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Monday, February 9, 2015

Review: Meet Me at the Beach by V.K. Skyes / @TastyBookTours @VKSykes

Title: Seashell Bay #1: Meet Me at the Beach
Author: V.K. Sykes
Publisher: Grand Central: Forever
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
ARC Received From: NetGalley
Reviewed For: Tasty Book Tours


When Lily Doyle spots her high school crush Aiden Flynn on the inbound ferry, she knows trouble is about to dock in Seashell Bay. And not just because he’s more handsome than ever. If Aiden’s in town, the rumors must be true about his family’s plan to sell their coastal land to the highest bidder. But Lily will do whatever it takes to convince the hottest guy on the beach to protect their idyllic island home.

Gorgeous Lily Doyle was the only thing Aiden missed after he escaped from his hometown to play pro baseball. Now all Aiden wants is to wrap up the business deal and get back to his life, not relive a past that still haunts him. But as memories rush in about the night of passion he and Lily shared long ago, everything else washes right out to sea-everything except the desire that still burns between them.

Time and distance sometimes aren't enough to make a heart forget where home really is.

I didn't fault Aiden's reason for leaving Seashell Bay. Sure, his baseball career may have seemed like the main reason, but his not-so-great home life also played a part in his leaving. Abuse at the hands of a parent is never an easy thing to handle. Walking away when you can almost always seems like the most logical thing to do. But in walking away, Aiden left behind three people who meant the world to him: his mom, his brother Bram, and the only woman he'd ever love, Lily.

Lily watched Aiden leave once. His arrival on Seashell Bay meant one thing: he'd come to handle the proposed project on his family's land. You know, she could've been petty. Fourteen years apart is a long time to not hear from the man you loved, the man who loved you. But she wasn't. Well, sorta. She did manage to get him into helping her on her boat while he was on the island because of a dart game, lol.

Small town books tend to offer more than just a love story to me. They bring a sense of family, of incredible love, of undeniable loyalty to their lifestyle and each other. The need to preserve the Seashell Bay way of life rivals the need for progress and economic stability for the islanders. The solution might have been in Aiden's family's land...if there wasn't so much opposition to the developer's demands. It ultimately came down to Aiden and what he wanted that would decide the fate of Seashell Bay.

This isn't just a moving tale of a second chance at love. It's a story of reconciliation, compromise, forgiveness, and understanding. V.K. Sykes did a great job integrating the complications of small town life with dreams of something more, utilizing two lovers who were very different but wound up seeing everything through the same pair of eyes. Progress would come. When, time would tell. But with Aiden and Lily leading the way and looking for ways to bring it without destroying the island the loved, I know progress will be a good thing for Seashell Bay.

And their happy ending? It was fourteen years in the making and definitely worth waiting for.

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.