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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 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. 


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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 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. 

30 review for For the Longest Time

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jacob Proffitt

    I'm still trying to decide whether to round up or down on the 3½ stars. On the minus side, the town is kind of weak. I love small-town stories, but they're a lot harder to pull off than most authors account for. In this one, we're told over and over that Jake's friends comprise a fraction of the residents, but you couldn't prove it from the characters in the book. Besides Sam's family and friends, that's about all there is. So Harvest Cove could really be anywhere (up to and including New York) a I'm still trying to decide whether to round up or down on the 3½ stars. On the minus side, the town is kind of weak. I love small-town stories, but they're a lot harder to pull off than most authors account for. In this one, we're told over and over that Jake's friends comprise a fraction of the residents, but you couldn't prove it from the characters in the book. Besides Sam's family and friends, that's about all there is. So Harvest Cove could really be anywhere (up to and including New York) as the flavor of a small town is rather laxly expressed. Also weak is Jake's attitude towards his friends. They're pretty useless—selfish and manipulative and, often enough, downright mean (both past and present). This goes double for his ex, Cici. She's a stone-cold bitch and apparently always has been. That he falls for her manipulation again and again (not like that, he just doesn't call her on the crap she pulls actively attempting to alienate Sam) says little good about him. Frankly, falling for her stupid tricks the way he does, he kind of deserves his pain. Yeah, he's a nice guy, and I like nice guys. But I prefer them to come with at least some smarts. Or, failing that, at least as much common sense as God gives house plants. That said, I loved Sam rather a lot. And the rest of her family as well—including the cats. Plus points for pretty well-portrayed nerddom (though lightly-sprinkled). She's a very attractive mix of strength and courage and smart enough to retreat home when her life puts her pretty convincingly on the ropes. I'm not thrilled that she gets all stupid in the end in order to drag the book out an extra couple chapters, though. Adding to Sam's personal attractions are the relationships she builds with the other women in her life. Her relationship with her mother is already strong, but Sam is barely home before she starts trying to rebuild things with her sister (who is a complete personality mismatch, so it takes some work) and with her new boss. These relationships highlight who she is and bolsters her in ways she needs nearly as much as she needs Jake. Castle does a fantastic job giving us meat on these relationship bones and in such a way that they feel natural and lasting. It's this dynamic that elevated the story, for me, and leads me towards resolving the rating by rounding up. A note about Steamy: This is a mid-level steam content book, for me. Two explicit scenes, both spanning a handful of pages (more than two, less than twenty—sorry, lost track in there. My glasses may have fogged over) and both pretty dang steamy.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    Ok, this was super cute. I did not expect to love it as much as I did. This was almost a second chance romance story except the couple were never really together to begin with. Gotta love high school cliques and drama. Back in high school, Sam was the loner girl. The outcast who drew pictures and wore black all of the time. She didn't really have any friends and the popular kids teased her relentlessly. But there was one shinning hope back then and that came in the form of Jake Smith. Jake was o Ok, this was super cute. I did not expect to love it as much as I did. This was almost a second chance romance story except the couple were never really together to begin with. Gotta love high school cliques and drama. Back in high school, Sam was the loner girl. The outcast who drew pictures and wore black all of the time. She didn't really have any friends and the popular kids teased her relentlessly. But there was one shinning hope back then and that came in the form of Jake Smith. Jake was one of the popular kids but for some reason, he showed an interest in Sam and her art. They formed a friendship - in secret, of course - but Sam was full on in love with Jake. But as most high school stories do, this one ended in heartbreak. Sam left Harvest Cove and never looked back - until she literally had nothing else. Now back, Jake seems determined to right the wrongs of his past, but life in a small town means things never change and Jake's group of friends are they same people they were in high school. So can these two find their way through all the drama? I absolutely loved the small town feel of Harvest Cove. As much as I don't know if I could actually live in such a small town, I love reading about them or watching TV shows set in small towns (aka Gilmore Girls). Castle did a great job in showing how Sam felt trapped and smothered in this town but then also that smooth transition into a healing town. She had her special places to go but was also amazed by how the town had changed while she was gone. The love story was also just the right amount of drama and angst. I really liked Jake and felt bad for him. His friends refused to grow up and move past high school. And the girl that he was in love with is back and no matter what he does or how much he tries to explain, Sam won't give him the time of day. Now I get this. High school is brutal and can leave scars. I completely understood why Sam wasn't having any of it with Jake. But being able to see Jake's side and knowing that he knew nothing of how his friends acted back then endeared him to me. He wanted to grow and he was stuck in a rut and didn't know how to move on. Until Sam came back. There were also adorable animals. Jake was a vet so we got to meet the litter terror cat known as Loki and the excitable lovable dog known as Tucker. As a dog person, Tucker just made me melt every time he was on the page. And Loki- well, the name says it all. I cannot wait to read the rest of this series because I just love this town and love these people.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    This book was awful. The only good parts were Zoe (Sam’s boss and friend), Sam’s family and Sam herself. There is nothing that I despise more than small minded people. Just because someone is different, does NOT make them a freak. Sam was treated horribly by Jake’s friends in school, and because of Jake’s spineless attitude to her, he treated her worse than his friends. Making her believe he cared for her, but then ignoring her and her feelings in front of his friends, just so that he doesn’t lo This book was awful. The only good parts were Zoe (Sam’s boss and friend), Sam’s family and Sam herself. There is nothing that I despise more than small minded people. Just because someone is different, does NOT make them a freak. Sam was treated horribly by Jake’s friends in school, and because of Jake’s spineless attitude to her, he treated her worse than his friends. Making her believe he cared for her, but then ignoring her and her feelings in front of his friends, just so that he doesn’t lose his coolness with them. What an ass! Now, it’s ten years later, and Sam is forced to move back to Harvest Cove after being away all this time. I understand that people can change, but honestly I couldn’t believe that Jake had changed all that much. He’s still friends with the exact same people from school, yes he knows that they can be mean, but seeing as they never directed that meanness towards him, it really hasn’t bothered him that much. He hated seeing this side of his friend, and he hated himself a little for having known it was there all this time and ignoring it. Because it had been easy. He was never in the line of fire. Even now he was just on the periphery. Yes, a real stand-up guy. I also hated how arrogant Jake was with regard to Sam, thinking he could just charm her into going out with him because he is all grown up now and he knows he treated her wrong, but that was all in the past and of course she will just give him another chance. And of course she and his friends will just have to get along, because the past is the past right? And of course the ex-girlfriend has to come back, and of course he will always care for her because they have a history. So he won’t just brush her off, because they were friends once. She will just have to realise he is with Sam now, and then everyone will be able to be friends. I wonder if he believes in unicorns too? And then the end…. He never realized that Sam loved him way back then, and when she tells him she still loves him, he’s shocked because he wasn’t expecting her, but together they can figure it out. So romantic. And then he finds out all the awful things his friends had said and done to Sam in school so now they can’t be friends anymore. But does he go after Sam and fight for her. Nooooo. This book was a disaster from start to finish. Which was sad because I loved this author’s PNR books.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline's Reads

