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Amanda B5 Stars Out Of 5It's never *Just* a Kiss...October 20, 2016Amanda BQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Denise Hunter is one of my favorite authors! I love her writing, and I've been anxiously awaiting Paige and Riley's story ever since I read Falling Like Snowflakes. If you aren't familiar with the Callahan family, jumping in with this book is not a problem, since it is written as a stand alone. Trust me though, read all three books! In addition to Falling Like Snowflakes, make sure to read The Goodbye Bride!
Riley Callahan has loved Paige for years. It was incredibly painful for him to watch her love others, mainly his brother, Beau. Riley enlisted as a marine, and headed to boot camp. Over a year later, Riley returns home when an IED leaves him an amputee, and soon finds out he will be staying with his best friend, Paige, while he recuperates. As Paige cares for Riley, she begins to see through his facade, and realizes there are deeper issues he needs to deal with. In addition to the stress of walking the fine line of caring for Riley without being overbearing, her job is in jeopardy. Can she find a way to help Riley and keep her job? Can Riley find a way to help her in return? As the two team up, feelings begin to emerge, but is it safe for Paige to reveal those feeling to Riley as he fights his own battles?
There is great chemistry in this book - it will take you from laughing, to tearing your heart out as Paige tries her best to help Riley. It is such a sweet story!
I'm so thankful that Thomas Nelson sent me a free copy of this book to read and honestly review, but this is a book (along with any other Denise Hunter book) that I would not hesitate to purchase on my own. Hunter never disappoints!
Cynthia5 Stars Out Of 5Friends FirstOctober 19, 2016CynthiaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I received this book from the Fiction Guild for an honest review. I love Denise's book and this is another one that was hard to put down. Second chances, when you care for someone for so long and don't tell them you realize that you make mistakes, you have Riley who has been good friends with Paige until she comes home from camp at 16 and see her a girl and not as just a friend. You help her with the loss of her father and finding out her mom is not her mom and then see her date one of your older brothers. You don't tell her you care for her and join the Marines and get injured. Paige loves Riley but she doesn't really do anything about it. The both of do find there way to each other and also help him heal from his injuries and loss of part of limb to find there way to true love.
Ellen/oceansideS D CAAge: Over 65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5JUST A KISSOctober 19, 2016Ellen/oceansideS D CAAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This 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 Thomas. Nelson for my honest opinion, of which I have given.
JessicaAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Good readOctober 9, 2016JessicaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4A broken heart drove Riley to enlist in the Marines. As his tour in Afghanistan comes to an end, he plans to tell the now single Paige how he really feels about her. One IED changes those plans when it leaves him an amputee.
With a missing limb, and a troubled mind, his new plan is to keep his distance from Paige, believing that she deserves better than the man he has become. But when he arrives home, he finds that his family has arranged for him to stay with Paige while he gets better.
Paige wants nothing more than to help her best friend, but she knows hes hiding how bad he really feels, and denying help he really needs. To add to her stress, her animal shelter is facing being shut down due to financial issues. Not to mention that her feelings for Riley are changing. Where she once saw a friend, she now saw an attractive man who made her heart beat faster. If only he would stop pushing her away.
This is the third book in Denise Hunters Summer Harbor series. Each can be read as a stand alone novel, but the stories are all connected through the Callahan brothers. In comparison to the previous novel, The Goodbye Bride, this one felt a little lacking, but it was still a good read. I was a little frustrated by the total lack of communication between the two characters at some points, and this one also has those clich romance novel moments, but the story is good enough to overlook that.
I also had a little bit of an issue with the ending. It felt very abrupt.
But overall, its a good, light, entertaining read.
I received a copy of this book from BookLook in exchange for an honest review.
Laura HiltonHorseshoe Bend, ARAge: 45-54Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Just a KissOctober 8, 2016Laura HiltonHorseshoe Bend, ARAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Denise Hunter is one of my favorite contemporary romance authors but I guess everyone has a book that doesn't click with everyone. This is one of them. I was looking so forward to reading JUST A KISS and getting Riley and Paige's story but I couldn't connect with these characters.
Riley is a wounded hero. He lost a leg in Afghanistan and is now home to recover. He's sore, he's angry, suffering from PTSD, and majorly bitter. He things Paige only feels sorry for her and even though she tells him over and over that she loves him he keeps pushing her away.
Paige expects to loose everything and everyone. Her dad died, her mom informed her that she wasn't really her daughter, and then her boss comes in to tell her that they are closing the shelter where she works. And Riley, of course, he'll leave her -- just like everyone else.
Paige and her friends (the other Callahan brides) come up with ingenious ideas for raising money to save the shelter and that adds a bit of intrigue to the story. Can they or can't they? And will Riley actually stick around?
The faith message is weak, and as a very conservative reader, I was bothered by the soft swear words and the taking of God's name in vain in this book. I found that offensive. I realize I'm probably in the minority here, but it really bothered me.
I will continue to read Ms. Hunter's books, and hope this one is in the minority.