Seaside Embrace (Love in Bloom: Seaside Summers)

Seaside Embrace (Love in Bloom: Seaside Summers)

by Melissa Foster

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SEASIDE SUMMERS features a group of fun, sexy, and emotional friends who gather each summer at their Cape Cod cottages. They're funny, flawed, and so hot, you'll be begging to enter their circle of friends!

All Love in Bloom novels are written to stand alone and may also be enjoyed as part of the larger series, so dive right into this fun, sexy romance.

After working hard all day, creating his beautiful metal sculptures, sinfully sexy Hunter Lacroux likes to unwind with a hot, sexy babe--or two. But after spending a handful of naughty nights with seductive 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.

White-hot 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.


Seaside Dreams (Bella)
Seaside Hearts (Jenna)
Seaside Sunsets (Jamie)
Seaside Secrets (Amy)
Seaside Nights (Sky)
Seaside Embrace (Hunter)
Seaside Lovers (Grayson)
Seaside Whispers (Matt)

Seaside Summers is part of the Love in Bloom romance collection by New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. Characters from each sub-series appear in future books. Visit Melissa's website for family trees, series checklists, and more.

Binge read more of the Love in Bloom series! Filled with heat, humor, and heart--and always a happily ever after--these steamy romances are perfect beach reads!

Snow Sisters
The Bradens
The Bradens & Montgomerys
The Remingtons
Seaside Summers
Bayside Summers
The Ryders
Billionaires After Dark
Wild Boys After Dark
Bad Boys After Dark
Harborside Nights
Tru Blue and The Whiskeys


"You can always rely on Melissa Foster to deliver a story that's fresh, emotional and entertaining. Make sure you have all night, because once you start you won't want to stop reading. Every book's a winner!" New York Times Bestselling Author Brenda Novak

"Melissa Foster is synonymous with sexy, swoony, heartfelt romance!" -NYT Bestseller Lauren Blakely​

"Like Nora Roberts, Melissa Foster has captivated me with her fantastic, sexy, romantic stories." K. Winning

Foster's love stories are perfect steamy romance beach reads for fans of Susan Mallery, Linda Lael Miller, Brenda Novak, Debbie Macomber, Jill Shalvis, Maisy Yates, and other big-family, small-town romance fans. The characters are romantic and loyal, some are billionaires, others are blue collar, and you're always guaranteed a happily ever after.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157809744
Publisher: Melissa Foster
Publication date: 02/17/2016
Series: Love in Bloom: Seaside Summers Series , #6
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 20,752
File size: 562 KB

About the Author

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and women’s 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–perfect beach reads for contemporary romance and new adult romance lovers who enjoy reading about loyal, wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines with complex relatable issues.

Melissa also writes sweet romance under the pen name, Addison Cole.

