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Just a Kiss

(Summer Harbor #3)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  1,829 ratings  ·  345 reviews
Riley Callahans plans to reveal his secret feelings for his best friend are derailed when his life is drastically altered in Afghanistan.

Watching the love of his life fall for his brother was enough to send Riley straight to boot camp. But over a year later, hes officially a marine, and Beau and Paige are no longer an item. When Rileys tour in Afghanistan is up, he intends
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 6th 2016 by Thomas Nelson
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
This is a Christian contemporary romance with a rather unusual twist to it: Riley and Paige have been the best of friends for years, but Riley kept his love for Paige a secret from her. When she started seriously dating his brother Beau, Riley couldn't stand to watch her in love with his brother, and he enlisted in the Marines and ended up in Afghanistan. When Beau and Paige later broke up (this is, by the way, explored in the first book in this series, Falling Like Snowflakes), Riley planned to ...more
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Big Surprise... 5 stars.. Everything about 'Just a Kiss' from its beautiful cover to the tale of Riley Callahan's tragic timing when it comes to the love of his life Paige Warren - met my expectations and more! This is the final book in the Summer Harbor series, and can be read alone, but don't do yourself the disservice! Read them all! A perfect title, because there is nothing 'just' about the kisses these 2 have with each other - from a years ago opportunity when they are in High School and ...more
Kathy * Bookworm Nation
A great conclusion to a great series! Full review to come.

Romance: Clean, just kissing
Language: None
Violence: Mild, mention of war & fighting
Religious: Mild
Series: Book three, can standalone

Source: Review copy
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
There's something about an injured military hero that really tugs on the heartstrings. Riley was already suffering from unrequited love for his best friend/brother's girlfriend, but now he's getting used to life as an amputee and struggling with feelings of inadequacy and PTSD. Paige's loyalty and devotion to him in his time of need is admirable, but instead of growing closer together, they encounter more difficulties in their relationship. Riley's emotional pain has him fighting his feelings ...more
Carrie Turansky
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great ending to the Summer Harbor Series! From the first page to the last I was wrapped up in the story and eager to see what would happen to the hero and heroine. As the mom of a Marine, the hero's journey was especially touching for me. All the Summer Harbor novels have been excellent, but this one tops them all.
CD {Boulder Blvd}
Thanks to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson Publishing for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

I'm going to be right out front and say that this was my least favorite of the 3 Books in the Summer Harbor series by Ms. Hunter. After really liking the first two books, I went into this one with too high of expectations. And my expectations were dashed.

I never connected with Paige or Riley; in fact just the opposite. Paige came off as a needy doormat and Riley came off as a jerk. I kept telling
Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Just A Kiss is a wonderful story. I love stories where best friends fall in love and this book reinforces why. Family, friendship, romance, heartache and faith combine in this charming story, and there is no 'just' about the kisses in this book!

Riley has been in love with his best friend Paige for all of his adult life. But he never dared risk their friendship, even going so far as to enlist to avoid seeing her with other guys, especially his older brother. But now Riley is returning home from
Lady Heather
3.5 Stars
It's been a long time since I've read a Christian contemporary romance book.
This is the 3rd book in the Summer Harbor series, and can be read as a stand-alone. Since I didn't read the previous books I had no problem following the storyline and it's characters, but I think my reading experience would have been enriched had I read the previous books.
This is a wonderful story of friends to lovers ( well not actually lovers, but to MORE). The lead male character is also a returning injured
Becky Smith
Aug 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ahhhh! Such a sweet, sweet story! Denise weaves such a great emotional story with well-developed characters. She has a way of captivating you and drawing you into the story. Sooooo hard to put down!!! Filled with such wonderful phrases like: "She could feel a glimmer of optimism through the haze of loneliness." It's easy to empathize with Paige feeling rejected, not enough for anyone, and not belonging anywhere or to anyone. It's equally easy to sympathize with Riley, who had to learn to ...more
Jul 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Riley is returning home from Afghanistan with one leg missing below the knee. His pride is shot, feels like half a man and wants desperately to put a great deal of distance between himself and his best friend, Paige, who is the love of his life. All he wants to do is get his prosthesis, get in good enough shape to be independent again and then get the heck out of Summer Harbor for good! Fate has other plans, as circumstances finds him having to recuperate in Paige's home.

Paige is the director of
Cara Putman
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The series has built to this book (but if you haven't read the series, you can definitely start here!) and it did not disappoint. Riley's story is filled with pathos and questions. He ran from Summer Harbor and has not come home a broken man who is still hopelessly in love with his best friend. Will she ever see him as more than her BFF? Paige wants to believe she can help him heal, but then she sees deeper layers to her BFF. Add in stress at work and family issues, and this book is a delight. ...more
Thoroughly enjoyed it! Again, it had some things in it I didn't agree with, for example a single guy staying in a single girl's home alone, so it didn't get all five stars, but I loved the characters and the story. I wanted to stay in this small town longer, and am a bit sad the series is done...
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own-a-copy, maine
Another five stars for Denise Hunter! Good ending to The Summer Harbor series.
Sep 15, 2016 rated it liked it
This is the third and final novel in the Summer Harbor trilogy, and features one of my favourite romance tropes: friends to lovers (although, as is proper for Christian romance, its actually friends to more-than-friends). Its the story of Riley, who has recently returned from service in the Middle East, service which has left him with issues.

