Saturday, July 6, 2013

REVIEW: What Once Was Perfect by Zoe York

What Once Was Perfect (Wardham, #1)
by Zoe York

Heading home always stirs up mixed emotions for Laney Calhoun. Twelve years ago she left for graduate school, broken-hearted. She’s found professional success, but positive personal relationships have proved elusive. Running into her ex-boyfriend fans flames she thought long extinguished, and causes a renewed interest in love. Not with Kyle, of course. Never again. But as sparks fly and items of clothing disappear, she scrambles to keep her emotions in check.

Kyle Nixon let Laney slip away once. Their chemistry together is undeniable, but steamy sex is not enough to convince her to let him back into her heart. Even if she did trust him again, her medical career is five hundred kilometers away from the hometown that he loves, and the life that he once chose over her.

What Once Was Perfect is a short and sexy contemporary romance novel set in Wardham, Ontario, a fictitious small farming community on the shores of Lake Erie.

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4.5 Sweetest Stars Ever
Returning to her hometown for the holidays, after years of avoidance, isn't an easy task for Laney. Laney left and didn't return for a good reason - ex boyfriend Kyle. Kyle was her first and only love. After he broke her heart, she had sworn herself to never get hurt again and to lock her heart down. Now, being in her hometown it is inevitable to not come across Kyle. When he suddenly (thanks to her mom) knocks on her door she's dumbfounded and doesn't know right away what to do, say, react or think. Laney is still heart broken after all those years because both left things unspoken and it literally tore them apart.

After Kyle made the first step and invited her to his new home for some coffee, Laney finds herself shortly knocking at his door. Kyle was facing the same struggle as Laney; he never loved someone as much as he did her and regretted his stupid decision 12 years ago. He wanted to explain so much, make things right with Laney -but will she let him? Will she open up to him again, risking to get hurt again? Or is this just going to be a vacation fling with him? Kyle knows he hurt her so deeply it will be a hard task to win her over. Is he even ready to invest again in this once cherished young love with Laney? Find out for yourself ;)

Both fully enjoy Laney's short vacation back home - but are those 10 days enough? Enough for her to let him in, in her heart to consume her with his love as he used to do?

"She couldn't give him forever, but she could give him an unforgettable right now."

10 days fly by very fast and Laney has to head back to work and into her real world -without a Kyle in it. On their last night realization hit her as she was recalling their time together while watching a naked sleeping Kyle:

Time stood still as he loved her with his mouth, then his hands, and finally with his whole body, hip to hip, chest to chest, mouth to mouth. He held his gaze as he thrust into her again and again, sure and steady, as if to say, 'this could be our every night. This should be our forever.' Matching tremors wrecked through their bodies, as if his orgasm triggered hers and vice versa. As if they were one.

This love story was by far the sweetest and most real story I've read in a very long time; if I've even read such a story ever. It wasn't too long or too short. I loved this story and only put it down because I had to sleep. As you might know I'm not such a big fan of romance stories, if it isn't mixed into a paranormal, fantasy, etc story -but this, your story my dear Zoe was pure bliss to read. I was smiling and in constant awe. Why I loved this story so much, here is why: The story and characters felt real, I could totally relate to them and understood every action and thought. There was no unnecessary drama, bitching around or awkwardness. It felt real, all the time, and that's what I like in a story. Even the side characters felt real, no super perfect people -only perfect in the eye of who loved them- and no extreme twists and turns; exactly how this story should be.

Kyle is a dream, for real. I was smiling and yeah even giggling- he is perfect and normal at the same time. Laney, a woman standing with both feet in life, was a joy to read. Another plus was that you could read from both Kyle as well as Laney's perspective. I really enjoyed it.

All I will say is that there is no cliffhanger and yes I loved the end. If I would recommend this story? Of course!! It's pure joy to read their love story.

About the Author
For as long as I can remember, I have been a voracious romance reader. In early 2012, I got an idea for a novel. Then another, and another. My Google Drive account exploded with outlines and chunks of text and character bibles.
Over Christmas, I started a holiday novella. By the end of January, it was clear I was going to wander past novella length, and the story wasn’t limited to the holiday season. And it wasn’t just one book, anymore – it was also an introduction to a small town, Wardham.
Right now I’m hard at work on book no. 2 in the series. The first one, What Once Was Perfect, will be available July 1, 2013. I can’t wait to share Laney and Kyle with you!
When I'm not writing, I’m a busy working mom of two young boys, wife to a very understanding soldier, and a sister/friend/neighbour as well.

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