Embraced at Seaside

Embraced at Seaside

by Addison Cole

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Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers features a group of fun, flirty, and emotional friends who gather each summer at their Cape Cod cottages. They're sassy, flawed, and so easy to relate to, you'll be begging to enter their circle of friends!

Embraced at Seaside is a Sweet with Heat novel and conveys all of the passion you'd expect to find between two people in love without any graphic scenes or harsh language. If you're looking for a spicier romance, pick up the steamy edition, Seaside Embrace, written by New York Times, bestselling author Melissa Foster. Addison Cole is Melissa's sweet-romance pen name.

PLEASE NOTE: This is true "sweet with heat" and Jana and Hunter's story begins with a large dose of steam. It is the steamiest in the series, and remains true to the characters' personalities.

After working hard all day creating his beautiful metal sculptures, Hunter Lacroux likes to unwind with a hot babe–or two. But after spending a handful of nights with smart, sassy, and beautiful Jana Garner, the woman who challenges everything he does and says, Hunter wants more.

As a dancer, boxer, actress, and waitress, Jana is tough, organized, and as dedicated as she is committed. She has to be to maintain her crazy schedule. But when it comes to men, Jana's had a string of bad relationships, and there's only one thing she'll commit to–not committing.

Passion ignites every time Jana and Hunter are together, but the closer Hunter gets, the faster Jana runs. When Hunter lays on the charm, Jana throws out a challenge she's sure he can't meet, and Hunter steps up to the plate, forcing her to face her hurtful past or let go of him forever.

Read, Write, Love at Seaside
Dreaming at Seaside
Hearts at Seaside
Sunsets at Seaside
Secrets at Seaside
Nights at Seaside
Seized by Love at Seaside
Embraced at Seaside
Lovers at Seaside
Whispers at Seaside


"Addison Cole's stories are the perfect blend of sizzle and sweet. You won't be able to stop reading."​ - ​New York Times bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne

"Romance, fun, emotions, and happily ever afters that will warm your heart, Addison Cole writes charming and unforgettable stories about real people and love in its most wonderfully moving forms." - New York Times bestselling author Violet Duke

"Addison Cole has created characters you'll fall in love with and a seaside world you'll never want to leave." USA Today bestselling author Chris Keniston

"An absolute treat to read and cannot wait for more from Addison Cole." ~ New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett (aka Juliette Poe, on "Read, Write, Love at Seaside")

Addison Cole is the sweet alter ego of New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. She writes humorous and emotional sweet contemporary romance. Her books do not include explicit sex scenes or harsh language. Addison spends her summers on Cape Cod, where she dreams up wonderful love stories in her house overlooking Cape Cod Bay.

Addison enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups and welcomes an invitation to your event.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158549397
Publisher: World Literary Press
Publication date: 04/11/2018
Series: Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers , #7
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 58,353
File size: 530 KB

About the Author

Addison Cole is the sweet alter ego of New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. She writes humorous and emotional sweet contemporary romance. Her books do not include explicit sex scenes or harsh language. Addison spends her summers on Cape Cod, where she dreams up wonderful love stories in her house overlooking Cape Cod Bay.

Addison enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups and welcomes an invitation to your event.

