Title: Kiss Me Hello (The Sweetest Kisses, Book #3)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author: Grace Burrowes
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, March 3, 2015
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
He loves her, she loves him not…? In the third novel of The Sweetest Kisses series, single mom Sidonie Lindstrom has her hands full with a troubled foster son, an abrupt adjustment to country living, and an unforeseen lack of funds. When her taciturn neighbor, MacKenzie Knightley, repeatedly offers practical help, Sid reminds herself she’s not interested in the neighbor-despite his kindness, pragmatism and quiet charm. MacKenzie sees the vulnerability beneath her pride, and he’s determined to change her mind…
In this the final book in The Sweetest Kisses trilogy, we meet Mackenzie Knightly. Well we have met Mac previously in the first two books but here he gets what we’ve been hoping for, his own true love. Along with his brothers, Mac is a lawyer in the family firm but he is also a farrier (horseshoer) on his days off. This is how he meets Sidonie and her foster son Luis. In conversation, Sidonie indicates that she has absolutely no use for lawyers and thus starts the slippery-slope of secrets and omissions by Mac.
This is another example of the impeccable writing of Grace Burrowes. Throughout this series she has brought to life the intricacies of family law as it pertains to foster children and their families. She gives, those of us who have not had the experience of knowing or dealing with the legalities of this area of law, an up close look at what foster families encounter in “the system”. She does this so well because she is an attorney in the area of family law. That she can combine this often heart wrenching scenario with sizzling romance of the true love variety is all the more indicative of her writing prowess.
Mac and his brothers, Trent and James, who had their romantic stories in the first two books, are truly over the top perfect. A few more true flaws would have made them a bit less god-like and more human. The fact that they all fell in love with women with children is also a bit too pat. And my last annoyance, everyone drinks tea!! How about some coffee once in a while. But those very trite annoyances aside this series is not to be missed if you want to totally escape into a world that you may not have encountered previously. You can’t miss with Grace Burrowes writing the novel.
- Novella: Kiss and Tell, a prequel novella
- Novella: A Kiss for Luck, a prequel novella
- Book 1: A Single Kiss (January 2015)
- Book 2: The First Kiss (February 2015)
- Book 3: Kiss Me Hello (March 2015)
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Excerpt from Kiss Me Hello:
“This is a nice spot,” Mac said. “The horses will loaf here in the hotter months because the trees make for good shade, but the canopy isn’t quite done leafing out yet, so we’ll be able to see the moon come over the ridge.” He spread the blanket on a patch of grass up the slope from the pond.
Sid settled on the blanket, running her hand over what felt like soft flannel, while Mac lowered himself beside her.
“Give me your foot.” Mac didn’t wait for her to comply. He took Sid by the foot, and drew her running shoe off. “Other one.”
He peeled her socks down and tucked them into her shoes, then unlaced his boots and set them beside the blanket, stuffing a sock in each one. “Moonrise is always best appreciated barefoot.”
The sentiment was poetical; the words were not. “Is that a rule?”
“Suppose it is.” He took off his jacket, balled it up, and lay back to rest his head on it. “Come here and let me hold you, Sidonie. I haven’t watched the moon come up with a lovely woman in my arms for years.”
She settled against him, resting her head on the slope of his shoulder. “We’re going to talk about rules like this?” He thought she was lovely.
“We’ll come to some understandings.” His arm came around her shoulders, and his hand stroked over her hair. “I’ll undo this braid while we’re at it.”
“Don’t lose my elastic.”
His fingers were soon winnowing through her hair, drawing the length of it over her shoulder.
“How am I supposed to think about rules when you’re touching me like this, MacKenzie?”
“You don’t need to think. You just tell me what’s true for you.”
“True about what?”
He went quiet again, while Sid repositioned herself against him. She could hear his heart beat, feel the slow, steady thud of his life’s blood beneath her cheek.
“What do you want from me, Sidonie Lindstrom? What do you need?”
“Nobody has asked me that before.” She considered her answer, while Mac’s hand drifted through her hair, across her back, down her arm. “I want a friend, I guess. You’ve been a friend to me, and I wasn’t expecting to find that here.”
“Is that all you want? I can be a good friend. My brothers would vouch for me in that regard.”
She could not tell from his voice if he was disappointed with her answer, or pleased. “No, that isn’t all I want, but I’ll settle for it, and be grateful if that’s where you want to draw the line. A friend, a real friend, is nothing to scoff at.”
Another silence, while Mac got his hand on her nape and started massaging the tension there. His idea of friendship would soon leave Sid witless and boneless.
“I can’t expect you to put yourself out there without showing I’m willing to do likewise: I want you.” Mac’s voice was quiet in the gathering darkness. “I want you at least for a friend, an intimate friend, Sidonie, but I don’t share something that precious. If you allow me the privileges of a lover, then I will expect that for whatever time I enjoy that status, those privileges are exclusively mine. You will agree to this, or our friendship keeps its clothes on.”
Sid shivered, though the night wasn’t uncomfortably cool, and Mac gave off heat like a woodstove. He was so serious about this, when they could have shared a casual romp in the moonlight.
She would have settled for that—and settling would have been a mistake.
She traced his facial features. Beyond serious, he was solemn, as if these understandings he sought could be the foundation for something even greater than friendship.
“If you agree to my terms,” he said, his hand slowing in her hair, “you agree because it’s what you want too, not because I need to hear the words and you have a private agenda that’s different from what you’ll say to me.”
He was asking for honesty, the most basic tenet of a real friendship. Friends were kind to each other, considerate, patient, reliable, but above all, a friend was somebody who told the truth.
“I don’t have much practice with relationships, MacKenzie.”
He rolled slowly, like the earth heaving up, until Sid was on her back with Mac blanketing her. “There’s more to say.” He rested his forehead against hers. “A lot more, but right now, Sidonie, I have to kiss you. Have to.”
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