The First Kiss of Spring by Emily March ARC Review

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[I received a free advance review copy by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review]
God bless good small-town romance contemporaries. This book had me on a roller coaster of emotions from the very first chapter. It’s my first Emily March read, and for heaven’s sake, I’d read anything she’d write if it’s half as good as The First Kiss of Spring.
The chemistry between Caitlin and Josh was obvious from their first encounter. The fact that Josh owns a crippled dog called Penny for whom he’s made a friggin wheelchair did crazy things to my heart. Caitlin somehow knew, after that weekend they spent together, that Josh was the one for her. And although that sounded crazy, it totally wasn’t. The chemistry that Mrs March portrayed in the book was clear as day, I couldn’t help but ship those two from the moment they met.
So Caitlin basically decides to turn her whole like upside down in order to build a life for herself that allows her to pursue the guy she has set her sights on. As crazy and creepy as that might sound, I found that totally influencing and honestly? it was unconventional in a very feminist-friendly way. I high-five you Caitlin Timberlake. You rock, girl.
So Caitlin moves back into Eternity Springs, leaving her mother’s dream job of textile designing behind in NYC. She tries to build her relationship with Josh, but he’s pretty closed off and what they eventually agree on is a, and I quote, “a friend affair”. Of course, being in a small town requires hiding said affair and sneaking around, which I admit was fun and sexy as hell. But eventually, a series of events puts Josh and Caitlin’s relationship through hell.
I loved the town’s fairy Godmother, aka Celeste, Harriet, Brick and Lili, Chase and Lori, Mac and Ali. The familial vibe Eternity Springs gives off reminds me why I love small town contemporaries so much.

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The First Kiss of Spring (Eternity Springs #14)

by Emily March

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

When Josh Tarkington gets stuck on a gondola with the lovely Caitlin Timberlake, he thinks his consistently bad luck might have changed.

After their blossoming romance is interrupted, Caitlin realizes that her encounter with Josh was a sign that she needed to make a major life change. So she packs up her things and moves to Eternity Springs, opens a day care, and sets her cap for the town’s mechanic—Josh.

But Josh is hiding a well of secrets that would ruin him, and his relationship with everyone in Eternity Springs—especially Caitlin. When tragedy strikes, Josh and Caitlin find themselves, and their relationship, tested beyond imagining. Will they be able to find their way back to each other?

Expected publication: February 27th 2018 by St. Martin’s Paperbacksamazon icon

 


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