Reviewed by Desere
This is the first book in the new Sarah Morgan series , and I personally have been waiting for it for what has felt like forever. This time we set off to Puffin Island and the secrets it's residence, permanent and temporary hold.
Windswept, isolated, ruggedly beautiful are just some of the words to describe Puffin Island. It's the isolation that Emily Donavan needs to hide out from her new life, however the close knit community of Puffin Island has a way of rather bringing everyone out of hiding and into the world they call their own, and that is the last thing Emily needs. Nor does she need sexy Ryan Cooper kissing her senseless and letting her truly feel emotion for the first time since a day at the beach changed her life forever.
But Ryan knows all about secrets, she's hiding far more than herself and the child she calls Lizzie. He makes it his personal mission to extract her secrets one kiss at a time, but what happens when she discovers who he really is?
From page one this book promised to me amazing , and it was in more ways than one. The characters main and secondary were all magical. From the somewhat crazy old ladies attending nude art classes to heartbroken ice cream shop owners and of course the hero and heroine who both stole my heart.
I simply adored the character of Lizzie, she is after all the key that brings Emily and Ryan to their journey of love. I could not get enough of the community and how they protect their own against all costs , the author placed me front and center for the show of the year! Ryan is this laid back, go with the flow and very handsome, guy, but under his laid back nature there is also the hard hitting always push for answers persona that grabbed my attention and my readers brain refused to let go. It is his quest to push for answers that made me adore him more and more with each question he asked to get to the truth.
The character of Emily was understandably hiding as much of her life as she could, and let me tell you when the author revealed the truth about Emily's past and current predicament my heart broke, and I felt various emotions, ranging from first anger then utter disbelieve. And then I started fighting just as hard as Ryan to bring back out the person I knew Emily is meant to be.
Through both characters the author showed that secrets can destroy us, the longer we hold on to them the worse the fear of exposure gets and the worse the outcome will be. Secrets fester in our souls, and letting go is the only way you can be freed. Most importantly this book and the journey of Ryan and Emily showed that that past shapes us , but it does not determine the person we ultimately need to be, anything can be overcome with a helping hand, all you need to do is accept that helping hand when it is thrust towards you.
I highly recommend this book for all fans of romance that sizzles with red hot passion, beautiful romance, heartfelt emotion and a journey that will live in your heart for many years to come. Mrs Morgan has once again shown she is more than capable of knocking any reader's socks off, she writes with the type of enthusiasm we all need to live our lives with. First time in forever is uplifting, sensual, a real page turner and the very essence of island romance perfection!
I very much look forward to the second book in this series, where the truth about Britney and Zack will be revealed!
5/5 star review
" Sometimes doing the right thing is the hardest challenge to face"
Reviewed by Nas
FIRST TIME IN FOREVER by author Sarah Morgan is a Harlequin release for March 2015.
This is the first book in her mini-series Puffin Island.
Sudden death of Emily Donovan’s estranged half-sister and Emily became guardian to a six-year old girl, her niece Lizzy, whom she me for the first time. Emily has no idea how to bring up or look after a small girl. And she needed to keep her niece hidden away from paparazzi.
Ryan Cooper enjoyed life on Puffin Island. He had gone out in the world and saw all he needed to see. Now he was back for good. The appearance of Emily and Lizzy on the island was a distraction he didn’t want or need. But he couldn’t keep away from them. Sudden attraction flared between Emily and Ryan.
Bu Ryan was not ready for commitment or family, was he?
FIRST TIME IN FOREVER is a mesmerizing romance set in an exotic locale. I loved the island people. Sarah Morgan gave all the islanders their own personality and character. I feel as if I became friends with everyone. Of course I would like to see that the Summer Scoop survive and prosper. And the book club ladies are such fun. I wish they would dissect one of the famous books of now…I would love to read what they come up with!
I’m eagerly waiting for the next book in the series. Will Brittany come back and reunite with handsome pilot Zach?
Highly recommended for all readers of romance.