Sunday, August 28, 2016

Just A Kiss by Denise Hunter

Just a Kiss
Riley Callahan’s plans to reveal his secret feelings for his best friend are derailed when his life is drastically altered in Afghanistan.
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?
My Thoughts:
Fans of Denise Hunter will love her latest book "Just a Kiss." This book is more than just a kiss but is the story of Riley and Paige two best friends as teenagers. Riley went off to boot camp and a year later an IED leaves him as an amputee. He has to face the PTSD, the shame he feels towards having to learn a new sense of independence and reliance on Paige.
Paige is going on dates with another gentleman, while Riley is living with her and of course, Riley is jealous. However, will this bring a lover story or are the two just friends? Only reading the book will tell the story.

This book is fast paced, and I read it in two sittings because I had to leave for a birthday party. If you have never read a book by Denise Hunter, you will love the way she writes. The book is like a vortex that keeps you turning the pages, and you can't help but finish the book. However, I will say I wished the book was longer. I wanted the ending to just be a little longer because I loved the book. Check this book. I give it a 5/5 stars for some awesome fiction! Thank you to the Publisher for providing me a complimentary copy for review purposes only. 

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