Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Love on a Spring Morning by Zoe York @ZoeYorkWrites - Review Tour and #Giveaway @EJBookPromos

Love on a Spring Morning
by Zoe York
Series: Pine Harbour, #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 2, 2015

Duplicity. Desire. Denial. They were doomed from the start.

Ryan Howard has zero interest in the movie being filmed in Pine Harbour or the high maintenance stars staying in the cottages at the end of his lane. He's just barely holding on to the raw remains of his life and the fantasy world being concocted around him is, as far as he's concerned, a complete waste of time and energy. The one bright light in his life is an intern on the set, Holly Cresinski, and their quiet conversations at the end of the day on his back porch.

Holly hates her life, too, which is entirely unfair because she’s blessed beyond measure. She’s at the top of her career--as film actress, Hope Creswell--and surrounded by people that mean well. But Ryan makes her laugh, and cry, and before she can find the words to explain her deception, he kisses her.

Without letting go of her hips, he settled himself on the chair again, and she straddled his lap. In her tight spandex pants, she could feel every inch of how much he wanted her, and she rolled her hips, nestling his cock right at the apex of her heat. “Come here,” she whispered, pulling his face to hers.

This kiss wasn’t like the ones on the deck outside the lake house.

This wasn’t just a kiss. This was heated foreplay and hunger let loose. She took her time, and he let her, but his hands were all over her back and her butt, and beneath her his entire body had turned to granite.

Her mountain man, in every sense of the word.

She pressed his lips open with hers, filled his mouth with her tongue. Slow, seductive strokes. Wet, teasing tastes. Breaths in and out, his air becoming hers and vice versa. All of it quieter than quiet and hotter than hot.

“How short do you want it?” she breathed after a time, as she kissed her way to his ear. She nosed at the yummy spot beneath his jaw, wanting to roll around in the perfection of his warm, tight skin.


“Your hair.”

“That wasn’t a ruse for you to get in my pants?”

“Nope.” She pushed back, bracing her hands on his shoulders. “I really want to cut your hair.”

He blinked at her, his face blank with confusion, and she giggled.

“You kiss me like a porn star and then take a break to cut my damn hair?” Pressing his fingers into the small of her back, he urged her closer, and she almost went. Her lips were still wet from his tongue and her mouth was already lonely.

But she had a task, and she really wanted to get it done.

“And just how do you know how a porn star kisses?” She mock frowned at him.

“We have the internet.”

“For that, I’m going to take my time.”

“I take it back. I’m an altar boy. You’re an angel. Come back here with those angelic lips…”

She slipped off his lap, keeping her hands on his bare torso as she swayed around his body. “You look like a ruffian.”

“Okay, let’s go with that. I’m a bad boy.” He reached his long arms behind him and possessively gripped the backs of her thighs, pinning her against the chair. “I’d like to corrupt you, come back to my lap.”

“You’re a reputable community member and a father and a member of the military. You need a haircut.”

Forgiveness means letting go of the hope for a better past.
What a wonderful read! I was a bit unsure how this one was going to turn out knowing it was Ryan’s story and the heavy emotional baggage he was carrying along with the timing of things, but from their first meeting right through to the end, both Ryan and Holly had a realness to them that just made their love story work.

Holly is struggling to find some “realness” in her life, and in Ryan she gets just that…someone who doesn’t know she is a famous movie star, someone she can just be herself with, that sees her and not the movie star. Ryan is struggling with finding a new normal in his life and finding a way to begin moving past his grief and guilt from his wife’s death. In Holly he finds what he first considers an escape, but in reality is someone who allows him to find some peace in himself and begin reconciling his guilt and finding a way to move forward.

Even though I was angry at Ryan more than a few times for some of his actions and words, it was hard not to feel for him and understand what he was going through. Watching him cope with his grief and guilt as he tried to pick up the pieces of his life and create a new normal for himself and his three children was so emotional, and Zoe York did a wonderful job keeping things feeling real as he dealt with his feelings and emotions. I loved the inclusion of Faith, the coordinator of the grief support group, in this story. Her character added another dose of realness to the story – and I can’t wait to read more about her!

It was great getting to catch up a bit with some of the other characters we’ve already met in the first two books. There’s nothing like a small town filled with friends to offer not only support, but a dose of tough love when it’s needed. As I’ve said before, I just love this small town of Pine Harbour and can’t wait to discover more about its residents in the next book. This is one book and series I highly recommend to everyone!

Other Books in the Series:

Book 1: Love In A Small Town

Book 2: Love in a Snow Storm

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Zoe York is a busy working mom of two young boys, wife to a very understanding soldier, and creator of modern, sexy, small town contemporary romances. Her debut novel, What Once Was Perfect, started the popular Wardham series, and her first military romance, Fall Out, was released as part of the international bestselling SEALs of Summer super bundle.

She lives in London, Ontario and is currently chugging Americanos, wiping sticky fingers, and dreaming of heroes in and out of uniform.

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