Review: Feels Like the First Time by Marina Adair

Posted September 14, 2017 by Lillian in Reviews / 0 Comments

I received this book via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: Feels Like the First Time by Marina AdairFeels Like the First Time by Marina Adair
Series: Destiny Bay #2
Published by Forever on 2017-04-25
Length: 320 pages
Reviewing eARC from Netgalley
Reading Challenges: #NGEW2017, 2017 New Release Challenge

What's wrong with a little white lie?

There are a lot of things Ali Marshal doesn't do: pink anything, a day without chocolate, and Hawk, her sister's ex-husband. Sure, he's a sexy former NHL star who can make her pulse pound with just a wink. But he belonged to Bridget first. And no matter how long she's had a crush on him, how great he's always been to her dad, or that her sister is engaged to someone else now and Ali needs a date to their engagement party, she can't give in to temptation. Can she?

It's been years since his disastrous marriage crashed and burned, and Bradley Hawk has finally moved on. So when Bridget blows back into town with her new fiancรฉ, throwing the engagement party of the year, he could care less . . . until Ali tells one little lie that lands him smack dab in a fake relationship. After one promise to be Ali's date and two of the hottest kisses he's ever had, Hawk can't deny how much he wants her. But what happens when this fauxmance starts to feel very, very real?

Feels Like the First Time by Marina Adair is the second in the Destiny Bay about a small town and second chances. I personally really enjoyed this sweet story about best friends and a pretend relationship. We all know how those end ๐Ÿ˜‰

Ali was my favorite side character in Last Kiss of Summer. She’s an independent woman, tomboyish, and the complete opposite of her former cheerleader- sister. And then there’s the small fact she’s always been in love with her best friend who also happens to be her sister’s ex. 

Bradley Hawk *swoon* Hawk is a former NHL player turned bar owner. He moved back to his small hometown after his disastrous first marriage. He thinks he’s over Bridget and ready to move on, but he never saw Ali in the light he’s seeing her now. 

The plot of this story reminds me a little of the movie The Proposal except these two are already friends. I liked how the author conveyed Hawk’s feelings. The POV alternates each chapter so we the reader know from the getgo know how he feels about Ali and how those feelings grow. I love stories like this! The slow burn, friend turned lover ? It’s like watching a Hallmark movie: short, sweet, and heart-warming. 

Overall I enjoyed this book. The romance is a slow build but the chemistry is immediate. Hawk and Ali are a fun couple! It isn’t a squeaky clean read though, so if you are looking for fade to black or closed door scenes, you won’t find them here. If you enjoy contemporary romance (especially of the best friend variety) I highly recommend it!

About Marina Adair

Marina Adair is an International and #1 National best-selling author of romance novels. Along with the St. Helena Vineyard series, she is also the author of Sugar's Twice as Sweet, part of the Sugar, Georgia series and Tucker's Crossing, part of the Sweet Plains series. She currently lives with her husband, daughter, and two neurotic cats in Northern California.

As a writer, Marina is devoted to giving her readers contemporary romance where the towns are small, the personalities large, and the romance explosive. She also loves to interact with readers and you can catch her on Twitter at @MarinaEAdair or visit her at

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