I have been anticipating this story since reading the very first book of the Summer Harbor series…and it did not disappoint! Riley and Paige had been best friends since childhood, yet Riley’s feeling for Paige changed from friendship to love many years ago. It was heartbreaking to see him struggling with his feelings during the previous two books, while Paige had no idea the pain she was causing him! He even enlisted in the Marines to get away from the pain of watching Paige date his brother!
But reading this story was something of a fresh start for these two characters. It was so hard to watch as Riley struggled to find his place in the world again as an amputee. It was fascinating to read about what he had to go through both physically, mentally, and emotionally. The author also did a great job of sharing what Paige was going through as she watched Riley come to terms with what he could and could not do.
This book was absolutely packed with wonderful romantic tension, some amazing kisses, and so much heart! Both characters struggled with the paths their lives had taken and whether God had really been there for them throughout the challenging times. Just a Kiss was a wonderful, contemporary romance, yet it delved deeper still…exploring hurt, trauma, and defining the meaning of true love.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Riley Callahan’s plans to reveal his secret feelings for his best friend are derailed when his life is drastically altered in Afghanistan.
Watching the love of his life fall for his brother was enough to send Riley straight to boot camp. But over a year later, he’s officially a marine, and Beau and Paige are no longer an item. When Riley’s tour in Afghanistan is up, he intends to confess his feelings to Paige and win his best friend’s heart once and for all.
But all that changes when an IED takes the life of a comrade and leaves Riley an amputee. Now he’s heading home, injured and troubled. His plans to win Paige are a distant dream. She deserves so much more than the man that’s left. All he can do now is put some healthy distance between them. But upon his return he discovers his family has arranged for him to stay with Paige.
Paige is a nurturer at heart and happy to take care of her best buddy. By all appearances Riley is adjusting miraculously well to his disability. But as the days pass, Paige begins to see that the smiles and laughter are just a mask for the pain he’s hiding. To make matters worse, her job is in serious jeopardy. The animal shelter that she’s poured her heart into has lost its funding, and she has three months to come up with the money needed to save it.
As the weeks wear on, Paige’s feelings for Riley begin to shift into uncharted territory. Why is she suddenly noticing his arm muscles and the way his lips curl at the corners? Will she be able to deny her feelings for another Callahan brother? And will Riley let his heart heal so he can let Paige in?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 20 books, including Dancing with Fireflies and The Convenient Groom. She has won The Holt Medallion Award, The Reader’s Choice Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist.
Denise writes heartwarming, small-town love stories. Her readers enjoy the experience of falling in love vicariously through her characters and can expect a happily-ever-after sigh as they close the pages of her books.
In 1996, inspired by the death of her grandfather, Denise began her first book, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she’s been writing ever since. Her husband says he inspires all her romantic stories, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!
When Denise isn’t orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking coffee, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband are raising three boys.