With This Kiss

Bella Riley
With This Kiss
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Release Date
March 2012
Book 2 of Emerald Lake
Contemporary Romance

Love can find you when you least expect it . . .

Fireworks. That's what innkeeper Rebecca Campbell wants. And no matter how close their friendship, she and her former fiancé never shared that. Now, with a broken engagement behind her and a promise she's vowed to keep, Rebecca is determined to make a new life for herself in Emerald Lake. She just never expected sparks to fly this quickly . . .

Coming home and falling for his little brother's girl wasn't Sean Murphy's plan. Rebecca's sweet smile and kind heart make Sean feel at home-something he's never felt before. But a secret lingers between them, and no matter how powerful their attraction, Sean can't give his heart to a woman he can't trust. Or can he?

As the days pass, Rebecca and Sean find it harder and harder to deny their desire. And they are in beautiful Emerald Lake, the perfect place for falling in love . . .

Book Review by Rho (reviewer)
Feb 23, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
123 people found the following review helpful
WITH THIS KISS by Bella Riley is a delightful contemporary romance that I had a great time reading. With realistic characters, family drama, and a love story between two reluctant people all wrapped up in a quaint small town, I fell into the story and didn't want it to end.

Rebecca finally knows what she wants in her love life. Too bad she didn't realize it before she got engaged to her now former fiancé, Stu. She never had the strong romantic connection that she nows longs for with him, so they broke off the engagement. With her new goal in mind, she's determined not to make the same mistakes and wants to create a life for herself in the town of Emerald Lake, which she now calls home. However, when Stu's older brother, Sean, shows up for a wedding that's not going to happen, Rebecca's life takes an unexpected turn.

Sean has been hurt by those he trusted in the past, so he knows not to do it again, but Rebecca is so different than other women he's met, that he has a hard time keeping his guard up around her. However, Sean knows that she's hiding something about his brother, and he's not sure if he can get past the secrets and let the desire develop between them.

WITH THIS KISS was such a fun read for me. I was instantly intrigued by the characters and their respective back stories, the town, and the whole drama surrounding Sean and his family. I loved the way it all came together.

Rebecca's character is such a breath of fresh air. She is a woman who doesn't play games and really says what she means and feels. I wish more people were like that in real life. And Sean...I just adored him. No matter how much he tried to guard his heart, you could see the warm and caring man that he was underneath in his actions. The two of them together were so perfect, I just loved them as a couple. I thought I would feel weird about Sean dating his brother's fiancée, but the author did a great job with that in the story.

Overall, I thought that this was a highly enjoyable read. WITH THIS KISS is my first read by Bella Riley, but it won't be my last. And, I want to revisit Emerald Lake again. This book is the second in the Emerald Lake series, but I think it be can read as a standalone. I, on the other hand, will be getting the first book in the series, ASAP!
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