A Lifetime Kissing You (Inevitable Book 3) by Riley Hart

A Lifetime Kissing You is another great addition the Inevitable Series by author Riley Hart. 

From the blurb:

I have a great family, a successful career, and never struggle to find the company of a man when I want it, and I do—often. The loss of my brother years ago is the one dark spot in an otherwise perfect life. But at forty-three, my world suddenly feels emptier than it should. Something’s missing. I don’t know what it is…or how I think I’ll find it spending a summer in a small town in North Carolina.

I’ve spent my life in love with the woman who married my brother. When they passed, I raised their son, living with the guilt of my feelings. Now, at forty-eight, I’m used to being alone. Until I meet Charles.

I’ve never known someone like him—a wealthy, confident city man I shouldn’t have anything in common with. He’s determined to be friends. We play music together, spend our nights talking in ways I’ve never done. I look forward to seeing him—and to those innocent touches that make me crave more.

I don’t experience attraction the way most folks do, but as our friendship grows, I can’t deny I want him. It’s my first time with a man. Every brush of his skin against mine makes me feel things I hadn’t thought possible. I didn’t know intimacy could be like this. I could spend a lifetime kissing him, but for us to have any chance at a future, we’ll both have to face truths we’ve tried to ignore for too long.

A Lifetime Kissing You is a small-town, opposites-attract romance with first times, lots of touch, and a love of music.

This book deals with past loss of a loved one, anxiety and panic attacks. Please read the content warning at the beginning of the book for more information.

Jacqueleen the Reading Queen's Review:

The Inevitable series is an emotional series overall, but I felt Charles and Brian's story was less angsty than the rest. It was actually quite beautiful, though so were books 1 and 2. There was just something so intimate about their romance. We don't really know much about Brian at the start of this book. He's quiet and reserved, even with his nephew Sutton. Brian keeps to himself and if it's not absolutely necessary to go out, then he can be found at home. Quite a contrast to the teasing and light hearted Charles.

"I didn't understand that, what made him choose to let me in. Brian gave me pieces of himself he didn't give to others, and damn, was it a precious gift."

I loved how Charles was with Brian. He basically told him they were going to be friends whether Brian liked it or not. And they did, become friends that is. Their love of music served as a bond and they would often get together to play. Charles was patient with Brian, yet he also knew when to try and push him a little bit. He paid attention and no one had ever paid attention to Brian before. Their falling was incredibly organic and slow. It reminded me of a flame. How at first it's just a small spark, then eventually it grows into this bright burning fire. Their flame burned brighter with every sweet touch or gesture, usually initiated by Charles.

"His gaze landed on the fresh wildflowers in the vase on my table. Every time they started to wilt, Charles brought me new ones. One day when I was shopping, I bought a vase, and saw him smile when he noticed it."

I mean how romantic is that! This book was littered with cute little moments like that. And though their relationship had some obstacles, it was obvious that both Charles and Brian were committed. Their love shined and I had no doubt they were in it for the long haul. The epilogue was wonderful and it made my heart smile seeing these two flourishing years down the road. Great read.

Rating: 5 Stars

Heather's Review:

One of the things I love about Riley Hart's writing is that she lets her characters discover or rediscover themselves and with A Lifetime Kissing You, we get to see two men who have lived one lifetime and are on the cusp of another... less angsty and more patient than the first two books in the series, you'll fall in love with how patient and kind Charles is with Brian and how far Brian comes out of his self-imposed shell.

I love the little gestures throughout the book and the genuine spark that you see between the men.  This was one of those books that the little moments stay with you and make you smile at odd times during the day!

Rating: 5 Stars

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