When Emily Donovan’s life implodes, she seeks refuge on Puffin Island, Maine.
Emily has spent her life building walls that allow her to avoid emotional attachments, so when her estranged movie-star sister dies, leaving Emily the guardian of her daughter, Lizzy, she isn’t sure where to turn. She’s recently lost her job and her lukewarm boyfriend, and she needs to find a safe place for her niece, since the paparazzi are on the hunt for the movie star’s orphan. Emily takes Lizzy and escapes to her friend Brittany's cottage on Puffin Island, but since a childhood tragedy left her terrified of water, life there is a challenge. With a de facto daughter, however, she knows that her irrational fear is just one obstacle she needs to face. She also has to overcome her isolationist tendencies, to forge a real connection to Lizzy, and attempt new friendships and maybe even a new professional direction. The truly fascinating and frightening element she must navigate, though, is her stunning attraction to Ryan Cooper, the owner of the local yacht club. At first frantic to figure out where to go next, Emily finds that she's suddenly tempted to stay. Of course, she barely knows Ryan, really, and when she learns about his past, it gives her a perfect excuse to keep him at arm’s length. Can Emily let go of a lifetime of fear and acknowledge her love for Lizzy, Ryan and an island full of people with arms wide open ready to embrace her? Morgan begins a new series with a sweet, sexy and emotionally layered story that introduces us to a friendly, welcoming island and three college friends who each need a little nudge toward true love.
Touching, sensual and warmly inviting.