Monday, September 12, 2016

Just a Kiss by Denise Hunter

From the publisher:
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?


I think my biggest complaint with this book is that it wasn't longer and the series is over.  I want to know more about the Callahans!  I have loved this series and this book was no exception.  Denise Hunter writes her stories in such a way that you put other books aside just to dive into the stories she is creating.

Something I liked about this story was that it showed how while love is so important it is not the thing that really  heals you and makes you whole, the only thing that can do that is God and His work in us. 

Paige and Riley's story have been hinted at since the first book in this series and all a long you find yourself eager to have a chance to read their story.  This is a believable and enjoyable story.  Readers will fall in love with Paige and Riley and will enjoy hearing about the other Callahan stories as this is the final book in the series.

I highly recommend not only this book but the whole series.

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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