Just a Kiss- A Summer Harbor Novel by Denise Hunter (review by Cathy)

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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 day’s 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 review:

What a sweet story.  The author has crafted realistic characters and placed them in realistic situations throughout the Summer Harbor Series.   In this book, it’s more evident that she has placed them in a very real and unfortunate situation with Riley returning home as an amputee.

As family and friends rally around him the difficulties he faces are much different life than he had imagined.   

I liked seeing his friendship with Paige and how they realized they may be able to become more than just friends. Their story didn’t see contrived and I appreciated that.   I felt the series ended nicely. Friends becoming much more to each other is always something I like to read, especially in Just a Kiss.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and have given my honest opinion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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