Thursday, March 19, 2015

Review: Every Little Kiss

Every Little Kiss (Harvest Cove - Book 2) by Kendra Leigh Castle

Publication Date: 03/03/2015
Publisher: Penguin Group
Imprint: Signet
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 352

(Received for an honest review from Signet)

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Books in the series

Harvest Cove

1. For the Longest Time
2. Every Little Kiss

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Excerpt from, Every Little Kiss, courtesy of the author's website


The second novel featuring small New England town of Harvest Cove, where the residents know that Emma Henry likes things nice and orderly—but everyone has to let loose sometimes…

Event planner Emma Henry is used to focusing all her attention on reaching her goals and letting romance fall by the wayside. But when her sister Sam’s bachelorette party prompts the most tightly-wound Henry to let her hair down, Emma’s night ends with the entire town linking her to a man who could lay waste to anyone’s best-laid plans.

Army vet Seth Andersen thought that joining the police department in sleepy Harvest Cove would offer a quiet, normal life. But when he finds himself responsible for uptight Emma Henry at the end of her wildest night ever, his world turns unexpectedly complicated—and he’s surprised to discover he doesn’t mind at all…


Kendra Leigh Castle brings readers the second book in her Harvest Cove series, Every Little Kiss. This is a light-hearted romance that will have reading smiling. With a buttoned up heroine and a military hero, turned cop, there had to be some serious sparks. Castle does a great job with the small town setting and readers will love the quirky characters and down home charm. If you are looking for a great feel good story, this is it!

This was my first book by this author. There are a few things I look for when reading someone new and in this case, Castle met all my criteria for an author I'd want to read again and again. First of all, she charms readers with her small town setting for this series. Harvest Cove is one of those little New England towns that people dream about living in. With quirky, off-beat townspeople and that sense of community and forthrightness. 

Secondly, Castle provided great characters who showed a lot of growth throughout the story. The heroine is a buttoned up event planner that really needed to let her hair down, but when she did, she ended up with one of the local cops. I liked the fact that Emma changes so much from the beginning of this book to the end. She is so straight laced and hard to please and then with the help of Seth's caring and playfulness she blossoms. Seth was a great hero in every sense of he word. I liked that he was former military and that he was looking for a slow pace of life. Both characters were realistic and fun to read about. 

My last criteria for a good romance, is often the steaminess of the relationship. It's funny, in some books I really want the heat to be high and intense and in some books, depending on how the story has progressed, I just want that slow easy kind of love scene and that's what readers get with this one. It's relatively clean and certainly will put a smile on your face, but it doesn't go overboard which would have completely changed the dynamic of the book. 

Bottom Line:

I would definitely read this author again. I think that her character development was excellent. The setting was well written and played an essential part in the story. The love scenes fit the story and were not too intense. This would appeal to readers who are looking for a good, well written feel-good romance. It wasn't too complicated and it made me smile. Well done!

Every Little Kiss is available NOW from your favorite bookseller.

I'm giving this one 4 out of 5 apples from my book bag!

About the Author:

Kendra Leigh Castle is the author of numerous paranormal romances, including the Hearts of the Fallen series, the Dark Dynasties series, the MacInnes Werewolves trilogy, and RITA Award finalist Renegade Angel, along with a number of shorter published works. The Harvest Cove series marks her entrance into contemporary romance, starting with For the Longest Time. She lives in Maryland with her husband, three kids, and menagerie of pets, and she can usually be found curled up with her laptop and yet another cup of coffee.