Kisses in the Rain by Krista Lynne Jensen
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: Received from the publisher to review
Genre: Contemporary Romance with LDS references
Book Description: 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 od once-in-a-lifetime love, or is this just another recipe for disaster?
My thoughts: Georgie Tate leaves her home and family to re-discover herself after a life altering accident. Her fiancee was killed and she was severely injured. Now she just wants to remember the accident, make peace with the past, and find happiness and contentment in her life. Her best course of action is to visit her Aunts in Washington State.
Jace has his own issues that leave him a little broken. It doesn't help that his girlfriend just became engaged to another man WHILE they were dating. His father is controlling and left issues for Jace to face and come to terms with.
Two broken people find themselves working together and helping each other on a project to create new recipes for work. It becomes more as time progresses. Not only did they find a great friend to help them, they found a little bit more. The problem is overcoming the past and finding a new future with someone special.
The fun relationship that Jace and Georgie have in this book is very humorous. They are so cute together and the banter makes for a fun book to read. There are underlying issues of hurt or neglect, but the way they build each other up is entertaining. The issues are not discarded, they are real, but dealt with in a very sensitive manner.
This book is clean with kissing. There is religious references, but they are not the main factor in the book. The book looks at healthy relationships and two people trying to find one.
About the Author: Nearly every one of Krista Lynne Jensen’s elementary school teachers noted on her report card that she was a “day-dreamer”. It was not a compliment. So, when Krista grew up, she put those daydreams down on paper for others to enjoy. When she’s not writing she enjoys reading, hiking, her family, and sunshine. But not laundry. She never day-dreams about laundry.
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