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The First Kiss
     

The First Kiss

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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.

The sweetest kiss is the one that means a fresh start

In the second novel of the Sweetest Kisses series, classical pianist Vera Waltham

Overview

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.

The sweetest kiss is the one that means a fresh start

In the second novel of the Sweetest Kisses series, classical pianist Vera Waltham is quiet, cautious, and fiercely protective of her young daughter, but she lets down her guard enough to strike up an unlikely friendship with business law expert James Knightley. James's past comes between them when Vera learns exactly how big a tomcat he has been, but when she and her daughter are in danger, it's to James she turns...

"Let Burrowes lift your heart." -RT Book Reviews
"Warmth, sensuality, and humor infuse Burrowes' writing." -Booklist
"Burrowes has a knack for giving fresh twists to genre tropes and developing them in unexpected and delightful directions [with] consistently 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
12/22/2014
In the slow-going second Sweetest Kisses contemporary (after A Single Kiss), single mom Vera Waltham, a famous pianist, gets a new chance at love. When Vera meets James Knightley, her divorce attorney’s good-looking brother, she tries to keep a safe distance from his charms. Two marriages that left much to be desired have undermined Vera’s confidence, and a recent slew of anonymous threats is keeping her on edge. Although James is bewitched by her beauty, it’s hard to understand why he falls head over heels for her so quickly, especially since she continues to rebuff him. As James comes to the rescue time and again when Vera calls, a staid and somewhat strange relationship builds; Vera keeps things strictly platonic, while James, until now the hottest “booty call of the year,” meekly waits for her advances. All the characters engage in nonstop picture-perfect behavior: constant meals cooked from scratch, textbook dialogue, and unreal family dynamics. This installment falls far short of its charming predecessor. Agent: Steve Axelrod, Axelrod Agency. (Feb.)
From the Publisher
"The tone of Burrowes' second book in her Sweetest Kisses series is, well, sweet. Featuring precious children, a loving family and country living, the story is a nice mixture of mystery and challenging pasts... a fine read for a little Valentine's Day inspiration." - RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars

"Kids and family add humor and reality in the latest from an author who clearly respects all types of families. Barbara Delinsky fans may be persuaded to try this intelligent and caring series." - Booklist

Library Journal
02/15/2015
[Complex, compelling characters with difficult pasts and plenty of issues to work through are highlights of Burrowes's engaging trilogy that features an idyllic rural small-town Maryland setting and makes good use of Burrowes's family law expertise. The first book in the series, A Single Kiss (Jan. 2015), was reviewed in LJ 12/14.]With his lady-killer reputation and flirtatious nature, it's unlikely, according to his siblings, that perpetually single business attorney James Knightley will fall victim to love. Widowed, then divorced concert pianist Vera Waltham and her young daughter, Twyla, have moved to the area, and to James, she's a kindred spirit. However, convincing Vera, who is currently plagued by mysterious acts of vandalism and a difficult, abusive ex, to take a chance on him—and on love—is another matter entirely. VERDICT An abundance of musical references add a lyrical, soul-stirring layer to this tender, insightful romance that brings a suspicion-prone, perfectly matched pair together. Including another pint-sized charmer to the mix and seamlessly keeping fans up-to-date on continuing characters, this sophomore series installment is sure to resonate with music and romance fans alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402278877
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
02/03/2015
Series:
Sweetest Kisses , #2
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
367,266
Product dimensions:
7.26(w) x 6.64(h) x 1.03(d)

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. Her Regency romances and Scotland-set Victorian romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. 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 and Once Upon a Tartan have both won RT Reviewers' Choice Awards, Lady Louisa's Christmas Knight was a Library Journal Best Book of 2012, The Bridegroom Wore Plaid was a PW Best Book of 2012. Two of her MacGregor heroes have won KISS awards. Grace is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland.

