Just A Kiss

Just A Kiss

A Summer Harbor Novel

Paperback - 2016
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"Riley Callahan's plans to reveal his secret feelings for his best friend are ruined when his life is drastically altered in Afghanistan"--
"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?--
Published: Nashville, Tennessee :, Thomas Nelson,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780718023751
0718023757
Branch Call Number: F HUN
Characteristics: 324 pages ;,22 cm

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JCLBreH Aug 15, 2017

This is a great story and one you don't want to miss. This is the third book in The Summer Harbor series. Riley is a wounded hero and Paige has a devotion for caring for animals at the shelter she manages. A sweet romance in this story about two friends who struggle to take that big step from being just friends to becoming more.

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catfishmo
Feb 19, 2017

Great story. I've read about 5 of her books, and I think this may be the best.

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stclare
Jan 27, 2017

While the series of Callahan brothers is an easy read they are also all exact replicas of each other. Abby, Lucy, Eden, Paige are all women with abandonment issues regarding their fathers who fall for a Callahan man (Ryan, Zac, Beau and Riley respectively), rebuffed, in love and then flee, realize what they were missing, only to meet up again in a lackluster end with religious bits shoved in. The carbon copy similarities were disappointing in what could have been a good read but the author fails to do little but repeat the same story line in the series but with a different character's name. Story is also slow and repetitive. Overuse of 'scent of spicy buffalo wings', all the women repeatedly smell like flowers, men repeatedly smell like the woods and their issues are stuck in a loop taking up large sections of the story not moving forward, just spinning in circles. Could have been better than it was.

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abookandacuppa
Oct 07, 2016

If you enjoy Christian fiction romance, this book is a keeper! The chemistry and tension between Riley, an amputee who has just returned from Afghanistan, and Paige, a manager of a struggling animal shelter, might prevent a restful slumber for the pages may just keep turning. Sometimes, I need a light read with messages of hope, and this was perfect!

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