Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Seaside Lovers by Melissa Foster

Title: Seaside Lovers
Series: Seaside Summers (#7) - Love in Bloom
Author: Melissa Foster
Genre: Romance
Release Date: 20th July 2016
Challenges: 2016 New Release Challenge, Summer COYER 2016, 2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon
Synopsis (from Goodreads): 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.

I love Melissa Foster books, they always end up making me feel warm and fuzzy inside, and Seaside Lovers was no different. Each of the Seaside Summer books, and indeed each of the Love in Bloom books, is standalone romance, though it does make references to events in previous books. All the Love in Bloom books are set in the same universe and there's plenty of character crossovers between the books!

Parker and Grayson had a lot of chemistry, there was very little doubt of that, but what I particularly liked about their relationship was that it wasn't just about instant attraction. Before the start of the book they'd been emailing each other for 10 months and had built up an exisiting attraction to each other that wasn't just based on looks. It gave their relationship a deeper tone right from the off. 

I loved Parker! She was a woman who knew herself but wanted people around her (even if she didn't think she could have that as an actress). It almost felt as if she was embodying the mask that most people probably use to some extent, except a little bit more pronounced with her being an actress! Saying that her job wasn't a big deal, it was more her not wanting to be hounded by the paparazzi. 

There were naturally some great family elements to Seaside Lovers too. From previous books Grayson's close relationship with his syblings was clear, but there were some other things that happened surrounding the couple that were enjoyable to read but I can't really talk about without risking spoilers! 

Not that I expected any less, but this was a great read!