Friday, February 28, 2014

Review of Kissing: A Field Guide

Title: Kissing: A Field Guide
Author: Violet Blue
Format: Paperback, 164 pages
Pub. Date: February 11th 2014
Source: Cleis Press


Four and a half stars, rounded up.


Kissing: A Field Guide is a short little reference book on, you guessed it, how to be an excellent kisser. Violet Blue does a great job covering all questions and concerns that we've all asked ourselves about our kisses at one point or another, and offers advice on how to kick your game up a notch.

Since today is my "happy shit-ton-of-month-versary" with my significant other, I felt it was a great day to review this seductive little book. This book has it all, including a quiz to help you assess what kind of kisser you are. According to her quiz, "Victoria's got nothing on my secret". This may be my new comeback in all situations where it's applicable (and maybe even when it's not).

This guide offers tips on how to better your skills, how to deliver a kiss that says EXACTLY what you want, how to avoid the dreaded bad kissers, and so much more. Whether you want to know how to get rid of stubble-burn from too much nuzzling or some fun new games to play with your partner, this book has it. Both the kissing newbie and the seasoned seductress have something to learn from Violet's sage advice. I know I did, and I am officially excited to see my girlfriend over break next week. -waggles eyebrows-

The author includes handy lists too, such as songs to make out to (we differ greatly on this), movies to snog to, and the best flavors for your lips. The list of ways to ask for a kiss made me chuckle. Fun fact: I got nervous when my girlfriend hadn't kissed me on our first date. So what was my smooth reply as she was leaving? "Kiss me goodnight whore." It must have worked, since she still deals with my BS.

This is a great guide for anyone looking to be the best kisser that they can be, or to spice up things with their partner. Though this is written with the prose of a male/female relationship, the information is easily applicable to LGBT couples as well. Thanks to Violet Blue for bettering my skills (I hope) and to Cleis Press for sending me this little number in exchange for my honest review.


  1. I still look back on those words fondly <3 This book sounds great, definitely something to bring along when you come up for spring break!

  2. I'm still single right now but sounds like a seriously cool book. I'm absolutely going to check this one out just for the fun of it. And Jillyn! I was hoping you could sign up for LGBT Month which runs in April. I'm hosting it with Cayce from Fighting Dreamer and I'd really love to have you along so we can spread LGBT+ books together. :D

    1. Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I'd be happy to sign up!

  3. I LOVE Violet Blue (and pretty much every other author published by Cleis Press - excellent books all around!). I somehow hadn't heard of this one (I know, I'm totally shocked too), but it's now on my list! Great review and thanks! :)

    M from Backlist Books

    1. I hadn't heard of it before Cleis sent it to me either- I'm such a sucker for their books! I look forward to your thoughts on it!