Title: A Single Kiss by Grace Burrowes
Sweetest Kisses Series Book One
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Length: 416 pages
Book Rating: B+
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A single kiss can change everything…
In the first novel of the Sweetest Kisses series, Hannah Stark has set her sights on corporate law to assure her a career of paperwork, predictability, and conservative suits. Contracts, finance, and the art of the deal sing to her, while the mess and misery of the courtroom do not. But her daughter needs to eat, so when Hannah is offered a temporary position in a small town firm’s domestic relations department, she reluctantly accepts.
Trent Knightley is mightily drawn to his newest associate, though Hannah is as protective of her privacy as she is competent. When their friendship and attraction heat up, Hannah’s secrets put her heart and Trent’s hopes in double jeopardy.
A Single Kiss by Grace Burrowes is a phenomenal contemporary romance that is sweet, thought-provoking and poignant. A wonderful opposites attract love story, this first book in the Sweetest Kisses series is a beautifully written novel that is emotional and quite compelling.
Hannah Stark is a single mom with a heartbreaking past who finds herself temporarily working as a family lawyer in Trent Knightley’s law firm. Working for Trent is about the only perk of her new job and he is not only her boss, he is a friend and mentor. The two are also attracted to one another and when their paths unexpectedly cross outside of the office, Hannah and Trent decide to explore their passion.
Hannah is very closemouthed about herself and her life outside of the office. She has many layers that take much of the novel to peel back but bits and pieces of her traumatic childhood are slowly revealed to readers as she fights for the best possible outcome for her clients. Despite the scars from her upbringing, Hannah is a loving and compassionate woman, but she is very apprehensive about revealing her secrets to anyone.
Trent is idealistic but pragmatic and he is very passionate about his chosen profession. He wholeheartedly believes in the legal system but it is not until he gets to know Hannah that he sees how imperfect it can be. He is loyal and confident and despite his dedication to his career, he is very devoted to his family. Trent is stunned by the depth of his feelings for Hannah, but he is also endearingly uncertain about acting on his attraction.
There are definitely sparks between Trent and Hannah, but they are both reluctant to indulge in an office fling. They easily settle into a comfortable working relationship and a friendship grows naturally out of their mutual respect for one another. Hannah is surprised by how easily she begins to trust Trent, but she still remains very guarded and self-protective. Their romance is sweet and sensual, but Hannah refuses to divulge her closely guarded secrets until she comes close to losing everything she holds dear.
A Single Kiss is an incredibly heartwarming romance with a charming cast of well-developed characters. The plot is unique and Grace Burrowes does not shy away from realistic, hard hitting topics. It is an absolutely captivating story that will leave readers impatiently awaiting the next installment in the Sweetest Kisses series.