Thursday, March 5, 2015

review || SEASIDE SECRETS { blog tour }


Seaside Secrets by Melissa Foster

Publisher: Melissa Foster (2/24/2015)
Series: Seaside Summers, book 4, and Love in Bloom, book 24
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Tasty Book Tours
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Rating: ★1/2

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.

about Melissa || 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.

{ review } .
Tony and Amy have loved one another in secret for years. They've known each other since Amy was six. They're families both vacationed at Seaside and through the years, they grew up together and became closer.

Every summer, Amy looked forward to seeing Tony -- and Tony vice versa. One summer they decided to act on their feelings and had a true summer of bliss. However, they kept their relationship a secret. Then, when it all falls apart, Amy goes away to heal on her own, and lick her wounds away from him.

Both of them are thankful that after a few years, their friendship fell back in place. And while each summer, their group of friends is finding their own loves, Tony and Amy are still 'just friends'.

He knows her scent down to every single part of it, but she is no better. 

Not only does she know what cologne he uses, but during the nine months when they are apart, whenever she gets to missing him too much, she spritzes his cologne on her pillow so she can smell him. My goodness, gracious, you two... just talk to each other! Granted, who am I to talk? I'm the one who crushes on a single person for 5+ years and never says a word...

Tony is fiercely protective over Amy. He watches out for her and is always sure she makes it home ok, and that men don't grab on her. When they're group of paired up friends is together, Tony always has his arm around Amy -- and Amy always just figures it for what it 'is', a friendly gesture.

But Tony's never gotten over Amy.

He holds himself responsible for the act that tore them apart and he has yet to forgive himself for it. He figures Amy deserves so much better than he can give her. But after telling her so much, she shuts down, and we start to see Tony completely.

If there's one thing Tony doesn't want, it's to lose Amy forever.

My theme these last few weeks seems to have been friends-to-lovers, and not just friends, but old-friends. Well, that and babies. Babies has been a theme for a few of the books, too. This one was certainly cute. My biggest little gripe would simply be Tony and Amy's 'first' fight, the one where they finally start talking about that long ago summer, has moments where it felt to be dragging on... it was hot and cold; he was loud, she too timid; she touchy, and he sending all sorts of mixed signals. I would have liked it to either be shorter, or more passionate. Regardless, the fight got it's point across and the story truly began.

I'm curious about the other books in this Seaside Summer series. I absolutely love the friendships that were in this book. Not only did we see Tony and Amy's relationship, we had heavy doses of the girls' close friendship -- the laughs, the stunts, the tears... I enjoyed it, and seeing the other girls fall in love would be a treat.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for your amazing review! I'm so happy you enjoyed the book so much and could relate in some ways to the characters ;-)
    I hope you have an awesome week! XOXO