Kissing Comfort by Jo Goodman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A wonderful romance that is sweet and sensual. I received this as an ARC through Goodreads.
We meet Comfort Kennedy as a small child being rescued by her peculiar “uncles” Tuck and Newt. They find her while coming across the murdered bodies of several people that looked to be traveling west in wagons. She does not know or does not tell anything about herself and is clutching a tin of throat lozenges called Dr Eli Kennedy’s Comfort Lozenges so they name her Comfort.
She thrives under Newt and Tuck’s care and in turn they thrive with her. They believe their success is because of Comfort as they have built up quite a respectable banking business in San Francisco. Comfort is one of few women who work in this era and has quite a head for numbers and is an asset to both uncles at the bank.
Comfort’s best friend is Bram DeLong, a young man from a wealthy family who surprises Comfort by announcing their engagement at a party for Bram’s brother Bode. Comfort has always believed she was in love with Bram but knows he will never settle down with her. She lets him know how unhappy she is about the engagement but goes along with the promise that they will end it in 8 weeks. Comfort finds herself leaning on Bram’s brother Bode more and more as they find themselves struggling to figure out who is trying to harm them. First there is an attack on Bode and then one on Comfort which leaves her about to be sold to the highest bidder when Bode and his employees rescue her. Come to find out that Bram has got himself into trouble and is using any means to fix his problems even putting his fiancé and brother in harm’s way.
Comfort is still haunted by her past and I enjoyed how Comfort and Bode interact together, they are truthful with each other and you feel the chemistry as they struggle to find who is responsible for the attacks.
A great story with characters that are both strong and intelligent and grow together as they face down the obstacles in their way.
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