Book 5, Love in Bloom: Seaside Summers
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Seaside Summers are a series of stand-alone romances that may also be enjoyed as part of the larger Love in Bloom series - Voted BEST BOOK SERIES by Supportive Business Moms, UK
"You can always rely on Melissa Foster to deliver a story that's fresh, emotional and entertaining. Make sure you have all night, because once you start you won't want to stop reading. Every book's a winner!" -- New York Times Bestselling Author Brenda Novak
"Melissa Foster is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Fated For Love was amazing. It kind of reminds me of Jill Shalvis' books and they are my benchmark for contemporary romance awesomeness." --Books Like Breathing (on Fated for Love)
IN SEASIDE NIGHTS...
Sky Lacroux has finally realized her dream and opened her own tattoo shop in Provincetown, Massachusetts. She's happy as can be, preparing the shop for its grand opening and renting a cottage in the Seaside community while renovations to her new apartment are being completed. The only thing missing is the one thing she longs for, and has no control over--love.
Sawyer Bass, a professional boxer, plays his guitar at a local bar to escape the painful reality of his father's deteriorating health and a recent health warning of his own. But when he spots a stunning brunette across the room, escaping reality goes out the window, and the beautiful woman becomes the focus of his next song--and maybe even the rest of his life.
When Sawyer walks into Sky's tattoo shop and sees the woman from the bar--Sky--the chemistry between them is instant. Sawyer is everything Sky could ever hope for in a man. He's honest, loving, sensitive, and potently virile--but boxing goes against everything Sky believes in. The closer they become, the more she realizes that her alpha boxer is waging his own emotional battle--only the battle she thinks he's waging isn't the one that threatens to tear them apart.
WANT MORE SEASIDE SUMMERS? All Seaside books can be read as stand-alone novels or as part of the series:
Seaside Dreams (Bella)
Seaside Hearts (Jenna)
Seaside Sunsets (Jamie)
Seaside Secrets (Amy)
Seaside Nights (Sky)
Seaside Embrace (Hunter)
Seaside Lovers (Grayson)
Seaside Whispers (Matt)
SEASIDE SUMMERS is part of the Love in Bloom big family romance collection. Characters from each sub-series appear in future books. Read the complete Love in Bloom series:
Sisters in Love
Sisters in Bloom
Sisters in White
THE BRADENS (at Weston, CO)
Lovers at Heart (Treat & Max)
Destined for Love (Rex & Jade)
Friendship on Fire (Josh & Riley)
Sea of Love (Dane & Lacy)
Bursting with Love (Savannah & Jack)
Hearts at Play (Hugh & Bree)
THE BRADENS (at Trusty, CO)
Taken by Love (Luke)
Fated for Love (Wes)
Romancing My Love (Pierce)
Flirting with Love (Ross)
Dreaming of Love (Emily)
Crashing into Love (Jake)
BRADEN WORLD NOVELLAS
Promise My Love (Rex & Jade's Wedding Novella)
** Best if read after The Bradens at Weston & Trusty, CO
Game of Love (Dex)
Stroke of Love (Sage)
Flames of Love (Siena)
Slope of Love (Rush)
Read, Write, Love (Kurt)
Touched by Love (Boyd)
THE BRADENS (at Peaceful Harbor)
Healed by Love (Nate)
Surrender My Love (Cole)
Crushing on Love (Shannon)
River of Love (Sam)
Whisper of Love (Tempest)
Thrill of Love (Ty)
"...love, loss, lies, grief, finding happiness in the face of adversity, romance, humor, bravery, hot hot hot sex scenes, marriages, births and totally awesome characters." --Supportive Business Moms, UK
"Like Nora Roberts, Melissa Foster has captivated me with her fantastic, sexy, romantic stories." K. Winning
Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and new adult romance with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa's emotional journeys are perfect beach reads, lovingly erotic, and always family oriented.
