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Last Kiss of Summer by Marina Adair
Series: Destiny Bay #1
Published by Forever
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Romance
Format: eARC, Audiobook
Read in: May 2019
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads
Add to: Goodreads
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 . . . - via GoodReads
I think that I read Last Kiss of Summer by Marina Adair at just the right time. I didn’t realize how much I needed a romance read until I sunk into this book.
Kennedy is a bit of a pathetic character. Absolutely nothing has gone right in her life. Her saving grace is her backbone. Kennedy will not give up without one hell of a fight! She has a determination that has kept her on the straight and narrow when others in her family would have taken the easy road.
Luke is the quintessential good guy….except that he’s so focused on fixing his father’s financial mistakes that he slips a bit into the not-so-good-guy gray area. While I can certainly appreciate his drive and desire, he never stopped to ask wether anyone even wanted what he was working so hard to obtain. He felt a sense of obligation.
Last Kiss of Summer really hit on the small town vibe that I love. I honestly have to remind myself that this is fiction and as much as I loved the story, reality is it probably wouldn’t have worked out the same way.
I genuinely loved this book and I’m SO glad that I finally got around to it. It looks like there is a companion novel that follows this one. I’m sure it’s for Ali’s story and I can’t wait to spend more time with the folks of Destiny Bay!
On a last note, I loved Paula SO much! I wish she could be my therapist. She is Luke’s mother and just listening to her narration put me at ease. I would love to be able to call on her during times of tribulation!
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2019 GoodReads