Jesse Oliver was a medic in Afghanistan, but back home in Pine Mountain he’s happy to switch gears as the Double Shot bar’s new sous chef. When his apartment floods and his old Army buddy offers the family’s dilapidated lake house as temporary quarters, Jesse thinks a little remodeling on the creaky duplex sounds like a fair return favor. That’s before he sets eyes on the gorgeous woman moving into the other side of the cabin—and discovers she’s his buddy’s kid sister, a.k.a totally off limits.
Kat McMarrin has fought hard for her space, and she’s not too interested in sharing it. Of course, her job as a physical therapist means she won’t see much of Jesse, even if he’s a few thin floorboards away—unless she seeks him out. And with his sculpted body and slow-burn gaze, she might be tempted. Maybe the fixer-upper projects she has planned for the cabin will keep her mind off him. Or maybe her instincts to strip the place down will get out of hand…
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Just One Taste
By KIMBERLY KINCAID
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Jesse Oliver hadn't even opened his eyes to greet the morning before he realized with 100 percent certainty that something was very, very wrong. Although the extensive training he'd received courtesy of the United States Army dictated that he remain perfectly still as he gathered intel, every one of his senses went from zero to wide-freaking-awake from his spot beneath the covers.
Someone was in his bathroom. And since his one-bedroom efficiency was roughly the size of a dinner plate, that meant whoever had been dumb enough to creep into Jesse's space was also only six paces away.
Time to rise and shine.
He pulled in a shallow breath, calibrating his awareness to the sounds filtering in through the bathroom door he'd left cracked open last night. The rush of movement wasn't loud, but it was definitely constant and definitely out of place. Jesse froze, focusing past the strong and steady thump-thump of his heartbeat to laser in on full recognition.
The sound wasn't a who, but a what. As in, running water.
Lots of it.
Jesse's eyes flew open, taking only a few stop-frame seconds before adjusting to the early autumn sunlight slicing past his bedroom blinds. He got two steps into the six-stride tour to the bathroom before his bare feet registered the sloppy, wet surface that had been his carpet only hours before.
"Shit." Jesse's gut boomeranged toward his tailbone as he wheeled his gaze in a methodical arc from left to right, taking in the larger-by-the-second puddle on the floor with growing dread. Water pushed beneath the bathroom door in a steady stream, soaking the bottom of the laundry hamper lined up by the closet and zeroing in on the heavy-soled boots he'd left neatly lined up at the foot of his bed. His feet slapped against the solid inch of water turning his carpet into a swampland, splashing the hem of his low-riding basketball shorts with his last step toward the door.
Turned out his carpet was just a preview for the tsunami rolling through his bathroom.
Jerking back with a renewed curse, Jesse watched helplessly as the wave that had been held mostly at bay by the barrier of the door came rushing out over the tile threshold. But the growing sense of doom that would incite panic in a civilian kicked him into gear, and the grace-under-fire calm that ran his circuitry like a reflex pushed him into action.
Jesse dropped into a crouch, swiftly scanning the plumbing behind both the toilet and the bare-bones pedestal sink anchored next to it on the wall. Water jetted out from the space where the pipes in the sink met the drywall behind it, and Jesse reached out to crank the shutoff valve all the way closed.
He might as well have tried bailing out the Titanic with a shot glass and a Hail Mary.
When a few flicks of his wrist failed to move the valve on the toilet, Jesse sprang to standing. Water continued to stream into the bathroom, and his assessing stare traveled up the stretch of plain, white drywall toward the ceiling.
Holy hell. They were both coated with a heavy sheen of water too.
Jesse swiped a hand over the sweat dotting his brow, skimming his fingers all the way over his skull trim before angling himself back through the door to his bedroom. A handful of well-placed steps had him in his kitchenette, which was little more than a five-by-five section of aging linoleum lined with battle-tested cabinets and the oldest stove-and-cook-top combo known to man.
