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Our Last First Kiss

(Heartbreak Hotel #1)

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4.12  ·  Rating details ·  186 ratings  ·  71 reviews
Welcome to the famed resort, The Hathaway at Dragonfly Beach, where newlyweds come to honeymoon, where anniversary couples celebrate milestones, and where broken hearts find a place to heal.

After her best friend is jilted at the altar, maid of honor Lilly Durand whisks the bride to Dragonfly Beach and its legendary hotel, determined to help her overcome her misery. Lilly w
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Published March 27th 2018
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DJ Sakata
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No expert on male attractiveness, Alec had to take his sister’s word for it that Jacob was what she termed a “California dime.” Jojo used a bunch of weird-ass lingo possibly understood only by herself, but he was told it meant a ten on the apparently higher, California scale of handsomeness.

Alec attended every one of Barbie’s funerals I ever organized, after Simon declared them lost causes post-surgery… Well, except for that time Simon pronounced Ken hadn’t survived an appendecto
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Simply Love Book Reviews
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it

Our First Last Kiss begins the new Heartbreak Hotel series by Christie Ridgway and it was delightfully entertaining. Whisking away her best friend, a left at the altar bride, to the Heartbreak Hotel seems like a good idea until she runs into the ex-groom’s best man who left her feeling more than flustered from just one kiss. Promises of no strings, casual fun are broken when these two people begin to realize that the life they thought they wanted was just a ruse. Lots of great banter, a runaway
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Cheryl Whitty
Reviewed on behalf of http://bookaddict.live,
This is the first book in a new series called Heartbreak Hotel, where you go to get over your heartbreak. In this case we meet Lilly who has come with her friend Audra, who was left at the altar. Lilly is very worried about Audra when her locks herself in her room and doesn’t come out. All Lilly can think about was the best man Alec Thatcher, and the near miss with the chemistry between them.
Lilly is unaware that Alec is related to the family who own
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Donna
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is such a great start to a wonderful new series of books about the Heartbreak Hotel. The emotion and angst this couple were feeling. She being so afraid of heartbreak, that she stayed clear of falling in love. Having an upbringing that made her feel unloveable. She steers clear of any kind of relationships, knowing it would just lead to her broken heart. Then Alec too isn’t a stranger to pain and heartache. So he isn’t interested in anything more than one-night stands. But the magic of the ...more
April Symes
Our Last First Kiss is the story of two people who did not want to have a relationship; they were determined to keep things light & short term. After her best friend, Audra was jilted at the altar by text message; Lilly Durand suggests a visit to The Hathaway Resort, which is also known as Heartbreak Hotel. Audra’s family jump at the chance to get her there and help her heal from her heartbreak. They immediately book the trip and get the rooms set up. When they arrive, Audra not doing so well an ...more
Tania's Book Blog
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Alec was the best man of the runaway groom and Lilly the maid of honor and best friend of the jilted bride. Alec and Lilly had in common that they weren’t looking for a relationship and to Leto things simple.

Alec didn’t win over Lilly immediately. It took lots of swooning to get her where he wanted but she wasn’t stupid. She had trust issues and some insecurities and Alec had fears. As time passed feelings were developing but Lilly couldn’t see past her old fears to move forward. Surprisingly Al
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LaGina
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sweet and angsty wrapped up in these pages, what more can a girl ask for? Lily and Alec have a push and pull attraction for each other that you can see from the start. My heart went out to poor Lily because off what she has been through. I liked the idea of some place where the broken heart can go to heal and maybe find love. I cant wait to see where this series will go.
Amanda  B Gillespie
Mar 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, enticing-journey
As much as I wanted to like this book, I just had a hard time. It was slow and the theme was repetitive. By the end, it seemed like the author realized it needed to end and changed the whole thing from Lily being a commitment romance phobe to the complete opposite.
Karen
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this first book in a new series by Christie. It was so well written, emotional, deep feelings, and just amazing!

Lily Durand had a rough life growing up and it has shaped her into the woman she is today. She has a tough outer shell that takes a lot of time to crack and even then she may not let you in all the way. But when she does, it is forever.
Lily brings her best friend to The Hathaway at Dragonfly Beach after her fiance ditched her at the alter. Her friend needs to decompress and deal
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Crystal
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I’ve read by Christie Ridgway and I can’t wait to read the next in this new contemporary romance series.
Audra was jilted at the altar by her fiancé through a text message. Lilly, Audra’s best friend and maid of honor whisks Audra away to the Hathaway at Dragonfly Beach resort with the help of Audra’s parents to get away. Since arriving, Audra has barricaded herself in her room, still wearing her wedding gown and wallowing in self-pity.
Lilly spends some of her time roaming
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Lisa
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a free complimentary book and voluntarily reviewed it.

