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Peek Inside Kissing Kendall

Kendall Grisbaum is finally taking charge of her life, pouring her heart into opening a new bakery business and even allowing her best friend Georgie to play matchmaker for her. Trouble is, the one guy she secretly wants is Georgie’s older brother, Brad, who is decidedly off limits. When he offers to help her renovate her new bakery space on the side, their friendship—and their attraction—flares back to life. Can they take a chance on love when it means risking their friendship, even when not doing so risks everything?

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Kendall Grisbaum is finally taking charge of her life, pouring her heart into opening a new bakery business and even allowing her best friend Georgie to play matchmaker for her. Trouble is, the one guy she secretly wants is Georgie’s older brother, Brad, who is decidedly off limits.

Brad can’t seem to get his little sister’s best friend out of his mind. He and Kendall used to be close friends, too, and as a local policeman, Brad can’t help but play protector, looking out for Kendall. When he offers to help her renovate her new bakery space on the side, their friendship—and their attraction—flares back to life.

Amid the temptation of doughnut muffins and blueberry cobbler, a new temptation draws them both closer. Can they take a chance on love when it means risking their friendship, even when not doing so risks everything?



"Kissing Kendall is a fun contemporary romance and once again Shirk does not disappoint.." Waves of Fiction

"Kissing Kendall was an entertaining read, it made me hungry with all the descriptions of cupcakes and desserts..." A Girl, Books, and Other Things

"Jennifer Shirk has done a really good job with both the character development in this story and the pace of the romance." Books to Brighten Your Mood

"If you like sweet romances, Kissing Kendall, just delivers it richly." Rhi Reading


Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622668137
Series: Maritime City, Book 2
Release Date: Dec 1, 2012
Page Count: 202
Imprint: bliss
Genre: contemporary, law enforcement/firemen
Tropes: best friend's little sister, bodyguard/protector, friends to lovers, second chance

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By Stella February 19, 2013

A sweet, heart-warming, very well written story I can only recommend to romance lovers! However be warned this is a tame title, no descriptive love scenes just kissing, but the tension will make your toes curl :-)

Detailed review:

I’ll start by saying that when I read the blurb of Kissing Kendall and ...more

By Helen December 10, 2012

This author is becoming one of my favorites--especially for a feel-good sweet romance.
Kendall Grisbaum is a widow but her friends feel she should really move on with her life now encourage her to open up a bakery. Enter Brad Mayer her good friend and local police officer. He's always had feelings fo ...more

By Ruth January 07, 2013

It is with a big smile that I put my stamp of approval on this wonderful romance. I loved every minute of this fabulous romance. Is it cheesy and sappy? Possibly, but it was so well-written that I didn't notice. I loved Brad and Kendall, and their romance just sent chills through me. There was some ...more

By Sue December 19, 2012

I enjoyed this fourth book by Jennifer Shirk. Her characters are real and come to life on her pages. Georgie, from Georgie On His Mind returns in this book, wanting the best for her brother, Brad and her best friend, Kendall. Brad finally admits his long felt emotions for Kendall and she faces her f ...more

By Aimee (Getting Your Read On) January 08, 2013

This was another sweet romance. It has the sizzle and romance I love. Kendall is trying to carve out a new life after losing her husband. With the help of her friends she is trying to step out and try living again, follow old dreams. Brad has been looking out for Kendall even though she doesn't know ...more

By Anastasia December 18, 2012

I read Georgie on His Mind awhile ago, but it was nice to revisit the characters again. Kendall is basically a widow trying to pick up the pieces of her life both with her bakery business and with her love life. Brad Mayer has always loved her from afar but never said anything. Now that she’s lost h ...more

By Jules December 13, 2012

You just have to love a good best friends to lovers kind of story, especially with some good angst thrown in for good measure. Brad was so sweet and sexy, and I really felt for Kendall who is a widow and reluctant to get involved with Brad because of their friendship and his job.
The secondary charac ...more

By Vi (like the letter) December 24, 2015

Oh, how I love a sweet and charming romance that simply sweeps you off your feet. That is exactly what Kissing Kendall did for me. There was definitely a sad undertone to it because of Kendall’s late husband, but the story is about finding love after loss and discovering what makes you happy in life ...more

By Shirley February 19, 2013

After losing her husband Jake, Kendall has been living her life in a haze of pain and loneliness. She feels that she needs to move on but doesn't know where to begin. She is a talented baker and her friends encourage her to open her own bakery. She hesitates because she thinks it's a big step for he ...more

By Kristi January 18, 2013

This was a fun and quick book to read, and was just what I needed to make me sit for awhile this week. I was attracted to this book first off because of the title. My maiden name is Kendall and I always thought it would be neat to have a daughter named Kendall (that didn't happen, but my daughter sa ...more

By amanda April 04, 2013

Definitely one of the best book i've read so far!

