Last Kiss of Summer by Marina Adair Review + Excerpt + Top 5

Title: Last Kiss of Summer
Author: Marina Adair
Series: Destiny Bay #1
Release Date: August 30, 2016
Publisher: Forever

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…

Kennedy rested her elbows on the counter and leaned forward. “You cook, clean, and make house calls? Be still, my heart.”
“I aim to please.” He dried off his hands and brought two steaming mugs of coffee to the counter. “Which is why I was trying to be quiet, so you could get another few minutes of sleep, before I surprised you in bed.” He grinned. It was a wicked grin. “Again.”
Luke had done more than surprise her last night; he’d spoiled her for other men. Sure, he was an incredible lover, but it was the tender moments in between that made her nervous.
This thing between them couldn’t last. She knew that. She also understood that if he was looking for something more permanent, she wouldn’t be the kind of woman to inspire that kind of commitment. She was unable to do it with her perfect match, or even her own mother. The one person who was supposed to love her unconditionally. Which left Kennedy painfully afraid that she was missing that elusive quality that led to forever.
Finding out that she was right, that she was unlovable, from a man who obviously had an incredible capacity to love, as she’d seen with his friends and family, would be too painful to survive. So she took the moment for what it was, committing to memory the warm aroma of the coffee, the way the sun cast a glassy haze over the kitchen, and the sleepy expression on his face that made him look softer. More relaxed. Like this was where he was supposed to be.
In this kitchen—with her.
Kennedy was becoming more attached—she could feel it. The way he treated her, the way he made her feel, even the way he looked at her, like right now, as if she were special. Which made her feel special.
Marina Adair's Top 5 All Time Favorite Desserts
1.     Blackberry cobbler from my Grandma Ruth’s kitchen
2.     Coconut Ice cream Crepe from Fanny Ice Cream in Hanio, Vietnam
3.     Strawberry Short Cake from Ojai Pizza Co in Ojai, CA
4.     Crème brulee with Crazy Berries from La Traviene in St Helena, CA
5.     Mud Pie from the Chart House

Source: Publisher
This is my honest review.
Rating: 4 Stars ~ Loved

Honeycrisp-sweet and delightful, it's like comfort food!

Marina Adair begins a brand new contemporary romance series with Last Kiss of Summer. I’m going to warn you right now that this book will make you crave all things apples! The small town of Destiny Bay, Washington is remarkably charming. It’s the place where Kennedy Sinclair is headed to fulfill her hopes and dreams and begin a fresh start after life throws her a bad apple. Kennedy is the new owner of the beloved Sweetie Pie’s pie shop, and she’s ready to create some yummy goodness!

What a delightful time I had in getting to know Kennedy and the townsfolk of Destiny Bay. Kennedy is sweet and determined. After all that she’s been through in her life, she really does deserve something good to happen, especially in the love department. Being new in town, she’s got to work hard to win hearts, which she does with her pies and friendliness. Luke Callahan needs to get his cider business up and going, so he has other intentions when he pulls on all the charm upon meeting the new girl in town.

With all the mention of baked goods in this book, I couldn’t stop thinking about freshly baked apple pies. Last Kiss of Summer is a tantalizing and irresistible small-town romance. There’s humor, friendly shenanigans, likable characters, and romance that warms your heart. This read is like comfort food!

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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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Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson ~ Audiobook Review

Steve Jobs
Walter Isaacson
Release Date: October 24, 2011
Narrator: Dylan Baker
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years - as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues - Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

At a time when America is seeking ways to sustain its innovative edge, and when societies around the world are trying to build digital-age economies, Jobs stands as the ultimate icon of inventiveness and applied imagination. He knew that the best way to create value in the 21st century was to connect creativity with technology. He built a company where leaps of the imagination were combined with remarkable feats of engineering.

Although Jobs cooperated with this book, he asked for no control over what was written nor even the right to read it before it was published. He put nothing off-limits. He encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly. And Jobs speaks candidly, sometimes brutally so, about the people he worked with and competed against. His friends, foes, and colleagues provide an unvarnished view of the passions, perfectionism, obsessions, artistry, devilry, and compulsion for control that shaped his approach to business and the innovative products that resulted.

