Friday, September 2, 2016

Book Review ~ LAST KISS OF SUMMER (Destiny Bay #1) by Marina Adair ~ Release Week Blitz

Last Kiss of Summer
Destiny Bay #1
By Marina Adair
On Sale: August 30, 2016
Publisher: Forever
Mass Market: $5.99
eBook: $5.99

He's one bad apple she just can't resist…

Kennedy Sinclair never dreamed she'd own a pie shop and an orchard in a small town like Destiny Bay. But nestled between the mountains and the Pacific Ocean, it's the perfect place to cross something off her "Life's short so eat the icing first" list and start her life over from scratch. Her shop, Sweetie Pies, is famous for its hot, flaky apple turnovers and sinfully delicious deep dish pie. For Kennedy though, nothing is more enticing than the tall, strapping slice of temptation who keeps coming back for more.

Luke Callahan is determined to make his hard cider business a success. With his beloved father's cider recipe and the opportunity of a lifetime in his grasp, he'll stop at nothing to get this deal done. There's just one catch: he needs Kennedy's apples. At first, he thinks it'll be as easy as pie to charm those apples right off her trees. But Kennedy isn't falling for his tender charms or his wicked ways. When the negotiations start heating up, so do the feelings they have for each other. And it takes just one kiss to seal the deal . . .

Kennedy rested her elbows on the counter and leaned forward. “You cook, clean, and make house calls? Be still, my heart.”
“I aim to please.” He dried off his hands and brought two steaming mugs of coffee to the counter. “Which is why I was trying to be quiet, so you could get another few minutes of sleep, before I surprised you in bed.” He grinned. It was a wicked grin. “Again.”
Luke had done more than surprise her last night; he’d spoiled her for other men. Sure, he was an incredible lover, but it was the tender moments in between that made her nervous.
This thing between them couldn’t last. She knew that. She also understood that if he was looking for something more permanent, she wouldn’t be the kind of woman to inspire that kind of commitment. She was unable to do it with her perfect match, or even her own mother. The one person who was supposed to love her unconditionally. Which left Kennedy painfully afraid that she was missing that elusive quality that led to forever.
Finding out that she was right, that she was unlovable, from a man who obviously had an incredible capacity to love, as she’d seen with his friends and family, would be too painful to survive. So she took the moment for what it was, committing to memory the warm aroma of the coffee, the way the sun cast a glassy haze over the kitchen, and the sleepy expression on his face that made him look softer. More relaxed. Like this was where he was supposed to be.
In this kitchen—with her.
Kennedy was becoming more attached—she could feel it. The way he treated her, the way he made her feel, even the way he looked at her, like right now, as if she were special. Which made her feel special.

After a devastating break up, Kennedy has the chance of a lifetime to do something more with her life – just for her, so she travels across the country to start over and take over a thriving bakery shop that specializes in everything apple.  She has some big shoes to fill, but she is up to the challenge.  Her plan hits a rough spot however, when Luke appears on the scene and needs the apples for his cider business from the orchard that Kennedy needs to keep her business intact.  It’s a battle for apples and the prize is unexpected love.

This was my very first time to read something written by Marina Adair, but after reading Last Kiss of Summer, I am sitting here wondering why.  From the very first paragraph, I fell in love with Ms. Adair’s writing. She has a stunning way with words and I was completely captivated with this charming story that was both engaging and refreshing.  I loved all the characters but especially loved the small town feel of Destiny Bay and can’t wait to revisit it in the next book.

This was a great read and a spectacular start to what looks like will be an outstanding series! This story has it all – great characters, lovely story, charming setting and good old fashioned romance.   I highly recommend Last Kiss of Summer if you love a light-hearted romance that is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.

4 stars

Marina Adair is a #1 National bestselling author of romance novels and holds a Master of Fine arts in creative writing. Along with the Sugar, Georgia series, she is also the author the St. Helena Vineyard series, and her new Heroes of St Helena series. She currently lives with her husband, daughter, and two neurotic cats in Northern California.

As a writer, Marina is devoted to giving her readers contemporary romance where the towns are small, the personalities large, and the romance explosive.

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