Having a mad crush on her boss’s son, Matt Lacroux–an intriguing mix of proper gentleman and flirtatious bad boy–is probably not the smartest idea for single mother Mira Savage. Especially when the company, and her job, is already on shaky ground. But as a Princeton professor, Matt’s life is hours away from Mira’s home on Cape Cod, keeping him safely in the fantasy-only zone. And as a single mother to six-year-old Hagen, with a floundering company to save, fantasies are all she has time for.
With hopes of becoming dean off the table, and too many months of longing for a woman who lived too far away to pursue, Matt’s publishing contract couldn’t have come at a better time. He heads home to Cape Cod on a brief sabbatical, intent on starting his book, and finally getting his arms around sweet, seductive Mira.
A surprise encounter leads to white-hot passions and midnight confessions. The more time Matt and Mira spend together, the deeper their relationship grows, and the love and attention Matt showers on Hagen is more than she has ever dreamed of. But Matt’s sabbatical is only temporary, and Mira’s not saving his father’s company so she can leave it behind. Will their whispers of love be enough for one of them to change their life forever?
Seaside Summers is a series of stand-alone romances that may also be enjoyed as part of the larger Love in Bloom series.
Coming to a new series midway through, can always be a bit hit and miss. This book is part of the love in Bloom Series and also the Seaside Summers Series. Fortunately, although there are obviously characters appearing that have been in the previous books, this was a stand alone novel. There was a little bit of what I suspect was an update into how previous characters were getting on, but it didn't detract from the story.
In some ways this was a little different to the 'usual' formula that makes a romance novel. While there was the hero, heroine and of course the happily ever after, there wasn't the misunderstanding that often occurs part way through. Don't get me wrong though, this wasn't all plain sailing. Mira is a single mother and needs to juggle her son with her own needs. Matt has had a academic career that he has channeled everything into, he's not sure if he is ready to leave it behind and move onto something new.
Although Mira and Matt are hesitant to take things to the next level, soon their overwhelming attraction takes over and it becomes clear that they are meant to be together. I enjoyed reading about their growing relationship and I did feel that it was believable and not too over the top. My only real reservations were how protective they both were of Mira's son Hagen, it just didn't quite ring true to me. I was also not entirely convinced when a potential bump in the road appeared towards the end of the story. It was all dismissed without any discussion and it was probably a bit unnecessary.
This was a good read over all, I enjoyed the blossoming relationship between Matt and Mir. The growing relationship between Matt and Mira's son, Hagen was also lovely. I'll remember this series and might check some of the other titles out at some point. If you're looking for a fun, easy, romantic read, you can't go far wrong with Seaside Whispers.