JUST ONE KISS
by Traci Hall
Publication Date: January 11, 2021
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Bliss, Contemporary, Romance
Free-spirited Grace Sheldon is used to living on a tight budget as a freelance photographer. But nothing short of a miracle could produce the thirty thousand dollars she owes on the house she’s inherited. Without steady employment, the bank refuses to give her a loan. Working a temp job won’t give her nearly enough, but she’ll take any little bit she can get until she figures out a solution. Her first day, though, she realizes this is no ordinary office—and her handsome new boss is no ordinary man.
After Sawyer Rivera’s well-planned career in Seattle officially imploded all he’s looking for is a small beach town where he can open a dog training facility and start a simple life. Except, his new office assistant is anything but. Grace is carefree, artsy, and doesn’t know a thing about dogs. The woman has pet chickens! She’s also funny, kind, and the best part of his day.
Grace is his complete opposite—and completely refreshing. But when her month of temp work is over, she could disappear from his life for good. Sawyer realizes he has just one chance to try to change their fate.
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If you are looking for a light and quick romance to help you get out of your reading slump, try Just One Kiss by Traci Hall. Based on the opposites-attract trope, it is a clean romance with unique characters. It also features rescue dogs, service dogs, an autistic child, and a few veterans with Post Tramautic Stress Disorder who are given a chance to feel useful and appreciated.
Grace Sheldon, a freelance photographer, who grew up in a communce with her free-spirited parents, inherits a lovely house overlooking a beautiful beach. Her grandmother would like this house to be a safety net for her children should they ever need a roof over their heads. The only problem is that there is also a substantial debt of unpaid taxes that Grace needs to pay. Otherwise, the bank is going to foreclose on the property. Grace has thirty days to come up with the money or lose the house of her dreams. She takes up a temp job of setting up an office for a new business in the town, although her paychecks aren’t going to come anywhere close to what she owes.
Sawyer Rivera is a celebrity dog trainer who needs to keep a low profile for a few months. His ex-girlfriend has been dragging his name in the press and he might lose all his contracts, unless she gets tired of spreading lies about him. Sawyer decides to go back to what he does the best and open a dog training camp. He also employs homeless veterans who have fallen on hard times and are in need of honest employment and a square meal. He even takes up a rescue dog without having met him (he is that confident in his training system). Lovable, but undoubtfully naughty Bert would melt anyone’s heart. Bert manages to break Grace’s expensive photo camera and this is our protagonists’ meet cute.
There is a spark, of course, and there is undeniable difference of lifestyle, financial situation, attitudes, and dispositions. Grace is independent and has been raised to feel suspicious of any kind of rules or authorites, while Sawyer, an ex-marine, believes in discipline and getting things done systematically.
Can Grace and Sawyer find things in common and let their differences bring the best in them? Can they appreciate how kind-hearted and generous both of them are ? and will Grace be able to save her grandmother’s home?
I enjoyed this romantic escape into sunshine, walks on the beach, training service dogs (I didn’t know that dogs can help people on the autism spectrum regulate their emotions), and a fair bit of drama. I guess I won’t spoil your enjoyment of the story if I say that there is a HEA (although I’d say a HFN would be more realistic given the timeframe). Traci Hall clearly knows how to write an entertaining and sweet romance.
Thank you to Netgalley, Entangled Publishing and Indiesage PR for the review copy. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.
With an impressive bibliography in an array of genres, USA Today bestselling author Traci Hall has garnered a notable fan base. She pens stories guaranteed to touch the heart while transporting the reader to another time and place. Her belief in happily ever after shines through, whether it’s a romantic glimpse into history or a love affair for today.
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