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Sanctuary Island By Lily Everett $1.99
Sanctuary Island - Lily Everett

When Ella's sister decides to reunite with their estranged mother, Ella goes along for the ride—it's always been the two Preston girls against the world. But Sanctuary Island, a tiny refuge for wild horses tucked off the Atlantic coast, is more inviting than she ever imagined. And it holds more than one last opportunity to repair their broken family—if Ella can open her carefully guarded heart, there is also the chance for new beginnings.

Grady Wilkes is a handyman who can fix anything…except the scars of his own past. When he accepts the task of showing Ella the simple beauties of the island that healed him, he discovers a deep sense of comfort he thought he'd lost. But now he must convince the woman who never intended to stay that on Sanctuary Island, anything is possible—forgiving past mistakes, rediscovering the simple joys of life, and maybe even falling in love.

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review 2017-03-07 23:05
Home at Last - Lily Everett

In the previous book, Close to Home, we met Marcus Beckett and Quinn Harper.  They both grew up on Sanctuary Island, next door neighbors, but are 10 years apart in age.  Quinn always had a crush on Marcus and used to follow him around like a little puppy dog.  While Marcus was away at college, his mom died of cancer.  Mad at his dad for not telling him she was dying, he quit college, joined the army, and never looked back.  14 years later Marcus is back on Sanctuary Island.  

Quinn is tired of her parents believing her to be flighty and never wanting to grow up.  What they don't realize is that Quinn has finally found a job that she really likes and wants to make a career out of it....she just doesn't know how that job came to be!

Quinn and Marcus start dating for a little bit but he quickly breaks it off with her because he feels she deserves better than him.  What he didn't understand was that breaking it off with the town's favorite resident was going to bring him nothing but problems....including no one coming to his newly opened bar.

Quinn's parents marriage has hit a brick wall.  Quinn thinks that if she can show her parents that she is all grown up and settling down that they won't spend so much time arguing about her.  Quinn comes up with a plan....her and Marcus pretend to be back together.  This will make her parents happy and it should get the town folks coming into his bar.  Marcus reluctantly agrees.

What Marcus didn't count on was that he was really enjoying being with Quinn again.  When some marriage guru Quinn's mom has hired suggests that Quinn and Marcus move into her parents home for two weeks so everyone can see how well everyone gets along...that's when the fun begins!

I really liked Quinn.  She was just super sweet and fun.  I really liked Marcus too.  He was a little brooding but based on his background it was understandable.  Together they really brought out the best in each other.  It was fun watching the two of them go from pretending to real very quickly.

I really enjoyed meeting Marcus father.  I wish more of the story had included him...especially after the two of them aired out their grievances.   I really loved Quinn and Marcus happy ending as well as Quinn's parents.  Overall, another really great book from this author in such a fun, quaint town.

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review 2017-03-07 12:38
Home at Last
Home at Last - Lily Everett

'Home at Last' by Lily Everett is book Six in the "Sanctuary Island" series.  This is the story of Quinn and Marcus.  I have read the previous book and I do feel it would be helpful for you to enjoy this book more if you read the previous book "Close to Home".   Quinn has been in love with Marcus her former next door neighbor for a long time.  But he up and left town never to return until now.  Marcus has returned home to try to make a new start and to live a slower, quieter type lifestyle.   Quinn is the so called 'town sweetheart' and the town isn't warming up to Marcus due to them being upset that Marcus for 'Seducing and then dumping' Quinn.  Quinn is finding out that her parents are having marriage problems when they return from their trip with a third person who is possessively helping them with their marriage.   Quinn thinks that if her parents thinks she and Marcus are possibly getting married it may help settle down their marriage some.  In addition, this will help Marcus with his bar and the town being more open to him to see that he might be settling down.  But as we know all fake engagements seem to lead to true love.   Really sweet second chance at love romance.
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review 2017-02-10 03:25
Review - Close to Home by Lily Everett
Close to Home - Lily Everett

A captivating read about a woman trying to take control of her life and the man who is fighting to remain part of it. I’m a big fan of second chance romances and enjoyed the twist of these two already being married – albeit a marriage of convenience – and finding their way to each other’s hearts.

