Megan Wallace wants three things: to make a living as an artist, to fulfill a promise she made her grandmother to visit the Boboli Gardens in Italy, and—oh yeah— for her best friend Brian Watts to fall in love with her. When the local library hosts an art competition, in which the winner will receive a one-year contract to paint in Florence, Italy, Megan sets out to make all her dreams come true.

Since Brian is a talented woodworker, Megan plans to ask him to make the custom frames for her paintings. She’s crushed to discover he’s already partnered up with Chelsea Chambers, Megan’s rival since art school. Megan is even more devastated when Chelsea sets her sights on Brian romantically.

The stakes are high and there can only be one winner. When the contest judges praise Chelsea’s classic style, Megan wonders if she should forego her own surreal painting style for one that’s more traditional. Brian urges her to be true to her talent. He also gives her reason to believe that maybe he feels more than friendship for her after all.

Will Megan have to give up her vision in order to win the contest? And if she wins, will she have to say goodbye to the love of her life?

Titles in the Kissed By The Bay series include:  Every Little KissThe Perfect Kiss Just One Kiss – The Sweetest Kiss – A Christmas Kiss

Title:  The Sweetest Kiss
Series:  Kissed By The Bay #4
Author:  Susan Hatler
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  August 30, 2016
Publisher:  Hatco Publishing
My Rating:  4.5 stars

Megan and Brian have been friends for quite some time.  They’ve each watched others come and go in their lives but no one has been a perfect fit for either of them – quite possibly because they’re the right match.  If they can get out of the friend zone.  Megan is more than halfway in love with Brian now, she waiting for that go ahead move from him… and while he may be grumbling about the men she dates, he’s not stepping up to the plate himself either.

One art contest may change all of that for them both.  Unfortunately they’re on opposing teams for the art work and wood crafting parts of this competition.  With so much on the line, a promise to a dearly beloved aunt, the romantic partner she so badly wants in her life and the opportunity of a lifetime, Megan has a lot on the line to lose or to win.  Now she has to make sure she wins the parts that are truly most important of all.

Told completely from Megan’s point of view, The Sweetest Kiss follows a woman’s desires for the two things she wants most in life – her art and her man.  It’s a fun, charming romance that I enjoyed every moment of.  This isn’t a bad thing, I simply wish we could have gotten Brian’s point of view occasionally.  I could often tell from his reactions what his thoughts might have been but I, personally, think that would have added to the enjoyment factor.  But, I’m not a writer so what do I know really.  I’m a reader who loves to dig into the mind of both main characters – in a story by any author.

I loved running into characters from previous stories.  That’s always a bonus for me in any series, when the time is taken to kind of update us on where people are now.  In all, I really enjoyed The Sweetest Kiss and would highly recommend it for any Romance reader.  A likable couple, interesting secondary characters and a story line that will hold your attention.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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