1. Just a Kiss - eBookeBOOK
    Just a Kiss - eBook
    Denise Hunter
    Thomas Nelson / 2016 / ePub
    $7.99
    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 33 Reviews
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  1. Grand Prairie, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Absolutely Wonderful!
    September 23, 2016
    Britt98
    Grand Prairie, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Just a Kiss.
    I have been anticipating this story since reading the very first book of the Summer Harbor seriesand it did not disappoint! Riley and Paige had been best friends since childhood, yet Rileys feeling for Paige changed from friendship to love many years ago. It was heartbreaking to see him struggling with his feelings during the previous two books, while Paige had no idea the pain she was causing him! He even enlisted in the Marines to get away from the pain of watching Paige date his brother!

    But reading this story was something of a fresh start for these two characters. It was so hard to watch as Riley struggled to find his place in the world again as an amputee. It was fascinating to read about what he had to go through both physically, mentally, and emotionally. The author also did a great job of sharing what Paige was going through as she watched Riley come to terms with what he could and could not do.

    This book was absolutely packed with wonderful romantic tension, some amazing kisses, and so much heart! Both characters struggled with the paths their lives had taken and whether God had really been there for them throughout the challenging times. Just a Kiss was a wonderful, contemporary romance, yet it delved deeper stillexploring hurt, trauma, and defining the meaning of true love.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
  2. Tuscaloosa, AL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wicked Awesome
    September 22, 2016
    tumcsec
    Tuscaloosa, AL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The third and final book in the Summer Harbor series had the emotions going up and down. I've read this one and the second one in this series but each can be read as a standalone. The two main characters, Paige and Riley, were best friends. Riley helped Paige through some tumultuous times growing up. She lost her dad then her "Mom" abandoned her. Paige never felt wanted. Everyone she cared about deserted her. Even Riley left and joined the Marines. Only he came back home having lost one of his legs from a bomb attack. Riley was fighting the demons of war, PTSD, survivors guilt, and loss all while going through pain, both physical and emotional. And Paige never feeling good enough, was dealing with the possible closing of her beloved animal shelter because of finances. God had never abandoned either one of them but it took a long time for them to realize this.

    I quickly came to care about both of these characters. They were so real to me. I felt their pain and cried right along with them. When Riley decides to move 1200 miles away from Summer Harbor I wondered if he and Paige would ever reveal their feelings for each other and get their "happily ever after".

    Some books go very slowly for me but this one I read in a matter of two days. It made my heart happy!

    I received an ebook copy of this book through Net Galley for my honest opinion, which I have given.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Just a Kiss
    September 20, 2016
    Mackenzie Carol
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    This review was written for Just a Kiss.
    Just a Kiss is the third book in Denise Hunters Summer Harbor series, coming after Falling Like Snowflakes and The Goodbye Bride. I am such a HUGE fan of Denises, and actually own, and have loved, both of the previous books in this series. Over the past year or so, Denise has become one of my auto-buy authors, meaning I dont even have to look at her upcoming releases before preordering them because I know I will love them, and this series has proved that fact true. Ive preordered all three books, and absolutely loved each one of them, though I have to say, I think this one is my favorite. Just a Kiss is completely and utterly fantastic, and Im so glad I own my own copy.

    Riley Callahan has hid his feelings for his best friend Paige for years, but when she starts dating his brother Beau, it is more than he can bear. Trying to escape his misery, he enlists in the marines, only to have his life turned completely upside down. Now returning home an amputee, Riley deems himself unworthy of Paige, and therefore plans on keeping their relationship distant, especially since she and Beau are no longer a couple. However, his plans are thwarted when he arrives to find out his brothers have left him in her care until he recovers. Will Riley retreat even further, closing of his wounded heart for good, or will he let God take over, healing him heart and soul?

    Paige Warren is a born caregiver, and is thrilled at the chance to be there her best friend the way hes been there for her over the years. When Riley first arrives, it almost seems as if nothing has changed, but it doesnt take Paige long to realize that is not the case. His happy attitude may be enough to fool his family, but she knows him better than that. As she tries to juggle Rileys care and her beloved animal shelter job that is in serious jeopardy, Paige begins to notice Riley in a way she never has before. Is she simply falling for another Callahan brother, or is God working on something behind the scenes that will change their relationship forever?

