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The Art of French Kissing PDF, ePub eBook How do you say, 'So many men, so little time, ' in French? Well, Emma Sullivan can always figure that out later. The point is -- she's in Paris! Which would be great, except that she's stuck doing public relations for one of the hottest -- and craziest -- rock stars on the planet. Making things worse is Gabriel Francoeur, the sexy and stubborn reporter who refuses to belie How do you say, 'So many men, so little time, ' in French? Well, Emma Sullivan can always figure that out later. The point is -- she's in Paris! Which would be great, except that she's stuck doing public relations for one of the hottest -- and craziest -- rock stars on the planet. Making things worse is Gabriel Francoeur, the sexy and stubborn reporter who refuses to believe her when she tells him that her client was just playing Go Fish in that hotel room with all those scantily-clad girls.... But Emma will always have Paris. The City of Light, of romance, of high fashion and of unfathomable varieties of cheese. If a girl can't reinvent herself here, there's no hope! It's time to leave the old Emma Sullivan behind and become someone courageous, exciting, successful. The type of girl who, when faced with a reporter who won't stop asking questions, knows just what to do. After all, they don't call it French kissing for nothing!

30 review for The Art of French Kissing

  1. 5 out of 5

    Annalynn

    Now, this book I liked. I can't help but compare it to my most recent other read, 'From Notting Hill, with Love Actually' since both books involve a heroine leaving their home and fiance behind and moving somewhere to start anew, where of course they find a really great, handsome, local guy they at first clash with and then fall in love with. But in this book, our heroine's relationship with the loser fiance is broken and she moves to Paris with a clean slate - which is SUCH a better premise tha Now, this book I liked. I can't help but compare it to my most recent other read, 'From Notting Hill, with Love Actually' since both books involve a heroine leaving their home and fiance behind and moving somewhere to start anew, where of course they find a really great, handsome, local guy they at first clash with and then fall in love with. But in this book, our heroine's relationship with the loser fiance is broken and she moves to Paris with a clean slate - which is SUCH a better premise than the other book where our heroine is simply on a break from her fiance. A few of the circumstances were a bit contrived in this novel, but I enjoyed reading it, and it provided a welcome escape from life and a chance to visit Paris, the city of love. The author does a great job making la belle Paris come to life and made me long to hop on a plane.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Geli

    This book was amazing!!! Kristin Harmel is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Her writing is just so exciting and real. Although I found myself guessing exactly what was to come it was still completely enjoyable for me to read. After reading this book I SO want to visit Paris! And if you have already read 'How to Sleep with a Movie Star' then you'll really enjoy this book as well. She even briefly mentions a few of the characters from that novel in this one, which I found completely hil This book was amazing!!! Kristin Harmel is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Her writing is just so exciting and real. Although I found myself guessing exactly what was to come it was still completely enjoyable for me to read. After reading this book I SO want to visit Paris! And if you have already read 'How to Sleep with a Movie Star' then you'll really enjoy this book as well. She even briefly mentions a few of the characters from that novel in this one, which I found completely hilarious. I love when authors have their different characters from entirely different stories interact with each other, makes me feel as though they're real. Silly i know haha but its a great read!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    I read this in practically one sitting. It was pure fluff but it was enjoyable. I knew what was going to happen pretty early on in the book but I loved the descriptions of life in Paris and a really liked the protagonist so it was all good.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mary Herring

    This was the perfect beach read! A sweet little romance written 10 years ago by one of my favorite authors! Completely different from her historical fiction, but very enjoyable!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mary Ann

    A really quick and fun romp through Paris. The book became a little predicable but that didn't take away from the story of the characters

  6. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

    This was the perfect February read. Champagne, Paris, and romance. It was a quick and fun read. Emma is planning her wedding when she discovers her fiance, Brett, has cheated on her and wants to call everything off. While talking to her friend in Paris about her situation, she decides to visit. Exploring Paris and landing a new job as a publicist for an up and coming rock star is just what Emma needs to reinvent herself. Chaos and romance ensue. Chick lit at its best.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dayreader Reviews

    Emma is a determined girl who knows what she wants out of life. She has to constantly start over but she never lets that get her down. She is a strong female character and no matter what she goes through she always finds a way to make it work! Emma had her life all planned out. She had a great job, the man of her dreams, and a wedding to plan! That all came to a halt when her fiancé Brett not only broke off their engagement but forced her to move out of their house and on top of that she was fire Emma is a determined girl who knows what she wants out of life. She has to constantly start over but she never lets that get her down. She is a strong female character and no matter what she goes through she always finds a way to make it work! Emma had her life all planned out. She had a great job, the man of her dreams, and a wedding to plan! That all came to a halt when her fiancé Brett not only broke off their engagement but forced her to move out of their house and on top of that she was fired from her job. Wow talk about bad things come in threes! She was jobless, husbandless, and now homeless. Emma decided to move to Paris and start over. She really came into her own while there. She got a great job, lived with her friend, and even met a couple of French men. This book isn't just about French kissing (although that isn’t such a bad thing), it's about finding the person who you are meant to be. It’s about self-discovery and letting go without being afraid. And yes it is also a lot about falling in love! Emma is the perfect female character. She keeps getting knocked down but doesn’t allow herself to stay down and wallow. She gets back up and starts over. This was a really inspiring book! I give this book 4 out of 5 stars!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Barb

