Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers features a group of fun, flirty, and emotional friends who gather each summer at their Cape Cod cottages. They're sassy, flawed, and so easy to relate to, you'll be begging to enter their circle of friends!
Lovers at Seaside, by Addison Cole, is the sweet edition of New York Times best-selling author Melissa Foster's steamy romance novel Seaside Lovers. The story conveys all the passion you expect between two people in love, without any explicit scenes or harsh language.
In Lovers at Seaside:
After months of long-distance communication, actress Parker Collins and artist Grayson Lacroux finally plan to reconnect in the seaside town of Wellfleet, Massachusetts. But Parker never shows, and weeks pass without a word, leaving Grayson to believe he’s misinterpreted their budding relationship.
Parker has been running on autopilot ever since she lost her friend, mentor, and the only family she’s ever known, Bert Stein. Armed with junk food, tequila, and her big, lovable dog, she’s prepared to hole up and mourn - and determined to mend a fence Bert had never been able to with his estranged and bitter brother. But Parker didn’t count on the handsome artist she’s been fantasizing about for nearly a year walking in on her grief-induced drunken night.
When Grayson stumbles across Parker, he has no idea what to make of the gorgeous blonde who blew him off despite the chemistry between them. But that doesn’t stop him from feeling protective of the woman who’s consumed his thoughts for months, and when he learns of Parker’s plans to confront an angry old man, he refuses to leave her side. As Parker’s past unfolds, they’re led on an unexpected journey of discovery. Their connection deepens until good intentions spark painful secrets, threatening the love they’ve found.
Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers series:
Read, Write, Love at Seaside
Dreaming at Seaside
Hearts at Seaside
Sunsets at Seaside
Secrets at Seaside
Nights at Seaside
Seized by Love at Seaside
Embraced at Seaside
Lovers at Seaside
Whispers at Seaside
Addison Cole is the sweet alter ego of New York Times and USA Today best-selling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. She writes humorous, emotional, and sweet contemporary romance. Her audiobooks 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 stories with book clubs and reader groups and welcomes an invitation to your event.
Another 5 stars for Addison!
I have never found an author that I consistently love every single thing they write to the extent that this has happened with Addison. I was immediately captured by Parker and the struggles that she faced to be what others expected of her. I am not an actress but I understand the need to put on a public face. Grayson, oh how I have been looking forward to his story. He is such a perfect match for Parker and I loved watching them grow together. I appreciated the insight into the relationship that was building from afar prior to the beginning scenes of this book. It helped me anticipate how amazing things would be if these to followed their feelings!
I smiled, laughed, cried, and felt the flutters of anticipation throughout the entire book. Thank you Addison for another amazing story! I listened to this book in one sitting as I found myself unable to stop.
Lovers at Seaside
Parker Collins loves losing herself in a role. That's one of the reasons why she's become such a successful actress. But after the death of her mentor and father-figure, she wants nothing more than to be able to privately grieve without the world seeing. So she escapes to Seaside with her lovable dog Christmas and comes face to face with Grayson Lacroux.
Parker and Grayson have been working together on her non-profit for almost a year now. Their conversations have filled a void in her life she didn't realize (or didn't want to admit) was there. For Grayson, seeing Parker, vulnerable, with all her barriers down, only intrigues him more about this incredible woman. They quickly embark upon a relationship, Grayson helps Parker through the grief of her loss and along the way, make some new discoveries of their own.
Sweet With Heat keeps the dual narration that was started with the previous book, although this time it switches up narrators. I like that idea because each book features a different couple so it's almost fitting that they each get their own "voice". But I have to say Aiden Snow (Grayson) has such a wonderfully sexy voice, I could have honestly listened to him narrate the whole book. He does kind of overshadow Lucy Rivers (Parker) as it took a little bit for me to become accustomed to her narration, but by the end, I really enjoyed these two as Parker and Grayson. They both speak clearly and do a pretty good job of dialogue, especially when they're portraying other characters.
Now, to the story, I fell into Lovers at Seaside quickly. The pacing was steady and now nine books into this series, I loved that we still have this big Seaside group dynamic with each new couple/character being welcomed into the family, as the case may be. I love revisiting the original quartet of women and the glimpses we get of the "next generation" of Seaside.
For all that, I kind of had a sense of timing on this one. I wanted to feel the long, drawn out connection that had formed between Grayson and Parker over a year of mostly emailing with one another. Secondary relationships have been built up in this series in the past (see Tony and Amy or Jenna and Pete, and even Hunter and Janna), but it was sadly missing this time around. I think if a little more of the build up had been there in the previous book, the relationship clicking as fast as it did wouldn't have felt too quick.
Addison Cole throws in an interesting twist in this one and I really liked it. I liked the idea of Parker laying to rest her grief for her mentor by repairing the fractured ties he had with his own family. It's an interesting and ultimately heart-warming turn.
I think it's pretty apparent who's story is next in line - I mean we do have another Lacroux brother waiting in the wings - and since he's what I'd call the most mysterious, I'm very interested to learn more.
Beautiful story with great narration.
I loved this sweet with heat story about Parker and Grayson, narrated superbly by Lucy Rivers and Aiden Snow. I found myself laughing or smiling while listening to this book. And yes, I shed a few tears as well. Parker is hiding out at Seaside as she grieves the death of her mentor. Letters she discovered after his death drove her to Seaside. Grayson has been emailing with Parker as he creates ironwork for her various foundations. He stops at the foundation home only to discover Parker is there. He tries to help her with some issues but he also wonders if any relationship will develop as a result of their emails. And this book truly has an unexpected twist. I love Addison Cole’s style as she describes the relationship between her characters in such an innocent way. It truly is a beautiful story.