Sweet and romantic and sweet and.. Sweet! That's all I can tell about this book.
Kendall's still grieving after her husband, Jake, died in fire accident. He was a firefighter. But when her bestfriend's brother, Brad, starts giving her attention and pr ...more

By Yazmin January 07, 2013

Kissing Kendall by Jennifer Shirk is a sweet romance about getting a second chance at love.

Kendall Grisbaum only wants security and a safe life. After the loss of her husband she doesn’t want to take more risks. She want a safe man that will not die because of his job, and she wants a job that will ...more

By Kathy January 09, 2013

Another one of Jennifer's amazing romances! This love story is as sweet and tender as the baked confectionary that Kendall makes in her business. I was rooting for this love story all the way - they were perfect for each other and the hero was such a perfect guy - who wouldn't fall in love with him? ...more

By Jenny December 20, 2012

Just what I wanted: sweet, clean, and romantic. I ate it up like a giant doughnut muffin! ...more

By Mommy May 10, 2013

Very sweet and charming romance. :-) ...more

By Ellen February 18, 2013

It's been two years since Kendall Grisbaum lost her husband Jake, who was a firefighter, in an on-the-job accident. She and Jake were young and newly married, and the loss has devastated her, especially after loosing both of her parents when she was younger. Brad Mayer is Kendall's best friend Georg ...more

By Emily August 09, 2013

Kendall Grisbaum has loved and lost the man who was her everything, her firefighter husband. Still struggling with his death, she is torn between moving on and staying loyal to his memory. Kendall has decisions to make and as she begins her new venture in opening a bakery business, she finds herself ...more

By Susan March 16, 2013

Kissing Kendall is a story of friendship, love and new beginnings.

The story unfolds slowly. We are intoduced to Kendall, a young widow, her friends Georgie and Dee, Kendall's grandmother and to Brad, Georgie's bother and a long time friend of Kendall.

Kendall's friends and her grandmother think it's ...more

By Melody September 18, 2013

That was a fun, quick read. I really enjoyed how real everyone seemed and how good the relationship was between the main characters. It was so sweet and had me smiling lots!

The only things I didn't like we're these: 1. That the reason she had a hard time giving the relationship a chance was because ...more

By Kristi April 25, 2014

Loved this latest installment in the Maritime City series! It was great to visit this set of characters again, and the story of Brad/Kendall had me flipping through the pages...pretty sure I finished this one in record time!

It had all the elements of Shirk's stories that I've come to love---it was s ...more

By Kathy Jo June 04, 2014


Kissing Kendall is such a cute, fun read! Brad has been in love with Kendall for forever! Kendall lost her husband of a few months and is scared to love again. Brad has other plans... ;) They're best friends first and end up falling in love. There are bumps along the way but nothing will stop ...more

By InD'tale Magazine August 16, 2014


A great installment in the Maritime City Series!

Read full review in the 2013 May issue of InD’tale Magazine. ...more

By Carolynn December 30, 2012

I really liked this. Very cute. Wanted them to get together even sooner! ...more

By Donna March 22, 2013

After reading the teaser of Kissing Kendall in the back of A Little Bit Cupid, I was hooked. Brad was a great guy. This is part of a series but I felt it stood on its own. ...more

By Jennifer (random jendsmit) February 15, 2013

3.5 stars - rounded up to 4

review to come

good story - nice characters - loved Brad - liked Kendall - fun story - great ending - bonus recipe :) I will be making those muffins! ...more

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Jennifer Shirk

About the author

USA Today Best Selling Author

Jennifer Shirk

USA TODAY bestselling author, Jennifer Shirk, has a bachelor degree in pharmacy-which has in NO WAY at all helped her with her writing career. But she likes to point it out, since it shows romantic-at-hearts come in all shapes, sizes, and mind-numbing educations. She writes sweet romances (some even funny!) and won third place in the RWA 2006 NYC's Kathryn Hayes Love and Laughter Contest with her first book, The Role of a Lifetime. Recently, her novel Sunny Days for Sam won the 2013 Golden Quill Published Authors Contest for Best Traditional Romance. She's a board member for Straight Ahead Ministries, an organization involved in helping spread the gospel and aiding medical and pharmacy students in Russia. She's also a board member of the Ocean City Library Board of Trustees. She resides in a beach resort in NJ, and when she's not involved in all the above, she's taking care of her most treasured possessions: her husband, daughter, guinea pig (Rocco), puppy (Sox) and four hermit crabs.

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