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A Million Kisses in Your Lifetime (Lancaster Prep)

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I’ve heard from more than one person that I scare her. Intimidate her. I am everything she fears, as well she should. At the beginning, I wasn’t sure how I felt about Wren. But as I continued reading, her fears, insecurities, the relationship with her parents, being sheltered and forced into an obscured belief where she fears any form of intimacy, opened my mind to understand her character.

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And Crew- and I mean YUMMY. He starts off as an arrogant, broody subversive trouble maker, but he really is a big giant gummy bear. And I love Monica Murphy gummy bear badboys. Crew goes HARD for his lady, and I loved how sweetly he pursues her. He challenges her, in all the ways she needs, but he also provides the emotional support she needs to trust him, to lean into her journey. He brings out ALL the swoon, and their romance gets swoonier and swoonier as the story goes on- with Crew turning into a total dreamboat- but with a dirty talking mouth I can’t get enough of. He loves really hard, and that makes him so endearing. I don’t feel we “know” him quite in the same way we know Wren, but we still get to see him evolve as he decides how to be a man, to be worthy of the girl he’s been chasing. He finds a lot of himself in Wren, and I loved how we get to see them be real FRIENDS as part of their romance- though their steamy side is so delicious too. His gentleness and patience with Wren makes this whole story- he’s the first boyfriend we all wanted. No one quite writes the drama and exhilaration of new adult, young love with such authenticity and intensity as Monica Murphy! A Million Kisses in your lifetime is as sweet as candy- a charming tale of young love that is so swoony you’re heart will float. Crew Lancaster though? Just screams perfection, I don’t even know where to begin with him. Growing up with parents who barely tolerate each other, being the youngest of four and basically forgetting, unless he screws up, never being taken seriously, just seems lonely.

One thing that I really admire about Monica Murphy’s writing is how relatable she makes her characters, even when their context or lived experience is most certainly fiction. The elite world, the adult-feelings and sensuality, the extraordinary drama and experiences her characters face on the surface may be nothing like our teens- but Monica always imbues the essence of adolescent, of maturing, so genuinely and endearingly into the lived experiences of her characters that even within their uncommon lives we find common threads of our own maturation. Wren’s innocence, her lingering need to please her parents, her desire to be perceived as good, as an achiever- I couldn’t relate to that more. But perhaps what makes her the most lovable, and the most relatable, is her desperation to figure out just who she is, absent from those around her. Crew challenges her to confront the fallacy of her identity, to question just how real is the way she perceives herself- her friends, her needs, her family, her ambitions. It’s the most teenage of experiences and lessons- figuring out what is temporal in our world and what is truth. And I love how she recognizes her own agency- how Crew gives her the safety and the courage to explore herself, to find her own voice. Their budding romance is the catalyst to her identity development, and it makes it all the sweeter.

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That is, until sparks start to fly during one psychology class when Wren realises there's more to life than good grades - and Crew finally understands what it's like to be in love . . . Includes never-before-seen bonus material, including a steamy and sweet scene of Crew and Wren celebrating Valentine's Day at Lancaster Prep.** Do you like girls with pink hair?” I ask Crew. He levels that icy blue gaze on me. “I prefer brunettes.” “Really.” Crew nods. “With green eyes and an appreciation for art.”Don’t you ever do anything impulsive, Birdy?” His tone is soft. Almost suggestive. “No. Not really.” “You should try it sometime.” “Why?” “Sometimes, doing something without thinking can be liberating.” Is green your favorite color?” I feel him take a step closer, his body heat seeping into me. I keep myself rigid so I don’t touch him, even though I want to. “No. I like pink. Or red.” I hesitate before I ask, “What’s your favorite color?” “Green.” He leans in, his mouth so close to my ear, just like I imagined last night. “Like your eyes.” Wren and Crew are perfection and the chemistry they have is sizzling! I was sweating it out with nerves at Chapter 4 and the rollercoaster never ended' 5* READER REVIEW

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