Book Title: Just a Kiss
Series: Summer Harbor #3
Author: Denise Hunter
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Start Read Date: 9/16/2016
End Read Date: 9/18/2016
My Rating: 5+++++ Stars
Review Submitted By: Korena for Alpha Book Review
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?
(Received ARC in exchange for our honest review.)
I absolutely loved this story!! An absolute re-read for me!! It is a breath of fresh air to read this!
Riley Callahan remembered exactly when he fell in love with Paige, his best friend. Riley couldn’t take any more of seeing Paige with anyone but him so he enlisted. While overseas, Riley lost his leg. Coming home Riley didn’t feel like he was enough man to be with Paige.
Paige took care of Riley. She started seeing him like a “man” not her best friend. Paige was getting jealous of any female attention brought to Riley.
The attraction was so noticeable to everybody except Riley and Paige. I loved these characters. DENISE Hunter did a great job with the story and emotions of her couple.
Questions for the Reviewer:
(these are multiple choice answers)
How is the author’s writing? Great
Is there violence? Some Violence
Is there sexual content? No sexual content
How is the story narrated? Alternating persons
How would you describe the plot of this book? Full of surprises
What best describes the mood? Hopeful
How would you describe the pace? Fast
How would you describe the characters? Complex
Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 25 books, including “The Convenient Groom” which has been made into a Hallmark movie. She has appeared on the The 700 club and won awards such as The Holt Medallion Award, The Carol 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 good coffee, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband have three boys and are rapidly approaching an empty nest.