Friday, September 2, 2016

Jill's Review of Last Kiss Of Summer by Marina Adair ~ RELEASE WEEK BLITZ ~ GIVEAWAY ~

Author: Marina Adair
Series: Destiny Bay, #1
On Sale: August 30, 2016

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…



The first book in the Destiny Bay Series is all about a super sweet romance in small town USA. This is the first book I have read from this author and I would definitely read more from her in the future as the writing itself was quite good. The only reason I gave it 3.5 stars is the rather bland romantic elements. If things were just a little more spicy this would have easily been a 4/4.5 star book.
Kennedy Sinclair recently ended a four year relationship where her boyfriend cheated. Deciding to accept a job across the country owning/operating - Sweetie Pie Bakery seems like the best idea for a fresh start. Living in a small town in Oregon is just what Kennedy needed to move on in the right direction. The fact that the former owner's sinfully handsome son comes around pretty frequently seems to help too...
Luke Callahan is back in town and he needs the apples that are on his parent's land to make his hard cider. The only problem is that his mother "kind of" sold the land to the new girl in town that bought the pie shop. Luke needs those apples just as much as she does so now they have a problem. The only thing is Luke is equally attracted to her as he is frustrated with her... 
On a whole in was a good book with funny and charming secondary characters. I will look for more from this author in the future :)


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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