Monday, June 23, 2014

Review: Kiss Me Hard Before You Go by Shannon McCrimmon




                Kiss Me Hard Before You Go by Shannon McCrimmon



Every summer, Gray Barnes and his eighteen-year-old daughter, Evie, open up their farm in the foothills of South Carolina to Kip Kierkin’s Carnival of Wonder. The carnival attracts hordes of locals and out-of-towners, and it brings in the extra cash that Gray and his daughter need to keep the family estate running. Evie decided long ago that she wants nothing to do with the carnival or the farm that her dad so desperately works to keep afloat. She doesn’t understand her father’s appreciation for the land or the work that it takes to maintain it, but that’s all about to change when she meets Finch Mills. Finch is a lifer – a carny since birth. He’s spent all of his twenty-two years on the circuit and longs for a different path. He’s never paid much attention to Evie, not until this eventful summer of 1978.




Excerpt :


            “Hey,” a voice called. “Excuse me.”

            Finch turned to see who was calling him. It was Evie, and she didn't look happy.

            “Yeah,” Finch said, waiting for her to get on with it.

            “Could you tell your friend to put his cigarette butts up in his truck bed? He's got a pile higher than a moon pie and guess who's gonna have to clean it up?”

            “Mother Theresa?” Finch quipped.

            She scowled at him. “You're a riot.”

            “Thanks.” He flashed a sardonic grin. “If you look around, you'll see he isn't the only one smoking.”

            She glared at him. “I've got enough shit to clean up. I don't need to clean up after y'all too,” she explained with a stressed expression almost evoking the word “please” with her eyes.

            “I'll tell him, Laura Ingalls,” he teased and sauntered away. He could hear her breathing heavy and muttering to herself. He tried not to laugh, but she had some nerve. Coming up to him and bossing him around like she owned the place. Okay, so she kinda owned the place, but that wasn't the point. He had been there less than one hour and she took it upon herself to tell him where to stick Stoney's cigarette butts. He was libel to turn around and tell her where she could stick the cigarette butts. He knew just the place, but when he peered over his shoulder, he saw her golden hair blowing from the breeze and lost his train of thought.

            Fine, she was cute. Really cute. He could admit that. But man could she give a mean look – the kind that'd send anyone running. Not him though. He could handle an irate female. And the attitude? She talked to him like he was a nuisance. Didn't she know that they were doing her dad and her a favor? They were helping them make money. There was no way those cows put out that much income, not in five weeks anyway. He figured she'd at least show a little bit of gratitude.

            “Spoiled little brat,” he muttered under his breath. He turned around and rolled the dolly toward Stoney.

            “Saw the girl talking to you.” Stoney was annoyingly observant.

            “More like talking at me,” Finch said and shrugged her off. He was tempted to light up a cigarette and drop it to the ground just to tick her off. He knew that'd be immature, but so help him, he wanted to irritate her.


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                                                5 ** Heartwarming Stars***

I absolutely loved this book along with the author's writing style. Kiss Me Hard Before you go was as sweet as honey, refreshing as lemonade on a hot summer day, and a blast from the past with Stevie Nicks playing in the background. I LOVE STEVIE NICKS!
"To her nothing could compare to the poetic lyrics of Stevie Nicks."

Evie is a country girl through and through. Its just her and her dad working hard on the farm trying to make ends meet. She is fairly content, besides wanting to travel, but hates when summer comes around. That is the time when that annoying carnival comes in to town... adding more work for her. This summer is different, though, because she notices an added nuisance, Finch...the carny handyman.

"She wanted to turn the truck around and run him over and over again until she flattened him like a pancake and got rid of that annoying smirk of his."

Finch notices Evie as well. The little farm girl is all grown up. He is warned to stay away, but there is no need. Why would he bother with such a hot tempered chick anyway? But fate has already been woven for these two...or should I say some wayward cows have plans for them. : )

As the story moves along and I relaxed in its warm and comfortable arms, tragedy happens and mysteries begin. Somebody has it out for the carnies and possible Evie's farm. I was not expecting the change of events, that's for sure. It had me on the edge of my seat and embracing a few of  the beloved carnies. Both Evie and Finch experience loss, find love, and discover what true friendships mean.

This book is one of my favorites so far this year. It is a must summer read. I know it will fill your heart as it did mine.



Author Bio:

I'm a Florida native who currently resides in Greenville, South Carolina, with my husband and toy poodle. When I'm not writing, I can be found drinking Earl Grey tea with honey and cream, singing ineptly and butchering the lyrics to my favorite songs, and asking my friends ridiculous, hypothetical scenario-based questions. I'd love to hear from you. Connect with me at:, Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter.

Shannon's Favorite Quotes:


“Oh Evie, you make my heart smile.”

“Hearts can't smile,” she argued.

“Mine can, and you're the cause of it.”


“The sun is a star,” she said. She rarely paid attention in science class, but that was the one thing she remembered.

“You're like the sun,” he said.

“How's that?”

“You brighten my day and give it life.”

Fun Facts From Shannon:

I actually worked on a cattle farm for the day helping my friend Gordon. Needless to say, I'll stick to writing. Farming is really hard work.

Evie's farm was inspired by my friend Gordon Lee's farm in the upstate of South Carolina. His son's name is Grayson, whom I named Evie's father after.

The Lee family have a pet steer, who I modeled after Evie's pet ox, Miles.

The town of Haines is fictitious but was inspired by Tryon, NC.

Evie's name was originally supposed to be Hadley, but Evie suited her better.