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Embraced at Seaside 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
We met Hunter a while back, but now we really get to know him. He's quite a steamy fella. He has the smolder down to an art. I mean seriously, you can feel it seeping off the pages at times. I loved it. Jana's not immune to his smolder, but he's not immune to her either... as much as they both want to be. This is a casual fling that grows into much more. I enjoyed the process of it all. They were definitely in denial, and oh so entertaining. If you haven't started this series yet, you must! The ARC of Embraced at Seaside by Addison Cole was kindly provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.
BookLoverinFlorida More than 1 year ago
I am loving this Sweet with Heat series! Hunter and Jana are perfect for each other if only Jana would open her heart to the opportunity. I can relate to the fear of being hurt or being the one to hurt because you aren't so sure or are scared to be open. I found myself frustrated with Jana to just open up but I had the privilege of being in Hunter's mind so I knew he was going to be true to his word, unlike Jana needing to trust him. A heartwarming read for your next beach vacation!
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
I had a good time with this audiobook. This was a nice quick romance that really grabbed me from the very start. I really didn't want to stop listening and couldn't wait to see Jana and Hunter figure things out. This is the eighth book in the Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers series but it read absolutely fine as a stand alone. Addison Cole's books are the sweet with heat versions of some of Melissa Foster's books. This book is the sweeter version of Seaside Embrace and I found that there were still quite a few steamy scenes to keep things interesting. I am glad that I decided to give this book a try. This book starts with a bang! At the start of this book we find Jana and Hunter in a morning after situation. They have hooked up a few times but Jana is in a hurry to get out the door. Jana is a very busy woman. She works as a dance instructor, waitress, and trains as a boxer. Hunter is an artist and makes metal sculptures. Neither Hunter or Jana do relationships. Hunter decides that he wants something more from Jana and makes an effort to be romantic. It was fun watching Jana try to figure out what was going on while Hunter was trying to determine his next move. These two really had a lot of chemistry and seemed perfect for each other. Their personalities meshed almost perfectly. Hunter was so patient with Jana as she worked through some of her issues. Joe Arden and Maxine Mitchell did a great job with the audio. I really liked the fact that this book used dual narrators to tell the story since I think that works best with dual point of view stories. I think that both of the narrators did a great job with the voices of a somewhat large cast of characters and brought a lot of emotion to the story. I wouldn't hesitate to listen to either of these narrators again in the future. I would recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance. This was a great romance between two characters that I couldn't wait to watch find their happily ever after with each other. I found this book to have plenty of heat along with some scenes that melted my heart. I cannot wait to read more of Addison Cole's work in the future. I received a copy of this audiobook from the author / publicist.
bookloverfl12 More than 1 year ago
I am loving this Sweet with Heat series! Hunter and Jana are perfect for each other if only Jana would open her heart to the opportunity. I can relate to the fear of being hurt or being the one to hurt because you aren't so sure or are scared to be open. I found myself frustrated with Jana to just open up but I had the privilege of being in Hunter's mind so I knew he was going to be true to his word, unlike Jana needing to trust him. A heartwarming read for your next beach vacation!
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless More than 1 year ago
You can still feel the heat and passion without the explicit comments or descriptives. Getting the front row viewing of Hunter and Jana falling in love was beautiful. Embraced at Seaside is very much beach worthy, fireplace worthy, hot-steamy bubble bath worthy, need for hope worthy read that will send warmth and pleasure racing through you. Addison Cole has taken her works and made the to where they included the reading populations that can do without all the details of the coming together, but still coming together. The story itself stands all on its own.
pughtwins More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and it's beautifully flawed characters. I have enjoyed all of the other sweet with heat books in this series, but this book spoke to me so much more. I love that Hunter is so determined. He may be scared and not sure of love but that's not going to stop him. Jana is such a strong woman and she works really hard to guard her emotions. I really felt I could really relate to Hunter and Jana. I think we have all had a bad relationship that made us question if they were worth it. One thing I have found with Ms. Cole's books is I always come away feeling lighter. I love this group of friends and all their crazy, wild lives and I can't wait to catch up with them again!
ShaysBookwormReads More than 1 year ago
If you havent picked up any books in this series you’re missing out!! Embrace yourself as you meet Jana & Hunter, two people who butt heads but are so STEAMY together!! Hunter likes his women, but when he meets Jana she changes everything! A sweet, sexy, fun, & clean read, the way Romance should be!!