    3 Second Chance Stars For the Longest Time is about second chances. You may be that nerdy girl in high school that got picked on, but that doesn’t mean that’s still you years later. Maybe you can get that jock after all. I like the idea and concept of For the Longest Time. Who doesn’t like the nerdy girl turned swan (sort of). I wouldn’t say Samantha is a knock out, but she isn’t awkward anymore and she’s very sure of herself. Years ago, she’s had the biggest crush on Jake, the popular jock in s 3 Second Chance Stars For the Longest Time is about second chances. You may be that nerdy girl in high school that got picked on, but that doesn’t mean that’s still you years later. Maybe you can get that jock after all. I like the idea and concept of For the Longest Time. Who doesn’t like the nerdy girl turned swan (sort of). I wouldn’t say Samantha is a knock out, but she isn’t awkward anymore and she’s very sure of herself. Years ago, she’s had the biggest crush on Jake, the popular jock in school. Jake was popular and with being popular comes with popular and mean friends. Friends that tease and tormented Sam throughout high school, leaving slight emotional scars on Sam’s part. Now, Jake is the local vet and notices Sam back in town. It’s a cute plot and there are some elements that I enjoyed very much. I liked Sam. At times she did annoy me because she was so sure on Jake being a jerk, she never really gave him a chance, even after the guy begged for a date. I like a chase and then I like there to be some nice banter, but I felt Sam was just too hung up from past issues to get to know him. Jake is adorable. I like a Hero who is a pet lover, especially to cats. I wasn’t very fond of Jake’s friends because he kept the same ones from high school and they kind of never changed. I understand kids can be mean, but as an adult, you would think some would grow out of it. I guess it adds some nice dynamic. My main issue steams from the flow of the read. I felt like the pace was a bit slow and it took about 50% of the book before Jake and Sam even got to their first date. Also, the interaction between Sam and Jake was very limited. There was a lot of dialogue between friends and family verse the book about the main couple. I would consider this a very light chick-lit book with mild romance. It’s a cute book with a cute plot and if you don’t like too much romance, then this one is for you. An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review AMAZON

  5. 5 out of 5

    Saly

    This was a decent one-time read. Our heroine is back home after ten years, in a town she hates because she was constantly bullied and tormented for being different. Our hero was one of those people that wounded her especially because he was actually nice to her first and took interest in her art. But when the heroine spoke to him in front of his friends he rejected her. So the last thing the heroine wants is to run into him the moment she comes back into town and for him to try and be nice and f This was a decent one-time read. Our heroine is back home after ten years, in a town she hates because she was constantly bullied and tormented for being different. Our hero was one of those people that wounded her especially because he was actually nice to her first and took interest in her art. But when the heroine spoke to him in front of his friends he rejected her. So the last thing the heroine wants is to run into him the moment she comes back into town and for him to try and be nice and friendly. Our hero is the vet, and popular and well-liked guy who had everything easy in life. He recognises that the heroine wants nothing to do with him but wants to show her that he is different and a grown-up now and they still share that connection. The book wasn't bad but nothing great. I found the intimate scenes a bit awkward and seriously disliked the gang the hero hung out with. He did wise up at the very end.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ami

    Kendra Leigh Castle is more popular with her paranormal romance books; in fact, I believe this is basically her debut in contemporary romance. I love her Dark Dynasty series and am quite intrigued to see how this one goes. Sam Henry returns to her hometown after she loses everything: her job, her apartment, and inspiration to paint. It has been ten years since she left Harvest Cove, and on the very first day that she arrives at her mother’s house, she is reunited with Jake Smith who is now the to Kendra Leigh Castle is more popular with her paranormal romance books; in fact, I believe this is basically her debut in contemporary romance. I love her Dark Dynasty series and am quite intrigued to see how this one goes. Sam Henry returns to her hometown after she loses everything: her job, her apartment, and inspiration to paint. It has been ten years since she left Harvest Cove, and on the very first day that she arrives at her mother’s house, she is reunited with Jake Smith who is now the town vet. Years ago in high school, Jake was the popular jock and she was the misfit. But there was short time when they became close only for Jake to break Sam’s heart. This is so good! Second chances is one of my favorite romance themes, and this one just fits the bill. I really like that while Sam returns home because of unfortunate circumstances, I never feel like she is actually giving up. Yes, she feels like she is coming home with her tail between her legs, but once Sam realizes that she is making friends, getting a job that she likes, and being in the company of her wonderful mother, she starts to see her town differently. As for Jake, I like him as well – except for his inability to see how shitty his friends are! Well, duly noted, those friends have been in his life for years, and he never really sees things as an outsider looking in. I’m quite happy, though, that while Jake tries to include Sam in his circle of friends, he is not completely blind about his friends’ bad attitude. Slowly Jake realizes that they are unkind and he needs to cut his losses. There are lots of entertaining moments here, usually dealing with the behavior of the animals – with Jake being a vet, and Sam clearly falling in love with a kitten she names Loki! For any readers who love pets in their books, this will be such a delightful read. It made me smile several times and some of the dialogue was funny and witty. The romance is wonderfully progressed – and I also enjoy the interaction between Sam and Jake with other people in their lives. However, I do have few complaints. I am pretty miffed at how Ms. Castle doesn’t quite elaborate what has happened in the past, even until the very end. I’m very curious about what was said to Sam back in high school that ended up with her punching one of Jake’s friends. I kept waiting for that big reveal, but it never came. Also, I feel like Jake needs to do some grand gestures to win Sam in the end (you know, ‘holding a boom box over his head’ kind of scene) and to show how much he loves her. Although the “proof-of-love” that Jake has is pretty good (though slightly predictable), I don’t feel that it is grand enough. In conclusion, “For the Longest Time” is a solid start to a series. It provides heartwarming small-town romance with several moments of laughter and very likeable characters (well, except for Jake’s friends *haha*). It also introduces readers to secondary characters with possible romance of their own in the future. I’m hoping for Zoe and her Treebeard!! And as a lover of MM romance for the past several years, I’m also keeping eye on the intriguing possibility of Jake’s friend, Ryan (who apparently is not out of the closet yet) with an artist named Aaron. One thing is for sure, I will be there for the second book coming next year. A Guest Review for The Blogger Girls The ARC is provided by the publisher for an exchange of fair and honest review. No high rating is required for any ARC received.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jaime Arkin

