Thursday, October 12, 2017

Book Review ~ Just a Kiss by Denise Hunter ~ 10/12/17

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?

My Thoughts:
By now, you should know how much I love Denise Hunter's books.  I just posted a review for Dancing With Fireflies a few weeks ago.  I was really excited to find another book by this author hiding on my TBR shelf.
Here's where I made my mistake...
 This is the 3rd book in the Summer Harbor Series.  I haven't read the first 2 books yet and I definitely think that learning more about the Callahans and their family dynamics would have made this a 5 star book for me.
However, I truly did enjoy Just a Kiss.  I just think I would have REALLY enjoyed it if I'd read the books leading up to it.
Also, the theme was a lot similar to Dancing with Fireflies.  The hero having been in love with the leading lady for years without her knowing and just thinking of him as a friend or honorary family member.
Having said ALL that, I still have the first 2 books of the series on my wishlist and can't wait to get my hands on them :)

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1 comment:

  1. Ugh, I hate it when I inadvertently pick up a book midseries! The worst! Thank you for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on! I appreciate it!


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