Thursday, December 31, 2020

2020 in Review... March 2020 Reviews

 Fall in love at Bayside, where sandy beaches, good friends, and true love come together in the sweet small towns of Cape Cod.

Bayside Summers is a series of standalone steamy romance novels featuring alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They're fun, flirty, flawed, deeply emotional, always passionate, and easy to relate to. And of course, you'll see cameos from the Seaside Summers characters!

In Bayside Passions....

When Emery Andrews's best friend, Desiree, moves away, falls in love, and opens an inn all in one summer, she feels her absence like a missing limb. Until she visits over the holidays and meets sinfully hot Dean Masters, who's as easy on the eyes as he is to talk to. After returning home, what starts as a flurry of late-night flirtations quickly turns into a deep connection and unexpected friendship. Now, months later, Desiree offers Emery a job teaching yoga at the inn. Adventurous Emery jumps at the chance and heads for Wellfleet, Massachusetts, to reunite with her BFF and her new close friend, Dean.

After months of sharing their lives and their secrets over video chats and phone calls, Dean's ready to move things to the next level. The fact that Emery seems oblivious to the sparks between them and has recently put her foot down about dating friends just means he'll have to bide his time.

When Emery finds a naked man in her kitchen the first morning she's there, Dean doesn't hesitate to move her into his guest room. Maybe now, Emery will see what's right before her eyes - although that guy she's got a date with might be a problem.

©2018 Melissa Foster (P)2018 Melissa Foster

My Thoughts…

Audiobook Review… I had never listened to an audiobook before I started listening to Melissa Foster’s Love in Bloom Series.  Now I cannot stop listening.   I’ve broadened my listening but BJ Harrison’s (narrator) is still my favorite.    He brings Melissa’s characters to life, brings feeling to the stories, and makes me feel what the characters are feeling.    I can hear the flirting, feel the fun, and enjoy the love that Emery and Dean share.  

Ebook Review…Back at my favorite book setting, Cape Cod.     This time Melissa Foster takes her readers to Bayside and we get to catch up with the Bayside crew.   Dean and Emery deserves to have their story told and I am so excited about it.    These two met last summer and have been keeping in touch through FaceTime, text, and phone calls.   They have been flirting, sexting, and sharing their lives for so long it seems that they have been together forever.   

I laughed often while reading Bayside Passions.    Between Violets craziness and Emery’s uncensored reactions I chuckled, giggled, and laughed out loud many times.    There were times I cringed at these same ladies and how unrestricted they were at times.    But I loved every word of it.   I also loved how the rest of the Bayside Crew accepted them as they were.    There was never judgment just 100% acceptance.  

Together Dean and Emery are opposites.   Dean is settled, living his life, and just doing his thing.    Enter Emery.   She blows his world apart.   Leaves her things all over his house, enters his every thought, and changes his life for the better.   The best thing is Dean also changes Emery’s life for the better.    He brings in some form of order, accepts her for all her quirks, and shows her what true love really is.  

I was so happy to be back with these characters.   It was wonderful to get to know Dean and Emery better and catch up with the other Bayside characters.   I cannot wait for more from this wonderful location and amazing characters.  

New York Times
 bestseller Brennan's latest novel featuring FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid finds her searching for a missing child.

Three years ago, authorities assumed that the Albright family fled the country to avoid prosecution for embezzlement. But when their remains are discovered after a recent storm, the FBI is called in to investigate -- and find the youngest child, whose body wasn't found with the others. If the child is dead, why wasn't his body found with his family? If he's alive, where has he been for the last three years? As FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid and her partner Nate investigate the cold case, they receive surprisingly little help from the original investigators. With minimal forensic evidence and no witnesses, Lucy and Nate don't know if they'll be able to find justice for these tragic murders, but with one small clue--the timeline of the victims' last day--they recreate what might have happened to the family.

While Lucy is deep in her investigation, investigative reporter Maxine Revere arrives in San Antonio because of another case. The confessed killer of a family friend has recanted his statement, and now the family simply wants her to find the truth about what happened to Victoria -- Max's specialty. She hires Sean Rogan, a PI and Lucy's husband, to assist her. When Max learns that Victoria knew Lucy's victims, she connects a series of dots that lead to a deadly conspiracy. Lucy, Max, and Sean must work together again if they are to find justice for these two families ... and finally uncover the truth about what happened. As they dig deep into the world of corporate embezzlement, high-stakes gambling, and multi-million-dollar land investments, they realize that more than one person has secrets dark enough to kill for ... and that one of them is the next target.

My Thoughts…
A family who was thought to have run to Mexico to escape the law is found in a grave but they are missing one child.   Is that child alive?  Is that child in a different grave?    Cut and Run centers around the Albright family and their son Ricky.   The reader is taken on a roller coaster of twists, turns, upside downs, and drops while following the path that Allison Brennan wrote.   I anticipated what would happen next but many times I was way off the path.   I tried to guess, I tried to stay on the path, but that path just kept me guessing.    
The dynamics between Lucy, Max, and Sean was interesting.    They all had different styles of investigating and were working different cases but these cases wove together, keeping the characters intertwined, and the story flowing perfectly.   I liked seeing how they trusted or didn’t trust each other, how they shared what they found or didn’t share, and how they were able to put the clues together to solve their respective cases.  
I am a fan of Allison Brennan and cannot wait to read more of her Lucy Kincaid series.   I’d recommend picking up Cut and Run and enjoying a thriller of a story.

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