ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: LAST KISS OF SUMMER
Author: Marina Adair
Series: Destiny Bay, #1
On Sale: August 30, 2016
Mass Market: $5.99
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…
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Last Kiss of Summer is the first book in a new series by Marina Adair and I seriously fell in love with it. From the new and exciting characters to the storyline this has to be one of my favorite books this year.
All Kennedy ever wanted was a home and love she thought she had that but when she finds her boyfriend with another woman all her dreams disappear. Packing up all her valuables she heads to her grandmother's house where she gets an offer she can't refuse. One of her grandmother's dear friends is selling her bakery and if Kennedy wants it. Traveling across the country to start a new life and make a home is hard enough as it is but when Luke shows up to buy the orchard that is home to the apples she needs to run the business things are about to get interesting.
Luke is smoking hot and has this charm about him that just won me over. He's determined and a family man and I really loved how he wanted to help Kennedy yet he couldn't let his fathers last wishes go. Kennedy has the fire inside her to make Sweetie Pies even more of an success it is. I really loved her character and how determined she was. She was also hardworking, generous and had a lot of courage.
I thought these characters had great chemistry and tension from the beginning. They are both attracted to one another but they can't let that get in the ways of each of their own goals. During the story I couldn't help but laugh at the things they did just to get one up on the other. I thought Adair was very creative with the things they did and it definitely added lots of humor and lots of fun to the story.
The romance between Kennedy and Luke takes some time which was a plus for me. They were both trying to make their businesses work and trying to out do one another which actually gave them the time to get to know one another a little better before any bedroom time came into the picture. There are some love scenes that were done tastefully but also gave more details then I actually expected. They weren't overly done but showed actually how much these two were starting to care for one another.
There wasn't a lot of drama which was also another plus for me. I was expecting the ex to come back in the picture at some point and something big to happen but this story was pretty straight forward and turned out to be a fun and flirty romance novel. The creativity that Adair showed in writing Last Kiss of Summer is what made it so special.
All the characters were likable even the secondary characters. I had no problems with any of them and thought they were all well written and showed each and every personality that Adair wrote them with. This was a close knit town that comes together no matter what and I really loved that about Destiny Bay.
The Destiny Bay series has a lot of promise and I can see it taking off. It might have a small town feel but the characters are fun and bring the story to life. Overall, I'm really looking forward to reading all the future books that will come. If you're looking for a fun, sweet romantic story that has humor and heart you won't want to miss out on Last Kiss of Summer!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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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