The First Kiss
by Grace Burrowes
My rating: 3 stars
Publication Date: February 3, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Print Length: 416 pages
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James Peckham's brothers
worry he spends too much time at the office. But personal failures have
caused James to find solace in his work as a law expert… and in the
unfailing comfort of his little black book.
Vera is a
twice-divorced mom, fiercely protective of her young daughter, and a
world-class piano soloist. When threatening messages cause her to fear
for her daughter's safety, she turns to James for guidance. Business
becomes pleasure until Vera learns of his past. As danger looms, can
James convince her that he's not the man he used to be?
The First Kiss by Grace Burrowes
Is Vera’s past coming back to haunt her? Is one of her ex-husbands stalking her? Who has broken into her house, vandalized her property and terrorized Vera? Fear for the safety of her young daughter drives Vera to distraction and frenzy. She had a restraining order, but it was stolen, so one of the attorney’s in the law firm she has retained brings her another copy. James is not only a law partner, he is one of the Peckham brothers, single, handsome, well-schooled in the art of causing women to swoon, his little black book has grown to spreadsheet size with notations on each woman’s preferences. But one look at Vera and something shifts inside.
Vera a world famous pianist is determined never to trust herself with another man, two failed marriages that were mediocre at the best of times, has left her scarred and scared. The only thing good in her life is her daughter and her music. All men are suspect until proven otherwise. Can former town playboy/gentleman James show her that some men appreciate the woman they want to be with? Will Vera pull in her talons long enough to trust in another human, someone like James, who makes her feel cherished, or will both of their pasts stand in the way? When Vera’s stalker returns, who is the first person Vera calls?
Grace Burrowes’ The First Kiss is definitely contemporary romance and yes, it is between two damaged people, as different as night and day, but for me, 99% of the effort was on the part of James, a man who vowed never to marry or to love anyone too deeply. Once he realized his feelings for Vera, the man wore them on his sleeve. Vera was created to be a damaged woman, having never truly invested herself in a relationship, as her career was all encompassing. Meeting James threw her even further off balance, and brought out a very unattractive side of her. Perhaps Ms. Burrowes wanted to demonstrate the healing power of love or the pure goodness in one man who saw so much more in Vera as a lover and mate. The story rambled on a touch, but through every twist, every dark turn, the hero was there and it was James who made this tale sweet for me.
I received this ARC edition from Sourcebooks Casablanca in exchange for my honest review.