Kiss Me Hello

Kiss Me Hello

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by Grace Burrowes

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes brings her gorgeous writing and incredible storytelling abilities to a brand new series of contemporary romance.

He loves her, she loves him not...?

In the third novel of The Sweetest Kisses series, single mom Sidonie Lindstrom has her hands


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes brings her gorgeous writing and incredible storytelling abilities to a brand new series of contemporary romance.

He loves her, she loves him not...?

In the third novel of The Sweetest Kisses series, single mom Sidonie Lindstrom has her hands full with a troubled foster son, an abrupt adjustment to country living, and an unforeseen lack of funds. When her taciturn neighbor, MacKenzie Knightley, repeatedly offers practical help, Sid reminds herself she's not interested in the neighbor-despite his kindness, pragmatism and quiet charm. MacKenzie sees the vulnerability beneath her pride, and he's determined to change her mind...

"Warmth, sensuality, and humor infuse Burrowes' writing." -Booklist
"Excellent writing, deep and layered stories, and intelligent and compassionate characters." -Publishers Weekly
"Burrowes' powerful and complex characters will enthrall you." -RT Book Reviews
"Grace Burrowes weaves her magic with eloquent, revealing words, and subtle humor." -Long and Short Reviews
"Burrowes continues to captivate and enchant!" -Fresh Fiction

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Burrowes concludes her contemporary Sweetest Kisses trilogy (after The First Kiss) with the spotlight on MacKenzie, managing partner of the family law firm that connects the three books. Mac is a force to be reckoned with in the courtroom and office, but in his personal life he is reserved and practically celibate. As in the earlier novels, the hero meets a strong-willed woman and immediately falls head over heels, despite little to no encouragement or reciprocation from her. Mac’s instant attachment is to Sidonie, the beautiful woman who now lives in his childhood home with her foster son. He aggressively pursues her and helps her with the torturous demands of foster parenthood, keeping his livelihood a secret after Sid reveals her loathing of lawyers. The characters have an uncanny ability to derive layers upon layers of understanding from a simple look, and the plot follows a familiar trajectory. The story introduces some new characters with intriguing histories and ties together some loose ends in the series, but it is far from compelling. Agent: Steve Axelrod, Axelrod Literary Agency. (Mar.)
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"Heartwarming family relationships fill the third book in Burrowes' Sweetest Kisses series. " - RT Book Reviews

"Burrowes balances painful, real-life family situations with emotional and sensual romance for a powerful read." - Booklist

"Sweet, sexy, eloquent and poignant, with a social-justice dimension." - Kirkus

"With insight, humor, and heart, Burrowes wraps up her first contemporary trilogy as she melts the long-standing reserve and secret insecurities of the eldest Knightley brother and the fierce wariness of a determined foster mom. STARRED Review" - Library Journal

Library Journal
★ 02/15/2015
Appalled to find a pair of huge draft horses on the property she and her foster son just moved to, prickly Sidonie Lindstrom is surprised and a tad grateful when drop-dead-gorgeous farrier MacKenzie Knightley shows up to take things in hand—and annoyed to learn that the horses may well be hers. But Mac is much more than he seems, and when he neglects to tell lawyer-hating Sid he's a practicing attorney as well as a horseshoer, he sets the stage for a major rift in their budding relationship. Exciting, attractive main characters, clever banter, and lively action keep the story on track, while the frustrating machinations of a by-the-book social worker add a mean-spirited touch. VERDICT With insight, humor, and heart, Burrowes wraps up her first contemporary trilogy as she melts the long-standing reserve and secret insecurities of the eldest Knightley brother and the fierce wariness of a determined foster mom. Burrowes lives in rural Maryland.
Kirkus Reviews
When a lone-wolf criminal defense attorney who moonlights as a farrier meets a single foster mother and her troubled but compelling charge, he surprises himself by engaging in their struggles—even when she resists his help.For years, MacKenzie Knightley has kept to himself, avoiding human entanglements as much as possible, so when he meets Sidonie Lindstrom and her foster son, Luis, he's surprised to feel an immediate connection. But Sid and Luis are wary of their new rural life, especially when Sid's money becomes unexpectedly tied up in red tape, endangering Luis' foster status. Sid is a city girl grieving the death of her brother, trying to nurture a teen with his own issues and navigate unexpected financial stresses, so Mac's help and attention are welcome yet disconcerting. Sid is wary of lawyers, and Mac takes his sweet time in letting her know he is one. Meanwhile, as Mac becomes more entwined with Sid and Luis, he finds his other relationships strengthening, including those with his community and his family. And the more Sid tangles with local social services, especially a narrow-minded case worker, the more Mac strengthens his emotional arsenal, surprising all of them in the process. Burrowes has moved elegantly into contemporary romance with her Sweetest Kisses series and continues her penchant for mining intense situations beyond the love story. Her exploration of the mind-numbing bureaucracy of the foster care system lends an interesting and thought-provoking layer to the story while setting up the backbone of the emotional network Sid and Mac must create to save themselves. Sweet, sexy, eloquent and poignant, with a social-justice dimension.

