Just a Kiss by Denise Hunter is the next installment in the Summer Harbor series. Riley is returning home from his stint in the marines in Afghanistan. He returns with many things he didn't expect, new muscles, experiences in new places, and oh yes nightmares. He also left behind his leg along with his self confidence. He had planned to return home to win his best friend's love when he heard that she and his brother had broken up. Now he is holed up in his best friend, Paige's, house and unable to tell her that he loves her. How can he saddle her with a cripple? How can he earn a living for himself let alone a family? Then the kiss happened. But he said that it was just a kiss, probably didn't mean anything. He took a job helping Paige out at the animal shelter which she was trying to save from being closed. But then he borrowed a vehicle from his brother on a rainy night which stalled and he couldn't get restarted and called his brother to come get him. His brother's wife answered the phone and instead of telling his brother called Paige to come rescue him. Paige ran to talk to him in the vehicle and when he scooted over the prosthesis didn't scoot as smoothly as the rest of him did and Paige got tangled and fell over it and him. Then the real kiss happened. Then a more deeper and meaningful kiss happened. How will Paige and Riley live with this? Will Riley run like he usually does?
I loved this book. It has many twists and turns as Riley learns to live with life after the war zone. He doesn't just have the missing leg and the many problems of learning to live with the prosthesis he has to live with the nightmares, the memories of everything that happened that he has no one to talk about to. Riley has not only the problems of his memories but the dreams he had of continuing in the family lobster business is now just a pipe dream. Lobstering is a tough business with two legs let alone one. What if he got tangled up and lost a hand? How would he live then? Paige though is just as saddled with her past. She grew up with a disinterested father and her mother never loved her though she kept trying to get her attention as she grew up. Paige found out the reason why at the funeral though--she wasn't her real mother. Paige's father had an affair and Paige was the result of that. Paige's mother had to raise her but never loved her. How can these 2 broken people learn to live with life as it is dealt out to them? I would recommend this book for any one who loves Christian novels.
I received this book from Booksneeze for this review.