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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?
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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2016
Series: Summer Harbor
Riley Callahans 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, 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 hes 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. 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 shes 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, Paiges 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?
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.
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.
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.