Wednesday, February 25, 2015

First Time In Forever - Sarah Morgan

First Time In Forever
Sarah Morgan
Harlequin HQN, Feb 24 2015, $7.99
ISBN: 9780373785049

The late Hollywood superstar Lana Fox named her half-sister Emily Donovan as guardian to her six years old daughter Lizzie.  Angry with her deceased sibling for saddling her with responsibilities she feels inadequate to deal with starting with her niece and worse the paparazzi feeding frenzy, Emily and her charge flee to Puffin Island off the Maine coast.

Following the deaths of his parents, as the oldest offspring Ryan Cooper gave up his youth to raise his younger siblings.  Once his responsibility ended, he fled Puffin Island; vowing to be a globetrotting journalist with no emotional attachments and never returning home.  However, the Pulitzer Prize winning Ryan is back on the island seeking escape. 

When Ryan and Emily meet, each is attracted to the other.  However, though he empathizes with the over her head single “mom” and likes the vulnerable little girl, Ryan tries to keep his distance from both; but his heart begs to differ.

The first Puffin Island contemporary romance is a wonderful family drama starring three hurting individuals who reluctantly find comfort and emotional support with each other.  Character-driven by the lead trio, readers will cherish their fumbling efforts to come together.

Harriet Klausner

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