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?
Titles in the Legacy of the Maguires include — Last First Kiss —♥— Battle of Hearts —♥— Strictly Off Limits —♥— Love and Order —♥—
This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.
Title: Last First Kiss
Series: Legacy of the Maguires #1
Author: Stella Holt
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: February 9, 2023
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4.5
With a debut novel like Last First Kiss, I can guarantee you that I’ll be following Stella Holt’s series right up to the end… and beyond. The Legacy of the Maguires series centers on one central theme, a family who is in one way or another connected to the dangerous, serious, and sometimes heartbreaking world of the police (and those who serve in a different way). Charlotte and Caleb’s story brings that reality to life as Charlotte is a widow, whose husband was killed in the line of duty. We’ll meet other members of the Maguire family along the way, and I can already tell you that I cannot wait to read her brothers’ stories… what a great, funny, loyal bunch of siblings.
Charlotte and Caleb had already met while she was working overseas, they shared one kiss, but she was committed to someone back in the States, and what they might have had together went no further. Neither forgot, but life pulled them in different directions. Now, they are about to be working together once again. And this time, Caleb will go after the relationship he wants with Charlotte. It’s not going to be easy, there are ghosts still hovering around, and he’s holding back some important information. But he knows one thing, Charlotte is the one for him, and he believes she feels the same… he’s out to win the woman who captured his heart with one kiss.
Last First Kiss deals with some deep subjects in a way that doesn’t pull the story down but enhances it with heartfelt emotions and reality. That is not an easy thing to pull off which is one of the reasons that this debut novel impressed me so much… and the fact that it’s a riveting, well-written, emotional romance certainly didn’t hurt one little bit. Charlotte’s struggle with loving someone again is portrayed so realistically. Yes, there is a ghost in this new relationship, and that’s not something to be taken lightly by Caleb… and the fact that he didn’t, that he understood that Charlotte’s love for her deceased husband would never magically just go away was one reason why I loved this man. Watching this couple fall in love, deal with the past, and make a start on a lifetime kind of love was an emotional journey, one I would highly recommend to any reader of Romance, no matter your preferred genre.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from Tule Publishing, and I sincerely thank the author or publishing house for their trust. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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