Jun 30, 2015

Summer at the Shore by V.K. Sykes

 Summer at the Shore
Seashell Bay # 2
By: V.K. Sykes
Releasing June 30, 2015
Grand Central: Forever


Morgan Merrifield sacrificed her teaching career to try to save her family's bed-and-breakfast and care for her younger sister. She can't let herself get distracted by Ryan Butler. After all, the rugged ex-Special Forces soldier is only in Seashell Bay for the summer. But her longtime crush soon flares into real desire-and with one irresistible kiss, she's swept away.

Ryan values his freedom. As much as he wants Morgan, he's not ready to settle down with anyone, much less in sleepy Seashell Bay. But his code of honor doesn't allow him to leave a woman in distress-and she's in desperate need of help to fix the inn. It only takes one day working under the same roof and Ryan is already hoping for a lifetime of hot summer nights . . .

Ryan Butler is struggling, He has had one of the most exciting military careers and personal protection careers; but it has seemed too stalled. So he decided to come home, to spend time with his family and to sort out his head. But while on the ferry home, He sees Morgan; a friend and someone he has cared about, way before he left for the armed forces.
Morgan is struggling! She is struggling with the death of her father, running the family B&B and taking care of her sister Sabrina. After putting her career as a teacher on hold, Morgan is struggling to make ago of the B&B and it is now failing down around her ears. So she offers Ryan a deal, that she prays he can’t refuse.
I found the writing smooth, the characters, if lacking real chemistry, but somewhat interesting and the plot enjoyable.  But nothing gripped me and demanded I finish this book in one sitting. I wished we had heard more about this past together and Sabrina’s issues, but the authors kind of skimmed over it and it left them kind of flat.
My overall feeling of this book is that it’s a sweet love story, where the underlying key is that; when you go home, everything is possible! But it didn’t wow me! So I found that very disappointing.
I give Summer at the Shore 7 out of 10.

V.K. Sykes is really two people – Vanessa Kelly and Randy Sykes, a husband and wife team who write USA Today Bestselling contemporary romance and also romantic suspense. Randy excels at plot and characterization, but tends to fall down on the job when it comes to that pesky old thing called emotion. That’s where Vanessa steps in. She usually writes the sex scenes too, since Randy is a bit uncomfortable when it comes to that sort of stuff. Vanessa also writes award-winning Regency-set historical romance for Kensington Zebra under her own name. You can check out Vanessa’s bestselling historical romances at

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