Review: Seaside Whispers by Melissa Foster

Seaside Whispers
Melissa Foster
(Seaside Summers)
Publication date: November 30th 2016
Genres: Adult, Romance

Having a mad crush on her boss’s son, Matt Lacroux–an intriguing mix of proper gentleman and flirtatious bad boy–is probably not the smartest idea for single mother Mira Savage. Especially when the company, and her job, is already on shaky ground. But as a Princeton professor, Matt’s life is hours away from Mira’s home on Cape Cod, keeping him safely in the fantasy-only zone. And as a single mother to six-year-old Hagen, with a floundering company to save, fantasies are all she has time for.

With hopes of becoming dean off the table, and too many months of longing for a woman who lived too far away to pursue, Matt’s publishing contract couldn’t have come at a better time. He heads home to Cape Cod on a brief sabbatical, intent on starting his book, and finally getting his arms around sweet, seductive Mira.

A surprise encounter leads to white-hot passions and midnight confessions. The more time Matt and Mira spend together, the deeper their relationship grows, and the love and attention Matt showers on Hagen is more than she has ever dreamed of. But Matt’s sabbatical is only temporary, and Mira’s not saving his father’s company so she can leave it behind. Will their whispers of love be enough for one of them to change their life forever?

Seaside Summers is a series of stand-alone romances that may also be enjoyed as part of the larger Love in Bloom series.

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☆☆➹⁀☆ 4 stars☆➹⁀☆☆


Seaside Whispers is the eighth book in Melissa Foster’s Love in Bloom Series, and although it is filled with characters from prior books, it can easily be read as a standalone novel. This is my first Melissa Foster book, but it won’t be my last!

Max Lacroux and Mira Savage met in previous books, and they have long been dancing around their mutual attraction. Mira is a single mom with an adorable six-year-old son. She lives and works on Cape Cod, while the handsome professor, Max Lacroux, resides hours away and works at Princeton University. These two characters narrate Seaside Whispers, so readers get a complete picture of each character’s desires and anxieties. Ms. Foster gives her readers a well-developed, engaging love story without high drama and angst. Their relationship is based on respect, trust and friendship, and that only makes the chemistry stronger. Ms. Foster’s character development is exemplary. She has given her readers characters to care about.

I loved this mature romance. It is a breath of fresh air to read a passionate love story without the drama and angst typically found in YA and NA romances. Ms. Foster has created not only relatable characters, but realistic life situations. She has deftly presented a single-mom’s concerns about how a romantic relationship might impact her son, Hagen. Matt’s relationship with Hagen is heart-warming; his care, reassurances, and role-modeling are perfectly blended and just what a Hagen and Mira need in order for the romance to move forward. While the storyline is fairly predictable, there are a few interesting twists before readers get their happily-ever-after.

I haven’t read any of the previous books in this series, but I had sufficient information about all the characters to enjoy them all. Seaside Whispers is a sweet, sexy read that will wow fans of the series and create new fans.   I do plan on picking up the series from the start even though Seaside Whispers was a delicious read on its own.



Author Bio:

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance (M/F, M/M, F/F), romantic suspense, thrillers, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented. 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 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 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 Facebook or her personal website.

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