Bayside Desires

Bayside Desires

by Melissa Foster

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Fall in love at Bayside, where sandy beaches, good friends, and true love come together in the sweet small towns of Cape Cod. Bayside Summers is a series of standalone steamy romance novels featuring alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They're fun, flirty, flawed, deeply emotional, always passionate, and easy to relate to.

BAYSIDE SUMMERS is a series of STANDALONE steamy romance novels featuring alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They're fun, flirty, flawed, deeply emotional, always passionate, and easy to relate to. Bayside Summers is part of the LOVE IN BLOOM romance collection by New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. While each book may be read as a standalone, you might enjoy reading the entire Love in Bloom series. Characters from each sub-series appear in future books.

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

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

In Bayside Desires...
As the co-owner of Bayside Resorts, Rick Savage has a fabulous job working with his best friends and brother, and a thriving business in Washington, DC, which he'll be returning to at the end of the summer. Spending time with his family is great, but being back on Cape Cod has unearthed painful memories. When sweet, smart, and overly cautious Desiree Cleary moves in next door, Rick is drawn to the sexy preschool teacher, and she just might prove to be the perfect distraction.

Running an art gallery was not in preschool teacher Desiree Cleary's plans, but after being tricked into coming to her impetuous, unreliable mother's aid, she's stuck spending the summer with the badass half sister she barely knows and a misbehaving dog. If that's not frustrating enough, she can't escape the sparks igniting with her strikingly handsome and pushy neighbor, Rick, who makes all her warning bells go off.

Passion ignites as Desiree and Rick spend long summer nights sharing heartfelt confessions and steamy kisses. For the first time in years Rick is enjoying life again instead of hiding behind mounds of work miles away from his family. Desiree has touched him in a way that makes him want to slow down. Only slowing down means dealing with his demons, and he isn't sure who he'll be when he comes out the other side.

All Bayside books can be read as standalone novels or as part of the series:
Bayside Passions
Bayside Heat
Bayside Escape

Bayside Summers is part of the Love in Bloom romance collection. Characters from each sub-series appear in future books. Visit Melissa's website for LOVE IN BLOOM family trees, series checklists, and more.

More Love in Bloom books:

Sisters in Love
Sisters in Bloom
Sisters in White

Lovers at Heart, Reimagined (Treat & Max)
Destined for Love (Rex & Jade)
Friendship on Fire (Josh & Riley)
Sea of Love (Dane & Lacy)
Bursting with Love (Savannah & Jack)
Hearts at Play (Hugh & Bree)

Taken by Love (Luke)
Fated for Love (Wes)
Romancing My Love (Pierce)
Flirting with Love (Ross)
Dreaming of Love (Emily)
Crashing into Love (Jake)

THE BRADENS (Peaceful Harbor, MD)
Healed by Love (Nate)
Surrender My Love (Cole)
River of Love (Sam)
Crushing on Love (Shannon)
Whisper of Love (Tempest)
Thrill of Love (Ty)

Promise My Love
Story of Love
Our New Love
Daring Her Love

Game of Love (Dex)
Stroke of Love (Sage)
Flames of Love (Siena)
Slope of Love (Rush)
Read, Write, Love (Kurt)
Touched by Love (Boyd)

Seaside Dreams (Bella)
Seaside Hearts (Jenna)
Seaside Sunsets (Jamie)
Seaside Secrets (Amy)
Seaside Nights (Sky)
Seaside Embrace (Hunter)
Seaside Lovers (Grayson)
Seaside Whispers (Matt)

Seized by Love (Blue)
Claimed by Love (Duke)
Chased by Love (Trish)
Rescued by Love (Jake)
Swept Into Love (Gage)

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She 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. Melissa's emotional journeys are always family oriented. Melissa loves to chat with book clubs and readers, invite her to your next event.

Foster's love stories are perfect steamy romance beach reads for fans of Susan Mallery, Linda Lael Miller, Brenda Novak, Debbie Macomber, Jill Shalvis, Maisy Yates, and other big-family, small-town romance fans. The characters are romantic and loyal, some are billionaires, others are blue collar, and you're always guaranteed a happily ever after.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157051020
Publisher: Melissa Foster
Publication date: 05/09/2017
Series: Love in Bloom: Bayside Summers Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 9,718
File size: 523 KB

About the Author

Having sold over 3 million books, Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and new adult romance with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are always family oriented–-perfect beach reads for contemporary romance lovers who enjoy reading about wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines.

