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Just a Kiss

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Riley Callahan’s plans to reveal his secret feelings for his best friend are ruined when his life is drastically altered in Afghanistan.

Riley Callahan’s plans to reveal his secret feelings for his best friend are derailed when his life is drastically altered in Afghanistan.

Watching the love of his life fall for his brother was enough to send Riley straight to boot camp. But over a year later, he’s officially a marine, and Beau and Paige are no longer an item. When Riley’s tour in Afghanistan is up, he intends to confess his feelings to Paige and win his best friend’s heart once and for all.

But all that changes when an IED takes the life of a comrade and leaves Riley an amputee. Now he’s heading home, injured and troubled. His plans to win Paige are a distant dream. She deserves so much more than the man that’s left. All he can do now is put some healthy distance between them. But upon his return he discovers his family has arranged for him to stay with Paige.

Paige is a nurturer at heart and happy to take care of her best buddy. By all appearances Riley is adjusting miraculously well to his disability. But as the days pass, Paige begins to see that the smiles and laughter are just a mask for the pain he’s hiding. To make matters worse, her job is in serious jeopardy. The animal shelter that she’s poured her heart into has lost its funding, and she has three months to come up with the money needed to save it.

As the weeks wear on, Paige’s feelings for Riley begin to shift into uncharted territory. Why is she suddenly noticing his arm muscles and the way his lips curl at the corners? Will she be able to deny her feelings for another Callahan brother? And will Riley let his heart heal so he can let Paige in?

Contributor(s) Denise Hunter
About the Contributor(s) Denise Hunter

Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 20 books, including Dancing with Fireflies and The Convenient Groom. She has won The Holt Medallion Award, The Reader's Choice Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist. When Denise isn't orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking green tea, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband are raising three boys. You can learn more about Denise through her website or by visiting her FaceBook page at



ISBN-10 0718023757
ISBN-13 9780718023751
Publish Date Sep 6, 2016
Weight (lbs) 1.0000
Height 8.40
Width 5.50
Length 336
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Thomas Nelson
Price $12.99
Series A Summer Harbor Novel
Format Paperback
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by Sally
Overall Rating
“Just a Kiss” is a beautifully written captivating book by Denise Hunter. MS Hunter brings home the reality of dealing with PTSD and being an amputee. Riley doesn’t believe his life will be worth much when he returns home and he knows his chances of winning Paige’s (whom he has secretly loved for a long time) love will never happen. In his mind who would want an amputee?

I was hooked from the first page. The characters and storyline are real-life and completely believable. Hunter does a great job portraying PTSD episodes without it dominating the storyline. I would classify this book as an easy read, yet it is filled with thought-provoking scenarios as Riley and Paige deal with some life-changing events.

Although this is the third in the series, it can easily be a stand-alone book. I didn’t have any problem identifying with the characters and I have not read the others in the series, however since I enjoyed this book so much, I will now go back and read them. I read this in one afternoon as I couldn’t put it down.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, Thomas Nelson, Net Galley, blogger review program, for an honest review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

(Posted on 9/22/2016)
Review by Gloria
Overall Rating
It has been fun to read the Summer Harbor series about the Callahan brothers. We have all been anticipating Riley and Paige's story and it was great to watch, although frustrating at times, their relationship go from best friends to becoming a couple. We saw in the first book that Riley has loved Paige since he was fifteen but she just saw him as a best friend. When Paige started dating Beau, Riley's older brother, Riley couldn't stand by and watch them together so he decided to enlist in the Marines. Beau soon broke it off with Paige when he realized he was in love with someone else. When Riley comes home as an amputee after being hit by an IED, Paige offers to let him stay with her until he can get to the point that he can have his own place. This situation is tough on them both. Riley feels that he is half a man and has problems that stem from having PTSD so he doesn't let Paige know how he feels about her. Riley is a bear to be around and is hard to live with especially when Paige realizes that she cares for Riley as more than a friend. Paige has had feelings of abandonment carried over from her childhood. This makes for a tense time. The two tiptoe around each other not knowing that the feelings are mutual. They both need healing and to see their own worth to make a relationship with the other work. Their's is a sweet story as they struggle to overcome their issues to make their paths merge to one. Sometimes we are sent on a unseen path to get to the point that we need to be in order to move forward. This happened to Riley but the reward of healing is there because of it.
An added side story is the story of Aunt Trudy and Sheriff Danny Colton. We finally found out their story and why Trudy always appears so angry with the sheriff. That was a surprising twist in the book.
It is sad to see the end to the stories of the Callahan brothers and their loves. What a wonderful feel good series that shows the important role that faith is in becoming the person we were made to be.
Thanks to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson for the opportunity to read an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
(Posted on 9/5/2016)

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