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What I found most endearing about this book is that beneath all the magic and supernatural occurrences, that this was first and foremost a love story. Willow and Quinn. Two people who haven't seen each other in 15 years, who remember each other from high school but know literally nothing about the other. Quinn is back in the small town of Woodland Creek after serving time in Afghanistan and no one seems to be able to get through to him, not even his closest friends. A chance meeting in Willow's diner sets their story in motion and soon each of their worlds will never be the same.
The gift that Willow has in sensing and seeing color surrounding those in front of her is beautifully described by the author. She'll actually get nauseous if someone is upset or angry or is simply having a tough time. With Quinn, this happens often since he feels so out of sorts. Watching as Willow takes the time to figure out not only what must have happened to him during wartime but why his behavior can be so erratic, had me in knots right along with her. Her power to physically feel the moods of others is meticulously recounted and you're just as anxious to set things right. I loved her dedication and selflessness when it came to now only her magical town but those she holds near. Her best friend Ryan has his own talent for reading other's minds and his comic timing was a welcome relief more times than I could count.
Quinn is a complicated character but you get to see the true transformation of a man who was denied his past and his legacy. It's through his blossoming love of Willow that his true sense of worth is finally realized. Together with other key figures in Willow's life, Quinn's future is put on the right course and he comprehends fully that he belongs by her side.
I found myself learning all about a genre foreign to me but fascinated just the same. There are incredible scenes concerning 'shifting' that had me completely riveted. Once I realized that love can be found in this genre just like everywhere else, I was more than happy to enter the secretive world of Woodland Creek.
This book is a wonderful journey into a magical place that I am pleased to have been able to discover. I encourage those of you who didn't 'do PNR' like I did, to give this one a chance. It is well worth your time. I promise it will put a smile on your face.
A solid 5 stars!
The book sweeps you away and you can't put it down. The author's writing is incredible and takes you on a wonderful romance journey and, if you've read her other books before, she doesn't disappoint you!
Definitely read this book, if you're wanting to read a wonderful romance. Heartstopping, thrilling and ohh so sweet! I absolutely LOVED this book!! I'd give it more stars, if I could!
Willow has spent her life in Woodland Creek. She inherited a diner and the house that went along with it, and now runs it. Her best friend is Ryan, a bear shifter, with the added gift of mind reading, and he is also the diner’s cook. On Willow’s part, she is an empath and can feel peoples emotions and see auras. When her major crush from high school, Quinn, walks into her diner after a fifteen year absence, his emotions and rainbow colored aura, literally makes her sick. He’s home from Afghanistan, his career over due to PTSD, and he’s a war hero. Quinn is a very broken man, a far cry from the popular, fun loving, boy he once was. When he agrees to help Willow with the renovation of her historical home, in order to get it ready for Ryan’s wedding, the two find the friendship that blossomed, but never went anywhere in high school. This time it does, but it’s not without it’s problems.
Willow was the perfect heroine for this well written story. She’s strong willed, smart, ambitious, and has a good heart. She sees Quinn again and immediately wants to help him overcome all his psychological problems-among other things. On Quinn’s part, he was planning on leaving Woodland Creek the day he visited the diner, but didn’t(couldn’t)after meeting Willow again. He knows how broken he is, and he has secrets that even he doesn’t understand. The last thing he wants to do is inflict all of that on Willow, but of course he can’t help himself.
I liked how the town was split between the people with magic and the ones without. And the ones without pretty much knew nothing about the magic. If they did, then hunting in the surrounding forest might have been abolished, but it hasn’t been. The towns shifter population have to be careful during the different hunting seasons-to say the least. The ley lines that run through the town guarantee that the supernatural will always be drawn there.
For me, this was a wonderful paranormal romance, filled with all sorts of magic, shifters, wizardry, and there’s probably all sorts of other things that don’t necessarily happen in this book, but might in another installment. I believe that these are all standalone, but I could be wrong, as this is my first foray into this world these authors have created. But it certainly won’t be my last. If you love adult paranormal romance, I would definitely recommend that this is one that’s not to be missed.