Last First Kiss – book review

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Last First Kiss
by Lia Riley
Release Date:  June 23, 2015
Publisher:  Avon Impulse
Book #1 of the Brightwater series
Number of pages:  296
paperback
Source: Warren Public Library
Contemporary Romance M/F
Rating:  NC-17
Read 5/9/18 to 5/10/18

Lia Riley first came on my radar when I read her short story, Hot Winter’s Night, in the anthology Snowbound at Christmas.  I really loved that story and, since it is actually book 3.5 of the series, decided to seek out the first book in the series.  Man, I’m glad I found this author and this book. 

Sawyer is really quite a sweetheart.  There are so many stories where the author shows us the heroine’s insecurities about her looks.  It’s not that Sawyer isn’t gorgeous, but since he was tall at a young age he feels a bit like a bull in a china shop when he sees petite Annie.  It’s refreshing to read about a man who admits (at least to himself) that he’s not as confident as he tries to project to the outside world.  Add to his humble nature the fact that he’s such a gentleman and has a terrific moral compass and I couldn’t help falling in love with Sawyer.

Annie is a mommy blogger.  I can’t tell you how much I loved reading Annie’s rough drafts of her blog posts.  The author had the edited-out sections that showed Annie’s true feeling versus her blogger persona where everything was sunshine and roses.  While I’ve thought about how I’m sure plenty of bloggers I follow don’t give their audience all the nitty-gritty details of their lives, I never really thought about how stressful keeping up that front would be.

As for Annie’s son Atticus, he really piqued my interest.  I appreciate the author writing a young boy character who likes the color pink and doesn’t always play like the stereotype of a “boy”.  I’m hoping to see more of him and follow him as he grows up to see where it all leads.

I’m not so sure how I feel about Sawyer’s grandma yet.  I think I have to get to know her a bit more before passing judgment because, as of now, I’m not a fan. But I’m looking forward to getting to know her and the rest of the relatives and townsfolk.

4 stars

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About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is 24 and living at home while working. He just finished trade school for media arts and is looking for a job that will be a career so he can get out on his own. In the meantime he's got a steady job with benefits. Our youngest, Griffin, is 20 and in the Army. He just got married so I have also gained a daughter. Unfortunately, he is stationed in Washington so they're across the country from us. I was lucky enough to have the option of leaving the work force a few years ago, but recently went back part-time to learn a new trade working at a small family owned coffee shop.
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