December 24, 2014

REVIEW: Seaside Sunsets (Love in Bloom #23; Seaside Summers #3) By, Melissa Foster

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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, and 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 sensual, 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 blond 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.

This is the third book in the Seaside Summers series. We get another amazing story from this group of summer vacationers. When I was looking at Melissa Foster’s upcoming books I was disappointed that Amy’s book wasn’t the next one. I have been so anxious to get my hands on it that I was sad at first it was Jamie’s book that I got instead. But let me tell you I am not sad anymore. This book was a great addition to the series and I loved both Jessica and Jamie.

“He was so much more than a distraction. He was becoming the air she needed to breathe.”

Jessica Ayers has lives a sheltered life. Not really getting to experience anything other than her cello and music. Her mother has always pushed her to be the best cellist she could and because of that she missed a lot of normal experiences. Jessica has decided to take a hiatus from the Orchestra she is with to decide if she really loves it as much as she thinks she does and to get some of those normal experiences. Then she ends up decking Jamie, another resident, with her cell phone. She was not ready for the all-consuming chemistry that was between them from the first sight. Jessica was a very different character than we have seen with the Seaside women. She is very inexperienced, naive, and unsure of herself. She hasn’t had many friends and she wasn’t used to the way the Seaside girls joked around with each other. Underneath that, waiting to come out, was a fun smart and funny girl that fit in so well in Seaside. Jessica was sweet and definitely talented. She was also very caring and thoughtful which made her a great addition to the group.

“He didn’t need anything more. She felt his feelings seep through his skin to her very soul, coming together with hers and filling all the lonely, empty spaces she’d always known were there.”

Jamie Reed is in Seaside for a much needed vacation. He has not taken a really one in almost eight years. But with his grandmother getting older he wants to spend as much time as possible with her. Jamie went through a horrible tragedy when he was younger that made it easy for him to throw himself into his work. Now he is worth millions and that has made it hard for him to trust and let women in. Until he sees Jessica for the first time. He knows there is something different about her and he determined to get to know her. Jamie’s character is a bit of a workaholic. He also takes the time to take care of his grandmother. He is sweet and sexy which is something we really didn’t get to know with the first two books. I felt like Jamie was a bit of a mystery for me in the beginning. He wasn’t as prominent as the other characters in the first two books. It was great learning how caring, open, and sweet he was to the people he cared about most.

“Love is painful and beautiful at the same time. Sometimes it grips your lungs so tight you’re sure you’ll die for lack of air, and then it drags you down and beats you until you wish you would die. And just as quickly, it fills your lungs with helium and you think you might float away.”

Melissa Foster has created some of my favorite stories ever and I loved how this one was just a bit different than her normal. Her books (from what I can see) don’t have very much angst or drama in them. There are not big moments that separate our couple for days or months until they decide to fix it. This time though we got a taste of some drama. Jamie and Jessica split for like three days and it was completely perfect with the story. It worked with Jamie’s trust issues and Jessica’s inexperience with relationships. It added a depth to the story. Not every story needs to be dripping with drama and Melissa proves that point. There was only a touch of drama and it was enough. I think the Seaside series is quickly becoming one of my favorite series ever. I would definitely recommend this series and the entire Love in Bloom series to all romance readers out there.

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  1. Thank you for hosting today! Happy holidays!

  2. Don't worry, you will get Tony's and Amy's story soon enough, but I'm glad you got into Jamie's HEA despite your disappointment. Thank you for your fabulous review and for being such a dedicated reader! Have a happy new year! XOXO

  3. I CANNOT wait for their story!!!! Have a wonderful holiday as well <3 XOXO