My rating: 5 of 5 stars
So I’ve probably said this before but Melissa Foster is the QUEEN of sweet, contemporary romance. This is book one in the Bayside Summers series with all new characters although I believe there’s some mention of characters from her other series (I haven’t read ALL of her books so I’m not 100% sure but the characters that were mentioned seemed to have a story behind them!). I love how Ms. Foster gives us characters that are complex and feel REAL. Desiree is a fun cross between an uptight school marm and a sensual sex kitten. She’s sweet but she also is a little repressed. Rick is the swoon worthy neighbor who swoops up the girl next door and helps Desiree find a balance between her two halves. Their story is candy coated sweet and when Rick and Desiree meet, it’s practically insta-love! I found a lighthearted tale of two soulmates coming to grips with their pasts. There’s a touch of drama, several fan-yourself romps, a handsome hero with a heart of gold and sweetheart of a heroine with a flare for naughty. Told from dual POVs with a happy ever after. I received, read and voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
As the co-owner of Bayside Resorts, Rick Savage has a fabulous job working with his best friends and brother, and a thriving business in Washington, DC, which he’ll be returning to at the end of the summer. Spending time with his family is great, but being back on Cape Cod has unearthed painful memories. When sweet, smart, and overly cautious Desiree Cleary moves in next door, Rick is drawn to the sexy preschool teacher, and she just might prove to be the perfect distraction.
Running an art gallery was not in preschool teacher Desiree Cleary’s plans, but after being tricked into coming to her impetuous, unreliable mother’s aid, she’s stuck spending the summer with the badass half sister she barely knows and a misbehaving dog. If that’s not frustrating enough, she can’t escape the sparks igniting with her strikingly handsome and pushy neighbor, Rick, who makes all her warning bells go off.
Passion ignites as Desiree and Rick spend long summer nights sharing heartfelt confessions and steamy kisses. For the first time in years Rick is enjoying life again instead of hiding behind mounds of work miles away from his family. Desiree has touched him in a way that makes him want to slow down. Only slowing down means dealing with his demons, and he isn’t sure who he’ll be when he comes out the other side.
York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes
sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and new adult romance with
emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last
page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family
oriented–perfect beach reads for contemporary romance lovers who enjoy reading
about wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines.