A kiss is just the beginning…
Pinterest Perfect. Or so Annie Carson’s life appears on her popular blog. Reality is… messier. Especially when it lands her back in one-cow town, Brightwater, California, and back in the path of the gorgeous six-foot-four reason she left. Sawyer Kane may fill out those wranglers, but she won’t be distracted from her task. Annie just needs the summer to spruce up and sell her family’s farm so she and her young son can start a new life in the big city. Simple, easy, perfect.
Sawyer has always regretted letting the first girl he loved slip away. He won’t make the same mistake twice, but can he convince beautiful, wary Annie to trust her heart again when she’s been given every reason not to? And as a single kiss turns to so much more, can Annie give up her idea of perfect for a forever that’s blissfully real.
“So back to Sawyer,” Claire said as she entered the kitchen, her raised eyebrows vanishing beneath her thick bangs.
Annie sighed. “It’s complicated.”
“Maybe stop fighting yourself on this. Bury the hatchet.”
“It sounds like you mean that as a gross metaphor.”
Claire spied the mini blueberry muffins cooling on the counter and crammed one into her mouth. “Oh man, that’s delicious, and yes, I do, but in a good way.”
“Gross and good are two vastly separate things.”
“It’s not like that.” At least we’re not mouth kissing. “He’s been helping out around here is all. Odd jobs. Fix-it-up stuff like repairing broken boards in the barn floor and the like.”
“Aw.” Claire crinkled her nose. “That’s adorable.”
“Have you thanked him properly? For all that hard manual labor?” More suggestive eyebrow waggling.
Annie propped a hand on her hip, hoping to appear the picture of moral outrage. “Hey, I’m not going to thank him by—”
“Whoa, whoa, don’t get your panties in a knot. All I’m suggesting is to fix him a plate of those delicious muffins and pay a friendly neighborly visit.”
“Trust me, food is the way to a man’s heart.”
“I’m not sure I want into his heart.”
“His pants then.”
About the Author:
Lia Riley writes offbeat New Adult and Contemporary Adult romance. After studying at the University of Montana-Missoula, she scoured the world armed only with a backpack, overconfidence and a terrible sense of direction. She counts shooting vodka with a Ukranian mechanic in Antarctica, sipping yerba mate with gauchos in Chile and swilling XXXX with stationhands in Outback Australia among her accomplishments.
A British literature fanatic at heart, Lia considers Mr. Darcy and Edward Rochester as her fictional boyfriends. Her very patient husband doesn’t mind. Much. When not torturing heroes (because c’mon, who doesn’t love a good tortured hero?), Lia herds unruly chickens, camps, beach combs, daydreams about future books, wades through a mile-high TBR pile and schemes yet another trip. Right now, Icelandic hot springs and Scottish castles sound mighty fine.
Review of Last First Kiss
Review (4.5 Stars) Annie came home to Brightwater to sell her family’s property and to start a new life with her son after her recent divorce. Being back in Brightwater reminds her of old painful memories that include her first love, Sawyer Kane, the man who broke her heart and whose family has been bitter enemies of her own for years. For Sawyer, having Annie back in town gives him a second chance to make amends for the past and show her that she belongs in Brightwater with him for good.
Last First Kiss was a smart, sexy small-town romance that had me believing in second chances. I liked Annie from the very beginning and understood her struggle to start over with her son in a town where everyone knows everyone else. All she wanted was to sell her dad’s property and head back to the big city so she could work on her blog to make money to support her son. Being with Sawyer made Annie remember what it was like to be young and fearless again when she had felt her world was crashing down around her after the divorce. He was sweet, charming and the perfect guy for Annie. He wanted to make up for a past mistake that tore these two apart and I thought he did a great job winning Annie’s heart.
Last First Kiss is the first book in the Brightwater series and I fell in love with this delightful little town. Ms. Riley did a great job creating realistic characters that weren’t perfect and had their own issues, which felt like a breath of fresh air to me. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series and spending more time in the small town of Brightwater.
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