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Sweetest Kisses , #3
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Meet the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes' bestsellers include The Heir, The Soldier, Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal, Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish and Lady Eve's Indiscretion. The Heir was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010, The Soldier was a PW Best Spring Romance of 2011, Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish won Best Historical Romance of the Year in 2011 from RT Reviewers' Choice Awards, Lady Louisa's Christmas Knight was a Library Journal Best Book of 2012, and The Bridegroom Wore Plaid was a PW Best Book of 2012. Her Regency romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Grace is branching out into short stories and Scotland-set Victorian romance with Sourcebooks. She is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland.

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Kiss Me Hello 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
GHott More than 1 year ago
Hott Review: What I liked: I thoroughly enjoyed Kiss Me Hello. This was a fun romance with a bunch of angst thrown in to keep us on ou toes. I’ve been overwhelmed by an aching heart at the thought of what some social workers and DSS employees do to the detriment of foster families. What I didn’t like: I just realized that I missed books in this series! For me, the first chapter of Kiss Me Hello was confusing. It regained it’s balance though and redeemed itself. More… Author: Grace Burrowes Source: Sourcebooks Casablanca via Netgalley Grade: A Ages: 18+ Steam: Adult Setting: Maryland
Doodlebug4444 More than 1 year ago
5 out of 5 for this reader folks! GRACE BURROWES …. enough said .. THE END! Just kidding …. LOL I am a huge fan of this author and if you have read any of my previous reviews on her books you know I am about to sing from the top of mountains for her writing. Kiss Me Hello is her third and final book of her contemporary romance Sweet Kisses series. This trilogy is based off the Knightley brothers and Mackenzie Knightley is the brother I was most intrigued by. Grace, you sure did deliver here! Sidonie, our leading lady is a whole lot of complicated and has some serious issues going on. She is the foster mother to her son Luis, is trying to keep her head above water both financially and mentally, and is desperately fighting to keep her foster son. Then … Mack enters! Mack has a whole lot of issues as well (thank goodness we find out what was going on with him .. totally teased in the past books) and hasn’t been with a woman in 10 years. Mack becomes a real pillar of strength to Sid throughout this book and this blossoming romance is a joy to read about. There is a deep friendship in this relationship and you pray that it is enough to keep them bonded when their damaged pasts are revealed to the other. Suddenly, there is a chance for family and happiness if these two can trust in the other … but trust can lead to heartache which neither will survive is broken. I always say there is a maturity value to Grace Burrowes writing. She doesn’t write “ooey gooey” immature love. There is a friendship that develops out of mutual respect that leads to love. This kind of love includes all the dark and bitter as well as the bright and sweet .. it’s completely refreshing and believable. I love how her novels overlap and you always get reacquainted with past characters and see how they are doing presently. I am all about the Grace Burrowes historical romance, but she is sold me on her contemporary writing as well … another great series completed and looking forward to more! HAPPY READING! :)
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
I love Grace Burrowe's historicals, of which I've read several and have many more waiting on my ereader, and was ridiculously excited to see that she'd written contemporaries as well. Her characters are just as likable in these books, and just as deliciously flawed. The romance moves at a slow and steady pace, with definite attraction on both sides and without insta-anything.  I love the setting of rural Maryland, and the law firm that the three Knightley brothers manage adds an extra dimension to the stories. In this book especially, you can really see how the three all work together both as brothers and as lawyers to get things done. I liked being able to finally see inside Mac's head in this story--he's been a big, strong, silent-and-mysterious type for far too long, and I really wanted to see him get to an HEA. Sid's a worthy partner for him, and along with her foster son Luis they'll make a wonderful family. But what keeps this series down a peg or so from her historical series is one of the things I love about the other series--the language. Her contemporary characters have a tendency to speak and think in words that seem to be far more natural for nineteenth-century Europeans than twenty-first century Americans. Conversations don't sound quite natural, and even internal dialogues feel off. Sixteen year-old Luis wasn't immune to the phenomenon either, though the younger girls seem to manage to escape it somewhat.  Verdict: Just having read a book and a half of this series so far, the brothers and their families interest me, but I'm never going to enjoy these books as much as I do her Regencies. There is a good chance I'll end up reading Trent's book, though ( A Single Kiss ) and finishing James's ( The First Kiss ) just to get the full story. Rating: 3 stars / B- I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its that point in the book that you are glued into it so much you cant put it down. That happend to me!