I am a big fan of Christie Ridgway, but Our First Last Kiss is so fantastic that I, now, consider it one of my favorite books of hers. It is the first book in a new series, Heartbreak Hotel. This is the story of two troubled people who must overcome their anguish from life’s experiences, and the resulting fear to get close to anyone, in order to find each other.

The book’s action starts immediately from the first chapter, and the pa
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Pam
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Our Last First Kiss is the story of two people that were determined to keep things light & short term. Lily is an orphan that was raised by her aunt,uncle & cousin. They were the perfect example of how not to have a relationship. Lily was told "This is how a Durand loves." She doesn't want that pain, hurt or fear so she's determined never to love someone. That works until Alec. How can she hold out against that attraction? Can't he see she doesn't fit with his happy loving family?

Alec has gone
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Kim Owens
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Our Last First Kiss is the first Christie Ridgeway book that I have read. It was a fast, easy, touching read with all the elements required to make a great romance!
After her best friend, Audra was jilted at the altar (through a text message, of all things), Lilly Durand suggests a visit to The Hathaway Resort, also know as Heartbreak Hotel. The resort is a popular place for honeymooners, those celebrating special occasions, and more recently known for healing heartbreak. Audra’s family jumps on
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Paula
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Different California locale and different story-line but Our Last First Kiss by Christie Ridgway still has the in-depth character study I have come to expect in her books. Alec and Lilly are not strangers to hardships or tragedies. As Lilly points out about Alex’s family, they are survivors but then so is she.

Sometimes funny, sometimes serious and at times it points out the randomness of heartache in this life. While there are some wrong assumptions about some of the good guys there is none conc
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Marcia
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A new series by one of my favorite romance authors. Wealthy, beautiful, sweet Audra Montgomery has been left at the altar by the man she expected to spend the rest of her life with. With the encouragement (and credit card) of Audra's parents, her best friend Lilly Durand, whisks her away to The Hathaway at Dragonfly Beach, recently dubbed Heartbreak Hotel. Lilly is the opposite of Audra.
she was born to an unwed mother, who abandoned her at birth. Her grandmother gave her aunt and uncle money to
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Eileen
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really loved Our Last First Kiss by Christie Ridgway, the first book in her new Heartbreak Hotel series. After her best friend was left at the altar, Lily Durand takes her to The Hathaway, a res ort known for healing broken hearts. Lily is also hurting after a strong attraction had begun between her and the handsome best man, Alec Thatcher, knowing she wouldn’t see him again. Life doesn’t always work the way we expect as Lily discovers Alec and his family is also staying at the Heartbreak Hote ...more
Marie  Brown (Marie's Tempting Reads)
Marie's Tempting Reads ARC Review:

Bubbling with passion and romance, Our Last First Kiss is a book that will stick with a reader long after they finish it! It has compassion, wonderful characters, a fantastic plot, this is exactly the kind of romance that dreams are made of!

I adore a persistent hero. Not the kind that ends up being slick and creepy but one like Alec, who is charming, sweet, just oozes sensuality and can make you smile and sigh all in one breath. I fell in love with him and Lill
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Sassy Southern
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Our Last First Kiss was such a great book! I really enjoyed the story line and the characters were ones that drew me in and made me want to know more about them. The way the book is written kept me guessing about what exactly had gone on to get the characters where they are, but everything is eventually explained. I loved getting to read both Lilly and Alec's points of view. It makes me really feel as though I am right in the story.



Lilly has such a heartbreaking past and that has her guarding h
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Cathy
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Two imperfect people, neither "thinking" they want a relationship. What happens when you are so drawn to someone that you begin to question what you thought you wanted. I love this story of Lilly and Alec. Lilly whisks her best friend a jilted bride, away to the Heartbreak Hotel. Of course she runs into Alec, and sparks burn up the pages. You may laugh out loud at parts, and some make you gasp and some you feel so sad and want to cry.

