Monday, September 5, 2016

Denise Hunter's "Just a Kiss"

Just a Kiss  -     By: Denise Hunter
Riley Callahan had been planning that the next time he's home from overseas, he'd tell his best friend, Paige, that he loves her, but an IED explosion leaves him short a leg, and now he fears he will never be enough for her. However, his new plan to distance himself from her never gets a chance to take off, since his family arranged it so he ends up spending his recovery at Paige's house. Will Riley find the healing--both inner and outer--that he needs? And will Paige ever fall for him in turn?

I think this book is enhanced having read the first two in the series first--Paige and Riley have a lot of history, and while it's explained well in this one, the anticipation and build-up are so much greater after reading the whole series. The same goes for Aunt Trudy and the sheriff; we finally get to know the rest of their history and why Trudy has held a grudge against him for so many years!

I really like that the author was bold enough to make Riley an amputee; it's a direction that few authors are willing to go, since if one is going to do it, it has to be done right. And I think she succeeds. PTSD is much more common now in fiction than it used to be (and it only makes sense that Riley has it), but the complication of losing a limb adds another dimension.

Between Riley's pain and Paige's feelings of abandonment, this one invokes quite a number of tears! Overall, it's a sweet romance with an uplifting message.

Thank you Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for providing an e-book to review; I was not required to make the review positive, and all opinions are my own.

Summer Harbor
1. Falling Like Snowflakes
2. The Goodbye Bride
3. Just a Kiss

Sunset Cove by Colleen Coble (related romantic suspense series with cross-over characters)
1. The Inn at Ocean's Edge
2. Mermaid Moon
3. Twilight at Blueberry Barrens 

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