Silvie_MySillyLittleGang More than 1 year ago
Hunter and Jana… they are most definitely my newest favorite couple. They have a love-hate relationship from the start. I must admit it’s that type of relationships that I love reading about. I love reading how a couple’s relationship evolves and changes. This book gave me that and so much more. I am a fan of the way Addison Cole writes, and this book only reinforced that. There are so many great characters in this book. The story is so good that I couldn’t put it down. If you like love stories that are sweet with heat then this is one you are not going to want to miss!
Living_Life_With_Joy_ More than 1 year ago
A personal side note, I read books 8 and 9 out of order and I can assure you these books were made in such a way that you truly can read them in any order. If you read one before the other you might lose a small element of surprise but the overall story is still incredibly enjoyable. Embraced at Seaside is one of Addison Cole’s more sexually vibrant books, but still stays true to the ‘sweet with heat’ concept and the bedroom scenes do stop at the door. Their attraction to one another is undeniable yet they’re both not looking for anything deeper. Life doesn’t always go along with what you think you need and instead gives you what you actually need. The relationship that forms between Hunter and Jana, although sexually charged, is truly so sweet. Hunter is finally ready to open his heart to the right woman and even if it takes some persuasion, he’s in it to win it. Hunter does the most romantic things for Jana and they begin to mesh their worlds in ways they never thought possible. I admire Jana’s characteristic strength and femininity all wrapped up in one energetic confident yet stubborn woman. Paired with Hunter’s independent nature, and physical and emotional strength, yet also an innate stubbornness, together the two are like watching fire play with fire. Thankfully no one is getting burned in this story.
Nicolerko More than 1 year ago
I was a little unsure at the beginning. Hunter and Jana are little different then the previous books, but I shouldn't have worried. I'm a huge fan of this series and I fell in love with this book as I did the previous books. Hunter and Jana both grow a lot through the book. They both want nothing to do with relationships and just a have a good time. Then something shifts between the two and feelings blossom. It's a great read and reading the journey these two take to get to their HEA is beautiful. One of my favorite things about this book is how Hunter learns how to romance a woman. It's funny and beautiful at the same time. The ending couldn't have been anymore perfect.
dewer421 More than 1 year ago
Jana and Hunter are opposites in just about every way, except for the fact that they both refuse to commit, and Hunter enjoys his life as a player. But since they got together once neither can get the other out of their head. They've spent the last several months being bed buddies but fighting it every step of the way. Can they move beyond being friends with benefits and actually date? And can they get past their history and their current hurdles to find love? This is a sweet, fun story, set with my favorite Seaside characters. I love watching the Seaside gang grow, change, get married and have babies! This book is part of a series, but definitely can be read as a standalone. That being said, this is an amazing series and I recommend reading the whole thing! I received this book through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.
NerdyBook Life More than 1 year ago
Friends with benefits turns into being so much more with this adorable read. I couldn't help but fall in love with Hunter and Jana's story. Commitment is a word neither one of these two understand and it just makes their relationship better. I definitely had my laugh out loud moments and my aww that's sweet moments like I normally do with the wonderful Addison, and I can't wait for more stories of love by the seaside.
BookMomto6 More than 1 year ago
Hunter and Jana are two peas in a pod. They neither want to commit to anything yet they hook up with each other frequently. Then, it dawns on each of them that their hook ups have been exclusive for a while. Hunter is a bit quicker on the uptake than Jana, or he is willing to admit it to himself first, and realizes he wants more. Jana figures her way out of a commitment is to throw down a challenge. Hunter picks up the challenge and, well, he doesn’t see it as that big a deal. Meanwhile, as Jana’s friend, he is helping her work towards a dream of hers by helping her find a location for her own dance studio. Addison Cole writes sweet with heat amazingly. Embraced at Seaside is no exception. The setting, one of my favorites, is Cape Cod. While I am and always will be a mountain girl, the Cape holds some childhood memories and I love reading about it. The characters are like the people I know in my life. I can put myself in the story. You should definitely pick up a copy of Cole’s Embraced at Seaside. You won’t regret it. I received this book through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.
LynchburgMama More than 1 year ago
