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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