What Once Was Perfect (Wardham #1) by Zoe York

What Once Was Perfect (Wardham Book 1)


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 disappear, she scrambles to keep her emotions in check. 

...Now he has a second chance to get it right. 

Kyle Nixon let Laney slip away once. Their chemistry together is undeniable, but steamy sex is not enough to convince her to let him back into her heart. Even if she did trust him again, her career as a paediatric surgeon is five hundred kilometers away from the hometown that he loves, and the life he once chose over her. 

Come home to Wardham. Come home to love.


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 messed that up. It has been twelve years since they broke up, since Laney left for graduate school broken hearted. She has not seen Kyle since then and really she has not let anyone else in. She doesn't want to fall in love again. It hurts too much. She just wants to work and coast through life. She just doesn't want to move on. 

Kyle didn't want to wait for Laney to finish her graduate schooling. He didn't want to spend a year apart, and that ended things between them. For a long time he considered Laney the girl who broke his heart when she did not come back after she finished school. It is not until her family sets him straight that he realizes he is not the only one suffering. He has tried to move on, tried to have a life with someone else, but it just doesn't work out. He needs closure with Laney and when she comes home for Christmas he is hoping they might be able to get that. 

When Laney first sees Kyle she is not ready for all that she feels. She is still attracted to him, but she can't do anything more. Their mutual attraction is hot! They still go well together, and Kyle definitely wants more. Kyles wants Laney forever if he can just find a way to convince her to give him another chance and figure out how to make it work. After all she does live a good ways away and they don't want a long distance thing. 

While I liked both of them together, Kyle can be a bit..he just doesn't think about what he says and how that will come off to Laney. He is not really stupid, but he makes some stupid decisions. I didn't love him, but I did want Laney to be happy so it worked. It was still a good read and I enjoyed watching the two of them work through everything that happened and start a new. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★1/2

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