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    Fantastic

    Loved, loved, loved this book! I so wish Eternity Springs was a real place. I would move there in a quick minute. After 14 books you might think this series would be going stale but I find the opposite to be true. Each story feels fresh and unique while also making you feel like you've gone home again, catching up with old friends, and meeting new people. Don't be afraid to jump into this series at any point. Each story is free standing and you'll never feel lost or confused. In this book we meet Josh Tarkington. He's new to Eternity Springs but already it feels like a great place for a new beginning. Josh is just trying to lay low and hopefully keep his bad luck from affecting any one else. He finds that hard to do after getting stuck in a Gondola with Caitlyn Timberlake. She's in his head and has him dreaming of more. Then Caitlyn moves back to Eternity Springs leaving her career behind her and starting her dream of opening a day care facility. Hopefully along the way she will catch the eye and heart of Josh Tarkington. Will his bad luck and past keep them from having the future they both dream of?? Put this one on the must read list. I highly recommend it.
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    Loved it!!

    I love visiting Eternity Springs and this is no exception. Caitlin has decided to return to Eternity Springs and leaving the corporate world behind her and follow her dreams of opening a daycare and hopefully starting a family of her own. She meets newcomer mechanic, Josh. Josh has a past with lots of secrets but they can't deny the chemistry that they share so they have a "friends affair". Caitlin still hopes for so much more. Love this town with quirky residents that come together to open their hearts for people in need. A great romance that I could not put down. This book is part of series but can be read as a stand alone.
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    So sweet but with some bite to it

    Whoa, just whoa. The First Kiss of Spring is my first visit to Eternity Springs. Judging by the cover and the blurb I thought this was just going to be a sweet romance, something good for a weekend read. Well, let me tell you, I was wrong. The very first page - Journal Entry - showed me that this story was going to have some teeth and some secrets. It was sweet, very, very sweet, but it also had heartache and painful pasts and fear of moving forward. Josh Tarkington and Caitlin Timberlake get stuck in the air in a gondola, and the chemistry and easy banter between them is instant. Neither of them is looking for a relationship. Caitlin has recently been dumped, and Josh is convinced he has bad luck with terrible consequences and has vowed to never, ever, ever get involved again. Well, so much for that. Their relationship has a lot of ups and downs and twists and turns. Josh is willing to be "very good friends" and Caitlin sees that as her way to win him over. Neither is prepared for what will happen next. The First Kiss of Spring is the 14th book in the Eternity Springs series. Having read any or all of those books prior to this one would have given me some insight into and backstory on some of the main characters, and believe me, I am going back to the very beginning to catch up. But this is completely satisfying as a stand-alone. The characters are well developed and complete; enough of their history is provided to let you know who they are and how they might behave, and the storyline moves so smoothly you never wonder what you might have missed. As I said, this is a sweet, sweet, story. Josh and Caitlin are perfect together, even if they haven't figured it out yet. We know. And it's fun to watch - the beautiful small-town Colorado setting, the comfortable easiness of their relationship, the hot sex, their surprise when they realize they aren't as in control of their destiny as they thought they were: "Long after she'd drifted off to sleep cuddled against him, Josh stared up at the ceiling. He'd done it. He'd thrown sense out of the window. He'd gone and done the one thing he'd sworn he wouldn't do. He was in love with her. He'd fallen in love with her. Stupidly, ridiculously, idiotically in love with her. Passionately in love with her. He loved her. So what now? Could Celeste be right?" and "She loved him. Madly, truly, deeply loved him, and she'd be lost without him." Aww, who can resist? Not me. I received a copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley. I loved it, and highly recommend it and the entire series.
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    Another wonderful Eternity Springs book!

    This small-town romance tackles some big issues…but once again Eternity Springs works its magic to keep the hope of love alive. Josh has had to deal with so much in his life. You would think that someone with his background would have an easy life, but instead his is one of darkness and secrets…and has him convinced that bad luck follows him everywhere he goes – so much so he won’t even consider opening his heart to someone and dragging them into the “quagmire of misfortune and bad luck that sucked at his shoes wherever he went.” Caitlin has decided to come home and follow her dream of opening her own business. Even though she knows she will have to face disappointment from her parents, she misses Eternity Springs and knows that the path to her happiness is returning home. When she meets Josh in Colorado at a wedding and finds out he lives in Eternity Springs, she also gets the feeling that he may be part of that path. From the first moment Josh and Caitlin lock eyes, you can feel the heat between these two. I never doubted the connection these two had, but some of their story was a bit dark and dealt with some serious and troubling issues. Josh’s past has come to rule his present, and although Caitlin has worked her way into his life, he can’t move forward until he comes to terms with his issues. This love story is not one for the faint of heart, but seeing these two finally come together was so satisfying. There was a lot going on with Josh’s past and at times it seemed to slow the story down, but the end result was worth it all. As usual in Eternity Springs, the town and its residents play a big part in this story. And my favorite, Celeste, was full of good advice and introspect. Emily March has crafted such an endearing small town in Eternity Springs, one that makes me wish I could find it on a map so I could move there. Although there was a bit of darker material in this book, the hope and magic of the town were there to help Josh and Caitlin find the happy ever after. Another wonderful read!
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    contemporary romance

    The First Kiss of Spring by Emily March Eternity Springs #14 Do you believe in love at first sight? Caitlin Timberlake may or may not have “known” Josh Tarkington was “The One” at first sight but she was definitely sure they were meant to be together very soon after that first meet-cute. I mean, Josh was gorgeous, had a way with words, was fun, adopted a disabled dog, was s*xy and absolutely perfect…well…nearly. He has secrets and no desire for a relationship with strings and is up-front in saying so BUT Caitlin knows what she knows so gave up her job, moved to Eternity Springs, started a business, put her heart on the line and laid siege to Josh’s heart. What I liked: * Josh’s journal entries that gave hints at his past and what he had to deal with * Josh’s character: strength, charm, honesty and openness in not being willing to discuss his past * Caitlin’s openness, warmth, charm and ability to know what she wanted * The effort of both Caitlin and Josh with honest communication that eventually allowed their HEA * The side story of Caitlin’s parents and a medical issue they were dealing with What I disliked: * The childhood Josh experienced * The unwillingness of Josh to be honest with himself, his doctors and Caitlin after his accident * The streak of bad luck Josh had before meeting Caitlin I truly enjoyed this book and with a few days between reading and writing this review I realize how well written it is. The issues Josh had to contend with were not easy and though some reviewers felt they were glossed over I don’t agree. I believed in Josh and knowing gradually learning just what he went through made me understand him and his beliefs and needs as well as his unwillingness to share unless he truly trusted someone. Did I like this book? Definitely Do I recommend this book? Yes Will you like this book? My guess is yes but every reader’s tastes aren’t the same – if you don’t like the mention of child abuse and overcoming addiction then perhaps you won’t but the story is solid and very well told so perhaps you will. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4-5 Stars
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