Friday, June 02, 2017


Title: Bayside Desires
Author: Melissa Foster 
Series: Bayside Summers #1
Publisher: World Literary Press
Released: May 9, 2017 
Genres: Contemporary Romance 
Format: eARC 
Pages: 260
Source: Author via Beck Valley Book Tours
Reading Challenges: 2017 New Release


Fall in love at Bayside, where sandy beaches, good friends, and true love come together in the sweet small towns of Cape Cod.

BAYSIDE SUMMERS is a series of standalone steamy romance novels featuring alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They're fun, flirty, flawed, deeply emotional, always passionate, and easy to relate to.

In Bayside Desires...
As the co-owner of Bayside Resorts, Rick Savage has a fabulous job working with his best friends and brother, and a thriving business in Washington, DC, which he’ll be returning to at the end of the summer. Spending time with his family is great, but being back on Cape Cod has unearthed painful memories. When sweet, smart, and overly cautious Desiree Cleary moves in next door, Rick is drawn to the sexy preschool teacher, and she just might prove to be the perfect distraction.

Running an art gallery was not in preschool teacher Desiree Cleary’s plans, but after being tricked into coming to her impetuous, unreliable mother’s aid, she’s stuck spending the summer with the badass half sister she barely knows and a misbehaving dog. If that’s not frustrating enough, she can’t escape the sparks igniting with her strikingly handsome and pushy neighbor, Rick, who makes all her warning bells go off.

Passion ignites as Desiree and Rick spend long summer nights sharing heartfelt confessions and steamy kisses. For the first time in years Rick is enjoying life again instead of hiding behind mounds of work miles away from his family. Desiree has touched him in a way that makes him want to slow down. Only slowing down means dealing with his demons, and he isn’t sure who he’ll be when he comes out the other side.

All Bayside books can be read as standalone novels or as part of the series:

Coming Soon...
Bayside Heat
Bayside Escape
Bayside Passions

*** Bayside Summers is part of the Love in Bloom romance collection by New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. While each book may be read as a standalone, you might enjoy reading the entire Love in Bloom series. Characters from each sub-series appear in future books. Visit Melissa's website for family trees, series checklists, and more.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

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Bayside Desires is the first book in the new series, Bayside Summers by Melissa Foster.  I went into this story expecting a fun, flirty, sexy and emotional read and Melissa did not disappoint. This book makes for the perfect summer read.

This instalment tells the story of Rick Savage and Desiree Cleary.  Rick is a co-owner of Bayside Resorts and he operates a thriving partnership in Washington DC. He is staying in the Cape for the summer but beyond that; he has no plans to stay, as being there stirs up painful memories. However, he would rethink that decision when Desiree came into his life.
Desiree, a pre-school teacher, found herself stuck in the Cape for the summer after being conned by her mother.  She was not amused as she found herself spending time with a sister she barely knew and having responsibility for running an art gallery.   However, she never expected that this would be a life-changing journey.

What I Enjoyed.
The story was fun, engaging, sexy and romantic. It held me captive from the first page and I could not wait to find out why Desiree’s mother tricked her into coming to the Cape.  It ended the way it began sweet and endearing.
I liked both Desiree and Rick. They were characters whom I had no problem connecting with. They both had experienced pain in the past, which they have not dealt with, and it prevented them from living their life to the fullest. They are both successful in their respective careers but the pain from the past held them back.  Rick’s issues lay in the fact that he has not been able to come to terms with his father’s death. He has difficulty with spending time with his family and taking part in activities; he used to share with his dad. 

Desiree had mommy issues, which was understandable as she grew up believing her mother did not love her enough to stay with her. Her mother is an artist and a free spirit. She was never around when Desiree needed her. Desiree tried hard not to be like her mom, which led to her giving on art, for which she had a talent, and living a life free of spontaneity.
I loved the secondary characters.  Characters from the Seaside series made an appearance.  My favourite was Desiree’s sister Violet.  She was the opposite of Desiree.  She lived for spontaneity.  She was not afraid to speak her mind. I enjoyed watching the development of the sisters’ relationship.  Initially, it was hard, but the more time they spend together the closer they got.  

The romance was sweet, sexy and hot.  I enjoyed their initial meeting, which was funny and sweet.  Their attraction to each other was clear from that moment.  Their love for each other developed over the summer. What was meant to be a summer fling became something more meaningful.  They were perfect for each other.  Spending time with Rick brought out a side of her she never knew existed.  Watching her move from a woman who prefers to err on the side of caution to one who was willing to take chances was delightful.  They helped each other to work through their past hurt and overcome the obstacles they now faced.

What I did not like
The predictable ending.  The HEA was expected, but I felt that the decision they made, in the end, to be together was rushed.  The outcome of their decision was clichéd. I figured that was what would happen, but secretly I was hoping that I would be wrong. No such luck.

Bayside Desires is a beautiful story of love, family, forgiveness and healing. If you love sweet romance that is packed with, heat and sizzle, then you will enjoy this book. 

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About the author
Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance (M/F, M/M, F/F), romantic suspense, thrillers, and historical fiction 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. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.

Melissa has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Her interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

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