Meet Me at the Beach

Meet Me at the Beach

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by V. K. Sykes
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
01/19/2015
Sykes (Payoff Pitch) opens the Seashell Bay series with a tender story that reunites high school sweethearts on the idyllic Maine coast. Lily Doyle loves her life fishing for lobster on Seashell Bay Island. She is relatively content until her old flame, Aiden Flynn, returns to the island to decide whether he wants to sell his land to a developer. Since Lily is not in favor of the development, their reunion is strained. As Aiden starts helping Lily on her lobster boat and ends up staying longer than originally planned, he and Lily develop an easy truce, and their attraction becomes stronger than ever before. But Aiden can’t picture staying on the island he was so desperate to leave, even if his professional baseball career is over. As Aiden and Lily take a chance on their romance, neither knows whether it will be fleeting or turn into forever. Their intense romance is sensuous and moving, with a perfect smalltown setting. Agent: Evan Marshall, Evan Marshall Agency. (Mar.)
From the Publisher
"4 Stars! A sexy series starter set on an island where anyone would love to spend the summer, Sykes' latest is a winner."—RT Book Reviews"

As Aiden and Lily take a chance on their romance, neither knows whether it will be fleeting or turn into forever. Their intense romance is sensuous and moving, with a perfect smalltown setting."—Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455552511
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
02/24/2015
Series:
Seashell Bay Series , #1
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
212,787
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

V. K. Sykes is a wife/husband writing team-Vanessa Kelly and Randall Sykes-who write romantic suspense and single title contemporary romance. One of the great things they appreciate about being writers is that they can work anywhere so Vanessa and Randy split their time between Ontario, Canada, in the summer and Florida in the winter. Both locations have shores just as beautiful as the imaginary Seashell Bay.

You can learn more at:
VKSykes.com
Twitter @VKSykes
Facebook.com/VKSykesBooks

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Meet Me at the Beach 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
brandihowell1 More than 1 year ago
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. That being said, I have loved VK Sykes's series Philadelphia Patriots. I had great hopes for her new series on Seashell Bay. My hopes have been dimmed with this first installment. I am hoping for the rest of the series to be a little better now that the backstory has been established. Meet Me at the Beach is a story of a pair of star crossed people from two families that have been feuding for years/centuries. Aiden Flynn escapes the island with baseball and finds himself back after an injury makes him a bad bet for his professional team. Lily Doyle can't see why anyone would leave their wonderful little island and loves lobstering off the coast. The Flynns are thinking of selling their land to a big developer and need Aiden to agree. Lily's family and half the island are against it. As Lily and Aiden find their way back to each other, outside factors cause waves and a new solution is found. Getting to this point was hard. Usually I can read a good book in a week but this took me quite awhile because I wasn't always excited to get back to it. I will give book 2 a chance now that VK has laid out all the backstory for the island. It was a good read but not a great one.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
An awesome book that left me with that feel good smile when I finished. Excellent writing and a pace that has the story moving along nicely. Amazing characters fill the small town and should lead to more interesting stories around this small island town. When Aiden Flynn's baseball career comes crashing down around him, the last place he thought he would end up was his hometown of Seashell Bay. After leaving home and an abusive father 14 years ago going back had never entered his mind until his brother told him he needed him. The small town is divided regarding a new development. Half the town wants it to stay the sleepy little town it's always been. The other obviously wants to see it grow. The land that was left to Aiden when his mother died is the key to the deal. Will he sell and side with his father and brother or hold on to it to satisfy the townspeople who want things the same. The fact that the one girl who has ever touched his heart, Lily Doyle, doesn't want the development won't come in to play. Nope. Not gonna happen.... I'm looking forward to reading the next book in this series and I highly recommend this one to everyone.
RachaelBrown More than 1 year ago
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Meet Me at the Beach is a fun & sexy summer read. I loved the second chance romance between Aiden and Lily. I enjoyed getting to know the residents of Seashell Bay and I look forward to reading more Seashell Bay novels.
