Last First Kiss by Lia Riley || A sweet romantic story

November 9, 2015 | Posted by Genesis in Book Reviews | 21 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Last First Kiss by Lia Riley || A sweet romantic storyLast First Kiss
by Lia Riley
Series: Brightwater #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: June 23, 2015 by Avon Impulse
Format: eBook
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3 Stars
Source: Purchased

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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Annie Carson is back at the town she fled from a few years ago to sell her family’s farm. She definitely doesn’t plan on staying—nothing is set in stone, especially when she faces Sawyer once again. They have unfinished business to tend to but Annie is not sure she wants to trust again when she was left heart-broken in the first place.

I have a thing for second-chance romances. I love when they are done so right and beautiful, with all of the feelings the characters had from the beginning. To be honest, I wasn’t going to read this one. I’m a person that the cover has to catch my eye. I know, this really sucks and I’m being judgmental. One of my blogger friends, Becca from Lost In Literature wrote such an outstanding review that made go immediately to Amazon and 1-click the book!!

Annie is a divorced, mommy-blogger who went through quite a lot in life but she’s still strong with her son Atticus by her side. They both arrive at Brightwater, not receiving the best welcome party but Annie is driven and she will do the task she set out to do. She knew she was  bound to encounter Sawyer and she was prepared to not bat an eyelash at him but feelings are still so present for one another. It was great to see Annie believe in herself as the story progressed and become confident. That made her even more of an inspiration to me.

Sawyer Kane let Annie go once and he doesn’t plan on committing the same mistake again. I really enjoyed Sawyer’s character seeing as he is a hard-working man who definitely knows how to cook and build. What woman will say no to a man like him?! On all seriousness though, he is an amazing character who has everyone’s best interest at heart and he cares a lot about everyone, especially Annie and Atticus. Reading about his growing relationship with Atticus was so darn sweet. It got to a point where Atticus looked up to Sawyer as a man and as his potential father. It warmed my heart reading about their interactions as a family.

The romance was slow to build, it took it’s time, going from friends to slowly becoming something more. What I loved was that even though they obviously had feelings for each other back in the day, they were still adults about the situation and took things slow to learn from each other again, to get to know each other and trust each other.

“Our souls fit together. You’re the half I’ve been missing.”

About Lia Riley

Lia Riley writes offbeat romance. After studying at the University of Montana-Missoula, she scoured the world armed only with a backpack, overconfidence and a terrible sense of direction. She counts shooting vodka with a Ukranian mechanic in Antarctica, sipping yerba mate with gauchos in Chile and swilling XXXX with stationhands in Outback Australia among her accomplishments.

A British literature fanatic at heart, Lia considers Mr. Darcy and Edward Rochester as her fictional boyfriends. Her very patient husband doesn't mind. Much. When not torturing heroes (because c'mon, who doesn't love a good tortured hero?), Lia herds unruly chickens, camps, beach combs, daydreams about as-of-yet unwritten books, wades through a mile-high TBR pile and schemes yet another trip. Right now, Icelandic hot springs and Scottish castles sound pretty sweet.

She and her family live in Northern California.

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  • I bought this because of Becca’s review as well!! Glad you liked it. I can’t wait to get to it – it sounds cute. Great review!!

    Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog recently posted: Review ~ The Lies About Truth
    • Becca can be very convincing haha I adored even more Right Wrong Guy. It’s my fave out of the three books for sure. Archer Kane *swoon*

  • i think I would love Sawyer’s character. Besides the fact that Annie is a mommy blogger, thats so awesome. Love small town books!

    • Sawyer is really nice and responsible 🙂

  • Sounds sweet. I’m already planning to read the 3rd book in this series for the winter theme. So I’m glad to hear you liked this one.

    Christy LoveOfBooks recently posted: November 9 by Colleen Hoover
    • I already read it! It’s really good but the second book is still my favorite 🙂

  • Second chance romances are so good, partly, I think because the characters at least used to know each other, and have unfinished business 🙂 I just may have to add this to my own TBR, Gen, thanks for sharing.
    I hope you’re having a fabulous week!

    • Exactly! That’s what makes it even better! You should! The second book is even better 😀

  • I have read a lot of good about this series and have trouble refraining myself from buying it !

    • It’s really good. And the books are only $1.99! That’s why I purchased them 🙂

  • I really liked this one too so I’m glad you enjoyed it as well! Just you wait, the next two books are even better! Hope you’ll love them! 🙂

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    • I loved the second book even more! I mean Archer Kane <3 The third book was really good too 🙂 I hope the next book features Kit and Goldie!!

  • I’m so with you on the cover thing. I know it’s wrong, I know I may be missing a lot of good books, but I can’t help it. Most times I just can’t get past cheesy cover. This cover looks a little hokey but the synopsis sounds promising. I like second-chance romances, too, and I enjoy a slow-build (no insta-love – amazing!). Oh, and adults that act like reasonably responsible adults into of hormonal kids. LOL

    • Ugh I know! We probably are missing out on a lot haha The story is really good and the second book is even better!

  • I’m glad you liked this one, I get why you like Archer more 😉 I cannot wait to start Best Worst Mistake!!

    • Archer is bae!! I loved him so much. Best Worst Mistake is really good!

  • This sounds like such a sweet story! You got my attention because I also have a thing for second-chance romances. I need to considering adding this to my TBR. Great review, Genesis!

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    • I prefer the second book to this one but still, this one was such a cute read!

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  • First of all, I love the cover! Also, from what you’ve said I think I’d love Sawyer and Annie as well as their relationship 🙂 Great review and thanks so much for sharing!

    Zareena @ The Slanted Bookshelf

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