    I’m going to just straight out say it. I love romance. I love swoony guys. And I love LOVE!!! I was first introduced to the words of Kendra Leigh Castle in the form of a PNR series and when I saw that she had a contemporary romance coming out, I knew I had to get my hands on it. In For the Longest Time, we meet Sam. Sam’s had a rough go of things lately and she’s headed back to her small hometown to figure out where she goes next. Sam has never considered the town of Harvest Cove home even thou I’m going to just straight out say it. I love romance. I love swoony guys. And I love LOVE!!! I was first introduced to the words of Kendra Leigh Castle in the form of a PNR series and when I saw that she had a contemporary romance coming out, I knew I had to get my hands on it. In For the Longest Time, we meet Sam. Sam’s had a rough go of things lately and she’s headed back to her small hometown to figure out where she goes next. Sam has never considered the town of Harvest Cove home even though that’s where she grew up. The whole place holds a lot of bad memories of being teased and bullied just because she didn’t fit the mold of what people considered normal. Upon her arrival at her mom’s house, she encounters a kitten who claims her as his own… quickly followed by Jake, the guy who crushed her when she was younger. Jake has had things pretty good for most of his life. He was the popular jock in high school with a pretty girlfriend and friends who he’s stuck with over the years. Now he’s the town vet with his own house and a rambunctious dog, he's still well known and well liked around town. When he comes face to face with Sam he’s reminded of the friendship he had pursued when they were younger … and the way he treated her in the end. This is something of a second chance story. While these two never really made it to a relationship when they were younger, there were definitely feelings. And the big question for Sam is whether or not she can move past the hurt she experienced at Jake’s hands…. Because he’s interested in her now and he’s determined not to let his friends influence him this time. The romance here is sweet and sexy and the characters are fun and I really enjoyed getting to know each of them. Both Jake and Sam were likable and it was so fun getting to see them reconnect and build trust in each other. If you’re a fan of Jill Shalvis or Kristen Higgins you’re going to want to pick this book up… definitely reminiscent of The Lucky Harbor series … and that’s good news for me because with that series ending and this one starting, I won’t have to go on a hunt to find my contemporary romance fix… Kendra Leigh Castle and the Harvest Cove Crew are definitely on my ‘must read’ list from here on out. Thank you to Penguin for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest thoughts!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Darcy

    I usually love reading about small towns and people finding romance in them, not so much in this one. I hated how Sam was treated when she was a kid, hated how Jake treated her and hated that Sam felt trapped to go home. While I think that Jake might have the best intentions, I hated how cocky he was. He seemed to think that just because he grew and and knows that how he treated Sam in the past was wrong that she should just forgive him and fall at his feet. What really pushed me was when Jake w I usually love reading about small towns and people finding romance in them, not so much in this one. I hated how Sam was treated when she was a kid, hated how Jake treated her and hated that Sam felt trapped to go home. While I think that Jake might have the best intentions, I hated how cocky he was. He seemed to think that just because he grew and and knows that how he treated Sam in the past was wrong that she should just forgive him and fall at his feet. What really pushed me was when Jake was talking to his friend, who wanted to hear about the "hot blonde", but then when he learned who it was just complained without even knowing Sam as an adult. I can't bring myself to keep reading about people with small minds. In the end this one just isn't for me.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Edna

    This was good. I liked the couple, the humor and the pop culture references. The baggage though. There were times I really couldn't stand the high school drama. Grow up, people. And while the hero was sweet for loving the heroine through and through, he needed to prove himself a little more. I mean (view spoiler)[hello! his asshole friend was the one who made the move he should have at the end (hide spoiler)] . Oh, lastly, Ryan and Aaron were pretty damn cute. I'd like to read more about them. This was good. I liked the couple, the humor and the pop culture references. The baggage though. There were times I really couldn't stand the high school drama. Grow up, people. And while the hero was sweet for loving the heroine through and through, he needed to prove himself a little more. I mean (view spoiler)[hello! his asshole friend was the one who made the move he should have at the end (hide spoiler)] . Oh, lastly, Ryan and Aaron were pretty damn cute. I'd like to read more about them.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Helyce

