Monday, March 20, 2017

Review: Just a Kiss by Denise Hunter



About the book:
Riley Callahan’s plans to reveal his secret feelings for his best friend are derailed when his life is drastically altered in Afghanistan.

Watching the love of his life fall for his brother was enough to send Riley straight to boot camp. But over a year later, he’s officially a marine, and Beau and Paige are no longer an item. When Riley’s tour in Afghanistan is up, he intends to confess his feelings to Paige and win his best friend’s heart once and for all.

But all that changes when an IED takes the life of a comrade and leaves Riley an amputee. Now he’s heading home, injured and troubled. His plans to win Paige are a distant dream. She deserves so much more than the man that’s 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 Riley is 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 he’s hiding. To make matters worse, her job is in serious jeopardy. The animal shelter that she’s poured her heart into has lost its funding, and she has three months to come up with the money needed to save it.

As the weeks wear on, Paige’s feelings for Riley begin to shift into uncharted territory. Why is she suddenly noticing his 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?
My rating:
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My thoughts:

Just a Kiss was every bit as good as I thought it would be. I cannot believe this series is over...I don't want to say goodbye to these characters. Maybe that's why I took so long to actually start reading the story, even though I've had the book for months?? ;)

I loved both of the main characters. Riley and his struggles because of the amputation were heart-breaking at times...the pain... I could understand why he felt the things he did and I just wanted things to work out well. Paige and her mother, wow, that made me mad. That's all I'll say.

All in all, I loved Just a Kiss. I definitely recommend this book, and the entire series, if you enjoy romance. The series is definitely a little edgy romance-wise compared to other Christian Fiction, but it wasn't too much for me.

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3 comments:

  1. Great review, Melanie! I love Denise's stories!

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  2. Glad you enjoyed this one! I read this and The Goodbye Bride back to back since I'd skipped out on reading 'Bride' when it was new. Such a good collection of stories. Already looking forward to Denise's next stories. :)

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