2 Feb 2016


Book Review / Every Little Kiss by Susan Hatler

When Wendy Watts left Blue Moon Bay, she vowed never to return to the small coastal town where her parents had abandoned her and her brother. Now she’s a successful Realtor, and a workaholic who stays away from complicated emotions—until her grandmother dies, leaving Wendy the Inn at Blue Moon Bay and mandating that if Wendy sells it, she must put it on the market herself “in person.”

As soon as Wendy arrives in Blue Moon Bay, bad memories, the inn’s poor condition, and her brother’s pleas to keep the inn overwhelm her. Then she meets a sexy laid-back stranger on the beach, and Wendy does something she never does . . . she opens up and confides her problems to him. Since Max Huntington’s only in town for one night, Wendy spontaneously kisses him, hoping to be distracted from her troubles for just one evening.

But when Wendy begins the painstaking process of fixing up the inn in order to sell it, Max tells her he’s staying on longer. He’s enchanted by the charming inn and even more with the kisses they shared on the beach. He wants to help her with the repairs, and she reluctantly accepts his offer.

Although she’s determined to remain detached from the allure of her inn, Blue Moon Bay and Max, every repair, every stroll on the beach, and every moment spent with Max, draws her in and reminds her of the local legend she’d believed as a child: that being kissed by the bay under a blue moon will lead to love that lasts forever.

Published:     3rd Septmber 2015
Publisher:  Hatco Publishing
Goodreads :  Click here
Series or Stand-Alone:  Book 1, Kissed by the Bay
Source:  Review Copy
Rating:   3 out of 5

What I loved about this story...  I have really enjoyed Susan Hatler's writing for many years now and was so excited to read this book.  There's just something about Susan's writing that I find comedic and relaxing at the same time.  In this story, we are following Wendy Watts returning to Blue Moon Bay after the death of her Grandmother who has stipulated in her Will that the Inn that she ran was to be sold.  Wendy has to come back to the town that she left many years before to help her brother, who had been helping running the inn, get the inn ready to be sold.  What I liked the most was the progression of Wendy throughout the story.  When we first meet her she is a big shot realtor from the city.  She knows who she is and where she needs to be.  After arriving in Blue Moon Bay things change and she starts to look back into her past to discover things that she had long since forgotten.  Of course, it doesn't help that she meets a handsome guy who seems to like her too...

What I wasn't fond of with this story...  Honestly, there is some insta-love here which I felt was a bit rushed and could have slowed down a bit to make it feel more natural (not that insta love doesn't happen but it is just my particular reading preference that I don't like it).