Series: Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers, #3
Published by World Literary Press on July 19th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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In HEARTS at SEASIDE...Jenna Ward is vivacious, spontaneous, and confident--except when she's around the man who stole her heart years earlier, strikingly handsome, quiet, and reliable Pete Lacroux. After years of trying to get his attention and overwhelmed from dealing with her mother's new cougar lifestyle, Jenna's giving up on Peter--and is ready to explore other men.
As the eldest of five siblings, with an alcoholic father to care for, boat craftsman Pete Lacroux always does the right thing and has no time for a real relationship. He's looking forward to seeing his friend Jenna, a welcome distraction who's so sexy and painfully shy that she equally entertains and confuses him.
When Jenna picks up a hard-bodied construction worker, jealousy ignites Pete's true feelings, and he's unable to ignore the desires for Jenna he never realized he had. But Pete's not the quiet guy he appears to be, and his life is anything but conducive to a relationship. Can Jenna handle the real Pete Lacroux--the most alpha male she's ever seen--or will she crack under pressure? And can Pete reclaim the life he once had without tearing apart his family?
SWEET WITH HEAT: SEASIDE SUMMERS SERIESRead, Write, Love at SeasideDreaming at SeasideHearts at SeasideSunsets at SeasideSecrets at SeasideNights at SeasideSeized by Love at SeasideEmbraced at SeasideLovers at SeasideWhispers at Seaside
Addison Cole is the sweet alter ego of New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. She writes humorous and emotional sweet contemporary romance. Her books do not include explicit sex scenes or harsh language. Addison spends her summers on Cape Cod, where she dreams up wonderful love stories in her house overlooking Cape Cod Bay.
Addison enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups and welcomes an invitation to your event.
Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers features a group of fun, flirty, and emotional friends who gather each summer at their Cape Cod cottages. They’re sassy, flawed, and so easy to relate to, you’ll be begging to enter their circle of friends!
Hearts at Seaside by Addison Cole is the sweet edition of New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster’s steamy romance novel Seaside Hearts. The stories and characters remain the same, and convey all of the passion you expect between two people in love, without any explicit scenes or harsh language.
I sooo love the unrequited love trope. I think it’s always been my favorite. Addison Cole ( aka Melissa Foster) knows exactly how to tap into the many emotions that accompany it; the longing, the rejection, the hopelessness. She also knows what it takes to get through it, and with Hearts At Seaside and she gives us a wonderful story of presumed unrequited love. In this story, unrequited love is fostered by the friendship between our two main characters, Jenna and Peter. These two are part of the crew that spend their summers in Cape Cod, circling each other and developing a mutual, but hidden, attraction.
When the story opens, we quickly learn that Jenna is feeling motivated to move past her feelings for Peter. After a few years of pining over him, it seems obvious to her he doesn’t feel anything more than friendship for her. She does what any girl would do, and well it works perfectly and makes for a fun and sweet read. By 35% in, I knew Pete was a keeper and I thoroughly understood her affection for him. It would be pretty hard to get over him, but it turns out Peter’s not so oblivious to Jenna. Her quirks are endearing and a perfect match for him.
These two are challenged by assumptions and poor communications, family obligations, and what might happen after Jenna’s vacation time on the Cape ends. They are surrounded by friends who help them work through their missteps and relationship fears, but mostly this is low drama and a heartfelt love story. Another win by Addison Cole and a book I highly recommend as feel good beach read!
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“This doesn’t feel like a first date, Jenna. It feels like you’ve been with me all my life.”
“If I’d been with you all your life, your closet would be organized.”
He glanced into his closet, which was neat and orderly, but not color coordinated, and the thought that her mind had gone there so soon made him laugh.
“You have a point.” He lowered his forehead to hers. “I’m serious, though. All these years we’ve known each other, and this. You being here with me. It feels so right.” He kissed her cheek and loved the way she closed her eyes the second his lips touched her skin, like she was savoring his touch.
“In my heart I was with you all these years; you just never noticed.”