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Kiss Me Hello: Sweetest Kisses #3 by Grace Burrowes with Excerpt and Giveaway

This is the last of the Sweetest Kisses Series by Grace Burrowes, and what a lovely set of romances this has been.  Focused on single mothers, or as in this case, foster mothers, Burrowes has opened reader’s eyes to the difficulties of parenthood, the bureaucracy of the foster care system, and provided some lovely moments in the journey.

Please be sure to read the excerpt, and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win a Sourcebooks Contemporary Romance Bundle including THE SWEETEST KISSES series by Grace Burrowes.

Kiss Me Hello

Sidonie has a complicated life: her foster son Luis is doing well, and she would like to adopt him, but her brother’s death and probate issues are just one of the many factors that may put that plan on hold. I loved her ability to keep moving forward and provide that loving and accepting Luis can provide him with a place to grow and feel secure. While lawyers aren’t her favorite people at the moment, the issues with probate make her even less enamored of them, even as she will need legal aid for her adoption.  But, Luis has his own questions and issues, so they need to be addressed before they move forward.

Mac is a wonderful character, even though he has many issues of his own. The most important one is his withholding where Sid is concerned, not telling her what he does for a living is a dangerous choice, and could lead to irreparable harm. But, there is some real connection between the two, even as he fights it: most certainly he is gobsmacked after Sid kisses him, in public.

I loved checking in with Hannah and Trent, Trent’s relationship with his brother Mac convince him to come clean and take a chance, even though Mac isn’t sure he wants to. Hannah’s experience with the foster care system from a personal perspective, with all of the conflicted emotions that engendered allowed her insight into Luis that felt right and honest, and was helpful to Sid in her understanding of his own concerns.

Luis was a wonderful character: attuned to Sid’s emotions with an often honest and wry sense of humor that belied the hurt buried within. Luis’ growth in the story both as Mac enters their life and for himself was wonderful to see, even as his own personal story was all things horrid. Again, Burrowes takes a chance to show love in many forms, and offer moments of description and detail about the foster system, endangered children and those who work to find homes and families for those who need them.

Kiss Me Hello: Sweetest Kisses #3 by Grace Burrowes with Excerpt and Giveaway

Title: Kiss Me Hello
Author: Grace Burrowes
Series: Sweetest Kisses #3
Also in this series: A Single Kiss
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 1402278845
Published on: 3 March 2015
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 416
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One FlameOne Flame

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About the Book:

Sidonie Lindstrom's hands and heart are full—she's been uprooted from the urban life she loves, she's grieving for her brother while raising her foster son Luis, and she's trying to find a job with meaning. But her burdens feel lighter when she meets rural lawyer Mackenzie Knightley. Their attraction is powerful and unexpected. Life is perfect… until Sid learns that Mack hasn't been completely honest about his job.

When problems arise with Luis' foster care situation, she must decide: can she trust Mack again, when she has so much more to lose?

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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

 

 

  

“This is a nice spot,” Mac said. “The horses will loaf here in the hotter months because the trees make for good shade, but the canopy isn’t quite done leafing out yet, so we’ll be able to see the moon come over the ridge.” He spread the blanket on a patch of grass up the slope from the pond.

 

Sid settled on the blanket, running her hand over what felt like soft flannel, while Mac lowered himself beside her.

 

“Give me your foot.” Mac didn’t wait for her to comply. He took Sid by the foot, and drew her running shoe off. “Other one.”

 

He peeled her socks down and tucked them into her shoes, then unlaced his boots and set them beside the blanket, stuffing a sock in each one. “Moonrise is always best appreciated barefoot.”

 

The sentiment was poetical; the words were not. “Is that a rule?”

 

“Suppose it is.” He took off his jacket, balled it up, and lay back to rest his head on it. “Come here and let me hold you, Sidonie. I haven’t watched the moon come up with a lovely woman in my arms for years.”

 

She settled against him, resting her head on the slope of his shoulder. “We’re going to talk about rules like this?” He thought she was lovely.

 

“We’ll come to some understandings.” His arm came around her shoulders, and his hand stroked over her hair. “I’ll undo this braid while we’re at it.”

 

“Don’t lose my elastic.”

 

His fingers were soon winnowing through her hair, drawing the length of it over her shoulder.

 

“How am I supposed to think about rules when you’re touching me like this, MacKenzie?”

 

“You don’t need to think. You just tell me what’s true for you.”

 

“True about what?”

 

He went quiet again, while Sid repositioned herself against him. She could hear his heart beat, feel the slow, steady thud of his life’s blood beneath her cheek.

 

“What do you want from me, Sidonie Lindstrom? What do you need?”

 

“Nobody has asked me that before.” She considered her answer, while Mac’s hand drifted through her hair, across her back, down her arm. “I want a friend, I guess. You’ve been a friend to me, and I wasn’t expecting to find that here.”

 

“Is that all you want? I can be a good friend. My brothers would vouch for me in that regard.”

 

She could not tell from his voice if he was disappointed with her answer, or pleased. “No, that isn’t all I want, but I’ll settle for it, and be grateful if that’s where you want to draw the line. A friend, a real friend, is nothing to scoff at.”

 

Another silence, while Mac got his hand on her nape and started massaging the tension there. His idea of friendship would soon leave Sid witless and boneless.

 

“I can’t expect you to put yourself out there without showing I’m willing to do likewise: I want you.” Mac’s voice was quiet in the gathering darkness. “I want you at least for a friend, an intimate friend, Sidonie, but I don’t share something that precious. If you allow me the privileges of a lover, then I will expect that for whatever time I enjoy that status, those privileges are exclusively mine. You will agree to this, or our friendship keeps its clothes on.”

 

Sid shivered, though the night wasn’t uncomfortably cool, and Mac gave off heat like a woodstove. He was so serious about this, when they could have shared a casual romp in the moonlight.

 

She would have settled for that—and settling would have been a mistake.

 

She traced his facial features. Beyond serious, he was solemn, as if these understandings he sought could be the foundation for something even greater than friendship.

 

“If you agree to my terms,” he said, his hand slowing in her hair, “you agree because it’s what you want too, not because I need to hear the words and you have a private agenda that’s different from what you’ll say to me.”

 

He was asking for honesty, the most basic tenet of a real friendship. Friends were kind to each other, considerate, patient, reliable, but above all, a friend was somebody who told the truth.

 

“I don’t have much practice with relationships, MacKenzie.”

 

He rolled slowly, like the earth heaving up, until Sid was on her back with Mac blanketing her. “There’s more to say.” He rested his forehead against hers. “A lot more, but right now, Sidonie, I have to kiss you. Have to.”

 

 

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About Grace Burrowes

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes' bestsellers include The Heir, The Soldier, Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal, Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish and Lady Eve's Indiscretion. Her Regency romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Grace is branching out into short stories and Scotland-set Victorian romance with Sourcebooks. She is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland.

 

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