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Series: Seaside Summers #2,
Publisher: World Literary Press (Self-Published) on October 21, 2014
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (Adult)
Jenna Ward is vivacious, spontaneous, and confident—except when she’s around the man who stole her heart years earlier, strikingly handsome, quiet, and reliable Pete Lacroux. After years of trying to get his attention and overwhelmed from dealing with her mother’s new cougar lifestyle, Jenna’s giving up on Peter—and is ready to explore other men.
As the eldest of five siblings, with an alcoholic father to care for, boat craftsman Pete Lacroux always does the right thing and has no time for a real relationship. He’s looking forward to seeing his friend Jenna, a welcome distraction who’s so damn sexy and so painfully shy that she equally entertains and confuses him.
When Jenna picks up a hard-bodied construction worker, jealousy ignites Pete’s true feelings, and he’s powerless to ignore the desires for Jenna he never realized he had. But Pete’s not the quiet guy he appears to be, and his life is anything but conducive to a relationship. Can Jenna handle the real Pete Lacroux—the sexiest, most passionate alpha male she’s ever seen—or will she crack under pressure? And can Pete reclaim the life he once had without tearing apart his family?
This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.
I’ve been dying to read this one since the sneak peek at the end of Seaside Dreams, and it was even better than I expected.
Jenna’s been watching her friends pair up with their own personal versions of The Perfect Man, but she’s sick of waiting around for hers. Summer after summer she’s looked forward to seeing Pete and crossed her fingers each time that this would be the summer he’d finally take notice of her. But once again, he’s polite, friendly, and making absolutely no effort to turn their often awkward friendship into anything more substantial. But when she gives up and goes after a sexy construction worker…
The Seaside girls once again make the story more than just your standard romance. Their genuine, comfortable friendship offers a little mischief, a lot of laughs, and the inevitable girl talk — and I love that the guys just run with it. Pete is even more used to their antics than the other guys are, and that’s what throws him for a loop when it comes to Jenna. She’s confident and outgoing and always up for a little fun trouble — until he’s around. He wouldn’t mind pursuing something with the Jenna she is with others, but he’s not interested in the shy and self-conscious Jenna who can’t seem to form a complete sentence around him. But seeing her turning on the charm for some random construction worker has him finally seeing what’s been right in front of him all along.
Pete and Jenna have known each other for years, and that makes their relationship all the more believable when everything starts falling into place. And the fact that they’ve essentially misjudged each other for so long makes it even more interesting. Pete’s convinced that Jenna isn’t the firecracker he’s looking for, and Jenna’s convinced that Pete simply can’t appreciate her for who she is. The truth is that she’s so bowled over by him that she’s practically speechless when they’re face to face, and she’s got all the confidence and inner strength he’s wanted all along.
Pete could have been a jerk with the whole being jealous of the construction guy thing, but instead, his newly realized feelings seem to make him that much bolder, and when his attention really becomes focused on Jenna, the heat is undeniable. Their history removes any real need for the getting-to-know-you period and instead immediately lands them in a place where they’re trying to define their relationship and not rush things too fast, but it also makes it easy for them to slide right into a comfortable place with each other. They know each other better than they thought, as evidenced by his adding to her rock collection, and the patience and determination he shows in the marshmallow scene is one of the sweetest I’ve read.
I know better than to say Seaside Hearts is the best in this series — I’ve learned that the moment I do that, the next book will blow me away. With all the romance I read, you’d think it would get old, but Melissa Foster consistently delivers the kind of fun, flawed characters you can’t help but love, and every new romance is fresh and different while still delivering a real world fairy tale ending. The only problem now is that I have to find something to tide me over until I get my hands on Jamie’s story!