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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Harlequin
Released on February 24, 2015
Puffin Island…a place where you want to live. Everyone knows everyone and you just want to immerse yourself in the culture.
I was excited to start a new series with a new to me author, but First Time in Forever failed to grab me as much as I wanted. Puffin Island series is about a group of friends who made a vow to always be there for each other. Emily Donovan is the first to get her story and the most uptight, unemotionally attached woman of the group.
When we meet Emily, she is on the run, but not from the law, but from the media trying to get to her young niece who is now in her custody after the untimely death of her mother. When her best friend offers her home as a safe haven, Emily jumps at the chance, but quickly regrets it since it is a small island surrounded by water. Water which she has a deathly fear of going close. Having also lost her job and her boyfriend, the world has totally upturned for Emily who is now trying to grasp onto a life she had not dream of having. Then Ryan shows up to check on her upon her friends request. All bets are off as she tries to keep her niece a secret from media outlets and the towns people.
Ryan Cooper knows Emily is hiding and really doesn’t want the baggage of a woman with a child. Strangely attracted to her, he takes them both under his wing to care for and show around the island. He decides he needs to get Emily to loosen up, reveal her secrets, sleep with him and then go about his merry way just being friends. What he doesn’t know is one little girl and a woman are going to worm their way into his heart.
Let’s Talk About Sex…
Now I wasn’t expecting an explosive sexual story. Nor did I get an explosively sexual story. Fine. But when Ryan starts talking about how much fun and passionate sex should be to Emily, I expect a little more description and hotness to the story that I didn’t get. It does include sexual encounters, but they aren’t in depth, nor descriptive. So mostly this is a sweet love story.
The characters…they change!
Emily is so uptight and scared of everything. At first I really couldn’t like her. She was just so closed off, but I have to tip my hat to her about how she pulls up her big girl panties and tackles one fear after another to get her life back on course. Being the guardian of a child when you had no wish to be a mother is a shocker. Then to be thrust on an island where it is surrounded by ocean when you have a huge fear of oceans, I mean debilitating fear. She even overcame that so she could take her niece swimming. She does learn to grow and reach out to people.
The two are thrown together and learn to love, but Ryan still has his own fear of being tied down that comes to a great point in this book. Both characters change… a lot and maybe that was too much as you want them to be who they are not what we want them to be.
I found myself getting bored about mid-way into the story. I wanted Ryan to throw Emily up against a wall and just plain take her to heaven with a passionate smile. I wanted the controversy to me something unique, not a man looking for fun and nothing else. I really wanted Emily’s friend’s story more than I wanted hers. And left me feeling kind of blah about this couple I had high hopes for. If you are looking for sweet romance, this is yours. If you want more sizzle, then you need to look elsewhere.