Review | Last First Kiss by Lia Riley

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Review | Last First Kiss by Lia RileyLast First Kiss by Lia Riley
Series: Brightwater #1
Published by Avon
Release date : June 23rd, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Source: The Publisher | Format: eARC
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A kiss is only the beginning...

Pinterest Perfect. Or so Annie Carson’s life appears on her popular blog. Reality is... messier. Especially when it lands her back in one-cow town, Brightwater, California, and back in the path of the gorgeous six-foot-four reason she left. Sawyer Kane may fill out those wranglers, but she won’t be distracted from her task. Annie just needs the summer to spruce up and sell her family’s farm so she and her young son can start a new life in the big city. Simple, easy, perfect.

Sawyer has always regretted letting the first girl he loved slip away. He won’t make the same mistake twice, but can he convince beautiful, wary Annie to trust her heart again when she’s been given every reason not to? And as a single kiss turns to so much more, can Annie give up her idea of perfect for a forever that’s blissfully real.

I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

It seems that second chance romances are becoming my THING, so when I was asked to review Last First Kiss, I jumped on the chance. Add in small town and a cowboy? SOLD.

I just adored this book! I was hooked from the first page and finished this relatively fast. Lia’s writing is engaging and I loved the blog posts that were written by Annie. I love it when we get to know a character this way. Not to mention, this book is just flat-out hilarious!

I loved Annie! She is a life blogger – and I connected with the pressures of having an online presence, all the while, trying to take care of your home. (Different blog, same problem! haha) Being a mom, I understood her hesitations about wanting to stay in a place that wasn’t kind to her as a kid – especially with her family’s history and the “feud” between the neighboring farm. She is strong, stubborn and kind – just wanting to do what’s best of her and her son and her desire to be MORE was relate-able as well.

Sawyer is THE ultimate sweet cowboy. He is a strong family man – and was initially content to remain a bachelor after his fiance left him. I applaud his patience with Annie and how he was willing to accept the full package deal from Annie. There were some super sweet scenes with him and Atticus that just made my heart swell!

The chemistry between him and Annie was amazing – never really fading after the ten years spent apart. They had so many sweet moments together, and a few hot scenes too! I also loved it was low on the angst, and more about finding yourself and love.

Small note – Grandma Kane is kind of scary. She is quite hilarious though, and I can’t wait to see what is up here sleeve in the remaining books!

Last First Kiss was a great start to a new series. Sweet, sexy and hilarious, I highly recommend to all fans of contemporary romance. And cowboys.


Let’s Chat

  • Have you read Last First Kiss? If so, what did you think?
  • If not, does it sound like something you’d enjoy?



Tonya is a 30 y/o mom, wife, avid reader, coffee junkie, junk food addicted workaholic and blogger.

19 responses to “Review | Last First Kiss by Lia Riley

  1. Nick @ Nick's Book Blog

    I thought this was really sweet too, Tonya! I loved the blogging aspect to it especially! 🙂
    And yes!! So glad that second chance romances are becoming your thing because they are the best romance trope in my opinion! 😉

  2. Heidi

    I love a good second chance romance in a small town as well. Add in a cowboy and a fiesty Grandma and I am all about it. This kind of reminds me of a Carolyn Brown book.

  3. Danielle

    Ooo delighted you enjoyed this one! I can’t wait to get to it soon. I loved her NA books so looking forward to reading her adult romance especially since it’s a second chance romance which I am all about!

    • tonyalee

      I haven’t read her NA books but I have heard great things.

      I do think you’d love this one, love!

  4. Anonymous

    Squee I actually have this but will be reviewing for the author in August. .your thoughts have me excited

  5. Melissa

    I love small town romances and second chances are one of my favorite tropes….this sounds really good!

  6. Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros

    Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros

    I’m loving this one! It’s so fun and wow- is Sawyer awesome. I like this kind of guy- who isn’t afraid of his feelings, but still comes across as a man too. She did a great job writing his POV, I think. I’ve read a ton of second chance romances lately too. I can’t get enough of them!

    • tonyalee

      Yes, I thought she did too. I love the dual POV but only if I can stand to be in their head LOL

  7. Suzi Q, The Book Dame

    I like second chance romances too. I am reading Second Chance Summer right now and it’s good so far. I agree that the addition of a small town setting and a cowboy makes it all the more appealing. Thanks for your review. I sure that I will enjoy this one as well.

  8. tonyalee

    I head great things about Second Chance Summer, I think I borrowed it from a friend as well. haha

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