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Title: Last First Kiss
Author: Stella Holt
Genre: Contemporary Romance
About Last First Kiss:He’s going to fight for her this time around. Charlotte Maguire’s family is the closest thing to police royalty in her hometown. But not even the Maguires could protect her from the heartbreak of becoming a young widow. Now twenty-eight years old, Charlotte mourns the future she lost and has thrown herself into her work. Curating promotional campaigns is the perfect distraction until her gorgeous new boss Caleb shows up, forcing her dormant heart to awaken. Caleb and Charlotte have a past, and it’s impossible to ignore the sparks that are reigniting. Caleb Kincaid is a survivor in every sense of the word. He’s no stranger when it comes to securing second chances, so when Charlotte Maguire happens his way again, he’s all in. Charlotte has loved and lost once already, and Caleb knows he’s no sure bet. But he also knows they could be great together this time around. Caleb has always been a man of his word, but what happens when he promises a future he might not be able to deliver?
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About the Author:Author of your next binge-worthy romance series, Stella has been plotting sexy, tear-jerker stories since she was old enough to hold a pencil. Born a Georgia peach, Stella loves all things country but calls the beach home even though she’s currently living outside D.C. with her family. Most days she can be found drinking too much coffee, collecting lipstick she forgets to wear, and baking. Stella’s first series featuring first responders debuts in 2023. You can find her on Instagram @stellaholtbooks and www.stellaholt.com
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My rating: 3 of 5 stars - Average Read
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Last First Kiss is a series started by (new to me) author Stella Holt. It is a second chance story on multiple levels and I feel like the set up that was fantastic, but…. This book has a case of “the hurry up and finish alreadys”
Charlotte is a young police widow in a large family where everyone is in the military or on the police force. We spend a lot of time getting to know her and get a strong dose of her brothers in secondary roles.
We see her struggle with grief and the idea of moving on - this was actually one of my favorite parts of this book- the idea of Charlotte giving herself grace to embrace ACT II.
Caleb is a coworker of Charlotte’s that comes back into the picture five years after she first met him. The once upon a time attraction returns, but he has baggage of his own.
We spend a lot of Last Fist Kiss with Charlotte and Caleb figuring things out. That story line is interesting and I was rooting for them. Where I found myself a bit frustrated is that we spent 80% of the book in a 3 month window (Columbus day to New Years) and then boom it’s Columbus Day again and we find out the conclusion to the journey. I wish this had been edited a little differently. I don’t think we needed to see the whole hard slog that was revealed near the end, but I think glimpses would have been helpful to really embracing this pair.
Ms Holt is a new to me author and I have to admit this book does make me curious about Charlotte’s brothers, but I might be a bit weary too…
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