Friday, February 5, 2016

WHEN WE KISS Review & Giveaway with Darcy Burke

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Ribbon Ridge #5
Darcy Burke
Releasing on January 19, 2016.
Avon Impulse

Denver real estate mogul, Liam Archer, has always been a thrill-seeker, and the loss of his identical twin brother has only intensified his reckless behavior. Sky diving, heli-skiing, motorcycle riding…he’s tried everything once. Except falling in love. Liam doesn’t do relationships, but a no-strings fling with Aubrey Tallinger-the smart, gorgeous lawyer handling his brother’s estate-is totally his speed.

At first, hooking up with Liam whenever he’s in Ribbon Ridge is perfect; but Aubrey fears she could fall hard for the sexy daredevil, if he’d only stop refusing to acknowledge the demons he’s trying to outrun. To protect herself from heartbreak, Aubrey ends their affair. But this time, Liam isn’t leaving town and instead of seduction, he wants to be…friends.

The white hot attraction between them still sizzles but Liam knows that winning Aubrey back won’t happen in his bed. He’ll have to convince her that he’s more than the careless, adrenaline junkie she believes him to be. Because when they kiss, Liam feels whole again… and he isn’t ready to give her up without a fight.

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Finally Liam's book! Yippee! 

Burke is back with another emotional story that honestly just tugs at my heart. Liam's brother Alex committed suicide and left his family directions and to pick up the pieces. While Liam's other siblings were falling in love, trying there best to move on and coming home to work on the project there brother left Liam has stayed away and became even more of a thrill seeker. 

When Aubrey met with Alex to get his affairs in order she had no idea what he was planning. As the months have gone by she and Liam hooked up when they could now that's not good enough anymore so by ending it she thinks it will all work out but the more time these two spend together the more they realize what they have been looking for is right in front of them. 

You can see from the beginning that clearly these two have something special. They bonded over grief but it turned into a friendship of sorts and some benefits. I loved how Aubrey without even trying just fits into this loving family. 

There were so many parts in this story that had me in tears but Burke did a great job at balancing it out with the romance that was blooming so I didn't feel so overwhelmed during the story. 

This couple flirts and tries to become friends which was fun but knowing what was to come and when was the exciting part. Liam was totally fighting his feelings because he didn't think he could give her what she wanted when in reality he was beginning to see what he wanted and only wanted it with her. 

One of my favorite parts of this book is when the ladies have girls night and boy do they get drunk and funny! 

It looks like we have one Archer left to go so eventually Hayden will be coming home to Ribbon Ridge and I can't wait!

Darcy Burke is the USA Today bestselling author of hot, action-packed historical and sexy, emotional contemporary romance. Darcy wrote her first book at age 11, a happily-ever-after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations.

A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her guitar-strumming husband, their two hilarious kids-who each seem to have inherited the writing gene in some form-and two Bengal cats. In her "spare" time Darcy is a serial volunteer enrolled in a 12-step program where one learns to say "no," but she keeps having to start over. Her happy places are Disneyland and Labor Day weekend at the Gorge.


  1. Thank you for featuring WHEN WE KISS! Great review!

  2. Thank you so much for the review - I love that you loved that scene! One of my all-time favorites to write. :)