Blog Tour + Triple Review : KISS AND BREAK UP by Ella Fields

March 13, 2019

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You’re not supposed to kiss your best friend.

Kiss and Break Up, an all-new angst-filled, friends to lovers New Adult romance from Ella Fields, is available now!


Dashiell Thane wasn’t a nice guy.
He was an abrasive, demanding, conniving, intolerable brat.
Yet somehow, we’d been best friends our whole lives.
Until our senior year when I finally decided to dip my toes into the dating pool.

All it took was one kiss for jealousy, lies, and betrayal to sweep in and propel us heart first into dizzying, hostile depths.

You’re not supposed to kiss your best friend.
You’re definitely not supposed to kiss your best friend while you’re dating someone else.
And the absolute worst thing you could do is fall for your best friend.
Unless, of course, you want to ruin everything.


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All it took was one book to bring my mojo back, and it's Ella Fields' Kiss and Break-Up. Angst-filled and oozing with ALL THE FEELS, this book is a MASTERPIECE! A work of art at it's finest!

Hail all the book fairies and hail to Ella Fields, I am back after months of derailed reading mojo. Frustrating right? I tell you, I was seconds away from ripping my hair out because of all I love doing, it was reading that stopped for months? Crazy! But holy goodness, I am back alive and kicking and now with a heart so full and seconds away from strangling someone and throat punching at the same time then hug so tight after. Ask me... ask me now.. and I tell you, it's all Ella Fields fault. Yes, you woman! But I love you too much and this just means one thing, you grabbed me again with your excellent writing skills coated with words and lines full of depth. 
You’re not supposed to kiss your best friend.
All it took was a line you would have thought used several times  verbatim or not coupled with a trope that will make your eyes roll, because cliche right? But, hell no! It's Ella Fields were talking about and Kiss and Break-Up had me reading to the most uncomfortable and strangest places because I was hooked to no end. It was nothing I ever expected it to be. It has it's own taste of uniqueness and class.  First few pages in and  few more chapters, I already declared the book a 5 star read and it didn't changed until I hit the end. Because Hola! The book was just impossible to put down down, things got interesting with every turn of the page and events, and it had me curious for what Ella is in store for us. With Peggy and Dash as the lead characters? It just pretty much sealed the deal. If only I can literally scream at the top of my lungs, I would be screaming , Bring them on Ella Fields!

Yes, one of the reason why I rooted for a book is how the story and the characters just fitted perfectly and effortlessly. Dash as one asshole-PITA, made my asshole loving heart jumped with glee. He is just my man, and I am claiming him. I even mentioned to my blog sister's I need a Dash in my life, because who wouldn't? His assholeness  made me love him. His no care attitude and the over-protectiveness made me adore him even more. When he fell in love, he fell hard. And it just turned my heart into a mushy one. 
"You're wrong. I've been committed to you since before we even knew what the word meant. Sex has nothing to do with this. I'd happily only fuck you for the rest of my life, because what I do best?
....That would be loving you."


And then Peggy. She may not be the usual heroine I rooted for but I tell you, I love her inner self to death and she's just perfect for Dash. Her neeed and want to have someone else adore her in other capacity, to be dated and all the likes, just felt so real. Even the feeling of confusion as to who really is who. Gah! Together, their interaction had me loving them even more. I love that they made me feel so young and alive just being able to read their journey. I laugh with them  so hard and got so mad even harder with their actions. I was so frustrated I wanna smack some sense in them, because hell they're bunch of idiots in love! But I can't blame him,  Love really is all messed up and whether we like it or not, we all had this phase in our lives. Talk about real thing, eh? And that's why I just love these characters and their story too much and even the secondary one's had a special place in my heart. All of them played an important role in the story and well developed that it made me want to have their own stories too. The good thing was, Ella had them into Dash and Peggy's lives without dwelling too much in them yet will make you interested and adore them.  Seems like they have thier own issues too I wanna be lost with. In short, all the charaters, lead and the secondary one's are compelling. They each standout with their own uniqueness and just blended perfectly. Damn! Ella will definitely make my life more colorful just because of them. 