Annnnd since the counter with his kitchen sink shared a wall with the bathroom, the kitchenette was also buried under an inch and a half of water. Jesus, whatever pipe had burst back there had to be hauling the main water supply to his apartment. Nothing else would explain a flood of this magnitude.
The only prayer he had of stanching the gushing water was to kill the main shutoff valve in his utility closet. With purpose replacing the adrenaline in his bloodstream, Jesse whipped the narrow door open, shouldering his way past the splintered wood framing in the unfinished space. The chipped red wheel marking the valve stood at eye level on the left-hand wall, and he wasted no time spinning it as tight as it would go.
Muffled shouts and thundering footsteps rang out beyond the walls of his apartment, gathering his full attention. Jesse jammed his feet into the boots now sitting in a murky puddle by the end of his bed and autopiloted his way onto the outdoor landing to his apartment, where he nearly crashed into his next-door neighbor, Marcy Teasdale.
"Jesse! Oh my God, where is all this water coming from?" Clad in only a nightgown and a panic-stricken expression, tears filled the young woman's eyes as she balanced a frightened toddler on her hip.
"I don't know. Are you hurt?" The question flew out automatically, followed quickly by the sharp, metallic aftertaste of fear. But Marcy shook her head, sending a blast of relief through Jesse's chest.
"No, but there's water all over the place. I can't even tell where it's coming from, there's so much."
"Did you turn off the main valve in your apartment?" he asked, already methodically moving toward her wide-open front door. A shit storm, he could handle.
A shit storm with casualties? Not so much.
"N-no. I don't know how, and Brian's working the early shift."
"Okay. Stay here. I've got it."
Jesse paused for a nanosecond to deliver Marcy a reassuring look, although the whole situation was growing more FUBAR by the second. Her apartment was a mirror image of his in both layout and status, with oversized puddles taking over the floor in her kitchenette and main living space. Deciding to skip the pleasantries of the individual appliance valves, Jesse went straight for the Teasdales' utility closet, repeating the same action he'd taken in his own.
The flow of water into the apartment slowed, but killing the switch was like putting a Band-Aid where a tourniquet should be. God only knew how long it would hold.
Plus, Jesse thought as he stepped back to survey the damage, the cleanup was going to take a whole lot more than a couple of towels and a good airing out.
He returned to the landing, the bright sunlight and trill of chirping birds completely discordant with the ruin behind him. "I think I've got it, for now, anyway."
Marcy nodded, drawing in a shaky breath as she turned her attention to the concrete ceiling above them. "Most of my water was coming in from the bathroom ceiling, and I heard a lot of yelling from upstairs just now. I think 2A and 2B are having the same problem we are."
Jesse shot a stare at the open-air stairwell leading to the two apartments over his and Marcy's. 2A was an elderly couple and 2B was the pretty blonde he'd seen on the running trails around the building from time to time. Although the blonde always seemed fairly confident, even money said she wasn't a licensed plumber, and Jesse's feet had covered half the space to the stairs before he was even aware of the movement. "I'll go make sure they turn their water off too. Do you have your cell phone?"
Marcy eked out another nod. "I grabbed it right after I got Joey out of his crib."
"Good. Can you do me a favor and call the landlord?"
Jesse flicked one last glance toward his apartment, his hope flatlining into reality as he tacked on, "And you might want to call your mother to see if you can stay with her. I doubt any of us will be living here for a while."
The first sign that all wasn't well in Kat McMarrin's world were the two—no, three—Pine Mountain utility trucks clustered around her tiny apartment building. The place might be aging, but come on. Everything had been business as usual when she'd left for her run an hour ago.
The second sign of things not right came by way of a torrent of water rushing down the concrete stairwell, and oh God, was that her landlord and the property manager standing on the other side of that red caution tape?
No way. No way. Kat always made it a point to do right by the universe, bringing her neighbors fresh veggies from the farm stand and participating in projects to clean up Big Gap Lake.
Her karma was spotless. Impeccable. Flawless.
And also possibly flooded.
