Book Review: Last Kiss of Summer


Author: Marina Adair
Series: Destiny Bay, #1
On Sale: August 30, 2016
Publisher: Forever
Mass Market: $5.99
eBook: $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…



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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TeriLyn's thoughts: **Last Kiss of Summer generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

Last Kiss of Summer
 turned out to be just okay for me. It started off slow and the romance never really picked up. The story seemed flat and their were a lot of games being played behind the scenes that became overwhelming for my reading tastes. Disjointed transitions and some choppy writing in spots were things I fumbled over. Although overall I think the third person writing gave good perspective to the story. However, feeling connected to the love story between the hero and heroine is obviously major and there wasn't a point for me that I thought "oh they belong together forever", something felt disingenuous about their coupling. More engaging were their individual stories coupled with the infused humor, friendships, and good will of several secondary characters. 

The connection between Luke and Kennedy just never accelerated and then the end and resolution came so abruptly I couldn't justify it for myself. The premise of the story held interest and I enjoyed the small town vibe we get from secondary characters, the settings, and the values of everyone involved. Fi and Paula were bright spots as well. And there a some genuine moments between Luke and Kennedy where I felt respect and friendship between the two but I just never felt the spark to get me completely invested in their relationship. Many friendships developed very thoroughly throughout this book though and I found those to be very sincere and great reading spots. Destiny Bay has lots happening and there is lots of potential for Luke's partner, Hawk, to have a very interesting story. 

Lori L. Clark

She Reads New Adult Admin: Lori L. Clark

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