Last First Kiss by Lia Riley
Series: Brightwater #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: June 23, 2015
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Format: eARC, 249 pages
How I got it: Edelweiss
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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.
I fell in love with Lia Riley’s writing and characters immediately upon picking up Upside Down last year. I was so invested in the characters and their story and proceeded to devour the other two books in the Off the Map series. I’ve been waiting to see what she would give us next and I was over the moon to find out it was an adult contemporary romance. I’ve been reading tons of these lately and I couldn’t wait to see how she brought her characters to life in one.
Last First Kiss was a fantastic read from beginning to end. It was charming, sweet and sexy and it definitely tugged at my heartstrings. I adored the second chance romance and the small western town setting. The characters were wonderful and relatable – even Sawyer’s crazy grandma. It was the type of book that took over every aspect of my life until I finished it, which was pretty much in one sitting. I couldn’t think of anything else until I found out if Annie and Sawyer could find a way through their pasts (and their family feud) back to each other.
I’m not a mom, so sometimes I have a tough time relating to parental storylines in books. That was absolutely not an issue here. I loved Annie. She was strong and smart, likable and a great mom. It was easy to see how (and why) she was so torn between Brightwater, the home she’d always known and loved, and a different life for her son, Atticus, in a city with all the opportunities she could want for him. Of course, I also loved that Annie was a blogger. Even though we might blog about different things, I understood her struggle to keep things positive and perfect to the outside world, no matter how messy real life was. I think most bloggers can relate to that in some way.
I adored Sawyer. He was all kinds of sweet and swoony – pretty much the perfect hero. And he’s the sheriff. Who doesn’t love a man in uniform? I loved the chemistry between him and Annie. Old feelings die hard and some, no matter how long it’s been, never go away. It was obvious how much they still cared for each other and that things weren’t over between them. There were also some seriously cute scenes between Sawyer and Atticus. They made me totally heart-melty. There’s just something about a guy who is good with kids that pretty much makes me a puddle of goo.
Last First Kiss was a great start to a new series I’m ridiculously excited about. It had tons of humor and heart. I laughed, smiled, swooned and even shed a couple tears. (Kids in books. They get me every single time.) It was big on feels and low on angst, something I really appreciate in a romance like this.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.