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Bayside Desires 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 59 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Mommaleena More than 1 year ago
Bayside Desires (Bayside Summers Book 1) by Melissa Foster •Cosmos Another fantastic series starter! Bayside Desires was an emotional story. I laughed, chuckled, smiled, definitely got frustrated along with Desiree, and cried along with Rick. I loved their combined stories. To find out how they connected you'll have to read Bayside Desires. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC copy of this book via Tasty Book Tours for an honest blog tour review. Due to sexual content this novel is recommended for readers 17 and older! All Bayside books can be read as standalone novels or as part of the series:

 Coming Soon... Bayside Passions Bayside Heat Bayside Escape Bayside Summers is part of the Love in Bloom romance collection by New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. While each book may be read as a standalone, you might enjoy reading the entire Love in Bloom series. Characters from each sub-series appear in future books. Visit Melissa's website for family trees, series checklists, and more. Favorite Passages ~ •“Oh, girls. Cosmos brought you together. He always knows exactly who needs to meet Pand when. We needed this. All of us. I love you, and more importantly”—she opened the cab door and climbed inside—“I believe in you!” •‘Sometimes the hardest place to be is where everyone knows you best.’ •‘Never trust a person who puts on airs, and for God’s sake, don’t marry one.’” •“If you keep looking at me like that, I’m going to stop talking and devour you.” •“If you kiss me like you usually do, until my brain cells fry and my body turns to butter, I’ll never hear the rest.” •Life takes you where you need to be, when you need to be there. •“That’s what love is. You ache for the people you wish you had in your life, and you ache for the ones who are in your life.” •There’s no excuse for being who we are. We’re individuals, and we do the best we can.
Anonymous 22 days ago
I actually laughed out loud in places I eas sorry to get to the end so fast but I stayed awake many early mornings. Great read.
beckvalleybooks More than 1 year ago
I've got to admit that I fell in love with this gorgeous cover long before I could read the book, I couldn't wait to start reading the book, the first from the brand new series. Rick and Desiree had me hooked from the start, as soon as they had their first flirty meeting, it was unexpected to them yet so well timed, as fate began to play a massive part in their lives. There were so many laugh out loud moments, including that one, throughout this story, their flirty banter and teasing was infectious. Reading Bayside Desires had me smiling and laughing throughout. Both were in the Cape temporarily, neither looking for romance. Desiree had received an urgent SOS from her distant mother having her believe she needed her straight away. Luckily she is a teacher in the holiday season, so packed her bags without hesitation, only to find that once she had arrived she had been tricked into looking after her grandmothers house and mothers business, along with her sister who she hadn't seen in a long time, while her mother scurried off on her travels. What began as an incredibly inconvenient situation, especially awkward between the two sisters, moved to being an incredible turn of events for all. I escaped so easily into this story, you could feel the emotion when the you needed to feel it due to the writing style of the author, you also had the fun, craziness and heat all rolled into one, with chapter 8 being my favorite! I loved Rick and Desiree's story so much. Their loveable heat flew off the pages and slipped easily into the readers mind. Their chemistry was undeniable, simply gorgeous, they had such a wonderful relationship that it had you begging for more when you finished. I really enjoyed following the sisters as they re-connected and the hilarious situations they found themselves in. I loved all the new characters and how they welcomed the two sisters into their lives with open arms. Of course we can't forget about Cosmos for his cupid moments! A beautiful perfect ending and I cannot wait for more!
Humber More than 1 year ago
This is a remarkable love story; I really enjoyed reading this novel. Melissa has a unique writing style that immediately captures your interest. The characters are well-developed and the story is so well-written that you can't help but become highly absorbed in the book. I love her work. I would definitely recommend this novel!
wifetoalineman02 More than 1 year ago
Loved this new series Ms. Melissa Foster gave us new tingling feelings with her new series Bayside series. I loved this new characters on the first book of the series. I always love the named Desiree. She is sweet pre-school teacher who is an emotional wreck because of her mother. Rick on the other hand is the same. He is handsome but emotional too. This is my favorite quote from the book " Life takes us where we need to be when we need to be there" Life indeed is full of adventures especially when you open your heart for possibilities. As far as I do not like Desiree's mom, she is indeed full of words of wisdom. If only I can have that kisses between Desiree and Rick, I bet I cannot keep my toes down. This book is very hot too. I loved their first intimate scenes. This book also teaches us to let go of the post and face our fear. This book is hilarious as well. Be prepare to laugh out loud, pant and loves struck. I am looking forward for the next book in the series.