 

Both Johnny and Tessa are trying to escape the patterns of their past. Tessa has spent her life shying away from everything and when she finally decides to take control of things that also means letting go of everything from her past – including her husband, a man who married her to protect and care for her, but has never treated her like a real wife. Even though she has very deep and real feelings for Johnny, she knows she needs to let him go so they both can move on with their lives. What Tessa doesn’t know is that she has always been Johnny’s anchor, and when he finds she has set him free he is set adrift and he knows he’s not ready to give up on Tessa or their marriage so easily.

 

     “There’s more to the new me than some highlights and a trim,” Tessa said, her voice gone throaty. “I’m not the meek, mouse weakling you married.”

     Frowning, Johnny slid his hand down to cup her tense jaw. “I never thought of you that way.”

     Her eyes darkened. She turned her head away from his hand. “You would never have said that, because you’re too kind. But I’m not an idiot, Johnny. You’ve always seen me as a child.”

     “I see the woman you are now,” he rasped, already missing the silken texture of her skin under his fingertips. “And I like what I see.”

     She swallowed audibly, her brow crinkling in confusion. “I don’t understand why you’re talking like this. Why are you making this so difficult? It wasn’t even a real marriage.”

     The words were a body blow, knocking the wind out of Johnny. But he’d never been good at going down easy. “It was real to me.”

 

I really enjoyed watching Johnny take a step back and acknowledge that his take control personality is not what is needed to save his marriage. And even though he’s never acted on his very deep and real feelings for Tessa, he needs to now figure out how to show Tessa just what she means to him without steamrolling over her – a tough job for someone who is always used to being in total control of everything. I did like Tessa, but at times she could be a bit annoying to me – she is trying to keep control of her new found life, which I get, but sometimes I felt she was a bit quick in assuming someone was trying to take control and I do wish she was a bit more upfront to Johnny about her feelings and her fears. I did like the fact that she broke out and was able to create a new life for herself and created a home for herself on the island, and I loved watching her find her sexy side when it came to Johnny.

 

There were a few mysteries that were intertwined within Johnny and Tessa’s story, and I really enjoyed meeting Marcus and Quinn and look forward to learning more about them in the next book. The couple of twists at the end were only slightly predictable and didn’t disappoint at all.

 

All in all, I think I’ve decided that I need to find this island and take up residence! This was a cute and quirky small town “in your face” kind of place that allows for some great fun (small town gossip and characters just can’t be beat!) and also some heartwarming moments between friends who are more like family. This was my first book in the series and I don’t think I lost anything starting here although I would like to go back and read the previous books. Definitely a book worth checking out.

 

I received an advance reader copy from the publisher via NetGalley which I voluntarily reviewed.

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review 2017-02-07 01:45
Close to Home - Lily Everett

Johnny Alexander married Terri when she was 18 years old and he found her hiding out in the family barn, obviously on the run and scared. He had the "need" to protect her based on events from his past. Johnny never had an intimate relationship with her because he felt she was so fragile. Johnny left for the Army for 6 years then spent 2 years in the ATF so Terri was pretty much alone for her first 8 years of marriage. Terri decided she was not happy and that Johnny only stayed married to her out of obligation, so she was going to release him from his "duty". She filed for divorce, packed up and moved to Sanctuary Island and started going by the name Tessa.

A year later Johnny is back from being undercover and ready to spend some time with his wife. Surprise...she's gone. He decides to follow her to Sanctuary Island to get his wife back. While Johnny is there, he is required to deal with his emotions from being undercover for so long. He also realizes that his Terri, no Tessa is no longer the timid, afraid little girl she used to be. Instead he sees a strong, determined woman that he really wants to know. Slowly the two of them get to know each other all over again and realizes that they both still want to be together. It was fun watching these two getting to know each other. Johnny was a little too protective at times and Tessa was a little to stubborn at times but it was fun how they found a common ground. Throughout their story a little suspense was also thrown into the mix, which was very enjoyable. I also loved the character of Marcus and can't wait to see what his story is! Overall this was an enjoyable story with really great characters.

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