Book Reviews

Just a Kiss by Denise Hunter


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 he’s 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 Hunter’s 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 cliché 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, it’s a good, light, entertaining read.

1) Overall Plot = 4.5
2) Characters = 4
3) Flow/Pace of the story = 5
4) Is the story easy to follow? = 5
5) Overall Enjoyability = 3.5

Average of score 4.4 out of 5

Where to buy the book: CBDAmazon | B&N

I received a copy of this book from BookLook in exchange for an honest review.

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