MissyTanner More than 1 year ago
What do you get when you cross a kindergarten teacher with a resort owner slash contractor? A love so powerful that sparks jump off the pages of their book. Melissa Foster does it once again with BaySide Desires, the story of Desiree and Rick. Rick Savage is a contractor architect and resort owner who is working on a new resort with his brother and business partner when he spots Desiree standing on the beach. Of course, he wasn’t working at the time he spotted her. He was flying past her on a jet ski. Desiree was at the popular vacation spot because her carefree, gypsy mother summoned her to the family beach home, previously belonging to Desiree’s beloved grandmother, who passed away several years earlier. Lizza had told both her daughters that it was a matter of life and death and they both needed to come to the beach house for the summer. Desiree and Violet didn’t grow up together. Desiree grew up with her father and Violet traveled the globe with Lizza. Rick hadn’t been back to the Cape for extended periods of time since his father passed away when he was a teenager. The Cape held memories, both good and bad. The bad had been tucked away while he was becoming married to his job. But, since he was spending several months there to open the new resort, all sorts of memories had been popping up. When Rick and Desiree meet, sparks flew instantly, causing both to think of nothing else except each other. While Desiree had Rick’s number, he didn’t have hers. So when her mother’s dog ends up in the resort’s pool, Rick returned him to Desiree, unknowing that it was her dog. This love story is about healing, family drama and following dreams. Melissa Foster knows how to make the characters your best friends, you family and keeps you wanting more.
LadyStephM More than 1 year ago
Desiree receives a cryptic message from her mother telling her she needs to come home in order to prolong her life. When Desiree arrives she realises her mother is just as flakey as before. On her arrival, she catches eyes with the studly Rick and meets him after an unfortunate drenching. The regimented Desiree will be taught how to break free and enjoy life in the moment from not only the handsome Rick, but her sister Violet. Desiree's journey is an emotion driven and informative one. Melissa tells a tale about breaking free and enjoying life and loving the ones that love you. *An advance copy of this book was provided to me for review purposes only*
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
BAYSIDE DESIRES is the first installment in Melissa Foster’s contemporary, adult BAYSIDE SUMMERS romance series. This is architect and co-owner of Bayside Resorts Rick Savage, and preschool teacher/ art gallery manager Desiree Cleary’s story line. BAYSIDE DESIRES, and subsequently BAYSIDE SUMMERS is another one of Melissa Foster’s spin off series but can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Several characters and couples cross over for cohesion and familiarity. Told from dual third person perspectives (Rick and Desiree) BAYSIDE DESIRES follows the building relationship between resort owner and architect Rick Savage, and preschool teacher/ art gallery manager Desiree Cleary. Desiree Cleary was called home by an urgent email from her mother only to discover that both she and her sister had been set up by the woman neither daughter knew very little about. Rick Savage had returned to Bayside Resorts in order to help his brother with the refurbishing of their family owned resort. Meeting Desiree Cleary finds our story line hero reconsidering his future, a future that never included staying in the seaside town of Bayside, Cape Cod. What ensues is the quick to build romance between Desiree and Rick, and the potential fall out when Desiree and Rick must go their separate ways. Melissa Foster pulls the reader into a sweet, sexy, romantic tale about two people coming to terms with the reality of family, history and the past. Rick struggles with the painful memories of what was and what will never be; Desiree battles the pulls of family, and the world she left behind. The $ex scenes are intimate and spicy. There is a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including Desiree’s half-sister Violet, their mother Lizza, and Desiree’s best friend Emery, as well as Rick’s brother Drake, his best friend Dean Masters, Drake and Rick’s sister Mira, her husband Matt, their son Hagen, and temporary resort manager Serena Mallery. The world building focuses on friendships, family, struggle and fate. Rick and Desiree both see the world through bitter memories but memories that come clearer when acceptance and love come to pass. BAYSIDE DESIRES is an engaging, delightful and uplifting romance. The premise is heartwarming; the characters are passionate and playful; the romance is seductive. BAYSIDE DESIRES is an enjoyable and moving start to a new series.
Silvie_MySillyLittleGang More than 1 year ago
Anyone who knows me know that I am a HUGE Melissa Foster fan. I absolutely love all the steamy and realistic stories she brings us. She is by far my absolute favorite author! I love those romances that form in the summer. I also really liked that this story takes place in one of my favorite summer time destinations. We go down to the Cape at least a couple times during the summer months. In this book we meet Desiree and Rick and get to learn their story. Desiree and Violet who are half sisters head to the Cape to help run their mom’s gallery while she is traveling. Rick is a very handsome resort owner who is completely thrown for Desiree the moment he sees her. Aside from a great summer romance this story gives us so much more! Desiree grew up with her dad, while Violet grew up with their mom. So this is the perfect chance for Desiree to connect with Violet. Since I too have a half sister that is more a part of me than I could have ever imagined, this story really came close to home. I won’t tell you more so I don’t ruin it for you. However I can tell you that this is a book that you will enjoy and won’t be able to put down.
