One Kiss by C.J. Warrant

In CJ Warrant's One Kiss, a bully finds redemption and absolution for his past mistakes. Find out why Amanda & Heather would both recommend this book to a friend.

From the Blurb:

After his boyfriend’s betrayal, Timothy Scott flees Los Angeles for a fresh start in San Antonio. Once he moves in with his best friend, Tim wants to volunteer at the local humane society. On the first day, he comes face to face with the man who bullied him in high school. Will Tim overcome the cruelty of the past and let forgiveness and love fill his heart?

James Cannon is no stranger to life’s lessons. He was outed in his freshmen year of college by his brother and disowned by his conservative parents. But being his true self is freedom. So when he finds out that his high school secret crush is volunteering in the same animal shelter, life come full circle. James wants to make amends for the past, but learns sorry doesn’t fix what torments he put Tim through. Absolution won’t come easy.

Can one kiss will lead this duo on the path of truth, forgiveness, respect and love?

Amanda Reeve's Review:

This is the first book I've read from this author and I absolutely loved it. I love reading when bullies have grown up and grown better, and this is one of my favorite bully to lovers. This is well written and tells a sweet story of love.

Rating: 5 Stars

Heather's Review:

Again, like Amanda, this was my introduction to CJ Warrant and their writing style and with one novella, I'm hooked!  This author was able to take just 90 pages to make me fall in love with James and Tim, give me enough of their backstory to make the book and the characters actions believable and interesting and include three adorable French Bull Dogs...  This is a great short bully redemption, enemies to lovers, first crush trope.  It was well paced and well written from start to finish!

Miki J.'s Review:

This is a low angst 2nd chance/bully story - no instant love, but rather a natural progress on being friends before becoming more......and puppies !!!  

It is a very quick read.  Told from 2 POV’s – both at high school where one bullied the other.  Fast forward 7 years and they meet up again – lo & behold, the bully is actually gay.  It a sweet read with low angst.  It’s not an instant love but a relationship they work on.  I haven’t read the first book, but I wasn’t missing anything.  At the ending though, it does mention the couple from that book and we see a glimpse of the one of the characters for the 3rd book.  Overall, for me, a lovely & romantic read