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Winter's Harbor (Cape End Romance #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  201 Ratings  ·  38 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
Rach (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?

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.
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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 Kat
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
Oct 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, queer

Lovely book for a day on the couch nursing a cold.

Enjoyed the writing and the characters, though the evil ex was a tad too predictable, as were the plot points connected to her. The different landscapes came alive, which I always enjoy.

For once, the sudden ending doesn't seem to bother me.
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebook
It was an ok read. A little bit to fast for my liking and Im 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 didnt 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!
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book! One of the more detailed books I’ve read. The author includes very detailed details. I look forward to reading the other books in this series.
Margaret Snow
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great characters.

I love the dialog, the thoughts running though Lia and Alex heads. Can't wait to explore P'town. Ms. Rey has creared a great little community.
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved reading this one and now I’m ready to visit PTown. And, start reading Summer’s Cove!
Margaret L. Hedman

I loved Winter's Harbor. I love that it is set in Ptown. I love when characters in lesfic novels have actual jobs. That they need to get up when the alarm goes off. Great story. Great characters.
Oct 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I received an advance epub copy from Bold Strokes Books on Netgalley. Bold Strokes Books publishes LGBT+ books with original plots by up-and-coming writers, which often touch the hearts of readers who struggle to find themselves represented fairly by mainstream literature and media.

The first thing about Winter's Harbor that enthralled me was the prose. It's rare to find romance or young adult writers with prose that has any rhyme or reason in it, but the slice-of-life third person narration is
Jewel Book Lover
Oct 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this book from NetGGalley in exchange of an honest review

This author and me have a "first" in common: she is at her debut novel, for me this was my fisrt F/F reading. And I really loved it!

The storyline is nothing special. Lia is escaping from New York after the end of a long relationship and Provincetown seems the right place where to lick her wounds, quiet after the summer rush. Alex is a great pastry chef, she owns a café in town, she loves her job and she's not looking for long-te
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was so pleasantly surprised by this book, I'm not even sure how to do it justice. So let me start at the beginning.

Lia Brooks is a Southern girl who spent a solid decade in New York on the Upper West side in a life, with a woman, that wasn't right for her. She was under-appreciated and undervalued, but didn't realize it until she found her girlfriend in bed with her secretary. She escapes to Provincetown in the winter - which happens to be a favorite destination of mine.

Alex McKinnon is a pr
Oct 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
An honest review thanks to NetGalley...

This was a really hard review to start writing, I loved it from the first page and finished it in three hours, I couldn't put it down. i loved the environment of the book, the flour pot bakery was amazing, I would love to spend time in a place like that, and Alex and her love of her shop and baking made me love her. And Lia, well Lia was drop dead amazing, their chemistry together was instantaneous and perfectly written. I thought I would give this book fiv
Dec 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Lia Brooks heads for Provincetown, MA with a broken heart, wanting a place where she can regroup. On her first morning in town, she walks into the Flour Pot Cafe owned by Alex McKinnon. The attraction between the two women is immediate, but fortunately Winter's Harbor isn't all puff pastry--Rey has given her characters some real complexity. There is miscommunication, misinterpretation, and plenty of self-examination. Alex has a past, and women from that past show up when she doesn't want them to ...more
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