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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.
Crystal4 Stars Out Of 5Love in the Midst of TragedyOctober 10, 2017CrystalQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0About the Book:
Riley and Paige have been best friends since their early teenage years. But when they were seventeen, Rileys feelings shifted to something more unbeknownst to Paige. Keeping his feelings hidden, Riley had to watch Paige fall for his older brother. In turmoil over their relationship, Riley ran from his heartache by enlisting in the Marines. It only took time for Paige and Rileys brother to break up, leading Riley to make the decision while still enlisted that he was going to win Paiges heart and carve out a future together. That dream was shattered, however, when Riley finds himself returning home as an amputee after an IED explosion. He is also dismayed to learn that his family has arranged for him to stay with Paige while he recuperates. Excited to have Riley safe and at home, Paige is thrilled to care for her best friend even though he struggles with his recovery, and she senses her own feelings shifting into romantic territory with Riley. When the course of events lead to an intimate setting and the two share a kiss (actually more than one!), their true feelings for one another are exposed. After only a short time together, however, Riley continues to struggle with feeling like he is not enough for Paige and deserts her leaving her heartbroken. Only after spending time away from those he cares about most, Riley finally begins emotionally healing from the trauma he has experienced and realizes that he may have lost Paige for good.
Just a Kiss is a classic tragedy love story with the added twist of the two main characters being best friends. Hunter paints a realistic picture of the emotional devastation Riley is experiencing with the loss of his leg and his self-confidence. The transition from best friends to best friends who fell in love is sweet and memorable. I especially liked the way Dans character was used as an instrument in Rileys healing. Realistic love story that shows true love will weather the dark times and come out stronger on the other side.
This review reflects an honest view of my own thoughts and opinions regarding this book. I have not been compensated by the publisher or author in any way.
BethAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Lovely Ending to the Summer Harbor Series!September 19, 2017BethAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I've really enjoyed reading the Summer Harbor books. The connections between the Callahan brother's and the shared history between the characters made it really easy for me to fall back into their lives. This time, Riley Callahan gets his story. After enlisting in the military in order to escape unhappiness at home, he's back in Summer Harbor with an amputated leg and a broken spirit. His longtime best friend Paige is unsure how to handle this changes in Riley, but she knows she wants to be there for him, while he just wants to be able to ignore his feelings for Paige.
I've come to expect sweet, romantic stories, grounded in realistic events from Denise Hunter, and I have to admit, I enjoy them for the escape they provide, as well as the endearing family dynamics that take place throughout the story. This one even has some closure for a couple of secondary characters, so that added an extra layer of satisfaction to the ending.
I appreciate how there is no plot twist that comes from left field just to amp up the action. There are some surprises, yes, but they flow well in the story and add to it, rather than distract. Of course, there is a little bit of stubbornness on Riley's part, but it doesn't feel too off, considering everything that he's been through prior to the story's beginning.
Solid romantic contemporary - I look forward to reading more from Denise Hunter soon!
I received a complimentary copy of this book - the opinions expressed here are my own.
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.