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Book Review: Just a Kiss


Just a Kiss
A Summer Harbor Novel
By Denise Hunter

Watching the love of his live fall for his brother was enough to send Riley straight to boot camp. But over a year later, he’s official a marine, and Beau and Paige are no longer an item. When Riley’s tour in Afghanistan is up he intends to confuse 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. After the weeks wear on, Paige’s feelings for Riley begin to shift into uncharted territory. Wy is she suddenly nothing 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: As always I love a good romance novel, and although I love historical fictions, and Amish fictions I was very happy to see that this was a regular girl living in modern times. Not only that but the man she’s falling for is a regular guy too. There are a few things that seem implausible but nothing out of the ordinary for a romance novel, and Just a Kiss is one that you’ll happily read and is great for relaxing. If you like Chance of Loving You or To Have and to Hold you’ll for sure love Just a Kiss.


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