I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.For the Longest Time by Kendra Leigh Castle
Length: 9 hours and 30 minutes
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
Published by Penguin, Signet Select Pages: 352
Source: Tantor Audio
Narrator: Meredith Mitchell
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For Samantha Henry, it took a ten-year absence to appreciate the close-knit New England town with an appeal all its own....
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.
For the Longest Time was a cute and quick listen and didn’t really seem like it was nine and a half hours long.
Sam needs a do over and quick. She leave the big city to go back to the quiet small town life of Harvest Cove, but coming home brings up lots of memories. The biggest memory is of Jake who she finds out is now the town Veterinarian. You don’t really get as much details as I would have liked on what happened between Jake and Sam but it left a scar on Sam’s heart.
Now they are adults and it’s time to push the old fears away and start again, but Sam has a hard time letting the past go. Especially when CeCe comes back to town, she was Jake’s girlfriend during high school and one of the main people who hurt her a lot with her mean talk. Jake didn’t even realize that he hurt Sam so much and he just wants to put it behind them and move on as he really never forgot Sam.
I love second chance romances, they just make me all gooey. Sam was the outside goth painter in High School but she grew up to be a really beautiful painter, but then life happens. Jake was the football jock that everyone crushed on and now he is the Veterinarian. Grown up version of Jake is pretty dreamy, though I don’t think he learned much about how to choose friends. I loved Sam’s boss Zoe who ones the art gallery in Harvest Cove, she is very spunky and a lot of fun. I hope she gets a story soon..maybe her and Jason??
There wasn’t really to much that I didn’t like about this book. I do think that there needed to be a little more background about what really happened between Sam and Jake back in high school. I get the feel that it was more than just Sam having a crush, but Jake seems to be oblivious to anything bad happening back then.
I thought it was a cute quick read and if you are into Contemporary romances then I think you will probably enjoy it. I can’t wait to see what happens with Sam’s sister Emma in the next book in the series, Every Little Kiss.