Friday, September 2, 2016

#GiveAway - #Review - LAST KISS OF SUMMER by Marina Adair

Destiny Bay Series, #1
By Marina Adair

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…

On Sale: August 30, 2016
Publisher: Forever
Mass Market: $5.99
eBook: $5.99



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.


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.


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Last Kiss of Summer is the first book I have had a chance to read by Marina Adair and I have to say I am hooked.  I most certainly would love to read more of Ms. Adair's work. 

Kennedy Sinclair is one of those characters that I found a quick connections with. I admired her spirit, her spunk, and her ability to make all those yummy baked items that she serves up at Sweetie Pies. This strong independent lady takes a huge step to get s fresh start on life. She needs a fresh start without her dirty rotten, cheating, tango dancing with the wrong woman ex-boyfriend. She arrives in Destiny Bay where she knows no one and quickly finds friends, support, and a whole bushel of help when she needs it. 

Luke Callahan is a handsome fellow that is a good son that is working hard to build his business, Two Bad Apples Hard Cider. To make that business grow he is in need of something that belongs to Kennedy. Luke and Kennedy's relationship starts out with sparks of frustration that turns into fireworks of attraction. Luke accidentally falls for the lovely baker while he is trying to charm her out of the apples he needs for his hard cider. 

One of my favorite parts of the story is when the community really supports Kennedy. They quickly show the new girl that she is welcome in their town. I don't want to spoil the story for you so I won't tell you too much. This type of thing is what I love about small town romance stories though. 

Overall I loved all the characters,  the story line is fun and exciting to follow, and Marina Adair has a lovely writing style that was a true pleasure to read. I can not wait to see what is next in the Destiny Bay series. 

I was given the opportunity to read this great story so that I may share my thoughts with you. As always it has been my pleasure to share my thoughts with you on Last Kiss of Summer. 

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1 comment:

  1. You had me at the second sentence of the excerpt!! LOL---Rae