Wednesday, 27 July 2016

New Release & Review: Seaside Lovers by Melissa Foster

Seaside Lovers
Seaside Summers #7
By: Melissa Foster
Releasing July 20, 2016
World Literary Press
Seaside Lovers

Seaside Summers Series

After months of long-distance communication, actress Parker Collins and artist Grayson Lacroux finally plan to reconnect in the seaside town of Wellfleet, Massachusetts. But Parker never shows, and weeks pass without a word, leaving Grayson to believe he’s misinterpreted their budding relationship.
Parker has been running on autopilot ever since she lost her friend, mentor, and the only family she’s ever known, Bert Stein. Armed with junk food, tequila, and her big, lovable dog, she’s prepared to hole up and mourn—and determined to mend a fence Bert had never been able to with his estranged and bitter brother. But Parker didn’t count on the sinfully hot artist she’s been fantasizing about for nearly a year walking in on her grief-induced drunken night.

When Grayson stumbles across Parker, he has no idea what to make of the gorgeous blonde who blew him off despite the heat sizzling between them. But that doesn’t stop him from feeling protective of the woman who’s consumed his thoughts for months, and when he learns of Parker’s plans to confront an angry old man, he refuses to leave her side. As Parker’s past unfolds, they’re led on an unexpected journey of discovery. Their connection deepens, and late-night fantasies become passionate realities, until good intentions spark painful secrets, threatening the love they’ve found.

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This is my first Seaside Summers book, but that doesn't matter because it's always so easy to fall into a new Melissa Foster novel.

Escaping to Wellfleet MA and slipping under the radar is what Parker Collins needs to do as she mourns the death of the only person she called family; Bert Stein, a photographer who helped her become an actress. She's staying in a house built for her Collins Children's Foundation; a project close to her heart. To ease her heartbreak she watches horror movies whilst drowning her sorrows with a bottle of tequila whilst munching on her usual go to emotional crutch: M&M's, surrounded by her unpacked suitcase, an empty pizza box and her beloved dog, Christmas. In a booze inflicted fog, she's shocked that the man she's been emailing for months suddenly appears in her house. He's every bit as gorgeous as she'd imagined, only right now she's intoxicated with candy stuck in her hair!

Grayson Lacroux is a designer/steelworker who has been helping actress Parker Collins with designs for her charity. They've been emailing each other for months, discussing ideas for CCF, but as time has gone by their messages have become more than just business. When he decides to go check measurements for a railing, Grayson heads for the house in Wellfleet and lets himself in, not knowing it's occupied. He's shocked to see Parker in a drunken, dishevelled state, but intuition tells him she's hurting and all he wants to do is assist and comfort her.

Parker and Grayson's relationship takes off quickly after they meet, as ten months of exchanging emails cement their need for getting to know each other on a personal level. Grayson is perfect for Parker. He's her rock, not phased by her fame and cautiously sympathetic to her need for keeping out of the spotlight...until a photo of THAT kiss in the elevator appears in US Weekly! The supporting character ensemble becomes a warming group of friends that create a family-like bond around Parker.

I love the unexpected plot twist and how a chain of events gives Parker what she's craved for. How Grayson's hunch and actions are done out of love, even though his interference wasn't viewed that way. How two people together realise that they've made mistakes but importantly come to the conclusion they are meant to be together and not apart.

I don't bother checking the blurb when I read a Melissa Foster book anymore because I know I'm going to be reading a book with well-developed protagonists, a plotline with twists and entertaining secondary characters who add so much to a story yet don't distract from the H&H. Seaside Lovers ticks all these boxes and why Melissa has become my go-to author. I'm never disappointed with anything I've read by her. Long may it continue.

***arc received courtesy of World Literary Press via Tasty Book Tours***

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Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance, and women's fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa's emotional journeys are lovingly erotic, perfect beach reads, and always family oriented. 

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Waiting on Wednesday: Swear on This Life by Renee Carlino

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine.
It spotlights upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read"
book chosen by me is:

Swear On This Life by Renee Carlino
Expected Release Date: 9th August 2016
Publisher: Atria Books

 (from Goodreads)

When a bestselling debut novel from mysterious author J. Colby becomes the literary event of the year, Emiline reads it reluctantly. As an adjunct writing instructor at UC San Diego with her own stalled literary career and a bumpy long-term relationship, Emiline isn’t thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of a young and gifted writer.

Yet from the very first page, Emiline is entranced by the story of Emerson and Jackson, two childhood best friends who fall in love and dream of a better life beyond the long dirt road that winds through their impoverished town in rural Ohio.

That’s because the novel is patterned on Emiline’s own dark and desperate childhood, which means that “J. Colby” must be Jase: the best friend and first love she hasn’t seen in over a decade. Far from being flattered that he wrote the novel from her perspective, Emiline is furious that he co-opted her painful past and took some dramatic creative liberties with the ending.

The only way she can put her mind at ease is to find and confront “J. Colby,” but is she prepared to learn the truth behind the fiction?

Why am I waiting for this book?
Last year after reading the blurb for Renee Carlino's Before We Were Strangers, I instantly wanted to read what sounded like an incredibly intriguing book. The result? I was completely blown away by the narrative, which ended up being my favourite book for 2015. Whilst the blurb for Swear On This Life doesn't have the same impact for me, the fact it is written by this author makes me want to read another of her books. I'm eagerly anticipating if this will be in my top five reads for 2016?

What are you waiting for?