Book Review – Cherry Kisses: A Lesbian Contemporary Romance Novella (Kirk University, #3) by Diana Vale

First published, 13th April 2021

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In Cherry Kisses, we meet chalk-and-cheese pair of students, Nina and Vanessa. Studying in the north, Nina is a philosophy student, finding herself thrown into doubt over her educational direction in her second year; Nessa is a politically active, politics and international relations student.

The two couldn’t be more different but as they get to know each other, an attraction develops which they find hard to ignore. But can the sociologically ambivalent anti-feminist really form a life with the placard-carrying member of every society going? And will Nessa’s almost-criminal ex-girlfriend throw a spanner in the works?

I liked this story from Diana Vale. Having not read the rest of the series, I was struck by how easily I was able to slip into the story. I did struggle with some aspects of their relationship. Being so different, I liked that the women doubted their suitability for each other but, when it came to the furtherance of their intimacy, there was no such doubt. Nor was there much in terms of anticipation, which left the bed-breaking scenes a little lacking. But the story was well-structured and there were some lines that made me giggle.

For example:
“‘What part of London you from?’ she asked.
’South. Croydon.’
‘Okay.’ She nodded slowly. Croydon isn’t known for being a tourist spot.”

Page 7, Chapter One, Nina, Cherry Kisses: A Lesbian Contemporary Romance Novella by Diana Vale

As a Croydon girl, I can attest to this.

I enjoyed the friendship between Nina and Ben, and really liked their scenes together. All in all, a good afternoon read.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.