Driven by demons, Jobs could drive those around him to fury and despair. But his personality and products were interrelated, just as Apple's hardware and software tended to be, as if part of an integrated system. His tale is instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership, and values.

Source: purchased
This is my honest review.
Rating: 5 Stars ~ Excellent

Two words to describe how I felt while listening to this audiobook…absolutely fascinating!

So why would I be so intrigued by an undoubtedly, first-rate ruthless man? I’m pretty sure it’s how Walter Isaacson tells Steve Jobs’ story. The introduction pulled me in right away with how the author was approached by Jobs to write his biography. When he finally agreed, Jobs encouraged him to write the harsh, honest truth…both the good and the bad parts of his life. Jobs also agreed that he wouldn’t control what was written about him.

Going into this book, I really didn’t know that many things about Steve Jobs other than the headlines I’d hear about him in the news. I did watch the made-for-TV movie Pirates of Silicon Valley years ago, which first brought to my attention the rivalry between Jobs and Bill Gates. I also heard he was a difficult man to work with, but I didn’t know just how much.

Simply put, Steve Jobs had a passion for perfection. I found his early life quite interesting. I hadn’t known how he met Steve Wozniak before and was engrossed with reading about their symbiotic relationship and how Apple Inc. came to be. I actually wanted to read more about the Homebrew Computer Club after reading those chapters. There’s no doubt Jobs could market a product well, although I shake my head at how he went about making certain ideas into reality, especially with how he treated people. In his eyes, if you were in his way or weren’t of any use to him, you were basically extinguishable. I liked the term Reality Distortion Field used to describe Jobs’ charisma, and how he could sound so convincing.

Other things I found fascinating were his Pixar days, his family life, and the creation of iTunes and the App Store. Really, I had no idea of his level of involvement with Pixar and the Toy Story movies. I loved the little glimpses into Jobs' life as a husband and father. Was he father-of-the-year material? Certainly not, but I think he tried his best as the years went by, especially after he fell ill and accepted his fate.

While Jobs did many downright unfavorable and unforgiving things, some of which he later regretted, he had remarkable vision for whatever projects he wanted to make reality. He made his mark in this world that is recognized widely.

One doesn’t have to be a techie to understand this book. If you enjoy compelling biographies, Steve Jobs has an interesting one. I gave this book a high rating due to the combination of riveting subject matter, audio narration, and storytelling. It was my first time listening to Dylan Baker, and his narration is pleasing and exceptional. I’m glad I decided to get the audiobook. There’s a reason why Jobs pursued this particular author. I think that after hearing all the rough-edged details of his life, Jobs knew Isaacson would handle his story with great care. He brilliantly does so by presenting the many sides to this complicated man concluding with an intensely poignant and emotional epilogue. Back in 2011, I was encouraged by someone close to me to read this book. I had put it on the back of my mind to get to it someday. Five years later, I found myself entirely captivated from beginning to end, so much so, that I started to listen to it again.

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Fatal Identity by Marie Force Review + Excerpt

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Sam and Nick return in the stunning romantic suspense, FATAL IDENTITY, that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat! FATAL IDENTITY is the tenth novel in Marie Force’s Fatal Series being published by HarlequinHQN. Check out all the stops on the tour below, and make sure you order your copy today!


Every family has its secrets…

As the first anniversary of her marriage to Vice President Nick Cappuano approaches, Lieutenant Sam Holland is dreaming of Bora Bora—sun, sand and a desperately needed break from the DC grind. But real life has a way of intervening, and Sam soon finds herself taking on one of the most perplexing cases of her career.

Government worker Josh Hamilton begs Sam to investigate his shocking claim that his parents stole him from another family thirty years ago. More complicated still, his “father” is none other than the FBI director. When a member of Josh’s family is brutally murdered, Sam begins to question how deep this cover-up goes. Is it possible the revered director was part of a baby-napping ring and that others involved are also targets?

