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What Once Was Perfect (Wardham #1)

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She shuttered her heart and walked away...

Heading home always stirs up mixed emotions for Laney Calhoun. Twelve years ago she left for graduate school, broken-hearted. She's found professional success, but positive personal relationships have proved elusive. Running into her ex-boyfriend fans flames she thought long extinguished, and causes a renewed interest in love. Not
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Published June 15th 2013 by Zoe York
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Mar 02, 2016 Carmen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People Who Like Emotionally Brutal Romances
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This book is really called "Carmen reads something that she has no idea how it got on her Kindle or when." Seriously, I have no idea how this got on there.

ANYWAY. This book is so full of feelings. If you are one of those readers who loves having their heart stomped into a bloody pulp underneath an author's heel, this is for you.

Almost everyone has one: THE EX. Not just any ex, but The Ex who you don't know what you would do if you saw him/her again. Cry? Fall into bed with him? Not say anything,
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She shuttered her heart and walked away...

Heading home always stirs up mixed emotions for Laney Calhoun. Twelve years ago she left for graduate school, broken-hearted. She's found professional success, but positive personal relationships have proved elusive. Running into her ex-boyfriend fans flames she thought long extinguished, and causes a renewed interest in love. Not with Kyle, of course. Never again. But as sparks fly and items of clothing disappe
Feb 02, 2014 JLC rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Oh Woe is Me!

I have absolutely no tolerance for this great plastic surgeon heroine that is so traumatically damaged by a freaking breakup. She can't love. Love hurts. She can't move on with her life. Blah, blah, blah. Jeez!! Suck it up lady!!! How did she ever become a great surgeon? What a loser.
3.5 stars.

I'm a freebie whore so I thought I'd grab this one as a trial fluffy filler in between my heavier reads. I honestly thought I'd read enough just to sample it before discarding and moving onto my next fluffy filler sample, but I guess I didn't stop reading till the end and actually enjoyed myself.

From looking at the feel-good cover and blurb received via Amazon Australia, I admittedly expected a chick-lit worthy, fluffy bubble of wholesomeness where the sex scenes are faded to black.
Roberta Pearce
Dec 06, 2014 Roberta Pearce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 mildly smutty stars

This was my first Zoe York novel and it fulfilled exactly what I want from escapist romance: steamy sex scenes, a convincing likeability for and between the H and h, and some bang-up writing [and by that, I mean some of the best structured writing I've found in a romance novel in a very long time].

A little Harlequin-esque [nothing wrong with that - Harlequin wrote the book (LOL) on romance], the story is small-town-turned-big-city girl [Laney] is still heartbroken over her
Deb Dee (autumn delaney)
Jun 10, 2013 Deb Dee (autumn delaney) rated it really liked it
What Once Was Perfect
by Zoe York
Genre: Adult, Romance

The author gave an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

"This could be our every night. This could be our forever."

"This is perfect, I'd like to stay in this moment forever."

"It's not such a big risk when you know it's the real deal."

H: Kyle was determined to get the girl of his dreams back, for them to share forever. He didnt let his past mistake ruin their future.

h: Laney was sure of herself but guarded. She doesnt want to get hurt aga
2.5 Stars

I'm a huge fan of Ainsley Booth, and when I discovered she also wrote books as Zoe York, I wanted to read all of her other books.

What Once Was Perfect was about a second chance for Kyle and Lanie.

I must say that the narrator was a bit flat for my liking. I had to rewind the beginning a few times to get into the story.

The story itself was about Lanie struggling to love someone after she and Kyle broke up so many years before. Lanie and Kyle bump into each other while Lanie is in town
Trish Bedroom Bookworms
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What Once was Perfect is a book that has been on my Kindle for ages. For once in my life, I was caught up on ARCs and I needed a palate cleanser after Lick (because nothing was going to compete with it) and I thought I’d give it a try. I enjoyed it, but it was just a little bit slow-paced for me. It reads a lot like a traditional harlequin romance, but with slightly steamier smut. It worked well as the palate cleanser I needed, but I wouldn’t call
Rashika (is tired)
I am happy to announce that I am officially out of my reading slump.

After finishing Leap of Faith, I was somewhat vary about reading this book because I really did not want to go back to the dark place, so I started this book with a heavy dose of skepticism and a tiny fledgling of hope.

I was not disappointed. There were a lot of things that could have gone wrong with this book but the author pulled through. While there were some things that didn’t work for me, I was rather happy with the outcome
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Jul 05, 2013 Sugar and Spice Book Reviews rated it it was amazing



"Love is Overrated"........Laney didn't do emotional entanglements, they were banned from her life a long time ago. She barely did physical relationships, only agreeing into a sexual arrangement if interested party understood several criteria which many men ran once they heard these terms.

