Saturday, July 19, 2014

Romance Review: For the Longest Time (Harvest Cove #1) by Kendra Leigh Castle

For Samantha Henry, it took a ten-year absence to appreciate the close-knit New England town with an appeal all its own....

After a perfect storm of events leaves Sam high, dry, and jobless, she has to head home to Harvest Cove to regroup. Growing up, she was the town misfit, and a brief high school romance that resulted in heartbreak made her realize she was never going to fit in. But now with the support of her mother and an unexpected circle of allies, Sam starts to wonder if she’s misjudged the town all these years.

Life’s been good to Jake Smith. He transitioned from popular jock to town veterinarian without any trouble. But Sam’s homecoming makes him question his choices. The sharp-tongued beauty was never a good fit for the small community, but he’s never forgotten her—or how good they were together. While she makes it clear she’s not about to repeat the past, Jake’s determined to convince her to give him—and Harvest Cove—a second chance. 

Kendra Leigh Castle is the author of numerous paranormal romances, including the MacInnes Werewolves trilogy, the RITA award-nominated Renegade Angel, the Dark Dynasties series, and the Hearts of the Fallen series. 2014 will see the release of her first contemporary romance, For the Longest Time, which will be the first in her Harvest Cove series. Kendra lives in Maryland with her husband, children, two Newfs, and one obnoxious cat.

What an adorable story, and not at all what I expected.  I went in to this book knowing it was a second chance romance, but expected steamy and ended up with cute.  No complaints, just pleasantly surprised! 

Sam and Jake are a perfect couple.  With Sam's hilarious sarcasm and Jake's charm, these two make a beautiful couple.  And while their road to happiness isn't perfect, these two lovebirds put the heart back in romance.  Of course, they would never make their way back in to each others lives without the help of a supporting cast of characters that are just as easy to love.   

I also loved the way that the author set up this story.  It played out like a romantic comedy you'd watch on the big screen.  It wasn't full of silly romantic nonsense, rather a slow, steadily paced and believable scenario where two deserving people finally connect and find love.  

I cannot wait to read more from this new, very promising series!  

Rating:  4 stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  All conclusions reached are my own. 


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