Speaking of Ella, yes... you Ella Fields, you. You know how much I love you but you made me so mad and even more in love with your writing. I can't even! I should have known you'll throw in your wicked ways thorugh your brilliant imagination. I thought of slapping myself just to make sure if I'm reading it right but I really am, so I don't know if I'll throw my phone instead. But since it's my only reading medium, I just put in my big girl panties and just savored the angst you throw in to me. I love how it  made me feel so HARD though and I am even asking for more of it.  You made my reading worthy of the sleepless night I shouldn't have. You can never really do no wrong. As always you managed to draw me in with your words and perfect story line.  I was  intrigued how all these will play out but I should have known better. When it's coming from you, I have to expect the unexpected. You did not just deliver a wonderful story one I enjoyed reading so much but you gave me a book that made feel, because as the story progresses, the intensity of the feels progresses too. You did not just upped your game, you slayed it perfectly as well. 

In totality I love this book so much. I am rating it 5 stars and hell if I wont rate it more than this if only I can. This is a book you would love reading over and over again and I will keep recommending. I know friends to lover's trope is severely used over the years, but just like I said, Ella's writing stands out because of her creative imagination and heart. She created Dash and Peggy as nothing like your usual friends turned lovers. In as much as I want to spoil you why I am saying this, I want you to read it yourself and experience again how Ella will fuck your brains out. I must admit, she did mine so damn good it was so hard to convey all my emotions into words, that all I can say is, READ THIS BOOK! You have to and you need this in your life. Get lost with Dash and Peggy then let's chat how they made you feel. Shoot me now, because even after several hours after I finished this baby, I can never forget how Dash said Peggy these words,
"If love doesn't terrify you, you're not in ,love. And if you're not in love, then what are you Peggy?" 
Way to welcome me back into the book world Ella Fields! I am still reeling with all the feels from reading this new baby of yours.


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For those of you that know me and has followed my reviews for the last few years, there is no need to get your eyes checked. Yes that is a five star rating, no I’m not drunk(anymore), my account has not been hacked, and as far as I know, I’m not coming down with the flu or any type of other illness that may inhibit my judgment. I simply and wholeheartedly LOVED this book and when you’ve read something that literally gave you all of the feels and highs of emotional turmoil, that to me?... Is nothing but perfection.

Best friends since they could walk, Dash and Peggy has maintained a friendship that has stood the test of time despite their parents own. Now high school Seniors, they’re both looking forward to their final year and making it a memorable one. Dash is arrogant, cocky, knows exactly what he wants and his main goal in life is to protect his best friend from anything that he deems a heartbreak hazard. But for their final year things are about to change drastically and when it’s all over, a lifelong friendship will never be the same.

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I’m going to be honest right now and tell you that you couldn’t pay me enough to go back to high school in this time. Cold hard cash, black platinum credit card, my answer will still be a very generous f**k no. Been there, done that and I didn’t go to jail so I’m a winner. But reading about them in fictional books? I’m all for it and I was so excited to start this one because this author always brings her A game. Dash was the kind of Hero that from the moment he opened his mouth, this happened:

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I have no words for that man. I didn’t know if I wanted to smack him or just give him a hug. He was honest to a fault, passionate, and I loved that you always knew where he stood. His relationship with Peggy was like watching a once in a lifetime love story. You know that there is going to be heartbreak and betrayal but the beauty and the pure raw love is what’s going to get you through and for that, the ride is going to be worth it. 

I was not expecting was to feel so much for these characters and literally feel the warmth in my chest from their vulnerability and seeing the love and emotions pour out of them. These were two characters that went through everything together and I wanted nothing more than to see them come out on top. They caused each other’s pain with their words, became a constant reminder of the what if’s, shattered each other’s trust, but loved each other with a passion beyond this lifetime. 

If you’re a fan of New Adult romance, this is THE book to read for the year!!

Ahh, young love! Reckless, confusing, heartbreaking, wild, dramatic, passionate, and absolutely beautiful!! It's one of my favorite things to read about. Best friends to lovers is also one of my favorite tropes, so when I saw this book combined both of those things, I knew I had to put it on my tbr immediately. Who am I kidding? When I saw Ella Fields wrote a new book, I knew I had to read it as soon as humanly possible, but the fact that this was the content was a damn good bonus!