    All in all, I absolutely loved this story, and I cant think of a single thing that I didnt like about it. Denises writing was flawless, I was already in love with Riley and I effortlessly fell for Paige as well, the storyline was perfectly woven together, and I was captivated from beginning to end. Because of that, I cannot imagine giving Just a Kiss anything other than all five bookshelves, and it most definitely has a permanent place on my all-time favorites list. This book reminded me why I am such a big fan of Denises, and I cant wait to see what she comes out with next!
  4. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Hunter had me laughing and groaning!
    September 15, 2016
    Jaquelyn
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Just a Kiss.
    Just a Kiss is the third book in the Summer Harbor series. I haven't read Falling Like Snowflakes, but did read the Goodbye Bride. After reading this book I would love to go back and read the first book in the series. That being said this book is also a great stand alone novel. I love reading stories about families. The Summer Harbor Series is about the Callahan brothers as they find their way to their happy endings. Their lives haven't been easy, and with Riley injured in Afghanistan everyone is on edge waiting for him to get home. Just a Kiss follows Riley the youngest Callahan brother, and the girl who has been his best friend since they were kids, Paige.

    Paige wants nothing more than to hug her best friend in the whole world. When they last saw each other it wasn't the best circumstances and she can't wait to see for herself that he is okay. Knowing that he is coming home missing a limb isn't easy on anyone, and Paige wants nothing more than to take care of the man who's always been there for her. Knowing it isn't going to be easy doesn't bother her one bit. Will Riley let her be the help he needs? Or will his manly foolish pride and stubbornness get in the way?

    Riley wasn't planning on coming home this way. Not only is he embarrassed, but also in a great deal of pain. He had planned on his homecoming being way different, and can't help but feel like he is half the man he used to be. Being around Paige, the girl he's loved since they were teenagers is pure torture. He knows she deserves a better man than he is, and doesn't want her to know how he feels. Living under the same roof isn't helping matters. No one wants to be seen at their worst, and Riley doesn't see how life can get worse than it is now. Can Paige get through to him, or will he just keep stuffing everything down deep inside?

    I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a more complicated love story. One where the main characters face troubles and come out stronger in the end. Real love isn't perfect, and sometimes your heart needs to break a little before you understand what true love is. I really enjoyed getting to know Riley and Paige and couldn't help but root for them the whole time. Hunter had me laughing one minute, and groaning in frustration the next. I also enjoyed learning more about some of the struggles our brave men and women face when they return home after war. Who doesn't love a story with a big strong military man? I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.
  5. New Zealand
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Awkward
    September 15, 2016
    Iola
    New Zealand
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 2
    This review was written for Just a Kiss.
    This is the third and final novel in the Summer Harbor trilogy, and features one of my favourite romance tropes: friends to lovers (although, as is proper for Christian romance, its actually friends to more-than-friends). Its the story of Riley, who has recently returned from service in the Middle East, service which has left him with issues.

    But there were also some more awkward parts, like the implication that oysters werent shellfish (when the speaker is a lobsterman and therefore should know better, and hes talking to someone who is allergic to shellfish). Or the suggestion that amputees can do anything these dayslook at "that Olympic runner" (referring to the South African currently awaiting sentencing on a murder charge. Yes, amputees sure can do anything). A reference to the Paralympics would have been more timely and appropriate.

    But what of the novel? Well, it was good but the ending was more clich that Id have liked, the Christian content was sporadic (I get that Riley may well have been having a crisis of faith due to his injury, but he actually made no reference to having any faith at all, ever). There were a couple of references to him having PTSD which didnt entirely fit but came across as a half-fledged idea, never fully executed. I liked seeing more of the relationship between Miss Trudy and Sheriff Colton, and that would have been a highlight if the author hadnt effectively given away the ending in her introductory Author Note.

    After the first two books in the series, I was genuinely expecting Just a Kiss to be a five-star read for me. But there were too many not-quite-right aspects for my taste. It was good, but not great and not as good as I hoped it would be. Rileys injury gave Hunter a great opportunity to delve into the physical and mental health issues facing returned servicemen and women, and it didnt deliver. A solid read, but not something I'll re-read.

    Thanks to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
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