Summer at the Shore
Seashell Bay # 2
By: V.K. Sykes
Releasing June 30, 2015
Grand Central: Forever
JUST A SUMMER FLING?
Morgan Merrifield sacrificed her teaching career to try to save her family's bed-and-breakfast and care for her younger sister. She can't let herself get distracted by Ryan Butler. After all, the rugged ex-Special Forces soldier is only in Seashell Bay for the summer. But her longtime crush soon flares into real desire-and with one irresistible kiss, she's swept away.
Ryan values his freedom. As much as he wants Morgan, he's not ready to settle down with anyone, much less in sleepy Seashell Bay. But his code of honor doesn't allow him to leave a woman in distress-and she's in desperate need of help to fix the inn. It only takes one day working under the same roof and Ryan is already hoping for a lifetime of hot summer nights . . .
Both Morgan and Ryan are characters that are easy to like. They have hearts of gold, always wanting to help others, honest, solid, charismatic people.
But that's the way most everyone on the island of theirs seems to be. A unique little town, all pulling together, and going for the extra mile for each other.
Morgan and Ryan have a sizzling attraction to each other, have had for a long time. They have been friends all their lives, and the ease and affection of their relationship are a joy.
Ryan is at the crossroads in his life, and came to the island for an extended vacation to relax and think of his demanding job at the security firm. Morgan is dealing with a lot, taking care of the failing, deteriorating Inn and her sister, while mourning for her father, while on a leave of absence from her teaching job. She talks Ryan into helping her to fix the Inn, and he takes on the job with incredible responsibility and fervor.
As the summer goes along, Ryan and Morgan are working at the Inn, and dancing around each other and the ardent attraction. Nothing happens fast, as Morgan is against summer fling, and all Ryan can give to her, is the summer.
Even more devastation comes to Morgan's life, and Ryan proves to be the hero, that he is.
The story has lots of inner reflection of the characters and a little dialog. At times this makes the story move on rather slowly, though it does give a great insight to the characters.
It is a warm tale of summer at the Seashell Bay, its quirky residents, of life with its challenges and of a sweltering romance
~ Three Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
V.K. Sykes is really two people – Vanessa Kelly and Randy Sykes, a husband and wife team who write USA Today Bestselling contemporary romance and also romantic suspense. Randy excels at plot and characterization, but tends to fall down on the job when it comes to that pesky old thing called emotion. That’s where Vanessa steps in. She usually writes the sex scenes too, since Randy is a bit uncomfortable when it comes to that sort of stuff. Vanessa also writes award-winning Regency-set historical romance for Kensington Zebra under her own name. You can check out Vanessa’s bestselling historical romances at www.vanessakellyauthor.com
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