Title: Kissing Kendall (Maritime City #2) [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Jennifer Shirk
Publisher: Entangled Bliss
Release Date: December 7, 2012
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
One Line: Such a cute and sweet romance that I couldn’t put down.
About the Book: Kendall 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.
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?
Oh, how I love a sweet and charming romance that simply sweeps you off your feet. That is exactly what Kissing Kendall did for me. There was definitely a sad undertone to it because of Kendall’s late husband, but the story is about finding love after loss and discovering what makes you happy in life, which I loved. The characters were so lovable and hilarious, the love was so endearing and heartfelt, you can’t help but love every minute of reading this.
Kendall is a very likable character. After suffering from the loss of her husband and an even tougher loss as a child, she’s trying to put her life back together, discover what she loves to do, and try to find love and happiness again. Her path to happiness is one I thoroughly enjoyed. Even though she often doubts herself, she’s a pretty strong female, with an amazing talent at whipping up some delicious treats. I like that this was about more than the romance, and focused on Kendall realizing her potential and working hard to get what she wants in life.
As for Brad, I’d have to say it’d be hard not to fall for a guy like that. He’s a police officer, and a darn good one at that, a caring brother, and a good friend. Plus, he’s a hottie! I love that Kissing Kendall was in dual POVs, so you can see just how much Brad cares, and has cared, for Kendall since they first met. The ways he stumbles and acts around her is too cute and I loved watching their love blossom. There are definitely some bumps along the way and Shirk makes you wonder if Kendall can really open up her heart again to love.
I really can’t say anything more than this was such a sweet, fun, and light read for me. I think this would be a perfect summer read, or a book you’ll want to grab when you want to experience that “Awww”-cheesy smile-dreamy sigh feeling you get when you see two people fall in love in the perfect way. Not only are the main characters entertaining, the secondary characters are super hilarious and so lovable, it really adds to my unwavering affection for this book. Shirk has definitely got a fan in me!
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.