Just a Kiss
Book 3, A Summer Harbor Novel
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Riley Callahan’s plans to reveal his secret feelings for his best friend are ruined when his life is drastically altered in Afghanistan.
Watching the love of his life falling 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 he’s 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. He has nightmares and mood swings, and his unwavering independence keeps him from accepting help from anyone, including her. 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 the money needed to save it.
As the weeks wear on with the two in such close proximity, Paige’s feelings for Riley begin to shift into unchartered territory. Why is she suddenly noticing his corded 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?
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JUST. A. KISS
This is the third book in The Summer.Harbor series. Though I hadn't read the others this is easy to read by itself. We have Riley who joins the marines for all the wrong reasons . To come home as an amputee. Seeing Paige,again, the love is stronger than ever. He plans to distance, and allow her to find a whole man to love her. Plans were made for him to stay at her bungalow, for it had a downstairs bedroom. The nursemaid would then be Paige. This is a natural avenue for her, for she has the animal shelter. Funding is needed to keep it open. As well as patience and understanding for Riley. Great story of adjustment for both Paige and Riley. As usual another good story by Denise Hinter for all to enjoy.
Given ARC by Net Galley for my honest opinion, of which I have given
A Sweet Classic Romance
I voluntarily received an ARC of Just a Kiss by Denise Hunter in exchange for an honest review.
Just a Kiss is a sweet and classic romance. Riley has been in love with his best friend Paige for years, but has never told her due to fearing she won't feel the same way.
Although not for some readers, the Christian aspects of Riley and Paige's story were by far my favorite. I found it refreshing to have prayer and scriptures included in a new adult romance. The scenes that did include references to scripture or prayer flowed seamlessly without seaming overbearing.
I really enjoyed how Denise Hunter incorporated the physical and emotional struggles men and women experience after returning home from war into the story. Denise Hunter did a great job showcasing Riley's hesitancy to accept professional help, even though in the end counseling helped Riley overcome his demons.