    http://smexybooks.com/2014/07/review-... I’ve been a fan of Ms. Castle for years now. Her paranormals have always been an auto buy for me and I especially enjoyed her recent Dark Dynasties and Hearts of the Fallen series. So while I was surprised at her jump to contemporary romance, I looked forward to it. Excited to see what she’d come up with and I’m thrilled to tell you how much I enjoyed this book. Sam is beyond worried about returning to Harvest Cove. When she left, 10 years ago, she consider http://smexybooks.com/2014/07/review-... I’ve been a fan of Ms. Castle for years now. Her paranormals have always been an auto buy for me and I especially enjoyed her recent Dark Dynasties and Hearts of the Fallen series. So while I was surprised at her jump to contemporary romance, I looked forward to it. Excited to see what she’d come up with and I’m thrilled to tell you how much I enjoyed this book. Sam is beyond worried about returning to Harvest Cove. When she left, 10 years ago, she considered herself a misfit-not fitting at all into the supposed or expected persona of a lot of the people in the small community. An artist, she expressed herself as such, wearing black, dyeing her blonde hair and keeping to herself, her sketchbook never far from her grasp. But for a short time in high school, she had a secret relationship of sorts with Jake Smith. Athletic, popular and good looking, Sam thought he was different. The time they spent together encouraging her to embrace the possibility that he felt something for her too. That is until he publicly denounced her, embarrassing her and breaking her heart. Ms. Castle doesn’t waste any time introducing our main protagonists. Sam arrives home and the first person she sets eyes on is Jake Smith. Now the town veterinarian, he’s at Sam’s house helping her mother corral a bunch of feral kittens. Sam looks very different, but Jakes knows without a doubt that it’s her. The attraction is immediate for them both, but Sam’s heart still bears the cracks from years ago and she raises up all her walls, determined to keep Jake out. I loved the theme of second chances explored in this story. With Sam and Jake, they have a second chance at something they started ten years ago, that clearly has been burning at a low flame just waiting for the right time to re-ignite. I loved that Sam did not play games with Jake. Yes, she’d been hurt and her teenaged heart still held a big grudge over what Jake did to her, but at the same time it’s clear that she and Jake share some sort of connection that she wants to explore. She doesn’t play coy or give Jake a hard time-they confront their past and make amends and move forward. I liked this a lot. I think this speaks to Sam’s character and personality. She wasn’t trying to be someone she wasn’t. She’d always followed her heart, done what she wanted. She wanted Jake and she was willing to take a chance. Sam also gets a second chance where her art is concerned. Though she’d been painting and had a lot of interest in her art, issues with her boss at the gallery she’d worked at created problems for her to the extent that she’d stopped painting. When she returns to Harvest Cove, she learns that a woman, Zoe, has opened a gallery in town featuring local artists and it’s a happy coincidence that she needs help and gives Sam a job. While a bit contrived, Zoe is a very interesting character in her own right and I can’t wait to see what the author does with her character. She’s not only Sam’s boss, they find an easy but sincere friendship-something that Sam needs very much. With Zoe’s encouragement, Sam picks up her brushes again and finds that her muse is still with her. We also see Sam’s second chance within her own family, both with her mother, Andi and her sister Emma. Two sisters, opposites to say the least-Emma was as far from eccentric as could be. She fell easily into the expected persona of Harvest Cove and with her party planning business she’s made a successful life for herself. But in the few scenes she has with Sam, I sense that she’s putting on a front and is not completely happy. I think she admires Sam’s courage to explore her own path. Emma comes off as very buttoned up and maybe a bit of a prude. I’m excited to see her let loose! While Sam and Jake are exploring their relationship-Sam finds that Jake is still part of that same core group of high school friends that gave her such a hard time. This is not unexpected of a small town, I guess, but what I enjoyed was that not everyone in the core group was the same. Sam learns early on who has grown and matured and who has not. And she doesn’t hold it against Jake, well she tries not to. These characters provide the catharsis for the bit of conflict the author introduces to throw a wrench into Jake and Sam’s blossoming relationship. While predictable, this worked for me because one of the characters who I liked and hated at the same time truly redeemed himself in actions and words. Another character who very much intrigued me and I look forward to getting to know. As this is a first book, we are introduced to many characters but there is not that huge info dump associated with first books. Focus is on our main couple, with expected forays into the past. The author expertly hints at the possibilities of relationships with some individuals without really giving anything away and we are left to ponder who will end up with who. I enjoyed everything about this story and would say that Ms. Castle’s jump from the paranormal genre to contemporary romance is a success. I look forward to Every Little Kiss, book 2, due out in March 2015 which features Sam’s sister, Emma.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads Blog rating: B Sam Henry left Harvest Cove after a torturous high school experience and vowed to never look back. She’s an artist and in classic high school mean-kids fashion, she was teased and tormented for being different. The “popular” clique did most of the damage, but one of the group members, Jake Smith, befriended Sam and she lost her young heart to him only to have him smash it to pieces in front of his friends, proving he was no better than any o Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads Blog rating: B Sam Henry left Harvest Cove after a torturous high school experience and vowed to never look back. She’s an artist and in classic high school mean-kids fashion, she was teased and tormented for being different. The “popular” clique did most of the damage, but one of the group members, Jake Smith, befriended Sam and she lost her young heart to him only to have him smash it to pieces in front of his friends, proving he was no better than any of them. Years have past and now Sam’s back home after losing her job and needing to find a new place to live. She’s staying with her mom and trying to start over. She finds a dream job at the local art gallery and finds a new friend in her boss, Zoe. She’s still not comfortable running into the same group of friends who made her life hell growing up, even if they are now adults, around town, but it’s unavoidable as they’re all still tight with their same circle of friends. But Jake is different and he’s never forgotten Sam or the way he treated her years ago. He vows to make her see that’s he’s changed, he’s not the same stupid kid he once was and wants to start over with her and hopefully become more than just friends. It was incredibly easy to feel Sam’s pain that came from being labeled a certain way in her teens, being made fun of and not accepted by the popular kids who, like it or not, run the school. Maybe it’s because I also grew up in a small town and while I can’t say I was tormented or teased in a way that Sam was, I was able to relate quite a bit to Sam’s small town experience then and now. The same people still living in the same town, still running around with the same friends – personally I just shake my head…and am thankful I escaped, much like Sam did! But back to Sam, I was able to connect with her early on and wanted her to find her own way in her hometown, find new, real friends and most important, try to not let the pain from the past get to her. And she does it. She has a few moments when it’s hard, but I really liked seeing her move on from all that happened in the past, even giving a few of the people who made her miserable a second chance and she finds a good life in Harvest Cove, something she never expected. Sam’s romance with Jake is very sweet. I liked this guy and couldn’t wait for him to open his eyes about his circle of friends and see things for what they really were: same group of gossipy, mean friends that hadn’t changed at all between high school and the present. It takes seeing things through Sam’s eyes for him to understand the real people that he’s been surrounded by and he’s not all happy about it. But it doesn’t let anyone stop him from wanting to get to know Sam better and trying to mend some of the damage his teenage-self did to her years ago. Their romance progressed nicely, not too fast (which is my pet peeve) and Jake does his best to prove he’s a good guy and ultimately good for Sam. We’re introduced to many residents of Harvest Cove including Sam’s sister, who seems to be somewhat of a loner – her book is up next. I liked everyone who came across the page and it helped set the series and the town up really well for potential books to come. I really enjoyed getting to know Sam and Jake and see them reconnect after years apart. I also really, really enjoyed seeing Sam stand up to Jake’s friends and not let them tear her down like they did in the past. The setup for this new, small town, contemporary series is well done and I’ll definitely be coming back for more.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cocktails and Books

