is a Contemporary Small-Town Romance novel by Zoe York.
Publisher: ZoYo Press | Release Date: January 26, 2021
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Marriage is for suckers—Adam and Isla agreed on that when they got hitched.
Adam Kincaid has a lot to prove: as a brand-new firefighter, as the youngest of five brothers in a small town where everyone is curious about your business, and as an unexpected newlywed.
Isla Petersen knows exactly what she’s getting into: a marriage of convenience with a younger man, a soldier she once commanded when she was an army captain. And she knows what she’s getting in return: a bakery that’s all her own.
This is a standalone story about two friends who don’t believe in love, but do believe in each other. Welcome back to Pine Harbour!
About the Author:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Zoe York is a busy working mom of two young boys, wife to a very understanding soldier, and creator of modern, sexy, small town contemporary romances. Her debut novel, What Once Was Perfect, started the popular Wardham series, and her first military romance, Fall Out, was released as part of the international bestselling SEALs of Summer super bundle.
She lives in London, Ontario and is currently chugging Americanos, wiping sticky fingers, and dreaming of heroes in and out of uniform.
The contemporary romance novel, FIERCE AT HEART by Zoe York is a story full of dreams, careers, friendships, family, and love… all wrapped into a small-town setting. Pine Harbour is a fictional town plopped into real geographic locations that happen to be right in my backyard. I couldn’t believe it, when I realized the story took place on the Bruce Peninsula, with the characters going to a pub in Lion’s Head, a grocery store in Wiarton, the military base in Meaford, and visits to Owen Sound. These are all real places in my neck of the woods. So cool.
This was my first Zoe York novel, so I started out just wanting to take a peek at the first chapter to get a sense of whether I liked the writing style or not… and then, BAM! The book was done. It was a fast and fun read all in one night. I’m not much for the marriage of convenience trope, but this novel worked quite well. Starting over after retiring from the army is hard, but if you find a friend who is trying to do the same thing, then why not do it together? It might not be love, but at least you have someone struggling and possibly succeeding right along beside you. Basically, you are not alone. This pushed the novel into the friends-to-lovers category, as well.
I loved so many things about this book besides the emotional Kincaid brothers. The baking aprons were adorable, and so were the amazing names for baking items such as, the Raspberry Bamboozle cupcakes and the Born in the Bruce butter tarts. I loved how York explored the struggle of becoming a first responder, their need to learn how to balance their home lives around long 24-hour shifts. York also nailed the struggle of starting over after retiring from one career and diving into the next one. Also, I enjoyed the journey for one of them finding love after dealing with a difficult divorce to a narcissist.
Overall, even though there were a few threads left hanging at the end of the story, I thought this was an excellent small-town romance story. I’m sure the next book in the series might mention a few things from this book and allow the storylines to continue along. I look forward to reading all the Pine Harbour books.
Thank you to NetGalley, ZoYo Press, Victory Editing NetGalley Co-op and Zoe York for allowing me to read an advance copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
(because I love reading books that are set in a small-town; books about two people who are completely different but fall in love anyway; books about people starting over in their careers; and books about people ending bad relationships and finding someone else in the world to show them they are everything to them).