02 September 2014

Seaside Dreams by Melissa Foster - Book Tour, Book Review, Giveaway

Seaside Dreams
Love in Bloom # 21: Seaside Summers # 1
By: Melissa Foster
Releasing August 25th, 2014

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?

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My Review
This time, we explore Leanna’s (who fell in love with Kurt Remington) friends in a scenic setting, and she started off with Bella.

After Bella had broken off with a co-worker, she decided to return to Seaside Cottages and enjoy the summer. She already quit her job, put her house on the market, and contemplating on a project that will help kids work while they go to school. On top of that, she had already sworn off men, commitments and relationships. She was about to start a new life in her favorite place on earth, until a sexy police officer came crashing into her life.

Who wouldn’t fall for this single father and sexy police officer, Caden Grant? He’s a very responsible dad, he tries his best to give Evan a safe, and loving environment. That’s why they have moved from Boston and is also starting anew at Seaside when his partner was killed in the line of duty. What he didn’t expect was to cross paths with Bella during a night patrol shift, and his world suddenly took a shift.

Caden knows what he wants, and after being a single father for fourteen years, it was finally time to take his chances. But Bella had just sworn off relationships, can this sexy cop change her mind?

Family has always been an important part of the Lovers in Bloom series. I love how Melissa Foster put an importance to family relationships as much as she does with romance. Perhaps, this is why I fell in love with this. This time, it’s the relationship between father and son that touched me.

He was just in college when Evan was given to him by his then-girlfriend. Ever since then, it was him (with the help of his parents) who took care of the boy. He grew up overnight. But his sacrifices were very much rewarded. His kid grew up a great boy. Well, everything was going smoothly with him – until his teenage years came along and suddenly Caden didn’t know what to do with him: the hormones, the moods, and the sudden change that comes along with being a teenager. Not to mention that he started to hang out with boys he didn’t trust.

Just as when everything with Bella seemed to be perfect. She finally gave into him, and he was becoming happy. But his son will always be his priority and he thought it was wise to cut his time with Bella, have a break and concentrate on his son. It did break my heart watching him to it – it was hard, and he was torn in two. On the other hand, Bella was willing to help, she already fell in love with Evan and will do anything for the both of them. So imagine her surprise when he told her that – heck, I was devastated too.

Evan, proved to be his father son, and manned up to the consequences of his action. Awww. I was so proud of him for doing what he did.

Bella is a strong character who had a penchant for trouble, and Caden complemented her (being a cop and all). He didn’t settle for anything less, and he got exactly what he wanted. Seaside Dreams is another masterpiece by Melissa Foster that will have you swooning in no-time. I had a great time reading this book, I laughed, tear-up and fell in love. 

•Complimentary Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.•

Meet The Author
Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. 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 Café. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on  Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.
Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.
Visit Melissa on The Women’s NestFostering Success, or World Lit Cafe. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.

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  1. Family is everything. I'm so glad you appreciate that important element in the series. Thank you for your wonderful review -- so happy you enjoyed the book! XOXO