Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Seaside Sunsets (Blog Tour & Giveaway!)

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Title: Seaside Sunsets (Love in Bloom: Seaside Summers #3)

Author:  Melissa Foster
Publisher:  World Literary Press
Published Date: 16
th December 2014
Rating: 3 stars

*Thank you to Beck Valley Book Tours for the review copy*

Synopsis: Jessica Ayers has lived a sheltered life with little more than cello lessons and practices taking up her day. Now a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, she escapes the prim and proper symphony to vacation in the Seaside community in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, and determine if she is living life to the fullest or missing it altogether.

For the first time since developing the second largest search engine in the world, billionaire Jamie Reed is taking the summer off. He plans to work from the Cape and spend time with his elderly grandmother--and falling in love is not in his plans. 

From the moment Jamie and Jessica meet, the attraction is white-hot. Once-overly-focused Jamie can think of little else than sensual, smart, and alluring Jessica, and Jessica discovers a side of herself she never knew existed. But when Jamie's business encounters trouble and his attorney and best friend intervenes, he proves that the blond beauty is too distracting for Jamie. To make matters worse, it appears that Jessica might not be who she says she is, turning Jamie's life--and his heart--upside down. In a world where personal information is always one click away, Jamie must decide if he should trust his heart or watch the woman he loves walk away.
 

Review: After reading positive reviews on a lot of blogs for Melissa Foster’s books I knew I wanted to try one. I wasn’t disappointed. I will tell you that this is rated an eighteen and above for explicit scenes.

This was a romance. Usually I am fine with those because there is something else in the storyline also happening to accompany it so I don’t get bored. But I would say that this was 95% percent romance and 5% about music playing and working a different job… hence being unable to have a relationship. Everything was pretty much centered on this love story which was different to my usual reads. But otherwise, it was reasonably pleasant.

The first half of the book was more explicit scene heavy than the second half, which I think led to me liking the ending a lot more. In the end it was less focused on the relationship and more about how Jessica needed to find a balance in her life if she was going to fit Jamie in there too. There was more mention of family, and what it meant to be part of one as well as Jessica and her cello (which I loved. Musical instruments in books always earn plus points!)

Outside of the story I really liked Jessica’s character. She was a steady person who only did things she thought was right. A woman with a reasonable head screwed on her shoulders and a workaholic who really needed a break, even though she wasn’t sure how to have one yet. I liked how easy-going she was but also that she was sensible. Sometimes more books need characters like her.

Jamie was a pretty good love interest but in my opinion he wasn’t anything special. He didn’t have any flaws that really stood out and because he was so perfect it made him less interesting. What I did really like about him though, was the love he had for his grandmother. It was so nice to see someone really caring for their elders, especially as he had no one else to look after him like she did.

A pretty good book! Not sure if I want to read another one or not, but I am glad I finally got to try out a book of Foster’s!
 
Links: Buy it on Amazon or Barnes & Noble!
 
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, romantic suspense, thrillers, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Some say her romance novels are lovingly erotic, she deems them simply loving and real. 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. Melissa's interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.
 
Giveaway: If you want to enter the internationally open giveaway then click the word below!
 

Olivia’s Question: Do you need more than just a romance in a romance novel?

Olivia-Savannah x

26 comments:

  1. Glad you finally got to try one of Melissa's books especially the Seaside Summer ones, I so want to read these ones.

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    1. I was really happy to finally read one! I hope you like them when you do :)

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  2. I've never heard of this author before but regarding your question I have to say that I need more of just romance in a romance novel and that's why most of the romance novels I've read where truly historical fiction because the historical events combined in the story and in a way it's so much more than just the simple couple. If the book is only focused on the romance and nothing more is explored I wouldn't even try to read it because I'll probably get bored :/

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    1. I like historical fiction romances there as well! I think having more is important, and I would've liked a bit more here, and that came through in the second half of the novel!

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  3. Glad you like it (:

    - Love,Felicia
    ( http://asillygirlsthoughts.weebly.com/ )

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  4. I can do without explicit scenes, but romance is not sex. So I say yes to romance but can definitely pass on more than that. But even above all that, you just gotta love the Seaside girls.

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    1. Yes, a romance does need to have more than simply sex in it to make me happy. At the beginning I thought it might be one of those but it gradually turned out not to be!

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  5. So glad I read your review, Olivia. I, too, have been seeing this book everywhere and was considering placing it on my TBR, but since I'm not that heavy into romances in the first place, I think I'll pass on it. Sorry it wasn't a better read for you. :)

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    1. I needed to try it after seeing it everywhere. It's a shame this one isn't so much for you :(

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  6. I got a good gist of what this book was about from your review. It doesn't sound like it is something I would like. Romance novels can be a bit boring if it focuses too much on the love story. I also don't care for the explicit love scenes either, although there are many that enjoy that sort of thing, but I'm not among that group.

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    1. I am glad my review was able to inform you in such a way. And yes, there does need to be more to it. Sorry that this one isn't for you...

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  7. Thank you so much for taking time to read Seaside Sunsets and for your review! I'm glad you enjoyed Jessica's character and I LOVE that poster pic in your review (you give me butterflies)--so cute!! XOXO

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    1. Thanks Melissa! I was happy to read it, and when I came across the image I knew it would be perfect for the review :)

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  8. So great to read your review. It sounds like you enjoyed this one, even if it had more romance than you normally like. I like strong female characters and that is the way you described Jessica. Thanks for sharing! :)
    ~Jess

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    1. Yes, Jessica was a really sensible character and I loved reading that!

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  9. I want a little something extra in my romance...maybe a secret to be revealed or something to keep me interested.

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    1. That's always a good idea to include. A plot twist usually keeps me going :)

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  10. Great review. I definitely require more than just a romance, even in a romance novel. But, if I am honest, I don't read many romance novels because I usually like the romance to just be a subplot, not the main plot.

    Great review. This seems like an okay read but just not one that would probably work for me.

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    1. Yeah, romance isn't a genre I normally dip my fingers into, but with the blog I have been doing it a bit more than usual.

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  11. It sounds kind of meh...but fine for a cold day, you know? I do love my romances to be slow-burn, not explicit before a good part of the book (gimme sexual tension!!) and exciting so I'll probably have to skip this one. Great review though, Olivia!! :D

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    1. I think that is exactly it! A slow burn is best, because insta love is a huge turn off for me. Thanks, Lola <3

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  12. Wow, the romance here sounds pretty explicit but I'm glad the MC has her head screwed on and she doesn't turn stupid at first sight of her love interest! Thanks for sharing Olivia, glad you enjoyed.

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    1. It was xD Which was surprising for some reason *I really need to read the synopsis first*

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  13. Love a great love story, especially when both people come from very different worlds.

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    1. Yes, love stories are awesome and diversity throws an interesting mix to it!

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