Tuesday, February 24, 2015

First Time in Forever by Sarah Morgan

Title: First Time in Forever
Author: Sarah Morgan
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Puffin Island #1
Main Characters: Emily and Ryan
Release Date: February 2015
Publisher: Harlequin
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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 Lizzie 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 kisses 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?

My Review:
Everything about this story was good. I liked the setup with Emily and Lizzie and the whole awful backstory as to why their situation was so impossible for Emily. I liked the conflict for Ryan, even when it's so obvious that he's perfect for Emily and Lizzie. 

Emily's back story takes a long time to come out in this book. I'm not going to spoil any of it, but if anything, it was even more horrific than I expected. This poor girl...my heart aches for her and the fact that she's closed herself off emotionally from the world. Lizzie threatens that. How can any person turn away a child in need like Lizzie is. I loved watching how their relationship transpired and developed. 

Ryan has similar issues as Emily. He won't allow himself to become attached. He's too busy enjoying his bachelor life of freedom and no responsibilities. But both the hero and the heroine find out in this book that attachments sneak up on them. From the very beginning, Ryan is all-in and ready to seduce Emily, but that's all it is...seduction. He wants no part of kids ever again. Been there, done that, don't plan to do it again. But despite that, he is so natural and good with Lizzie. I love how she falls in love with him...much quicker than Emily does. She sees what he means to their lives even when the hero and heroine are in deep denial. 

The story flows naturally and kept my interest fully engaged from page one. The backdrop is amazing and I enjoyed pretty much every aspect of the story. 

From the very first Sarah Morgan book I read (I think that was just last year), she has never let me down with her quality writing. This book sets up a wonderful small community series on Puffin Island. We get glimpses (and more) of future heroes and heroines and already their stories enrich this one. It's a great island and a great cast of characters. I absolutely fell in love with Ryan, Emily, and Lizzie and definitely can't wait for more. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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