When We Kiss (Ribbon Ridge Series #5)

When We Kiss (Ribbon Ridge Series #5)

by Darcy Burke

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ISBN-13: 9780062443403
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/16/2016
Series: Ribbon Ridge Series , #5
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Darcy Burke is the USA Today bestselling author of hot, action-packed historical and sexy, emotional, contemporary romance. Darcy wrote her first book at age eleven, a happily-ever-after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan that loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations.

A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her guitar-strumming husband, their two hilarious kids who seem to have inherited the writing gene, and three Bengal cats. In her “spare” time, Darcy is a serial volunteer enrolled in a twelve-step program where one learns to say “no,” but she keeps having to start over. She’s also a fair-weather runner, and her happy places are Disneyland and Labor Day weekend at the Gorge.

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When We Kiss (Ribbon Ridge Series #5) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book! To me, this was the best in series. The last several chapters are so emotional, I couldn' t stop reading! I cried big time. Can' t wait for final book about Hayden.
TheSassyBookster More than 1 year ago
WHEN WE KISS is a story of loss, grief and love that will tug at the heartstrings and have readers sighing at Aubrey and Liam's fight for their happy ending. Liam Archer, playboy extraordinaire, thrill seeker and the bad boy of the Archer siblings. Liam holds himself apart from the rest of his family emotionally and physically. He left Ribbon Ridge as soon as he possibly could and his trips home are as quick and brief as his hook-ups. He prefers to keeps things casual, but this trip home is not usual because he can't keep his mind of Aubrey Tallinger. Even his usual enjoyment of his extreme sports adventures is missing, but he knows that he can't give her what she wants. Aubrey enjoyed her no-strings relationship with Liam, but now she is ready to settle down and Liam does not make the shortlist for Mr. Right. Now she just needs to keep her eye on the prize and stop longing for Mr. Right Now. I have been looking forward to Liam's story since I finished reading the previous book and I really enjoyed it. Liam's relationship with his family is very complicated and the anger, guilt and grief he has refused to deal with have made it even harder to connect with them. Being the outsider in his family is nothing new, but for the first time he wants to fit in and enjoy what they all have. First, he'll have to stop running and face his demons. Liam starts out as a selfish and reckless adrenaline junkie but experiences significant personal growth as he beginning to deal with the complex mass of emotions inside him. I enjoyed Aubrey's character because she knew what she wanted, wasn't willing to settle for less than she deserved and wasn't a pushover where Liam was concerned. I loved their chemistry and how they fit together, especially when they accepted their feelings for each other. One thing I love about this series as a whole is that the Archer family is not perfect. Each person comes with issues and hang-ups especially Liam, whose issues are more deep-rooted than anyone knows, but their close bond provides them with the unconditional support they need to work through these issues. Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
I adore the Archer family! We can only dream of having a close-knit family living in a small town like this. They each have their own unique personality and style, yet make the time to come together to love and support each other. Liam Archer has avoided Ribbon Ridge as much as he could over the years. He much prefers his wild and crazy ways in Denver where he's built himself a successful real estate development company. Certain things still bring him home to the family though ... and this time it hits really hard when he stays longer than normal and has to feel his identical twin brother's presence in all of their old haunts for the first time since his death. Aubrey Tallinger is the Archer family's attorney and has become a friend to some of them. She and Liam have been hooking up when he comes to town for awhile now, but she's starting to feel too much for the "no strings" guy, and ends it with him. Will Liam be able to convince her that there's no harm in having fun? Or will she be able to tame her love 'em and leave 'em guy? ** Received free in exchange for an honest review **
bhillson83 More than 1 year ago
When We Kiss is a wonderfully written contemporary romance novel written by Darcy Burke. A story of love, loss and friendship will warm your heart and put a smile on your face with the beautiful story of how two people connect after a tragic loss. Liam Archer and Aubrey Tallinger have this instant chemistry when they met after Liam's brother committed suicide over a year ago. Liam is a strong, stubborn male lead who is infamous for his one nightstands. Aubrey hasn't let herself get attached to Liam, as she knows his reputation and didn't want to get her heartbroken. However, a court battle ahead of them draws them together in more ways then Aubrey was planning on. The chemistry between the two could light up a room and the fiery exchanges between the two will have you wanting more. When We Kiss is a great read for anyone who loves a great romance story. It would definitely be a story that I would recommend adding to your To-Be-Read Shelf.
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
We've seen most of the other Archer siblings deal with the loss of their brother, but for Liam it is much more complicated because Alex was his identical twin. He isn't good at dealing with his feelings and this has affected his relationship with his family as well as his love life. Aubrey is the lawyer who is executing Alex's will and overseeing the land use issue surrounding the property he left to his siblings. She and Liam have been casually seeing each other when he is in town since Alex's death. However she puts and end to things when she realizes that she wants more than what Liam is willing to give her. They find themselves spending time together as friends, but neither can deny not only the attraction, but also the growing feelings between them. These two have great chemistry that leads to some steamy encounters. Another great story in the series, can 't wait for the final one when Hayden comes home. 4.5 stars I received an ARC via Edelweiss for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
TobiForgetHousework More than 1 year ago
Going into When We Kiss, I wasn't sure I would like Liam and how he appeared to have no care whether he hurt himself and leaving his family worried constantly with his daredevil sports. Darcy Burke worked her magic and Liam won me over. I loved discovering all of his secrets and reasons for how he'd been living his life. He's in Ribbon Ridge for a wedding and also recouping from an injury. He needs something fun, or someone. I felt for Aubrey as she was emotionally thrown back and forth even after putting her foot down about their fling being over. Circumstances keep throwing them together and she keeps fighting the magnetic pull she feels towards Liam. If you enjoy a romance that will tug at your heart and keep you on the edge of your seat I highly recommend When We Kiss.
