Tuesday, February 27, 2018

REVIEW ~ The First Kiss of Spring by Emily March

Sportochick's Musings ~ An impactful love story with real people and real life issues.

The First Kiss of Spring

An Eternity Springs Novel

by Emily March

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Publisher ~ St. Martin's Press Romance
Genres ~ Contemporary Romance

Spring has come to Eternity Springs in The First Kiss of Spring, the newest installment in this New York Times bestselling series by Emily March.

Life could be a dream...

Goal-oriented and gorgeous, Caitlin Timberlake's dreams took her to the top of the corporate ladder in New York City. Now years later, her goals have changed. She wants to come home to Eternity Springs and build a business and a family of her own-with the new man in town. So what if sexy mechanic Josh Tarkington wants nothing more than a fling? Caitlin is a patient woman who knows how to work hard and strategize to win what she desires. She desires Josh. Unfortunately, he has other plans.

If only things were different...

Josh craves Caitlin and all she has to offer. However, he is a man with secrets. He has worked hard to overcome his tragic past, but he's afraid to risk having a future because he knows trouble is never very far away. When a selfless act brings that trouble to his door, he stands to lose everything he cares about-including Caitlin. Will her love and the healing magic of Eternity Springs be enough to save him?

This is an impactful love story with real people and real life issues. Sometimes you come across a love story that isn't full of fluff but real people wrestling with real life issues. Their lives aren't always a pretty picture book story but you come to love the characters as they struggle with their lives and this book is that love story.

One of the things that held me spellbound was Author Emily March's Journal Entry that starts off each chapter. It was written by an unknown person and was dark and filled with pain. Along the way I guessed who it was but my brain felt such compassion for the person's life struggles and what they overcame.

This book was written with compassion and understanding. It deals with addictions and real struggles including failures. It shows people in real life crisis and it also shows that there are people out there that will love you if you give them a chance.

Caitlin is someone I want to be friends with. She is able to make a drastic change in her life to follow her heart. She's strong and at the same time soft hearted and loving. Her greatest strength is believing in someone who can't believe in themselves. 

When I thought of this book and started to write the review I wasn't sure how to portray why I didn't give it a solid 5 stars but after thinking on for a while it became clear that at times the interaction between Caitlin and Josh was just too sweet for me. In no way did this distract from this story though.

I give this book 4.5 STARS.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

Emily March is the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty novels, including the critically acclaimed Eternity Springs series. Publishers Weekly calls March a "master of delightful banter," and her heartwarming, emotionally charged stories have been named to Best of the Year lists by Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Romance Writers of America. A graduate of Texas A&M University, Emily is an avid fan of Aggie sports and her recipe for jalapeƱo relish has made her a tailgating legend.

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