Author: V.K. Skyes
Series: Seashell Bay #1
Published by: Forever
Publication Date: February 24, 2015
YOU CAN'T STOP A RISING TIDE
When Lily Doyle spots her high school crush Aiden Flynn on the inbound ferry, she knows trouble is about to dock in Seashell Bay. And not just because he's more handsome than ever. If Aiden's in town, the rumors must be true about his family's plan to sell their coastal land to the highest bidder. But Lily will do whatever it takes to convince the hottest guy on the beach to protect their idyllic island home.
Gorgeous Lily Doyle was the only thing Aiden missed after he escaped from his hometown to play pro baseball. Now all Aiden wants is to wrap up the business deal and get back to his life, not relive a past that still haunts him. But as memories rush in about the night of passion he and Lily shared long ago, everything else washes right out to sea—everything except the desire that still burns between them.
I think it’s time for a trip to the beach. I didn’t even read the full synopsis when I saw Meet Me at the Beach. I was mostly lured in by the cover since I’m in need of some beach time. It paid off though, because this book was delightful.
Aiden is 32 and living the dream as a MLB star. Growing up with an abusive father, he couldn’t get away from Seashell Bay fast enough when he turned 18. He never looked back. Except … Aiden was recently cut from his team and his career is in limbo. To top it off, he’s forced to return home in order to handle a potential land deal that would change the island forever.
The bright spot in returning home is Lily. She loves Seashell Bay fiercely and will fight to save her tiny island town from being run over by a corporation. When Aiden returns, she’s determined to get him to see what a great place it is and convince him not to sell his land to a corporation. Lily is a sweetheart, but a toughie. She’s a lobster fisherman, can beat the pants off anyone at darts, and has no qualms standing up for what she believes in. Best of all, she’s a great friend.
I absolutely love the small town setting and felt so nostalgic while reading this. My family had a condo in a tiny beach town not far from where I live when I was growing up, it was like my second home. We were there a lot of weekends and a lot of summer days until it burned down, but I’ve continued to go there and the surrounding towns. Even though I was never a full-time resident, I get a bit sad witnessing all of the growth and urban sprawl that has occurred over the years. So I can definitely understand Lily’s feelings about the possibility of Seashell Bay transforming into a suburbia.
Aiden and Lily had a special relationship before he left, despite the family rivalry. The romance was lovely and very low in the angst department. It brought out all sorts of feels, but it was nice how they handled themselves like mature adults. I love me some angst, but sometimes it’s refreshing to read something like this after reading a string of super angsty YA/NA books. I really enjoyed how close they got more as friends first, getting to know each other again with the undeniable chemistry they once had.
I honestly wondered how everything would playout for most of the book, because it seemed like it would be impossible to make everyone happy, not even Lily and Aiden. The authors did a wonderful job pulling it all together, though.
Meet Me at the Beach is the first in the series, but the next book will feature a different couple. I love when I already know who the couple will be in the next book, because I like to pay extra attention to them in the previous book(s). So now I’m looking forward to Morgan and Ryan’s story!