With a troop of butterflies taking flight against her rib cage, Kat yanked her earbuds from beneath her two low pigtails. From her vantage point about thirty feet from the building, she caught a decent visual of both floors of the open-air unit. Her palms went cold and slick as she registered that not only were all four apartment doors wide open to their respective outdoor landings, but the water she'd seen spilling over the stairs seemed to be coming from within both her place and that of her neighbors.
Kat balled up both her fists and her courage as she sprinted toward the small crowd of people amassed on the sidewalk. A tendril of relief unfurled in her rib cage at the sight of her elderly next-door neighbors standing by the curb, and she met Mrs. A's shaky embrace with one of her own.
"What's going on? Are you two okay?"
"Oh, Kat! Thank God you're here." The tiny, gray-haired woman splayed a hand over the front of her housecoat. "It all happened so fast. Sam and I had just gone into the kitchen to make tea for breakfast when water started coming in from under the sink. It flooded the kitchen floor in no time flat, same thing in the bathroom. We tried to stop it, but—"
"No, no. It looks like a pipe must've burst, so it was smart to get out of there. You're not hurt, are you?" Kat slid an arm around the woman's thin shoulders, splitting her gaze between both of her neighbors. She assessed bone and muscle and movement, gauging any possible injuries just as she did every day at the physical therapy center.
"We're okay," Mr. A confirmed, taking his wife's hand even though his own was far from steady. "Jesse came up from his apartment to help us. Such a nice young man."
Kat's chin lifted in surprise. "The quiet guy from 1B?"
She'd seen her reserved yet ridiculously good-looking neighbor a handful of times in the seven months he'd lived above her, but he wasn't around much like everyone else. On the rare occasion Kat crossed paths with him either in the parking lot or on the running trails behind the complex, he'd acknowledge her with a stiff nod, then keep to himself.
Mr. A nodded. "Yes. He turned off the main water valve and helped us get down the stairs safely."
"Sounds like he knew just what to do in a crisis," Kat said. Speaking of which ...
She turned her focus to the apartment building, an icy chill running the length of her spine despite the September sunshine. Two workers wearing bright orange vests emblazoned with Pine Mountain Utility Company manned the second floor, calling clipped directives into their walkie-talkies. Puddles of water collected around the entryways to both first-floor apartments, and dread leaked from Kat's chest to her belly as she caught the utterly grim expression of her landlord on the other side of the building.
"I'm going to go talk to Mr. Watkins to see if I can get more information about what's going on. You two sit tight, okay? I'll be right back." She turned on the heel of her running shoe, only instead of setting her sights on her landlord, she smacked directly into the guy from 1B.
"Oh!" Startled, Kat winged her gaze upward, reaching out to reclaim her balance. 1B stared down at her with eyes the exact shade of polished bronze, and holy macaroni, he had biceps that would stop crime and punishment all in one go.
She knew, because she was clutching them like an idiot.
"Pardon me." His response was quiet and cool, and it gave Kat a much-needed nudge back to the problem at hand.
"I'm sorry. I didn't see you there." Probably because he'd made zero noise, but still ... "Do you know anything about what's happening with the building?"
He nodded, just one dip of his clean-shaven chin. "Looks like the main. The utility company just shut down the water supply to the entire building. But there's a lot of damage."
Anxiety and alarm collided in Kat's veins, but neither emotion stopped her from asking, "How much is a lot?"
A flicker of unease cut across 1B's otherwise unreadable expression, and he stepped back to share the answer with both her and the Albertsons. "Watkins is suggesting we all find temporary housing."
Kat's heartbeat went haywire beneath her thin, black running hoodie. Her apartment might not be big or fancy, but it was hers. Her space, with her energy, her things. She'd lived in Pine Mountain for nearly three years, and for the first time in her life, she had no plans to leave.
But if there was one thing being the daughter of an Army colonel had taught her, it was how to pack up and move on. Even when she didn't want to.
