Jenna Ward is vivacious, spontaneous, and confident - except when she's around the man who stole her heart years earlier, strikingly handsome, quiet, and reliable Pete Lacroux. After years of trying to get his attention and overwhelmed from dealing with her mother's new cougar lifestyle, Jenna's giving up on Peter - and is ready to explore other men.
As the eldest of five siblings, with an alcoholic father to care for, boat craftsman Pete Lacroux always does the right thing and has no time for a real relationship. He's looking forward to seeing his friend Jenna, a welcome distraction who's so damn sexy and so painfully shy that she equally entertains and confuses him.
When Jenna picks up a hard-bodied construction worker, jealousy ignites Pete's true feelings, and he's powerless to ignore the desires for Jenna he never realized he had. But Pete's not the quiet guy he appears to be, and his life is anything but conducive to a relationship. Can Jenna handle the real Pete Lacroux - the sexiest, most passionate alpha male she's ever seen - or will she crack under pressure? And can Pete reclaim the life he once had without tearing apart his family? This contemporary romance series features alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They're flawed, funny, passionate, and relatable to listeners who enjoy new adult romance, contemporary romance, and women's fiction. While each book may be listened to as a standalone, you might enjoy listening to the entire Love in Bloom series.
Pete & Jenna, a friends to lovers romance
I listened to the audiobook as well as read the Kindle edition.
Super sweet and sexy Jenna Ward has been in love with local handyman, uber hunk and friend Pete LaCroux for what seems like forever. For as friendly and outgoing as Jenna is, she's completely tongue-tied around Pete.
Pete has secretly harbored similar feelings for Jenna, but whenever he's close to her she doesn't appear interested. This unfortunately makes Pete think she's not interested in him as anything more than a friend. He also has some big family issues that stop him from having someone permanent in his life.
This summer Jenna finally admits defeat and gives up on Pete. If he isn't interested in her, she's going to finally move on. Determined to prove to herself she can get a man Jenna picks up a construction worker while Pete stews watching.
Is this the wake-up call Pete needed? Can he solve his family issues so he can start living his own life with the woman he loves? Will Jenna resolve her own family issues?
This friends to lovers story is decidedly full of heart with heat. You'll love to revisit the Seaside Girls and listen to Pete and Jenna find their way to their own happily ever after.
As always Melissa Foster does a wonderful job of weaving the story with just the right amount of love, romance and passion with a dash of angst. B.J. Harrison once again does justice to the story and brings these amazing characters to life. You won't be disappointed!
The perfect escape
Love in Bloom: Seaside Summers
By: Melissa Foster
Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
There are times that I just need a vacation, and right now I could use that pump of excitement you get when you go somewhere. Melissa Foster's Seaside Summers series takes me to one of my favorite places, Cape Cod and whisks me away into a fabulous romance. This one features Jenna Ward as she once again goes to the Cape for the summer, but this time swears off her crush on Pete Lacroux. While she flirts and dates, she can't seem to turn her feelings off. In constant view, Pete watches her until he can't any longer and they begin a relationship. But will it be another summer fling? Foster pulls my emotional self into this story for a lot of reasons. Not only is the couple intoxicating, I love the back stories. Their families all have that bit of dysfunction we can all relate to, problems we either have seen or have experienced and it makes their love affair realistic. I fell for this couple, their passion and their incredible bond. This is the kind of story that makes my heart soar!
BJ Harrison brings it all to life with a wonderful performance. He is a fabulous storyteller, and finds the pulse of the book and lets it flow through his voices. I enjoyed this one!
Loved Pete and Jenna in audio format.
Seaside Hearts is the story of Pete and Jenna. Jenna has loved Pete for many years but this summer at Seaside she decides to give up on him as he has her strictly in the friend zone. But can she do it? It was interesting to see how Pete reacted to Jenna’s date with Another man. Jenna and Pete each deal with some serious issues while searching for their happily ever after. Melissa Foster has once again excelled at providing a touching romance that deals with some real world issues. B.J. Harrison’s voice is smooth as silk and adds to this wonderful listening experience. I highly recommend this audio book.