Thursday, June 28, 2018

#BookReview - Seaside Dreams (Love in Bloom: Seaside Summers - Book 1) by Melissa Foster

Title: Seaside Dreams (Love in Bloom: Seaside Summers - Book 1)
Author: Melissa Foster
Genre: Women's Fiction, Romance
Publisher: World Literary Press
Release Date: August 25, 2014 

About the Book:
Bella Abbascia has returned to Seaside Cottages in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, as she does every summer. Only this year, Bella has more on her mind than sunbathing and skinny-dipping with her girlfriends. She's quit her job, put her house on the market, and sworn off relationships while she builds a new life in her favorite place on earth. That is, until good-time Bella's prank takes a bad turn and a sinfully sexy police officer appears on the scene. 

Single father and police officer Caden Grant left Boston with his fourteen-year-old son, Evan, after his partner was killed in the line of duty. He hopes to find a safer life in the small resort town of Wellfleet, and when he meets Bella during a night patrol shift, he realizes he's found the one thing he'd never allowed himself to hope for--or even realized he was missing. 

After fourteen years of focusing solely on his son, Caden cannot resist the intense attraction he feels toward beautiful Bella, and Bella's powerless to fight the heat of their budding romance. But starting over proves more difficult than either of them imagined, and when Evan gets mixed up with the wrong kids, Caden's loyalty is put to the test. Will he give up everything to protect his son--even Bella?
Buy Links: Amazon 

My Review:

Seaside Dreams is a delightfully heartwarming story about friendship, love and commitment.  After being betrayed by her last boyfriend, Bella needed a fresh start with her life plan.  Spending the summer with her dearest girlfriends in the cottages they vacationed at year after year growing up, seemed to be a good place to relocate.  She needed to find herself and establish a new teaching program.

When Bella and her girlfriends, wearing little more than their underwear, decide to move a toilet seat to Theresa's driveway and then are interrupted by the love-making noises coming from Leanna's bedroom, the laughter and giggles explode.  As they try to close the window, Bella's hair gets caught when the window slams shut.  That's when the spotlight coming from Officer Caden Grant's police car shines on Bella's... um... backside.

Caden and Bella have an immediate connection that flourishes.  Bella even becomes attached to Caden's teenage son, Evan.  Conflicts occur and feelings are hurt, but there is a happily-ever-after.

Melissa Foster creates memorable characters who warm your heart and give you an occasional chuckle.  This was a sweet romance with some added spice.

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About the Author:

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Melissa writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance and women's fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Readers adore Melissa's fun, flirty, and sinfully sexy, award-winning big-family romance collection, LOVE IN BLOOM featuring the Snow Sisters, Bradens, Remingtons, Ryders, Seaside Summer, Harborside Nights, Wild Boys and Bad Boys After Dark, and the Montgomerys. Melissa's emotional journeys are always family oriented. Perfect beach reads for contemporary romance lovers who enjoy reading about loyal, wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines with complex and relatable issues.

Melissa also writes sweet and clean romance under the pen name Addison Cole.

Melissa has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Her interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on social media or her personal website.

"Melissa Foster is synonymous with sexy, swoony, heartfelt romance!" -NYT Bestseller Lauren Blakely

"With her wonderful characters and resonating emotions, Melissa Foster is a must-read author!" -NYT Bestseller Julie Kenner

"What sets Melissa Foster apart are her compelling characters who you care about... desperately. I dare you to read the first chapter and not be hooked." NYT bestseller, M.J. Rose

"You can always rely on Melissa Foster to deliver a story that's fresh, emotional and entertaining. Make sure you have all night, because once you start you won't want to stop reading. Every book's a winner!" New York Times Bestselling Author Brenda Novak

"Melissa Foster is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Fated For Love was amazing. It kind of reminds me of Jill Shalvis' books and they are my benchmark for contemporary romance awesomeness." --Books Like Breathing

Comments from Melissa:

Hello everyone! I grew up in Maryland with my mother, a slew of wonderful brothers, and never a shortage of friends. I am passionate about writing, reading, living healthy, and helping others do the same, and enjoy just about anything outdoors (and anything chocolate!). I love to chat with readers and book clubs, and welcome your comments and suggestions. Feel free to email me. You can also catch me on


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