Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Kisses in the Rain by Krista Lynne Jensen + $25 and Book Giveaway!

Georgie Tate is a survivor. She's survived an abusive relationship. She's survived the car accident that took the life of her controlling fiance. Now she just needs to survive the memories that haunt her. Escaping to her aunts' cozy home on a tiny island outside of Seattle, Georgie finds just the change of pace she needs to pick up the pieces of her life. Taking a job at a local seafood restaurant is the first step in reclaiming her sense of self, but she is completely unprepared for the battle that awaits her there.

Jace Lowe has loved and lost, and he's determined that it will never happen again. Hardened by heartbreak, he stays focused on his work as sous chef at one of the island's top seafood restaurants. When beautiful Georgie takes her place on the restaurant staff, Jace is resolved to keep her at arm's length, and his downright rudeness her first week goes a long way in achieving that goal. Georgie, on the other hand, doesn't want anything to do with Jace anyway and prickles against his abrasive behavior. As the combative pair comes together on a joint project for the restaurant, they find their distaste for one another dwindling. the connection is undeniable--and it terrifies them both. Can two people jaded by the past be softened by the promise of once-in-a-lifetime love, or is this just another recipe for disaster?

Super cute cover, right?  I love it.  

This book has a weightier feel to it as most of the book Georgie is struggling to connect the pieces from an accident that haunts her.  She cannot remember exactly what happened leading up to the accident but she remembers enough to know that it wasn't good.  Georgie is haunted by all sorts of what-if's and guilt over poor choices she feels she made.  She doubts her judgement, her abilities and herself.  While the physical effects of the accident are fading, the mental and emotional ones remain.

Jace is also a bit haunted.  He's had a couple rough breaks but all in all he is paving a way for himself and reaching for his dreams.  Jace has quite a task ahead of him trying to win Georgie over.  Trust just doesn't come easy for either of them.

I enjoyed the growing friendship between Jace and Georgie.  They were both fantastic characters who I cared about and liked.  The supporting cast was great as well.  I loved the setting and the way things revolved around the restaurant and food - yummy sounding food like the chocolate cake Jace makes.  It had my mouth watering.

All in all this one was really good.  It is squeaky clean.  This is an LDS fiction book so there are some religious themes of forgiveness and seeking God's help.

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