SezjbSB More than 1 year ago
Sometimes there will come along a series that you absolutely fall in love with, eventually that series that you adore is going to come to an end, unfortunately Kiss Me Hello is the last book in this trilogy and I am devastated, from the very first book I've been enraptured by the three Knightley brothers and their pursuit of a happily ever after. There is only one complaint I have about this series, and that is a lack of an epilogue, I want to know what's happening two-three years later, pregnancies, marriages, adoptions and the law firm, I just feel like a lot of people who have read these books would want to know, not just me, but that's a tiny detail that I can overlook as much as it kills me because these books are awesome! Throughout the first two books the eldest Knightley brother Mackenzie 'Mac' has been an enigma, you don't really find out that much about his character at all, that's why I was so excited to read this book and finally discover who this man is and why he's been celibate for the last ten years, never showing any interest in women in that whole time, that is until he meets Sidonie 'Sid' and her foster son Luis who recently moved into his childhood home, through the appearance of two work horses Daisy and Buttercup that used to belong to the Knightley family, he gets to know Sid and Luis, and helps her fight to keep Luis with the threat of him being moved elsewhere after DSS fails to do their job properly. With both Mac and Sid having secrets that have affected both their lives up to now, can they both accept each other's problems and live happily ever after, because you just don't know when a miracle can happen, and make everyone's dreams come true. I cannot praise this series enough or Grace's fantastic writing which have made these books as great as they are, I just really, really, really don't want this series to be over, I've enjoyed each and every word, sentence, paragraph, page and chapter in my journey through the Knightley brothers stories, I wish it would have never ended. An astounding series filled with amazing characters that Grace has crafted to perfection.
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
Burrowes pens an emotionally wrought, tear jerking tale that is wrapped up in one of the sweetest romances you’ll ever find.  Burrowes’ writing is eloquent yet intimate and personal.  She paints her world before your eyes.  Not only is this novel fantastic in and of itself, but the way that it overlaps and intertwines with the second novel in the series is fantastic.  You can see the lives of the characters intertwining with each other, the circles merging.   The Knightly brothers never cease to amaze me.  They just keep getting better and better.  I love how Burrowes brings the entire family back to life while we get to know Mac so much better.  He is so much more than how he was portrayed in the original novels.  Sid is the perfect counterpart to the ever-steady Mac.  Her past is so prevalent in who she is today that it simply breaks your heart.  Burrowes’ in-depth development is enhanced by their outright charm.  The main couple in this novel is beyond compare.  The trials of their individual pasts combine with the preconceived notions of themselves in the present to create some rather intense moments as a couple.  The characters in this novel are intricately crafted.  This flows into the supporting cast as well.  This novel wouldn’t be half as captivating if they hadn’t enriched the lives of the main characters the way that they do. This might possibly be the most bittersweet story I’ve ever read.  Burrowes definitely outdid herself. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
gaele More than 1 year ago
This is the last of the Sweetest Kisses Series by Grace Burrowes, and what a lovely set of romances this has been.  Focused on single mothers, or as in this case, foster mothers, Burrowes has opened reader’s eyes to the difficulties of parenthood, the bureaucracy of the foster care system, and provided some lovely moments in the journey.  Sidonie has a complicated life: her foster son Luis is doing well, and she would like to adopt him, but her brother’s death and probate issues are just one of the many factors that may put that plan on hold.  I loved her ability to keep moving forward and provide that loving and accepting Luis can provide him with a place to grow and feel secure. While lawyers aren’t her favorite people at the moment, the issues with probate make her even less enamored of them, even as she will need legal aid for her adoption.  But, Luis has his own  questions and issues, so they need to be addressed before they move forward.  Mac is a wonderful character, even though he has many issues of his own. The most important one is his withholding where Sid is concerned, not telling her what he does for a living is a dangerous choice, and could lead to irreparable harm. But, there is some real connection between the two, even as he fights it: most certainly he is gobsmacked after Sid kisses him, in public.   I loved checking in with Hannah and Trent, Trent’s relationship with his brother Mac convince him to come clean and take a chance, even though Mac isn’t sure he wants to. Hannah’s experience with the foster care system from a personal perspective, with all of the conflicted emotions that engendered allowed her insight into Luis that felt right and honest, and was helpful to Sid in her understanding  of his own concerns.  Luis was a wonderful character: attuned to Sid’s emotions with an often honest and wry sense of humor that belied the hurt buried  within. Luis’ growth in the story both as Mac enters their life and for himself was wonderful to see, even as his own personal story was  all things horrid. Again, Burrowes takes a chance to show love in many forms, and offer moments of description and detail about the foster system, endangered children and those who work to find homes and families for those who need them.   I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 
