Welcome to my stop for the first in the Seashell Bay series from V.K. Sykes. Please be sure to check out the other tour stops , and don’t forget to enter the tour wide giveaway where you could be the winner of the Grand Prize of a $50 Amazon Gift Card and 2 Runners Up will receive a Collection of all the V.K. Sykes Digital Romances.
Meet Me at the Beach
Initially drawn to this story because of the setting and the richness to be found there. V.K. Sykes has brought a sense of coastal Maine in this story with her fictional island of Seashell Bay. In what felt like a cross between Deer Isle and Peaks Island, the setting is well established as are some of the more peculiar ‘phrases’ common to Mainers. The addition of lobster fishing with its effect on the people and economy added another layer to the story, as did the ‘out of staters’ there for summer holidays.
In this story, Lily has stayed behind after high school in the small community. Working on a lobster boat is not unusual for someone from an island, but being a female and managing to navigate the daily grind, the physical exertions and dangers is less common than one would expect: she has earned her stripes and has achieved her dream of owning and captaining her own boat and pots. Reasonably independent and content, everything changes for her with the return of her old fling.
Aiden left the island after high school for a career in baseball. Returning to wrap up some family business, one of the first people he encounters is Lily, the girl he can’t forget. But his return just may signify changes for the small community – his plan to breeze in and out, returning to his life after selling the highly valued land his family owns just may take longer than expected.
Of course, Lily doesn’t want the island to change, and Aiden’s plans are in direct contrast. But can she convince him? And here – the story flip flops between their past and present, unresolved feelings and current attraction. Their struggles together and with themselves, both in terms of their relationship / attraction and the sale of the land to a development corporation make for some interesting interactions.
Secondary characters, in terms of townspeople are true to live, opinionated, mouthy and often very funny. The residents don’t want to risk their island’s beauty or ‘feel’ for the potential economic gains with more part-time residents or a large holiday resort, and their concerns are valid and well structured. And, it is a small town, so everyone has an opinion on Aiden and Lily, often before they’ve decided themselves.
Great setting, wonderful premise: I got a bit stuck with the oft-repeated warnings about the dangers of lobstering, and Lily and Aiden’s interior monologues. Lobster fishing is dangerous: commercial fishing is. And Sykes adds plenty of information about it, yet all of the warnings only serve to dull the crisis point of the story. Interactions between Lily and Aiden are told with each character’s point of view, and their interior monologues descend to immature, repetitive moments: their interplay, their connection was well-established without this device for each scene, and I will admit they became annoying early on.
That being said, the story flew by and felt honest and real. The setting, the connection and even most of the characters added to the story to provide a rich retreat to Maine in the summer.
Title: Meet Me At the Beach
Author: V.K. Sykes
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Forever
Published on: 369
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 24 February, 2015
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YOU CAN’T STOP A RISING TIDE
When Lily Doyle spots her high school crush Aiden Flynn on the inbound ferry, she knows trouble is about to dock in Seashell Bay. And not just because he’s more handsome than ever. If Aiden’s in town, the rumors must be true about his family’s plan to sell their coastal land to the highest bidder. But Lily will do whatever it takes to convince the hottest guy on the beach to protect their idyllic island home.
Gorgeous Lily Doyle was the only thing Aiden missed after he escaped from his hometown to play pro baseball. Now all Aiden wants is to wrap up the business deal and get back to his life, not relive a past that still haunts him. But as memories rush in about the night of passion he and Lily shared long ago, everything else washes right out to sea-everything except the desire that still burns between them.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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