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Peek Inside Kissing Her Crush

Natalie Holden wants three things: To be the best chocolate chemist in Hershey, Pennsylvania, to prove her chocolate recipe can help teenage depression, and to get over her childhood crush. Work is Luke Elliott’s passion, and landing a huge promotion is just what he needs. What he doesn’t need is a crackpot trying to prove that chocolate cures depression. But Natalie Holden is his “what if” girl from high school, and there’s no denying the explosive chemistry that jeopardizes their jobs and their futures.

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Chocolate makes you happy. It might as well be a universal truth, especially in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and chocolate chemist Natalie Holden intends to prove it. She might not be lucky in love, but if she can show her chocolate recipe helps teenage depression it will make everything worth it. There's just one sexy problem--Luke Elliot, the guy she's had a crush on since birth, is the microbiologist set to debunk her study. And, of course, he looks more delicious than ever!

Luke doesn't believe this project has a leg to stand on, so he's shocked to discover Natalie heading it. His "what if" girl from high school, she's still as tempting as he remembers. Especially when she's daring him to taste test chocolate and arguing with him over every possible thing. The late nights in the lab definitely don't help. They may not see eye-to-eye on her project, but they can’t deny the explosive chemistry that keeps pulling them together. Even when it risks their jobs and the very different futures they both want...

Each book in the Sugar City series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.

Series Order:

Book #1 Love Bites
Book #2 Kissing Her Crush
Book #3 Wife for the Weekend



"Beautifully written; a tale that is decadently sweet and epically romantic. A definite must read!!!" ~TSK, TSK, What to Read?
"A funny, passionate and emotional read." ~Urvashi H., Netgalley review
"Love love love!! Such a light sweet romance!!" ~Kathryn, Goodreads review
"Sweetest story on earth - 5 chocolate kisses" ~Mollien, Alpha Book Club 

"I devoured this book... And the ending, well it just doesn't get any better. I loved the whole thing so much that I wanted to do an immediate reread. As a matter of fact..." ~Jaime @Fiction Fangirls
"If you enjoy a romance that will leave you happier than a kid in a candy store then I highly recommend reading Kissing her Crush."  ~Tobi, Forget the Housework, I'm Reading
"Sugar and spice and everything nice, all wrapped up in this "Sugar City" novel." ~Library Review Journal

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633754850
Series: Sugar City, Book 2
Release Date: Nov 9, 2015
Page Count: 228
Imprint: bliss
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: coworkers, enemies to lovers, opposites attract

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By Nicola March 06, 2016

We Brits have the lovely town of Cadbury, the American's have Hershey. Equally as lovely and the place where the second book in Ophelia London's Sugar City whisks us away to.


As I've come to expect from this author, we're brought a heartwarming romance with humour and plenty of sexual tension. Natal ...more

By Jaime February 11, 2019

I absolutely adored this story. It was the perfect kind of romance to curl up on the couch and read over the weekend. The chocolate, the dark, the boat, the forest fire and the was all just perfection.

Luke and Natalie had the best kind of connection. Full on sexual chemistry for sure, but ...more

By Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews November 11, 2015

Slick's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

4.5 stars

From the first moment the hero and heroine meet in Kissing Her Crush before the conflict was revealed before their baggage came in to play, I was hooked. Every book I’ve read by this author has been the same way; she hooks you from the s ...more

By Katie October 06, 2015

Thank you Netgalley for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review!

Kissing Her Crush follows the story of Natalie and Luke. Natalie is a chocolate chemist of sorts working in Hershey, PA. She's on the brink of creating an all new chocolate that could help teen depression. She finally ...more

By Kassiah August 09, 2016

I wish this book wasn't named Kissing Her Crush, not because that isn't what happens--that happens and more (but we don't get to see it because this is a Bliss book *sadface*). It's just this title makes this book seem like a super cutesy, fluffy teen read. And it isn't. Yes it's cute. Yes it's fluf ...more

By Kathryn November 01, 2015

Love love love!! Such a light sweet romance!!
Full review to come ...more

By Ophelia September 21, 2015

My precious. ...more

By Irene November 09, 2015

4 stars

Kissing Her Crush was a sweet and heartwarming read.

I enjoyed watching Natalie and Luke relationship develop. They made me laugh with their banter and antics, I truly connected with them.

Both sets of families added to my enjoyment of this book.
I was touched with Natalie's family and everyth ...more

By Faerl November 02, 2015

I loved that the heroine of this chick lit is a super-smart, endeavoring scientist. Natalie is sassy, sweet, level-headed, sexy, and fun to read. Her male counterpart in the novel, Luke is charming and very well depicted. I appreciated how Ophelia London paced this novel; keeping both the research s ...more

By Fizza October 08, 2015

A fun read! This is a lighthearted romance novel about an unlikely couple. It was not a good idea for either of them to fall in love but they did anyway.
Natalie finally got a lab for her trial, she needs to prove her theory about chocolate and depression because a lot depends on her success. When sh ...more

By Stacee October 06, 2015

This was so fluffy and adorable.

