First Time in Forever by Sarah Morgan

"It's time you went to bed with something other than a good book."

Title - First Time in Forever
Author - Sarah Morgan
Publication Date - 24th February 2015
Format - Paperback (Provided via publisher)
Pages - 416

The blurb

Happily-Ever-After isn't on Emily Donovan's agenda...

Emily's been too swept up in a challenging year of firsts, from becoming a stand-in mum to her niece Lizzy to moving to remote but beautiful Puffin Island, to think about love. 

But that's before charismatic local yacht club owner Ryan Cooper kisses her...

Ryan knows Emily has a complicated past that she's struggling to face. So he makes it his mission to help her unwind and enjoy the chemistry they share. 

Can the welcoming community of Puffin Island work their magic on Emily and get her to take her biggest leap of trust yet - putting her heart in someone else's hands? 

Becca's thoughts


Firstly, I'd like to say a HUGE thank you to the fabulous Cara Frances for getting touch with me regarding a review copy of First Time in Forever by Sarah Morgan. I couldn't believe it when I opened the email, and I don't think I've ever replied to one as quick as I did on this occasion either. I honestly couldn't wait to get my hands on a gorgeous copy, and when it came through the post I squealed and squealed and squealed. I'd also like to say thank you to Sarah Morgan. I love this author. Absolutely adore her. Her books, particularly the Snow Crystal Trilogy, do something to me. I'm addicted, well and truly. There is no other author who writes romance so perfectly and affects me in such a profound way. I applaud Sarah Morgan. She is, quite simply, legendary in the romance writing world, and First Time in Forever just emphasises that fact a million times over. 

In First Time in Forever, we're introduced to Emily Donovan. Emily is escaping to Puffin Island with her niece Lizzy. She needs to be somewhere where people won't notice the little girl who is practically famous, and Puffin Island's sandy beaches and harbours isn't the sort of place to home paparazzi. It is the perfect getaway. The plan is to keep away from the friendly, welcoming locals. To keep Lizzy away from prying, curious eyes. And to the keep herself to herself, too. Because the very last thing that Emily wants is to make friends, or to draw attention to herself. 

Puffin Island was stunning. Honestly readers, if the title of the island wasn't enough to make you think of holidays and beaches, then Sarah's descriptions were absolutely gorgeous. She managed to tease each and every one of my senses; I could smell the sea salt, the fresh air, the smell from the nearby eateries. I could see the beaches, the boats bobbing up and down in the harbour. Everything about the setting provided this story with a relaxed, sea-breeze atmosphere, which contrasted beautifully against the whirlwind of emotions and anxiety that Emily was feeling. 

As always, with Sarah Morgan's novels, her romance is off the scale! When Emily meets Ryan Cooper, their chemistry is absolutely insane. Every fleeting glance, every accidental touch, it all amounted to something that remained between them right the way through. Ryan was a confident, laid-back guy, who seemed to guess right away that Emily was hiding something. It was difficult not to fall for this guy completely. Despite his macho-man bravado, deep down, he was effortlessly loyal and caring, and damn protective of anything or anyone that he loved. Emily, despite wanting to keep her secrets to herself and wanting to protect Lizzy, couldn't help but to warm to Ryan and confide in him. Their relationship, putting the sexual chemistry aside, was beautiful. Ryan was there for Emily and Lizzy, providing them with a bit of social interaction, which was just what they both needed. 

First Time in Forever by Sarah Morgan was a gorgeous way to begin the brand new Puffin Island series. Emily and Ryan were of that special Sarah Morgan brand and I just couldn't get enough of them. The setting of Puffin Island was perfect, the surrounding characters engaging and instantly likeable. First Time in Forever needs to be taken on holiday and read in the sand! Becca's Books is rating First Time in Forever by Sarah Morgan with FOUR GORGEOUS CUPCAKES! I cannot wait to read the next book in this series! 


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