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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 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 katherine ✨ June 21, 2017

Y'no what, I was quite surprised by the book, I thought it would just be a big ball of cliche, and it time it was but I totally didn't care because it was so CUTEEEEE.

I loved Emmett and CeCe's relationship, they were just made for each other and that much was obvious. I MEAN COME ON. So I was ann... ...more

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 f... ...more

By Lala_Loopsie July 14, 2017

I'm confused as hell, yet i'm still quite enjoying it.

Don't kiss the messenger. Why is it called like that? How does this even relate to the story? I don't know

When I saw the title, I thought it was the love story between a milkman or a postman and a married woman. Let me tell you, it's not betw...

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... ...more

By Nadine April 12, 2017

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 left with a big scar on h... ...more

By Roxanne June 14, 2017

Many thanks to Entangled Teen Crush for the free review copy in exchange for my honest opinion!

Wow! This little book completely blew me away! Although I've read a few books from this particular imprint before, they in no way gave me any indication that I would fall in love with "Don't Kiss the Me... ...more

By Taylor April 10, 2017

CeCe Edmonds is used to people not being able to see past the disfiguring scar that runs down the side of her face. She's used to the staring, the pointing, and the taunting. To protect herself she's hidden behind a thick emotional armor and a witty talent for self-deprecation. She spends so much... ...more

By Tami March 10, 2017

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.

This review is based on the ARC provided by the author and/or the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. ...more

By Sharon June 29, 2017

Actual Rating: 4.5

Thank you Sharon J for recommending this book to me. This was an amazing read. It tugged at my heartstrings a bit. There were a few points where I cried while I read the book. The characters were great. Although, I did get annoyed by the heroine, Cece. She is a girl who write... ...more

Thanks to Chapter-by-Chapter and Entangled Teen for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

When Emmett and Bryn start attending Edgelake High their senior year they re-enact their own modern Cyrano de Bergerac love story with CeCe smack in the middle. CeCe, while a leader on th... ...more

By Ira March 21, 2017

Wow, this book drew me in! From the first page on I was hooked and didn't put the book down till the end.
I can't even tell what I felt exactly, because due to the unusual circumstances (and some insecurities and some stupidity and...well, you get the point, right?) my feelings changed every othe... ...more

By Joli April 10, 2017

rating 4.5 of 5;
DON'T KISS THE MESSENGER is a fun read about love, identity, self-awareness, self acceptance, and friendship. When I first learned that Katie Ray had a new book coming out for Entangled Crush, it immediately went on my TBR list. I was vaguely aware of the story of Cyrano de Berge... ...more

By diana (chaotic reader) March 09, 2017

This is, like, the most adorable and the most frustrating book I've come across. Ever. Which wasn't at all what I expected to get from this. 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... ...more

By Sophie March 12, 2017

Netgalley copy in exchange for an honest review.

Great story + good writing + amazing main characters + dual povs + intelligent cast = AMAZING BOOK. ...more

By Sabina March 09, 2017

A book with lots of playlists recommends itself to me instantly. Cece and Emmett aren't average sports people, they are both very passionate about music and literature. I loved their eloquent and frequently artistic discussions, the metaphores they used. Cece feels alert all the time since people... ...more

By Erica March 28, 2017

I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

4 Angsty Stars

Young Adult age-range: 14+ due to sexual situations and adult language.

Katie Ray is a new-to-me author, and I was instantly hooked from the first paragraph. Swift pacing, easy to relate to characters, and realistic... ...more

By Cassie April 13, 2017

Don’t Kiss the Messenger is a gender-reversed, high school retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac. It’s a story about disguise, miscommunication, and hidden crushes. Often I find stories about deception frustrating because I am so impatient for the truth to be revealed, but in this book the use of moder... ...more

By Tara April 10, 2017

Don't Kiss the Messenger was an absolutely adorable, quick read. After reading that it is a retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac, I wanted to immediately go read the original.

Cece is an incredibly smart, vivacious character. Captain of the varsity volleyball team at a school where sports are everythin... ...more

By Olivia March 14, 2017

"Don't Kiss the Messenger" was a sweet (albeit predictable) book about the misunderstandings and missteps of young love- in the style of Shakespeare. The book takes place at Edgelake, a combinating high school/college where the students live, attend classes, and compete on athletic teams. It's se... ...more

By Jordan Marie April 08, 2017

****I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads****

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I ended up liking Don't Kiss the Messenger (DKTM) and was immediately hooked after just a few pages! CeCe Edmonds, the main character, is a strong female and very relatable. Katie Ra... ...more

By Priscilla March 11, 2017


I had so much fun reading this. I loved both Emmett and Cece. For me this felt real. You didn't need sex scenes to feel this two feelings. I know that I will rate a book high when no sex scenes or dirty talking is needed to feel the chemistry between the two leads, and Katie Ray did that... ...more

By Heathery March 14, 2017

I received a copy of this book in exchange for review.

Emmett: I'm so hot. I'm a star football player, but I'm also a deeply emotional pianist. I speak in lyrics.

CeCe: I have a scar on my face. I'm so hideous. But not my 10/10 body. I'm also very deep/emotional and speak in lyrics.

Bryn: I'm a comp... ...more

By Gill March 12, 2017

This was such an adorable read, I loved almost everything about it. I had every intention of reading a chapter or two before bed but ended up finishing the entire book in one go because I just couldn’t put it down. Rarely does a book really surprise me but this one did, very different than what I... ...more

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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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