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?
I can’t believe it. I usually am not a huge ‘I love this book!” kind of person when it comes to the contemporary genre. But, man! I am planning on giving this book 5 stars! Woops! I guess I wasn’t supposed to say that. But then again, you might have already skipped to the end just to find out what I rated it.
I really enjoyed this book! I finished it in ‘almost’ a day. I wanted to keeping reading, but my sister made me go to bed because it was getting pretty late. I finished it the next day as soon as possible. I really wanted to find out what happened!
I fell in love with the characters. Riley and Paige were amazing together. I sighed over those two many times. I also like Riley’s brothers. I can’t wait to read about them in the first and second books in this series.
The cover is very good and creative. Since I am a photographer as well, I appreciate good book covers. This cover deserves….five stars! I really like the sunburst!
This book deserves five stars as well! It is definitely a favorite!! I totally will be reading more Denise Hunter’s books!
Title: Just a Kiss
Author: Denise Hunter
Author’s Website: http://www.denisehunterbooks.com/
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This review is written in my own opinions and words.