Title – Last Kiss of Summer
Author – Marina Adair
Publication Date – August 30, 2016
Series – Destiny Bay, #1
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…
I had been craving a sweet, feel good romance to round out my summer reads and Last Kiss of Summer by Marina Adair fit the bill perfectly! That blurb intrigued me and pulled me in, but the story inside kept me hooked from beginning to end. This first book in the brand new Destiny Bay series had all the right ingredients to create a perfect blend of tart flavored obstacles with sweet romance!
“After years of merely surviving, Kennedy was ready to live a life that was full.”
Kennedy and Luke’s story is one that slowly made its way into my veins and filled me with so much happiness. These two characters were impossible not to love, especially given the Catch-22 that they found themselves in. Kennedy took a chance on life and I admired her strength and perseverance. She had all the characteristics that I adore seeing in heroines – a hint of vulnerability masked by sheer will to succeed and pure sass. Luke was quite honestly a mystery to me right up until the very end. Though readers could easily see how he felt, we weren’t sure just how he would act. With so much on the line, I didn’t know if he was going to trust his heart or his clouded head. I have to admit that I loved his back and forth. It made for a little bit of drama with the small-town golden boy, and definitely kept this reader on her toes.
“More than anything, Kennedy wanted to see what it was like to work with all of that intense passion, instead of against it.”
While I felt like the pacing of the story sometimes went a bit slow for my taste, it was still a quick read. It’s hard to describe this novel other than saying just read it. It’s the perfect end of summer romance to get you in the mood for fall. With a heroine who is just trying to find her way, and a hero who trying to rid himself of his own guilt, Marina Adair cooks up a romance too good not to miss. Last Kiss of Summer was my chance on a new author, and you can certainly bet I’ll be anxiously awaiting what comes next – especially for the next couple in the Destiny Bay series!
Kennedy rested her elbows on the counter and leaned forward. “You cook, clean, and make house calls? Be still, my heart.”
“I aim to please.” He dried off his hands and brought two steaming mugs of coffee to the counter. “Which is why I was trying to be quiet, so you could get another few minutes of sleep, before I surprised you in bed.” He grinned. It was a wicked grin. “Again.”
Luke had done more than surprise her last night; he’d spoiled her for other men. Sure, he was an incredible lover, but it was the tender moments in between that made her nervous.
This thing between them couldn’t last. She knew that. She also understood that if he was looking for something more permanent, she wouldn’t be the kind of woman to inspire that kind of commitment. She was unable to do it with her perfect match, or even her own mother. The one person who was supposed to love her unconditionally. Which left Kennedy painfully afraid that she was missing that elusive quality that led to forever.
Finding out that she was right, that she was unlovable, from a man who obviously had an incredible capacity to love, as she’d seen with his friends and family, would be too painful to survive. So she took the moment for what it was, committing to memory the warm aroma of the coffee, the way the sun cast a glassy haze over the kitchen, and the sleepy expression on his face that made him look softer. More relaxed. Like this was where he was supposed to be.
In this kitchen—with her.
Kennedy was becoming more attached—she could feel it. The way he treated her, the way he made her feel, even the way he looked at her, like right now, as if she were special. Which made her feel special.
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Feels Like the First Time (Destiny Bay, #2) – Releasing April 25, 2017!
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Marina Adair is a #1 National bestselling author of romance novels and holds a Master of Fine arts in creative writing. Along with the Sugar, Georgia series, she is also the author the St. Helena Vineyard series, and her new Heroes of St Helena series. She currently lives with her husband, daughter, and two neurotic cats in Northern California.
As a writer, Marina is devoted to giving her readers contemporary romance where the towns are small, the personalities large, and the romance explosive.