    okay, up front, i realized that it couldn't have been fine literature by a) it's ridiculous title and b) it was in the bargain bin at B&N. But, did it have to have ever chick "lit" cliche in it? (WARNING -- MAJOR SPOILER ALERT)Girl is needy, girl gets dumped by fiance, girl gets fired for no fault of her own, family not supportive, friends are worthless. Girl goes to Paris. Girl meets handsome man but is afraid to show her feelings. Girl gets fired for no fault of her own (again), girl goes okay, up front, i realized that it couldn't have been fine literature by a) it's ridiculous title and b) it was in the bargain bin at B&N. But, did it have to have ever chick "lit" cliche in it? (WARNING -- MAJOR SPOILER ALERT)Girl is needy, girl gets dumped by fiance, girl gets fired for no fault of her own, family not supportive, friends are worthless. Girl goes to Paris. Girl meets handsome man but is afraid to show her feelings. Girl gets fired for no fault of her own (again), girl goes back to unsupportive family, Girl considers going back with worthless, condescending sack of shit ex-fiance, girl gets "rescued" by friend and TRUE LOVE and she lives happily ever after. Despite all that, i had a hard time putting the book down and read it in a day. I found the character endearing (she's a PR chick and thinks well on her feet -- being a PR chick, I can appreciate that). Not sure if I'd read any more by author, definitely not at full price, but it was a good diversion between the real stuff i've been reading....

  9. 5 out of 5

    Donnae

    The beautiful part of being a librarian is that I walk by the shelves full of new books every morning! However I must admit that I picked up this book several times before finally checking it out. The blurb on the back did not appeal to me. Fortunately I did finally take it home and greatly enjoyed reading it. Emma's wedding has just fallen apart, she has lost her job and now the only place she has to live is with a very judgemental sister. Fortunately, just as she is ready for a means to escape, The beautiful part of being a librarian is that I walk by the shelves full of new books every morning! However I must admit that I picked up this book several times before finally checking it out. The blurb on the back did not appeal to me. Fortunately I did finally take it home and greatly enjoyed reading it. Emma's wedding has just fallen apart, she has lost her job and now the only place she has to live is with a very judgemental sister. Fortunately, just as she is ready for a means to escape, a job offer comes from a friend living in Paris. Unfortunately, the job is handling PR for an eccentric rock star, Guillaume. This turns out to be the perfect distraction for Emma as she now must deal with challenges such as explaining how Guillaume got locked in a room in the Eiffel Tower in briefs and a top hat. Add to that a particulary stubborn reporter and a room mate that regularly quotes books like Take Control of Your Lover's Soul and, of course, Paris for a fun ride of acceptance, love and croissants.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Fatema Al Fardan

    I was first introduced to this book by the last pages of another book. I first thought the title was "inappropriate" then I read the description and it wasn't so bad. So, I downloaded the free sample on my ibookstore -like i always do with almost every book- and i read the first chapter which was not so bad. It was interesting. The book is totally a chic flick. I enjoyed reading it, since I do enjoy watching chick flick movies, most of the times. I found Poppy's theories kinda ironic since she du I was first introduced to this book by the last pages of another book. I first thought the title was "inappropriate" then I read the description and it wasn't so bad. So, I downloaded the free sample on my ibookstore -like i always do with almost every book- and i read the first chapter which was not so bad. It was interesting. The book is totally a chic flick. I enjoyed reading it, since I do enjoy watching chick flick movies, most of the times. I found Poppy's theories kinda ironic since she dumbs her "beliefs" in the end. I loved the ending and what Guillaume did with the hot air ballon. I thought it was very sweet of him since he turned out to be a good-hearted decent man.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kristigpaul

    What a stinker--how does one say formulaic and pointless in French? I picked this up for 50 cents at the library book sale and am actually wondering if they'd give me a refund...I bought this because I am going to Paris in July so I thought it would be interesting and in that regard it gave some mildly helpful tdbits about life in Paris but otherwise it was a complete waste of time. I'd rather be watching ROCK OF LOVE (and I HATE reality TV)!!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Drivel! I'm at the beach and needed some drivel. This fully fit the bill. I read it in one day.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Joyce

