Review: Love on a Spring Morning

Title:  Love on a Spring Morning
Author: Zoe York
Published:6-2-15, ZoYo Press
Genre: Contemporary

       5 hearts


Welcome back to Pine Harbour... 

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

Single father and widower 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. 

Book #3 in the acclaimed Pine Harbour series by NYT and USA Today bestselling author Zoe York. 

Discover the first two stories in this small town military romance series set on the wild and rugged shores of the northern Great Lakes. 

Love in a Small Town - book 1 - Rafe and Olivia's story 
Love in a Snow Storm - book 2 - Jake and Dani's story

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I am a sucker for single dad stories!  It’s probably because I married a single dad, but regardless, it gives me all the feels every time.  So Zoe York does her thing and takes us back to Pine Harbor and lets us catch up with Ryan Howard and his 3 little ones.  If you have not yet read the series, there will be some spoilers if you start with this book. 

Ryan is not in any frame of mind to be looking for love much less dating at this point of his life.  Hope Creswell is a big time movie actress and never is looking for anything long term.  Ryan is the caretaker of the cottages the movie company is renting while they film in Pine Harbor.  Hope introduces herself as “Holly”, her given name, begins to develop a friendship with Ryan. Ryan doesn’t realize who she is and Holly loves that even more about him---no pretenses, no expectations. 

Both of these characters are working on some self-esteem issues.  I love how Zoe writes the slow burn up to the point of combustion.  Ryan and Holly are so lovely together, but it takes them awhile to let their walls down enough to be comfortable with their relationship. The steam factor goes off the charts when then finally give in to their attraction.  I was happy to see a heroine who stood up for herself and spoke her mind.  It took Ryan a bit longer to find himself.  Of course, all of the people who make up the character of Pine Harbor, were in this book.  My favorite spots were time spent with the Ryan children.  Zoe always mixes in some humor in her books and this one was no exception. 

Over all a lovely book.  A light read that is perfect for the beach.  I am looking forward to meeting Zandor in the next book!  

About the Author

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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