Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Mills & Boon (2 July 2015)
Source : Publisher
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?
Some Kind of Wonderful is one of the books that I took on holiday to Devon and it was perfect summer reading.
— Shaz Goodwin (@shazjera) August 9, 2015
It’s Book Two in the Puffin Island trilogy (I haven’t read Book One yet*) but can be read as a stand alone.
The characters, the setting, the community and Sarah Morgan’s writing style made this a romance that really worked for me.
Zach is your typical wounded and brooding male lead. Beginning as it does with his childhood background, the reader empathises with him straight away. As the story progresses, we find out that he’s not as flawed as he wants everyone to believe.
Brittany doesn’t settle anywhere and despite owning Castaway Cottage, feels suffocated living permanently in this close knit community. On her return to the island, pretending nonchalance towards Zach, her speeding heart and shaking limbs show otherwise.
The attraction between them is there from that first eye contact and despite trying to ignore it, it’s just not possible for them stay away from each other. Their intimacy draws you in and the sex scenes are very well written. There is one scene that is a symbol for much more than a sexual release.
The way that the author has Brittany reflecting on that whirlwind time when she was 18 shows how much she’s matured since she’s been away. She has the selfishness of that age group just right.
Brittany’s two closest friends – Emily who is living on the island and Skylar (a short flight away in Manhattan) are the perfect foil for her indecision with their opposing views. Emily has had lots of changes since Brittany’s been away (Emily’s story is told in Book One, First Time in Forever) and is settled. Skylar is acting out of character and her story will complete the trilogy (Christmas Ever After publishing October).
You can understand Brittany’s feeling about living within a small community – the assumptions and judgments that are made which just aren’t true. But the islanders are only protecting their own. There are strong bonds and acceptance on differing levels. A couple of humorous scenes gave me a chuckle.
The maturing love and friendship between Zach and Brittany kept me turning those pages. Add into the mix the setting and secondary characters and it’s a story that I would recommend to all romance readers not to miss!
*After finishing Some Kind of Wonderful I bought First Time Forever.
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