Mrs. Albertson shifted on the sidewalk. "Oh, my. Well, our daughter lives in Philadelphia, and we are past due for a visit." She turned to look at Kat, her expression full of concern. "But what about you, dear? Do you have a place to go?"
Kat pinched the bridge of her nose between her thumb and index finger, hoping like mad that triggering the pressure point there would deliver a bright idea to her brain. Her brother Gabe was her only local option, and he and his adorable wife had just brought home baby number three, not to mention the crazy hours he worked in Riverside Hospital's emergency department. Even though she knew he'd find a way to put her up, she wouldn't dream of asking, especially on thirty seconds' notice.
Her brother. Her brother. Wait a second....
She and Gabe still had the deed to the old summer house on Big Gap Lake. The place was borderline ancient, and she hadn't stayed there in what felt like a century. But she helped Gabe pay for annual maintenance, and she'd promised him she'd fix the place up a bit this year anyway. The keys were right there on her key ring. It might not be her space, her apartment, her home, but she needed a landing spot, and she needed it five minutes ago.
"Don't you worry about me, Mrs. A. I'll be just fine. Now let's go see what we can salvage from the mess in there. I have a feeling it's going to be a long day."CHAPTER 2
Jesse rocked back on the heels of his standard-issue work boots, surveying the front of his Army buddy's lakefront duplex with the first glint of hope he'd felt since his rude awakening that morning. Sure, the clapboard exterior had seen more than a few calendars' worth of better days, and okay, Gabe had warned him that both apartments inside needed an equal and not small amount of TLC. But there was a sturdy roof overhead and a clean, dry living space below it, which was more than Jesse had been guaranteed during the six years he'd spent in Iraq and Afghanistan, not to mention the twenty he'd spent in Pine Mountain before that. Outdated furnishings and appliances of questionable functionality were hardly roughing it as far as he was concerned.
Especially since right at that moment, all his worldly belongings were crammed in the duffel bag sitting on the passenger seat of his beat-up old Dodge Challenger.
"Like I told you on the phone, it's not much." Gabe folded his arms over the front of his olive drab T-shirt, frowning down at the overgrown patches of crab grass taking over the front yard.
"It's not swimming under two inches of water," Jesse reminded him. "As far as I'm concerned, that makes it paradise."
"Yeah." His friend's expression slid toward sympathy. "I guess that'll happen when your water main is pushing forty years old and it decides to bust in three places. Did your landlord give you a repair timeline?"
Jesse's mind spun back to the news Mr. Watkins had delivered to all the affected residents a few hours ago, and his gut squeezed. The squeeze tripled up when he thought of the crestfallen look on the blonde's face when they'd gone over the worst-case scenario.
Hi gut went ballistic when he recalled her hands on his biceps, clutching his T-shirt with hot fists as they'd stood toe to toe on the sidewalk.
"Sort of," Jesse said, clearing his throat to lock in on the here and now. "They've got to dry everything out before they can figure out if they'll need mold remediation. The water damage looks pretty significant, though."
"Meaning the place is likely trashed even if there's no mold?"
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I loved being back in Pine Mountain in this stand alone novella about finding love unexpectedly. I really liked the hero and the heroine. They find themselves thrown together under unusual circumstances, and the attraction and chemistry between them is palpable. Kat moved around a lot growing up sincer her father was in the military. Her home and space mean everything to her...and she's not used to sharing it! Jesse is former military who has found what he needs in Pine Creek when he returns to civilian life. Unexpectedly they find each other and not only is the chemistry hot but they develop a great connection. Jesse really struggles...not only is Kat his friend's sister, but he has never felt good enough for anyone...let alone someone like Kat. Kimberly wrote both characters remarkably, but I really felt a lot for Jesse in particular. I felt that I got to know him well in this novella. She really made me care and want Jesse to realize he deserves all good things! I really hoped he'd take the chance with Kat. I really liked that Just One Taste didn't have any angst and it wasn't overly dramatic. It's about two people finding their future, and holding each other up. Gabe (Kat's brother) is a secondary character who we don't see a lot of, but is a strong factor anyway in Just One Taste, and I really liked his character too. The maturity all of the characters show really stands out! Although part of Kimberly's Pine Mountain series, Just One Taste can definitely be read as a stand alone. I'd recommend Just One Taste to any romance reader looking for an emotional, strong novella.
