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review 2017-11-25 00:00
Nights at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers)
Nights at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers) - Addison Cole
In a world of many colors, Skye looks at the world through rose colored glasses. She sees the good in life, despite the many heartbreaks heaped upon her family. That optimism can prove to be both a blessing and a curse. The higher the aim, the more emotional the disappointment is when it comes. Luckily she has friends to watch her back and lift her spirits when the clouds become too much. When fate places her in the path of a stranger with a gift for music that calls to her heart, she's close to fulfilling all her dreams. Or is she? What happens when your soulmate turns out to be all wrong in your head, but perfect for your heart? Nights at Seaside tackles many themes. Friendship, family, sobriety and the healing power of love. Informative, realistic and emotional. The calling card of any good romance.
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text 2017-11-09 22:16
16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 2 - Bon Om Touk

Tasks for Bon Om Touk: Post a picture from your most recent or favorite vacation on the sea (or a lake, river, or any other body of water larger than a puddle), or if you're living on the sea or on a lake or a river, post a picture of your favorite spot on the shore / banks / beach / at the nearest harbour.

 

 

 

 

 

I spent the last couple of days of my trip to England back in July on the Norfolk coast, so here are a few impressions from that part of the trip:

 


Snettisham Beach



Wells next the Sea

 


Cromer Hall (inspiration for Arthur Conan Doyle's Baskerville Hall)

 


Norfolk Broads -- cruise in a historic steam boat

 


Horsey Windpump & Horsey Mew

 


Happisburgh beach & church (inspiration for the setting of P.D. James's Devices and Desires, and Arthur Conan Doyle's Dancing Men)

 


King's Lynn (town center, purfleet, and guild hall)

 

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And since I am blessed to live (and have grown up) in a beautiful part of the Rhine Valley, here are a few of my favorite spots on the Rhine in and near my home city:

 


Views of Bonn's city center from "our" (= the opposite) river front

 


Historic flood marker on the river front, and a replica of "the Bridge Manniquin", which used to be on a pillar on our side the main bridge connecting both sides of the Rhine, pointing its backside in the direction of Bonn.  Other places have city rivalry -- we have river bank rivalry!

 


Sunset on the Rhine, looking towards Bonn

 


Looking towards the "Seven Mountains" ("Siebengebirge"), south of Bonn

 

Drachenfels, the best-known of the "Seven Mountains"

 


Arp Museum, a modern arts museum south of Bonn (designed by Richard Meier, the architect who designed the L.A. Getty Center) -- and looking back towards the "Seven Mountains" from the patio of the museum restaurant (the lower of the two buildings in the left picture; a former train station)

 


Remagen and the ruins of the bridge (now a peace museum)

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text 2017-10-24 08:10
Blog Tour - Secrets At Seaside
 
 
Dive into the Newest Sweet with Heat Romance!

 

 
SECRETS AT SEASIDE
Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers #5
Addison Cole
Releasing Oct 25, 2017

 

 

Tony Black is the hottest surfer on the planet. He travels the world throughout the year and spends his summers on Cape Cod with his friends, at the Seaside cottages in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. He’s got his choice of women, but Amy Maples is the one he wants. Fourteen years ago she was his for an entire summer, until a devastating accident changed everything, and what they had seemed like it had never existed—at least for her.

Amy Maples is as consistent as the day is long. She’s spent summers on Cape Cod forever, she always does the right thing, and she’s spent years trying to reclaim the heart of Tony Black, the only man she’s ever loved. She’s back for a summer of fun with her friends at Seaside, only this year she’s been offered the opportunity of a lifetime thousands of miles away, and she’s decided to try one last time to reconnect with Tony. But having a relationship with Tony means dealing with her past—and dealing with her past may knock her to her knees.

Secrets at Seaside is the sweet edition of the steamy romance novel Seaside Secrets by Melissa Foster.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Amy wanted to believe them and to see what they apparently saw when he looked at her, but she never had. It was the secret memories of being in Tony’s strong arms that long-ago summer, feeling his heart beat against hers, feeling safe and loved, that made her hopeful there would come a day when they’d find themselves there again. But then her mind would travel to the end of those recent nights when she’d had too much to drink and he’d carried her home. When he’d tucked her into bed and gone along his merry way back to his own cottage across the road, quickly dousing her hope for more with cold reality. Whatever they’d had that summer, she’d ruined.

