September 1, 2014

Seaside Dreams Review

Seaside Dreams

(Seaside Summers Book #1; Love in Bloom Book #21)

Melissa Foster
5 Stars!

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Bella Abbascia has returned to Seaside Cottages in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, as she does every summer. Only this year, Bella has more on her mind than sunbathing and skinny-dipping with her girlfriends. She’s quit her job, put her house on the market, and sworn off relationships while she builds a new life in her favorite place on earth. That is, until good-time Bella’s prank takes a bad turn and a sinfully sexy police officer appears on the scene.

Single father and police officer Caden Grant left Boston with his fourteen-year-old son, Evan, after his partner was killed in the line of duty. He hopes to find a safer life in the small resort town of Wellfleet, and when he meets Bella during a night patrol shift, he realizes he’s found the one thing he’d never allowed himself to hope for—or even realized he was missing.

After fourteen years of focusing solely on his son, Caden cannot resist the intense attraction he feels toward beautiful Bella, and Bella’s powerless to fight the heat of their budding romance. But starting over proves more difficult than either of them imagined, and when Evan gets mixed up with the wrong kids, Caden’s loyalty is put to the test. Will he give up everything to protect his son—even Bella?

“Every fiber of my being loves you.”

And that seems to be the theme to every Love in Bloom series book I have read and guess what? I effing love every page that I turn. When I start a big family and friends series like this I am always worried that they will run out of ways to make the story different. I never have to worry about that with Melissa Foster. Every book I pick up in this series is different. All of the characters have different personalities and different ways they bring a story to life. This book is absolutely no different.

Bella is in the middle of a life change. She wants something different so she quits her job, puts her house up for sale, and gets a yearlong job lined up in Wellfleet. The place she has spent every single summer. She has decided that she needs to lay off commitments so that she can make life decisions without basing them on a relationship. That all gets put on hold when she meets Caden Grant. I loved Bella. She was hilarious. She was a little bit of a rule-breaker. But I rule-breaker in a way that she does things like skinny-dipping and filling a toilet bowl with flowers and leaving it on her property managers lawn. She was strong and independent. She gave a good fight in the not-a-date thing but she couldn’t resist. Her character was such a treat to read about. I found myself laughing out loud while reading. She is also really caring. She opens her heart not only to Caden but his son as well.

“He was just going with it. Like everything else with Bella, it felt natural, and he didn’t care why. 

Some things were just meant to be.”

Caden Grant. The sexy as hell police men. He moves to Wellfleet for a quieter life. He lost his partner a few months before his move. He brought his son to this small town. Caden has kept his full focus on Evan for the past 15 years. No woman has caught his attention. Until Bella literally falls into his arms. Caden Grant was effing swoon worthy. Just when I thought I couldn’t possible have another Love in Bloom Book Boyfriend Melissa writes another one. He was trying to deal with a son that was in that awkward I’m going to fight my parents on everything stage. He is trying to navigate that and build his relationship with Bella. He was so sweet and caring. Plus he was sexy as hell.

This book was way more than a love story. It was about a place and people that made lifelong friendships while also opening themselves up to new people as their lives grew. I can’t wait to read more about Bella’s other friends. I am most excited for Amy’s book. I am a sucker for unrequited love.

Anyway this was another beautifully written book. With another heroine that makes reading this book worth it. Plus another guy that you can add to your book boyfriend list.


  1. Isn't Bella fun? I had a great time writing her :-)
    So happy to hear you enjoyed the friend, family and romance dynamic rolled into the series. I'll work on bringing you more book boyfriends. XOXO