Series: Brightwater #1
Published by Avon Impulse on June 23rd 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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.
You guys, I just adore cutesy, sweet, cuddly contemporary romance. I really liked Right Wrong Guy and Best Worst Mistake, the second and third books in the Brightwater series by Lia Riley. I knew that I was going to like the first book in the series, Last First Kiss, and I was right. It’s totally adorable, although a bit heavy on the cheese at times.
Last First Kiss is about Annie Carson, a recently divorced single mother, who has temporarily moved back to Brightwater to get her family’s ranch ready to sell, and to get back on her feet after the divorce. The other main character is Sawyer Kane the sheriff in Brightwater, and the almost-boyfriend of Annie back in high school.
I loved Sawyer because he is such a nice, honorable guy. When he sees Annie again, after so many years, he realizes that he still likes her and he’s in it for the long haul. I just don’t know how anyone can resist that kind of guy? I sure can’t.
Annie, while I did like her, I can’t say that I LOVED her either. Annie is a mommy blogger, and it was interesting to see her struggles with portraying herself truthfully on the blog, but also making things look good, too. Although, after a bit, I just want to say “Annie, I bet other mother’s would love to hear about your struggles, too, because they have their own struggles.” She was always putting on the perfect face, if that makes sense. But, I absolutely did like Annie, and I was definitely shipping Annie and Sawyer together.
The romance was adorable, but a tiny bit cheesy. Maybe things were just a bit too sweet. But Sawyer’s grandmother wasn’t too sweet – I thought she was totally crazy. I’ve seen her in the other two books in the series, and she was a character then, too, but here, in Last First Kiss, she is definitely a bit much.
I completely recommend Last First Kiss by Lia Riley, and the whole Brightwater series. I can’t wait for more additions to this adorable, contemporary romance series.
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