After a perfect storm of events leaves Sam high, dry, and jobless, she has to head home to Harvest Cove to regroup. Growing up, she was the town misfit, and a brief high school romance that resulted in heartbreak made her realize she was never going to fit in. But now with the support of her mother and an unexpected circle of allies, Sam starts to wonder if she’s misjudged the town all these years.
Life’s been good to Jake Smith. He transitioned from popular jock to town veterinarian without any trouble. But Sam’s homecoming makes him question his choices. The sharp-tongued beauty was never a good fit for the small community, but he’s never forgotten her—or how good they were together. While she makes it clear she’s not about to repeat the past, Jake’s determined to convince her to give him—and Harvest Cove—a second chance.
I loved For the Longest Time! This is the first book in Kendra Leigh Castle’s new contemporary series, The Harvest Cove Series. I’m a fan of Ms. Castle’s paranormals and when I saw she was coming out with a contemporary series I grabbed it. I was not disappointed. For the Longest Time is fun romance with great characters and a great storyline. I loved the interactions between the eccentric and sarcastic artist Sam and the sexy town veterinarian Jake. Jake broke Sam’s heart in high school and while she has her guard up I like that she was not afraid to risk it again. They had great chemistry that heated up the pages. Their banter had me laughing. The story flowed easily and made this a great romance to read. Great summer romance to pick up and read by the pool or beach this summer! There were several secondary characters that I’d love to see get their own books as well. I loved the book and can’t wait for the next book in this fun new romance series.
*Review copy provided by Berkley/NAL in exchange for an honest review.
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1. What are you currently working on? Anything else planned for 2014 and 2015?
Oh, I’m always working on something! For the Longest Time is my only release for the rest of 2014, but the sequel, Every little Kiss, will come out in March 2015. That’s finished, and I’m writing the third book in the series, which I’ll turn in this October. I’m also hoping to write a connected novella in the coming months. We’ll see if I manage it!
2. You write both contemporary and paranormal romance. Do you have a favorite?
I thought I would, but I don’t. I love the fantastic element of paranormals, where I can create worlds and supernatural creatures out of thin air. But it turns out that I also love the warmth and realism of contemporaries, and the way I can really focus on the characters’ relationship and bring my sense of humor more fully into the story. It’s been lovely to stretch my writing muscles and try something new, and I have to say I really enjoy both subgenres.
3. I love to read anything that falls in the romance category. Do you have a reading preference? Favorite author?
My favorite romance author is Nalini Singh. Her Guild Hunters series is just amazing, and I’ve already pre-ordered the next book in it. My reading tends to be all over the map. I love romance, but I also read fantasy, horror, general fiction…anything that looks interesting. Mainly I just like to read!
4. Where do your story ideas come from?
I wish I knew! They just sort of arrive. According to my parents, I always had an active imagination.
5. Do you know the full story when you sit down to write a book or do the characters lead you down a different path as you write their story?
No, I never know the full story. I know where it starts, and roughly where it finishes (though the ending has turned out to be a bit different than I expected often enough), but the middle part is an adventure. Every writer works differently, but for me, I think knowing exactly what was going to happen would take all the fun out of it. I like not knowing, and I love the moments where the pieces click together and I discover something new about my characters and the story I’m telling. Those “A-ha!” moments are the best.
Kendra Leigh Castle is a RITA award-nominated, multi-published author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Raised in the far and frozen reaches of Northern New York, where her love of curling up with a blanket and a good book came early, she penned her debut novel as a Navy wife living in the Nevada desert. Since then, she has managed to continue working in her pajamas while moving around the country. Kendra currently makes her home in Maryland, where she lives with her husband, three children, and a menagerie of pets. She drinks too much coffee, stays up too late, and loves to hear from her readers, who make this crazy job worthwhile.