I loved Natalie and Luke. Their banter was fun and I really enjoyed how they battled to stay away from each other. I loved how they had a brief history, especially how that information was shared between them. Added bonus that the science stuff wasn't too science-y. ...more

By Heather October 02, 2015

I fell in love with Luke, “that’s not…” Luke actually broke into a smile. How dare he look cute? “That’s not at all what I meant.” He gave her a long, knowing look that she easily inferred. But it was her fault for throwing out the innuendo in the first place." Luke is kind, caring, and sexy, “you’r ...more

By Emmy October 27, 2015

Such a super-sweet concept. Such a sweet, romantic, enemies to lovers story which are totally my fave. Squeeee! ...more

By Linda November 12, 2015

A well-written, entertaining romance with lots of sweet AND chocolate!

Luke's eyes were on a government position in DC, while all Natalie wanted was to help make the world a sweeter place.

KISSING HER CRUSH by Ophelia London is a cute, fun romance interlaced with lots of humor and delicious chocolat ...more

By Anita November 15, 2015

This was a well written and very entertaining sweet and heartwarming read. I was hooked from beginning to end with all the witty banter, laugh out loud moments and the sexy, combustible attraction between Natalie and Luke. I liked learning their history and watching them come together with their ang ...more

By books are love November 16, 2015

I loved this. I loved the banter and attraction between Natalie and Luke. These two trying to fight the attraction while working together. I loved Luke. Even when we was a complete idiot and let his past experience with his ex wife drive him to be a asshat I loved him.

Luke and Natalie were both hurt ...more

By Suze November 10, 2015

Natalie's having a big breakthrough. Her chocolate based depression research is finally getting a grant and that means a huge step forward, both personally and professionally. She lives in a town that breathes chocolate and it's her passion. When she gets the grant she celebrates with Luke, who's ba ...more

By Mollien Fote Osterman November 06, 2015

5 Chocolate Kisses

This book was so sweet. Granted it takes place at the sweetest place on earth, Hershey, Pennsylvania. Yes, I have been there, I have family that lives there, so I know some of the history of Hershey. This story seem to convey its finer points.
Natalie is a food chemist for t ...more

By Lisa January 05, 2016

I was graciously given a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Oh my! There are not enough adjectives (well there are but I will refrain from listing them all) for me to describe how much I love this book! Or how perfectly written this romance was! This needs to be a m ...more

By Mave March 20, 2016

The protagonist of this story is chocolate: it is present everywhere, is described so beautifully that it is better to read it without have some chocolate bars at home, may disappear in a second ....
Natalie Holden wants to prove that chocolate can help fight teenage depression. This issue is very cl ...more

By Stephanie February 02, 2016

Deliciously Sweet. 4.5 Chocolate Stars~

Any chocolate lover or health nut is going to be tempted by this book. Natalie and Luke's connection, or I should say reconnection, is fraught with both personal and professional pitfalls but it makes the times they come together all the more special. Proving w ...more

By Shari November 09, 2015

What's not to love in this book, my two favorites in life is chocolate and kissing. Take two nerdy scientists, who have a history of their first kiss and working on a new drug for depression that has chocolate in it, a perfect match. A big conflict is that you have Luke as the sugar nazi and Natali ...more

By Isha November 05, 2015

A sweet concoction of angst, longing and regret. Natalie has big sugary dreams that center around making a difference by helping others. Luke has experienced a broken heart and developed a jaundiced view of all around him. Neither expects that the key to all the dreams, hopes and expectations they c ...more

By Nicole November 16, 2015

Super sweet and packs a punch!
I loved this story!
The imagery was perfect. I felt like i was right there in the moment. Incorporating everyone's favorite chocolate and an awesome amusement park was great. It brought back my childhood memories of visiting the park. The chemistry between the two is o ...more

By Jen January 06, 2016

Super cute and fun read. I love that it took place in Hershey, PA. The plot had a hint of Bridget Jones/Pride & Prejudice. A yummy read! ...more

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Ophelia London

About the author

USA Today Best Selling Author

Ophelia London

USA Today bestselling author Ophelia London was born and raised among the redwood trees in beautiful northern California. Once she was fully educated, she decided to settle in Florida, but her car broke down in Texas and she's lived in Dallas ever since. A cupcake and treadmill aficionado (obviously those things are connected), she spends her time watching arthouse movies and impossibly trashy TV, while living vicariously through the characters in the books she writes. Ophelia is the author of SOMEDAY MAYBE; DEFINITELY, MAYBE IN LOVE; ABBY ROAD; the Perfect Kisses series including: FALLING FOR HER SOLDIER, PLAYING AT LOVE, SPEAKING OF LOVE, and MAKING WAVES; and the upcoming Sugar City series for Entangled's Bliss line. Visit her at But don't call when The Vampire Diaries (or Dawson's Creek) is on.

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