Author: Cheryl Madeleine Lodico
Based upon an incident that the author herself experienced as a young woman, Just a Kiss is the story of Carolyn Kahn and Bruce Donovan, two seemingly star-crossed lovers. When Bruce Donovan, a young Madison Avenue executive and the son of advertising mogul Kent Donovan, impulsively kisses Carolyn, a young college student working for Bruce, all kinds of sparks fly. When Carolyn tells her parents what happened, she is persuaded by her father to confront the Donovans and threaten to press sexual harassment charges. Although a win-win out-of-court solution eventually seems to be reached in the opinion of Kent and Phil (Carolyn’s father), Bruce and Carolyn are devastated. Running into each other in the most unpredictable of places, they realize that they are falling in love, but they know that their relationship must be kept secret. Filled with humor, pathos, and the resilience of young love, Just a Kiss is a warm and sweet romance that brings us back to the wonder and excitement of our own first love and lost youth.
Cheryl Madeleine Lodico completed her undergraduate studies at Cortland State College and received her master’s degree from Queens College just a few years later. She taught middle school English for thirty years at Lawrence Middle School on the south shore of Long Island and took early retirement so that she could fulfill her lifetime dream of being a fulltime author. Just a Kiss is her sixteenth published book. Mrs. Lodico lives with her husband, Manny, in Whitestone, Queens, where they spend considerable time with their grown children and their three bright and beloved grandchildren. In her spare time, Mrs. Lodico reads, sketches, paints, and does volunteer work for her community.