Denise Hunter’s latest novel, Just a Kiss, is another winner! It’s the story of Riley and Paige, two best friends becoming something deeper. As with any good story, more than a few complications throw a wrench into the works as they grow closer.
After serving in the military overseas, Riley returns home a changed man. He’s troubled by nightmares and memories he won’t talk about, and the loss of a limb has him convinced he’s less of a man. But Paige refuses to give up on Riley, and her determination leads their relationship in an entirely different direction – one that could lead them to a happily-ever-after, if they’ll only let it.
This novel is an interesting glimpse into the struggles veterans and their families face (as well as an intriguing romance, of course). Riley struggles to recover mentally and physically once he comes home, and it’s such a realistic and heartbreaking thing to read. Paige’s journey through Just a Kiss is full of uncertainty and tentative hope, and I found myself cheering her and Riley on. (Yes, I know these are fictional characters. I like to be supportive of them anyway. DEAL WITH IT.)
If you’ve loved the first couple Summer Harbor stories from Denise Hunter, you’ll love watching Riley’s story unfold, too! Just a Kiss releases September 6th.
My rating: 4/5 stars
Recommended for: fans of Denise Hunter; readers who enjoy faith-based stories about veterans; fans of the Summer Harbor series
Note: I received a copy of this novel via NetGalley.