But there were also some more awkward parts, like the implication that oysters werent shellfish (when the speaker is a lobsterman and therefore should know
I've really enjoyed reading the Summer Harbor books. The connections between the Callahan brother's and the shared history between the characters made it really easy for me to fall back into their lives. This time, Riley Callahan gets his story. After enlisting in the military in order to escape unhappiness at home, he's back in Summer Harbor with an amputated leg and a broken spirit. His longtime best friend Paige is unsure how to handle the changes in Riley, but she knows she wants to be there ...more
Susan Snodgrass
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Denise Hunter finishes up her Summer Harbor series with the last Callahan brother's Story. Riley has returned from the Middle East an amputee, unsure of himself and wondering what to do now that he's home. Especially wondering how he's going to face Paige Warren, the woman he's loved since they were teenage best friends. But so much has changed. Then he learned that, due to renovations at his family's house, he is going to be Paige's houseguest until those renos are finished!

Paige tries
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-read
Just a Kiss was every bit as good as I thought it would be. I cannot believe this series is over...I don't want to say goodbye to these characters. Maybe that's why I took so long to actually start reading the story, even though I've had the book for months?? ;)

I loved both of the main characters. Riley and his struggles because of the amputation were heart-breaking at times...the pain... I could understand why he felt the things he did and I just wanted things to work out well. Paige and her
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!
Eunice Moral
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
The publisher provided me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much, Smith Publicity Inc.

I think this is my first Christian Contemporary Romance, Ive been raking my brains out to remember if I have read one before but came up empty. Maybe I have read some before, I just dont remember them. It happens, right? Anyways, so yes Im gonna claim this as my first Christian Contemporary Romance. Just A Kiss is the third book in the Summer Harbor Series, but it is a stand alone
Tanya (Girl Plus Books)
Riley Callahan has returned home to Summer Harbor, Maine. But the Marine endured a lot in Afghanistan, including a battle that cost him his leg. Thoughts of finally professing his love to long time best friend Paige have gone out the window.

Paige has never known that Riley felt anything more than friendship. He's her best friend - there for her when her father died, there for her when she dated his brother and the relationship ended. Having him home again is the answer to a prayer and she'll do
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
*Update* My second reading of this book was by audio book and it was so much fun to listen to one of my favorite stories this way! Loved it all over again!

I have been anticipating this story since reading the very first book of the Summer Harbor seriesand it did not disappoint! Riley and Paige had been best friends since childhood, yet Rileys feeling for Paige changed from friendship to love many years ago. It was heartbreaking to see him struggling with his feelings during the previous two
 The Flipped Page (Susan K)
While part of a series, this can be read as a stand alone.
Loved this novel! Riley and Paige's journey to HEA was a beautiful journey. Riley needs not only physical healing, emotional healing from the war, and also his hurting heart as he tries to maintain a friendship with Paige that is breaking his heart and his will. Paige discovers her growing feeling for Riley while he is with her recuperating after his war injury. She doesn't understand that his gruffness is him trying to deal with his long
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books I have EVER read! I have barely been able to put it down for the last 24 hours. Riley (hero) and Paige (heroine) absolutely captured my heart and took me on a roller coaster ride of emotions. First of all Riley is my favorite type of hero, the wounded warrior and the romantic love he feels for his best friend Paige endeared him to me. Paige is a beautiful character who has a pure heart and nurturing spirit even though she has been deeply hurt in life. Watching Riley ...more
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
I think this book is enhanced having read the first two in the series first--Paige and Riley have a lot of history, and while it's explained well in this one, the anticipation and build-up are so much greater after reading the whole series. The same goes for Aunt Trudy and the sheriff; we finally get to know the rest of their history and why Trudy has held a grudge against him for so many years!

I really like that the author was bold enough to make Riley an amputee; it's a direction that few
Aug 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I eagerly awaited this last installment of the Summer Harbor series, anxious to seen longtime pals Riley and Paige together.

In a genre that can sometimes be very predictable, Denise Hunter surprised me from the first page with wounded hero Riley Callahan. I appreciated the honest struggle revealed from Riley's point of view as he learns to cope with his new normal.

I have a soft spot for unrequited loves, so Riley's long-suffering affection for Paige endeared him to me even more.

The romance
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really like Paige. Riley frustrated me at times.

I liked this book, but I think I enjoyed The Goodbye Bride a bit more.
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Just a "short" rant ahead! full of spoilers
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Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was delightful. I liked that there were two weddings in this story. Although, I wanted a third. I liked watching Riley and Paige go from friends to lovers. It was an interesting journey. I like that this is connected to the next series, Blue Ridge Romance.
Feb 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audio
DNF at 17%. I read the other two books in this series and stayed with them due to the mystery/suspense element that they had. This book just didn't grab my interest.
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Denise Hunter is the award-winning author of more than 30 novels, three of which have been made into Hallmark movies.

Denise writes heartwarming, small-town romances. Her readers enjoy the vicarious thrill of falling in love and the promise of a happily-ever-after sigh as they savor the final pages of her books.

Denise and her husband live in Indiana, where they raised three sons, and are currently

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