Sweet novella & great addition to series. Kimberly never fails to delight & touch our hearts. Kat and Jesse are two of kind…neither are looking for love, a relationship, or commitment. Both carry insecurities as baggage and both seek to carve out a place of their own where the past won’t hurt so much. When Jesse needs a place to stay after a major leak in his apartment, his Army buddy Gabe, who is also Kat’s brother, offers him shelter at the duplex lake house recently inherited by Kat and Gabe. Seeing that she lived in the same building of the flood, Kat decides take up residence at the duplex as well only didn’t say anything to Gabe. She hadn’t planned to share the space with anyone, especially a good-looking guy with a body she wishes she could stop looking at but simply enjoy the peace and quiet, and work on much needed renovations. Finally, they decide to work together on the renovations and find they enjoy it, and eventually each other. The heat created between these two starts to bring about a hot glow, which far outshines any newly polished wood. There’s nothing better than a story based on small town characters that always seem to know everyone else’s business, and Kimberly creates this atmosphere better than anyone I know. Her characters are people I would love to know in real life and they always manage to touch my heart. Jesse and Kat are two such characters. Jesse carries so much angst, guilt, and regret after his time in Afghanistan on top of the wounds embedded typically in a child of a drug addict. You feel his pain as if it’s your own and Kimberly handles it wonderfully. Kat is a typical Army brat who is used to never staying in one place for too long and yearns for just that. She wants stability, to be dug in, and a place she can call her own, and home. These two people are so alike and yet so different, you can’t help but want them to get together. They butt heads…Kat being the butt-r more than the butt-e but in the end, they help each other overcome the obstacles that keep their hearts closed off, and come together for once they get a taste of togetherness, there’s no turning back because JUST ONE TASTE is not enough. Thank goodness. I highly recommend this sweet, sassy, steamy, and as usual for Kimberly Kincaid, deliciously sexy novella very much in the fashion of, and a great addition to, the Pine Mountain series. ***eARC provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unscripted review.
Pine Mountain is one of my favorite small towns and this addition to the series features Jesse and Kat, who are thrown together when their apartment building floods. Both Jesse and Kat have some issues to deal with, and the fact that Kat is the little sister of Jesse’s army buddy adds a bit of tension to the story. There isn’t a whole lot of angst, which was nice, this was more of a story where two people help each other heal and come to terms with events in their lives. Although I liked both Jesse and Kat, I really wanted a bit more from Jesse’s character. I loved getting to know him in the previous book, and although we did get to visit with some of the characters at the Double Shot, I just felt that there was a part of Jesse that didn’t come through in this novella that I got from Fire Me Up. All in all this was a quick read with some sweet and some heat – not my favorite in the series, but still a great book to grab when you are looking for a quick satisfying romance. I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I always love going to Pine Mountain, Kimberly Kincaid makes this place seem so real, and the people there feel like your neighbors. Just One Taste, can be read as a stand alone, but to get the full impact of Pine Mountain and it's people, you need to read the whole series. Besides once you read one of these books, you will want to read the rest, they are that good!! This is the story of Jesse and Katrina. He is a sous chef and she is a physical therapist. They live in the same apartment complex, but don't really know each other. That is until a water main breaks, flooding their small building, and sending the occupants to find new housing for a while. Jesse's friend offers his lake house, not knowing that his sister, Kat, is also staying there. Jesse and Kat, decide to both stay there and fix up the place, while their apartments are being redone, after all the lake house is a duplex, perfect for two families. But Jesse and Kat, quickly find out that all the fix-up chores go faster when done together. Never expecting romance, is it possible that a broken war medic and this quirky military brat can find a kind of peace together? This was a quick, sexy, fun read, that was lighthearted, without distracting from the fact that Jesse was having problems dealing with life after war. Great job, Kimberly Kincaid, cannot wait for more of Pine Mountain!!
