Melissa Foster has done it once again. Each time I choose to read a book written by Ms. Foster I am guaranteed a heartwarming story. Seaside Embrace was no different as it provided me with that and more. I have been following the Seaside series from the beginning, and the stories get better with each installment. She elicits a myriad of emotions in this addition to what I consider to be a great series. What I love about this series is that each book can be read as a stand-alone therefore you can read them in any order you so desire. However, I should warn you the moment you begin this series you will not be able to stop at just one book.
In the previous installments, we were introduced to Hunter Lacroux and Jana Hunter. I was secretly wishing they would get their own story and now my wish has been granted. Hunter and Jana are not your typical couple. They have been indulging in casual sex with each other for some time, unbeknownst to their family and friends. Their connection was combustible and addictive. Eventually, what started out as casual became something with substance. However, because of their stubborn natures, they were determined to fight their feelings. Hunter is a womanizer who was not looking for a permanent relationship and Jana had commitment phobia. Will these two be able to move past their pain and fear, and cease their chance at love?
I enjoyed reading about Hunter and Jana. It was easy to relate to them. I liked that they were not afraid to acknowledge their weaknesses and took steps to address them. Hunter was patient, especially when it came to Jana. He loved her and wanted to change the status of their relationship. However, he was willing to wait until Jana was able to acknowledge her feelings. That's the power of love.
Jana is strong, but beneath that tough exterior lies a wounded soul. She has had her share of pain, hence her fear of commitment. She had allowed her fears to control her, eventually, though she was able to move past it and reclaim her life.
The sub-plot was an eye-opener. It dealt with the problems, that couples have to deal with in their marriage. It demonstrated that no matter how much we love someone if we don't address these problems and seek help then it's likely to lead to an end of the relationship. It's my belief that the problems Hunter's best friend were faced with helped him to better handle his relationship with Jana.
The story, which is beautifully written, was engrossing. I was pulled in from the start and was eager to see the direction the story was going to take. Like all her stories, Seaside Embrace is a story about love, hope, struggles, and friendships. Each of her stories is different with unique characters. There is so much laughter, camaraderie, and tears flowing between the pages that you can't but help feel like you are a part of this group of friends.
Fans of Melissa Foster you do not want to miss out on this one. For those who are new to her work, you need to get a copy of Seaside Embrace. You will love every moment of it! I for one am looking forward to the next book in the series.
Seaside Embrace is a fantastic new addition to the Seaside series.
The way this story started off, I knew the characters were in trouble, especially Jana.
Jana is a very strong, independent woman, who is insecure when it comes to her ability to commit to relationships. Jana loves to dance, box, and perform in theater. Lately, life has gotten crazy and out of control that Jana has had to cut back on the things she loves.
Hunter is a creative and hard working when it comes to his sculptures and a major player in his personal life. He's not used to relationships or romance.
Jana and Hunter are very similar with their player and non-commitment behavior. They often butt heads and get on each others nerves. Hunter finds Jana to be a challenge is willing to pursue a chance of being with Jana. Jana's insecurities about relationships and her past don't make it easy.
Hunter's patience and ability to communicate with Jana impressed and pleased me. I couldn't put the book down. I was too curious to see if Hunter and Jana could work it out.
I can't wait to see what is next for the Seaside Series. I would love to see what happens with Clark and Nina, Hunter's brother Grayson, or Jana's siblings.
I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.