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Just a Kiss

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  133 ratings  ·  72 reviews
LOVE AT LAST: Love in the Vineyards Book #1

Sarah Dupont's mom just died.
Her fiancé's cheated on her with her accountant. (It didn't help when Sarah caught them in the act on top of her cherished pastry table.)
Oh, and they've been robbing her blind, so she's broke now, too.

When Sarah's offered a fresh start, and a place to stay, she high tails it out of San Francisco and
Kindle Edition, 163 pages
Published July 23rd 2015 by Castlerock Publishing
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I received a finished copy in exchange for an honest review from the author. It does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Full Review on Brianna's Bookish Confessions.

Cute, light-hearted romance. A breath of fresh air from a lot of NA I've read lately. I was born in Cali, but never got to see Napa/Sonoma area, and getting to see it through this story made me feel like I was there. Kate's writing is fantastic!

This is a fairly short book, about 150 pages, I read it probabl
Veronica of V's Reads
Six months ago Sarah Dupont found out her boyfriend was a cheating embezzler. She left him and the shambles of her bakery to start over again, opening a cafe in Sonoma and living in a villa with three (nosy) friends. One of them, Danica, recommends Sarah to her psuedo-beau's brother, Jamie Santino. Jamie is an actor, due to protray a baker in his upcoming film, and Danica thinks Jamie could learn how to move in the kitchen under Sarah's tutelage.

Thing is, Jamie is drop-dead gorgeous, and Sarah's
Cocktails and Books
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I'm a sucker for a romance between a Hollywood movie star and an ordinary person. So when I saw the blurb for this book, I knew I had to read it.

Our heroine, Sarah, catches her fiancé using her pastry table for things that shouldn't be done on it with her accountant. Upset and determined to start over somewhere else, she moves to Sonoma with her friends and rents a room at a local villa. And just when her local bakery is starting to take of
Kimberly (Kimmy Loves to Read)
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 4-stars
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Jamie is a local boy turned movie star and in his next movie he will be playing a baker and Sarah's expertise has been offered up without her permission. Unfortunately for Jamie, he shows up late on his first day and makes a really bad first impression. Sarah is not impressed and wants to forget the whole thing, but Jamie manages to convince her to give him a shot.

When Jamie does show up, it turns out he is actually a very good st
Emily Goodman
Jul 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review....

Do you like wine? Excessively hot movie stars who are actually down to earth? Or how about a baker who isn't starstruck but is starting her life over after catching her now ex fiance humping her bestie on her handpicked pastry table? Well if your answer to any of those questions is a big fat yes, then Kate Kisset's Just a Kiss is just for you. Meet Sarah, baker and entrepreneur who has recently uprooted her life , moved in with her friends an
Tracy Shephard
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a delightful read and one that will transport the reader to a beautiful setting in just an afternoon, it is a very short read.
Sarah has lost her mum and her fiance is a cad, so she has to rebuild her life.
Just a Kiss is a charming read and I would love to see what happens next for Sarah and Jamie.
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was one story I have waited a long time to read with a new writer you never know what to expect. I loved the books description and decided this was a must have for me. I have to say I totally enjoyed this debut novel along with the author’s style. I loved getting a look at the wine country which I thought the author painted a wonderful picture. The humor was great along with the friends and oh those brothers will keep you going. The wit and humor was great as well as the plot, falling in lo ...more
Jezabell Girl
Another new author to me and a series which has already captured my attention. Who wouldn’t love a romance story set amongst the wine region of Napa?

The story sets out telling the sad tale of Sarah, cheated out of her inheritance by her scheming ex-fiance and her accountant. Now she is rebuilding her life and her bakery business with the support of her loyal friends, Danica, Juliet and the delightful Lulu. When an opportunity arises to have one of the Santino brothers, Jamie, getting experience
Apr 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
The paths we take in life, the choices we make, whether on a whim or in contemplation, they guide us to beautiful people -- friends and/or lovers who change our lives forever in what remains, irrevocably, and oh so very sweetly. And my dear friend with whom I have so much in common in this life pathway of grace has now stepped out of her comfort zone and accomplished the dream she has always wished for, the one she's spent decades dreaming of: Kate Kisset is now an amazing writer and author in h ...more
Paula  Phillips
Jul 09, 2015 rated it liked it
It seems that when girls suffer loss and find their boyfriends/husbands cheating , the only thing to do is pack up and move somewhere else where you don't have to face the reality. For Sarah , her mother died and then she caught her fiance in the act at their bakery in San Francisco. Desperate and upset, she ends up moving with her friend Danica to Sonoma Valley which is just over the Golden Gate Bridge in a lovely wine country - It's somewhere I've always wanted to visit as it just sounds so be ...more
Nancy Stopper
Jul 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Just a Kiss is a sweet, light read about Sarah, who is looking to start over after professional and personal heartbreaks; and Jamie, who is looking to revive his acting career. This was a quick, easy read, but I felt that the author didn't dig very deep into the development of the characters, the setting, or the storyline. Being primarily from Sarah's perspective, I didn't feel like I really got to know Jamie well at all and then, all of a sudden, he was acting like he was in love with her and s ...more
Jackie Lane
Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sarah Dupont has lost her mother and her fiancé in a short time. She found her ex-fiancé on her bakery table with her best friend and came to find out her friend and fiancé were swindling for her.

