Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Kissing Kendall by Jennifer Shirk from Entangled Publishing's Bliss Imprint. You can read chapter one here. Thanks so much for stopping by!
Kissing Kendallby Jennifer ShirkKendall Grisbaum is finally taking charge of her life—pouring her heart into opening a new bakery business and even allowing her best friend Georgie to play matchmaker for her. Trouble is, the one guy she secretly wants is Georgie’s older brother, Brad, who is decidedly off limits.
Publication Date: December 7, 2012
Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Bliss)
Brad can’t seem to get his little sister’s best friend out of his mind. He and Kendall used to be close friends, too, and as a local policeman, Brad can’t help but play protector, looking out for Kendall. When he offers to help her renovate her new bakery space on the side, their friendship—and their attraction—flares back to life.
Amid the temptation of doughnut muffins and blueberry cobbler, a new temptation draws them both closer. Can they take a chance on love when it means risking their friendship, even when not doing so risks everything?
My Thoughts: It's been two years since Kendall Grisbaum lost her husband Jake, who was a firefighter, in an on-the-job accident. She and Jake were young and newly married, and the loss has devastated her, especially after loosing both of her parents when she was younger. Brad Mayer is Kendall's best friend Georgie's brother, and was always very good friend of Kendall's also. Brad's sister Georgie is constantly trying to fix him up, but what Georgie doesn't know is that Brad has always had feelings for Kendall, feelings he had to bury when she married Jake, feelings that have caused him to keep his distance from her, though not far enough that he still can't keep an eye on her. Kendall never understood why Brad stopped coming around after she and Jake got married, especially since Jake was his friend and he introduced them. After running into him one evening, she realizes how much she has missed him.
After coincidence and matchmaking attempts from both Georgie and Kendall's grandma keep pushing them together, Kendall can't deny the desire and feelings she has for Brad, despite how hard she tries to. Meanwhile, Brad is trying his best to keep his feelings for Kendall under control, and it's a lot harder than he thought it would be. Just when things seem to be going in the right direction, something happens that causes all of Kendall's pent up fears, fears that she has barely managed to contain, to spiral out of control. Will she let her fears destroy both of them and any chance they may have, or will she be able to move past them and finally be willing to open up her heart to someone again?
I really enjoyed Kissing Kendall. It is such a sweet and heartwarming romance, and very well written. I really liked Kendall, and Brad was just great. He had his moments where he was really frustrated with things, but he was also very patient with Kendall, and he is pretty hot to. My heart hurt for Kendall, understanding what she had been through, and for Brad, while rooting for them and their relationship at the same time. I loved watching these two friends try to work through their issues and fears as they attempt to take a chance on love. The story is fast paced and you can read in a few hours, which makes it the perfect "feel good fix." Kissing Kendall is a really good, sweet, contemporary romance that is clean, but has enough sizzle to make you swoon, leaving you smiling, and satisfied.
"Then don't miss out on the time you could have with Brad. You see, it doesn't matter about the quantity of happiness you're dealt. It's the quality that really matters."
"Well, a wise man once told me that if a person plays it safe all the time, that person could miss out on something truly wonderful"
About Jennifer Shirk: Jennifer Shirk has a bachelor degree in pharmacy--which has in NO WAY at all helped her with her writing career. But she likes to point it out, since it shows romantic-at-hearts come in all shapes, sizes, and mind-numbing educations.
She writes sweet (and sometimes even funny) romances for Samhain Publishing, Avalon Books/Montlake Romance and now Entangled Publishing. She won third place in the RWA 2006 NYC's Kathryn Hayes Love and Laughter Contest with her first book, The Role of a Lifetime.
Lately she's been on a serious exercise kick. But don't hold that against her.
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