Great Book! This is a great book; this is book 4.5 in the Pine Mountain series by Kimberly Kincaid. This book can be read as a standalone, but once you read one you will want to read them all. When Kat’s apartment gets flooded, she takes off for her family’s lake house. She has big plans to fix up the old place. What she doesn’t expect is finding her brother’s sexy friend Jesse, also living there. When Jesse’s apartment gets flooded as well, his friend offers to let him stay at the lake house. The more time Kat and Jesse spend together the more they enjoy discovering each other and fall in love. If you are looking for a great love story with some wonderful characters then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
4.5 Loved this book cant wait to read more . I Love how a strong woman can help a wounded Man realize he is worthy of Love . Plus how wonderful Loving man can teach said woman she can find home she just needs to open her heart and mind.I do wish it would have been a bit longer though :) Kat & Jesse made me smile and want to hug them and say HEY you are both deserving of Love . Thanks for the HEA !
Kimberly Kincaid is one of my auto-buy authors, because I love her writing style and she never disappoints. In Just One Taste we get to see more from Jesse and of course he doesn’t disappoint. Jesse is settling in as a sous-chef at the Double Shot after his return from the Army. He has medic training from his days with the Army, but after all that he has seen in the Army he needs something to ground him and he thinks that cooking is the only thing that can do that. THAT IS UNTIL HE MEETS KAT! They live in the same apartment building and when it floods Jesse and Kat find themselves spending a lot of time together. Come to find out Kat is Gabe’s sister, Jesse’s ex-Army buddy, so she is totally off limits BUT she settles him more than cooking and “JUST ONE TASTE” of her will not be enough. This is another must read of Kimberly Kincaid and can be read as a standalone, although I recommend reading all of the books in the Pine Mountain Series.
I've been loving the books in this series so I was happy to know that this book is on Jesse. Jesse first appeared in the earlier book Fire Me Up and I was intrigued by him then. He was hardworking, responsible, helpful, definitely a man with a good heart but he seemed closed up and there were secrets about him just waiting to be told. Kat has always wanted a place of her own to settle down and to plant roots in. Being a Army brat, she followed her family traveling around, never been able to make friends or feel at home and finally she's found her place in an apartment she owns at Pine Mountain. A turn of events resulted in Kat and Jesse sharing a lake house together and as they combined efforts to do up the lake house, their chemistry sizzled into an attraction they never planned for. Jesse has serious emotional issues and feelings of inadequacy. Will Kat be able to help him overcome that especially now that he knows she is his best friend Gabe's sister? I thought Kimberly Kincaid wrote really well in portraying Jesse. It was emotional for me to read about Jesse but Kat offered the perfect balance. Despite this being a novella, it didn't feel rushed and the characters were developed well. You bet I'll be waiting for the next book in this installment. Many thanks to Netgalley, Kensington Books and the author for an advance copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.
Kat McMarrin and Jesse Oliver are neighbors until their apartment building floods. They end up at the same duplex and start fixing it up together. Jesse is a former Army Medic and works as a cook now. Kat is a former Army brat and a free spirit. They try to fight their attraction but it doesn't work. I really enjoyed this novella. I loved this scene, because it made me laugh. "Jesse took an involuntary step back, his heartbeat kicking to DEFCON 4 at the sight of the insect clinging to the top edge of the red plastic. Jesus Christ. That's not a spider. It's a rhinoceros." I would recommend this book and am looking forward to the next book in the series.
