Her whole life, Puffin Islander Brittany Forrest has dreamed of adventure. And at the age of eighteen, she thought she’d found it in bad boy Zachary Flynn. But after just ten tempestuous, smouldering days, their whirlwind marriage went up in smoke, and Brittany resolved to put him out of her mind forever.
Zach knows he let Brittany down, but being back on Puffin Island and seeing Brittany again stirs up long-buried emotions. This daredevil pilot has never felt worthy of her, yet he can’t stay away—even when he knows the chemistry between them will only complicate his life.
As long, hot summer days on the beach dissolve into sultry, starry nights, Brittany and Zach find that the sparks between them are more powerful than ever. Could it be that the second time around, their dreams of a happy-ever-after will finally come true?
Source: ARC from Mills and Boon via NetGalley
One of things I love most about Sarah Morgan’s books is the sense of community she creates amongst her characters, and the Puffin Island series is no exception. Not only is the island itself an incredible place – both in environment and people – but the friendship shared between Brittany and her friends is wonderful too.
I really liked Brittany. Not only is she generous and loyal with her friends, but she’s also emotionally smart when it comes to Zach. Even right at the start when she doesn’t know what to do around him, she plays it cool and doesn’t force her emotions on him. The way she handles their relationship later on – when she begins to understand his trust issues properly – was just wonderful to read. I just plain liked her. She’s funny and strong, independent and smart, and I really enjoyed reading about her.
I also loved Zach. His past is dark and truly terrible, and his issues are real and undeniable, but I loved that his trust issues didn’t turn him into a raging douchebag. Sure, in the past his behaviour was less than stunning, and there are times when he needs a quick tap on the head to wake him up, but he’s not mean or vicious and the gentle way he cares for animals, children and vulnerable people just show how good a guy he is underneath his hardened bluster. The way he pushes Brittany away to stop her from getting hurt again is also kind of sweet. He’s a compelling guy to read about and I wanted him to have a breakthrough and be happy.
Surrounding the central romance – and friendship, which is just as important between these two – are a few family characters from the series. It was really nice seeing Emily and Skylar again, not to mention Ryan and Alec. The bonds tying the group together are such a great part of this series it was nice to get to know all of them a little better, and see just how important they are, not just to Brittany but to Zach as well. The island was fun too and I loved the whole casserole incident.
In all this is lovely and enjoyable, with sweetness, friendship and a little bit of heat. If you’re already a fan of Sarah Morgan, you probably don’t need to read this review, but if you’re new to her books, grab a copy, settle down and relax into this perfect summer read. If you like something with enough depth to be meaningful without enveloping you in darkness, and you like a romance that is both feel good and warm with humour, then you can’t go far wrong with this one. I cannot wait to read Skylar’s tale.
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