As Easy As Riding A Bike (2018) by Bell Renshaw is the first book in her Justin Harbor series. This sweet novella was released yesterday, February 14, 2018, by Pine Mountain Publishing, and can be purchased wherever books are sold. This novella comes in all forms including eBook, and is 115 pages in length. With a full-time job and a very lively five-year old, this book took me less than one day to read. I received a review copy of this novella in eBook form from the author. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own. I give this novella 4.5 STARS. As Easy As Riding A Bike is a Contemporary Clean Romance.
About the Book
Emma Holland is almost finished with the renovation of The Brown Bear Lodge nestled just off the Pacific Coast 101 Highway in picturesque Justin Harbor, Oregon. Being a business owner in a small town isn’t easy, but Emma’s got more than enough determination—not to mention an excellent eye for interior design. There’s only one problem. One of her first guests of the season is someone she hoped she’d never see again.
As a famous landscape photographer, Connor Pearson has traveled far and wide following his dreams at the cost of losing his first love. Now, back in Justin Harbor, Connor is looking for more than just a place to stay. He’s looking for himself.
As Emma and Connor rediscover their lost friendship and seek to find common ground in the present, Connor feels the tug of his small town roots. Is it possible that a man who’s traveled the world could find his home where his dreams began? Can Emma come to terms with the fact that self-reliance isn’t all it’s cracked up to be? Will their bonds from the past weather the storms of the present?
As Easy as Riding a Bike will introduce you to the salty air and calming waters of Justin Harbor, the first novella in a series featuring small town women business owners.
As Easy As Riding A Bike is the first book I’ve read by Bell Renshaw, but it will definitely not be my last. This novella is a sweet, fast-paced read. My one and only complaint is that it is too short. I really needed more of Emma and Connor’s story — they are SO cute!
Bell Renshaw does a really good job of realistically portraying how it would feel to have the love of your life walk back into your life after he chose to leave ten years ago. Emma is the perfect emotional mix of prickly, sad, thrilled, curious, and cautious. I like how it took her time to thaw towards Connor; she warms to the idea of being a friend and figuring out why he abandoned her ten years ago, but she is not going to give away her heart so easily this time around. I really like that about her. It makes Emma a very realistic character, one whose story I could really buy.
I have four brothers, so I know the dumb they are capable of doing. I also know how selfish boys can be. But, I also know the greatness they are capable of doing and the strong, mature men they can become. What I really love about Connor’s character, and what makes him so believable to me, is that he was a boy who made very selfish choices, but is now a mature man who wants to take responsibility for his past and present actions. The fact he wants to set his life on a better course and make better choices, and apologize for the things he did in his past, really endeared Connor to me. Connor’s problem is that he just doesn’t know how to fix everything, and I found myself shaking my head a time or two and chuckling at his antics. Overall, I found Connor to be a very sweet, likable character, and I found myself rooting for him and Emma the entire time.
As Easy As Riding A Bike is a really sweet romance that I thoroughly enjoyed. The characters are well written and endearing, the plot line (while very quick) is fun and engaging, and the fictional Justin Harbor is charming and quaint. I highly recommend this novella, and I now eagerly await the next book in this series, As Easy As Cherry Pie, due out May 2018.