Love, Life, and A Million Kisses: A Book Review

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Before reading “A Million Kisses in Your Lifetime by Monica Murphy,” check out the trigger warnings, as this book follows themes unsuitable for everyone.

A Million Kisses in Your Lifetime by Monica Murphy


Wren Beaumont is many things.





At Lancaster Prep, the girls love her. They all want to be her friend. Only I see Wren for who she really is.

A repressed little virgin who keeps her feelings locked up so tight she’s probably close to bursting. She thinks she’s above us all.

Even me.

I shouldn’t be drawn to her. She’s not my type.

Until we’re forced to work together in class and realize we might have more things in common than we originally thought. Soon enough I find myself completely obsessed. I will do anything for this girl to make her fall in love with me.

My Rating

Overall: 3 ⭐⭐⭐

Plot: 2.5 ⭐⭐

Writing style: 3 ⭐⭐⭐

Hero: 2 ⭐⭐

Heroine: 3 ⭐⭐⭐

Romance: 3 ⭐⭐⭐

Spice: 3 ⭐⭐⭐

My Review

Now, I must be frank with you – the hype surrounding this book on Instagram and TikTok led me down a path of anticipation. However, the reality proved far from satisfying. This review is an unfiltered discussion of the disappointing aspects of weak plotlines, lackluster characters, and the uncomfortable undertones that left me questioning the acclaim.
In the literary realm, a robust plot and compelling characters are the backbone of any engaging narrative. Unfortunately, in “A Million Kisses in Your Lifetime,” this crucial foundation seems to crumble beneath its shortcomings. This school bully and new adult romance claims to offer a riveting experience through the contrasting worlds of the Beaumont and Lancaster families. The plot, touted as a romance transcending societal expectations, left me wading through shallow waters. The narrative felt lackluster, resembling a wattpadish tale with a fragile premise that struggled to carry the story’s weight. The book places an unsettling emphasis on the heroine’s virginity, with the hero’s obsession bordering on discomfort. The narrative takes an unwarranted turn as it fixates on the idea of ‘corrupting’ the female protagonist, perpetuating outdated and problematic stereotypes. As the layers of the story unfold, so do the blatant instances of sexism and misogyny.
While characters evolving throughout a narrative can be a redeeming quality, “A Million Kisses in Your Lifetime” teeters on a delicate balance. Initially presented as the ‘good girl’ with unwavering morals, Wren Beaumont’s character wasn’t necessarily good, as she seemed judgmental and naïve. However, she improves as the story progresses, as her relationship with Crew deepens. Conversely, Crew Lancaster was introduced as the charismatic ‘bad boy’ with a magnetic allure. The promise of vulnerability and depth left me questioning the execution. Did Crew shed his exterior, revealing the layers of vulnerability as intended, or did the narrative fall short of this ambitious goal? I don’t think so.
Monica Murphy’s writing style is undeniably skillful, weaving words with finesse. Despite the shortcomings in the narrative, her ability to craft sentences and scenes cannot be overlooked. While the prose may testify to Murphy’s talent, the unfortunate mingling with a weak plot and characters diminishes its impact.

Final Thoughts:

Through the pages of “A Million Kisses in Your Lifetime,” I’ve encountered a narrative that fell short of its promises. This journey has been unmasking disappointments, from the pitfalls of an overhyped launch to the unraveling of weak plotlines and lackluster characters. Monica Murphy‘s writing prowess may shine through the chaos, but it cannot fully salvage a tale plagued by unsettling themes and character missteps. As readers, we tread the delicate line between appreciating a skillful quill and grappling with the frustrations of a narrative that fails to live up to its potential.
“A Million Kisses in Your Lifetime” finds itself on shaky ground. While some may appreciate the writing finesse, the overarching flaws in plot and characterization make it a challenging recommendation for those seeking a fulfilling reading experience.

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About the author:

Monica Murphy is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is both a traditionally published author and an independently published author. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance. She is also USA Today bestselling romance author Karen Erickson.

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