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Last First Kiss

(Southern Comfort #1)

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4.05  ·  Rating details ·  816 ratings  ·  147 reviews
Eighteen-year-old Gage Harris is not a part of twenty-five year old Trent Foster’s plans. He likes Gage but the intense attraction between them makes remaining just friends unlikely, and the young farmer with two small children is a complication Trent doesn’t need.

Despite all the reasons to stay away, Trent is pulled into the small family. Gage’s boys are delightful and t
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ebook, First edition, 275 pages
Published January 18th 2014 by Love Lane Books (first published January 17th 2014)
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Susan
Jan 19, 2014 rated it really liked it

This is one of those books that comes out of NOWHERE and hits you right smack dab in the middle of the heart. I thoroughly enjoyed this.

Warning: it takes a certain kind of reader to fall for this book. You have to love young men with integrity and honor. You have to be ok with adorable kids. You have to be able to deal with slightly cringe-worthy life experiences. You have to handle the slow build. You have to embrace often-over-the-top-too-good-to-be-true-nicely-wrapped-up plot lines. AND…you h
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Jenni Lea
Jan 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bmbr, comfort-reads

Is there anyone reading this who had children when they were young? I mean really young, like while you were still in high school. I myself had my first child when I was eighteen. If you said yes then you will understand this book and most likely recognize a lot of what goes on between this little family as having happened to you at some point in time or another. The disappointment from family members you see when they think you are throwing your life away. The jealousy you feel when you see ot
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Nic
Oct 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Totally fabulous - 5 stars all the way!

I was intrigued from the beginning, with it's clever blog post, right through until the wonderful, happy ending. Stupidly (I'm a very impatient person!) I started this book when I went to bed and then found myself unable to put it down until I'd read the very last page. Who needs a lot of sleep - so overrated!

I wasn't 100% sure what I was in for when the book started with Trent breaking up with his "We're a couple, but club sex doesn't count." boyfriend. Wh
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Deeze
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I went into this book with rather high expectations. That's not always a good thing to go into a book with, but I'm very happy to report my expectations were not only matched they were exceeded.

This book had everything I love, a real romance feel, kids and a slight thread of angst running through it. My heart threatened to break a few times as we gradually learnt more and more about Gage's life.

Trent was exactly what Gage needed. I was rooting for him from the start.

Some might find Nash and Kod
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Amy
Nov 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq
Oh. Em. Geeeee. I adored this story!!! Just what I was in the mood for! I love the way the book unfolded, with a blog post at the beginning of each chapter so we heard Gage’s POV.

Gage is an 18-year-old father of two. Yes, two! He got a girl pregnant when he was 14, married her, and then realized he’s gay. But knowing he would lose his kids if he left her, he’s decided to stay with their mother, even if the marriage is a farce. Gage works hard on his uncle’s farm during the day and spends his ni
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Kade Boehme
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
OMG the book. I was in my happy place by 15%. Damn can Diane Adams make you care about a character. What happened to 14 yr old Gage was technically a crime and i just hurt so much that because he's a boy no one did anything but treat him like shit. His "maybe I'll forgive her one day." Fuuuuck. Loved this. Just loved it.
Vivian
Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance-contemp
Good Golly! Unexpected depth and emotion from an unlikely couple.

Filled with understatement and a quiet dignity, this story steals away your heart. On the one hand, you have Trent the upwardly mobile, young professional blazing his trail when a detour, the literal kind, takes him down the road less travelled and opens a whole new world to him.

Gage, what can I say other than it is so easy to make quick, erroneous assumptions about him. He has more honor in him than most people I've met and a be
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LaShonta
Oct 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I don't know what to say.

Those of you who are my friends know how I feel about being married to a woman when you're gay. I don't read those types of stories. I gave this a chance because its Diane Adams. I just adore her and her writing style.

