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Kissing Kendall (Maritime City #2)

3.66  ·  Rating Details  ·  307 Ratings  ·  52 Reviews
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 t
ebook, 202 pages
Published December 7th 2012 by Entangled Publishing (Bliss)
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Feb 19, 2013 Stella rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, for-review, 2013
A sweet, heart-warming, very well written story I can only recommend to romance lovers! However be warned this is a tame title, no descriptive love scenes just kissing, but the tension will make your toes curl :-)

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I’ll start by saying that when I read the blurb of Kissing Kendall and saw that it was Book #2 in the Maritime City series I was a bit intimidated as to whether I should hop on the train in mid-ride since I haven’t read the 1st book, Georgie on my Mind, but I’m so glad I
Dec 10, 2012 Helen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, ebook
This author is becoming one of my favorites--especially for a feel-good sweet romance.
Kendall Grisbaum is a widow but her friends feel she should really move on with her life now encourage her to open up a bakery. Enter Brad Mayer her good friend and local police officer. He's always had feelings for Kendall but never told her because he was afraid it would interfere with their friendship. He beings to help with repairs to the bakery and they start to have feelings for one another. Problem is sh
Ruth Hill
Jan 07, 2013 Ruth Hill rated it it was amazing
It is with a big smile that I put my stamp of approval on this wonderful romance. I loved every minute of this fabulous romance. Is it cheesy and sappy? Possibly, but it was so well-written that I didn't notice. I loved Brad and Kendall, and their romance just sent chills through me. There was some very minor profanity that honestly did not bother me, and there was no sex! Yes!! Jennifer Shirk has a delightful sense of humor--something I often say is lacking in books today. The interactions were ...more
Dec 19, 2012 Sue rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this fourth book by Jennifer Shirk. Her characters are real and come to life on her pages. Georgie, from Georgie On His Mind returns in this book, wanting the best for her brother, Brad and her best friend, Kendall. Brad finally admits his long felt emotions for Kendall and she faces her fear of losing anyone she loves. Jennifer's characters are stronger then they think they are and find the happiness they are seeking. Wish this book was longer and hope that Jennifer revisits Brad and ...more
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Jan 08, 2013 Aimee (Getting Your Read On) rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook-i-own
This was another sweet romance. It has the sizzle and romance I love. Kendall is trying to carve out a new life after losing her husband. With the help of her friends she is trying to step out and try living again, follow old dreams. Brad has been looking out for Kendall even though she doesn't know it. When he finally steps back into her life, the sizzle begins. But Brad is a cop and Kendall is afraid of losing another person she loves to a dangerous profession.

I love the cover too.

There was s
Literary  Chanteuse
Jan 30, 2016 Literary Chanteuse rated it liked it
Shelves: rom-contemporary
Kendall is a widow who's heart is broken and the fear of more loss in her life has her unreceptive to love. Although at times she is indecisive about her feelings and decisions she is endearing and sweet. Brad comes in like a breath of fresh air with his heart on his sleeve. I loved his down to earth personality and all though he tries to deny his feelings for Kendall he never gives up. The stuff heroes are made of. A nice light romance that is enjoyable. 3.5 stars
Dec 18, 2012 Anastasia rated it it was amazing
I read Georgie on His Mind awhile ago, but it was nice to revisit the characters again. Kendall is basically a widow trying to pick up the pieces of her life both with her bakery business and with her love life. Brad Mayer has always loved her from afar but never said anything. Now that she’s lost her husband, he finally has the opportunity to make his feelings known—and boy, does he. LOL! VERY cute and refreshingly clean read.
Dec 13, 2012 Jules rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, ebook
You just have to love a good best friends to lovers kind of story, especially with some good angst thrown in for good measure. Brad was so sweet and sexy, and I really felt for Kendall who is a widow and reluctant to get involved with Brad because of their friendship and his job.
The secondary characters added to the lightheartedness of the read, and I adored the small-town feel of the book.