   Dash and Peggy have been best friends since the day Dash demanded it when they were in preschool. He was her constant companion and protector whether she wanted it or not. Peggy reluctantly allowed it after realizing resistance was futile. Thankfully, he grew on her, and they developed a strong friendship comprised of video games, gummy candy, and Dash sneaking into Peggy's window on a regular basis.  

 Cocky, hot, bold, rich, and kind of an asshole, Dash is the wealthy bad boy every girl wants and plenty of them have had, but none of them are allowed the chance to keep. One and done and on to the next, Dash never gives any girl more than a good time and an orgasm or two. The only girl he's ever attached himself to in any capacity is Peggy. 

 It's their senior year of high school, and Peggy still wonders what her first real kiss will be like. She wants to know what it feels like to fall in love for the first time or even to have her heart broken. For some reason, it's just never happened for her, so when a boy finally shows real interest in her, she is a little nervous and self conscious over her inexperience. Dash offers to let her practice kissing on him, and that is when Peggy's relationship with her best friend begins to get really complicated. Who knew one little kiss could change everything?

 Kiss and Break Up is an angsty NA romance that gave me all the feels! I predicted that would be the case before I even laid eyes on the first page though, because Ella is a master at getting every single emotion out of you no matter what kind of story she writes. She is the kind of author that rips out your heart and makes you want to thank her for it. One minute, you're throwing your kindle across the room and the next, you're hugging it to your chest with tears rolling down your face.

  Dash made me swoon, want to curse him out, straight up murder him, and have his babies all in the same damn book! That shit takes talent, and this author has it in spades. I am always blown away by her work, and this was no exception.

 If you're a fan of Ella Fields, cocky bad boys, the best friends to lovers trope, and/or NA romance in general, this is the book for you! 


