Author: Marina Adair
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 30, 2016
He’s one bad apple she just can’t resist…
Kennedy Sinclair never dreamed she’d own a pie shop and an orchard in a small town like Destiny Bay. But nestled between the mountains and the Pacific Ocean, it’s the perfect place to cross something off her “Life’s short so eat the icing first” list and start her life over from scratch. Her shop, Sweetie Pies, is famous for its hot, flaky apple turnovers and sinfully delicious deep dish pie. For Kennedy though, nothing is more enticing than the tall, strapping slice of temptation who keeps coming back for more.
Luke Callahan is determined to make his hard cider business a success. With his beloved father’s cider recipe and the opportunity of a lifetime in his grasp, he’ll stop at nothing to get this deal done. There’s just one catch: he needs Kennedy’s apples. At first, he thinks it’ll be as easy as pie to charm those apples right off her trees. But Kennedy isn’t falling for his tender charms or his wicked ways. When the negotiations start heating up, so do the feelings they have for each other. And it takes just one kiss to seal the deal…
Kennedy rested her elbows on the counter and leaned forward. “You cook, clean, and make house calls? Be still, my heart.”
“I aim to please.” He dried off his hands and brought two steaming mugs of coffee to the counter. “Which is why I was trying to be quiet, so you could get another few minutes of sleep, before I surprised you in bed.” He grinned. It was a wicked grin. “Again.”
Luke had done more than surprise her last night; he’d spoiled her for other men. Sure, he was an incredible lover, but it was the tender moments in between that made her nervous.
This thing between them couldn’t last. She knew that. She also understood that if he was looking for something more permanent, she wouldn’t be the kind of woman to inspire that kind of commitment. She was unable to do it with her perfect match, or even her own mother. The one person who was supposed to love her unconditionally. Which left Kennedy painfully afraid that she was missing that elusive quality that led to forever.
Finding out that she was right, that she was unlovable, from a man who obviously had an incredible capacity to love, as she’d seen with his friends and family, would be too painful to survive. So she took the moment for what it was, committing to memory the warm aroma of the coffee, the way the sun cast a glassy haze over the kitchen, and the sleepy expression on his face that made him look softer. More relaxed. Like this was where he was supposed to be.
In this kitchen—with her.
Kennedy was becoming more attached—she could feel it. The way he treated her, the way he made her feel, even the way he looked at her, like right now, as if she were special. Which made her feel special.
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This book was sweet. And not just sweet-as-pie sweet, but sweet in its romance too. The characters spoke to me, the setting was my all time favorite-a small town- and the romance was sexy and delicious. I’ve never read anything by Marina Adair before, but I will rectify that immediately. Here’s to yet another series to wait for anxiously, ladies!
Kennedy, with her unfortunate streak and her determination to make it through, with her ambition and strength covered with vulnerabilities, what can I say, she spoke to me. I felt a kinship with her from the very first page. She was the sort of heroine I love to read in romances. Not only did she speak to the woman in me, she also very clearly spoke to my tummy. Seriously, people, this book should not be read with an empty stomach, especially if you have a sweet tooth like me. It was like torture I tell you. With the many pies, and their creative names, Kennedy made me reach for a spoon and my Nutella jar more than once.
And what better way to wash all that pie down than a bottle of good cider, eh? Luke, the hero with the cider business, as you can imagine, was the perfect guy for Kennedy. I mean, if that is not a match made in heaven, I don’t know what is. All joking aside-though pie making is no joking matter folks- Luke really was the perfect guy for Kennedy. He must be one of the sweetest guys I’ve read in romance, and no matter their businesses clashed and complicated matters, he was there for Kennedy. An overall wonderful hero that I wished was cloned so we could all have a shot of something like what Kennedy had. Luke’s loyalty and good heart is hard to find these days, and that made reading him all the more pleasant because of that.
I loved the interactions, loved the other characters, already found the next couple to root for too. There was a solid background to both Kennedy and Luke’s current personalities that made them whole people who I could relate to, and I really liked that. I enjoyed finding out bits and pieces about them as I read. It made me feel connected to them with each passing chapter and that was a great experience for this reader. Always a pleasure.
A top notch start to a new series that is easily going to be one of my many favorites, I’m already trying to figure out how to pass the time until the next book comes. Perhaps in the meantime I can explore some other worlds Marina Adair has created and be obsessed a little more.
I’m adding five big spoonfuls of this story and a dash of sugar to go with it into my hodgepodge. Hmm, perhaps I could try a bit of pie making on the side?
Marina Adair is a #1 National bestselling author of romance novels and holds a Master of Fine arts in creative writing. Along with the Sugar, Georgia series, she is also the author the St. Helena Vineyard series, and her new Heroes of St Helena series. She currently lives with her husband, daughter, and two neurotic cats in Northern California.
As a writer, Marina is devoted to giving her readers contemporary romance where the towns are small, the personalities large, and the romance explosive.
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