Published: 13 April 2022
Series: The Westbrooks: Family Ties #3
My name is Colton Westbrook, and life just threw me into a dumpster fire. I like to have fun. I like to go out, but when one wrong decision puts me in the spotlight with a less than favorable glare, my family puts me on lockdown.
Vermont has become a second home to me, but every time I’m here, I find myself searching for that girl around every corner. One little kiss that happened three years ago in a deserted airport terminal. One little kiss that branded me, scared me, could even ruin me if I were that guy looking for a happily ever after.
But that’s not me. I’m not hiding out in my brother’s home secretly searching for the one that got away. I’m not wearing stupid disguises to fool the paparazzi, hoping she’ll turn up. And I’m definitely not that guy relying on a crazy old lady and her tarot cards to find a girl. Nope. Not me.
I’ll stay a lost boy in Neverland…until the day I realize some people are worth growing up for.
One Little Kiss by Avery Maxwell picks up the story of the Westbrooks family, with the next instalment in the series. Colton is the third brother to get his moment in the spotlight. I’m really loving this series – each one is as hard to put down as the ones that have gone before it!
Colton is known by his family as Peter Pan – they all think he is the immature one, a bit of a screw up, and not really one to be taken too seriously. So, when he tries to share that he is feeling serious about a woman that he’s met, he doesn’t really get much support. But he ends up surprising them, as it turns out he is VERY serious. (Except for the glitter bombs – he’s very not serious about his glitter bombs…)
Winnie and Colton meet at an airport, when they’re both stuck there due to a flight cancellation, and they spend the evening keeping each other company. But it doesn’t end well and Winnie decides she doesn’t want any more contact with Colton. However, that doesn’t mean she forgets about him. So, when they meet up again by chance, she is rather torn about what to do. And in the time between the airport and ‘now’, her situation has changed dramatically. As have her responsibilities.
But Colton is strong and steadfast in his goal of winning her over. And it’s not just her heart that he wins, either. You might even say he does a ‘thupa’ job of it, too.
Winnie and Colton’s story has quite a lot of emotion to it. It will definitely make you feel! And Avery Maxwell has done a fantastic job of handling the sensitive topics covered in this book gently and with dignity, without really trying to tread too gently. Instead, I feel as if it was managed in a very genuine way.
In One Little Kiss, Avery Maxwell brings back all of the fantastic characters that we’ve met in the previous books, too. This is a very entertaining cast of characters! I also really enjoy the somewhat unusual method of having the timeline of each of the books happening side by side, rather than one after the other.
One Little Kiss (in fact the whole Westbrook series) will suit any of you who like to be entertained by a story that manages to make it feel as if you’re being invited into (and included in) the character’s family. It is cute in parts, it will make you laugh, it will tug on the heart strings & I’d better not forget to mention, there is plenty of steam to be found between these pages. In other words, there’s something here for everyone!
Thank you to Avery Maxwell for my copy of this book. The opinions expressed are my own.
Avery Maxwell is an American Romance Author who loves wine, sexy stories, pizza, and her family.
Avery is a hot mess of a mom to four wildly sweet mini-humans and two fur babies. She spends far too much time in her pj’s and trips over herself multiple times a day. Accident-prone is probably a fair assessment.
Having grown up in small-town Vermont, Avery often jokes about being the most naïve person in the room. Luckily, she’s used that small-town charm to write character-driven contemporary romances that have you laughing one minute, and crying the next.
When she isn’t refereeing (three little boys require a lot of whistle blowing), or cuddled up with her real-life Prince Charming, you can find her tucked away with a bottle of wine (because those steamy scenes don’t write themselves!), or coaching her daughter’s basketball team.
Avery now lives in North Carolina where she brings life, love, and a happily ever after to every character she writes.