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The First Kiss (Sweetest Kisses) Mass Market Paperback – February 3, 2015
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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after taking into consideration that these were matured characters, I couldn't help but think that the language seemed outdated.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. He was always charming and considerate, but I loved how he stepped up and became the man Vera and her daughter needed. I also loved the way James was with Vera's daughter. I consider those interactions some of the best moments in the story.
I truly appreciated seeing Hannah and Trent again. It was great to see how far they had come in their relationship and as a family. I especially enjoyed the way Mackenzie was there for James while he figured out his feelings for Vera. I curious about his story now more than ever!
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. More importantly, this slow approach also allows them to reflect on their pasts and gives them the time to work through their respective issues. For the first time in her life, Vera is with a man who puts her before her career and James’ perceptive comments helps her figure out what direction she wants to take professionally. The unexpected romance with Vera gives James some much needed insight into his troubled relationship with his mother and the correlation this has to his superficial relationships with women.
The First Kiss is a well-written novel with a very charming well-developed cast of characters. Although the storyline is engaging and interesting, the overall pacing is a little slow until about the halfway point. The suspense aspect is quite intriguing and it is virtually impossible to guess the perpetrator’s identity. Once again Grace Burrowes brings readers another fabulous romance with plenty of depth, realistic issues and tremendous character growth. It is another highly satisfying love story that is sure to please readers and leave them eager for the next installment in the Sweetest Kisses series.
I received a complimentary copy for review.
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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