tell her family.

Returning to her Australian hometown of Wildwood Point, Hannah is determined to become a devoted mum and put her baby’s needs ahead of her own. She’s also set to prove to her family she can actually be responsible. This means putting her wild past behind her and accepting a job back in the family business…while keeping her pregnancy a secret!

Except, when gorgeous Italian Matteo Della-Bosca walks through the shop door, Hannah finds her resolve slipping fast.


The Kissing Season is a delightful Christmas themed novella that is sure to get everyone in the Christmas spirit.

Hannah Elliot is renowned for making bad decisions, it is after all what made her the black sheep of the family. Having returned home to WA in time for Christmas nursing a bruised ego, broken heart and the biggest secret of her life, the last thing she expects to stumble upon is the gorgeous Matteo Della-Bosca. Sworn off men after her disastrous Vegas wedding, Hannah isn’t looking for companionship or love. In fact she’d love to just hide out for a bit longer, especially if it means she doesn’t have to listen to her parents lecture her on her life choices once again. But while Hannah would love to lie low for some time, Matteo has other ideas. For since his first encounter with Hannah at her family’s furniture shop, he hasn’t been about to get her out of his mind, not can he keep his hands off her when they are in close proximity!

I quite enjoyed this humorous and heart-felt novella about what it means to let go and take a chance on love. The Christmas setting is brilliant sweeping the reader up into fast paced timing of Christmas and family relations. The romance for the most part is well -paced; kudos to Rachael for dropping that first scene on us so earlier on in the narrative. I’ll admit I was bit dazed by it for a second and slightly confused by the character’s actions, but I recognise the humour and fast paced of the relationship and I thought it worked over all. It certainly got out attention anyway! I’ve noticed a lot of people are commenting on this scene in particular, but if you do feel a bit weird-ed out by it, I urge you to keep reading, because The Kissing Season is a beautiful love story that you won’t want to miss. It’s short, sweet, and heartfelt – what more could you ask from a Christmas Novella?

My thanks go to the Publisher and Netgalley for the copy I received to review.

Read as part of my Australian Women Writer’s Challenge 2013


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