Renae_D More than 1 year ago
Lily and Aiden become quick friends when they are teenagers and the attraction sparks, but doesn't move forward as both are very persistent in following their dreams which aren't headed in the same direction.  Lily stays close to home and enjoy's the life of lobster fishing and small town island life that hasn't been taken over by the big city, fast pace of life. Aiden leaves the island to play Major League Baseball and returns years later after a career ending injury and trouble on the home front with their land.  VK Sykes shows how staying true to yourself, learning to communicate can lead to all your dreams.  I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review
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tabprince More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read by this author and I loved it!! Good story, easy to read. Ready for the next book in this series.
Bukgoddess More than 1 year ago
From the husband and wife writing team (historical romance author -Vanessa Kelly & Randy Sykes) V.K Sykes; Meet Me at the Beach is the first installment in their new contemporary romance series set on the quaint island of Seashell Bay (and excitingly this series is also in print!). Aiden Flynn left his tiny island of Seashell Bay off the coast of Maine 14 years ago for the major leagues, a career in professional baseball was his lifes dream and once gone he never looked back. But now conditions have changed and a pressing issue has him returning to the place he vowed to never see again. Can Aiden rise above the past, torn between loyalties to a father he would rather forget, a brother he feels responsible for and the memories of a loving mother and an honor bestowed him and the small fishing island in need of an economic boost. Aiden is the only one with the ability to bring change but at the cost of a promise made. The pressure sits heavy on his shoulders. One choice would bring a windfall to his family but sacrifice the island. What's worse, is the one person worth the pain coming home has caused, is set deadfast to oppose him. Lily Doyle, has lived her whole life on Seashell Island and is living the life she always wanted as a sea captain of her own lobster boat. Braving rough seas and the endurance to haul lobster traps (often times these days on her own) has not prepared her for the sight of Aiden Flynn aboard the island ferry destined to dock on the island he once swore to her he would never set foot back on. Will Aiden's arrival bring with it the ominous message that her peaceful island will soon never be the same? Thoughts of drowning someone who never liked the lobster fishing life anyway, sounds like a good idea!
breadandbutter22 More than 1 year ago
The writing of VK Sykes is an enjoyable read. A great read for all.
julieford More than 1 year ago
Meet Me at the Beach is a book about coming home again. Lily Doyle loves her small island home on Seashell Bay and is fighting desperately to stop developers from destroying it. Aiden returns home because his father and brother need him to sign a contract to sell their land to developers. Aiden and Lily were childhood sweethearts and neither has forgotten the love between them. When they meet again the sparks fly but they must get past the history that separated them and overcome the problems still standing in their way. This is a wonderful story that shows love can overcome anything.
alterlisa More than 1 year ago
Just the book to make me forget that it was 20 outside and that they are calling for freezing rain yet again. Instead of thinking about the fact that I  really need to carry in yet another load of wood for the wood-stove, I'm piled up next to it pretending that the radiant heat is from the summer sun and I have a frosty margarita in my hand instead of a cup of coffee.  I love second chance romances so throw in the beach (although as a girl used to the sandy southern beaches can the seashore in Maine count as a beach?)and you've got a recipe for several hours of utter bliss. This story has a lot of heartfelt emotion dealing with walking away from your home and giving up land that has been in your family for generations while balancing what is best for you and your family. The possible loss of his beloved baseball career and the possibility of rekindling the missed romance that he's never quite forgotten makes Aiden's trip back home full of pitfalls and promise. This was a very satisfying read that I enjoyed right up till I had to stop and toss wood in the stove. Going to carry this copy to the beach this summer and share it with other family members who can enjoy it at the beach and where we'll no doubt pity those at the "beaches" in Maine while baking in the sun and kicking up the sand in Myrtle Beach.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
4 Stars! When I sat down to read this book, I really expected a light, fluffy romance. I expected to read a book about people frolicking on the beach simply because of the cover. I ended up being completely wrong about what this book was going to be because it ended up being so much more than I expected. In fact, this book was absolutely excellent. I love reading about second chance romances and this was an excellent example. Aiden is the kind of man I love to read about. He is a handsome professional baseball player who has hit a bump in his career. He does the right thing even when it isn't the easy thing to do. He is not easily influenced by others and takes care of the people that he cares about. Lily was equally likeable. She is a leader in the community and fights hard for what she believes in. She is a hard worker and she is tougher than most men. Aiden left Seashell Bay to pursue his baseball career and he hasn't looked back. In fact, he has only returned to the island once since leaving. The book starts with his return for the second time. This time he is in town to deal with a pending sale of his family's land. The deal can only go through if Aiden