I fell to the bed just as a thump hit the exterior of the house, and Dash launched himself through the window.
“Can you ever land gracefully?” Or you know, use the front door. For as long as we’d lived here, he’d snuck in. At first, it was due to being unsure whether my mom would still want us hanging out, but it didn’t take her long to figure out what he was doing.
She didn’t care. When I’d shaken like a mouse cornered in a kitchen, she’d smiled and told me she’d never stop us from being friends. Yet the window always remained unlocked.
Dash kicked off his boots, and they hit the aging floor with two bangs. “I’m all man, baby. Not a fucking cat.”
Hearing him say that reminded me of why he was here. I sprang to my feet, hurtling out into the hall and into the bathroom.
“What are you doing?”
Too busy gargling mouthwash, I didn’t answer and spat it into the sink as he appeared in the weathered mirror behind me.
“Seriously?” he asked. “You burp in my face after eating garlic pizza, so this is just fucking dumb.”
“You burped in my face first.” I put the cap back on the bottle, not meeting his gaze. I couldn’t. I headed back inside the safety of my room.
But I had to wonder, as I heard Dash gargling mouthwash too, if it would be considered safe again after this. Would this ruin everything by making it awkward?
“Dash,” I said, wringing my hands as I paced the floor of my room. “We probably shouldn’t be doing this. What if––”
“What if it’s awesome and you fall madly in love with me? Well, we already know I don’t do commitment.”
A tiny laugh skittered out. “No, what if it gets awkward? I don’t want anything to change.”
He took me by the shoulders in the middle of my rainbow knitted rug and leveled me with his vibrant eyes. “We’ve done some pretty awkward shit, so what’s a little mouth to mouth going to change?”
I nodded, exhaling slowly, then I frowned. “Why are you doing this? I mean, I know why I want to, but you? What do you even get out of it?”
He grinned. “You might be my best friend, but I’ve always wondered what it’d be like to stick my tongue down your throat.” He tipped a muscled shoulder. “Let’s just say you’ll be killing that curiosity.”
“You’ve always wondered?”
“I’ve got eyes, Freckles. And I don’t need my glasses to appreciate the sight of something beautiful.”
I blinked. “Wow. That was actually really swe––”
“Shut your inexperienced mouth and kiss me.”
I was still laughing when he grabbed my face, and then I squeaked as the world changed color, and his lips lowered over mine.
My heart became a trumpet, blaring in my ears at the first touch of his lips.
I pulled away, startled and still laughing. “Oh, my God.”
Dash’s hands were warm on my face. “That good? They barely even touched.”
“No,” I choked out, pushing his hands away. “It’s just … a little weird.”
“Weird?” His brows scrunched. “We’ve barely even begun.”
I blew out a shaky breath, unable to look at him as my hands flapped at my sides. I stared at his white shirt, looking at where the cotton met his tanned skin. “I don’t know, Dash.”
“Wanna try again?”
I looked at him then, at the eager glint in his blue eyes. “It’s not weird for you?”
He chewed his bottom lip which was a little fatter than the top. And it’d just been touching mine. Oh, how crazy. “Maybe a smidgen. I can just picture Margot Robbie, and I’ll be good.”
I froze. “Margot Robbie?”
He gestured to my hair. “The blonde hair helps.”
“Jesus.” I swiped my hands down my face. “This is dumb. Let’s just forget it.”
He stood there a moment, glancing around my room. “Why don’t you imagine someone? That guy from the Thor movie. You like him.”
“Chris Hemsworth?”
“Yeah. Imagine him.” Then he grinned, waggling his brows. “Pucker up, baby.”
“You didn’t just say that.” I laughed, plopping down on the edge of my bed.
“Whatever. Are we trying again or what?”
The thought of Byron and that mischievous twinkle in his green eyes, the way he’d wasted no time moving in to kiss me … yeah. I needed to do this.
“Okay.” I shook out my hands, bouncing a little on the bed. “Okay, let’s do this.”
Dash’s lips thinned. “This isn’t a cross meet. We’re only swapping germs.”
“You just had to say that, didn’t you?” My pep had officially vanished.
Dash tugged me off the bed. “Close your eyes and relax.”
I tried, but I was as stiff as a board when his mouth met mine again. He tasted like spearmint and cigarettes, but his hands were gentle as one held my chin and the other glided through my hair to the back of my head. Slowly, with the soft press of his lips on mine and the gentle exploration of their shape, my limbs loosened.
“Open,” he whispered, his voice threaded, rougher.
I did, expecting the invasion of his tongue, but the velvet feel of it only traced the inner edges of my mouth.
Out of all the things I’d expected to feel when he’d suggested this crazy idea, it wasn’t relaxed, and it certainly wasn’t the buzzing sensation currently warming my insides.
“This isn’t so bad,” I said when he pulled back, my voice a low exhalation.
“Good. Now repeat the same to me.” My eyes were about to spring open, but he growled. “Keep them closed. Don’t think, just do and feel.”
Drawing in a quick breath through my nose, I found his stubble-coated cheeks with my hands and lifted myself on my toes. I tried to do the same thing he did to me, but my tongue plunged deeper, meeting the warm softness of his. I licked it, stroking cautiously until I heard him hum, the sound vibrating up his throat and causing our lips to mash together.
His hands became firmer around my head, his tongue greedier, sweeping inside my mouth before my teeth found purchase on his plump bottom lip, and pulled.
He groaned, and it had me staggering back, my heart racing and my breath an unsteady, embarrassing sound.
Dash swallowed, then cleared his throat as he shifted on his feet. His eyes met mine, and I looked away, down to where my mint green toes were curling over the abrasive fabric of my rug.
Awkward. This was so awkward, and I prayed we hadn’t just made a huge mistake.
“So that’s how it’s done.” He grabbed the TV remote and plopped onto my bed. “Got any popcorn?”
I shook my head. “Wait, that’s um, it?”
He started flicking through Netflix. “Well, yeah. Not much else to it. We can practice again before your date if you want, but I’m fucking starving, and we need to re-watch the last season of GoT before the new one is out.”
“Oh, yeah,” I said, remembering I’d promised him that weeks ago. Hungry myself, I stepped outside, then scowled at him from the doorway. “Don’t put your socks near my pillow.”
He grumbled but shifted and moved over to the other side of the bed.

About Ella Fields

Ella Fields is a mother and wife who lives in the land Down Under. While her kids are in school, you might find her talking about her characters and books to her two cats. She’s a notorious chocolate and notebook hoarder who enjoys creating hard-won happily ever afters.

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  1. Fabulous review and excerpt!! Shared on my socials!๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ’–