Love this story
Melissa has done it again. This story made me laugh out loud and tugged at my heartstrings. Sky and Sawyer seems to be made for each other. They both struggle with family challenges as their relationship develops. Love catching up with all of the Seaside residents throughout the story. Enjoy this great read.
Loved it. Sawyer and Sky.
Wow I love this series. Ok I thought Tony and Amy were emotional. Sawyer and Sky were a little bit of hard, with a little bit of soft. You will have to read to understand what I mean. They were just adorable, plus the introduction for the new characters to come for future series. Sawyer was a boxer and Sky was a tattoo artist. But they had so much more in common through their other artsy talents. Wow I just enjoyed this book. Don't want to spoil, just just enjoy the book.
Straight to my all-time favorites list
Sky is a dreamer, a free spirit who follows her heart and waits for the universe to show her what's next. Having recently purchased the tattoo shop where she works, she seems to have everything in line except for a love life. But with all her friends paired up with the loves of her life, she's hoping the universe will next bring her that missing piece.
Sawyer has taken on the burden of his father's future, and the last thing he needs is a distraction. But the minute he sees Sky, he's in over his head, and the attraction between them is instant and mutual. His own future is uncertain, though, despite his determination to win his next match and secure the money needed to ensure his parents aren't left struggling when his father's condition continues to deteriorate. But a boxer and a gentle dreamer hardly seem like a match, and he can hardly promise her his heart when his next fight might take his life.
The Verdict: I should know better than to be surprised by Melissa Foster's books. After all, it's pretty much a guarantee that I'm going to love every one of them. But once again, her intriguing characters defy romance novel standards and pack more depth and complexity than I can do justice to in a review.
Sky is not your typical artsy, flighty, rootless wanderer. Sure, she's into poetry and tattoos and letting the universe determine her path, but she's also incredibly loyal to friends and family, and it seems she knows exactly who she is, even if she's not sure yet what life will bring next. Sawyer's seemingly effortless lyrics at open mic night, and the emotion he packs behind them, speak to her through her initial assumption that he's just another egotistical man.
While Sawyer may throw punches for a living, he's also got a more genuine, softer side that somehow fits him perfectly. I'm sure that in any other book, a hot fighter reciting poetry would be just this side of ridiculous, but Melissa Foster manages to blend those conflicting characteristics into the ideal man. He's not entirely without problems, though, as his father, once a tough soldier, is suffering a progressing neurological disorder, and Sawyer is determined to do whatever it takes to make sure he's taken care of for however long he has left. But it's that love and loyalty that puts everything on the line.
A successful boxer who's stayed close to home to look out for his parents, Sawyer knows that he's just a punch or two away from suffering the same fate that afflicts his father. But if he doesn't take on this next title match, he's not sure how to afford the inevitable nursing care his father will require, and he can't allow his mother to bear that responsibility alone. But his career is also an issue for Sky, a woman who can't even bring herself to step on a bug, much less comprehend how the respectful, gentle (but still incredibly hot) man she knows can give and take a beating for a living.
The relationship between Sky and Sawyer builds fast, and their chemistry together is not something either of them is able to resist. In truth, they're a lot a like inside, and they see that compatibility almost immediately upon spending time together. But while it may sound too quick on paper, the very real feelings between them made it feel more natural than breathing. Without giving away the end, I'll say that their journey together is not at all what I expected and absolutely everything I love about romance. There's friendship and lust, something bigger than love, and throwing caution to the wind despite the differences they have on the surface. I soaked up every page of their thoughts and feelings, eagerly turning the pages for just a little more right up to the end.
It's no secret that I love Melissa Foster's stories, her unique characters, and her ability to turn what should be just another romance into something I just can't put down, but I think this one's going straight to my all-time favorites list.
***FicCentral received this book from Tasty Book Tours for free in exchange for an honest review.
- Category: Contemporary
- Published: Aug 12, 2015
- Publisher: World Literary Press
- Seller: World Literary Press, LLC
- Print Length: 310 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 5, Love in Bloom: Seaside Summers