This series had made me want to pack a bag, grab some friends, jump in the car and head to the coast! Jana is my polar opposite from when I was in high school and college. She has confidence in every area of her life except for the romance department. As fate has it, Hunter shows up and shakes up her previous attitude toward love and romance. Life throws curve balls and she has to give up some of her comfort zone but fate steps in again and she's faced with Hunter. He is a bad boy persona-wise but when you discover that he sculpts, that brings in a new aspect to his personality. Together, it's like they are one big ball of fire and with such strong personalities, you begin to wonder if they could ever truly work. Are Hunter and Jana really meant for each other or do they simply fulfill one another through their strengths? I love the sweetness that Addison writes the romance but through this series, I've discovered how she's woven a deep friendship between the characters. It makes me long for friends that were there from the beginning, through the good and bad moments as well as still keeping to the chunky-dunking tradition! I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine. I have truly come to appreciate these "sweet with heat" books by Addison Cole, and I have to say that she has found a happy medium when crafting these romantic tales. She has found a way to take out the bedroom scenes and any bad language while still telling an engaging story that reminds the hopeless romantics in all of us why falling in love is such a cherished and much-sought-after sensation. In this book, the only criticism I have concerns the heroine, Jana. I truly struggled to like her. She seems rather lost at times, and she certainly doesn't treat Hunter with much respect. I suppose she's lying to herself about how she genuinely feels about him and what she wants from this life. I couldn't believe how patient Hunter was with her. That guy is an absolute keeper, in my opinion! I've never been placed in the position of desiring someone just for an ongoing "booty call," but I know it happens. I am grateful that Addison was able to let us peer into the mind and heart of both Hunter and Jana. And at least by the end, I was feeling a bit kinder towards Jana. So while this wasn't my favorite "Seaside" novel, I can still say it was worth the read and probably included more realism than expected. It is definitely a nice addition to the series, and I look forward to continuing the journey with the characters in "Seaside Summers" whenever I can.
Boaters92 More than 1 year ago
This was the story of Hunter and Jana. Hunter is an amazingly talented artist who works with his brother making custom metal sculptures. Hunter has always been a player. He’s never been a one woman kind of guy and he doesn’t do relationships. Then there’s Jana. She was hurt by guys she dated when she was younger and has decided that she’s not cut out for relationships. She likes to live life to the fullest. She loves her job as a dance instructor, she enjoys boxing with her brother, and she misses her time at the theatre and hopes to get back to it someday. With everything going on in her life, the last thing she has time for is men. But for some reason, whenever Jana and all her friends get together, including Hunter, she always ends up going home with Hunter. They start off bickering over just about any topic, but end up tearing up the sheets by the end of the night! Over time, Hunter realizes that Jana is different than anyone else he’s ever known and that his feelings for her are more than just friendship. Jana doesn’t make it easy for him though. She’s so worried about getting in a relationship and having it end badly, that she fights Hunter at every turn. But Hunter doesn’t give up easily. He realizes that what they have is worth fighting for. This was such a great story. The relationships between not only Jana and Hunter, but all their siblings and friends, was sweet, sexy, and a whole lot of sass all rolled into one. I would definitely recommend reading this book. You’ll probably want to read the whole series when you’re done! I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
anapjm02 More than 1 year ago
Seaside is the best place for Summer time. Love, beach and lovely friends are all you need for summer and decompress from everyday time. Jana and Hunter have been "friends with benefits" for quite some time, but never wanting to take the next step. Now things are changing and these two commitment phobes must decide whether they should open up to the new world of coupledoom. I love this couple and how they are sassy and absolutely fun in their way of finding love. When one bites the other barks and they are so fun to read! You will love this wonderful book and meet the Seaside gang again!
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
Let me introduce you to Hunter Lacroux. He is a player who doesn’t want a relationship. Until he hooks up with Jana one too many times and feelings start to change. Then Jana gives him a challenge that he can’t walk away from. I LOVE the romance. I LOVE the sunrises, sunsets, dinners, and everything else that comes with romance. Addison Cole is so talented in writing these romantic, sweet, and a little steamy scenes. Addison Cole is also amazing with her friendships. The Seaside Girls are amazing. They are the best of friends, more like sisters. When push comes to shove these girls will talk about your love life, help you solve the worlds (or Seaside’s) problems, and lift you up when things are tough. These are the type of friends that everyone wants and once you find them you never let go. I am a fan of the Sweet with Heat series. With each book I get introduce to a new story, I get to catch up with my favorites from other books in this series, and I get to fall for a new book crush. This is a series that I look forward to more from, I get excited when I hear a new book is coming soon, and I devour each books as soon as I get my hands on it. Pick up your copy. NOW. Meet these amazing Seaside characters and fall in love with these characters.
