Every Little Kiss
Book 1, Kissed by the Bay
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When Wendy Watts left Blue Moon Bay, she vowed never to return to the small coastal town where her parents had abandoned her and her brother. Now she’s a successful Realtor, and a workaholic who stays away from complicated emotions—until her grandmother dies, leaving Wendy the Inn at Blue Moon Bay and mandating that if Wendy sells it, she must put it on the market herself “in person.”
As soon as Wendy arrives in Blue Moon Bay, bad memories, the inn’s poor condition, and her brother’s pleas to keep the inn overwhelm her. Then she meets a sexy laid-back stranger on the beach, and Wendy does something she never does . . . she opens up and confides her problems to him. Since Max Huntington’s only in town for one night, Wendy spontaneously kisses him, hoping to be distracted from her troubles for just one evening.
But when Wendy begins the painstaking process of fixing up the inn in order to sell it, Max tells her he’s staying on longer. He’s enchanted by the charming inn and even more with the kisses they shared on the beach. He wants to help her with the repairs, and she reluctantly accepts his offer.
Although she’s determined to remain detached from the allure of her inn, Blue Moon Bay and Max, every repair, every stroll on the beach, and every moment spent with Max, draws her in and reminds her of the local legend she’d believed as a child: that being kissed by the bay under a blue moon will lead to love that lasts forever.
Sweet Romance and Plot, Fun Setting
I really enjoyed this novel, another sweet romance from Susan Hatler! I enjoyed her Better Date than Never series, but this Kissed by the Bay series might be better yet, if this first book is any indication.
Wendy returns to Blue Moon Bay, her "hometown" for all intensive purposes, and has a mixture of things she's dealing with -- her relationships with her brother and friends that have been broken; the death of her grandmother; selling the inn; and a new love interest in Max. While I wanted her to just roll over and give in to Max, to the inn, to staying and enjoying Blue Moon Bay, it would have made a pretty boring story with little obstacles. I loved the tug of war she was experiencing with leaving or staying in Blue Moon Bay and the give and take with Max. Speaking of Max -- what a gentlemen, very swoon worthy! He helped so much in restoring the inn, being patient and lending a listening ear to Wendy and trying to win her over slowly.
Watching her relationships go over a transformation with friends and her brother after years of hurt was nice. And I felt like Wendy was completely justified in her frustration and hurt with her parents. I mean, who does that to their kids? Her trust issues about everyone's motives seemed completely legit.
Overall, this has all of the elements of a sweet romance with a nice plot line. It was the perfect length - not too short, not too long. The story had some depth and ebbed and flowed without dwelling on things or talking them to death. It got to the point. I really enjoyed it and plan to read the remaining books in this series. Well done Ms. Hatler!
**Disclaimer: I have received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.**
I loved it!!
This story makes you want to be there!! You want to be the characters and live it!
Lots of little kisses
This is a great book, very well written, and a clean romance. I love that this author’s books never feels slow and always captivate me. This book was no exception. Right from the beginning, the story moves you and tugs at your heart strings when you read about Wendy’s situation. Wendy has to return to her oceanside ancestral inn after the death of her grandmother. On arriving at the inn she is distraught over her situation and she has a break down on the beach. In that moment she meets Max. They have an immediate connection and chemistry. They share a special moonlit walk on the beach where she bears her soul. He turns a terrible emotionally overwhelming moment into something special and sweet. It really is super romantic moment and my absolute favorite part of the book.
This is definitely more of a romantic drama than a romantic comedy, making me imagine this story as perfect for one of those Lifetime channel movies. There were some real themes addressed in this book of abandonment issues and loss of a loved one. Wendy is helped by Max to conquer her fears and to stop running away from her past so she can find her home. Max is the ultra dream guy with how stable and steady he is, being that shoulder for Wendy to lean on. I really wanted to learn more about her brother Brian, he was such an interesting character. Thankfully there is a book, The Sweetest Kiss, about him later in the series!