agrees and the impact of his decision would affect everyone on the island. Lily has remained in Seashell Bay running her own fishing boat. She has strong opinions about the future of the island and her way of life. Lily and Aiden were never officially a couple before Aiden left the island but they both had strong feelings for each other. Both have dated other people during their years apart but remain single. They quickly realize that the spark they felt in high school is still there years later. The chemistry between the pair was amazing. The writing in this book was wonderful. I found myself hoping that Lily and Aiden could figure out how to make things work. I fell in love with the island and all of the colorful people living there. I was completely pulled into the story wondering what would happen to this island and how Aiden and Lily would deal with Aiden's decision. I would highly recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance. This was the first book by the writing pair of V.K. Sykes that I have had a chance to read but I look forward to reading more in the future. I would love to know what else happens in Seashell Bay. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Forever (Grand Central Publishing) via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
Wonderful beginning to a new series. Aiden and Lily's second chance at love is full of both tender and sensual moments. Even though Aiden's decision regarding his family's property could cause major problems, they never really let that be an issue between them. There are some interesting characters in Seashell Bay that I'm looking to get to know better.  4.5 stars ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
A second chance romance between Lily and Aiden. Aiden left Seashell Bay when he was eighteen to play major baseball, he hopes to never return. Things change in life and Aiden return to Seashell Beach, he hopes only to have it be temporarily. Once he returns he meets up with high school sweetheart, Lily. A budding romance in the making. This book is more than romance but the lives of a family and friends on a small island of Maine. Love the interactions between the members of the community on changes that might be happening on the small quaint island. A great book to a start of a new series. I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review.
gaele More than 1 year ago
Initially drawn to this story because of the setting and the richness to be found there. V.K. Sykes has brought a sense of coastal Maine in this story with her fictional island of Seashell Bay, in what felt like a cross between Deer Isle and Peaks Island, the setting is well established as are some of the more peculiar ‘phrases’ common to Mainers.  The addition of lobster fishing with its effect on the people and economy added another layer to the story, as did the ‘out of staters’ there for summer holidays.  In this story, Lily has stayed behind after high school in the small community.  Working on a lobster boat is not unusual for someone from  an island, but being a female and managing to navigate the daily grind, the physical exertions and dangers is less common than one would expect: she has earned her stripes and has achieved her dream of owning and captaining her own boat and pots.  Reasonably  independent and content, everything changes for her with the return of her old fling.  Aiden left the island after high school for a career in baseball. Returning to wrap up some family business, one of the first people he encounters is Lily, the girl he can’t forget.  But his return just may signify changes for the small community – his plan to breeze in and out, returning to his life after selling the highly valued land his family owns just may take longer than expected.  Of course, Lily doesn’t want the island to change, and Aiden’s plans are in direct contrast. But can she convince him?  And here – the story flip flops between their past and present, unresolved feelings and current attraction.  Their struggles together and with themselves,  both in terms of their relationship / attraction and the sale of the land to a development corporation make for some interesting interactions.  Secondary characters, in terms of townspeople are true to live, opinionated, mouthy and often very funny.  The residents don’t want to risk  their island’s beauty or ‘feel’ for the potential economic gains with more part-time residents or a large holiday resort, and their concerns are valid and well structured. And, it is a small town, so everyone has an opinion on Aiden and Lily, often before they’ve decided themselves.  Great setting, wonderful premise: I got a bit stuck with the oft-repeated warnings about the dangers of lobstering, and Lily and Aiden’s  interior monologues.  Lobster fishing is dangerous: commercial fishing is. And Sykes adds plenty of information about it, yet all of the warnings only serve to dull the crisis point of the story. Interactions between Lily and Aiden are told with each character’s point of view, and their interior monologues descend to immature, repetitive moments: their interplay, their connection was well-established without this  device for each scene, and I will admit they became annoying early on.  That being said, the story flew by and felt honest and real. The setting, the connection and even most of the characters added to the story  to provide a rich retreat to Maine in the summer.   I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 
Keoweegirl More than 1 year ago
