Every Little Kiss (Kissed by the Bay #1)
by Susan Hatler
When Wendy Watts left Blue Moon Bay, she vowed never to return to the small coastal town where her parents had abandoned her and her brother. Now she’s a successful Realtor, and a workaholic who stays away from complicated emotions—until her grandmother dies, leaving Wendy the Inn at Blue Moon Bay and mandating that if Wendy sells it, she must put it on the market herself “in person.”
As soon as Wendy arrives in Blue Moon Bay, bad memories, the inn’s poor condition, and her brother’s pleas to keep the inn overwhelm her. Then she meets a sexy laid-back stranger on the beach, and Wendy does something she never does . . . she opens up and confides her problems to him. Since Max Huntington’s only in town for one night, Wendy spontaneously kisses him, hoping to be distracted from her troubles for just one evening.
But when Wendy begins the painstaking process of fixing up the inn in order to sell it, Max tells her he’s staying on longer. He’s enchanted by the charming inn and even more with the kisses they shared on the beach. He wants to help her with the repairs, and she reluctantly accepts his offer.
Although she’s determined to remain detached from the allure of her inn, Blue Moon Bay and Max, every repair, every stroll on the beach, and every moment spent with Max, draws her in and reminds her of the local legend she’d believed as a child: that being kissed by the bay under a blue moon will lead to love that lasts forever.
Wendy’s back in Blue Moon Bay after how many years living in Sacramento. If it were not for the will that her grandmother left to her and her brother, she wouldn’t want to go back. Her grandma wanted them to sell the Blue Moon Bay within a month, and that’s what she was gonna do. There was no reason for her to stay after all, wasn’t it?
Max was a guest at the Blue Moon Bay inn for a business trip, but he soon wanted to stay and call it home. He didn’t expect to like the place, the beach, the people. What made him fall in love was the legend of the starcrossed lovers who kissed by the bay. He thought the legend might soon come true when he found the one he wanted to kiss under the blue moon. Problem was, the woman had no intention of staying nor coming back.
I must admit, I had a hard time liking Wendy. Well, she’d been hurt when she was a child after their gallivanting parents left them to their grandma’s inn and never came back. As a kid, being abandoned was a big deal and she would never forgive them for that. No matter how many times I yelled at my Kindle to tell Wendy to move on, forgive and forget, be considerate, Wendy was stubborn and hard-headed. No wonder she grew up to be boring, brooding, annoying. I was ready to give up on her, but Max changed my mind. Somehow, this young, passionate hunk slowly entered my heart and stole my breath away. A lover of nature, a believer of legends, a man around town, a dog’s best friend, what more could a woman want?
In the end, I found myself smiling and sighing. A tale as old as time definitely made this story captivating. Every Little Kiss shared by the characters made my night. Susan Hatler made me daydream again! I was kissed by the bay and fell in love!