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A SINGLE KISS
by Grace Burrowes
A single kiss can change everything...
In the first novel of the Sweetest Kisses series, Hannah Stark has set her sights on corporate law to assure her a career of paperwork, predictability, and conservative suits. Contracts, finance, and the art of the deal sing to her, while the mess and misery of the courtroom do not. But her daughter needs to eat, so when Hannah is offered a temporary position in a small town firm's domestic relations department, she reluctantly accepts.
Trent Knightley is mightily drawn to his newest associate, though Hannah is as protective of her privacy as she is competent. When their friendship and attraction heat up, Hannah's secrets put her heart and Trent's hopes in double jeopardy.
Anyone who reads this blog knows that I totally fangirl over the historical novels written by Grace Burrowes. One of my friends says that I'm probably her biggest fan. This is true. Her historicals are the books that once I get, I sit right down and read until I can't keep my eyes open any longer. Husband and kids are on their own for meals (good thing they can ALL cook!). I wasn't really worried about reading a contemporary series from this author, but I wondered if I'd like it just as much as her Regency romances.
I began A Single Kiss...and was immediately swept right up into the story. For those who are wondering if Ms. Burrowes can write contemporary as well as she writes historical, worry no more! "They" say you should write what you know. This series is based around lawyers. The author is a lawyer and she brings insights to the story that can't be found by doing just a google search. Throughout the story we get legal information in a natural way. It's not a "tell" sort of situation. It fits the story and makes us understand what's going on. I was a legal secretary for years, and while I read from an understanding of some of the law already, I was not put off by hearing how things work. Again, it was very naturally done.
While this is book one in the Sweetest Kisses Series, books .05 and .06 (reviewed earlier) give us bits of "prologue" in the supporting characters. Books 1, 2, and 3 are centered on the Knightly brothers.
Once again, I laughed at several bits. There are two small girls in this book. Hannah's daughter and Trent's, as well. Little children can hear things and interpret them skewed. Yes, I laughed over the "teensy fly" a lot!
We know from an early altercation, that things are going to heat up in the angst department. The foreshadowing nearly killed me. Something BAD was going to happen. Hannah has worries about her daughter. And as we hear from the BAD GUY, gah, I was worried.
There are some twists and turns, with just enough hints that I was able to guess about the outcomes. That's so much fun for me. I like to be able to figure out "whodunit" but not until late in the game. And I did!
A big appeal of Ms. Burrowes' books for me is the witty banter and narrative. This book reinforces that enjoyment. Her characters act like grownups, with no plot devices thrown in to extend the book. I do love that. Instead of going off on their own to "save the loved ones," they get help! Like people should!
Small pet peeve, that I hope was fixed in the final edit (I read an ARC of this book), is the word "OK". Every time I saw it as "OK" it pulled me right out of the story. I always think it should be spelled out, unless you are referring to the state of Oklahoma in an address. And that may have been fixed after I read my copy.
The prequel novels, Kiss and Tell (Sweet Kisses, #0.5) and A Kiss for Luck (Sweetest Kisses, #0.6) have been reviewed here and here.
I am definitely in this series for the long haul. Do I still love her historical novels? Yes, but Ms. Burrowes has shown that she can write contemporary romance equally as well. Please read, you won't be disappointed!
Thank you, NetGalley and Sourcebooks ~ Casablanca, for the opportunity to read this book.