Welcome to my stop with the tour for the new release from V,K. Sykes, the second in her contemporary romance series, Seashell Bay. Please read the review and excerpt, check out the tour stops to see what other readers thought about the title, and don’t forget to check out the tour-wide giveaway where you could win one of these fabulous prizes: a Grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card AND 4 runner-up prizes, each to receive a copy of Meet Me at the Beach and a copy of Wedding Bells in Christmas, by Debbie Mason,
Summer at the Shore
The second title in V.K. Sykes’ Seashell Island series, Summer at the Shore, is a nice return to the little island off mid-coast Maine, and brings us appearances from some of the characters from the earlier book. You don’t have to read the first to enjoy or understand this second book, but for me, the first book brought the setting and scenery to life with a richness that was not as vivid in this book.
Morgan and her sister Sabrina are trying to make a go of the family inn: most of the weight falls to Morgan, as Sabrina has some anxieties and learning issues that limit her ability to function on her own, or to be of substantive help in the management end of things. The inn is desperately in need of repairs, and with money and income incredibly tight, and knowledge of extensive maintenance limited, these repairs are being pushed off.
Ryan is returning home to regroup: ex-military and then a contractor, he wants something that will give his life purpose, and it will be nice to be among friends. So back to the island he goes, planning on time alone to think and decide on his next direction. He never expected to get involved with Morgan: she’s the sort of girl you don’t play about with, and he’s not interested in a relationship. But, she needs help, and is offering a room if he’ll help out. More importantly, he doesn’t make Sabrina anxious, as he knows her from growing up on the island.
These two really have zero obstacles but themselves in this story: both are so consumed with their own interior monologues and ‘what if’s” that their dance around the attraction is more like the first dance ever: everyone standing a safe distance away – watching. They are so well-suited: both take their responsibilities and hopes for the future of their little island seriously, they are well-liked and respected in town, and the townsfolk will wax poetic about their own ‘should do’ lists. It takes a while for them to see their attraction, even longer to take that chance, and even more time before they realize it is something special. While Morgan is far more daring and upfront about her desires, intentions and feelings: Ryan takes a bit more time to get it…but when he does..
Oh the smiles. This is a well-matched couple who, when they finally become confident in their own relationship just sparkle for everyone to see. And, despite the flurry of obstacles and choices, one comes clear to them both. A wonderful summer read, alone or with the first in the series.
Title: Summer at the Shore
Author: V.K. Sykes
Series: Seashell Bay #2
Also in this series: Meet Me At the Beach
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Forever
Published on: 30 June 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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JUST A SUMMER FLING?
Morgan Merrifield sacrificed her teaching career to try to save her family's bed-and-breakfast and care for her younger sister. She can't let herself get distracted by Ryan Butler. After all, the rugged ex-Special Forces soldier is only in Seashell Bay for the summer. But her longtime crush soon flares into real desire—and with one irresistible kiss, she's swept away.
Ryan values his freedom. As much as he wants Morgan, he's not ready to settle down with anyone, much less in sleepy Seashell Bay. But his code of honor doesn't allow him to leave a woman in distress—and she's in desperate need of help to fix the inn. It only takes one day working under the same roof and Ryan is already hoping for a lifetime of hot summer nights...
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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.