Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Blog Tour: Seaside Dreams by Melissa Foster

I received a copy of Seaside Dreams in exchange for my review.

For years Bella and her friends have been visiting Seaside in their holidays, but since Leanna changed her life and started her own business, moving to Seaside full time, Bella decided it was time to change her own life. Deciding that she wanted to create a work-study program to keep children occupied and help them learn a trade, she plans to move to Seaside full time. Though the one thing that she is definitely sure about is that men are off limits, she doesn't want commitment and isn't scared to say so. Until she meets Caden, the cop who patrols Seaside. There's something about him that draws Bella to him, even if he comes as a package deal along with his teenage son, Evan. Evan quickly works his way into Bella's heart and into the hearts of her friends.

I thought that Seaside Dreams had a very different vibe to it than the other two books that I've read by Melissa Foster, both part of the Bradens section of Love in Bloom. I definitely liked the fact that the book had a different vibe, I thought that it really added to the story and made it so that the romance didn't come across as a repeat.

The romance between Caden and Bella was believable for several reasons, the first was that they had that 'rip your clothes off' stage of their relationship, but also because that wasn't all there was to it. Instead you could really feel the tenderness between them, and from the moment they met you could tell that they were two people that would just click. And I do think that that 'click' happens in real life, not always romance wise, probably more often between friends, but in general you know if you're going to get on early on in the getting to know you process.

I really liked the part that Evan played in the book. He wasn't just there on the sidelines as a barrier to Caden and Bella's relationship, instead he was there as his own character and with his own story. Because he was a teenager as opposed to a young child there were other roles that he could play. In this case there was the issue of how Evan felt about Bella, but more than that there were real moments where you could see Evan making life decisions, and I found myself being proud of him as a character.

I get the feeling that the Seaside Summers section of the Love in Bloom series was happening at the same time (through things and looks that were going on between the characters) and that makes me excited to see what happens for the other girls. On top of that there was a real sense of friendship between the four girls, and they talked about more than just men, and that difference made me like them all the more.

SEASIDE SUMMERS is the newest addition to the LOVE IN BLOOM series, featuring a group of fun, sexy, and emotional friends who gather each summer at their Cape Cod cottages. They’re funny, flawed, and will have you begging to enter their circle of friends. You met them in READ, WRITE, LOVE, (The Remingtons, Book 5), follow these friends on their search for forever love in the Seaside Summers series. COMING SUMMER 2014.

Seaside Dreams
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?

About Melissa Foster
Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the  World Literary CafĂ© and Fostering Success. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on  Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine. 
Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

Visit Melissa on social media. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.
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