Thursday, September 4, 2014

Seaside Dreams - Review & Giveaway

 Seaside Dreams
Love in Bloom # 21: Seaside Summers # 1
By: Melissa Foster

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?

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Review by Marlene Engel

At thirty years old, Bella is putting relationships on the backburner and focusing on her.  She plans on spending the summer finding her path in life and is hoping that her new job at the Barnstable County School District is just the place to start.  Developing a work study program will be her first step.  And, if she’s successful, she may just land a full time job and call the Cape her year round home. 

Bella and her best girlfriends are summertime staples at the Cape, but when a prank goes wrong they find themselves being questioned by one of Wellfleet’s finest.  And how fine he is!!!

After his partner was killed in the line of duty, Caden knew that he had to leave Boston to allow his fourteen year old son a chance to grow up in a safe environment.  Being a single father, his main focus had to be his son.  But the combination of single parent and a police officer didn’t leave much time for a social life. 

While patrolling the Seaside cottage community, due to several recent burglaries in the area, Caden comes upon some suspicious activity.  But, after further assessment, he learns that it was an innocent prank gone wrong among a group of residents who also happen to be best friends.  But it’s one woman in particular who catches his attention … Bella.  It wasn’t the fact that her hair was stuck in the window or that her pajamas were bunched up exposing her perfect behind.  There was something more.  But with his busy schedule, he can’t even think about a relationship right now.  Or could he …?

As the summer is coming to an end, it was nice to be able to read a book that makes you feel like summer has just begun.  The combination of best friends, alpha hunks and the beach makes for the perfect “pretend that summer isn’t ending” read.  Once again, Melissa Foster hits the mark with this book.  Her name is synonymous with captivating stories with the perfect mix of romance and heat!  And with the alpha being a police officer, who doesn’t love fantasizing about a man in uniform?

About the Author:
"Melissa Foster is a wonderful connector of readers and books, a friend of authors, and a tireless advocate for women. She is the real deal"-- Bestselling Author Jennie Shortridge

"What sets Melissa Foster apart are her compelling characters who you care about... desperately. This is psychological suspense at its most chilling. I dare you to read the first chapter and not be hooked."  International bestseller, M.J. Rose 

Melissa Foster is an award-winning, International bestselling author. 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 Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Café. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa is also a community builder for the Alliance for Independent Authors. She has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine. 

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  1. I know I enjoy my time on the beach during summer. Those memories are great to hold onto. I'm so glad you've been able to extend summer living vicariously through the series! Thanks for another awesome review! XOXO

  2. I spend a lot of time camping in the summer