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I had to round up to three stars because this book made me smile despite the following... First, there was a lot that was predictable about the plot. Secondly, there were a lot of holes in the character development... I found it highly unbelievable that Guillaume responded so easily and readily to Emma upon just meeting her. Then, of course, how did Gabe fall in love with Emma when most of their interactions were short and work related. They had only one date!! Also, there was an over abundance o I had to round up to three stars because this book made me smile despite the following... First, there was a lot that was predictable about the plot. Secondly, there were a lot of holes in the character development... I found it highly unbelievable that Guillaume responded so easily and readily to Emma upon just meeting her. Then, of course, how did Gabe fall in love with Emma when most of their interactions were short and work related. They had only one date!! Also, there was an over abundance of self-help dating/loving yourself rhetoric that made the book read like a mother approved young adult book. There was kissing but zero steamy scenes. One final thing that bugged me is that the whole dramatic scene at the end where Emma gets tricked, drunk and kissed by Guillaume in front of Gabe...is all Poppy’s fault! They both were “on call” - they should have been together but Poppy was a hypocrite and lied about her date with her ex. Had she been more responsible, she would have been there with Emma and that whole fiasco could easily have been avoided. And yet, despite all this, I couldn’t put it down. It was sweet and I enjoyed seeing Paris through Emma’s eyes. Guillaume grew on me (he really needed more development) and the epilogue is cute. Definitely a quick beach read or perhaps read on the plane to Paris!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Eunyoung

    Entertaining enough. I got this book because I loved Kristin Harmel's "The Room on Rue Amelie" and because I am reading all books Paris related as I get ready to visit Paris. These two books are very different. "The Room on Rue Amelie" is a historical fiction novel set during World War II and thus has a more somber tone. "The Art of French Kissing" as can probably be guessed by the title, is a contemporary, "beach-y" book. Emma lives in Orlando and works as a publicist for a boy band. She is dum Entertaining enough. I got this book because I loved Kristin Harmel's "The Room on Rue Amelie" and because I am reading all books Paris related as I get ready to visit Paris. These two books are very different. "The Room on Rue Amelie" is a historical fiction novel set during World War II and thus has a more somber tone. "The Art of French Kissing" as can probably be guessed by the title, is a contemporary, "beach-y" book. Emma lives in Orlando and works as a publicist for a boy band. She is dumped by her self-centered fiance right before the wedding and decides to take up her friend Poppy's offer to come to Paris and help her prepare for a huge launch of a French rock star's album. Its a fairly predictable plot with a potential love triangle was ok. Poppy got on my nerves; she owns her own PR company but was insanely incompetent on how to handle media crisis that her hot rock star Guillame kept getting himself into. I don't know how she owns her own PR company; if Emma hadn't been there, Guillame would probably have been (rightly) slaughtered by the press for all the scraps he got into. The stunts he gets into were outlandish enough that it had me laughing and rolling my eyes at its improbability.

  15. 5 out of 5

    John Clark

    Can a job in Paris fix heartbreak in Orlando? Emma Sullivan might soon find out. Jilted and kicked out of the house they bought together (but the mortgage was in his name only), she's without family, save for an incredibly annoying and self-righteous sister when her best friend from years ago calls with a life saving offer. Come work with me in Paris for five weeks. Who wouldn't jump at such a chance? However, the task facing her is riding herd on Guillaume, a sexy and very popular star about to Can a job in Paris fix heartbreak in Orlando? Emma Sullivan might soon find out. Jilted and kicked out of the house they bought together (but the mortgage was in his name only), she's without family, save for an incredibly annoying and self-righteous sister when her best friend from years ago calls with a life saving offer. Come work with me in Paris for five weeks. Who wouldn't jump at such a chance? However, the task facing her is riding herd on Guillaume, a sexy and very popular star about to cut his first album, and to put it bluntly, he's nuts...In a fun, but very difficult in terms of public relations disasters way. Add in her friend Poppy's constant lecturing from dating self-help books, the also sexy, but unsettling reporter Gabriel, an ex-fiance with shady motives and you've got a great, fun read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Maureen

    Emma finds herself in a new life entirely with a new job,new country along with an eccentric rock star to keep track of! Lots of “misunderstandings” for Emma to keep her on her toes with the up and coming French-American Rock Star in the making. Beautifully all set in the city of lights which the author keeps the scenes very vivid throughout!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Grace Ruman

    I thought that this book was very good. The storyline was amazing to me. I've never read a book like this at all before so I enjoyed it. The only thing I didn't necessarily like was the way that Kristin Harmel wrote some things in the book. Overall, though, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Debie Orrell

    This book was recommended and is the reason I do t read romance books. The redemption of this book is the detail of the French sights and the restaurant descriptions. I would like to go and just try the places listed and eat at the restaurants Emma did.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    3.5 stars Book was really cute. I figured out the plot twist pretty early on, but regardless I enjoyed reading it. Definitely would recommend if you're looking for something light and ultimately happy.

