Kissing the Captain was my first read by Kianna Alexander and I thoroughly enjoyed this love story. In this first book in the Roses of Ridgeway series, we meet Lily Warren, who is dealing with the loss of her father, and discovering at the reading of his will that in order to maintain ownership of her familial home, she must work with the son of an old family friend. In steps, Ricardo Benigno, a Spanish captain whose father was old friends with Mr. Warren. Ricardo just happens to pay a visit to the farm hoping to entice Mr. Warren into training a young recruit, only to find that old man Warren passed away the prior week.
Once Ricardo and Lily meet the attraction is apparent and Ricardo is smitten. When he learns of the stipulations of the will, he convinces Lilly that the best option is for them to marry and run the farm together.
Each realizes they both come from different worlds and must learn to adjust and recognize what abilities they bring to the table and how they can make this marriage work and continue to build the land. An added bonus is that both realize the mutual attraction and must try to allow the love to grow. Will they succeed? To find out, readers need to pick up their copy of Kissing the Captain.
This was a quick read that was sweet in nature and flowed fine. It was surprising to see this couple fall in love so quickly and try to adjust to the impact of the changes they were encountering. Throw in the fact that Lilly has never been involved in a relationship, some of the events that occur in this book, will have readers experiencing her emotions and wanting to kick Ricardo for his thoughtlessness as well as laugh at how Lilly treats him for it. Overall this was a sweet read and I would love to read the second installment and catch up on how this couple’s marriage is fairing.
-Reviewed by Deborah