Shirley Frances
After losing her husband Jake, Kendall has been living her life in a haze of pain and loneliness. She feels that she needs to move on but doesn't know where to begin. She is a talented baker and her friends encourage her to open her own bakery. She hesitates because she thinks it's a big step for her to make, but her friend Brad puts it in perspective for her and she decides to give it a go.

Brad has been Kendall's friends since the first time his sister brought Kendall to the house. He has alway
Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
Jan 18, 2013 Kristi (Books and Needlepoint) rated it really liked it
This was a fun and quick book to read, and was just what I needed to make me sit for awhile this week. I was attracted to this book first off because of the title. My maiden name is Kendall and I always thought it would be neat to have a daughter named Kendall (that didn't happen, but my daughter says if she ever has a boy she is going to name HIM Kendall - Oh well, close enough!)

I really liked Kendall and while I didn't feel sorry for her (she had lost her husband Jake, a fireman, after just a
Vi (the Vi3tBabe)
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
Jan 21, 2013 Pragya rated it liked it
Recommends it for: clean romance lovers
3.5 stars

I realised this was book 2 of a series but I still ended up reading this one first. And I'm glad to tell you this one stands alone well enough. Not for once, I felt the need to go read book 1 or that I was missing out on something.

I like the little bit of innovation in the plot. Oh yes, you remember I love baking books? Well, guess what, maybe they have become a tad too repetitive to hold my interest anymore. Uh huh! But good for the book, it concentrated on more important issues and ke
Amanda Sheila
Apr 04, 2013 Amanda Sheila rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorite, young-adult
Definitely one of the best book i've read so far!

Sweet and romantic and sweet and.. Sweet! That's all I can tell about this book.
Kendall's still grieving after her husband, Jake, died in fire accident. He was a firefighter. But when her bestfriend's brother, Brad, starts giving her attention and protection, her belly also starts getting a tight knots. She loves his attention. Brad, on the other hands, already have this special feelings for Kendall. In fact, he's having those feeling long before
Jan 07, 2013 Yazmin rated it really liked it
Kissing Kendall by Jennifer Shirk is a sweet romance about getting a second chance at love.

Kendall Grisbaum only wants security and a safe life. After the loss of her husband she doesn’t want to take more risks. She want a safe man that will not die because of his job, and she wants a job that will offer security and what she needs without any risks.

Brad used to be close to Kendall, but after she married he started to pull away little by little.Read More...
Jan 09, 2013 Kathy rated it it was amazing
Another one of Jennifer's amazing romances! This love story is as sweet and tender as the baked confectionary that Kendall makes in her business. I was rooting for this love story all the way - they were perfect for each other and the hero was such a perfect guy - who wouldn't fall in love with him? No more spoilers - just read it - it's a real treat.
Jenny Murphy
Dec 20, 2012 Jenny Murphy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sweet-romance, ebook
Just what I wanted: sweet, clean, and romantic. I ate it up like a giant doughnut muffin!
Mommy Loves Books
May 10, 2013 Mommy Loves Books rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Very sweet and charming romance. :-)
Feb 26, 2013 Arlene rated it liked it
Rating Clarification: 3.5 Stars

You win some. You lose some. That includes people. You take a chance and let people into your life. Some stay and some go, but they all bring experiences and emotions that make up who you are, who you’ll grow to be.

Kissing Kendall is very sweet and romantically tame story about two friends that take a chance at romance. This book was a perfect quick fix about love, loss and friendship.

Kendall Grisbaum happens to be going through a tough time in life. She lost her
Cocktails and Books
Kendall was trying to put her life back together, after the death of her husband, by making her dreams of opening a bakery come true. As she works to get her bakery ready, with the help of her best friend's brother, Brad, she discovers that all the fears that had her putting her life on hold might be what cause her to lose exactly what she's looking for.