All I can say is damn!!! This was freaking amazing. I found myself rooting for Trent and Gage wife be damned. I respected the choice Gage made at such a young age. I don't think I could have in his shoes with my sanity in tact. I felt everything Trent did
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Susan65
Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was intrigued by the blurb and very curious how an 18 year old gay father of two came to be a family man so young. Gage Harris is not your typical teenager. He is much wiser than most 30 year old; a man who is very grounded and accepting of his lot in life. It may not have been what he’d planned for himself, but he is not the “woe is me” type, but more the “grab life by the horns” kind of man.

Trent is a man with a plan. Recently graduated and moved to a small town for a new job opportunity. T
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Tutu
Jan 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kid-fics
I generally tend to stay away from books with no reviews on GR. I tend to rely on them to get a picture of the book I’m about to read, especially when the author is new to me as is the case with Diane Adams.

That being said, I’m glad I took the chance and bought this book since it turned out to be a very nice read.

Last first kiss provides no surprises and the book description basically tells you the story.
But, as we all know, the way the story is told makes a huge difference. The premise is not t
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Bev


This book was just a sheer delight. 5 stars from me photo goldenstars1_zps04c380be.jpg

and welcome back Diane, we've missed you!!


Shortie review. Trent, looking for love but knowing that living and working in Bible Belt country down South, is not the preferred option for a gay man. He works as a practice manager for a medical practice and they're perfectly OK with his preferences..indeed, one of the doctors (Jax) is also gay. He starts driving into work a different way and more often than not sees a guy with startling blue eyes wa
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Susan
Nov 18, 2015 marked it as dnf
DNF at 30%

Being a parent I can’t take it anymore.

- You do not leave your 18 month old child alone in the living room while you clean up in the kitchen and have a long chat with your friend.

- "I have to take a nap too. Daddy says naps till I'm six."
Kids do not nap until they’re six. I wish!

- Falling asleep with your 4 year old running around is not a good thing. But at least have the doors locked. Nash opens the door for Trent and they go outside together to dig potatoes. I would have expected
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Anke
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So many wonderful reviews already out there - I have nothing more to add. Only this: I love this book:)
And now I'm waiting for #2
Katharina
Jan 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, cowboy
This was a great read by a new author for me! The characterizations were well done, the kids really cool (although a little bit too mature for their age - but hey that seems to be the general theme of this story), and the story chugged along nicely. Even though I got a bit frustrated with the general story constellation at times.

Trent has recently graduated from his master's degree and is now the administrative force behind a new doctor's practice in a rural part of North Carolina. It's only the
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Candice
Oct 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This story and these two guys had me hooked from the beginning and I wanted to just keep reading. I really enjoy stories that have a slow build up, makes it so much sweeter in the long run. I actually kept waiting for something angsty to happen, but there really wasn't anything. Were there bumps in the road to a HEA, yes, but most made sense and the story progressed without a major amount of drama just to have drama. I had a soft spot more for Gage, I felt so bad for him, but he was such a stron ...more
Heller
Feb 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sweet slow burn romance between a hospital administrator and a farmer with two young sons. I thought the chemistry between Trent and Gage worked well and little boys were realistically written and adorable. Don't go into this expecting sexapoolza but if you're in a mood for a slow spun story with a hot sex scene at the end, try this one out.

I'm there for book two.
Kaje Harper
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
Adams writes smooth stories and sweet guys, sometimes with heart-aching angst, but not here. This was an easy read. Almost too easy, because I enjoyed it but never quite believed it. Gage is an amazing, loving, very-adult-feeling eighteen-year-old man doing the very best he can as a teen father to two boys. But we meet him when the worst of his trials are over - he's a great dad (we find out he did get serious parenting help from a relative, so it's not as unbelievable as it first seems.) His fa ...more
Pjm12
I bought this on Nic's 5 star rating and am really glad I did. It has a great build of sexual tension with the boys spending a lot of time looking (& licking their lips) but not touching or even flirting.

(Being surrounded by little kids will have that sobering effect).

The domestic situation, the farm work, the conversations with children were all realistically depicted and were a joy to watch. Observing Cara was not.

