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Winter's Harbor

(Cape End Romance #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  324 ratings  ·  51 reviews
Lia Brooks has a broken heart and a burning desire to escape New York City. She decides Provincetown is the perfect winter escape to find some peace and regroup. Alex McKinnon is the pastry chef and proprietor of The Flour Pot Café in the heart of Provincetown. She loves owning her own business and the easy, no-strings-attached relationships that come with living in a gay ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published November 10th 2015 by Bold Strokes Books
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Diane Wallace
Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
'NetGalley ARC provided by The Publisher in exchange for an unbiased review'

**'To play/write a wrong note is insignificant: to play/write without passion is inexcusable'

Okay read!
For the introduction book into this new series the storyline just lack substance and was too fanfic in nature plus for any readers thinking that there might be some kind of steamy of the pages chemistry that we all can talk about that should be going on between all the characters from the leading ones(Lia & Alex) to eve
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-and-lower, sapphic
The premise sounded really good so I had high hopes for this one. The book moved awfully slow and the couple didn't have chemistry. I was bored AF. ...more
Les Rêveur
One of my all time favourite Lesbian romance novels and probably the most reread book on my Kindle... Still can't believe this was Aurora Rey's Debut Novel.

Lia has fled New York after her Partner of Ten Years was unfaithful. Lia decides to spend the Winter in Provincetown getting reacquainted with herself. It's not only the delectable pasties at the local cafe that has Lia salivating but the cafe owner, Alex. Both woman are captivated with one another but can it be more than a Winter Fling?

Lex Kent
Sep 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: f-f-bsb-romance
3 1/2 Stars. This is the first book I have read by Aurora Rey, and for a debut novel I thought it was pretty good. I did think it was a tiny hard to get into, in the beginning. When it normal takes me a few hours to read a book, this was taking a few days. Though, once I got about less than half way through, the book picked up for me. I got more involved in the characters and wanting to know what would happen. This book does have some of the typical pitfalls, that can drive me nuts in a Lesfic. ...more
Nov 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Nice debut book. I loved the setting, living just two towns away from Provincetown I must say you did a good job of capturing the off season here. I couple things didn't quite ring true, but I will give you some literary leeway! Even Rad has a few inconsistencies with her Provincetown series. The characters had great chemistry. If I have a criticism it is the over use of the word sexy. Maybe it wasn't over used, but at one point in the book I was aware of its use, so for me it was overused. ...more
Oct 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Winter’s Harbor is a nice traditional romance by debut author Aurora Rey. The settings are easy to picture and foodies will love reading about all the tasty meals prepared both by Lia and Alex the baker.

Lia Brooks comes across as earnest and sweet, striking out on her own after a ten year relationship ends badly. She escapes to Provincetown and tries to put her life back together. Grabbing a coffee on the first morning of her new independent life at the Flour Pot Cafe, her encounter with owner
Nicely done, especially for a debut novel. Good, solid writing, with good dialogue. That is often the main problem for first book authors, but here it is done well. The main characters are well-defined and believable, their romance developed with a nice comfortable pace. The only big objection is the unconvincing behavior change of one of the protagonists near the end. I understand that was done to inject a little bit of drama, but it could have been done much better.
All in all, a pleasant read
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: culinary
Winter’s Harbor is the story of two women finding love in Provincetown during the off season. The premise had me interested from the beginning. I am a huge of fan of your good old fashioned romance without a mystery to solve, or murderer chasing the heroine down. This book while it had good intentions, it was not the romance for me.

The book first introduces us to Lia Brooks. Lia is heartbroken. She has just left her home in New York City after finding her partner of 10 years in bed with a young
This is a solid first book. Not brilliant, but not bad. I usually hate stories with a conflict that can be resolved with a conversation, but in this case it made sense. I also appreciated that although Alex was a player it wasn't due to some deep feeling of being unlovable. Both characters had good arcs, I believed in their romance by the end, and I liked all of the side characters a lot except for the one that we're not supposed to love anyway.

I probably would have rated this a little higher ex
Female Person
Nov 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbt
Review for Netgalley

This was an overall nice, fun read. The fact that it has very little angst and drama is one of the main reasons I enjoyed this so much. The romance developed at a nice steady pace and it was enjoyable to read. Alex and Lia are also fairly well developed as characters... that is until near the end where Lia regresses and her irrational fears were just blown out of proportion. It seemed like it was done just for the sake of drama, but that was solved fairly quickly and didn't m
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This was a pretty good debut novel, however I struggled to get into the story. Usually I’d read this length book in a couple of days, however it took me double that to read Winter’s Harbor. Why? I honestly don’t know. I just couldn’t connect with the characters. I found Lia to be very insecure and Alex lacked back story. Overall, a good debut novel and I look forward to reading the author’s future work.
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
After reading this, my overwhelming feeling is: meh. This is clunky and cliched. It relies heavily on the butch-femme dynamic, which is fine, but the book makes sure to tell the reader it's relying on that dynamic, and does so several times. That makes the book feel awkward and dated. This book feels like it should have been written in 1995, not 2015. It also feels like it shoots right past "woman admires another woman" into "woman objectifies another woman." I will say it got better as it went ...more
'Nathan Burgoine
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: glbt, audiobooks
Alex has a business in Provincetown (a bakery, 'The Flour Pot') and a tendency to enjoy the women who flock to P-Town over the tourism months in a no-strings-attached way that pleases everyone involved. Then the warm months pass, autumn kicks in and winter approaches, and as the store slows down, so does her life in general (including her love life). She's been burned before, and is a once-bitten kind of woman.

