Monday, December 22, 2014

Blog Tour: Seaside Sunsets by Melissa Foster

After a week of flu induced silence, I'm so thrilled to break it with today's tour stop for Melissa Foster's Seaside Sunsets! If that sounds a bit like deja vu, it's because the last time I had to take a week off, it was because of the flu and then I followed up with a different Melissa Foster tour book! Seaside Sunsets is the third book in the Seaside Dreams series. I knew from Flirting with Love that I could expect good things from Foster, and Seaside Sunsets absolutely satisfied me!

For the rest of the stops on the tour, check out Tasty Book Tours.

The Book

Jessica Ayers has lived a sheltered life with little more than cello lessons and practices taking up her day. Now a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, she escapes the prim and proper symphony to vacation in the Seaside community in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, and determine if she is living life to the fullest or missing it altogether.

For the first time since developing the second largest search engine in the world, billionaire Jamie Reed is taking the summer off. He plans to work from the Cape and spend time with his elderly grandmother—and falling in love is not in his plans.

From the moment Jamie and Jessica meet, the attraction is white-hot. Once-overly-focused Jamie can think of little else than sensual, smart, and alluring Jessica, and Jessica discovers a side of herself she never knew existed. But when Jamie’s business encounters trouble and his attorney and best friend intervenes, he proves that the blond beauty is too distracting for Jamie. To make matters worse, it appears that Jessica might not be who she says she is, turning Jamie’s life—and his heart—upside down.

In a world where personal information is always one click away, Jamie must decide if he should trust his heart or watch the woman he loves walk away

Seaside Sunsets is available now!

My Review

I haven't read the first two books in the Seaside Dreams series, but this didn't hinder my enjoyment of Seaside Sunsets at all. 

Jessica is a new arrival on the scene, staying in the beachfront community as part of a summer hiatus to discover herself at the ripe old age of twenty-seven. She's been intensely focused on her career as a cellist and now wants to discover what it's like to have a social life. 

Meanwhile, Jamie is the local nice guy. He's a very wealthy computer geek who has a close relationship with the grandmother who raised him after the sudden deaths of his parents. 

Jessica has been so insulated by her life as a cellist that she's almost completely guileless. She's so open and honest with Jamie and so tentative and nervous about how to relate with the women of the Cape that I couldn't help but like her. I did think that it was odd that she was so out of practice at having friends. I think I have it my head that musicians can be both tightly knit but also ultra-competitive at these higher skill levels. Given her mother's controlling nature, it seemed plausible to me that Jessica would have been particularly isolated but it still struck me a time or two as an odd note.

For his part, Jamie is as delightful and delectable a hero as one could ask for - he's got brains, he's got the body, he wants all the best for Jessica and when he makes a mistake, he's absolutely willing to lay it on the line to make up for it.  

The supporting cast of characters were colorful, and while I didn't love them all, that's absolutely okay. I didn't have any difficulty keeping the large cast straight, and I absolutely want to read Amy and Tony's story (which is coming next summer!)

Seaside Sunsets is what I would call a 'gentle romance.' Other than the extremes of these two being so physically attractive and so successful in their careers, Jessica and Jamie could have been any real contemporary couple faced with modern concerns and tensions around work and trust. 

Several steamy sex scenes in this one - don't be misled by my 'gentle romance' talk! There's a beach scene that absolutely redefines the three-date rule, and I was amused and delighted by the fact that all the foreplay and build completely pays off. These two do not hold back behind closed doors! 

The Bottom Line:

Seaside Sunsets is a great beach-themed read - a happy way to heat things up during these cold winter months! I recommend it for fans of contemporary romance, and I think it's absolutely okay to jump into Foster's impressive catalog of books with this one. She has an impressive backlist to check out after you've given Seaside Sunsets a whirl!

5 stars
For fans of contemporary romance, low conflict romances, gentle romance

About Melissa Foster

"Melissa Foster is a wonderful connector of readers and books, a friend of authors, and a tireless advocate for women. She is the real deal"-- Bestselling Author Jennie Shortridge

"What sets Melissa Foster apart are her compelling characters who you care about... desperately. This  is psychological suspense at its most chilling. I dare you to read the first chapter and not be hooked."  International bestseller, M.J. Rose 

Melissa Foster is an award-winning, International bestselling author. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary CafĂ©. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on  Fostering Success. Melissa is also a community builder for the Alliance for Independent Authors. She has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine. 

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  1. Thank you for hosting! Loved the Review, glad you are feeling better! Happy holidays!

  2. The flu? Oh no! So glad you're feeling better now and I hope reading helped entertain you while you were down and out.
    You aren't the only one waiting for Tony and Amy's HEA--not too long now ;-)
    Thank you for your review! Have a happy holiday with your family XOXO