Tuesday, April 21, 2015

His First and Last by Terri Osburn

Published & Release Date: Montlake Publishing, April 21, 2015

Time and setting: Present Day, USA      

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Length: 300 pages

Heat Level: 1 Scorching Hot Flame

Rating: 4 Gold Crowns

At eighteen, Lorelei Pratchett couldn’t wait to get out of her hometown. Twelve years later, her Hollywood dreams have fizzled and she’s back—temporarily, she thinks. Though she throws herself into saving the old theater and starting a baking business, small towns have long memories, and Lorelei’s wild past still haunts her. It doesn’t help that her ex-boyfriend, Spencer Boyd, is even hotter, smarter, and more distracting than before.

The fiery Lorelei that Spencer knew years ago may have become closed off and cautious, but their chemistry hasn’t faded one bit. Losing her a second time is unthinkable to him, yet Lorelei is convinced she doesn’t belong in Ardent Springs. Somehow, Spencer needs to show her that everything she needs is right here: family, friendship, new beginnings…and a man who’s never stopped loving her.

Warm, sexy, and laugh-out-loud funny, His First and Last is an irresistible story of first love and second chances.

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Contemporary romances are not my first to go to genre, but when Montlake invited me to read and review an ARC of His First and Last via Net-Galley, the book description intrigued me so I accepted their offer. I like reunion/second chance romances and this one is excellent.

Lorelei Pratchett is returning to her home town after following her dream to become the next Meryl Streep. Unfortunately that didn’t pan out and now she’s back with nothing to show for the past twelve years, except her bruised pride and heart. While she looks forward to seeing her beloved grandmother, she does not look forward to the biased attitudes of the citizens of Ardent Springs.

After throwing his ring back in his face and leaving him for the bright lights of LA, Spencer Boyd has never been able to move on. After a failed marriage and years of lamenting the one that got away, he realizes that he is still in love with Lorelei when he picks her up at the airport for her grandmother.

As Lorelei gets involved in the campaign to save the Ruby, the theater in town that holds some wonderful memories, she works with Spencer on the project and spends a lot of time with him. She realizes that her feelings are as strong as they were back when they were engaged all those years ago.
Can Lorelei’s depleted self-esteem and aching heart allow Spencer to work his magic and heal her soul, or will she keep him at arm’s length while she works at rebuilding her life?

This is the first book I have read by Terri Osburn and I thoroughly enjoyed this delightful story of young love surviving even though the hero and heroine have not seen each other in twelve years. This is a story that pulls at the heart-strings and puts a smile on your face. I know it did that for me.

Lorelei is a spunky kid type of character. She may be down, but is far from defeated by life. She pulls on her big girl panties and sets out to reinvent herself and show Ardent Springs she is not the same person who left right after high school. Whether she is fighting the committee as she tries to convince them she has the plan to restore the Ruby, or making her wonderful treats for her fledging company, Lulu’s Home Bakery, her feisty spirit comes through. I loved her character from the first page.

Spencer is a great hero. He’s steadfast and loyal as he helps Lorelei re-establish herself in their hometown. His ability to see that he had just as much culpability in their break-up as she did, melted my heart. And to top it off, he’s a hunk with well-defined muscles, sun-kissed light brown hair and deep penetrating brown eyes. And did I mention he loves his dog? You have to love a man that is not afraid to show his tender side, and Spencer does it while still coming across as a strong-willed individual.

While this is a story line written many times, Ms. Osburn puts a fresh spin on it with her great character building and ability to give the reader a new look at small town USA . This is a fast-paced read and kept me entertained from start to finish. If you enjoy a story with great characters and plenty of emotion, you will love His First and Last. I suggest you give it a try. Happy reading!

Author Bio:

Author of the Amazon and Wall Street Journal bestselling Anchor Island Series, Terri Osburn started putting words on the page in 2007. Five years later, in 2012, she was named a finalist in the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart contest for unpublished manuscripts. Shortly after, she signed with an agent and moved into publication, with her debut releasing from Montlake Romance in May 2013. Terri lives on the east coast with her teenage daughter, three frisky felines, and a hyper Yorkiepoo with attachment issues. 

To learn more about Terri, check out her website at www.terriosburn.com

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