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Peek Inside Don't Kiss the Messenger

CeCe never cared about her looks—until Emmett Brady, transfer student and football darling, becomes her literature critique partner. The only problem? Emmett is blindsided by Bryn DeNeuville, CeCe’s gorgeous and suddenly shy volleyball teammate

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“Unputdownably romantic!” —Tammara Webber, New York Times bestselling author of Easy

For most of her teenage life, CeCe Edmonds has been dealing with the stares and the not-so-polite whispers that follow her around Edgelake High. So she has a large scar on her face—Harry Potter had one on his forehead and people still liked him.

CeCe never cared about her looks—until Emmett Brady, transfer student and football darling, becomes her literature critique partner. The only problem? Emmett is blindsided by Bryn DeNeuville, CeCe’s gorgeous and suddenly shy volleyball teammate.

Bryn asks CeCe to help her compose messages that’ll charm Emmett. CeCe isn’t sure there’s anything in his head worth charming but agrees anyway—she’s a sucker for a good romance. Unfortunately, the more messages she sends and the more they run into each other, the more she realizes there’s plenty in his head, from food to literature. Too bad Emmett seems to be falling for the wrong girl…

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book involves one fiercely scarred girl who wants the new guy in town, the new guy who thinks he wants the new girl, and the new girl who really isn’t sure what she wants, and the misunderstanding that brings them all together. This modern Cyrano de Bergerac retelling will make you laugh, swoon, and fall in love.


5 stars: “[I]f I’m deciphering things correctly, it looks like this is just the first of a few books focused on the kids at Edgelake High School, so I’ve got my fingers crossed that there will be more romances to come. (And I would KILL for Tuba's story of finding love!)” –Ysar Beletrie, Fic Central

5 stars: “A modern version of Cyrano de Bergerac that will have readers swooning.” –Kristen Cambensy, Victim of Books

4 stars: “I really enjoyed reading this one, a cute read with likable characters.” –Carrie, Carrie’s Book Reviews

5 stars: “Yess!!! I needed this book!” –Damaris, Good Choice Reading

5 stars: “Katie Ray captured the true essence of what it's like to be a teen with unrequited love. Highly recommend this book. Can't wait to buy it and discuss it in our mother-daughter book club.” –Victoria Bunce, Teacher

4 stars: “The author does a great job at tugging at your heartstrings and getting you to root for the hero and heroine. You WANT their relationship to succeed.” –Heathery, Goodreads Reviewer

5 stars: “I really loved this book, I liked the First comes Love and Awaken series that the author wrote as Katie Kacvinsky, but this book is much more intense and I just couldn't put it down.” –Ira, Always Time for a Nice Cup of Tea and a Good Book!

 5 stars: “I really enjoyed the dual perspective of CeCe and Emmett. Both characters were well written making them complex, realistic, and likeable.” –Sharon Hill, Goodreads Reviewer

4 stars: “It was a very adorable read. A very cute YA romance. More than just the class made me think of a specific playwright. This parallels a certain Shakespeare play.” –Tami, Queen Editing

5 stars: “Great story + good writing + amazing main characters + dual povs + intelligent cast = AMAZING BOOK.” –Sophie, Where are the Books?

4 stars: “Honestly, I just couldn't sleep so I figured why not read a few pages just to tire myself out? But before I know it, it's already three in the morning and I was already turning the last page. Don't Kiss the Messenger surprised me in a really welcome and pleasant way.” –Diana, Chaotic Reader

5 stars: “What I loved most about this book was CeCe. Her intelligence and strength covered how vulnerable and sweet she really was.” –Kristi, Goodreads Reviewer

4 stars: “It's a romantic love story full of uncertainties and love letters. I really enjoyed it.” –Sabina, I Speak Bookish

5 stars: “I was expecting a light, breezy, quick read, but it is so much more than that. It's a breathtaking story about learning to love yourself and people looking past exterior beauty to get to know the person inside.” –Taylor Fenner, Taylor Fenner’s Bookish World

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633758629
Series: Edgelake High School, Book 1
Release Date: Apr 10, 2017
Page Count: 328
Imprint: teen crush
Genre: contemporary, sports romance, young adult
Tropes: friends to lovers

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By Shirley April 14, 2017

Original review

Don't Kiss the Messenger tells the story of CeCe Edmonds. CeCe had a car accident when she was younger and because of that she has a scar on her face. She's been dealing with a lot of stares and whispers about her scar, so now she's tough and doesn't back away when someone's mean to her. It look...

By Natshane April 10, 2017

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of Don't Kiss the Messenger provided by Entangled Teen and the author. Thank you for showing me that scars can be beautiful too.

"Love has two sides. First, it amazes us with its force. Then it humbles us with its sincerity."

Entangled Crush is best known for their cu...

By Carrie March 18, 2017

As a child Cece Edmonds was in a serious car crash that left her with a horrible scar upon her face. Now a senior in high school Cece has developed a tough girl persona to deal with those that comment about her scar. The captain of the girls volley ball team she has her circle of friends that she... ...more

By Damaris (GoodChoiceReading) March 02, 2017

Yess!!! I needed this book! Been reading a lot of fantasy and paranormal that I was starting to feel a little burned out. So happy I got the chance to read this one early. Not only is it written by one of my favorite authors, but it was exactly what I hoped for and more. Love Katie Ray's (Kacvins... ...more

By Nadine February 21, 2018

4.5 Stars

I don't read a lot of YA. To be honest, I don't like YA that much. Reading about teenagers who fall in love? Ughs. Not my cup of tea.
Anyway, i enjoyed 'Don't kiss the messenger' a lot.

It's the story of CeCe, a girl who had a serious car accident years ago and is lef...

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Katie Ray

About the author

Katie Ray

Katie Ray (also known by her previous author name, Katie Kacvinsky) writes teen and new adult fiction novels. Her books have been nominated for YALSA awards, and First Comes Love was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Her screenplay, A High Note, was a semifinalist in the Austin Screenplay Competition in 2015. She currently lives in Ashland, Wisconsin with her husband, two children, and a slightly insane dog.

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