With a killer intent on deadly revenge and her team still reeling from a devastating loss, Sam’s plate is full—and when Nick and their son, Scotty, take ill, is her dream of a tropical anniversary celebration in peril too?


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Source: eARC from publisher
This is my honest review.
Rating: 4 Stars ~ Loved

Twists, turns, and delicious romantic suspense!

Have I told you lately that Sam and Nick from Marie Force’s Fatal series is one of my favorite bookish couples? Well, they are! I’ve read this series in sequence and each book makes me adore Sam and Nick more and more. I can’t believe that Fatal Identity is already book TEN!!! I know there’s a huge following for this series, so I’m here to say that die-hard fans will, no doubt, continue to be riveted and rocked with Fatal Identity.

Sam and Nick are truly a couple so much in love. Together they lead unique and interesting lives. It’s now several weeks after Nick’s inauguration as Vice President of the United States. As Lieutenant of Homicide at Metro PD, Sam finds herself having to deal with the consequences of her actions in the previous book. Things get captivating when a case falls in her lap requiring her immediate attention. Suddenly, she’s knee deep in an old kidnapping case, when Josh Hamilton, the FBI director’s son, needs her help.

Marie Force kept me guessing with all the twists, turns, and delicious romantic suspense! The ending was certainly an eye-opener. I’ve always enjoyed when we get glimpses of the other couples and the people involved in Sam and Nick’s lives. Gonzo painfully deals with what he experienced in the last book, and it was good to see him work through those emotions. Fatal Identity showcases how Sam tries to balance her work, her obligations as the VP’s wife, her family, and keeping the sizzle alive with her husband who has an insatiable appetite for his wife. These two can’t get into celebrating their first wedding anniversary fast enough!

Fatal Identity is a pretty solid addition to the series. As someone who has followed this series from the beginning, know the back stories, and have seen the growth of several characters, I think I know which direction Marie Force wants to take these characters, particularly with Sam and Nick. I hope their story gets there, but until then I’m anxious to see where their path leads to in the next book.

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“I love you. I’m sorry I brought this situation into our home, and I’m sorry I had to say no to you for the first time ever.”
His lips curved into a small, sexy smile. “You’ll make it up to me.” He leaned in close to brush his lips against her ear. “On your back, with your legs on my shoulders, your ass red from my hand and—”
“Stop it,” she said, shivering from the desire that in­stantly heated her core. “Right now. I’ve got to go to work.”
Chuckling, he released her. “Hurry home, and be care­ful out there, Samantha. Whoever decided to kill the FBI director won’t think twice about killing again.”
“I’m always careful. Don’t worry.”
“Right. You may as well tell me not to breathe.”
“Don’t do that. I need you alive and well when I get home so I can make it up to you.”
“It’s not fair. You’re suspended and you still have to work. I was sort of looking forward to having you all to myself for a few days. Should’ve known it was too much to hope for. But you’ll pay. Yes, you will. When you get home and when we get to Bora Bora at the end of the month. You will pay.”
Smiling, she kissed him again. “Can’t wait.”
“Me either.” He stole another kiss from her. “Love you so much. Please be careful.”
“I will. I promise. Hold down the fort, and keep an eye on our guest.” She patted his chest one last time and left the kitchen, deciding in that moment to keep the news about Troy from Josh until she knew more. They’d keep it on lockdown so there was no way he’d hear it online or anywhere else until they were ready to release the news.

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About Marie Force:
Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance, including the Gansett Island Series, which has sold more than 2.2 million books, and the Fatal Series from Harlequin Books, which has sold more than 1 million books. In addition, she is the author of the Green Mountain Series from Berkley Publishing as well as the new erotic romance Quantum Series, written under the slightly modified name of M.S. Force. Her goals in life are simple—to finish raising two happy, healthy, productive young adults, to keep writing books for as long as she possibly can and to never be on a flight that makes the news.      

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