  20. 5 out of 5

    সায়কা শাহরিন

    I liked it, but if she din't use repetitive phrases I could have given her a 4.5 rating, (i don't know how to do it however! :P )

  21. 4 out of 5

    Aprilj328

    YA cooking competition romance not too angsty characters talk to each other sweet

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sheila DelCharco

    A very light read but sometimes that’s just what you need, right? I enjoyed the tour of Paris!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Vicky Mutuc

    Very light and entertaining book about a young woman whose sudden engagement is cancelled and out of a whim, goes to Paris. A great adventure awaits her.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Diana Graham

    Good story, but all the sentences that didn't make sense and the incomplete short sentences were hard to deal with. "I was. Like. So mad at you." UGH.

  25. 5 out of 5

    kathi

    Didn't read the book....couldn't get into it...

  26. 5 out of 5

    AMY

    Very fun read....but I think it took way too long to get to the main plot. I sort of fogured it out 1/2 through and got a bit frustrated waiting for the Emma to figure it out.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amanda (Tholke) Hollenkamp

    cheesy but a fun quick read.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    A solid 3.5! A nice predictable, lighthearted chick lit book that honestly just made me smile and feel good the whole way through. It wasn’t a complex read and was mostly fluff but Paris is one of my favorite cities so it was wonderful to relive the famous landmarks along with the quirky predictable love story. I’m not sure I’d read it again but I would happily read other works by Kristin Harmel. A perfect 3.5 stars if that was an option!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    I have to justify my 5 stars with a review because this is the first 5-star book of the 29 books I've read this year. It's not the best book I've read this year (that distinction probably has to go to Suite Française as of now), but I tend to rate things based on other things of the genre, and this is just one of the best chick lit books I've ever read. I absolutely loved it. Sure, it starts the same as any other chick lit. Emma, a perfectly acceptable girl who works in PR gets suddenly dumped by I have to justify my 5 stars with a review because this is the first 5-star book of the 29 books I've read this year. It's not the best book I've read this year (that distinction probably has to go to Suite Française as of now), but I tend to rate things based on other things of the genre, and this is just one of the best chick lit books I've ever read. I absolutely loved it. Sure, it starts the same as any other chick lit. Emma, a perfectly acceptable girl who works in PR gets suddenly dumped by big jerk of a guy. Except then he also sleeps with her best friend. AND she gets laid off from her job even though she's great at it. The only friend she can talk to is Poppy, a British friend from a semester abroad who now runs her own PR firm. And this is where it really starts getting different, because Poppy offers Emma a temporary job in Paris doing English-language PR for sexy French playboy/actor/singer Guillaume Riche, who's about to do an English-crossover album. Except Guillaume is a very difficult client who gets into all kinds of antics. It's not that he's a drinker/partier, he just has this exuberant, childlike, wonderful personality (in addition to his stunning songwriting ability, sexy body, beautiful voice, etc.) and gets way too carried away way too often for his publicists' taste. Poppy wants Emma to go out in search of the perfect French kiss and date lots of French guys (one date only!) to get over her jerk of an ex, but then Emma finds herself crushing on someone very inappropriate, a journalist who seems to have it in for Guillaume. This book was just so fun. It was suspenseful in that happy, playful sort of way (like I didn't want to put it down at all, I just had to know how Emma was going to get Guillaume out of these sticky situations and what she was going to choose to do with her life). The descriptions of Paris were wonderfully accurate, and especially for someone who has been there, it was great to relive walking around the streets and cafes. Paris was almost a character, which is pretty impressive for chick lit, a genre which you don't normally have great settings. (Many more "substantial" novels don't do it so well.) The people characters were good too, especially the charming, irascible Guillaume. He was so ridiculous sometimes he was just unbelievable, yet he was still believable. So funny too. His music was described really well, and it actually made me wish his album was real! I just loved how he was written, and how Harmel didn't take the easy route and make him the love object but rather an obstacle in the romance plot. Speaking of plot, it was also great. It flowed along well, and you could tell that despite the leisurely (Parisian?) pace, it was building up to something. That something turned out the be a cheesy but wonderful ending scene. Actually, two of them if you count the epilogue. And on top of the great characters and setting and plot and characters and writing... Emma finds herself not by moving her life to Paris (though she does) or getting a new job (though she does) or finding a man (though she does), though those things all seem to help. She finds herself by seriously thinking about what makes her happy, by getting out there and trying different things until she finds a fit, and by allowing herself to be herself. It's the kind of chick lit message I like, unlike the "find a man, find a life" variety or the "lose 50 pounds in order to love yourself" variety. Great stuff.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Åsheim

    Sweet story with a troublesome artist!

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