Afterwards, Sarah moves to Sonoma Valley to be with her best friend, Danica Vargas. Over time, Sarah begins to heal. Until one day Danica informs her that movie star, Jamie Santino needs some instruction and she has offered up Sarah's bakery as a place for him to lear.

The attraction between Sarah and Ja
Monica Graves
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing! This may be Kate's debut novel, but the writing and style of the book made it seem like she's done this for a very long time. It was that good! It is everything a sweet romance should be. I really enjoyed the humor as well as the setting of the book. It made it just a bit more special given the fact that this book was half set in a place I was born and grew up in. Sarah and Jamie's connection seemed realistic and not at all forced or fake. Her being a baker and him a movie ...more
Isha Coleman
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Just a Kiss is a breath of fresh air. The writing style, cast of players and story made me feel like I was walking through each page with the characters. Dealing with a lot of upheaval in her life Sarah decides to make a change and leave all the heartache behind. With a little help from her friends, faith in herself and a sprinkle of romance things are starting to look up. The backdrop of the scenic California coast, close friends that are like family and the prospect of finding true love the Si ...more
Mar 06, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whilst this story is undoubtedly a fun read, it is, in my view, a little, and the story & character development suffer a little as a result.

I felt as if the story seemed to start part way through, by which I mean we were introduced to the characters as though we already knew who they were. This was a little jarring to me, because it felt like a chunk of the story was missing.

Sarah and Jamie had an instant connection, and although the plot of the story is a little predictable, if you are looking
Apr 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Can a cafe owner and a movie star find love or will they only share just a kiss?

In her debut novel, Just a Kiss, author Kate Kisset weaves a sweet romance tale set in the picturesque California Sonoma Valley wine country.

Sarah Dupont is restarting her life in Sonoma Valley after finding her ex-fiance Robert having sex with Samantha, her friend and accountant, on her pastry table in their San Francisco bakery. She is living with friends Dana Vargas, an entertainment and lifestyle reporter with th
Lauren Jones
Apr 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“He didn’t feel like a stranger anymore. He felt, smelled and tasted exactly like her Jaime should and she relaxed. The ruckus of the set disappeared. He kissed her again slowly, and no one else existed. Take that Nikki Lean. Draping an arm over her shoulders, he led the way to his RV. Jamie opened the door and the cold air from inside the trailer blew over her. “Is that you darling, are we ready? Is it time? Sarah recognized the voice deep within the trailer instantly. The sultry sound of Nikki ...more
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sarah owned a business in San Francisco and was engaged until she found her fiancé cheating on her. She contacted one of her friends who convinced her to move to Napa. Wine country, what could be better?

Sarah now owns a café in Napa and has moved in a villa where the landlady and her two housemates have turned out to be best friends. She enjoys baking and works hard with the help of her staff to make the business a success. She is no longer interested into a relationship, after the heartbreak c
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty

Sarah has just moved to Sonoma to get over a miserable relationship. She is not looking to start anything new. She is too busy with her bakery and frankly really isn't interested at the moment. That is until she is talked into teaching Jamie Santino how to bake for his new movie. Why did she allow herself to be talked into this?

Jamie needs help with his new movie role. So when he walks into Vine Cafe, he is pleasantly surprised to see the woman who will be helping him. He can't seem to keep his
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The technical stuff: Although this is book one of the series, it completely stands alone and *does not* end on a cliffhanger. There was minimal cursing and a little on-screen sexiness but the actual act happens off-screen.

This book was a really sweet start to the Napa Vineyard Romance Series. Sarah was a little bit damaged by her previous relationship which left her with low self-confidence, but she was also sweet, funny, and stronger than she realized which made her the kind of character that I
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
A great start to a new series that I will definitely be coming back for more. This book was fun and witty with the added amusement of the women in the Single Girls Wine Club.

