ARC Review: Forbidden Kisses by Annie Rains.

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Forbidden Kisses (Blushing Bay #1) by Annie Rains.
Expected publication: April 11th 2017.
237 pages.
Rating: 3/5
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Synopsis:
For years, Jack Sawyer’s family has been running their upscale seafood business like a finely tuned machine. But every machine breaks down eventually, and suddenly Jack needs a new office manager, a new kayak launch, and a new lease on life. Then Grace Donner shows up again. She’s smart, motivated, and perfect for the manager position, but if she’s anything like her mom, she can’t be trusted. And Jack has never been able to trust himself around Grace.

Grace hasn’t seen her former stepbrothers since their parents’ messy divorce, but she never forgot them—especially Jack. She misses being part of the big rambunctious Sawyer clan, and if there’s an opportunity to set things right, she means to do it. But she can’t ignore Jack’s irresistibly kissable lips, or the searing way he looks at her when he thinks she’s not looking. Their chemistry is more explosive than ever. And if the Sawyers can forgive and forget, anything is possible.

Grace Donner and Jack Sawyer used to be step-siblings once upon a time. The Sawyers were the only family Grace has ever known and she loved them. So when her mom ruined everything by selling Jack’s deceased mom’s items, including a boat named after her, their parents got a divorce and they never talked again. Until she starts working for him, that is.

Forward years later and Grace’s mom, Tammy, has parkinson’s disease. After pausing her life to attend to her sick mom, the protagonist finds herself without a job or a perspective on what to do to support them both. Until Jack makes her an offer she can’t refuse, to work on her former family’s company.

What I liked the most about this book was the Sawyers, specially Noah, and I hope there’ll be a book about him and Krista. I’m also very intrigued to know what happened to Sam and Abby. I even enjoyed Pete’s participation in this book, even though he didn’t show up very much. Ironically, since this story is about Jack, he was my least favorite Sawyer.

Grace was a nice character, but she was also very annoying and stupid at times. In the beginning of the book she claims that “Grace Donnor didn’t cry. She was tough.” but then for every little thing that happens throughout the book she contradicted herself. I do believe she’s a strong a character, she is tough, but she’s also definitely a crier and a maker of bad decisions.

I found myself more interested in what was going on with the side characters than with the main characters. It’s not that I didn’t like them, they were nice characters, it’s just that they didn’t hold my attention, they weren’t as interesting, or had as much chemistry, or were as entertaining, they just weren’t… more.

The step-siblings bit is a huge taboo, but I got to confess that I actually love this trope, so that wasn’t a problem for me, and since they hadn’t been actual step-siblings for years, it really wasn’t an issue for those who do have a problem with it. It’s also a second change romance book, which is one of my favorite tropes, so it was very entertaining.

This is the first book I’ve read from the author, and I actually really enjoyed the writing, I’ll definitely check out more of her books and wait for more books from this series. Overall, if you want a quick and sweet read, this is definitely for you.

I received this book via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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