Have you ever started a book and known from the very first pages that this couple MUST be together? That is what I felt when Grayson walks in on Parker in a candy eating, watching a scary movie, and getting drunk. There is no judgment, no harsh words, just concern, understanding, and acceptance. He is the forever gentleman taking care of this woman that he only knows through emails in a time when she is so alone. SIGH… what an amazing man.
I loved the Bert and Abe storyline. Bert, the man Parker thought of as a father, knew exactly what he was doing by leading Parker to Abe. While Abe is a mean, crabby, old man he opens his heart to Parker and Grayson. Abe’s death leads to a happily ever after for Parker which is exactly what she deserved. I love that Grayson was with her every step of the way.
Addison Cole is talented in her writing. She has a knack for her wonderful seaside settings, amazing characters, and sweet storylines. The settings are described in such detail that they are easy to picture, making the reader feel as if they are there with the characters. The characters are fun, sweet, and real. They end up being friends of the reader while taking the reader on their amazing life journeys. And the storylines…oh so sweet. The attention to the little details pull the reader right into the book and never let them go. Even when the last word is read I continue to think about their story and wonder what will happen next in this series.
I am a HUGE fan of the Sweet with Heat series and am always excited when another book is being released. With each book I get to know new characters, catch up with some old favorites, and revisit some of my favorite book places.
There are many aspects of life we take for granted. Among the most valued is life itself and the time we seem to forget is rapidly slipping away. Lovers at Seaside is an amazing tale of life, love and loss. It's also a life lesson: "Make every moment and person in your life count." Addison Cole wraps readers up in a tale of new beginnings and heartbreaking loss. For Grayson and Parker loss takes their friendship in a new direction. As Parker opens her eyes to what could be with Grayson, love's true meaning becomes crystal clear to her heart. It's about learning to forgive, opening your heart and taking a leap of faith. It's also about doing one last favor for a friend. There are moments where the emotion seems larger then the characters, but that's to be expected when looking at greatness. The hardest goodbyes, often bring the sweetest hellos.
Melissa Foster has done it yet again! She hardly ever fails to keep me entertained with her well thought out plots, relatable characters, and awe-inspiring stories. Every time I hear she has a new book out my excitement levels increases and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. What I love most about her stories, especially the Seaside series, is the portrayal of family and friendships. They never fail to evoke a warm and fuzzy feeling within me. ‘Seaside Lovers’ was no different.
Losing a loved one is never easy as Parker Collins would discover. Having never been close to someone, until the day Bert Stein entered her life, she never knew how devastating his loss would be. Added to this was the burden of guilt she shouldered for not being there when he needed her most. Parker's pain emanates from the pages. It was easy to relate to her grief. I could also relate to her uncertainty as it relates to the mending of fences with Bert’s brother on his behalf. I found this aspect of the story very emotional.
Parker is a sweet, generous and loving person. I loved that she was willing to help others. She tries to see the best in everyone she comes in contact with. She dreams of having a real family and living a normal life where she can be her true self but feels she can’t have that has long as she is an actress. She will discover, however, that all that she dreamed was indeed possible.
Grayson Lacroux knew after several months of communicating with Parker long distance that she was it for him. So when she failed to show for their planned meeting he believed that what he felt was one-sided. However, when he discovered the true reason for her not going through with their plans he made it his mission to help her come to terms with her loss.
It is my belief that these two were perfect for each other, despite them being from different worlds. It was evident that they had chemistry. It’s rare to read a romance these days where the main characters are not instantly attracted to each other and falling in love in no time. This was not the case with Parker and Grayson. They have been communicating for several months via emails. The conversations had via this medium was meaningful which aided in them developing a relationship that went beyond the physical.
The story was very well written. I could not wait to see how Parker’s desire to mend fences with her mentor’s brother on his behalf would work out. The events that unfolded as a result of her bold step were pleasantly surprising. I enjoyed the interaction between the characters and all the feels that came with it.
This story reminded me of a very important lesson I learned as a child. The dangerous impact that pride can have on our lives. It can lead to our destruction. I was also reminded that loss is inevitable, but if we accept it and face it head we can gain so much more. Parker had lost the one person who meant the world to her, but in the end, she gained more than she could ever dream.
Verdict: I loved this book. If you love romance stories that are sweet, romantic and hot then you will love Seaside Lovers. This is a must read for fans of Melissa Foster.
Seaside Lovers is a nice addition to the Seaside series. The book is a sweet and loving read.
I enjoyed the characters. Grayson seems like the perfect book boyfriend. He's caring, supportive, and willing to take charge. Without him, Parker may not have the courage to do some of the harder tasks that came about after Bert passed away. Grayson is there to help encourage Parker to step out of her comfort zone.
Parker is a rule-following good girl. She cares about her image to avoid negative press. Being an actress and in the public eye can be challenging. I could tell Parker cares about other people. She dedicated herself to seek out Bert's brother, Abe, after Bert passed away. There were times I wanted to shake Parker because she was more concerned about what others would see rather than doing what she truly wanted. At times, it seems like Parker is living in a role of America's Sweetheart and not her actual life.
I did find myself wishing that more would have been mentioned about Bert or more interaction with Abe.
Overall, I loved seeing how the characters grow and the surprised they learn throughout the book.
I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.