Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Bayside Romance by Melissa Foster Blog Tour

Gavin is about to find out that Harper really does exist⁠—and she's going to knock his socks off! Find out for yourself in Bayside Romance!

When screenwriter Harper Garner got a shot at the big-time in LA, she celebrated her brave cross-country move with her first and only one-night stand—connecting so deeply with the sexy, brilliant man, she broke the number-one rule of one-night stands and left her phone number. Not hearing from him was only the first in a long line of hope-shattering, confidence-busting blows. Ten months later, Harper is done with men and done with LA. She pulls up her big-girl panties and heads home to Cape Cod to start over.

On the surface, interior designer Gavin Wheeler has it all: a successful business, a loving family, and a close-knit group of friends. But Gavin once endured a heartbreak so painful, he was sure he’d never feel anything for a woman again. A chance encounter at a music festival with a gorgeous, down-to-earth blonde proved him wrong, but when morning came, the woman who made him crave more was gone.

A serendipitous evening reunites Harper with her devastatingly delicious one-night stand, and the connection is just as intense as she remembered. Harper’s life is too unsettled for a relationship, but Gavin is determined to help her find her way, especially if it leads straight to his heart. Moonlight conversations lead to steamy kisses, and as romance blooms, it stirs a love too real to deny. But when Gavin’s past collides with the life they’re building, it has the power to ruin everything.

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Book 5
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is the fifth book in the series, but as any Foster fan will know, all her books are interlinked, so you will meet up with friends and family from other series too, and the links in this one are fabulously complicated, but also a lot of fun!

This is a lovely second-chance romance, following on from a one-night encounter at a year ago. As we find out, neither Harper nor Gavin have got over the 'one who got away' but Harper is the most hurt, as she did in fact put her details in his suitcase pocket. Obviously, fate (a.k.a. Foster) intervenes and when Harper returns dejected to her hometown from LA they meet again, and have a whole host of mutual friends! Rolling back from such a passionate, carefree night together, Gavin realises that Harper is weighed down from her failed career move to Hollywood. He is so wonderfully caring and consistent that it would be impossible not to see a safe future for the two of them. Of course, there are bumps in the road, and then a shocking revelation, which has a dramatic impact on the couple. Here we see the true mettle of the pairing.

I loved meeting Harvey and learning his story; it was a lovely side plot, which also gave us some more people to care about in the Bayside family. I am looking forward to the next installment hitting my Kindle.

This is the charming story of Harper, a screenwriter who returns to her hometown after has Hollywood breaks her heart. And it’s the story of Gavin, an interior designer who can’t believe his luck when the girl from the hook-up he’ll never forget shows up in his hometown.

I enjoy romances that start with hookups and Gavin and Harper’s story is fun and sexy. I enjoyed watching Harper’s confidence grow through the story as she returns to her writing and starts to like herself again. Gavin isn’t one of Melissa Foster’s most memorable men but he’s kind and successful and very charming.

There’s a little bit of relationship angst in this story but most of the conflict is around Harper’s writing and her move back home. It’s a medium heat read with a few sexy scenes and lots of long conversations. There’s unfortunately something quite formulaic about this book. It’s the fifth in an ongoing series and I found everything from the characters to the romance to the storylines kinda forgettable and a little bit paint-by-number. I’m not a big fan of groups of squealy women in romance writing and there were far too many girly bonding sessions for my tastes in this book. I’m usually a big Melissa Foster fan but this book felt somewhat flat to me.

The blurb for these books says that they stand alone but I don’t think this one does. Readers who haven’t followed the series from the start will be overwhelmed by previous couples and far too many characters to keep straight. I felt like I was on the outside of a friendship group full of in-jokes and shared history. I’m guessing I might have enjoyed this story more if I’d started at the beginning of the series.

Avid Reader☆☆☆
M/F Second-Chance Romance
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This is the fifth book in the series and anyone who reads Foster's books knows that characters from other books will always pop up. This one didn't disappoint.

Gavin is successful and loves his new business. He enjoys what he does and who he has partnered with. But after going to a music festival with his brother, he can't get a certain beauty out of his mind. Months and months go by and despite his best efforts, he can't seem to forget her.

Harper, for all the success that she's had, is also bumped and bruised from her journey. When she heads back home to family and friends, the last thing she expects is to see her one wild night, sitting around the campfire.

Gavin sees Harper and immediately has questions. Harper sees Gavin and is immediately somewhat upset. While these two figure out where their communication errors happened, they find out that their attraction is still as hot as ever.

This was a slower story for me. It felt repetitive at times and I found myself skimming through pages. And while there is an issue towards the end of the story, it felt blown very much out of proportion. Overall, while it was an easy read, I found myself bored with this couple.

I have read some of Melissa Foster’s other books and I usually am rather charmed by her stories, but this one left me feeling rather disinterested. Maybe I would’ve felt more intrigued by Bayside Romance if I had read any of the previous four books in the Bayside Summer series and had time to warm up to some of the other characters that always make appearances throughout the series, but I didn’t. Also, it is important to note that each book in the series is meant to be able to enjoy as a standalone. However, I couldn’t seem to ever feel truly invested in Harper and Gavin’s love story. Honestly, I felt like I couldn’t finish the story fast enough and it seemed to just never end. I typically always enjoy these kinds of lighthearted reads and I adored several of Foster’s other books, but I just could not get sucked into this book the same way I have her others. I didn’t hate Bayside Romance, but I definitely could’ve skipped it. Unfortunately, Bayside Romance just didn’t impress me as much as some of Foster’s other books have.

Also Available in the Bayside Summers Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our stop on the Bayside Desires Blog Tour.

Book 2
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For reviews & more info, check out our stop on the Bayside Passions Blog Tour.

Book 3
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For reviews & more info, check out our Bayside Heat post.

Book 4
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For reviews & more info, check out our Bayside Escape post.

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and new adult romance with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented–perfect beach reads for contemporary romance lovers who enjoy reading about wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Bayside Romance (Bayside Summers #5) by Melissa Foster to read and review.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, thank you all for taking the time to read and share your thoughts. I'm so glad you joined the book tour XOXO


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