Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Book Review: First Time In Forever

by Sarah Morgan

Windswept, isolated and ruggedly beautiful, Puffin Island is a haven for day-trippers and daydreamers alike. But this charming community has a way of bringing people together in the most unexpected ways.

It’s been a summer of firsts for Emily Donovan. From becoming a stand-in mom to her niece Lizzy to arriving on Puffin Island, her life has become virtually unrecognizable. Between desperately safeguarding Lizzie and her overwhelming fear of the ocean–which surrounds her everywhere she goes–Emily has lost count of the number of “just breathe” pep talks she’s given herself. And that’s before charismatic local yacht club owner Ryan Cooper kissed her.
Ryan knows all about secrets. And it’s clear that newcomer Emily–with her haunted eyes and the little girl she won’t let out of her sight–is hiding from something besides the crazy chemistry between them. So Ryan decides he’s going to make it his personal mission to help her unwind and enjoy the sparks. But can Puffin Island work its magic on Emily and get her to take the biggest leap of trust of all–putting her heart in someone else’s hands?

Review: I absolutely adore Sarah Morgan's books. She never disappoints.  First Time In Forever is the first book in a new series about Puffin Island.

At first Emily reminded me a bit of Kayla from the first O'Neill Brother's book. She's a city girl transplanted to Maine in hopes of protecting her niece that she only just met.

If you aren't familiar with Sarah's writing, she's written many books for the Harlequin Presents line, so she writes a good alpha male, but if you read this series and the O'Neill Brothers books, you'll find the guys aren't quite so alpha, and Ryan is definitely not an alpha male. In fact, he's just the opposite. He's protective and sweet and sexy. He's the all around perfect guy. The way he takes to Lizzy just makes him more perfect.

Both Ryan and Emily have issues in their pasts that keep them from having a strong relationships and their  issues are heartbreaking, again, the back story makes them much more likable.

As they get to know each other they both really grow, Emily the most. She conquers so many of her fears and really becomes a good parent to Lizzie, even though she was scared to give her heart to the child.

I loved her friend Skylar, and I can't wait to read her story. I also loved the owner of the local ice cream shop. I hope that Sarah gives her a love interest in one of the other book.

I'm intrigued by the photographer that seems to be stalking Lizzie. I hope in future books we find out who he really is and why he's searching for Lana's child.

Oh and to draw one more comparison to the O'Neill brothers books, there is an adorable doggie involved.

Fabulous read!!!

Rating: 5 flowers

Sarah Morgan is a USA TODAY bestselling author who writes hot, happy, contemporary romance, and her trademark humor and sensuality have gained her fans across the globe. Described as “a magician with words” by RT Book Reviews, she has sold more than 11 million copies of her books. She has been nominated three years in succession for prestigious RITA® Awards from the Romance Writers of America and won the award twice: in 2012 for her book Doukakis’s Apprentice a nd in 2013 for A Night of No Return. She also won the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award in 2012 and has made numerous appearances in their Top Pick slot.


Lover Of Romance said...

oh I have really been wanting to try this author out. After reading your review, I see that I need to put this author on my top priority list.

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