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Just a Kiss #3, In the Summer Harbor series, by Denise Hunter
Riley Callahan went off to join the army after Paige, the love of his life fell for his brother. He returns an amputee and finds they have broken up and that his parents have asked Paige to care for him. He feels she deserves more of a man than he is now. He is moody, has nightmares and is very independent. She see's his softer side and feelings begin to stir. Will he let her in? Can she really be falling for another Callahan brother?
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Summer Harbor
Riley Callahans 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, hes officially a marine, and Beau and Paige are no longer an item. When Rileys tour in Afghanistan is up, he intends to confess his feelings to Paige and win his best friends heart once and for all.
But all that changes when an IED takes the life of a comrade and leaves Riley an amputee. Now hes heading home, injured and troubled. His plans to win Paige are a distant dream. She deserves so much more than the man thats 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 hes hiding. To make matters worse, her job is in serious jeopardy. The animal shelter that shes 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, Paiges 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?
Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than twenty-five books, including A December Bride and The Convenient Groom, which have been adapted into original Hallmark Channel movies. She has won The Holt Medallion Award, The Reader's Choice Award, The Carol Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist. When Denise isn't orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking green tea, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband are rapidly approaching an empty nest. You can learn more about Denise through her website DeniseHunterBooks.com or by visiting her Facebook page at facebook.com/authordenisehunter.
Yvette K.5 Stars Out Of 5Heartwarming and Engaging final book in the Summer Harbor seriesJune 10, 2017Yvette K.Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 0The first two books in the Summer Harbor series left me wanting to know what had happened between Aunt Trudi and the bashful Sheriff, and what would happen between the youngest Callahan brother and his best friend Paige. Just a Kiss was well worth the wait. It left me entertained, satisfied, and possibly a bit more informed.
Highly recommended for those who enjoy a clean romance that feels realistic and has both heartache and humor. While Paige and Riley's story is easy to enjoy on its own, it is even more enjoyable when the series is read in order.
I voluntarily received a complimentary review copy of this book from the Thomas Nelson and Zondervan's Fiction Guild. All opinions expressed are my own.
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Stunning conclusion to the Summer Harbor seriesMarch 28, 2017KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Stunning conclusion to the Summer Harbor series. Such a bittersweet read. I wasn't ready to say goodbye to the Callahan brothers or this lovely small town in Maine but Hunter blesses her readers with plenty of Beau and Zach and Miss Trudy not to mention Lucy and Eden. Reading Just a Kiss felt like a family reunion in some respects. No worries if you haven't read Falling Like Snowflakes or The Goodbye Bride because this book reads really well as a standalone too.
So I'm a bit of an emotional basket case now that I've said my goodbyes to the Callahans. There are so many highs and lows in Riley and Paige's story. My tummy is still doing back flips and my toes haven't quite uncurled yet. Because when this hero and heroine are on they are really, really on. Thud. Tender. Passionate. Yearning. All the glorious ingredients of a great romance story. Unfortunately, Riley and Paige are most likely to be off -- out of sync, running scared, afraid to 'fess up. In other words -- delightfully infuriating.
The kind of novel you eagerly race through and then lament coming to the end much too soon.
Lights in a Dark WorldGender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Another amazing read!December 31, 2016Lights in a Dark WorldGender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When Paige Warrens best friend, Riley Callahan, comes back from Afghanistan as an amputee, she steps up to help her friend out and to help him through his recovery. What Paige doesnt know is how Riley really feels for her. As her feelings begin to change, she begins to worry what it will do to their friendship. As Riley struggles to adjust he has all but given up on love, but can he suppress his feelings and stand the thought of Paige with another man? Will they be able to have their happily ever after?
After reading the Goodbye Bride, I was excited to read this next book. Although it is the next book in the series, it is written to stand alone, so while there are references to the other book, you wont be missing anything important if you havent read the others in the series. As usual, the book was beautifully written. I finished in just a few days. I couldnt make myself put it down! I wanted to find out what was going to happen to Paige and Riley. The characters were very well developed and were very relatable. I loved Paiges character. I love how it shows how she came from such a rough past and has turned out to be a wonderful woman because of God. I highly recommend this book!
**I received this book free from the publisher through the Fiction Guild program. I was not required to write a positive review and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Rachs RamblingsBangor, MEAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5good Read!November 15, 2016Rachs RamblingsBangor, MEAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This was an easy read for me, and I usually give "easy beach reads" three stars. However, I was so able to connect with this book because I do know what it's like to have people see the chair before they see you. I do know what it's like not to be able to be eye level with other people. The descriptions of how one feels when they are no longer "normal" ring true in this book. I love flawed characters...whether physical or emotional.
I also loved that the hero fought to overcome his failings eventually, but the leading up to that is difficult. I enjoyed this read. Denise Hunter has a lovely way of writing a story that one can simply enjoy and finish with a happy sigh!
I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Angela BycroftOwhango, New ZealandAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Stellar conclusion to a fantastic series.November 11, 2016Angela BycroftOwhango, New ZealandAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5It takes a special author to make the third book in a series shine a brightly as the first - but Denise Hunter does just that with Just a Kiss. We have been building toward this story for the last two books - but even if the reader hasnt read them, the story would still be just a revetting and emotional.
Riley has been in love with Paige since they were teenagers but the time just didnt seem right. Then he had to endure the agony of watching his older brother Beau sweep in and take over boyfriend role. The only way Riley can see to deal with this is to enlist and is deployed over to Afghanistan.
Returning to Summer Harbour a changed man - an IED has rendered him a amputee, Riley determines that any dreams of rekindling a love with Paige wouldnt be fair to her. But he didnt reckon on being looked after by his former love or where their mutual friendship could eventually lead.
This was the perfect way to finish our time with the Callahans of Summer Harbour. And getting to see the conclusion of Aunt Trudys story too was an added bonus to sweet for words.
Thanks again to the Fiction Guild for providing a complimentary copy for review - all opinions are my own.