Lia Brooks has a broken heart and a burning desire to escape New York City. She decides Provincetown is the perfect winter escape to find some peace and regroup. Alex McKinnon is the pastry chef and proprietor of The Flour Pot in the heart of Provincetown. She loves owning her own business and the easy, no-strings-attached relationships that come with living in a gay tourist mecca.
When Lia appears in the cafe, the attraction is immediate. The passion between them promises more than a casual affair, but it's never that simple. Women from Alex's past pop up at the most inopportune times. Then there's Lia's ex, who brokers deals for a living and is unaccustomed to losing. Will Alex and Lia be able to overcome the roadblocks and find a happily ever after?
I was so pleasantly surprised by this book, I'm not even sure how to do it justice. So let me start at the beginning.
Lia Brooks is a Southern girl who spent a solid decade in New York on the Upper West side in a life, with a woman, that wasn't right for her. She was under-appreciated and undervalued, but didn't realize it until she found her girlfriend in bed with her secretary. She escapes to Provincetown in the winter - which happens to be a favorite destination of mine.
Alex McKinnon is a proto-typical shop keeper in Provincetown, who's relationships tend to veer towards the seasonal summer fling variety. She owns a cafe in town that Lia wanders into and...mostly stays at.
This book just felt...so real to me. I know a lot of the common themes I talk about in my reviews are relatability, and Winter's Harbor definitely had that going for it. The author took it slowly with Lia and Alex's attraction, and dealt firmly with the past damage and baggage that each woman came with. It wasn't wham-i'm attracted to you - let's bone - we're in love. There was doubt and emotional distress, and it took them some time to come to grips with what was happening. It all felt extremely organic.
The steamy moments were plentiful and sexy and, again, real. It felt like two people coming together in something that neither expected they'd be able to do again.
Aurora Rey did a great job with this, and I'd love to read more of her work.
Thank you to NetGalley for the advanced copy! And please note, no positive reviews were guaranteed for a copy of this book.
Publishing Date: November 16, 2015.
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