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Love on a Spring Morning (Pine Harbour) Paperback – November 22, 2019
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- Publisher : ZoYo Press (November 22, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 282 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1989703097
- ISBN-13 : 978-1989703090
- Item Weight : 13.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.71 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,277,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Holly seemed like a doormat. I really didn't see what she was getting out of the relationship. Not only did Ryan have emotional problems, but he came with three kids (three!) that had their own problems.
And in the end, it seemed like Holly did all the work and made all the compromises and Ryan reaped all the rewards.
Okay, now it's time for me to tell you how stupid I am, because this book was phenomenal! Ryan isn't just some bland background guy. He is a fairly recent widower, with three young children. He is still reeling from his wife's unexpected death and is trying his darnedest to be a great father to his kids, and constantly feeling that he's coming up short. He is hurting and vulnerable and lonely. He loves his kids unconditionally and will do anything to keep them protected from any more hurt.
There is a movie about to be filmed in Pine Harbour - we heard about the planning for it in the first books. Now it is finally time to get the show on the road, and the movie people start coming into town for filming. The cottages they are staying at are owned by Ryan's in-laws, and his house is a short ways up the lane. Holly Cresinski is the first person to arrive, a few days early. She finds no hot water when she goes to shower, and contacts Ryan for maintenance. In conversation, Ryan makes a casual comment about how he'll need to deal with the drama of "those fancy Hollywood types" Holly replies that they're not really that bad, but she isn't about to tell him she is better known as Hope Creswell, a major star in the movie. Ryan sees Holly near his house most nights when she goes out for an evening run. He thinks she is just some random nobody helping out on the movie set, and she finds she is enjoying "pretending to be herself" instead of Hope Creswell.
Okay, so that's the basic setup. As can be guessed, Ryan and "Holly" find themselves falling for each other. But he knows this is a woman who is in town for only a limited period of time, and doesn't know she's a famous star. And Ryan wants to protect and keep his children out of the spotlight at all costs. This is looking like an impossible situation. Will the small town "lumberjack" (as Holly calls him) and the Hollywood star be able to make things work?
Dang this is such a good book! It was one of those where I found myself reading early into the morning of the next day because I couldn't put it down. Everything seemed so real, not contrived. The affection between Ryan and Holly developed little by little over time - it wasn't one of those stories where the H/H know each other three days and WHAMO they're hopelessly in love.(A pet peeve of mine). One of the things I love so much about Zoe York's books is that she doesn't just tell the story, but really gets into the deepest feelings of each of her characters. You can feel their pains, doubts, fears, and joys. And yes, this unlikely pairing that I doubted at the beginning of the book turned out to be very believable by the end. I don't know how much more you can ask for from an author. Well done!
A sweet story with all characters in play; yet the relationship between Holly and Ryan is quite sexy and heat up the pages at times.
Very enjoyable read,
If you like small town romance, this book is for you.
If you like single parent, specially dad, stories, this book is for you.
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Holly had depth to her which was great. I connected with her on that level. She struggled a little between keeping her public, celebrity persona separate from her down to earth private persona but she dealt with both well. Ryan, however, left me cold. He was an absolute jerk.
I didn't understand what happened to lead up to his previous wife's death, there is a brief mention of how she died but nothing about what led to it. Also her 'mysterious' illness was mentioned but, again, that was never fully explained. I know this was a book about Holly and Ryan but some explanation would have been nice so as to further understand Ryan and his feelings a bit more.
The sex scenes I didn't feel comfortable with, the characters just seemed to be at it like rampant bunnies. I felt the depth of those scenes were a bit too raunchy for my liking and seemed more porn than anything else.
Sadly I won't be getting the other books in this series as I just didn't feel this book had much going for it.