Sunday, August 28, 2016

Review: Last Kiss of Summer (Destiny Bay #1) by Marina Adair

Book Blurb: 

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 . . .

My Review:

In Last Kiss of Summer by Marina Adair, Kennedy is starting over in Destiny Bay.  A new place, new faces, and  a new to her business.  Luke is from Destiny Bay, but in his own way he is starting over also.  Trying to do right, trying to make up for what he perceives as his wrongs.  For both to do this, they need apples.  Specifically the apples that Kennedy now owns.  What follows is a sweetly entertaining read about two people struggling to build the life they think they want...only to find out there can be so much more...  Does there have to be limits, or can they have it all?

Kennedy and Luke meet in an unusual and unexpected way, and from there there is conflict and tension, feelings of loss, but also feelings of hope.  Marina portrays these feelings and the emotions that Kennedy and Luke are going through very well and realistically.  They had a good connection from the start, but all the other pieces in the mix of their lives makes things a bit messy, and this made them believable as people.  I liked both of these main characters, and seeing how they traversed the road they were travelling with strength and determination.  The apple issue is only the tip of what each is going through, and their characters develop well.  I didn't feel the story or the character development was rushed, the pace felt right.  Kennedy and Luke both have a vision for their future...will they each be stuck in that or can they allow it to evolve into more?

Marina gives us just enough of a background on not only Kennedy and Luke, but some of the secondary characters as well, making it easy to understand them and where they're coming from.  Speaking of secondary characters there are a host of them that add a lot of flavor to Last Kiss of Summer, one in particular I can't wait to read more about (I hope!).

With a small town setting, building of relationships and love, I'd recommend Last Kiss of Summer to any romance reader.

4/5 stars

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