I am totally and utterly in love with Addison’s Sweet with Heat series, whilst I love the previous steamy versions of these stories, this series opens up those books to a whole new audience (even got my mother into them!)
Parker Collins and Grayson Lacroux have been emailing each other for the past year – professionally I might add, as Grayson & his brother Hunter won the sculpting bid for Parker’s Foundation, now she is in town mourning the death of her friend and mentor Bert. Grayson walks in on her doing a tequila binge, and realises just how much she has impacted his heart over the last year.
The chemistry and romance between them just seems so natural since they practically know each other via all the emailing they have been doing.
I loved watching their story play out and Parker relax and be welcomed into the Seaside group.
I love being transported to Seaside where it is always sunny, sandy and romantic, sand being swept away for a few hours from the dreary weather outside.
In this instalment we get the seriously hot Hunter Lacroux and feisty Jana Garner’s story. They have a habit of hooking up with each other but when Hunter decides he wants it to be more than a hookup not only does that scare the notorious player but it scares Jana too. She has had a string of bad relationships and she doesn’t want ruin what they have going on by making it a relationship.
But they give in and discover that their friends with benefits status becomes so much more, and they learn how to make a relationship work together.
Addison takes Hunter and Jana’s story and makes it hot and steamy without the action making this a clean romantic read.
For every moment of sunshine there has been torrents of rain. The Lacroux siblings have weathered tragedy, alcoholism and rebuilding their broken family while finding individual happiness. Now it's Matt's turn to find his happy ending. Whispers at Seaside is a haunting tale of new beginnings and happy endings. Emotions run deep, but so does the power of pure love.
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.
I liked this one but it wasn't a story that really stood out to me. This is the ninth book in the Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers series but it reads perfectly fine as a stand-alone while readers of the series will enjoy checking in with some of the characters from earlier books. I found this quick and pleasant read and liked the chemistry between the characters.
Parker is an actress taking some much needed alone time after the loss of her good friend and mentor. Her friend, Bert, was like family to her and she now feels alone in the world. Grayson is an artist who has been working on a project for Parker for the past several months. Grayson finds Parker drunk and wants to help her put the pieces back together. Add in Parker's adorable dog, Christmas, and things are looking up.
I liked Parker and Grayson together and I found their relationship to quite authentic. I thought that they had some great chemistry with each other and connected well from the very start. I really didn't see any obstacles to their relationship and honestly, things went really smoothly with the exception of a quick hiccup at the end of the book. In some ways, I would have like to see a bit more drama between these two characters.
This book is narrated by Lucy Rivers and Aiden Snow and it was my first experience with both of their work. I did prefer Aiden Snow's performance in this book and would find that I was a bit disappointed when the narration would change at times. I thought that Lucy Rivers also did a fine job with the story but I found her narration to be somewhat monotonous at times.
I do think that a lot of readers will enjoy this one a bit more than I did. I thought that the characters were very well done but I wish that the book had just a bit more drama to hold my attention.
I received a copy of this audiobook from the author / publicist.
I am somewhere between 3 and fours stars right now. I am going to take a few days before I settle on a final rating. This was good but nothing really stood out to me. There wasn't a lot of conflict and the mystery at the end was very predictable. I did find that I enjoyed Aiden Snow's narration much more than the performance by Lucy Rivers.