Last First Kiss (Brightwater #1) by Lia Riley

3 1_2 Star Review

A kiss is only the beginning…

Pinterest Perfect. Or so Annie Carson’s life appears on her popular blog. Reality is… messier. Especially when it lands her back in one-cow town, Brightwater, California, and back in the path of the gorgeous six-foot-four reason she left. Sawyer Kane may fill out those wranglers, but she won’t be distracted from her task. Annie just needs t A kiss is only the beginning…

Pinterest Perfect. Or so Annie Carson’s life appears on her popular blog. Reality is… messier. Especially when it lands her back in one-cow town, Brightwater, California, and back in the path of the gorgeous six-foot-four reason she left. Sawyer Kane may fill out those wranglers, but she won’t be distracted from her task. Annie just needs the summer to spruce up and sell her family’s farm so she and her young son can start a new life in the big city. Simple, easy, perfect.

Sawyer has always regretted letting the first girl he loved slip away. He won’t make the same mistake twice, but can he convince beautiful, wary Annie to trust her heart again when she’s been given every reason not to? And as a single kiss turns to so much more, can Annie give up her idea of perfect for a forever that’s blissfully real.

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This review was a hard one for me to write and I’m not sure why.  I’m a huge fan of the  second chance trope and Last First Kiss is definitely one of those. Plus, This is my first Lia Riley book so I was really excited about it.  So the easy thing to say is that I liked the book, I did… I really liked it.

Annie, a recently divorced mom and at home blogger, moves back to the hometown she ran away from 10 years before. She hated her home town and never felt like she fit in, except with one person, her only and best friend Sawyer Kane. But, at a graduation party senior year, Sawyer broke her heart and Annie hit the road, never intending to come back.

Reluctantly back home, Annie realizes that her feelings for Sawyer might not be buried as deep as she once thought.  Her confusion only mounts as Sawyer makes it clear that he wasn’t done with their relationship when Annie left.

This book was sweet and cute and kind of romantic.  And Brightwater is quaint and small and full of busy bodies just like you’d expect.  I liked the book, I did.

The thing that’s harder to say is that I liked it, but I only liked it.  I didn’t love it.  It was cute but it didn’t inspire any real emotion in me.  It was sweet, but I think I like my books with a little more edge.  Even Sawyer, who was cute and romantic, didn’t really do anything for me.

I think the series had promise and truthfully I’m really looking forward to Archer’s story.  As I said, I like a little more edge and I’m pretty sure Archer has it.

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