    When I think of Kendra Leigh Castle, I think paranormal. But she absolutely blew me away with the first book in her Harvest Cove series. A story about going home and second chances. I really enjoyed Sam. She was witty and often times very sarcastic, but she's learned to protect herself through her sarcasm. She didn't always fit in growing up in Harvest Cove, many times finding herself the butt of the popular crowds jokes, but she was someone who wanted to belong...somewhere. She had run to NYC, f When I think of Kendra Leigh Castle, I think paranormal. But she absolutely blew me away with the first book in her Harvest Cove series. A story about going home and second chances. I really enjoyed Sam. She was witty and often times very sarcastic, but she's learned to protect herself through her sarcasm. She didn't always fit in growing up in Harvest Cove, many times finding herself the butt of the popular crowds jokes, but she was someone who wanted to belong...somewhere. She had run to NYC, figuring she's be able to find that there, but instead she was almost in the same rut. Some when she finds herself without a job or prospects she comes back home to Harvest Cove. As a reader, you could understand her apprehension on returning home. One, because she was returning home to live with her mother. But two, because she didn't want to be reminded of everything that had destroyed her when she was a teenager. But ten years and adult eyes give us a different perspective on things and I think it really opened Sam's eyes. She didn't need to be friends with the popular crowd, or date the hottest guy (even though she totally was) to find happiness. Opening yourself up to one person or maybe two or three, who you know will stick by you can make a world of difference on your outlook. Jake had his own revelations. Except for college, he never left his hometown of Harvest Cove. He had the same group of friends that he's had since high school. It wasn't until Sam came back, the girl he really liked in high school but caved to peer pressure and broke, that he discovered how insular his world is. Jake liked Sam and knew, pretty quickly, that he wanted a relationship with her. But when his friends started making wisecracks and calling her the names they did in high school, he started to realize he's really outgrown the group he hung with. It hurt him, but her also knew that what he felt for Sam and what they could have together was much more important than hanging onto a group just because they'd always been there. He discovered who his true friends were and that they were accepting of anyone who truly made him happy. I loved the banter between the characters, especially Sam and Jake. They were witty and played off each other's sarcasm to the point of having laughter. But they weren't the only ones. Sam's sister Emma, is her uptight ways had some great one liners and Sam's boss, Roz, gave the best nickname to the guy I just hope she gets hooked up with (it would serve her right to be Mrs. Treebeard). I can't wait for more from this series. The author has me hooked!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    FOR THE LONGEST TIME: Bullies Leave Marks on Adult Hearts ORIGINAL Post 10/3/2014 at: http://fangswandsandfairydust.com/201... E-Galley provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and, unless otherwise noted all opinions presented herein are my own. I really loved this book. Seriously, Kittens, Cute Vets, Second Chances, Fall in New England — what’s not to love! I was immediately able to identify with Samantha; any woman who hasn’t felt part of the “cool girls” clique, any one FOR THE LONGEST TIME: Bullies Leave Marks on Adult Hearts ORIGINAL Post 10/3/2014 at: http://fangswandsandfairydust.com/201... E-Galley provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and, unless otherwise noted all opinions presented herein are my own. I really loved this book. Seriously, Kittens, Cute Vets, Second Chances, Fall in New England — what’s not to love! I was immediately able to identify with Samantha; any woman who hasn’t felt part of the “cool girls” clique, any one who was bullied, any one who was hurt by someone they loved will probably see themselves in Kendra’s sensitively drawn character who, “all grown up” is still aching from the scars of school bullies. Those same bullies, still being jerks, is also pretty interesting. I personally didn’t find that when I saw my old school mates for the first time in 36 years, but Jake and Sam aren’t quite that long away from the classroom, so I can see where they could be, and even after 36 years I was a little shy about getting back together with my old “friends.” Great family relationships, which are probably a little bit idealistic, are really nice to read. It’s like a modern wise mom advising her slightly off the tracks adult daughter and treating them like an adult instead of a child. If only that happened more, right? The mother, who is my age, doesn’t act too old and that gets applause from me. I am so tired of characters my age acting like ancients with canes. Jake is obviously hot, but fighting his own battles in life against overbearing parental expectations. And he seems like a pretty introspective guy with a full range of emotions! And, he is nice enough to admit when he screws up. And he saves little kittens! Awwww! And, one thing he is introspective about is where his long-term friendships are going; are they all stuck in a rut? Are they holding each other back by pushing for the status quo? People can remain cruel and manipulative; they will carry their tactics into adulthood — especially when it a proven method of getting what they want. And, Sam wants to avoid hanging out with people who are staying in that same groove; if they haven't grown out of their rut, why would they behave differently towards her. But, she has grown up some and is no longer lacking in back bone even if she's still shy of breaking her heart. In the end a sense of home may be a really important factor in whether at least some of these characters can get their heads screwed on straighter. I highly recommend this series and am looking forward to more!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ann Lorz

    When I first bought For the Longest Time it was because I was really into small town romances and I couldn't get enough of them. What I didn't realize at that time was that so many authors were going to be writing them. I soon found myself overwhelmed. I know, it's not really shocking... So For the Longest Time (damn song is stuck in my head now that I have to write this review) was piled on top of that forever growing mountain of books I wanted to read. With us doing this segment for Book Club T When I first bought For the Longest Time it was because I was really into small town romances and I couldn't get enough of them. What I didn't realize at that time was that so many authors were going to be writing them. I soon found myself overwhelmed. I know, it's not really shocking... So For the Longest Time (damn song is stuck in my head now that I have to write this review) was piled on top of that forever growing mountain of books I wanted to read. With us doing this segment for Book Club Thursday, I can now grab some of those books lost in the magical book library. Wouldn't it be cool to have a magical library that held all your books but didn't take up space. I'm not talking about a eReader... I love paper books! Any who, back to For the Longest Time. (everyone's day is going to be ruined by that song) As you saw this came out in 2014. That's not really horrible but when you buy as many books as I, they add up. I've never read Kendra Leigh Castle before so she was a new author to me. I knew she wrote paranormal's but haven't tried them. Also, I know that by the end of this year there are going to be like five books in this series so I thought it was time to try it just in case I liked it. Which I did. Damn, now I have more books to add to my magical library!!!! I will say that the story is slow paced. For me, this isn't something that I could have read in a day. There's a lot going on. So much past crap that people needed to deal with. I'm being vague but I want you to read it for yourself. I did like Sam & Jake so that helped. I wanted to know more about them and see what happens in their future. Right away these two seem to hit it off but remember, they have past history. I love that he's a vet and the kitty's are so cute! Did I mention I also have a black cat? Well I do! Sexy men that take care of kids or animals is a real turn on for me. I also enjoyed many of the other characters, even the ones that had some growing to do. We all have to remember, we aren't kids anymore. GROW UP! So many of them I want to know their story too. As I've mentioned, I very much enjoyed the story. I wish it was faster moving (complaining again here) but most of the time I was so lost in the story I didn't notice that fact. I only picked up on it when I stopped reading and noticed that hours had passed and I hadn't gotten very far. I will be trying the next book in the series, Every Little Kiss which is Sam's sisters book! Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog: http://romancingthereaders.blogspot.c... Romancing the Readers Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/RomancingThe...