AngelaMc1 More than 1 year ago
I love Melissa Foster and my readers should know that by now. She has a new series that takes us back to the beach. I love the summery beach love stories. This story does not lack in steamy fun. Rick is co owner of Bayside Resorts and Desiree is a preschool teacher. When their worlds collide it is hot and fun. Both are on the beach for the summer and Desiree ends up moving in next to Rick. The sparks fly and both are cautious. Rick has secrets and Desiree just likes to take things slowly. Their story is another great read and I loved it!
lindamoffitt02 More than 1 year ago
Bayside Desires is the first book in the Bayside Summers series. Great start to what I can only imagine will be a great series. This was the first book that I have read of Mrs. Fosters but hopefully it will not be my last. Rick and Desiree have both had heartrending and painful moments. Abandonment issues from her Mother and lots of disappointment has Desiree leery of forming relationships and trusting others. Rick has had his own tragedies to deal with in his past. Join in on the light-hearted and fun romantic summer at The Cape and see how it develops. Will their pasts hold them back or are they going to deal with their issues together and continue their relationship long-term and long-distance or will they just enjoy their summer fling? Also enjoy meeting the other fun characters in this story, which we will hear more about in succeeding books in this series. 1st-in-series, arc, fun-read, romance, contemporary-romance, small-town, hea I was given a copy from Beck Valley Book Tours to read and review if I chose to do so and was not compensated in any way for this review whether it was a positive or negative review.
LynchburgMama More than 1 year ago
Over the years of reading Melissa's books, I have grown to love her style. I am completely unfamiliar with the Cape area yet I feel that I have visited many times and know it like the back of my hand! Her writing opens up the imagination and lets you sink into the every day life with the characters. This time around, we get to experience Desiree and Rick. Both of our characters face their own difficulties regarding family, careers, personal/romantic lives yet somehow, they are drawn to each other. Desiree's mother is quite the character, indeed! She is manipulative yet flighty and comes across as a very selfish, childish woman. However, through that personality and choice of actions, her daughters are brought together and form a strong bond. Honestly, I think that was my favorite piece of the story - even beyond Rick and Desiree's romance! The heat between the pair will set you on fire and when the relationship brings everything/one together, you'll feel that fire cooled (in a good way!) with a past that is healed. Can't wait to see what else is hidden in the Bayside series! I received this book through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.
HeatherJG More than 1 year ago
A definite MUST ADD for your summer reading list! This is the beginning of another amazing series from the one, the only.....THE Melissa Foster! This book has so many feels, so much steam and some amazing character development. One of the things that always gets me hooked with Melissa's writing is that she finds a way to make the characters so personable and you tend to see a little piece of yourself in at least one of the characters. I've noticed this over and over with many of the Melissa Foster books I've read (and lets face it......I've read ALOT of them)! I can't wait to devour the whole series!!!
collyn23 More than 1 year ago
I'm bringing you another awesome book by Melissa Foster! Bayside desires is another in her series that can be read as a stand alone book with a happy ending. All the books in series I've read so far have been so good and this one didn't disappoint either because it was amazing. This book had me happy, sad, angry and in love. I couldn't get enough of it. Desiree and Rick are sweet, lovable and hot together. They both been through some tough stuff in life losing a parent in traumatic ways that changed them but together they heal and help each other. They make each other stronger and their love is a bond that can never be broken. I just love their story! I definitely recommend this book it you love hot sexy sensual love stories! I want to see what happens with them down the road and if Desi's sister Vi finds a man too. I say go check out Bayside desires today and all Melissa Foster's other books as well because you will love them just like me! Two thumbs up!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a Texas gal living in the Northwest Pacific where I'm greeted most mornings with fog and rain. So, to say I was ready to be taken to a beach where joy and romance were waiting on me, is an understatement. Melissa did an AMAZING job taking me to that place. Her words and creativity brought me to a place of peace and joy. Thank you Melissa for taking me out of the gloomy clouds and giving me some moments of sun, love and the beach! Desiree is living in Virginia as a preschool teacher who has never really been close to her mother or half-sister. One day she gets a message from her mother that she needed to get to Bayside for the summer. The message appeared to be urgent so being the good person Desiree is, she did it. Desiree has two surprises as she ventures off to visit her mother. She meets a Washington D.C. business man named Rick who is in town to help a pal. She also gets to her mother's house to find her sister had also received the same message she had. I got lost in this story. As I got to know these characters more, my heart felt for Desiree, Violet (her half-sister) and Rick. It was a sweet experience to read how these families come together and the role that each character played in this beautiful story! If you enjoy romance, love, family and sun then you definitely want to read this book!!!