Who doesn't love a romance involving the best friend's hot brother and our heroine? That's exactly what we get with Kissing Kendall. Kendall and
Kendall Grisbaum has loved and lost the man who was her everything, her firefighter husband. Still struggling with his death, she is torn between moving on and staying loyal to his memory. Kendall has decisions to make and as she begins her new venture in opening a bakery business, she finds herself having feelings for her Brad, her husband’s best friend and her shoulder to cry on.

Brad has had feelings for Kendall since before she married his best friend. Knowing it will never happen, he relucta
Feb 18, 2013 Ellen rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tours, arc
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 Kendal ...more
Susan Gorman
Mar 16, 2013 Susan Gorman rated it really liked it
Kissing Kendall is a story of friendship, love and new beginnings.

The story unfolds slowly. We are intoduced to Kendall, a young widow, her friends Georgie and Dee, Kendall's grandmother and to Brad, Georgie's bother and a long time friend of Kendall.

Kendall's friends and her grandmother think it's time for her to move ahead. The author uses just the right mix of friendship and grandmotherly advice to push Kendall out of her comfort zone and to drive the storyline forward. After much considerat
Melody McBride
Sep 18, 2013 Melody McBride rated it really liked it
That was a fun, quick read. I really enjoyed how real everyone seemed and how good the relationship was between the main characters. It was so sweet and had me smiling lots!

The only things I didn't like we're these: 1. That the reason she had a hard time giving the relationship a chance was because of her grief over her dead husband. I can understand that, but I wasn't expecting that after not hearing about it at all in the synopsis given on Goodreads. I thought it would be more lighthearted tha
Apr 25, 2014 Kristi rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Loved this latest installment in the Maritime City series! It was great to visit this set of characters again, and the story of Brad/Kendall had me flipping through the pages...pretty sure I finished this one in record time!

It had all the elements of Shirk's stories that I've come to love---it was sweet, fast paced, hilarious at times, and the relationships/interactions between characters so well done that it just felt like family. Shirk excels at giving us a glimpse into the life of Kendall and
Kathy Jo

Kissing Kendall is such a cute, fun read! Brad has been in love with Kendall for forever! Kendall lost her husband of a few months and is scared to love again. Brad has other plans... ;) They're best friends first and end up falling in love. There are bumps along the way but nothing will stop their HEA! :) Loved it! Oh! And I'm definitely trying the doughnut muffin recipe at the end of the book! They sound SO good!

Jennifer Shirk is becoming a favorite of mine! Can't wait to get more of her
Nancy Byers
Jan 17, 2015 Nancy Byers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Better to risk your heart for a moment than to withhold your heart for lifetime

I enjoyed this book very much. I think all too often when writers create a female character that has suffered loss and she's admittedly afraid to move past that loss and to seek love and hope for the future all too often they seem to emphasis that pain and lost to the point that I feel that it seems to overwhelm whatever love and romance could've been there. I thought this would be the case in this story but I was ple
Aug 01, 2014 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
Can I just start by saying thank you to the author for writing a book where the husband dies and the widow doesn't immediately move on to someone else? That is how this story usually goes, the wife doesn't even have time to mourn before she is in love with the best friend/brother/who ever that she has always kind of liked. It drives me crazy as it is just...I don't like it. It doesn't seem realistic. Thankfully this book starts two years after Kendall's husband died, two years she has had to mou ...more
Mar 24, 2014 Gayle rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, read-in-2014
This was recommended to me as a sweet, clean romance and I enjoyed it!
Jennifer (random jendsmit)
Feb 15, 2013 Jennifer (random jendsmit) rated it really liked it
Shelves: upcoming-reviews
3.5 stars - rounded up to 4

review to come

good story - nice characters - loved Brad - liked Kendall - fun story - great ending - bonus recipe :) I will be making those muffins!
Donna (More Than a Review)
Mar 22, 2013 Donna (More Than a Review) rated it really liked it
After reading the teaser of Kissing Kendall in the back of A Little Bit Cupid, I was hooked. Brad was a great guy. This is part of a series but I felt it stood on its own.
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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.

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