Sarah has moved to Sonoma to start a new. After the death of her mother and finding her fiance with a friend in a very compromising position, she's moved close to friends and opened the Vine Cafe. So when movie star and local Jamie Santino asks to follow Sarah around her cafe in order to learn about being a patisserie for an
Eva Mcfarden
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 stars

Sarah is starting over, away from the ex fiancé who not only cheated on her, but cheated her with her business. Moving to Sonoma was the best decision she could have made.

Her bakery is doing well, her friends are there for her with everything. She takes care of her business and spends time with her sister and family and her friends. She still has not moved on from the hurt she endured but she is getting on her feet, little by little.

Jamie is making his come back movie. After being used
Hooked On Books
Jul 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sarah is starting over, away from the ex fiancé who not only cheated on her, but cheated her with her business. Moving to Sonoma was the best decision she could have made.
Her bakery is doing well, her friends are there for her with everything. She takes care of her business and spends time with her sister and family and her friends. She still has not moved on from the hurt she endured but she is getting on her feet, little by little.
Jamie is making his come back movie. After being used by his g
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sweet and basically clean (a few curse words but the sexy moments were very tame, with the action happening off the pages and in the reader’s imagination) story of two wounded souls finding each other and getting second chances in the love department.

The main reason this is not a five-star read for me was how instant and quick the need to be hands on with each other and love began. I didn’t feel the connection or chemistry immediately, so it felt kind of out-of-left-field for me. As the story
Book Snob Sue
Feb 07, 2016 rated it liked it
This was a very cute PG book. I wish the heroine would of had a little more confidence or that the hero realized she didn't, so he could reassure her. I mean let's face it, if you are going to date an actor and you are not need to be confident...and she wasn't. At one point he has to promote a film with his obnoxious, "trashy" co-star (who he has already had a fling with) and kisses her in front of the girl he wants to date....and doesn't understand why she is upset...what, what??? He ...more
Jenness Jordan
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
First, thank you to Ms. Kisset for this book. This is the type of story that is grounded and a little fantastical at the same time. What makes this is a story that is grounded is the main character -Sarah Dupont. She is an average everyday person trying to move past heartache in her life and continue her dream of owning a cafe. Where it becomes fantastical is her encounter with a hearthrob movie star. As a reader, you are drawn into their world through Ms. Kissett's technique in dialogue, plot, ...more
Scarlett West
May 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This lighthearted romance needs to be on your summer, by the pool, reading list. From the start I felt Sarah's heart beating for Jamie Santino. Kate Kisset had me at, "he looked way more mouthwatering than anything she'd ever even thought of baking."

Sarah's getting over a bad relationship and not ready for actor-turned-baker, trainee Jamie. Jaime's got his eye on her, but both of them have their own complications. My favorite scene involves making cookies in Sarah's cafe kitchen. But will they
Karen Shortridge
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is about Sarah after being cheated on by her ex-fiancé with her best friend as well as her inheritance she is trying to rebuild her life. With her friends Danica, Juliet and Lulu support she re opens her bakery somewhere new, she is asked to help one of the Santino brothers Jamie gain experience in her bakery for his next movie role, Sarah reluctantly agrees......... Sarah realises that there is a mutual attraction between them and she is finding it hard to resist him. The problem is ...more
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I Love Sarah and Jamie. I connected with both Characters, it's like I felt every emotion that the two of them had. I didn't stop reading until the end.

Sarah was recovering a from heartache and betrayal that she never saw coming. Sarah's friends are determined to help her overcome the pain that she is in and teach her to live again.

Jamie's am actor and has seen his number of love them and leave them relationships. He is a Lady's Man and has never had trouble landing a leading lady, on
Cali Jewel
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sweet, Lighthearted, Sexy summer read with a little dramatic flare. This series features a group of friends that fun, supportive and endearing. They have the best landlord ever.

Sarah Dupont is starting over after a huge heart break and betrayal at her first bakery. She is so sweet and charmingly vulnerable you just want to hug her better. Jamie Santino, one of six brothers is in need of baking lessons for his next big movie and Sarah's best friend and Lifestyles reporter Danica Vargas sets him
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Former San Francisco radio disc jockey Kate Kisset is passionate about telling great stories. After playing thousands of Pop, Country, Rock and Oldies tunes, for her primarily female fan base, she changed her tune and became an author.
​A girl’s girl herself, Kate’s heroines are smart and feisty and her heroes are drool-worthy book boyfriends.
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