libriamorimiei More than 1 year ago
A new series by Melissa Foster means another enjoyable, fun, sexy and romantic adventure. She never disappoints. Rick and Desiree fall in love at first glance, their first encounter is so exciting. Rick is driving his jet ski while Desiree is watching him from the beach. Rick has a business with a couple of friends in Washington DC but is spending the summer at Cape Code to help his brother and his friend restructure their resort. Desiree must help her mother with her job but it's a trap to allow her and her sister Violet to build a relationship. Rick and Desiree find themselves close to home and have to understand if their story is just a summer adventure or a great love story in which they must manage the distance. The chemistry between the two protagonists is really hot. I love Rick's family, is so numerous and they are so united. Desiree's family, however, is very problematic, has grown far away from her mother and her sister and is very different from them. Her relationship with Rick will change her and will also change her family relationships. This story is not just a sweet love story but also about friendship and family relationships. It was a very entertaining and fun reading with many scenes to laugh loudly. This book is perfect as summer reading.
A_Gluten_Free_Mom More than 1 year ago
Time to meet a new heroine from one of my favorite romance authors. Melissa Foster has introduced a new series set in Bayside. Imagine a beautiful Cape Cod-esque town, full to the brim of sand, sun, and easy days. Now, put yourself there because your mother said you absolutely must come, practically a matter of life and death. Feeling twisted emotions? Well, our main character Desiree has been put in just that place. I really enjoyed how clearly I could see the motivations behind the main character here. Desiree felt like an open book, like the best friend you never had. Bayside Desires is the first in an up and coming series from Foster. I have a fond spot in my heart for her prior series and I'm sure the rest of this one will be amazing as well. If you haven't already discovered this author, grab this novel below and come along for the ride of your life.
shortsassyblog More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars! You know the feeling you have when a book makes you squeal outlaid because you love it so much.... that was this book for me! I loved Bayside Desires, but I love Melissa Foster, so there is not much surprise! This is the first book in a new series, and I could not be happier about getting another series from her! Desiree's mom is kinda a fruit basket and she has called her home to help out, little does she know what she is getting into by coming home. She has always been the sensible one, cleaning up her mom's messes. But this time, the mess leads her to Rick. Rick is her new neighbor and hot construction worker who she falls hard for. I loved this couples sass and banter. They made me have ALL the feels. The ending was nothing shirt of awesome. It had me happy and in tears! I can NOT wait for the next book in this series!!
dewer421 More than 1 year ago
Desiree has been hurt by her mother so many times in her life that she's cautious and slow to trust. But when her mom calls her with a life and death matter, she drops everything and comes to Bayside, only to find that she's there to care for her mom's art gallery. When her mom's dog forces her and Rick together, Desiree decides to take a chance and enjoy life. But is a summer romance with Rick enough to get her to let her hair down? This is a sexy, steamy romance! It is H O T hot, combined with the sweetness of family and friends. I adore this story and can't wait to read more from the Bayside gang! I received this book through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.
ebookaddictsuk More than 1 year ago
I honestly don't think there has been a book by Melissa that I have read that I didn't love. Bayside Desires is book one in the Bayside Summers spin-off series from Seaside Summers and I already cant to read more in the Bayside series! Rick Savage is Mira's brother who we met in Seaside Whispers, and he is the Cape working on a renovation project with his brother Drake and best friend Dean - Desiree is in the Cape under the pretence that her mother is ill or worse only to discover it was all a ruse to get her and her estranged sister Violet together for the summer whilst her mother goes off to "relax" - now I have to admit for the first time I did not like a character in Melissa;s book - Desiree's mother! BUT...... that did change once I saw her reasoning but I mean come on who would lure their daughter making out they were dying and turn around and say they needed a holiday! Desiree is such a sweet innocent young woman who is far different form