Twelve years ago, she was left broken hearted by her first and only love, Kyle. When deciding to go to graduate school 12 years ago, Kyle decided he could not do a long distance r
Rosanna Leo
Aug 19, 2013 Rosanna Leo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What Once Was Perfect by Zoe York has just pole-vaulted its way into my heart and onto my favorites list. I adored this book. When I first picked it up, I assumed it would be a sweet romance about life in a small town. It is, and it is so much more. Don't be fooled by the sweet cover- this book is hot. The chemistry and subsequent sex between Kyle and Laney is scorching, as it would be for lost loves who rediscover each other quite by accident. Ms. York took me on an emotional roller coaster rid ...more
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Jul 31, 2014 Nadine Hook Me Up Book Blog rated it really liked it
Shelves: love-romance
4.5 Sweetest Stars Ever

Returning to her hometown for the holidays, after years of avoidance, isn't an easy task for Laney. Laney left and didn't return for a good reason - ex boyfriend Kyle. Kyle was her first and only love. After he broke her heart, she had sworn herself to never get hurt again and to lock her heart down. Now, being in her hometown it is inevitable to not come across Kyle. When he suddenly (thanks to her mom) knocks on her door she's dumbfounded and doesn't know right away what
Jan 06, 2015 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
This review was originally posted to Jen in Bookland

3.5 stars

What Once Was Perfect was a good read. It was hot and continued my theme of holiday stories where the people work through whatever issues and finally get together. The difference was this time they had dated in the past. They both were in love, but they both ended up broken hearted.

Laney and Kyle grew up in the same town and fell in love in college. They have obvious chemistry and they both wanted to be together forever, but Kyle mess
OMG! Great book!

Laney Calhoun had her heart broken 12 years ago and as a result she is closed off to ever having another close relationship. Laney is a successful pediatric reconstructive surgeon andi part it was working to become this successful te education to get to this place inher life is what cost her the relationship she had with Kyle Nixon!

Kyle is still in Wardham , moving on with his life trying to over the past12 years hav relationships but they fail he has ajob he loves teaching , he
Amanda (Hootie) Clark
Young sweethearts separated by a misunderstanding find their way back to each other. What Once Was Perfect is a nice steamy romance about two people learning to trust each other again and rediscovering their love.

You all know I am a huge sucker for sweetheart stories and I totally loved this book. Laney Calhoun was hurt deeply by Kyle Nixon 12 years before when he broke things off at the height of their summer fling turned serious relationship. With Kyle being her first real love the breakup has
Jan 03, 2014 Amy rated it really liked it
This is a sweet contemporary romance perfect for curling up on the couch on a rainy day. I say that because the time frame is Christmas, and being that it's so hot here on the East Coast lately I feel like I live on the surface of the sun-it was a great escape.
Laney left home 12 years ago for med school and never looked back. She has a successful career and a few friends with benefits relationships since having her heart broken by the only man who ever really had access to it. Not wanting to tak
Oct 28, 2013 Aarati rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I got a copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

What Once Was Perfect by Zoe York is the first in her contemporary romance series Wardham. Delaeny Calhoun is a plastic surgeon working in Chicago. She still hasn't gotten over her first love, and her relationships are short lived arrangements. Will this Christmas at her hometown Wardham turn over a tide for Laney?

Kyle Nixon made a mistake. He let the girl he loved the most sli
Dec 23, 2013 Derna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
********I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review********

4.5 stars

I have had this book on my review pile for a while, and after reading it I’m cross with myself that I didn’t read it sooner. I’m such a sucker for a second chance romance story, and this book was a perfect read on a Saturday afternoon.

Returning home to her home town of Wardham Canada for the Christmas holiday Delaney Calhoun finds herself face to face with Kyle Nixon her ex boyfriends who left her broke
Laney is so devastated by the boy who broke her heart twelve years earlier that she can't love anyone. Kyle truly believe she is the reason things didn't work out but has not quite ever moved on. He can't quite commit to anyone and it's all Laney's fault. Laney goes home for the holidays and runs in to her old love and there once and for all needs to be some closure. I liked how their story played out until the end. I felt it was rushed. The author took a lot of time with their reunion but when ...more
Dec 10, 2015 Penni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this little second chance Christmas romance.
Nov 13, 2015 Kara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Another book that reminded me of a sappy hallmark movie. Not a bad read.
Sarah Jane
When I finished this book, I was thinking it was a 4 star book and that I loved it. Upon further reflection, I realize that there was no actual conflict in the book: it was just sort of an introduction, some stuff happens with minimal angst, and a HEA (I mean, come on, there could have at least been some ex drama thrown in).

That said, I really enjoyed the writing. This was my first time reading this author (it was a free BookBub). I thought the story and characters were developed well and it di
Kyle Nixon and Laney Calhoun grew up together in a small Canadian community, developed a relationship while in college but broke up when she went to Harvard for graduate school and left Kyle behind.

