by Annie Rains
The irresistible Sawyer brothers of Blushing Bay, North Carolina, are back in this enchanting novel from the USA Today bestselling author of Forbidden Kisses and the Hero’s Welcome series.
Krista Nelson loves being a pediatric nurse. What she doesn’t love is her demanding boss and stressful workload. Fortunately, Krista knows she can count on a waterfront happy hour every Wednesday with her childhood best friend, Noah Sawyer, the one part of her life she never wants to change. But, like it or not, things are changing—because Krista can’t stop wondering what would happen if she grabbed Noah by the collar and kissed him like it was her job.
Bored of the superficial women he’s been dating, Noah’s putting his love life on hold so he can focus on his family’s high-end fishing business. Sure, there are moments when he’s tempted by Krista’s soft lips and killer smile—but her friendship is too important to Noah. How could he let himself jeopardize everything they share? The trouble is, if he doesn’t take the real risk of opening his heart, Noah might just let the perfect catch get away.
She certainly wasn’t a Barbie, though, which seemed to be all that Noah ever dated. Every few weeks, a new Barbie with a different hair color or shade of skin.
“I buy my clothes online, but I don’t find men there.” She didn’t find them anywhere actually.
“I’m not drunk,” Krista said, pulling her fourth beer in front of her. “Just a little flimsy.” “Don’t you mean tipsy?” Noah laughed.
Stolen Kisses was an engaging and sweet, yet angsty, best friends to lovers romance, which featured the younger brother of the main character from the first book in this series, Forbidden Kisses. I am willing to offer up a bribe/sacrifice to Ms. Rains to entice her to feature the oldest brother Sam, in her next book to solve the mystery of his marriage woes, as I seem to be overly fixated and highly curious about this enigmatic character. I adored sweet Krista and her big heart, although I frequently wanted to give Noah a few sound kicks to the back pockets through half of the book. Noah viewed himself as a born screw up, as his mother had died giving birth to him. Krista had been infatuated and obsessed with Noah for years only to be treated and told she was “like one of the guys.” Ms. Rains excels at creating significantly flawed yet endearing characters that resemble icebergs, in that they are profoundly deeper than what is on display. Written in my favorite dual POV, the emotion of the storyline was well-balanced between angst, humor, growing attraction, blossoming self-awareness, and a few steamy love scenes. I’m more than ready for Sam’s story Ms. Rains – please hurry.
About The Author
Annie Rains is a contemporary romance author who writes small town love stories set in fictional towns on the coast of North Carolina. Raised in one of America’s largest military communities, Annie often features heroes who fight for their countries, while also fighting for a place to call home and a good woman to love. When Annie isn’t writing, she’s spending time with her husband and 3 children, or reading a book by one of her favorite authors.