Thursday, August 1, 2019

Review: The Last Kiss of Summer by Marina Adair

Author: Marina Adair
Publisher: Forever
Publication Date: August 2016

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 . . .

The Last Kiss of Summer was just an OK read for me.  I had a few issues with it.  I didn't like Luke at all.  I found his behavior  and attempts at "wooing" Kennedy was cringy and off-putting. He was kind of a jerk and I didn't feel the chemistry between him and Kennedy.  Kennedy, for all of her business and accounting experience, didn't read her contract very well.  All of the obstacles that she ran into with the business should have been things she researched before agreeing to the deal.  Any business owner would.  So it all felt kind of contrived and not genuine.  I still am not sure what the issue was with the apples.  

One thing I did like was the other characters in the town.  Fi and Paula were fun and amusing.  I loved Hawk and Ali.  They added a lot of humor to the story. The town was a place I would want to visit.  I'll probably read the next book which is Hawk and Ali's story.

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