  15. 4 out of 5

    Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog)

    4.5 Stars I follow Kendra Leigh Castle for her PNR novels, the Dark Dynasties and Hearts of the Fallen series…..I love them! So, when I heard about this Contemporary book, I was excited to jump at the chance to read it. I am happy to say that she did not disappoint. Not only can she write good paranormal novels but she can write awesome contemporary reads. I devoured this book. It’s sweet, funny and it’s an outcast-girl-gets-the-guy story…and THAT just rocked my world. Samantha Henry comes bac 4.5 Stars I follow Kendra Leigh Castle for her PNR novels, the Dark Dynasties and Hearts of the Fallen series…..I love them! So, when I heard about this Contemporary book, I was excited to jump at the chance to read it. I am happy to say that she did not disappoint. Not only can she write good paranormal novels but she can write awesome contemporary reads. I devoured this book. It’s sweet, funny and it’s an outcast-girl-gets-the-guy story…and THAT just rocked my world. Samantha Henry comes back to her hometown of Harvest Cove after ten years of being away. The plan is to regroup and get out as fast as she can. But first, she will have to face the man who was responsible for her broken heart. Jake Smith is a popular hot jock in high school that everyone wanted to be with. Though he is a nice guy, his friends were not quite the same. Unfortunately, because he was nice, he was easily manipulated by them. He is now the town’s veterinarian and a well respected man in the community. He is still very attractive, still single and still interested in Sam but still very good friends with his old crowd. The question is how will he handle things when Sam reveals her feelings about their past. I enjoyed Sam and Jake’s story. It’s was uplifting and sweet. Okay, it was more a-big-payback-served-extra-cold-to-the-bullies type of story. It had a Revenge of the Nerds theme to it…Sam, rising up despite the mistreatment she received and Jake making amends with his mistakes. It had a feel good ending. It was also very romantic. Jake’s attempts of winning Sam over were cute and charming. And his love for animals was totally swoon worthy. For the Longest Time is a beautifully written small town romance by Kendra Leigh Castle. This debut to a contemporary novel should have been done a long time ago. I’m glad Ms. Castle took the leap to write it; it’s a job well done. *ARC provided by publisher

  16. 4 out of 5

    Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)

    First thoughts: For the Longest Time was a cute and quick listen and didn’t really seem like it was nine and a half hours long. Summing it up: 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 he First thoughts: For the Longest Time was a cute and quick listen and didn’t really seem like it was nine and a half hours long. Summing it up: 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. What I liked: 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?? What I didn’t liked: 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. Final thoughts: 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.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nefise

    It was very slow at first half, then it was good.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    Loved this one! Yes, it helped that it was local for me, taking place in a town north of Boston, but I really liked the aspect of coming back to one's small hometown and confronting the high school demons (on the heroine's side), especially when one of those demons is in the shape of a sexy vet (the hero). I liked that the dark side of a small town wasn't glossed over--and that there was some serious (and realistic) redemption on the side of one of the secondary characters, brief as that scene m Loved this one! Yes, it helped that it was local for me, taking place in a town north of Boston, but I really liked the aspect of coming back to one's small hometown and confronting the high school demons (on the heroine's side), especially when one of those demons is in the shape of a sexy vet (the hero). I liked that the dark side of a small town wasn't glossed over--and that there was some serious (and realistic) redemption on the side of one of the secondary characters, brief as that scene may have been. And all along, I like that the hero didn't downplay what he'd done, but at the same time, there was a realistic handling of how to address a long ago moment that was handled badly but that's in the past. And what that means for the future.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Toni Mcintire

    I enjoyed this book and won it on Goodreads.com. Sam and Jake have history. It started in high school when she was goth and a misfit and he was one of the popular kids. But he betrayed their friendship. He also did not know how much his friends went out of their way to continue to hurt her. After 10 years can they get past Sam's hurt. Even though they love each other can the relationship hurt. His friends still consider her a misfit and do not want Jake to develop a relationship with her. Will h I enjoyed this book and won it on Goodreads.com. Sam and Jake have history. It started in high school when she was goth and a misfit and he was one of the popular kids. But he betrayed their friendship. He also did not know how much his friends went out of their way to continue to hurt her. After 10 years can they get past Sam's hurt. Even though they love each other can the relationship hurt. His friends still consider her a misfit and do not want Jake to develop a relationship with her. Will he follow his heart or follow his friends desires for his future?

  20. 5 out of 5

    Caro

    Not my favorite book of all time, but liked it enough to want to read the others in the series. Most of the characters are too tied up in what happened in high school 10 years ago, but no one more so than Sam. In all honesty, I think that she could probably have benefitted from seeing a therapist and talking through some of her feelings about the past! Zoe was my favorite character and I am looking forward to reading her book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    This was an enjoyable read. It is pretty predictable but still worth reading. I liked Sam, but she had a lot of baggage that she hid behind too much. Jake was likable, but he couldn't see some things that he should have saw. I also liked Zoe. Look forward to whatever the author has in mind for her. I listened to this on audio and the narrator did a good jog. This was an enjoyable read. It is pretty predictable but still worth reading. I liked Sam, but she had a lot of baggage that she hid behind too much. Jake was likable, but he couldn't see some things that he should have saw. I also liked Zoe. Look forward to whatever the author has in mind for her. I listened to this on audio and the narrator did a good jog.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Cute. Real characters with real flaws.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Gabrielle Marie