LoriP123 More than 1 year ago
When We Kiss by Darcy Burke is the fifth book in her Ribbon Ridge series. I've had the pleasure reading all of them, but found Liam's story very emotional. Liam Archer is a type A personality that works hard and plays hard. He is a real estate mogul living in Denver and a thrill seeker in his down time. He's lived away from home for years and only came back for holidays and short visits. His relationship with his twin brother was one of love and hate and fed off his thrill seeking sports and his drive to always be the best. Since Alex's passing he actually has been home more often than he had in all the years before and this made his feelings more predominant since he had always kept them stuffed down, nice and tight. Aubrey had been Alex's lawyer and gotten to know him pretty well before his passing, but when he had died she felt used and betrayed by Alex and at first attacked by his family. It had taken months for some of the family members to come to terms with his passing, but Liam was still a work in progress. Their attraction to one another was combustible from the beginning, but they both wanted different things for their future. Aubrey wanted a home, family and stability. Liam was all work and play. He intended to never move back home, but things were changing. He was seeing that home, family and the stability of Ribbon Ridge was maybe just what he needed and wanted. I was given an ARC for an honest review. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.
EWright16 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this latest Ribbon Ridge book. Since the beginning I have really wanted to understand what Liam's malfunction is. Now we know and wow do I want to just give him a hug. Aubrey was her usual self. I really enjoyed finding out what made her tick. I loved her even more after seeing what her life has been like. The other Archers are front and center, of course and as entertaining and wonderful as ever. There really wasn't much of a setup for Hayden's story so I am super curious what Burke has in store for the last unattached Archer.
Rhondaz More than 1 year ago
When we Kiss by Darcy Burke is another beautiful story in my favorite place Ribbon Ridge. Darcy does it again with Liam Archers story, I think this one might be my favorite book so far. Liam and Aubrey are perfect for each other, but Liam needs to quit blaming himself and not sure Aubrey will be able to wait. You will have to read it and find out. This series is a must read, one of my favorites if you have not read it, I would highly recommend it. I absolutely love Darcys writing and Ribbon Ridge. I am so looking forward to Haydens story, I can't wait. I was given an ARC of this great book, for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is no right or wrong way to grieve. No time limit to how long. Although Liam's way may have seemed a little extreme that was his way of enduring. I received an ARC of When We Kiss by Darcy Burke in exchange for an honest review. Liam's daredevil tendencies served two purposes. It helped him escape the pain of losing his twin brother but it also helped him to feel alive. I think he used it as a punishment to himself for not saving his brother. Aubrey becomes a link to his brother. Her sympathy for his loss and dedication to her job is what brings them together. i like to think their meeting was his twin's way of tying up lose ends and letting Liam know when it was time to move on. These Archer's know how to break a heart but Darcy Burke knows how to repair it. I love this series.
KimHeniadis More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful book in the Ribbon Ridge series! Only one more sibling’s story left to tell, so it will be interesting to see where Darcy Burke takes the series from there. Out of the previous four novels and the novella, Where the Heart Is, that introduces us to Ribbon Ridge, this one hit me the most emotionally. Liam is the twin to the brother, Alex, who committed suicide before the series began. Not only do we see strong emotions from Liam, but also from Aubrey since she was Alex’s attorney who set up the financial stuff, all the while not knowing Alex’s end results. It was a rollercoaster ride watching the two of them go through the highs and lows. Not only with their emotions towards Alex, but towards each other. I also really enjoyed the interaction between them, and the rest of the Archer family. In each book we get more glimpses of the siblings, their significant others, and the parents. In When We Kiss, you see even more interaction between Aubrey and the family, especially the women. The scene when the girls go out to the bar for a night of drinks and playing, Never Have I Ever, is very amusing. With how much I enjoyed this one, I wrestled a bit with how many stars to give it. It was excellent in so many ways, but the romance trope of we shouldn’t be together, but then one wants to be when the other one doesn’t, went on just a tad too long for me. But it was not as annoying as it could have been thanks to all the engaging emotional scenes that Burke wrote. As with the rest of the books in the Ribbon Ridge series, it could be read alone, since there’s enough back story to know what is going on. But I would recommend starting at the beginning so you can see the relationships grow.
allromancereader More than 1 year ago
When We Kiss is Liam and Aubrey's long awaited story. We've gotten to know Aubrey as she helped the Archer family navigate the aftermath of Alex's suicide. Liam is the unique brother in the family in that he is Alex's identical twin. Ms. Burke's character development is wonderful and it's fascinating to explore the twin relationship between Liam and Alex, as well as Aubrey's guilt over her role in Alex's death. What I like about the Archer family is that they aren't a "pretty family wrapped up with a bow." They have their own dysfunctions and skeletons in the closet - that makes the family real to the reader. In this case, its Liam and Alex's relationship dynamic we get a glimpse into. Liam and Alex had a love/hate relationship in life, and Liam's resentment has carried over long after Alex's death. It's a wonderful dynamic to watch play out. Aubrey is a strong woman who knows what she wants, but she has her fears and anxieties, which also makes her relatable. The one thing she wants is her "happily ever after" and I like how Aubrey stood up for herself in her relationship with Liam in that regards. As a reader, it took a while for us to really understand that part of Aubrey's challenge is that Aubrey wasn't quite enumerating what she wanted to Liam. Once he finally realized what she wants out of her life, he starts to chip away at her defenses. What he didn't realize was that at the same time, he was chipping away his own objections. Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.