I really enjoyed this lighthearted, sweet and sexy visit to Pine Mountain and the romance between Kat and Jesse. Kat is a fun and quirky character marching to the beat of her own drum, looking for a little stability after growing up in a constantly moving military household. Jesse,retired from three tours as a military paramedic, has learned to deal with his PTSD by focusing his attention on cooking, creating dishes to heal his soul (and delight his patrons). When they end up in the same lake house together after their apartment building floods, they quickly discover that working as a team makes everything better, fixing up the lake house and at the same time creating a bond between themselves as well. It's only a matter of time before the attraction between them leads to some steamy love scenes and the eventual realization that they can be 'home' for each other. It was an entertaining, lovely story. 4 stars.
I was anticipating Jesse's story after meeting him in Fire Me Up. It's fast paced, but you get a full story. Loved learning about his past and how deeply he is loyal to those he cares about. Kat is the perfect woman for Jesse. They get each other when others don't. Somehow Kat has to show Jesse he's worthy and deserves the happiness he thinks he doesn't. I also loved revisiting characters from previous books in the series.
This was the first in the Pine Mountains series by Kimberly Kincaid that I have read but it won't be my last! Jesse, the strong silent type and Kat, the quirky neighbor, find out they have a lot in common when their apartments are ruined by a water main break. Not only do they both know her brother, but they end up staying at the same place while their apartments are being renovated. While doing some renovating on their own, they quickly learn about each other's past. This is a very sweet novella that will definitely get you hooked on Kimberly Kincaid!
Still waters run deep! Jesse is the quiet one, but there is much more than meets the eye. He & Kat has chemistry from the start. Kat's need for stability is understandable, being raised as an army brat, constantly moving. Jesse & Kat get to know each other and realize they can offer exactly what the other needs!! Awesome read! Wonderful addition to the Pine Mountain series!
So excited to return to Pine Mountain, in this novella we meet Jesse and Kat. They live in the same apartment building, when a pipe bursts, his ex army buddy offers him his cabin. The only problem is that Kat is his buddy's little sister. She should be off limits, but the sparks fly between them. Loved the banter between these two and how their relationship developed. This is a novella but a packed full story that is not rushed. I always love visiting Pine Mountain. I highly recommend this for an afternoon delight of reading.
I really liked Just One Taste by Kimberly Kincaid. This novella falls between book four and five of the Pine Mountain series, and it is well-written, hot and sexy. The small town of Pine Mountain comes to life once again with the love story of former military medic and sous chef, Jesse Oliver, and physical therapist Kat McMarrin. Jesse grew up in the area, while Kat lived in many places due to her father's army career. Gabe, Kat's older brother, is one of Jesse's buddies from the army. Jesse and Kat live in the same apartment building and only know each other in passing. So when their respective apartments get flooded, they need to find some temporary housing while their building is being renovated. Gabe offers to let Jesse stay in his family's run-down lake house, in exchange for sprucing it up a little. Unbeknownst to both Jesse and Gabe, Kat has already settled in. Jesse and Kat are very attracted to each other and living together only amplifies their mutual desire. Fixing up the house becomes their favorite pastime, and as a result, their new friendship evolves into much more. Whew, I needed a wet cloth after reading the scorching sex scene Ms. Kincaid crafted, and the build-up of sexual tension only added to the heat. Jesse and Kat are likeable and charming characters that kept me captivated throughout the story. Their banter is lively, in addition to being honest and flirty. Ms. Kincaid packs a lot of punch into this well designed novella, and I was cheering for Jesse and Kat to become a couple. If you are looking for a quick, engaging romance, then spend a little time in Pine Mountain. Complimentary copy provided by the author via NetGalley.
Just One Taste by Kimberly Kincaid is book 4.5 of her Pine Mountain series. It is a novella but it is a complete story about Jesse Oliver and Kat McMarrin. Jesse and Kat are well developed characters and their relationship is sweet, sexy and filled with lively banter, honesty and one-liners. Although it's a novella, Kimberly took her time with Jesse and Kat's relationship so that it was a slow and steady build up to the hot and sexy times. Their relationship showed how important it was to find some one that really understood you and enjoyed spending time with you. I appreciated that because it gave me a chance to know more about each one of them. I always enjoy a trip to Pine Mountain because I know that I will get to see some old favorites (Adrian and Teagan this time) as well as enjoy this small town and how it can make everyone feel at home. I am already looking forward to my return visit with the next book. I received an arc from NetGalley, Kensington Publishing and Jane Nutter in exchange for an honest review.