The begin to explore What Once was Perfect when she is home from Chicago for Christmas vacation with her family. Kyle has purchased the old schoolhouse down the road and is remodeling it into a home, so when he invites Laney to stop by to see him they start to explore what happened and how it changed
Amy H
Jan 29, 2016 Amy H rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very quick easy read. The characters are all lovable and it is really predicable, but if you love some steamy sex scenes then it is work it. I do believe!!!

Laney was heading back to Canada for her Christmas getaway. She was going to see her family. The only thing she wasn't looking forward to was the small town gossip. Yup, she was still the center of it after all these years... Laney had her heart broken by her high school sweetheart. now till this day she will never have a boyfriend
Feb 13, 2015 Danielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This is the second story in Zoe York's Wardham series. It's a typical small town in Canada where everyone knows everyone else's business and gossip is like air. But with all of that, people care about each other, neighbors help out neighbors and people fall in love.

Laney Calhoun and Kyle Nixon fell in love very young. Too young it would seem as Kyle didn't handle Laney's impending year long departure for grad school well. He broke her heart, and it wasn't until
Kae Trudeau
Nov 03, 2014 Kae Trudeau rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! It was a beautiful, sweet, heartfelt story of second chance romance. Kyle had made a mistake years ago when he let Laney go without being supportive of her decisions to pursue her own dreams of becoming a doctor. When he gets the chance to reconnect with her after years apart, he takes it, and works hard to show her he’s changed. Laney herself was heartbroken when they broke up, and is cautious with her heart. But Kyle helps her overcome that. Both Kyle and Laney were extremel ...more
Aug 20, 2014 Brittany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-reads
I enjoy reading romantic reunion books like this. It’s great to see how the characters have changed over a long stretch of time. Not knowing what the main characters’ reactions to each other will be and what their first few encounters will entail keeps me on edge. It may have even been more interesting if there were little bits of the past from when they were together replayed for us readers. Once they were reunited, I didn’t care for how Layney gave in so easily to Kyle, sadly. I was hoping tha ...more
Maria Rose
After a brief introduction to the small town of Wardham and some of its characters in her prequel novella Between Then And Now, Zoe York treats us to a story of two reunited lovers. Laney and Kyle were high school and college sweethearts, but differing life goals brought a split to the couple that devastated Laney and closed her off to deep meaningful relationships. Home for the holidays 12 years later, unresolved feelings come to the forefront and Kyle must convince Laney that this time he will ...more
RomReader *Spoiler Giver*
Jun 19, 2013 RomReader *Spoiler Giver* rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Plastic surgeon goes back to her Canadian hometown for Christmas holiday & sees her ex-BF Hero who she’s only seen 2x briefly since he broke up with her 12 years ago. They try to discuss their breakup but it’s too much to uncover in the brief time they have now. They instead embark on a fling, with heroine making clear that that’s all she wants from him before she goes back to Chicago. But their sexual closeness is packed with their past & present emotions & creates more than a short ...more
(Eirene) Sleepless Romantics
Rating: 4/5
Steam: 4/5

I have a received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review!

What Once Was Perfect is Zoe York's debut novel and the start of her Wardham series. Man what a great way to start a new series and an exciting new career! This book was a delightful read about two people in dire need of a second chance with each other.


Laney Calhoun is a successful Canadian doctor living in Chicago and for the last ten years, she has banned love from her life. The reason? A mes
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Zoe York is a busy working mom of two young boys, wife to a very understanding soldier, and creator of modern, sexy, small town contemporary romances. Her debut novel, What Once Was Perfect, started the popular Wardham series, and her first military romance, Fall Out, was released as part of the international bestselling SEALs of Summer super bundle. ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Wardham (9 books)
  • Where Their Hearts Collide (Wardham, #2)
  • When They Weren't Looking  (Wardham, #3)
  • Beyond Love and Hate (Wardham, #4)
  • Perfect No Matter What: Laney & Kyle Do Vegas (Wardham, #5)
  • No Time Like Forever (Wardham, #6)
  • Beneath These Bright Stars (Wardham, #7)
  • Forever Begins With A Kiss (Wardham, #8)
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“There weren't any promises of a future life together, either, but he didn't need to live like a monk anymore. Two years was more than enough time for soul-searching and penance. As long as Laney was close enough to touch, to breath in, to taste like his goddamn last meal, he would take whatever she offered and not ask any questions about what it might cost him when she inevitably left.” 4 likes
“She'd just had the best sex of her life, with an ex-boyfriend she'd spent the last decade pretending didn't exist, in his adorable half-finished, renovating-by-himself one room schoolhouse. Unsettled wouldn't even begin to describe how Laney should be feeling, and it didn't matter, because how she actually felt was pretty damn good.” 2 likes
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