IreneC More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars Embraced at Seaside by Addison Cole is a sweet, romantic and heartwarming read. Every book in this series has been a joy to read, I've enjoyed getting to know all the characters and they've warmed my heart watching them find their happily ever after. Embraced at Seaside is a beautifully written and heartfelt read. Hunter and Jana were wonderful, likable, passionate and stubborn characters that entertained me with their antics. I loved watching them slowly move from bed buddies to lovers and making time for each other in their very busy lives. These two weren't looking for love but when cupid strikes how can you turn your back to true love? Hunter and Jana were perfect for each other and they left me with a heart full of love. The Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers series is turning into such a wonderful, memorable and entertaining read. Each book can be read as a standalone and I truly recommend them all!!
tfaulc More than 1 year ago
* I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own * This is the story of Hunter Lacroux who normally prefers the casual fling until he spends a few nights with Jana Garner and everything changes. Jana is committed to her work, as a waitress , actress, boxer and dancer, but not so committed to men as she has the worst relationships , so has decided that if a man can do it why can’t she. Jana and Hunter start getting serious fast until they realise that this is fast becoming a relationship, Jana gets a bit scared at one point but Hunter manages to bring it back. They both have to face their past issues if they want their relationship to work. This was another great story by Addison Cole , loved all the characters and it was nice to see where the previous characters had got to as well. Look forward to the next instalment by Addison Cole in the Sweet with Heat Seaside Summers Series.
StelT More than 1 year ago
Jana and Hunter are great hook up buddies, but Jana always seems to be drunk and she sneaks away before Hunter wakes up. Hunter has had enough! And he is ready to make Jana his girlfriend. You know, that word Commitment!! Now he has to convince Jana! Jana is commitment shy after a bad experience with a boyfriend years earlier. She doesn’t do relationships! However, it’s getting harder to resist everything Hunter throws at her in the challenge of romance! Jana thought telling Hunter to romance her would have him running in the opposite direction! Hunter’s best friend is having issues in his marriage. He and Hunter both need to figure out what their women want! But the more Hunter tries, the more Jana falls for him. I loved the previous books in this series, but it seems, every one surpasses the previous! This book has it all! Sexual tension, sweet romance, dreams of the future, laughs, strong friendships and pranks gone wrong. You really can’t go wrong with this book! I was provided with an ARC of this book and I am providing my honest review. I have received no compensation of any kind from any source for this review.
DBergs More than 1 year ago
Hunter and Jana is an amazing story that starts as a love-hate relationship and evolves into so much more. Hunter and Jana both have their own insecurities and together they work through the complications in their lives that could potentially destroy their relationship. The family ties run deep throughout this book for both of the characters. Part of the reason that I love this book so much is because of the family connections that the two of them portray throughout the book as they work through their own struggles and help friends with struggles. Right up until the end I loved the different twists and turns in the relationship that really forced Jana and Hunter to talk things out. The way their relationship changed from the beginning of the book to the end warmed my heart. Hunter and Jana are another favorite of mine and I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
reviewsbycat More than 1 year ago
EMBRACED AT SEASIDE by Addison Cole. Well, to put it simply, I adored this story! Ms. Cole brings so much to her tales and this one swept me away from page one. Ms. Cole writes depth to her characters and to the story as well. There is humor, love, heartache as well as family and true friends. Jana is so independent, almost to a fault. Yet, underneath she is vulnerable and afraid. Hunter, while he might come across as big and tough, is such a romantic at heart. Their journey made me smile and made me cry - both sad and happy tears. There are many facets to this tale, not just the road to love. As with her many other stories, Ms. Cole includes the cherished friends and family and, that in itself, gives the reader that feel-good feeling. Add in the romance of two very likable characters, and BAM! You've got a read that no one should miss! (received ARC for honest review)
Liliyana More than 1 year ago
Embraced at Seaside might be the hottest Seaside book yet! Anyone who regularly reads my reviews knows I love Melissa Foster/Addison Cole, but I have to say she really outdid herself this time. You can feel the tension from go with Hunter and Jana. Not just between each other but also within themselves. If you're ready for hot but clean romance, then this is one you won't want to pass you by!!! received as a gift from the author
arubaqueen More than 1 year ago
Hunter and Jana have been hooking up for a pretty long time. Neither wants commitment, or so they think. But when Hunter stops to think about Jana and how he really feels about her, he decides he does want her and sets out to make her believe it. She's afraid but she does trust him. The chemistry between them is incredible and the love and loyalty they share with their friends and family is genuine. You won't want to put this done till you reach the end! I received an ARC and am voluntarily leaving my honest review.