Set on a quaint island off the coast of Maine where lobster fishing is the primary industry and residents are hardy New England folk, this is a rich, meaty, well-written story of choices, second chances, community, dysfunctional family, life cross-roads, lucrative development vs preservation of tradition, forgiveness, compromise and the complexity, heartache, and ultimate joy of love offered and accepted. Aiden Flynn couldn't leave Seashell Bay fast enough and really, who could blame him? After a life of abuse at the hands of his drunken father, the last thing Aiden wanted was to spend the rest of his life toiling on his family's lobster boat. Aiden loathed lobster fishing. The day after high school graduation, he boarded the ferry and set off to pursue a career in baseball. Over the past 14 years he's only been back on the island once, for his mother's funeral, until now. Released by his team because of his bad knees, the baseball superstar is at a crossroads, refusing to believe his beloved career could be over. The last place he wants to be is on the island but his father and brother want to sell the prime pieces of real estate that were left to the three of them by Aiden's mother to a mainland developer and need Aiden's agreement since he owns the center lot and only with his approval can the sale move forward. He plans to wrap things up quickly and get back to his life. Life has other plans, namely one Lily Doyle, hottest girl on the island, the star of his teenage dreams and one secret, unforgettable night of passion. Seashell Bay is Lily Doyle's home and lobster fishing is her passion. She's never wanted to live off-island or do anything else but run her own lobster boat. When Aiden Flynn steps off the ferry, Lily knows two things: the rumors of his family selling their prime coastal land must be true and her high school crush on Aiden Flynn is not a thing of the past. The desire between them sizzles just as hot as ever but the multi-generational feud between their families that kept them apart as teenagers hasn't gone away. And the fact that Lily is leading the community fight against developers coming in and changing their way of life just ups the ante. Still, the desire between them burns strong and neither has married in the time they've been apart. Maybe there's still a chance for them? V.K. Sykes has created a unique island removed from the progress and chaos of the mainland, accessible only by ferry or private boat and populated it with a community of strong-minded people who work hard, take pride in their heritage and band together to celebrate the good times and get through the bad times as they protect and support each other. And yes, even as they fight, feud and disagree with one another. It's a real community filled with the mix of bad, good and colorful characters that one expects in real life. It's a place I want to visit with people I want to get to know. I care about them. They've touched my heart and I'm now invested in their happiness. I can't wait to catch the ferry over for my next visit to Seashell Bay! ~PJ Ausdenmore The Romance Dish 4.5 stars
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Lily and Aiden were each others first loves. They drifted apart. Life got in the way. When Aiden and Lily unexpectedly meet again the sparks are still there. What happens next is anyone's guess. I loved this book. The characters held my attention throughout the book. Did not want the story to end. Excellent read. Was gifted an ARC of Meet Meet at the Beach for an honest review.
stanhope3234 More than 1 year ago
This is a really good start to a new series. Second chance romance is one of my favorite troupe and add in a small town/island and I'm hooked. Lily Doyle and Aiden Flynn had a sweet romance as teenagers they were like Romeo and Juliet both coming from feuding families. Lily grow up in a loving family and Aiden with the love of his mother and the fist of his father. Aiden could not wait to leave Seashell Island as soon as he could and Lily couldn't see living anywhere else. Aiden left to pursue a career in baseball and didn't return but once in fourteen years when his mother died. Now with his career coming to an unwanted possible end Aiden returns to the island in the middle of an uproar and he's the cause at least for part of it. The Flynn's own a large amount of acreage that's split between the three of them that his father Sean and brother Bram want to sell to a large corporation to build houses and condos on. The only thing holding them back is Aiden's vote. His plot is in the middle of the twos land. Aiden is torn between his family's dire need for help, the memory of his mothers love for where she lived and his renewed romance with Lily Doyle.  There is so many emotions and conflicts in this book that you are just pulled right in to the middle of it as if it was real life. Ms. Sykes does a great job at building the world of Seashell Island and introducing us to the unique and quirky Islanders. There are some really great secondary characters and I can't wait to read the next book and I want to see Bram get his HEA.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Marissa Book provided by the publisher for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book If you enjoy sappy romances you might like this book, but for me it was just too sappy. She’s thin and beautiful, he’s got a six pack you can bounce a quarter off, they’re both good at everything they do and things just fall into place for them. Lily is the darling of the island, everyone loves her and all the men look out for her. That right away repelled me. She had no flaws, physically or emotionally. For me, this makes a character bland. And Aiden’s character was just as flat. While he was emotionally wrecked – a baseball player who had just blown out his career – he was too stoic for my taste. He never broke down over the one thing he had built his life around, never mourned or got angry or blew up from the stress. He was just too smooth. The language used during the sex scenes was modest. Euphemisms were used instead of proper body parts being named – ‘her happy spot’, ‘her aching sex’. These are just too cutesy for me. I don’t need clinical descriptions but realism is appreciated. If you like romances where there is little turmoil and everyone is perfect, you may very well love this book. For me, it was too perfect. I like turmoil and imperfection, and I like my characters flawed.
