Release Blitz: Last Kiss of Summer by Marina Adair (Review + Excerpt + Giveaway)

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Destiny Bay #1

Marina Adair

August 30, 2016


Mass Market: $5.99; eBook: $5.99


Book Summary

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…

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My Thoughts

*ARC provided by Publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review*

I absolutely love small town romance. Add in baking and apple cider (two of my most favorite things) and I am serious in love. And that’s exactly what happened with Last Kiss of Summer by Marina Adair. I fell in love. With the story. With the town. And most importantly, with the characters.

When Kennedy Sinclair’s life plan doesn’t work out the way she hoped, she takes a chance and buys a pie shop in Destiny Bay, combining her dream of baking with her dream of one day owning her own business. It’s in her pie shop that she first meets Luke Callahan, a dangerously attractive man who wants to charm her into selling her new dream so he can achieve his own dream of making his hard cider business a success. Needless to say, their personalities (Kennedy’s stubbornness and mistrust of men and Luke’s charm and ambition) and dreams clash…and yet, they have a spark between them that makes interacting with each other more complicated than either one of them expected.

Charming, magnetic, and endearing, Luke and Kennedy leapt off the page and into my heart. I adored them, and I loved their story so much. The chemistry was amazing, the banter fun and entertaining, and the story a perfect distraction to a busy, hectic filled day.

Sweet, heartwarming, and surprisingly funny, Last Kiss of Summer reminded me exactly why I love small town romance and why fall will always been my favorite season. If you’re like me and love baking, small town romance, apple cider, and fall, go out and get this book. It’s a an utter delight to read, and a truly wonderful story that I couldn’t put down.

Love it!

Final Analysis

An Excellent Read!

5 “I needed this book!” Stars


Book Excerpt

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.


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Author Marina Chappie seen outside her Santa Cruz, Calif. home, Friday February 17, 2012. (Photo by Tosh Tanaka)
Author Marina Chappie seen outside her Santa Cruz, Calif. home, Friday February 17, 2012. (Photo by Tosh Tanaka)

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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