This is a book about finding yourself and going after what ma
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Anne Kulasa
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in the new series written by Christie Ridgway, and as usual she does not disappoint. I loved this book and Alec and Lily's story. She was the Maid of Honor for her college roommate and best friend Audra's wedding that never happened, and he was the Best Man. After the wedding that never was, Lily takes Audra to the Hathaway at the Dragonfly Resort, also known as the Heartbreak Hotel, to rest and recoup, unbeknownst to her that Alec was there with his family, Uncle owns the ...more
Viper Spaulding
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Despite Lilly's traumatic upbringing, she's strong, resilient, and a great friend to Audra. Alec's tragic loss was more recent, but no less life-altering. I loved the chemistry between these two; Alec was perfectly patient when he needed to be, yet willing to risk doing what she says she doesn't want when he figures out what she needs. Lilly has huge trust issues, but she was able to draw on Alec's strength when she gets to know him.

There was a lot of humor in this book, many poignant and insig
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Gladys
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes a book sneaks up and surprises you. For me this was one such book. I found this to be a beautiful, poignant romance. Characters are deeply developed and the storyline is interesting and engaging. Lilly and Alec are the featured potential couple in this book. I loved both these characters. Alec is sexy, charming and totally sure of what he wants and what he doesn't....until he meets Lilly. Lilly is the type of character that will reach into your chest and just squeeze your heart. The li ...more
Terri
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, street-team-book
This is a great start to a new series! It takes in a hotel that is somewhat known for where people go to recover from a broken heart. Lilly has gone there with her best friend, the supposed to be bride. By accident, the best man at the wedding that never happened is there too. There are definite sparks between Lilly and Alec, but she is determined to ignore them and make him go away. Fortunately for us, that doesn't happen!
This story has humor, sizzle, romance, family and a puppy. What more coul
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Amy Stephens
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Christie Ridgway has become one of those authors I go to when I'm in the mood for a heartwarming story. Her Heartbreak Hotel Series is off to a great start with Our Last First Kiss and I can't wait for the other stories to come out.

Alec and Lily's story was a different take on relationships--two people who steered clear of commitment because of painful pasts. There was something about the Heartbreak Hotel, though, something magical, that's hard to resist. This story touched on several of my emo
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Julia David
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am looking forward to the other stories in this series after reading this one. I like all the characters and can't wait to see what will happen with them. I also like the setting. I used to live in Santa Barbara and can really imagine how it all looks. Lilly's best friend, Audra, was jilted at the altar. The guy sent a text to call off the wedding. So, Lilly and Audra check into the Hathaway Hotel to regroup. While Audra is holed up in her room, Lilly is out exploring and runs into Alec. Alec ...more
Christyg
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I want to stay at The Hathaway or as it is known, the Heartbreak Hotel. I love coincidental meeting stories. The odds of Lily and Alec staying at the same place after they were both witnesses in the same failed wedding are slim. But they meet up at the Heartbreak Hotel. While there and trying to deny their feelings, they both begin to take steps to change the path they have been travelling. Alec is finally able to come out of the shell he has been living in since their family's loss. Lily starts ...more
Catty Jane
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
****4 STARS****
*****ARC Received for Honest Review*****

I found myself truly laughing out loud as I read each chapter, finding Christie’s writing witty, charming and at apt times sarcastic, and this girl loves all 3. I can already tell this is going to be a great series centered around this hotel, the Heartbreak Hotel. Where Lily brings her best friend to mend her broken heart after being left at the alter. Lily was a little to glad to be getting away as well, since she found herself longing a li
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Deb Fernow
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first in a new series, Heartbreak Hotel, and is set in The Hathaway at Dragonfly Beach hotel where people come to mend broken hearts. The author can take a well-used plot line (the bride dumped at the altar) and turn it into an enjoyable read.

Lilly Durand and her BFF Audra Montgomery have checked into the resort so that Audra can lick her wounds from the disastrous wedding that wasn’t. But Lilly has her own issue to recover from and his name is Alec Thatcher.

She has her hands full
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Isha Coleman
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
When it comes to love Lilly Durand prefers to watch from the sidelines. Past experience has taught her the destructive power of love, pain follows closely in it's wake. Her best friend's disasterous wedding is one more reason that she's made the right choice. How ironic that her stubbornness proves to be her undoing. Alec is bad for her head, but perfect for her heart. Can two people who don't believe in love, discover happily ever after out of the ashes of a jilted wedding? Christie Ridgway has ...more
Sheila Schoenauer
Mar 25, 2018 rated it liked it
While I enjoyed this story I just had a hard time getting into it. My main reason for not being able to get into it was that I didn't like the main heroine, Lily, at all. She just irritated me and let her past walk all over her. Instead of proving to herself that she was better than the circumstances she grew up with she let them control her and based her future on the fact that her blood line was tainted and she didn't deserve love. Everyone deserves love! I liked Alec but I wish it hadn't take ...more
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