My_Peace More than 1 year ago
Meet Me At The Beach is an all encompassing story about relationships, community and second chances with a couple of strong main characters.  Aiden is facing unexpected changes in his life reluctantly.  A  reluctant return to his small home town brings him back to Lily and the memories he has of her.  Lily is living the life she has always wanted to, and she has mixed feelings about Aiden's temporary return.   There is a strong attraction between them that hasn't gone away over the years...but they both might still want different things, in more ways than one.  I liked that Lily and Aiden had a distant past together with an attraction that was still there, and the maturity with which they handled everything made them real to me.  They weren't drawn into a long standing family feud, they just were who they were, at the same time struggling a bit to move forward.   Watching them come together, grow together and find possible solutions to issues was a heart felt, believable plot.  There is a lot going on on their small island, from family dynamics to development that threatens to change the way their small island is.  It was interesting to be a part of this, see how they dealt with it all, and at the same time wondering what a solution could be.  I liked how V. K. laced everything together. I am partial to small town, island settings on the ocean, so Meet Me At The Beach really worked for me!  With just enough conflict and turmoil to keep things interesting, it was a well flowing read.  I'd recommend Meet Me At The Beach to any romance reader!
2_PMVH More than 1 year ago
FORBIDDEN FRUIT SYNDROME Y’all have all heard of the Hatfield & McCoy feud, will welcome to Seashell Bay Maine it’s warring clans, the Doyles the lynns! What happens when some FORBIDDEN FRUIT boils in the summer sun? Lily Doyle had a great childhood with a loving & kooky family, loved working on the bay with her dad catching lobsters & she will never leave her safe harbor of Seashell Bay. Her only regret was letting Aiden Flynn get away without sealing the deal. She is now her own captain of her lobster boat, Miss Anne, (named after her “up in your face” granny, works her bootie off in the summer she is really happy with her life, but she needs 2 things ASAP, a new stern man & getting laid! Maybe the next ferry will bring her want she wants, because Seashell Bay is full of surprises! Aiden Flynn loves only 3 things, his mom, his gambling maybe alcoholic brother, Bram, & baseball! When Bram’s hand was injured on their dad’s boat, he stepped up & had the best doctors, but Bram’s hand will never be the same & his dream of being a lobster captain was gone. His mom died 2 years ago & left all 3 of them her family land & he was just let go from his baseball team because of his crappy knees, but he is hoping his agent can find him a new team. He hates 2 things, his abusive father & his childhood nightmare at Seashell Bay, so why is heading to his own personal HADES? To look over some land deal his father wants & Aiden just wants to get in & out as fast as he can, but with his mom no longer alive, Seashell Bay only holds 3 good memories, his mom, Bram & that one night he ALMOST got a homerun with Lily Doyle! Yes, that ferry begins Aiden & when their eyes lock across the bay, it’s KABOOM INSTANTANEOUS LUST! Lily knows that Aiden is only coming back for the land deal & if she has to use her GIRLIE WILDS, so be it because no way in HADES is she letting that company destroy her home & she won’t let that proposed car ferry pass either. Aiden knows that red haired curvy captain is Lily & she looks even YUMMIER, but he needs his head in the game to deal with his drunk dad. Off the ferry, Bram attacks him with his kind of brotherly love & as they drive to Bram’s cottage (which Aiden paid for), Bram tells him about the no income of him & his dad, all the money for the land, how everyone in town hates them for selling & the kicker, that if Aiden doesn’t sell his land that the deal won’t happen. Their mom may have been a passive wife, but she was a great mom & smart enough to leave Aiden the prime land & it is right smack in the middle of his dad’s land. When he does see his dad, Sean is angry & loaded as he yells at Aiden, “Just once do something for your family!” Aiden is passed, so Bram & he go to The Lobster Pot (local bar) & he sees old friends & even some frenemies, but