This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.
Some Kind of Wonderful
Summary from Goodreads:
USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan will sweep you away with her Puffin Island series! In a town where anything can happen, sometimes love can be found in the most unlikely place of all…
Her whole life, Puffin Islander Brittany Forrest has dreamed of adventure. And at the age of eighteen, she thought she’d found it in bad boy Zachary Flynn. But after just ten tempestuous, smoldering days, their whirlwind marriage went up in smoke, and Brittany resolved to put him out of her mind forever.
Zach knows he let Brittany down, but being back on Puffin Island and seeing Brittany again stirs up long-buried emotions. This daredevil pilot has never felt worthy of her, yet he can’t stay away—even when he knows the chemistry between them will only complicate his life.
As long, hot summer days on the beach dissolve into sultry, starry nights, Brittany and Zach find that the sparks between them are more powerful than ever. Could it be that the second time around, their dreams of a happy-ever-after will finally come true?
Traveling With T’s Thoughts:
Having absolutely enjoyed the heck outta my first exposure to Sarah Morgan in her O’Neill brothers series- when I first heard about Puffin Island- I was unsure. Could I love another series like I did the first one?
In the introduction to the first book in the Puffin Island series- FIRST TIME IN FOREVER, I just ate up that love story like a big ole pile of gelato. It was a perfect introduction- and naturally- we hear some about Brittany- who the second book, SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL, features.
Sarah, with her previous books I’ve read, had my mind set for a certain expectation about SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL.
However, she changed the playbook. SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL does have the steamy scenes and the chemistry of the 2 main characters- but there is a lot more to this book.
Zach has scars. Emotional and physical. He’s been hurt by everyone in life- from his mom to stepdad to other foster families. He doesn’t trust people.
I applaud Sarah for taking a topic like emotional and physical abuse (and while it does not say exactly- I do wonder if she was also trying to show that Zach suffered from sexual abuse) and not shying away from showing the scars that abuse will leave on a person- even years later.
It was just a bit more grittier than I enjoy in my romance. Sure the HEA happened- but the scars of Zach almost made it hard to enjoy the ride to the HEA.
Bottom line; The writing is good, the emotional depth of the story of Zach is a-ok (however, the how of the scars of Zach’s life was just too gritty for my romance reading!) and the HEA ending- well, Brittany and Zach deserve happiness. If you are looking for fluffy and fun- this one may not please as much. However, if you enjoy your characters with lots of emotional depth- check it out!
*Traveling With T requested this book via Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.*
Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,
T @ Traveling With T