ARC provided via Netgalley from the author in exchange for an honest review This series has a way of reaching out, grabbing you by the hand and transporting you right into the middle of Pine Mountain. With each new addition to the series Ms. Kincaid gives readers a broader view into the lives of all of its residents, old or new, and does an amazing job at connecting each characters story to the next, giving the series a very realistic feel. But, with that being said, I think she also does a great job at keeping each book versatile enough that you could still read each book as a standalone. I enjoyed reading Jesse and Kat's story, it was sweet, passionate, full of chemistry...and a few blushworthy moments. The storyline was very engaging and held my interest the whole way through. If you have not read this series, I highly recommend you remedy that situation right away, because you are totally missing out on some wonderful stories....and a few new book boyfriends!
I loved this story! This was my first time reading Ms. Kincaid's work and, I must say, I am looking forward to going back and reading the other books in this series. A quick read, I was hooked right from the start and sad to see it end. The novella is heart-warming and well written. The characters are endearing and enjoyable. A must read! ARC received from Kensington Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
I always love visiting Pine Mountain. This novella was no exception. Just One Taste is the story of Kat and Jesse. Thrown together after their apartment building floods, Jesse fights his attraction to Kat because she is his friends little sister and he feels that he isn't good enough for her. As they work together to improve a lake house they find that they can't fight the attraction. What will happen when they have to go back to the apartment? Will Jesse realize that the one thing he really needs is right in front of his eyes? I recommend this story to anyone who enjoys a feel good romance. I was given a arc copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.
Fantastic, fun, quick read! Love that we got Jessie's story and Kat is the perfect match for him. When they both suffer damage to their apartments after a water main break the find themselves sharing a cabin. Working on fixing up the cabin gives them the time they need to get to know each other and decide how they want to handle the wild attraction between them. This is a great addition to the series and I highly recommend this one for everyone.
Fantastic book! I love Pine Mountain and all of the people who live there. The only negative thing I have to say about it is that I wish it was longer, although I could truly say that about every Kimberly Kincaid book! Kat is the much loved physical therapist and Jesse is the latest sous chef. I loved his connection to Adrian and Teegan from a previous book in the series. They live in the same apartment building and only know each other to nod hello, at least until a pipe bursts in their building and they both end up staying at Kat's family lakehouse. Kat decides to go there and do some home improvement projects she's been putting off and Jesse ends up there due to his friendship with Kat's brother Gabe. They live in the two units and work together to fix up the house, and of course fall in love! It was a great story and I would highly recommend it to anyone.
I have been looking forward to reading Jesse's story the next book in Kimberly Kincaid's Pine Mountain Series and I wasn't disappointed. This is the story of Kat and and Jesse. Unknowingly both move in to a cabin/duplex owned by Kat's family in serious needs of remodeling/repairs after their apartment building is flooded. Jesse suffers from PTSD and it is easily set off when something like the flooding happens. Working together to do the repairs the attraction grows, but can Jesse get over the fact that this is his buddy's little sister and that should be a rule breaker for him. A great read I enjoyed seeing the healing they were able to give each other and of course the HEA is always what I want at the end.
Jesse and Kat are each trying to heal from past life experiences. A former army medic, Jesse has been faced with some of the most gruesome sights and Kat has dealt with an overbearing parent that made her feel suffocated. Jesse has escaped the trauma of his past by becoming a sous chef at a local bar. Kat has become her own woman by working at a career she loves and living in her own space. An unexpected flood in the apartment building leads to Kat and Jesse becoming begrudging roommates. Can these two lost souls help each other become who they were meant to be? Just One Taste by Kimberly Kincaid is a story about learning to be independent but also knowing when to ask for help. I found this story to be a touching work of art. Received an ARC of this story for an honest review.