all anyone wants to know is if he will sell. When Miss Annie & Bram get into it, Lily & Aiden defuse it, she challenges him to darts & he loses. That is how Aiden finds himself pulling his dad’s old boat out & leaving it in the hands of crazy old Roy’s hands to supercharge it for the Blueberry Fest, but the boat blows, he loses again & that is how Aiden becomes Lily’s new stern man! As they work together, Aiden sees Seashell Bay in a new light, since his dad wasn’t hitting him or throwing him overboard. After a Sean drunken argument, Aiden & Lily get down & SANDY, but Aiden pulls back because Lily deserves to have it all & he is never stay on Seashell Bay! Tons of that awful (by readers love) family feuding that pack this tale with what I like to call FORBIDDEN FRUIT SYNDROME! Let’s not forget all the quirky, meddling, hindering & unique citizens of Seashell Bay as they whip out their own kind of PIXIE DUST to save not only Aiden & Lily, but their seaside home! Does the car ferry pass? Is Aiden able to see passed his painful memories to save Seashell Bay? Can Aiden see that Lily is his everything? Is Lily willing to leave her safe harbor for her man? Does Aiden gets a new team? Can Lily replace his bad memories with Happily Ever After memories? Who is Lily’s new stern man or woman? Will the Doyle & Flynn feud be laid to rest? Most importantly, can I get a room or cabin for the summer of 2015? This is only my 2nd book by the double duo author team named V.K. Sykes, but the first book was Payoff Pitch & this combined author duo shattered many of my romances taboos, like a baseball (which is the boring sport to me) romance does work & yes, even a male author can write a great romance! I was a pure sexist & totally believed that males just can’t write a romance that can give me shivers & quivers, but now I am reformed! Now I was a little worried that this was book didn’t have a baseball theme, but Sykes had an ex Philly Patriot player, so I knew I was in for one hell of a read & YES THEY DELIVERED! Aiden’s soul was scorched by his dad’s abuse, but his mom was able to heal him from the red hot brand & that made him almost whole. I loved the mom & son relationship in this tale & even thou his mom was gone, Sykes had a lot of those perfect MOM MOMENTS for a struggling Aiden, like Priest Mike! My hubby came from a very abusive home & was able to battle his own demons & not pass them to our kids & Aiden story SLAMMED into my heart & even made me cry ugly! Oh, Lily was a breath of fresh air kind of heroine with her great childhood, kooky family & she love of her bay, but she was so real & jump off the pages (my Kindle) GIRLIE girl & her SAVE THE ECO made me love her more! She was also a tough lobster captain & I have watched those shows on Discovery Channel & Lily had cajones of PURE GOLD to actual DREAM of being one! Sykes kinda flipped the emotional baggage to the hero & then heroine has to do the heavy lifting & that made a lot of great unexpected moments! All romances need some naughtiness & this tale did have a slow sexual simmer between Lily & Aiden & they did get down & SANDY, but this tale was more about their hearts connecting & soaking in all that much needed love. I know I dog some romances because of not enough YUMMY NAUGHTINESS, but Sykes did great with the heart & naughty ratio & added just right amount of FORBIDDEN FRUIT SYNDROME. There was a huge 3rd character & that was Seashell Bay’s citizens with “in your face” Miss Annie, her hubby Roy with all his experiments with power, Lily’s BFF Morgan, Daisy the klepto, Dept. Sheriff Micah, Laura & so many more. Seashell Bay is a place that I wish I grew up in & it’s has kinda the same flavor as Mizz Mallory’s Fool’s Gold & Mizz Shalvis’ Lucky Harbor series. I was book poorer from the Philly Patriot series & I see lots of Seashell Bay in my reading future. So for a romance with a soul tortured Aiden, a fresh new kind of GIRLIE kick a$$ heroine, a town filled with unusual & one-of-a-kind folks, some slow simmering sinful naughtiness & inner demons being wrestled, cuffed, packed with C4 & BLOWN, it totally earned my score of 4 fingers up &10 toes! Also the dynamic duo of Sykes also left me hanging off a cliff with the teasing tidbit in book #2! So I have to ask with all the fishing facts & real life water moments, which part of the duo lived in Maine? NetGallery ARC given for my honest review.