NicoleUlery More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this story in exchange for an honest review. I loved this installment in the stories of the Knightley brothers. I think it is my favorite because of the three, Mac is the brother I would be in love with. He is the protector, the overseer of the family, the big brother and awesome uncle. When he meets Sidonie, a passion that he has long denied himself surfaces, and it melts your heart to learn what he has been through. Sidonie is an admirable lady who is trying her hardest to deal with the loss of her brother while raising a teenage foster son. Her brother purchased Mac's family's farm before he died, so Sidonie moves to town with the intent to flip the house, settle the estate, and move on once it is ready to be sold. These are characters you will absolutely fall in love with, and you breeze through the book wanting to see if it works out. The story is quite interesting; from seeing the two fall in love to the drama of Sidonie fighting to keep her foster son, you won't want the story to end. I felt like the story flowed more smoothly than in James and Trent's books. Even though Mac is a lawyer, that is not the first thing that pops into your mind when reading. It could be because he's afraid to tell Sid about his occupation due to her dislike of the profession, but it is his work as a farrier that seems to be more fitting of his personality. He is just so swoon-worthy. If you like romance, you will love this book.
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
Kiss Me Hello is the second book in this series that I have read.   While the characters are the same, each book can be a standalone story.   I enjoyed the fact that I did recognize the characters and knew of the background.  It made me feel more connected and invested in the outcome of the characters. I felt this one started just a little slower, but quickly had my attention.  I was trying to figure out how a horse shoer could make a single foster mom fall for him.  I mean I got that Mack is so hot and steamy, but how did he fit into Sid’s life?   I enjoyed reading and watching their feelings develop.   The circling around each other was entertaining, but I truly loved how they were able to communicate and discuss their problems.   They both knew that they were somewhat in the wrong and were able to work through that and come out trusting each other.  Luis was the perfect foster child.   He knew that his life could get pulled out from under him without any warning and seemed always prepared for it.   Watching his standoffishness slowly go away and him show his love for Sid and Mack was wonderful.   I love when a boy can show his feelings without being gushy or made out to be soft.   Kiss Me Hello is the perfect read for a romantic at heart.   I enjoyed it and am anxiously awaiting more in the Sweetest Kisses series. 
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Sidonie is a woman with a heart as big as the moon and the determination to “make it” on her own. Life in the country is almost perfect, key word almost, but interference from government agencies, a lack of job and dwindling funds are almost too much to take. She believes that every child deserves a loving and stable environment to thrive, but her foster son, Luis is balanced precariously on the tight rope of bureaucratic red tape and lazy caseworkers. Enter big Mackenzie Knightley, the oldest of the Knightley brothers, huge both in stature and heart; no woman has caught his eye in ten years. While both feel the tug of romantic tension, they seem to mix like oil and water one minute and milk and honey the next. As Sidonie fights to keep her home, her son and her sanity, mac becomes her guardian angel, always showing up with what she needs, when she needs it, but allowing her to keep her dignity. How can one farrier be so generous? Seems neither Sidonie nor Mac have been completely honest with each other about who they are or their pasts. When Sidonie discovers who the real Mackenzie is, she must decide to trust him or risk losing Luis to a cold and uncaring system. But can she ever trust him with her heart? Kiss Me Hello by Grace Burrowes is a delightful read with the perfect blend of turmoil, secrets and romance. One headstrong female, damaged by her past, one gentle giant who has taken that first step to living again and one amazing teen who deserves more than life has given him. Add to the mix the Knightley clan and their penchant for riding in to save the day and even the judge doesn’t stand a chance when love reads the verdict. A wonderful take anywhere read, not too heavy, not too fluffy, you’ll feel right at home on the ranch.