When the girl next door meets the man of her dreams, at exactly the wrong time. Karen’s finally decided what she wants to do when she grows up. (So what if she's thirty-four? Better late than never). Too bad it’ll mean leaving behind her new neighbour, who’s stirred up a different kind of grown up feelings. But when he rebuffs her attempt to have a fling before she leaves Wardham, Karen knows it's for the best.
Intense and private, Paul has recently moved to Wardham for a more family friendly job, leaving behind a career as a homicide detective in the city. He only has his ten year old daughter a few nights a week, and he doesn’t want any distractions or drama while he tries to repair their relationship.
But Karen is right next door, and everywhere he goes. His resolve to keep his distance only lasts until she needs a true friend in her corner, and he realizes he can’t imagine life without her.
The Wardham Series Between Then and Now What Once Was Perfect Where Their Hearts Collide When They Weren't Looking Beyond Love and Hate Perfect No Matter What No Time Like Forever Beneath These Bright Stars Forever Begins With a Kiss All That They Desire (coming soon... the last book in the series!)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What a wonderful surprise this lovely little romance turned out to be! I had just about given up on the "free" reads -- so many of them are dreadful, or end in cliffhangers...or both! GACK! But this small town romance from Zoe York is really well done, entertaining, and sweet. I have happily found a new author, and immediately purchased a couple more books authored by her. This story is a neighbors to friends to more story, and the characters are fully formed and real. There are bigger themes at work here as well...following your dreams, no matter how far away they seem. Small town politics. Family dynamics. Single parenthood. Strong female friendships here too, which when well written like they are here, are a joy to read. I think I especially loved that these people weren't perfect or "ideal" but real and normal and likeable. These seemed like people who could be your neighbors and it was really nice to watch them find each other and fall in love and fight...
5 This is My Favorite Book in the Series - Stars
Oooh, this book was most definitely my favorite of your small town romance series. Paul represents, in my eyes, everything a woman needs and wants ;)
Ok, I might sound now like a broken record, especially if you've read my previous book reviews for Zoe's series but I just have to say it again: Zoe's Wardham books are my favorite romance books EVER!! I'm not going to lie and say I'm a big romance fan -I'm not. Especially if they're not combined with my favorite genre PRN/UF, or Mystery/Dark it's hard to get a high rating out of me; that being said, it's quite obvious that I don't give 5 stars easily and a prove how much I loved this/her book.
Let me start with Paul. He's a cop, a yummy cop to be clear. He's 37yrs old (perfect age!!), divorced and just moved to Wardham. Every other weekend his daughter comes to visit, who's also the reason why Paul changed his previous lifestyle. Ladies, he's...
I was glad to get another opportunity to visit Wardham. A small town, with small town atmosphere and friendly people. As with the others in the series, it is a great stand-alone book. You don't have to read the others, but you will want to. Each book is about a different couple, and they are "real-life" people with real-life problems/situations that interfere with their attraction to and love for each other. Will they find a way to make it work and live happily ever after? SPOILER: Of course they do! But it is fun and interesting to read.
I was already smiling, just 4 pages into it!
NOTE: In this series, the couples (not all of whom are married) make love, steamy, hot and sensual. If that offends you, you will not like these books.
I hope Zoe York will continue to take us to Wardham so we can get to know more of the people there.
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