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…
Panty Scorching – 4.5
Storyline – 5.0
Angst – 2.0
Tissues – 0
Value – 5.0
Overall – 4.25
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Reviewed by Robin
Kennedy Sinclair needs a change after finding her boyfriend with her dance instructor. Her grandmother convinces her to try moving to Destiny Bay and taking over a bakery from her friends. Sinking all of her savings into a new venture, she wasn’t prepared running into gorgeous Luke Callahan who seems to want the apples that came with her new business. Luke tries to charm his family’s apples away from her since he also needs them for his hard cider business. Are they adversaries? Are they friends? You can never quite be sure when spunky Kennedy and Luke face off and things start to heat up.
“Interesting. She was as uncomfortable with the sexual heat that sizzled between them as he was.
‘Okay, maybe I didn’t have another reason for coming. Maybe I came to sample your tarts.’ He let his eyes slowly glide down her neck and lower, and damn, he was good. From this angle, he had a perfect view, and it was a wide expanse of nothing but silky, smooth skin.
Kennedy followed his gaze, then smacked his chest, shoving him back. She grabbed her wine and went to stand, but he captured her hand, halting her. ‘Seriously, the word around town is they are pretty amazing.’”
I really, really liked this quirky romance. Kennedy is a feisty go-getter who is tired of being walked all over. She’s not going to let Luke just come in and charm her out of her apples. She’s been there already and is tired of being taken advantage of. Luke has a one-tracked mind. He wants his mother to have everything she had when his father was alive. I loved the way they went back and forth from adversaries to hesitant friends to maybe more. The community and family atmosphere of Destiny Bay was heartwarming, and it was sweet to see Kennedy being embraced eventually as one of their own. I can’t wait to read more about her friends.
This was my first book by Marina Adair and I found her writing style drew me into the story. I definitely need to check out her other books because I quickly devoured this one and enjoyed all of the flirty banter. I’m happy I found a new author to follow.
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.
About The Author
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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