First Last Kiss by Lia Riley
Series: Brightwater – book #1
Genre: contemporary romance, second chance love
A kiss is only the beginning…
Pinterest Perfect. Or so Annie Carson’s life appears on her popular blog. Reality is… messier. Especially when it lands her back in one-cow town, Brightwater, California, and back in the path of the gorgeous six-foot-four reason she left. Sawyer Kane may fill out those wranglers, but she won’t be distracted from her task. Annie just needs the summer to spruce up and sell her family’s farm so she and her young son can start a new life in the big city. Simple, easy, perfect.
Sawyer has always regretted letting the first girl he loved slip away. He won’t make the same mistake twice, but can he convince beautiful, wary Annie to trust her heart again when she’s been given every reason not to? And as a single kiss turns to so much more, can Annie give up her idea of perfect for a forever that’s blissfully real.
Where can I book my one way ticket to Brightwater please? If I was asked to sum up this book in one word, it would be … bliss.
For Annie her first kiss with Sawyer was meant to be heaven, seven minutes exactly but it never happened and her heart has never recovered. Years of discrimination, rumours and heartbreak make Annie keep a low profile. Not low enough to come under the Sheriff’s radar. Annie grew up with Sheriff Sawyer and he is held in the ‘not so great’ memory basket.
The scene setting is heavenly. Helps greatly that my fantasy is a log cabin that backs onto a stream and the mountains are my outlook. I revel and savour the moments when I start a book and I’m transported to that world. Riley’s world building is perfect. I feel like I’m travelling on those roads. I feel like I’m picking out the same cupcake at the Haute Coffee and breathing in the fresh, clean air.
I am a huge fan of Riley’s first series and I will admit, cowboys don’t rank highly on my list of hotness. Sawyer and his misfit brothers have changed that. This story ticks all my boxes. A second chance love story, lots of laughs and personal growth. To me, Annie was an instantly likeable character but then again, all the characters were loveable. Annie sees herself as down on her luck, trying to make the best of a bad situation when she has to return to her hometown. Sawyer is the perfect hero. Thoughtful, kind, patient, and most importantly, he knew it was a done deal before she did.
The humour that is sprinkled throughout this tale had me laughing so hard that I didn’t need to do any sit ups while other scenes had my heart racing in a panic. Riley really is the mistress of creative characters. Spitfire Grandma is a cracker! Loved every interaction with her, no matter how mean she proved to be. Edie is a glimmering star and I can’t wait to read more about her story.
I can’t help but get the sense that this is a parallel type story. I was overwhelmed with the thoughts of ‘I wonder if’ … what if they did have their seven minutes in heaven? How would their life had turned out? As much as I had those thoughts, my heart was bursting by the end.
Beautifully written story to match the equally beautiful setting.
My ONE complaint … the cover picture doesn’t represent Annie … Annie has a short pixie haircut. Yes, I had to find ONE fault and I was struggling to do that.
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