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The First Kiss (Sweetest Kisses) Mass Market Paperback – February 3, 2015

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Book 2 of 3 in the Sweetest Kisses Series

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"The tone of Burrowes' second book in her Sweetest Kisses series is, well, sweet. Featuring precious children, a loving family and country living, the story is a nice mixture of mystery and challenging pasts... a fine read for a little Valentine's Day inspiration." - RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars

"Kids and family add humor and reality in the latest from an author who clearly respects all types of families. Barbara Delinsky fans may be persuaded to try this intelligent and caring series." - Booklist

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes' bestsellers include The Heir, The Soldier, Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal, Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish and Lady Eve's Indiscretion. Her Regency romances and Scotland-set Victorian romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. The Heir was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010, The Soldier was a PW Best Spring Romance of 2011, Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish and Once Upon a Tartan have both won RT Reviewers' Choice Awards, Lady Louisa's Christmas Knight was a Library Journal Best Book of 2012, The Bridegroom Wore Plaid was a PW Best Book of 2012. Two of her MacGregor heroes have won KISS awards. Grace is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland.
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Product Details

  • Series: Sweetest Kisses (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (February 3, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140227887X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402278877
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #774,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.5 stars

I enjoyed A Single Kiss very much so when I had the opportunity to read James' story I jumped at the chance.

James is a corporate lawyer in his family's practice. He's also the town's player. There isn't a woman he will not charm and he's happy with that fact--until Vera appears in his life.

Recently divorced and trying to move on with her life, Vera is not looking to depend on a man once again. Her focus is her daughter and her music. But try as she might, she can't help but be drawn to the charming lawyer that shows her that's there's more to life than what she's been living.

Although I enjoyed James' story, there were some elements that threw me off a bit. Even after taking into consideration that these were matured characters, I couldn't help but think that the language seemed outdated. I enjoyed most of the interactions between Vera and James, but some of those appeared stilted and bland which didn't help me to really grasp the extent of Vera and James' connection.

I could appreciate how the author went about bringing these two together, but with that lack of connection I just could not become invested in the relationship. It didn't help that their coming together took so much time to come around. Not that I was expecting them to jump in the sack right away, but the lack of any type of flirting disappointed me. Especially considering how charming James was.

Nonetheless, I enjoyed the premise of the story and getting to know these characters further. I didn't particularly connect with Vera much, but her story was interesting enough to keep my attention throughout. I especially enjoyed James' growth as the story progressed.
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The First Kiss is the newest installment in Grace Burrowes’ delightful Sweetest Kisses series starring the Knightley brothers. In this outing, youngest brother James falls for Vera Waltham, but will issues from their respective pasts prevent them from finding their happily ever after?

Vera is a very successful and extremely talented concert pianist and single mom. Currently on a much needed hiatus after her second marriage ended in a tempestuous divorce, she and her eight year old daughter Twyla are now living a somewhat isolated life in the Maryland countryside. When someone begins harassing her, Vera is frightened, angry and quite certain her ex is behind the threats she has been receiving. Despite her fear, she fiercely guards her newly discovered independence and she rebuffs James’ offers of assistance. But James proves to be very stubborn and the two strike up a unlikely friendship that takes an unexpectedly romantic turn.

James is charming, light-hearted and very flirtatious. He is also quite popular with the ladies, but he never gets serious with any of his flings. However his one night stands have lost their luster recently and he has become more focused on his career. James is instantly drawn to Vera but he also respects her need for space. Their meeting coincides with his growing dissatisfaction with his life and his attempt to discover the source of this frustration leads to surprising introspection on his part. An impulsive decision provides an unexpected connection with Vera that allows their friendship to deepen.

Their transition from friends to lovers is leisurely and this gives both James and Vera the opportunity to get to know one another.
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I really love all books that Grace Burrowes writes, no matter what era it is set in. This story is about Vera, whose talent has made her a tool for personal advancement of other people. She steps out of that world to raise her daughter. She's a victim of vandalism and
is being harassed by her X husband who was also her manager. Step in some lawyers: Trent from the previous story, who is a personal lawyer for protection; James, another lawyer who is her neighbor and interested in her and her daughter. He takes care of some damages that have occurred and starts to care for her. She is very cautious about personal relationships because they haven't been good for her. They both overcome the problems and find the culprit and get onto a happy life...
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I have been a HUGE fan of Grace Burrowes since the very beginning, and have every one of her books. I was a little ambivalent about her contemporary series, as that is not my usual cup of tea, but I have fallen in love with these books! Where to begin..... The people who populate this series are so real, I want to have tea with them, I want to hang with them, and as far as the hero of this book, I want a man just like him! The heroine in troubled and emotionally fragile when it comes to relationships, but she is a loving, realistic, and involved mom. I love that the children aren't relegated to the background in her stories, and the interactions between the Hero and the daughter are so sweet and natural. This book has a realistic story line, and a lovely ending.
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