Secrets at Seaside by Addison Cole
Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers, #5
Publication Date: October 25, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Standalone, Sweet Romance
What it’s about:
In SECRETS at SEASIDE…
Tony Black is the hottest surfer on the planet. He travels the world throughout the year and spends his summers on Cape Cod with his friends, at the Seaside cottages in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. He’s got his choice of women, but Amy Maples is the one he wants. Fourteen years ago she was his for an entire summer, until a devastating accident changed everything, and what they had seemed like it had never existed–at least for her.
Amy Maples is as consistent as the day is long. She’s spent summers on Cape Cod forever, she always does the right thing, and she’s spent years trying to reclaim the heart of Tony Black, the only man she’s ever loved. She’s back for a summer of fun with her friends at Seaside, only this year she’s been offered the opportunity of a lifetime thousands of miles away, and she’s decided to try one last time to reconnect with Tony. But having a relationship with Tony means dealing with her past–and dealing with her past may knock her to her knees.
Secrets at Seaside by Addison Cole is the sweet edition of New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster’s steamy romance novel Seaside Secrets. The stories and characters remain the same and convey all of the passion you expect between two people in love, without any explicit scenes or harsh language.
I can tell that the Seaside Summers series is rich in love and friendship. Without having read the prior books, I could easily sense the depth of the friendships and shared experiences amongst the cozy group of friends who grew up together summering on the Cape. Secrets At Seaside by Addison Cole, is a second-chance at love romance. It is a seriously sweet love story, and it is a story of forgiveness and moving on.
Amy Maples and Tony Black secretly adored each other every summer when their families stayed on Cape Cod. Fourteen years ago, they secretly got together; it was short lived, and it ended badly. That summer affected them deeply, and when Amy finds herself at a fork in the road, she uncharacteristically throws caution to the wind and attempts to entice Tony into a relationship again.
The first third of Secrets At Seaside is painfully angsty. The presumed unrequited love, the secret longing, the self-blaming (for the 14-year-old incident) went on a little too long for a couple of thirty-somethings. Once the lovebirds decided to talk frankly about their past as well as their hopes for the future, the story pace–and my interest–picked up dramatically.
Beyond Amy and Tony confronting the issues surrounding their past relationship, these two must also work through some relationship issues with their fathers. They must forgive their fathers for not being perfect, and they must forgive themselves for the disrespect and lack of compassion they showed their fathers. Their epiphany is difficult but eventually heartwarming.
All the characters are delightful. So much so, that I wanted to become part of their little summer cottage community. Secrets At Seaside is as much about the community and the bond amongst family and friends as it is about Amy and Tony’s relationship.
Secrets At Seaside is a sweet treat and an uplifting read. Each book in Addison Cole’s Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers series can be read as a standalone novel.
ABOUT ADDISON COLE
Addison Cole is the sweet alter ego of New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. She writes humorous and emotional sweet contemporary romance. Her books do not include explicit sex scenes or harsh language. Addison spends her summers on Cape Cod, where she dreams up wonderful love stories in her house overlooking Cape Cod Bay.
Addison enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups and welcomes an invitation to your event.
Addison’s books are available in paperback, digital, and audio formats.
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