    Good story line, somewhat predictable

  24. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    2.5 stars

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jeanelle

    Some parts of the book was quite lame to me lol

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nath

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 4.5/5 (B+) In the past year, I've complained a lot about small-town romances and how I'm tired and over them. Yet, I keep picking them up, especially new authors and series ^_^; For the Longest Time is the perfect example of why... because every time, I hope this one will be different, that it'll wow me. And that's exactly what happened with For the Longest Time :) At first glance, the premises of For the Longest Time is not so different from most small-town romances. You have a heroine who is dow 4.5/5 (B+) In the past year, I've complained a lot about small-town romances and how I'm tired and over them. Yet, I keep picking them up, especially new authors and series ^_^; For the Longest Time is the perfect example of why... because every time, I hope this one will be different, that it'll wow me. And that's exactly what happened with For the Longest Time :) At first glance, the premises of For the Longest Time is not so different from most small-town romances. You have a heroine who is down on her luck, coming back to her hometown. The first person she runs into is of course the last one she wants to see: the guy who broke her heart in high school. She hasn't been able to erase him from her memory and he's attracted to her and wants to reconnect... However, the way Ms Castle executed it made For the Longest Time very refreshing :) First, the story was focused on Sam and Jake and their romance. Even though this was the first book in the series, there was no information dump, no introduction of a funny cast of characters and very little sequel baiting. Instead, almost everything in the story was relevant to Sam, Jake and their romance. Of course, it's a bit plus that Sam and Jake were very likable and enjoyable characters. They were simply regular people, but I have to say very mature... and that's what made this book for me. They were able to see things with an open mind... For example, Sam left Harvest Cove because she didn't fit in. It was nice to see the woman Sam grew into and it's really no wonder Jake was attracted. Anyway, Sam gave Harvest Cove a chance and once She realized she liked it, she didn't get stubborn about leaving like so many other heroes/heroines. It's little things, but those made the differences when comparing For the Longest Time with other small-town contemporary romances. The most refreshing part of For the Longest Time for me was that Jake, who had stayed in Harvest Cove, is the one who grew the most, who had a revelation. Usually, it's the other way around... the person who returns has the big revelation which makes it convenient to change his/her mind and settle down. I liked seeing Jake realized that his life was lacking and that his group of friends was insular. I don't want to give too much details, but it was nice. Usually, these books are all about old friendships, reconnecting with old friends and how good it is. But For the Longest Time shows us the other side of the coin which is as true and realistic. It was a bit sad and made me a bit uncomfortable because it hit a bit close to home for me, but in the end, it was nice to see Jake grow. It's also comforting to know that he still has good friends there for him. Another part I enjoyed a lot was the atmosphere of the story. It was relaxed and quiet. There was no pressure, no obsession... Sam's goal wasn't to get out of Harvest Cove ASAP by any means possible. Instead, it was really the perfect place for Sam to go and re-assess her life. There were no stressful relationships either. I actually loved that Sam had a good relationship with her family. It was nice to see a normal mother-daughter relationship... but more importantly, it was good to see a loving and understandable mother that let her daughter figures things out by herself and in her own times. I enjoyed Sam rediscovering her town and the new friendships she made. I actually liked Sam's new boss, Zoe, a lot and am looking forward to her book. Of course, For the Longest Time wasn't perfect. For one, I didn't get why Sam was so hard on herself when she came back home. Sam acted like she was an utter failure, as if she lost everything... and perhaps it's me who is not understanding enough, not having been in her shoes... but it felt to me, not that bad. And while the romance was very sweet and I liked Sam and Jake as a couple, I wished there's been more scenes of them together, more interactions. I also felt that the ending was a bit abrupt and fast. In the end though, these were all minor flaws that I easily disregarded because I felt the story was very refreshing :) My Grade: 4.5/5 (B+). I was curious about Ms Castle's transition from paranormal to contemporary romance and I'm happy to say she pulled it off admirably :) For the Longest Time doesn't pack a punch, but in its quiet way, it made a way to my heart. I really enjoyed this book and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series, Every Little Kiss. March seems too far away!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Liz F

    Review copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley I knew that I'd read Kendra Leigh Castle before but I couldn't quite figure out what it was. Looking back, I see that it was a paranormal romance and I really liked it! This time, the author has written a contemporary romance and it was also a fun read. Sam, the heroine, was a pretty cool character. She was a misfit and outcast when she was in high school. She was ridiculed and teased for being different. Sure, she was kind of a "goth" and was in Review copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley I knew that I'd read Kendra Leigh Castle before but I couldn't quite figure out what it was. Looking back, I see that it was a paranormal romance and I really liked it! This time, the author has written a contemporary romance and it was also a fun read. Sam, the heroine, was a pretty cool character. She was a misfit and outcast when she was in high school. She was ridiculed and teased for being different. Sure, she was kind of a "goth" and was into her art even back then but her peers were pretty rough on her. Except for Jake. He was a jock who was nice to her...for a while. And then he turned on her, like everyone did. But finally Sam gets out of Harvest Cove and heads to New York to realize her dreams of creating art and being around artists and the art scene. But things don't go so well for her after a while and that's where we pick up the story. Sam's coming home to Harvest Cove to regroup and figure out what to do next. I love how she was dreading the fact that she had to go "home to regroup when it was such a horrible place for her. Sure, she has her mom and her sister but that's family. Family HAS to love you! But who wants to go home a failure? That's how Sam felt. Even if she did have some success in New York, she's still coming home because she has no where else to go. I never thought Sam ventured into whiny, poor-me territory, which was a relief. Even better, she's got quite a bit more spine than she had when she was a teenager and it was awesome to see her stick up for herself and to confront things head on. Jake is the All-American Small Town Hero. Here, he's a Lacrosse player and a good one. I don't want to give away too much of Jake's story though. It's not a surprise or spoiler but I really enjoyed getting to know Jake through Sam's eyes and I don't want to ruin that for anyone. What I can tell you is that Jake is hot and he's a veterinarian. A hot guy who loves animals? Uh yeah, so I guess he's pretty much perfect. Oh wait, I am going to give something away. But it's because it was too weird for me not to tell you about it! So I'm reading this and I'm picturing Chris Evans as Jake. I don't really know why but I did. In case you don't know, THIS is Chris Evans: And you're welcome by the way! Anyway, so later in the book is this big Halloween party and Jake comes dressed as... you guessed it! Captain America! Is that weird or what??? Feel free to insert whatever guy you like as Jake but I think this one is pretty spot on! ;) Overall, I really liked this book. It was nice to see Sam starting to enjoy her hometown and see it for more than it was when she was a kid. Jake was a great hero - a genuinely good guy who isn't perfect but is trying really hard to make up for past mistakes. The secondary characters are a hoot and I'm thrilled that this is Book 1 of a series. I can't wait to see who some of the other characters get matched up with! There were plenty of laughs and a decent amount of Sexy Time. Just an all around great book. I would definitely recommend!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Barb Lie

    For the Longest Time by Kendra Leigh Castle is the first book in her new Harvest Cove series. Sam Henry is our heroine, and as the story begins, she is driving back home to Harvest Cove, after being away for 10 years. Sam laments how everything in New York that was on its way to a promising career as an artist, falls apart, and her roommate leaves her alone. Sam does what she has to do, go back home to regroup financially. But Sam dreads going back home, since she has only been back for family a For the Longest Time by Kendra Leigh Castle is the first book in her new Harvest Cove series. Sam Henry is our heroine, and as the story begins, she is driving back home to Harvest Cove, after being away for 10 years. Sam laments how everything in New York that was on its way to a promising career as an artist, falls apart, and her roommate leaves her alone. Sam does what she has to do, go back home to regroup financially. But Sam dreads going back home, since she has only been back for family affairs a few times over the years. She left as a teenager, after graduation, having suffered a heartbreak and humiliation. Sam being artist, even in her teenage years was considered a “freak”, and treated like an outcast. The High School “clique” (in-crowd) did not like her artistry clothes or hair (many colors), so she was ridiculed often for being different. Jake Smith was the high school jock, who was a member of the “clique”. Sam had a private crush on Jake, who noticed Sam and ended up dating her a few times. Only to feel the pressure from his peers, eventually dumping her. Now all these years later, he runs into Sam as she arrives at her mom’s house. She ends up helping him pick up some stray cats. Sam learns quickly that her childhood crush is now the town’s veterinarian, and he is even hotter than he was in his school days. But Sam is leery, and wants nothing to do with Jake, who already is eying the beautiful and grown up, Sam. What follows is a sweet romance that builds despite what happened in the past. Sam is now stronger, with a backbone to stand up for herself. She isn’t totally confident to face Jake’s friends, who made her life a living hell, and who are still in this day, very much the same ignorant group. This is somewhat of a lesson on prejudice and how it can affect the lives of others. Sam, despite her determination not to get involved, does find herself falling for Jake, and having his dog, Tucker and the kittens around doesn’t hurt. They are adorable. Jake is truly a nice guy, and a hunk. He knows what he did as a teenager was wrong and is bent on proving himself to Sam that he is not the boy she knew. I loved their relationship. Watching their romance grow, as each began to trust each other more, and open up. Will Jake stay with Sam, or fall once again to his friends prejudices? Will Sam be able to resume her artist career? This was a really nice story, with a lot of humor and fun. Sam and Jake made a nice couple that we rooted for pretty early on. Some of the secondary characters, were very nice, and since this series will continue, I look forward to learning more about them. I also adored Loki (Sam’s kitten), and Tucker (Jake’s lovable dog). I totally recommend reading For The Longest Time, as it was a fun, humorous read, with a great couple, cute animals, and with a serious subject in the background. Barb The Reading Cafe