Lia packed up her stuff and left her ex when she learned about her ex cheating, and h
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
As debut novels go this is quite a good one. It's a nice romance with a bit of angst thrown in.

Lia is starting fresh following a break up from a ten year relationship. She finds herself in Provincetown renting a place for 6 months. I loved the setting of this book, the author did a perfect job of describing the laid back nature of Provincetown during the winter months. Alex is a cafe owner who prefers no-strings attached romance to relationships. The attraction between the two is instantaneous,
Sep 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: l-words, arc
Detailed score 3.5 but rounded down because it's not quiiiiite good enough for a round up

This is a solid albeit unremarkable story. The characters are a bit one dimensional and so is our angst. Secondary characters are there solely as a support to our mains and don't have personalities beyond the token and/or storylines in and of themselves.

There are a lot of (vanilla) pwoar scenes - so many that the book almost bordered on erotic romance at times, which I certainly didn't expect based on the bl
Loek Krancher
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Definitely great!

Once a player, always a player! Lia is afraid of losing her heart to a player. But love goes her own way and that also applies to a player. There were significant differences between Lia and Alex. Differences in their lifestyle and background but differences are worth to overcome. Realizing what real love is, is difficult to deal with. Lia is a gorgeous woman and Alex is extremely interesting and very lovable. Who would not want to be in love with her? The settings, Provincetown
Dec 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
For a debut book I truly enjoyed this plus I've been to P-Town in the off season and was glad of the setting. Looking forward to reading more from this author.

Given book from NetGalley for a honest review.
Lady Avalon
Oct 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lesbian
3,5 stars
Em Lewis
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
First book I’ve read by Aurora Rey and will not be the last. I really enjoyed this story.
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lesbian-fiction
4-1/2 stars.
I received an ARC of this book from Inked Rainbow Reads in exchange for an honest review.
This was a nice read. I like both these characters a lot. I really enjoyed seeing both of them grow and move out of their comfort zones to take the risk of opening up to each other. And I liked how the connection between them was immediate, growing stronger slowly but inevitably. Of course, both women have communication issues, not being able to tell the other the truth about their feelings until
Kitty McIntosh
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars!
I absolutely love this book and have not been able to put it down since I got it! This is the story of Lia and Alex and the beautifully romantic and sexy tale of a winter in Provincetown, a seaside holiday haven. A collection of interesting characters, well-fleshed out as well as a gorgeous setting make for a great read.
The writing is wonderfully descriptive, making it easy for the reader to imagine the setting and why Lia became captivated by it. I want to go there! I love the character
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
It started off a bit slow for me and I couldn't get into it for a while. I enjoyed the scene with Lia and her brothers, that was sweet. Alex is cool, and the little drama between them was pretty tame. Anyway, this was an okay start... I'm hoping the other books get better. ...more
Carol Hutchinson
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Simply the most beautiful story ever!

Lia packs up her life and temporarily settles down for a winter in Provincetown after having her heart broken by Dani. She is looking for escape, and to just find herself again after a long time of feeling out of place in New York City. Provincetown is friendly, and she instantly welcomed by the community. Settling in, Lia finds herself heading to the small Café in town on a daily basis to work and strikes up a bit of a friendly, flirty attraction with owner
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I never read this author before I bought this other book on a whim that had a novella of hers I really enjoyed... Ice something about Roller Derby (which I know nothing about) but loved. So | bought this since it's first in a series. I also loved it.

I'm only reviewing however because I loved it so much I didn't knock a star for the RedSox beats Rays sentence ... because God I want to. I'm from Tampa Bay, I often go to Rays games. And sox fans are the absolute worst! worse than NY! No matter if t
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebook
It was an ok read. A little bit to fast for my liking and I´m not a fan of super slow burn.
If after they hookup there had been a development in depth it would have been better.
But it was an ongoing repetition of a little bit of daily life and sex, rinse and repeat.
Yes the sex scenes are well written but I didn´t come to this book for that.
The mandatory drama comes a little bit late so there was a fast ending.

I expected more after reading the synopsis or more precisely something different.
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I accidentally stayed up until 2am reading this book...

Winter's Harbour is a great, relatable portrayal of allowing yourself to love again after a less than stellar breakup. In the gay mecca of Provincetown, I fell in love with Rey's characters, her incredible descriptions of food, and the relatable storyline.

I would truly recommend Winter's Harbour to anyone looking for a great wlw romance to lose themselves in. I'm already making a start on Book 2!
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it

Beautiful book with real characters, with real feelings and real doubts. The story is so realistic from the real world considering the changes the characters have to go through to make amendments with their own shelves but also to risk finding love. Excellent pure feelings while reading it with some intense sexy moments.
Doug Elliott
This is a vacation fling turned serious romance set in the off-season. Decent main characters backed by a reasonable supporting cast. The last bit of angst seemed a little unnecessary and required six days of solo driving. Eventually the mains do get their HEA, just as the on-season is getting underway.
Sarah Tino
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Can I give this 10 stars for heat?! I read this in one day/night....stayed up until 2am to finish it....need I say more? I heard of this author through a FB group I belong to and will be buying all of her books. Can't wait to read the rest of the series!
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Aurora Rey is a college dean by day and award-winning lesbian romance author the rest of the time, except when she’s cooking, baking, riding the tractor, or pining for goats. She grew up in a small town in south Louisiana, daydreaming about New England. She keeps a special place in her heart for the South, especially the food and the ways women are raised to be strong, even if they're taught not t ...more

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