Grace used to be part of the Sawyer family, until her mother messed things up. She had to miss her stepfather and three stepbrothers because of the nasty divorce that was the result of her mother's actions. The Sawyer brothers have avoided Grace ever since. They all work at the family seafood business and when Grace by accident applies for a job there Jack decides to hire her. Of the three Sawyer brothers he's the one Grace liked the most. Jack doesn't know if Grace is anything like her mother and if she can be trusted, but he gives her a chance anyway and Grace can't say no, because she desperately needs the money.
Grace wants to make things right again with the Sawyers and she knows how to proceed. Will her plan actually work or will it backfire completely? She has the opportunity to spend a lot of time with Jack and they start to like one another more and more. While Jack would love to date Grace she isn't sure they should tell the world they like each other, because she doesn't know if Jack's brothers will be as forgiving as Jack. Will Jack and Grace have a chance or has Grace's mother made such a huge mistake that the damage is irreparable?
Forbidden Kisses is a fabulous romantic story. I immediately loved Grace. She's kindhearted, sweet and giving. She always thinks about others first and does everything she can to make the people she loves as happy as possible, even when they've hurt her. She and Jack have amazing chemistry. Jack is a nice guy with plenty of talents. He's generous and attentive. I loved his friendly open-minded personality and his willingness to give people second chances is admirable. Jack and Grace are a wonderful couple. There are sparks and there's plenty of love and I hoped they could make the animosity between their families go away, so they could experience true love. I couldn't wait to find out what would happen between them and this made me fly through the pages.
Annie Rains writes about a beautiful coastal town and I immediately fell in love with Blushing Bay, it's a fantastic setting. Her vivid and detailed descriptions of the town and its inhabitants make her story come to life very well. I loved the warm friendships, the welcoming people and the amicable atmosphere. Forbidden Kisses is a great first part of the Blushing Bay series. I really enjoyed reading this charming and endearing story.
Jack Sawyer and Grace Donner were once step-siblings, but when her mother wronged his father, both families went their separate ways and haven't spoken to each other since. Except now, Grace needs a job and the manager position Jack is looking to fill for his family's business would be perfect. Will they be able to work together, or will the past keep them from exploring the chemistry between them?
I have read every single one of Ms. Rains books, and there has not been a story yet of hers that hasn't hooked me from the very beginning, and this one was no different. From start to finish, this enemy to lovers-forbidden relationship trope encompassing book was riveting, fast-paced and drew me in because of what the heroine is going through. She needs a job, and needs one desperately. Will she be hired before it's too late? Will she and Jack be able to work together without too much difficulty?
The dialogue was well-written and entertaining due to the history their two families have, the obstacles these two face on their journey to happy ever after and what happens to one of the main characters at the end. Can they finally reconcile or was too much damage done by Grace's mother for their families to ever be on friendly terms? Will their families ever approve of a relationship between them? Furthermore, the heroine is strong, brave, loyal and I liked how determined she was to help her mother. Because the woman wants to make amends for all that she did, knowing what she did was very wrong and something her mother regrets so much.
While Jack, I could empathize with him because of what happened to his best friend. What is he supposed to do now when they were going to go into business together? Will he make their dream come true? Also, I liked the challenges the hero faces such as his family's reaction to his and Grace's relationship when the truth finally comes out; whether he can return to doing what he was doing when he lost his best friend; can he find it in his heart to forgive Grace's mother for all the hurt she caused; and whether he can find a way to convince Grace that they shouldn't let anything stop them from achieving their happy ever after.
Overall, Ms. Rains has penned a delightful read in this book, which encompassed a red hot romance; wonderful secondary characters that I can't wait to read more of; and an ending that had me cheering for this couple's happy ever after, as Jack found the perfect way to win Grace back. Although, I was concerned for one of the main characters with what happens to them. Will they be all right? I would recommend Forbidden Kisses by Annie Rains, if you enjoy the enemy to lovers trope, the forbidden relationship trope or books by authors Rachel Lacey, Melanie Shawn or Maisey Yates.
You’re my daughter. I have stretch marks to prove it. That means you owe me.
Life’s a chain of things you wish you could forget.
I’ve never read a book quite like this before. The main characters had been step-siblings for a time, over fifteen years ago, until her mother’s heinous behaviors resulted in them being kicked out and forever tainted in their small town. It could have been icky, but it wasn’t. However, that not the end of mother’s selfish and atrocious antics, yet Grace stood by her, paid the bills, and cared for her mother when her Parkinson’s Disease became more debilitating. I honestly don’t see myself ever being that charitable. The premise was rather unique, the characters were endearing and appealing, and the storyline was entertaining, well-paced and comfortably balanced with alternating hits of angst, levity, steam, and heart-squeezes. This was my first Anne Rains experience and I look forward to many return trips to Blushing Bay.