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Forbidden Kisses

A Blushing Bay Novel

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The USA Today bestselling author of the Hero’s Welcome series introduces a trio of swoon-worthy North Carolina brothers fighting for love in this novel of sand, sea, and seduction.

For years, Jack Sawyer’s family has been running their upscale seafood business like a finely tuned machine. But every machine breaks down eventually, and suddenly Jack needs a new office manager, a new kayak launch, and a new lease on life. Then Grace Donner shows up again. She’s smart, motivated, and perfect for the manager position, but if she’s anything like her mom, she can’t be trusted. And Jack has never been able to trust himself around Grace.

Grace hasn’t seen her former stepbrothers since their parents’ messy divorce, but she never forgot them—especially Jack. She misses being part of the big rambunctious Sawyer clan, and if there’s an opportunity to set things right, she means to do it. But she can’t ignore Jack’s irresistibly kissable lips, or the searing way he looks at her when he thinks she’s not looking. Their chemistry is more explosive than ever. And if the Sawyers can forgive and forget, anything is possible.

Look for the Hero’s Welcome series by Annie Rains

Praise for Forbidden Kisses

“Annie Rains writes books that don’t just pull on your heartstrings, they yank out all the feels in the best way possible! A fantastic, fresh voice in contemporary romance!”—Codi Gary, author of Things Good Girls Don’t Do 

“A passionate, heartfelt tale with a hint of the forbidden and a lot of chemistry. Forbidden Kisses is a delicious novel that you’ll read in one sitting.”—Jamie K. Schmidt, USA Today bestselling author of the Club Inferno Series

“Rains writes a wonderfully sweet romance every time!”—Obsessive Book Nerd

“The chemistry between these two is palpable . . . as in hot! There is no doubt about the feelings Grace and Jack have for each other and they fit well as a couple. The story was fun with a bit of angst and a heap of forgiveness.”—Aurora B’s Book Blog

“The constant push and pull, mixed with the sky-high chemistry make for an unputdownable book that will kidnap your heart from the very first page and won’t let go until the end. . . . If you’re looking for a romance that’s both sweet and sexy, and that will steal your heart, Forbidden Kisses is the right choice.”—Roberta’s Dream World

“A quick read, perfect for a sunny day at the beach (or maybe even on a boat if you are like the Donner family).”—Smitten by Books

“A fantastic, emotional, and addictive read!”—Books and Spoons Blog

“If you enjoy reading authors Sherryl Woods, Samantha Chase and Melissa Foster—you will love Annie Rains’s first book in the Blushing Bay series!”—Lady Celeste Reads Blog

Praise for the novels of Annie Rains

“Don’t miss this sparkling debut full of heart and emotion!”New York Times bestselling author Lori Wilde, on Welcome to Forever

“Annie Rains is an author to watch. I can’t wait for more!”USA Today bestselling author Sidney Halston

This ebook includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Customer Reviews

Forbidden Kisses

I like to read books from Annie. This one is also one of her good stories. There is lots of action in this story. This sure keeps the characters busy. Grace is out of work, has no money and her mother Tammy, needs meds for her Parkinson's. Jack needs an office manager even with their family detesting when he hires Grace to run the office. They were teen lovers. Major Spoiler! Grace wants to clear their hate. Tammy made the fight. Major Spoiler! Grace wants to win a fishing challenge to bring the families together. Spoiler. She almost drowns with a concussion. Spoiler. Jack and Grace are together and hiding. She finally says they can tell they are dating. Spoiler. Grace sends him away because he still hates Tammy. Major Spoiler! Her mother comes first! He soon realizes he needs to like Tammy to get Grace. This is a heartbreaker most of the book. I liked this book. I would recommend this story to anyone. Enjoy reading this book! You won't regret it! I volunteered to read and review this book.


I really enjoyed this one and I can't wait to read more in this series. This is a good small town romance centered around a fishing family. Jack Sawyer has been working in the office of his family's fishing business even though that's not really what he wants to be doing. Now he needs a new office manager and he can't believe it when Grace Donner applies for the job. Grace and Jack were step siblings for about a minute many years ago. Even then he was attracted to Grace, now even more. The history between the two families isn't good and Jack's not sure if Grace will be accepted by the rest of his family. Grace has always felt bad about the way things ended between her Mom and the Sawyers. Normally she'd never want this job but she's desperate. Will they be able to put the past behind them and move forward? She hopes so and she'll do whatever she can to set things right.

An excellent read that I recommend to everyone.

Great start to the series

This was a great start to The Blushing Bay series.

Grace and Jack were once step-siblings but after their parents' marriage imploded, they had no contact with each other and there was bad blood between the families. Fast forward 15 years and Grace is in need of a job and Jack is in need of a new office manager. There was an attraction between them as teenagers but with all that has transpired between their families it seems like any kind of relationship would never work.

There were definitely parts of this story that the two main characters were so frustrating but once they got it together, I loved them as a couple. Both Jack and Grace have been through a tremendous amount of grief but they have so many amazing people in their lives and are great together. I really liked all of the characters introduced in this story and am looking forward to where this series goes.

*This is my voluntary review of an advanced reader copy*

Forbidden Kisses
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  • Category: Contemporary
  • Published: Apr 11, 2017
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 237 Pages
  • Language: English
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