Sandcastle Beach: Matchmaker Bay #3 by Jenny Holiday

Sandcastle Beach: Matchmaker Bay #3 by Jenny Holiday

Jenny Holiday returns to the blog with the third in her Matchmaker Bay series: this one a fun romp through a town with meddling oldies, best friends and people who know you best with  

Sandcastle Beach  

Law has run the family bar for years, and it is a gathering place for locals and tourists alike. He’s made some welcome changes, and with his best friends, now all loved up, he’s the ‘go to’ guy for steady, reliable and always helpful options.  Except where Maya is concerned.  The two have a “banter/bicker’ relationship, fueled from a long-held grudge that Maya holds against him.  What everyone else sees, however, is that the two are perfectly matched and always hyper-aware of the other, despite their vehement attempts to deny any attraction.  

But Maya is struggling with her theatre – it’s on the verge of closing and her dreams blowing away in a puff of smoke – unless she can find a way to prop up her finances, make the necessary repairs to the building, and stage THE show: one that will bring a b-list celebrity to star in her summer play.  Law, for his part, is considering expanding his own business options by opening a restaurant: but he’s concerned about mortgaging the bar should his venture fail, and everything is lost.  Soon the two find that there is a town grant: managed and chosen by the meddling group of seniors who (mostly good-naturedly and with no ill-intent) meddle, cajole, scheme and plot to see the group of ‘youngsters’ succeed in love and business.  

This was the perfect escape read with just enough drama and difficulty to get to see the characters find novel ways to find what they want, with plenty of tension (sexual and intellectual) between Law and Maya to make the story sing.  With laugh out loud moments, plenty of deceptions (mostly self-deception) and enough heat to start several small wildfires, the match of Law and Maya was simply delicious, and the story moves readers from one smile to the next.  I missed reading the first in the series but have all three books now – for when I want that perfect escape into an emotional, sweet and smile-inducing read.  

Sandcastle Beach: Matchmaker Bay #3 by Jenny Holiday

Title: Sandcastle Beach
Author: Jenny Holiday
Series: Matchmaker Bay #3
Also in this series: Paradise Cove
Genre: Comedic Elements, Contemporary Romance, Dual Narration, Family Saga, Food / Recipes, Friendship, Humor elements, Multi-Cultural, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: Canada, Small Town
Published by: Forever
ISBN: 1538716577
Published on: 9 March, 2021
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 432
Audio Length: 10 Hours (est.)
Rated: five-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne FlameHalf a Flame

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From the USA Today bestselling "master of witty banter" (Entertainment Weekly) comes a hilarious and heartwarming romance about two enemies whose feud turns red-hot.

Maya Mehta will do anything to save her tiny, beloved community theater. Put on musicals she hates? Check. Hire an arrogant former-pop-star-turned-actor? Done. But what Maya really needs to save her theater is Matchmaker Bay's new business grant. She's got some serious competition, though: Benjamin "Law" Lawson, local bar owner, Jerk Extraordinaire, and Maya's annoyingly hot arch nemesis. Let the games begin.

Law loves nothing more than getting under Maya's skin, and making those gorgeous eyes dance with irritation. But when he discovers the ex-pop star has a thing for Maya, too, Law decides he's done waiting in the wings-starting with a scorching-hot kiss. Turns out there's a thin line between hate and irresistible desire, and Maya and Law are really good at crossing it. But when things heat up, will they allow their long-standing feud to get in the way of their growing feelings?

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.

 

About Jenny Holiday

Jenny Holiday started writing in fourth grade, when her awesome hippie teacher, between sessions of Pete Seeger singing and anti-nuclear power plant letter writing, gave the kids notebooks and told them to write stories. Most of Jenny’s featured poltergeist, alien invasions, or serial killers who managed to murder everyone except her and her mom. She showed early promise as a romance writer, though, because nearly every story had a happy ending: fictional Jenny woke up to find that the story had been a dream, and that her best friend, father, and sister had not, in fact, been axe-murdered.

From then on, she was always writing, often in her diary, where she liked to decorate her declarations of existential angst with nail polish teardrops. Eventually she channelled her penchant for scribbling into a more useful format. After picking up a PhD in urban geography, she became a professional writer, spending many years promoting research at a major university, which allowed her to become an armchair astronomer/historian/particle physicist, depending on the day. Eventually, she decided to try her hand again at happy endings—minus the bloodbaths. You can follow her on twitter at @jennyholi or visit her on the web at jennyholiday.com.

 

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