her feisty outgoing free-spirited sister Violet, they didn't spend much time together growing up, so there are bridged to be built between them over the summer and being thrust together in this situation by their mother is less than idea but they actually discover that they really get along great despite their differences. When Rick first meets Desiree there is no denying the instant attraction between them, but both of them know that they are only in the Cape for the summer, so they make it a fling to remember. I really loved how Rick brought out the naughty side to Desiree and loved watching her grow from this innocent school teacher to vixen. I also loved how the both overcame scars from the past with the help of each other as if the fates brought them together for that very purpose - her mother was right after ;) This is a great start to series with sizzling hot romance, great characters and that feel good summer vibe.
IreneC More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars Bayside Desires was a sweet, romantic and very enjoyable read. I'm really enjoying reading Melissa Foster's books. She has a special way with her words that brings the plot to life and the characters feel like you've known them all your life. I loved watching Rick and Desiree relationship develop. They have this insane attraction/chemistry which they both find very hard to resist. I found them both likable, endearing characters with big honest hearts and they totally belonged together. Bayside Desires is a well written and memorable read that will touch your heart and leave you full of happy feels. What wonderful start to the Bayside Summers series. Looking forward the next book Bayside Desires.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good new series for the romantic reader! Jet skier crunches quiet teacher. Several unexpected incidents bring them together! Love and Cosmos brings a great story to the readers!
KnottyGirlReviews More than 1 year ago
Bayside Desires by Melissa Foster is the first book in the Bayside Summers series which fits in her Love In Bloom series of books. (I’d be here for a long, long time if I listed all of those books) But the good part is that all of the books can be read as a standalone. I’ll stand right up and admit that the reason I decided to read this book initially was that it was set in Cape Cod, Mass. Seeing as how I’m from Massachusetts and have spent many a summer “Down the Cape”, it appealed. I ended up loving it oh so very much, and for me to love a straight-up vanilla romance says a lot about the author. It was a total, feel-good, romantic, beachside read for me. I’m definitely going back to read it’s sister series. But the premise here is that straight-laced school teacher Desiree Cleary gets an e-mail from her wayward mom telling her she needs to come and run her Cape Cod art gallery for the summer because it might prolong her life. Desiree is in for a surprise when she shows up and so does her sister Violet, who got the same message, about HER. What mom Lizza does next is shocking. But the uptight Desiree meets Rick Savage, who is partners with his brother and friend in Bayside Resort. He is down for a few weeks for renovations before flying back to DC for his stifling 80 hour a week company. He and Desiree meet with quite a splash, and the fireworks are instant. But it’s the Cosmos that brings them together. Problem is, both of them have jobs to go back to, and there’s one big problem for two estranged sisters to deal with. There is lots of romance in this book, and by the end, (more like a third way through) you’ll fall in love with Rick and want him for your very own book boyfriend. He’s THAT swoon-worthy. Desiree just blooms throughout this book and becomes an amazing, loving woman you just want to hug. And the secondary characters are just fabulous! My absolute favorite was Violet, my soul sister. She had me laughing so hard at points, and despite her snark, she obviously loves and protects Desiree. My favorite line of the whole book was Violet to Des… “Fine. I love your sorry a**. Now let’s go into P-town and see what kind of f**kery we can get into.” You gotta love a sister who will drag you to the gayest place in the Northeast to have yourself a great time, Lord knows I always do!
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
A sexy fun new series from Melissa Foster! I was slightly less hooked at the beginning of this book than normal with one of these sub-series from the ever-popular Love In Bloom series, but once more characters popped in and we started to hear the back story of their lives, I became more invested and really enjoyed the outcome. From the characters we met along the way, I think the continuing books in the series will be a lot of fun! When preschool teacher Desiree Cleary is tricked by her wayward mother into spending the summer on Cape Cod running her art studio, it doesn't seem like she's going to be having a great time. Throw in a trouble-making dog and her wild-child half-sister and she's ready to start pulling her hair out practically as soon as she arrives! The only saving grace is the hunk she makes eyes with as he's jet skiing nearby. Rick Savage is home from his busy life in DC for just a few weeks as he works with his brother and best friend on renovations at a resort they bought together. He's instantly drawn to Desiree when he sees her watching him. Why not throw caution to the wind and enjoy a summer fling? Little did either of them realize what a strong connection they were going to share right off the bat. When it's time to part ways and head home, will they be able to do it?