Friday, January 25, 2013

One More Kiss - Katherine Garbera (HB #732 - Jan 2013)

One taste isn't enough…

Since her divorce, cupcake queen Alysse Dresden prefers baking over boys…until a phone order from a sexy-voiced stranger melts her insides like butter. It isn't until Alysse makes the delivery in person that she realizes -- too late -- that the only man who can do that is her ex-husband….

After Marine Corps ace Jay Michener walked out on his weeklong marriage, he never stopped thinking of Alysse. Wanting her. And with his reenlistment only weeks away, he wants a second chance.

But Alysse has plans of her own -- and if the way into a guy's heart is through his stomach, maybe the way out of it is through his bed! 

Pretty good book and second chance story.  Aly and Jay haven't seen each other in four years.  Jay is coming up on decision time as to whether he continues in the Marines or gets out.  He hasn't been able to forget Aly and regrets the way he left her.  He would like a second chance to win her back.  Aly has been working hard to get her bakery off the ground and hasn't dated much.  She doesn't seem to be able to connect with any of the men she has gone out with.  When he reappears in her life she realizes she has never gotten over him.  He is trying to win her back and she is trying to use their attraction to get over him once and for all.  Both of them had some serious issues to overcome.  Aly quickly realizes she still cares for him but feels that she cannot trust him to stay.  She knows that he has problems opening up, that he is very much a loner.  She keeps trying to make him fit into her life the way it is rather than trying to find a compromise between their two worlds.  She eventually figures out that's what she is doing, but still has those trust issues.  Jay has had a couple close calls while he was deployed and realizes that he doesn't really want to live the rest of his life alone.  He has thought about her constantly over the last four years and would like to see if they can work things out.  He hadn't had much love in his life as a kid and as a sniper was also very much a loner.  He has never learned how to open himself up to his feelings and keeps trying to protect himself.  They both keep repeating past mistakes and I wondered if they were ever going to get it right.  I was glad to see that they were both able to exhibit some character growth and work out their problems.  On a side not, this is the second book I've read lately where the Harlequin editors have properly capitalized Marine and Marine Corps.  After years of complaining, maybe they have finally learned...


  1. I'm with you, Susan, (Marine wife to Marine wife) I HATE it when editors don't capitalize Marine and Marine Corps. I might pick this up this book based on your recommendation.

  2. It was good. Have you read any of Lindsay McKenna's books? She is one of my favorite authors, especially since she pretty much started the whole military romance thing for Harlequin all those years ago. Her latest Beyond Valor (reviewed earlier) also has Marines. It too was properly capitalized. She and I had a long discussion a few months ago about her frustration with the editors who refused to capitalize.

  3. I would name your blog the dreamland! While Santa knocks at our door just business suits, boys suits, tattoo shops once per year, you blog is open the whole year – wow!