Description of Just a Kiss
Riley Callahan’s plans to reveal his secret feelings for his best friend are ruined when his life is drastically altered in Afghanistan.
Watching the love of his life falling 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, he’s 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. He has nightmares and mood swings, and his unwavering independence keeps him from accepting help from anyone, including her. 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 the money needed to save it.
As the weeks wear on with the two in such close proximity, Paige’s feelings for Riley begin to shift into unchartered territory. Why is she suddenly noticing his corded 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?
My review of Just A Kiss
I loved this story! Denise Hunter portrayed an injured soldier’s feelings so well. I am married to a disabled veteran and I have seen what it is like for them to try to assimilate back into their previous life. It is not easy for anyone involved.
This story was particularly touching because Riley Callahan had every intention of professing his love for Paige when he returned home. That was before he lost his leg in an IED accident. Now he feels like he is less of a man. He plans to heal while at home with family then join a war buddy in Georgia to start his new life.
Things couldn’t be that easy or it would be a very boring story.
Paige, is to be his caregiver, not one of his family members. This turns out to be a big problem for both Riley and Paige. The interactions between the two are touching. She is trying so hard to take care of him like a best friend should. He is trying to prove that he doesn’t need anyone’s help.
Paige is shocked to find the man she thought of as her best friend is someone she now finds herself attracted to. Riley is trying to fight his attraction to Paige and go back to being just friends. Neither one of them is facing reality.
They work together well in trying to save Paige’s animal shelter. The close proximity helps both of them put things in prospective. It is just sad that they came to different conclusions about what the future holds in store for them.
This is a very emotional read. I think those that like a good clean romance will love this book. It is full of tension, but also full of romance. Perfect for a vacation read.
I loved this book. I hope you will too.
About the author
Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 20 books, including Dancing with Fireflies and The Convenient Groom. She has won The Holt Medallion Award, The Reader’s Choice Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist. When Denise isn’t orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking green tea, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband are raising three boys. You can learn more about Denise through her website DeniseHunterBooks.com or by visiting her FaceBook page at facebook.com/authordenisehunter
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