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Setting: Harvest Cove – art gallery… home she grew up in… the bar… around town Characters: Samantha Henry: through school, always walked to a different drum beat – a bit of a gothic look, different colors for hair, etc; an artist; dad (who died when she a young teen) was of the right side of the track / of the townies… mom of the wrong side – parents disowned him when they married, mom a bit eccentric and overall the townies cold shoulder doesn’t bother her; supported her daughter; Jake Smith: vet Setting: Harvest Cove – art gallery… home she grew up in… the bar… around town Characters: Samantha Henry: through school, always walked to a different drum beat – a bit of a gothic look, different colors for hair, etc; an artist; dad (who died when she a young teen) was of the right side of the track / of the townies… mom of the wrong side – parents disowned him when they married, mom a bit eccentric and overall the townies cold shoulder doesn’t bother her; supported her daughter; Jake Smith: veterinarian; a townie, wealthy, hs football star… lot of pressure from dad to follow in his footsteps, but instead became a vet; still friends with his hs buddies; Emma Henry: Sam’s older sister; event planner, very busy… Samantha decides she’s going to reminder her how to have fun; Zoe Watson: art gallery owner; hires Samantha, encourages her art, they become great friends; goes to the bar on Halloween to meet/support Sam in a Zombie queen outfit, and 2 zombie minions (2 of her artists). Jason Evans: forest ranger – with a thing for Zoe… but he drags in too much dirt for her taste; I see a future book; Henry Fitz Fitzroy / Ryan Weston / Shane : Jake’s HS friends… they still hang together; especially Shane gave Samantha a hard time in HS… ends up apologizing to her… books in their future… Cissy: Jake’s HS girlfriend… they were on again/off again in HS, and she married and moved away… but now is divorced, and wants her place back with jake… even without Samantha, jake wouldn’t be going there. When she perceived Sam as a threat to her in HS, she and her friends confronted and threatened Samantha; Summary: A sweet story… Sam’s back home, after trying her wings in NY… a degree of success, especially selling her art online… but the gallery she worked wanted her to stay in her place… and when her hooker roommate wants out of lease, she goes back hoe to reevaluate… Jake’s never been able to forget Samantha… he noticed her at the park one day, and saw her drawings… and the became friends of a sort, sharing things they didn’t with others, though she didn’t fit with his friends… when she crosses an invisible line, to excitedly present him with a charcoal drawing she did of the Witch Tree (as a child she thought it was the Wish Tree)… to have him pull a Danny Zuko, where he pretended indifference… and he never forgot the hurt look on her face, and regret the loss of their budding friendship; And they re-meet when he shows up at mom’s house on the day she is returning… he is there to remove 5 feral kittens…and one has latched itself onto Sam… they bond over the kitten… and he is determined to find a way back into her life… And he learns that he’s in a rut… she learns to trust – they discuss their past, he learns of the meanness of his friends to her in hs… intimacy grows… she finds a place in her hometime, with new friends… ahhh Memorable scenes:

  30. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Leah Olson

    Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Vivacious Valkyrie - Marta: *Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review I spotted this and thought "oh that's different", as I'm used to this author delivering paranormal romance, so was intrigued to see her tackling a more contemporary and dare I say normal setting? As I have read her Dark Dynasties series, the idea of something set in a non magical New England seemed to be a total dichotomy. I've always considered New England to be a magical area in its own r Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Vivacious Valkyrie - Marta: *Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review I spotted this and thought "oh that's different", as I'm used to this author delivering paranormal romance, so was intrigued to see her tackling a more contemporary and dare I say normal setting? As I have read her Dark Dynasties series, the idea of something set in a non magical New England seemed to be a total dichotomy. I've always considered New England to be a magical area in its own right even without the paranormal world encroaching upon it so with a willing heart and a fully charged kindle I prepared to be taken away by Ms Castle's imagination. Sam is an artist at heart, but recent events in her life have seen her doubting her own talent. She's spent the last few years trying to make a name for herself in New York, but now she's at a crossroads in her life, and decides to return home to Harvest Cove were she grew up. The only problem is that when Sam left Harvest Cove she didn't just leave the town and her family behind... she left heartbreak and humiliation and she's about to come face to face with the very cause of it! Jake was the uber jock at school, liked by all and part of the 'in crowd'. He had noticed the arty Sam, but her wild ways and unique style always cast her as a bit of an outsider. Now she's back, and they've all grown up. But have they really? It's a small town, and unfortunately, a small town mentality is not always healthy. Sam wants nothing to do with Jake but everyone deserves a second chance and Jakes quietly determined to seize his! I found this to be a feel good type of story filled with warm characters and snatches of humor. Jake is a vet and uses Sam's soft spot for animals against her unashamedly, which made for several humorous moments in this story. There's a very strong feeling running through that prejudice can (and does) cause long term harm. Sam might not have been a typical New England teenager, but having her peers treat her like a freak was unkind, and the damage and memories have stayed with her. As Jake reconnects with Sam, he starts to realize that his own insecurities and those of his friends are nothing to be proud of, and his eyes become well and truly opened. Sam is a survivor and it was lovely to see her open up and finally realize some of her dreams. For the Longest Time wasn't a particularly fast paced plot but a gentle story of two people reconnecting in spite of everything that's happened. I particularly liked the supporting characters, and was very interested in the undercurrents so would love to read more about them. This was well written with believable dialogue so very easy to sink into, and I truly enjoyed my visit to Harvest Cove.

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