I liked the look we got of Jax (hope his story comes next), and the landsca
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Giulio
Jan 29, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m-romance
I really needed a sweet and fluffy story, and Last Firs Kiss did not disappoint me. The characters are well drawn, Trent's POV is cleverly counterbalanced by Gage’s blog posts and the kids are wonderful. There are some flaws, mostly in the ending

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but still this was a nice comfort read.
Snowtulip
Jan 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
Oh, this is on my comfort read list! I love those kids!
✦❋Arianna✦❋
Jul 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.75 STARS

The First Last Kiss is a sweet friends to lovers story about love, life and family. It’s an emotional, heartwarming and at the same time heartbreaking story about two men who learn to love and to become a family.

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…life hurts, but then you keep on going.


Gage is an 18 year old boy who doesn’t dream to go to college or have a career, because he has to work to provide for his two sons and his wife. Gage knew he is gay by the time his first child was born, but he married anyway with the
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Tina
Dec 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I never understand the reasoning of people who say that children don’t belong in MM romance. I don’t always want to read squishy, gooey love stories where the one MC falls in love with the other MC and his children, but I enjoy them very much when I do choose to read them. It brings out the tenderness in the MCs I think, and makes us realize that love often isn’t convenient. You can’t stay in bed and have sex all day sometimes. It also brings awareness to the feasibility of two parents of the sa ...more
Camille Adams
Feb 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m-rom-erotica
Heh...

Some parts were great, others were just way too sweet, incredible, convenient, and after-school special-y.

The best part of this is the children...though the story itself is okay as well.
Nick Pageant
Feb 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m
Sweet book with engaging characters. One character's nobility is a bit eye-roll inducing, but it's a nice, easy read.
Kai
Well, that was interesting!

Loved Gage so much. He was young, yes. But he didn't sound like that. He was mature, kind, a good father... Well, seeing him with the boys was so amazing.
Trent was great as well, although he pissed me off when he didn't talk to Gage about what he saw at the bar.... I wanted him to be franker at that point. Anyway... I understood it was a difficult decision and I forgave him for it. But almost didn't forgive him for not going to fight for Gage. But I gotcha he thought h
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Ulysses Dietz
Feb 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
I had to put aside a number of qualms in reading Diane Adams' "Last First Kiss." The youth fetish of m/m romance is in full sway, since the main characters are 25 and 18. I also had to choke down a little incredulity at the idea of any teenager being quite as awesomely selfless as Gage Harris is. That forced me to take a sort of fairy-tale leap of faith. That said, however, the story of these two young men and their improbable romance won my heart and left me weepy any number of times.

What appe
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Dianne
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

Diane Adams has gifted us with another winner. Last First Kiss features wonderfully depicted characters placed in a beautifully drawn setting (I swear I could smell the hay and feel the earth on my hands). I felt as much a voyeur as a reader watching the story of Trent and Gage unfold. I particularly love how the author kept me guessing as to explanations and outcomes - lots of "whoa" moments! There was a real feeling of connection between myself and both Trent and Gage -learning about
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Meep
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Still like it, it's a simple heartwarming tale, what I was in the mood for. Pity there 'series' never continued.
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Wasn't sure about Gage being 18 with two small children AND working as a foreman on his uncles farm AND managing to fully plant his own land so as to be practically self-sufficent AND he makes his own jam... AND he has a high sense of what's right/honourable.

Hmmm. If you accept that though its a lovely story, the kids are cute without being precocious and the problems (not an ang
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Beck
This was wonderful ... will write a better review after a re-read ... highly recommended tho'

So ... I've just re-read after a couple of months and this book is still in the awesome category and has been added to my favourites shelf ... The characters are vivid and engaging ... The angst is pertinent and pushes the story along at a perfect pace ... There were no clunky consistency issues and the editing was top notch ... The sexual tension between the characters was masterfully drawn out and the
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Sunny
Jan 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, age-gap, first-time, sweet
3.5 rounded up

A bit of a fairytale, but so lovely I didn't care. Beautiful couple, adorable children, and a sweet love story with a touch of spice. Perfect with a cozy blanket and cup of cocoa.

Side note:
I've never heard of basketball hoops being called basketball goals.
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