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Okay, now it's time for me to tell you how stupid I am, because this book was phenomenal! Ryan isn't just some bland background guy. He is a fairly recent widower, with three young children. He is still reeling from his wife's unexpected death and is trying his darnedest to be a great father to his kids, and constantly feeling that he's coming up short. He is hurting and vulnerable and lonely. He loves his kids unconditionally and will do anything to keep them protected from any more hurt.
There is a movie about to be filmed in Pine Harbour - we heard about the planning for it in the first books. Now it is finally time to get the show on the road, and the movie people start coming into town for filming. The cottages they are staying at are owned by Ryan's in-laws, and his house is a short ways up the lane. Holly Cresinski is the first person to arrive, a few days early. She finds no hot water when she goes to shower, and contacts Ryan for maintenance. In conversation, Ryan makes a casual comment about how he'll need to deal with the drama of "those fancy Hollywood types" Holly replies that they're not really that bad, but she isn't about to tell him she is better known as Hope Creswell, a major star in the movie. Ryan sees Holly near his house most nights when she goes out for an evening run. He thinks she is just some random nobody helping out on the movie set, and she finds she is enjoying "pretending to be herself" instead of Hope Creswell.
Okay, so that's the basic setup. As can be guessed, Ryan and "Holly" find themselves falling for each other. But he knows this is a woman who is in town for only a limited period of time, and doesn't know she's a famous star. And Ryan wants to protect and keep his children out of the spotlight at all costs. This is looking like an impossible situation. Will the small town "lumberjack" (as Holly calls him) and the Hollywood star be able to make things work?
Dang this is such a good book! It was one of those where I found myself reading early into the morning of the next day because I couldn't put it down. Everything seemed so real, not contrived. The affection between Ryan and Holly developed little by little over time - it wasn't one of those stories where the H/H know each other three days and WHAMO they're hopelessly in love.(A pet peeve of mine). One of the things I love so much about Zoe York's books is that she doesn't just tell the story, but really gets into the deepest feelings of each of her characters. You can feel their pains, doubts, fears, and joys. And yes, this unlikely pairing that I doubted at the beginning of the book turned out to be very believable by the end. I don't know how much more you can ask for from an author. Well done!
As a teacher, I'm constantly editing my student's work. It's not hard. I know how to spell. I know how to proofread to make sure missing words are added or that surplus words are eliminated. It's not rocket science.
Regardless, I like her cast of characters, the revealing of her story...I never would've thought Holly would've been THAT forgiving...and the HEA's that occur.
Still enjoy the Minelli and Foster characters as that emotional bond is consistent and very well expressed across all books so far. It was just hard to empathize with Ryan's emotions as he came across as whiney and annoying.
Ryan Howard is just trying to hang on after losing his wife. His focus is his children. He is completely unconcerned about the movie being filmed in Pine Harbour. The only good thing about it is Holly Cresinski, an intern working on the set. He enjoys conversations with her – she’s down to earth and easy to talk to. He enjoys the distraction she provides. He is not looking for a relationship. Sometimes things happen unexpectedly. What Ryan doesn’t know is that Holly Cresinski is really Hope Creswell – star of the movie. Let the deception begin…when Ryan finds out who she really is, what will his reaction be?
There are twists and turns, angst and intense and heart-wrenching moments that keep you riveted. Those who have dealt with death and grief will identify with Ryan and how he handles his emotions. I loved the interaction between Ryan and his kids. He is such a good dad in the worst of circumstances.
This book grabbed my heart from the beginning and refused to let go. I fell in love with Ryan and Holly. They are real. Zoe York has the ability to make her characters live and breathe. You want to know them. They were both broken, but found a way to heal each other and rid themselves of guilt. They risked hurt to find true love and overcome their fears. The sexual tension crackles off the page. The love that unfolds is tender and beautiful – a romance that goes straight to your heart. I’m still smiling.
It is a stunning contemporary romance. It will break your heart…but in a very good way. If you want a beautifully told romantic story about loving, losing, healing and in the process, finding yourself, then be sure to read this story. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. I LOVED the first two books in the series, and the goodness just keeps on coming! I highly recommend!