5 Stars / Contemporary / Review

Review: Just One Kiss by Carly Phillips

It was supposed to be one fun night of hot sex.

It turned into a second. Then a third.

Now Mother Nature is having the last word—with a secret baby surprise!

Jade Dare has done everything in her power to overcome her mother’s unstable influence. Changed her name. Became a success. Vowed never to risk passing on the potential for inherited pain. What has it gotten her? One fiancé who wanted her for money. A second who cheated on her with his brother’s wife.

Now she’s sworn off men. Or at least off serious relationships. But when the chance to indulge in a one night stand with a man she’s secretly fantasized about arrives, she jumps in. Only to land heart-first into a case of the feels she can’t bring herself to trust.

Knox Sinclair always suspected he liked his brother’s fiancé a little too much, that’s why he kept his hands to himself. But with ties broken and Jade all too willing, a no-strings-attached night sounds like a damned good idea.

Except one night isn’t nearly enough. But while Knox is busy convincing Jade they have a chance at forever, the past is planning one last parting shot.

Title:Just One Kiss
Author:Carly Phillips
Series:The Kingston Family (Book 6)
Dirty Dares
Trope(s):One Night Stand
Temporary Relationship
Secret Baby
Point of View:Third Person, Past Tense, Dual Viewpoints (H&h)
Location:New York, US
Release Date:16th August, 2022
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A sexy and sweet delight

There’s something so comforting about a Carly Phillips book for me. Comforting in a deliciously, sexy kind of way. As expected, I devoured this book of two people who secret fantasies of each other are now, finally able to come true.

This is book 6 in the Kingston Family series and also links to characters from other of Phillips’ series’. This story, more than most, stands completely alone (possibly because neither Jade or Knox are actually part of the Kingston clan) and while you’ll get snippets of other stories, you don’t need to have read any others to enjoy this tale.

Jade is the kind of heroine that I can really get behind. She’s a strong, career woman and has had a lot of success – except maybe in love. However, it was her insecurities and imperfections that made me like her the most. She wasn’t blind to her faults and didn’t make excuses for them. She tried her best to manage her physical and mental issues and her complete ownership of them was really nice to see.

“Carly Phillips just never disappoints…”

Knox was, well, a bit of a sweetheart. Wrapped up in a sexy as sin package with a wicked little glint in his eye. The guy falls hard and fast for Jade which had my little heart going pitty-patt. I loved the way he tried to convince Jade to give them a chance, even getting a bit caveman at times. He was just the perfect hero and I couldn’t ask for more.

Carly Phillips is the master of sexy stories and this knocks it out the park. Jade and Knox are explosive together from that very first kiss. Which, of course, we know, is not going to be their first or only kiss. Thank goodness. There’s plenty of sexy goodness but it’s parcelled up with the emotion and feelings that make this a story that I raced through, enjoying every second.

For a pair of characters with plenty of emotional baggage, you’ll be pleased to hear that this is not a heavy or angsty book. There are some more difficult topics woven through the story but at no point did I feel overwhelmed or uncomfortable. Very well handled all-round.

I left this story with my heart light and happy. Carly Phillips just never disappoints and this story had an extra dash of sweetness to go alongside her usual sexiness. There’s also a little teaser for the next book in the series about Jade’s brother, Asher, which had me salivating in anticipation. I can’t wait for that one but before that, you’ll definitely want to read this story in all its sexy, sweet glory. 5 stars from me.

*I received this book in exchange for my honest review*

Carly Phillips gives her readers Alphalicious heroes to swoon for and romance to set your heart on fire, and she loves everything about writing romance. She married her college sweetheart and lives in Purchase, NY along with her three crazy dogs: two wheaten terriers and a mutant Havanese, who are featured on her Facebook and Instagram. She has raised two incredible daughters who put up with having a mom as a romance author. Carly is the author of over fifty romances, and is a NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestseller. She loves social media and interacting with her readers. Want to keep up with Carly? Sign up for her newsletter and receive TWO FREE books at

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The Kingston Family Series:

Book 1
Book 2
Book 3
Book 4
Just One Wish Carly Phillips
Book 4.5
Book 5
Book 6
Book 7
Book 7.5
Book 8
Book 9
Book 10

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