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The First Kiss 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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debruth More than 1 year ago
I'm reading the series but feel that the books are similar in content.
SezjbSB More than 1 year ago
I was a huge fan of the first book in this series A Single Kiss, so to say that I was excited to read this book was an understatement, and I'm happy to say that I loved it, I would even go so far as to say that I thought it was even better than the first book. This series focuses on the three Knightley brothers who run their own law firm, this story belongs to the youngest brother James, the ladies man who can have his pick of any woman he wants, when he meets Vera Waltham and her daughter Twyla he realises that maybe it's time to finally settle down when he finds that the idea of domesticity suits him. With Vera's career as a world renowned concert pianist on hiatus, and troubles with her ex-husband is she ready to take a chance on James, will they both get the happily ever afters that they both want and deserve. With some subplots going on in the background it does not take anything away from the main storyline whatsoever but ties in nicely and makes this book a resounding success. I really enjoy Grace's writing, whether it be contemporary or historical romances she can't put a foot wrong, whatever she releases I am sure to love, such is the enjoyment I get out of each and every novel. I look forward to the third and final book in the trilogy although I'll be sad to see this series end.
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
I am totally, utterly and completely in love with the Knightly brothers.  Burrowes returns to their lives in this second instalment of her Sweetest Kisses series with a flair.  She held me captive throughout with her approachable characters and heartfelt story.  This novel was so much more than simply a romance.  A variety of different aspects of life make their way into the story, making it all the more real and complete.  The author`s intricate and picturesque descriptions complete the package, bringing everything to light in a big way.  This sweetly romantic tale not only affected me while reading it, it`s still the first thing on my mind now.  Burrowes is holding my heart captive. James may just be the most complex hero I’ve met in a long, long while.  There are so many different facets to who he is.  Burrowes develops each in such a way that readers get to know him in a very intimate manner.  I found my heart going out to him, even when I was laughing at his latest antics.  Paired with Vera, a caring yet confused heroine, I wanted to be part of this couple, even considering what they went through to get to where they were together.  James’ conflicts within himself and Vera’s external ones really allow you to see the characters and their relationships in a new light.  Surrounded by a loveable and well developed supporting cast readers become part of a loving family in the most inviting of ways.  And one cannot discount the children in this novel.  They are just as important to the tale as their grown up counterparts, and really allow this novel to stand out on it`s own. This novel was fantastic.  I couldn`t put it down.  Burrowes` mellow tone combined with her vibrant storytelling kept me riveted throughout.  I would highly recommend it (and the rest of the series) to anyone who enjoys a good romance. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
NicoleUlery More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this story in exchange for an honest review. This was a good story that I enjoyed and will speak to single parents looking for love, and will touch the hearts of anyone who reads. James is a gentleman and is kind to help Vera when needed. Vera is a twice-divorced mother who needs to protect herself and her child from the threats she has been receiving. The story was suspenseful, the characters likable and you could relate to them, and despite the threats and the suspense, the story was still sweet and romantic. I struggled with some of the technical jargon, as with the first book in the series, but it wasn't really necessary to understand the plot overall. I would continue to read others in this series.
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
This is my first book in the Sweetest Kisses series and most definitely not my last.    When I picked this book up I was sure it was going to be a quick read that I just rushed through.   I was wrong.  It is an easy read, but it was not quick.   It is a book that I savored.   I read each page and chapter taking time with each word and then taking time at the end of each chapter to reflect back on what I had learned about the characters and where they were heading.  The First Kiss is definitely a romance book, but it is so much more.  It is a sweet story about the life, not just the romance, of Vera and James.   It also shares what had happen with Trent, whose story was told in A Single Kiss (book 1). I loved the farm settings.    The farms made great places to live, with the animals, privacy, and big houses making great places to fall in love.  I enjoyed that James and Vera were neighbors, yet they had to drive or trek through the woods to get to each other houses.   They each had their own space, yet were close enough to be there at a drop of a hat for each other.     The mystery of who was stalking Vera was perfect.  I was sure that I knew who it was, but as the story was told I began to wonder if I was wrong.   I love when I think I know but then find out I was wrong.   The mystery was great and how the person who was stalking was caught and then punished was perfect for Vera.   Vera is a character that has given up so much control of her life that when given the chance to make decisions for herself proves how strong and capable she is.    The First Kiss is a perfect read for the cold winter nights or the warm summer days.    I recommend it.