1. Just a Kiss - eBookeBOOK
    Just a Kiss - eBook
    Denise Hunter
    Thomas Nelson / 2016 / ePub
    $7.99
    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 34 Reviews
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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Swoon Worthy Romance with Great Theme of Healing
    October 26, 2016
    Michelle K
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Just a Kiss.
    Another great swoon-worthy romance from Denise Hunter! I've been waiting for this story since I first met Riley and Paige in Falling Like Snowflakes, the first book of this series. I always enjoy a great friends-to-lovers story, and this was the perfect conclusion to the Summer Harbor series. I adored having a physically flawed hero, even if it was heartbreaking to see what Riley had to go through. I love how the author always weaves in the inspirational threads as a natural part of the story.

    Plot: Riley Callahan has been in love with his best friend, Paige Warren, for a long time, even though she doesn't know it. He enlisted in the Marines just to get away when Paige was dating his brother. When Paige and Beau broke up, he was heading to boot camp, but now he's coming home an amputee. The Callahan family arranges for Riley to recover at Paige's house, which will make it very difficult for Riley to keep his feelings in check. Paige deserves better than a broken man.

    Characters: Riley's story has been heartbreaking from the beginning, and I loved getting to know him more. He's my favorite Callahan brother and quite the charming hero! Paige's love for animals and the shelter makes her endearing and I love her loyalty to her best friend. The chemistry between the two of them is so well written and I enjoyed every minute of their story.

    Recommendation: I'd highly recommend this book to those who enjoy great inspirational romance. It was the best of the series by far! While it can stand alone, I'd recommend reading the first two books, because you'll get a little more of Paige and Riley's back story. I'm sorry to see this series come to an end, but I look forward to seeing what the author comes up with next.

    Rating: 5/5 stars

    I received a copy of this book from the Thomas Nelson Fiction Guild. This review is my honest opinion.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    It's never *Just* a Kiss...
    October 20, 2016
    Amanda B
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Just a Kiss.
    Denise 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!
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Friends First
    October 19, 2016
    Cynthia
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Just a Kiss.
    I 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.
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    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    JUST A KISS
    October 19, 2016
    Ellen/oceanside
    S D CA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for 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 Thomas. Nelson for my honest opinion, of which I have given.
  5. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good read
    October 9, 2016
    Jessica
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for Just a Kiss.
    A 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.
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