MacKenzie Knightley ("Mac") is an enigma to his brothers,
who can't understand why he has been living the life of a
monk for several years, since his college days. Mac is
handsome, wealthy, and owns a successful law firm with
his two younger brothers, so what could be the issue?
The news that Mac received years ago caused two serious
relationships he was in to fail, and made him determined
never to place himself in that vulnerable position again.
Since then, he has exercised iron control over his life,
and avoided any chance of love.
Mac's control is broken when he meets Sidonie Lindstrom
("Sid") who now owns his old family farm, which she
inherited from her brother. Sid only plans on being in
the area temporarily, and is living at the farm because
she will not have to pay rent. She currently has no job
or income, and her brother's trust fund is tied up in
legal knots. She's also a foster mother to a teenage
boy, Luis, whom she would love to adopt. Between her
grief over her brother, the legal problems with the
trust, and the challenges of Luis and the foster care
system, Sid has no love for lawyers and the legal system.
Soon after they meet, Mac realizes how deep Sid's
aversion to lawyers goes, so he decides to temporarily
not tell her that's his vocation. Instead, he helps her
with the problems she has with the farm, since he is
intimately familiar with it. Little by little, Mac's
resistance fades, and for the first time in years, he's
in a relationship, though he's not really sure where it's
going just yet. Mac's big mistake is putting off telling
Sid about his profession, and, of course, she finds out
in the worst way possible. Sid, feeling betrayed, ends
their fledgling affair.
I read the first two books in the Sweetest Kisses
series, and the glimpses I got of Mac made me very
curious about what happened in his life to make him so
closed off from relationships. (You will not feel lost
if you have not read the previous books.) Mac is kind,
dedicated, generous, and apparently has a lot to offer
someone. Grace Burrowes went deep into the book before
she revealed Mac's secret. It was heartbreaking to see
his new romance fall apart before it really got going.
While I felt sympathy for Sid at Mac's deception, and in
turn, understood his reasons for not telling her the
whole truth, I just wanted them to get past this, and get
back to their relationship.
Before they can work on repairing their love affair,
reality intrudes in the form of the foster care system.
We see some glimpses into how things work, and how they
can go drastically wrong. KISS ME HELLO is an engrossing
read with sympathetic characters and a compelling
storyline. Mac is my favorite of the three brothers, and
his happy ever after is well deserved, as is the bonus
miracle. But you'll have to read the book to find out
about that - and I recommend that you do!
New York Times and USA Today
bestselling author Grace Burrowes brings her gorgeous
writing and incredible storytelling abilities to a brand
series of contemporary romance.
loves her, she loves him not...?
third novel of The Sweetest Kisses series, single mom
Sidonie Lindstrom has her hands full with a troubled
son, an abrupt adjustment to country living, and an
unforeseen lack of funds. When her taciturn neighbor,
MacKenzie Knightley, repeatedly offers practical help, Sid
reminds herself she's not interested in the neighbor-
his kindness, pragmatism and quiet charm. MacKenzie sees
vulnerability beneath her pride, and he's determined to
change her mind...