 

Exactly, Leanna. That’s why she’s not making a decision about Australia until after this weekend,” Jenna said. “Right, Ames?”

 

Yes. That’s my plan. I’m going to talk to Tony, and if he looks me in the eye and says he has no interest in anything more than friendship, then I’m going to take the job. It’s pretty stupid, really, because how many times has he had the opportunity to…you know?” She dropped her eyes to her glass and ran her finger along the rim. Amy was as sweet as Bella was brash, and even thinking about trying to seduce Tony and finding out where his heart really stood had her stomach tied in knots. When her friends had come up with the idea of seducing Tony, she’d fought it, but they’d insisted that once he kissed her, he’d never look back, and she’d grabbed that shred of hope as if it were a brass ring. Now her fingers were slipping a little.

 

Talk? That’s not the plan,” Jenna said.

 

Jessica shook her head. “So, seduction? You’re going to try?”

 

If I can muster the courage.” Amy drew in a deep breath, hoping she wouldn’t back out. As much as she wanted closure, the idea of actually hearing Tony tell her that he didn’t see her as anything other than a friend made her almost chicken out. But she didn’t want to chicken out. She had a great job opportunity, and at thirty-two, she was ready to settle down and maybe even start a family. But that thought was even more painful than Tony turning her away.

 

Tony set a disconcerting stare on Amy as he moved confidently across the floor with the other guys, heading for their table. Her pulse ratcheted up a notch as his eyes went dark and narrow. She broke the connection, grazing over his low-slung jeans and short-sleeve button-down shirt, afraid to try to decipher if it was an angry or an interested look in his eyes. She’d probably see only what she really wanted to see anyway.

 

Big mistake. Now she was even more nervous.

 

Several women in the bar turned and watched the four gorgeous men crossing the floor, but Amy knew they had to be looking at Tony. She was held prisoner by his sun-drenched skin, sandy hair that brushed his devilishly long lashes, and squared-off features that amped up his ruggedness and made her pulse go a little crazy. She reached for a glass of liquid courage, having no idea whose it was, and drained it as Tony slid in beside her. His thigh met hers, and his irresistible scent made her hot all over again. She grabbed another glass and drained it, and another, until the glasses were all empty and the nervous stirrings in her stomach stilled.

 

Since when did you become Beyoncé?” Tony grumbled.

 

 

Beyoncé? Was that good or bad? Amy couldn’t form an answer. All she could think about was that no matter what the outcome, after tonight her life would never be the same.

 

 
 
 
 
 

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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.    
 


 

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review 2017-10-07 01:25
Quick Read
Seaside Seduction (Sun Stroked) - Cathry... Seaside Seduction (Sun Stroked) - Cathryn Fox

Seaside Seduction by Cathryn Fox is a fairly short read, perfect for those with limited time for reading.  Ms. Fox has given us a well-written book, populated by outstanding characters.  Danielle and Ethan's story is a vacation romance that is loaded with drama, humor and smokin' hot sex.  This is a fun read.  I enjoyed reading Seaside Seduction and look forward to my next book by Cathryn Fox.  Seaside Seduction is book 1 of the Sun Stroked Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger. 

 

 

I voluntarily read a free copy of this book that I received from Instafreebie.

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review 2017-09-16 20:10
Secrets at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers) by Addison Cole
Secrets at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Secrets) - Addison Cole

 

A love that's lost can be reborn.  Just ask Tony and Amy.  Secrets at Seaside is a haunting tale of tragedy, triumph and second chances.  Attraction brought together the star surfer and the shy girl next door, but heartbreaking secrets and mistrustful feelings tanked their chance at a real and everlasting love.  Will the glow of the summer sun, provide the perfect backdrop for a new beginning complete with a happy ending?  The hallmark of a good romance are the moments to cherish from beginning to end. Heat has nothing on heart. Ms. Cole made sure to deliver an equal amount of both.

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