Seaside Summers is a series of stand-alone romances that may also be enjoyed as part of the larger Love in Bloom series.
In Seaside Sunsets:
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.
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starsJamie + Jessica = Just right!
Jamie is a programmer and the founder of OneClick, a search engine that is only second place to Google. He is focused on his work yet a good friend and amazing support to his Grandmother Vera and his friends at Seaside. He decides to attempt a vacation and plans to spend his summer at Seaside, rather than the occasional weekend he typically spends.
Jessica is a cellist, on hiatus from the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She has devoted a majority of her life to being the best cellist possible, with little time for anything else. Even the chance to have a break in the first place was difficult for her to obtain. Jessica chooses to spend her vacation in Seaside, where she rents an apartment.
Jessica and Jamie meet unexpectedly, when Jessica, who isn't a fan of technology, gets frustrated and throws her phone, which then strikes Jamie as he walks by. They meet and despite their differences, are drawn to each other.
Jessica is reserved and inexperienced, but Jamie makes her feel at ease immediately. They have to balance their urges with getting to know each other better. The question is, will they know each other well enough to overcome obstacles when their relationship and Jessica's past comes into question?
I loved listening to this book after reading it when it was originally released in print. I loved "watching" these two get to know each other and grow closer. I also loved how quickly Jessica was brought into the fold with the other Seaside girls!
Seaside Sunset by Melissa Foster is such a delightful listen. I loved how a thrown phone sparks the attraction between Jessica and Jaime. Both are career driven and wanting to find balance in their lives. The author writes incredible imagery in this book. I loved how she also included the ethic of accountability in this story and how well meaning friends can be detrimental to relationships. The feelings I got from listening to this story were very realistic. BJ Harrison does an amazing performance with this book. His voice is so smooth and articulate, and he adds the right emotions and inflections.
Love Jamie and Jessica!
Jessica Ayers is taking a break from the Boston Symphony Orchestra where she is an accomplished cellist. She rents an apartment in the Seaside community. One morning, disgusted with losing a bid for an autograph baseball she believes belonged to her father, she throws her phone over her deck and hits Jamie Reed as he jogs by.
Jamie Reed is a computer geek who owns his own search engine company. He is spending the summer in Seaside with his grandmother, who raised him after his parent’s death when he was a child. When Jessica peeks over the railing to see who she hit with her phone, Jamie is instantly attracted to Jessica and she feels the same after only just meeting him. As they get to know one another, their chemistry only grows stronger.
This is a wonderful story of two career-mind people trying to find a balance between their personal lives and their careers.
The narrator, BJ Harrison does a great job narrating Jamie and Jessica’s story. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.