This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Lola's Blog Tours. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Sunsets at Seaside by Addison Cole
Series: Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers #4
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: August 23, 2017
Publisher: World Literary Press
Format: ARC, E-book
Source: Lola's Blog Tours
Purchase at: Amazon ◊ Barnes & Noble ◊ Google Play ◊ Kobo ◊ iBooks
Sunsets at Seaside by Addison Cole is the sweet edition of New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster's steamy romance novel Seaside Sunsets. The stories and characters remain the same, and convey all of the passion you expect between two people in love, without any explicit scenes or harsh language.
In SUNSETS at SEASIDE...Jessica Ayers has lived a sheltered life with little more than cello lessons and practices taking up her day. Now a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, she escapes the prim and proper symphony to vacation in the Seaside community in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, to determine if she is living life to the fullest or missing it altogether.
For the first time since developing the second largest search engine in the world, billionaire Jamie Reed is taking the summer off. He plans to work from the Cape and spend time with his elderly grandmother—and falling in love is not in his plans.
From the moment Jamie and Jessica meet, the attraction is white-hot. Once-overly-focused Jamie can think of little else than sweet, smart, and alluring Jessica, and Jessica discovers a side of herself she never knew existed. But when Jamie’s business encounters trouble and his attorney and best friend intervenes, he proves that the brown-haired beauty is too distracting for Jamie. To make matters worse, it appears that Jessica might not be who she says she is, turning Jamie’s life—and his heart—upside down. In a world where personal information is always one click away, Jamie must decide if he should trust his heart or watch the woman he loves walk away.
Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers features a group of fun, flirty, and emotional friends who gather each summer at their Cape Cod cottages. They’re sassy, flawed, and so easy to relate to, you’ll be begging to enter their circle of friends!
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Sunsets at Seaside was a cute and swoony romance. I thought the setting was quite superb. I could really see the cottages nestled in between Cape Cod Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. It was a nice setting for a summertime romance. Jessica Ayers as a character was just a sweet little thing with her naivety and eagerness to discover herself, I enjoyed her immensely. Jamie Reed is funny, charming, and the relationship he has with his grandmother makes my heart throb.
The relationship between Jamie and Jessica has an intense attraction factor but the romance element is definitely there. Jamie was very attracted to Jessica but he also wanted to get to know her, to understand her, to make a connection with her. Her innocence and quick wit was something he found to be very attractive. Plus, she didn’t seem to be attracted to him for his money, in fact it appeared that she had no idea of who he was. Jessica had very little experience with men and her first introduction to Jamie was not the most conducive to a romance. She never thought that he would want to have anything to do with her but when he showed interest she was floored, terrified, and thrilled.
I personally liked that Jessica was a cellist and had a career that she was passionate about. I really felt the passion that this character had for playing her cello and I do wish that there had been more scenes where she played her cello. I wanted to get lost in the music with her. Jaime was a techie who owned his own business and was actually a very famous and very, very, rich person. He was used to everyone knowing who he was and women wanting him for what he had, not who he was. It was this history with women which actually added the conflict to this story.
I loved the supporting characters in this story. They all added their own flavor to the storyline and really gave the story depth. I liked how Jessica developed relationships with the other females at the cottages, their rapport was just hilarious! All the women in this story were unique but together they were snarky, sassy, and a positive influence on Jessica. They showed her what she was missing out on all those years that she had dedicated herself to her career and I appreciated that element of the story.
Sunsets at Seaside was indeed a romance story between the main characters but it also had other elements that elevated it to something more. It showcased several different types of relationships that were woven throughout this story and I loved that. Some relationships were not perfect but they worked. I especially enjoyed the conflict between Jamie and his best friend. It created great tension but did not run the course that I had anticipated. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and recommend to all romance readers.
*Thank you to Lola’s Blog Tours & Author Addison Cole for this eARC of Sunsets at Seaside*
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Upcoming books in this series:
Secrets at Seaside (releasing October 25th)
Nights at Seaside (releasing December 13th)
Seized by Love at Seaside
Embraced at Seaside
Lovers at Seaside
Whispers at Seaside
Excerpt from Sunsets at Seaside:
“Come on. Come on. Come on.” Fifteen seconds. She clenched her eyes shut and squeezed the phone, as if she could will the win. It was only seven thirty in the morning, and already the sun had blazed a path through the trees. She was hot and frustrated, and after fighting with her orchestra manager for two weeks about taking a hiatus, and her mother for even longer about everything under the sun, she was ready to blow. She’d come to the Cape for a respite from playing in the Boston Symphony Orchestra, hoping to figure out if she was living her life to the fullest, or missing out on it altogether. Finding her father’s baseball autographed by Mickey Mantle was her self-imposed distraction to keep her mind off picking up the cello. She’d never imagined she’d find it a week into her vacation.
She opened her eyes and stared at the
Five seconds. Four. Three.
A message flashed on the screen. You have been outbid by another bidder.
“What? No. No, no, no.” She pressed the bid icon, and nothing happened. She pressed it again, and again, her muscles tightening with each attempt. Another message flashed on the screen. Bidding for this item has ended.
She stared at the phone, unable to believe she’d been seconds away from winning what she was sure was her father’s baseball and had lost it. She hated phones. She hated eBay. She hated bidding against nonexistent people in tiny little stupid phones. She hated the whole thing so much she turned and hurled the phone over the deck.
That felt really, really good.
“Ouch! What the…” A deep male voice rose up to her.
Jessica crouched and peered between the balusters. Standing on the gravel road just a few feet from her building, in a pair of black running shorts and no shirt, was the nicest butt she’d ever seen, attached to a tanned back that was glistening with sweat and rippled with muscles. Holy moly, they didn’t make orchestra musicians with bodies like that. Not that she’d know, considering that they were always properly covered in black suits and white shirts, but could a body like that even be hidden?
He turned, one hand rubbing his unruly black hair as he looked up at the pitch pine trees.
Yeah, you won’t find the culprit there.
His eyes passed by her deck, and she cringed. At least he hadn’t seen her phone, which she spotted a few feet away, where it must have fallen after conking him on the head. His eyes dropped to the ground…and traveled directly to it.
Jessica ducked lower, watching his brows knit together, giving him a brooding, sexy look.
Please don’t see me. Please don’t see me.
He looked at the cottages to his left, then to the pool off to his right, and just as Jessica sighed with relief, he crossed the road toward the steps to her apartment. His eyes locked on her. He shaded them wit
h his hand and looked down at the phone, then back up at her, and lifted the phone in the air.
“Is this yours?”
She debated staying there, crouched and peering between the railings like a child playing hide-and-seek, hoping he really couldn’t see her.
I’ve been seeked.
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