Monday, 10 August 2015

Review of Some Kind of Wonderful by Sarah Morgan

The bit on the back…

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?

Firstly thank you to M&B for approving me for a copy of this book via Netgalley. I first read Sarah’s books last year and I couldn’t wait to start her new Puffin Island series. This is the second book in the series following on from First Time In Forever, which I loved.

Sarah takes us back to Puffin Island just as the main character, Brittany, is returning to the place she calls home. Brittany is an archaeologist and is used to spending her time in the sun, in the dirt and digging into the past but with a broken wrist Brittany is homebound. Unfortunately for her she’s not the only person who has returned to the Island. Cue gorgeous Zach!

I found this book to be a complete page turner; I read it within 2 days. To be honest I’ve found that with everything I’ve read of Sarah’s so far and I think it’s probably because I just can’t wait to see what’s going to happen with the characters. At the centre of Some Kind of Wonderful is a love story between the two characters Zach and Brittany. Both characters have baggage, which seems normal right? But in this case the baggage is each other as they used to be married. If that’s not a starting point for some serious tension and chemistry then I don’t know what is.

This is the main focus of the story and I really enjoyed seeing the characters bouncing off of one another and bonding again as more mature adults. The underlying attraction between the characters is still there which makes their reunion interesting to say the least. Zach was the more prominent character for me in this story because of his complicated childhood and how that transferred and has hindered his adult life. Brittany helps him to overcome some personal obstacles in this book and it’s nice to see him believing in himself.

The series is based on a group of friends so it was great to catch up with Emily and Ryan from the first book and also to get a feel for the next book in the series which features Sky and Alex.

The Island itself sounds absolutely gorgeous. A complete haven on the east coast of the USA and Sarah’s description of the place transports you there. You only have to Google a few pictures of Maine and Penobscot Bay to fuel your imagination further. It’s a place I would definitely have loved to visit, and I’m looking forward to going back to it in the third novel Christmas Ever After, out in October.

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