Saturday, April 11, 2015

Meet Me at the Beach (Seashell Bay #1) by V.K. Sykes

Book Blurb:


When Lily Doyle spots her high school crush Aiden Flynn on the inbound ferry, she knows trouble is about to dock in Seashell Bay. And not just because he's more handsome than ever. If Aiden's in town, the rumors must be true about his family's plan to sell their coastal land to the highest bidder. But Lily will do whatever it takes to convince the hottest guy on the beach to protect their idyllic island home.

Gorgeous Lily Doyle was the only thing Aiden missed after he escaped from his hometown to play pro baseball. Now all Aiden wants is to wrap up the business deal and get back to his life, not relive a past that still haunts him. But as memories rush in about the night of passion he and Lily shared long ago, everything else washes right out to sea—everything except the desire that still burns between them.

My Review:

Meet Me At The Beach is an all encompassing story about relationships, community and second chances with a couple of strong main characters.  Aiden is facing unexpected changes in his life reluctantly.  A  reluctant return to his small home town brings him back to Lily and the memories he has of her.  Lily is living the life she has always wanted to, and she has mixed feelings about Aiden's temporary return.   There is a strong attraction between them that hasn't gone away over the years...but they both might still want different things, in more ways than one.  I liked that Lily and Aiden had a distant past together with an attraction that was still there, and the maturity with which they handled everything made them real to me.  They weren't drawn into a long standing family feud, they just were who they were, at the same time struggling a bit to move forward.  

Watching them come together, grow together and find possible solutions to issues was a heart felt, believable plot.  There is a lot going on on their small island, from family dynamics to development that threatens to change the way their small island is.  It was interesting to be a part of this, see how they dealt with it all, and at the same time wondering what a solution could be.  I liked how V. K. laced everything together.

I am partial to small town, island settings on the ocean, so Meet Me At The Beach really worked for me!  With just enough conflict and turmoil to keep things interesting, it was a well flowing read.  I'd recommend Meet Me At The Beach to any romance reader!

4/5 Beachy stars!!

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