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Seaside Embrace (Love in Bloom: Seaside Summers) 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
ReneeEntress More than 1 year ago
5 star I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, secrets, and heartbreak. If you have not read the below I would recommend reading those books(s) first Seaside Dreams (Love in Bloom, #21; Seaside Summers, #1) Seaside Hearts (Love in Bloom, #22; Seaside Summers, #2) Seaside Sunsets (Love in Bloom, #23; Seaside Summers, #3) Seaside Secrets (Love in Bloom, #24, Seaside Summers, #4) Seaside Nights (Love in Bloom: Seaside Summers #5) This is Jana and Hunter’s story. Jana life is organized. She has everything figured out even the fact that she does not want to commit. Hunter wants Jana and is ready for a commitment. Can he get Jana to commit to him? With her past bad relationships is she willing to try with Hunter? The chemistry and passion between these two is off the charts. Can these two strong minded people work together to move forward in a relationship? When everything is on the line will Jana be able to commit or is she about to lose Hunter? I loved both these characters. I felt I was able to connect with the characters and the story was a great read. I highly recommend this book, this series and this author.
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ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite Seaside Embrace: Hunter Lacroux by Melissa Foster is the story of Hunter Lacroux and Jana Garner. Hunter lives his art and the benefits it brings. He loves to make his metal sculptures. They are not easy and he craves the hard work because he knows that when he is done, he will be able to work even harder. It is a good life, but it is not enough, especially when it becomes predictable. When he spends a few nights with Jana, he discovers that it is not enough. He wants more of her and more of everything with her. Jana Garner lives a hectic life. She likes a challenge as much as any guy and this is why she is a waitress, boxer, actress, and a dancer. This means that she has to manage her crazy schedule, but she is a pro at it. She likes men, but she is not a big fan of commitment. However, she is quickly becoming addicted to Hunter. If she is not careful, she may lose her heart and in return she will only get heartache. He is just getting too close. Hoping to throw him off, she offers him a challenge, expecting him to back right off. But she had no idea that when Hunter wants something, he gets it, no matter how hard he has to try. Sigh! This novel was so mushy at some points and too hot to handle at other points. The perfect mix. I loved, loved, and loved Hunter. Where can I find a Hunter for me? He fought hard for Jana; he held on tight and did not let her go. And believe me she tried really hard. He is the perfect guy, and their chemistry was simply amazing. I really liked that. This is a definite 5 star novel!
wifetoalineman02 More than 1 year ago
Will two players win the battle of their hearts I LOVED the romance between Jana and Hunter. These two players wants to play a game who will win the battle of their hearts. It is exciting, fun and sexy while reading their story of Seaside Embrace. I LOVED Jana. She is my favorite character from the series. She is tough yet very feminine. Any man cannot resist her beauty and sex appeal. Hunter will do anything his power to protect her and keep her for himself. Ms. Melissa Foster's book is always fun to read and really hot. You have to prepare to be wet and of course fall heels in-love with each characters of her books. This is a stand alone book but would be awesome if you read the entire series. It gives you more clarity and hook up the characters from the past book to this book. This series is not only a beach read but overall a very hot to read. Romance will give you more meaning to a typical beach read. I am looking forward to the next character of the series that Ms. Foster will give us. I am sure it would be an amazing read as always. Disclosure: I received an ARC of the book in exchange of my honest review.
TheUltimateFanBlog More than 1 year ago
Seaside Embrace brings us the story of Hunter and Jana. Hunter is the brother of Sky and Pete, who we’ve met in previous Seaside books. He’s in the metalworking business with their other brother Grayson. Hunter is quite talented in sculpturing with iron and, along with his brother, designs and builds projects that are competition worthy. Jana is a spitfire who loves to dance almost as much as she loves to box. The only thing that scares her more than a knockout in the ring is commitment. Getting burned once is enough to make her very cautious about doing it again. She may have her hands full when it comes to Hunter Lacroux. Even though these two seem to always butt heads, they share a hot and steamy relationship that will have you wanting more with every turn of the page. One of the things that I loved about these characters is their sense of family. Both are very close to their family members and would do anything for them. It’s a continuity that you will find in all of the Seaside books, even if that “family” is not by blood. There are the right amount of silly antics throughout the book. This is to be expected and Ms. Foster doesn’t disappoint. I’ll never grow tired of hearing about chunky dunking while eating cookie dough. I would like to again thank Melissa Foster for creating these lovely characters and allowing me to escape to Seaside every once in a while.
BookMomto6 More than 1 year ago
As usual, I am not disappointed by Melissa Foster’s Seaside Embrace. Her ability to weave a wonderful setting around characters that are flawed enough we can relate to them, yet hot enough we know we won’t be seeing them in the grocery store aisle always astounds me. Hunter and Jana are no exception. First, let’s look at that setting. Who doesn’t want to live in a small seaside community? I know I’m game to get there as fast as I can. Then, there are the two main characters in the book, Hunter and Jana. Exterior beauty aside, both are artists, though in different art forms. Hunter sculpts metal and Jana dances. Their artistic temperaments will undoubtedly lead to sparks when the two of them get together. Hunter is not known for his relationships and Jana has more than enough going on in life without a relationship. The two of them together are perfect for each other but will they ever notice it? Pick up Foster’s Seaside Embrace to take a trip to the seaside and to see what Hunter and Jana become.
missfee81 More than 1 year ago
Every time I pick up a Melissa Foster book I know I am going to lose a good couple of hours sleep (since that is best time read for me after the kids go to bed) as I can’t put them down. The Seaside books are one of those series that just make you want to up sticks and move to beach and make you wish you had friends like the girls. Seaside Embrace is Jana and Hunters story. Hunter is a bad boy, with a history of being a bit of player and been with half the woman in the town. He has no desire to settle down, that is until Jana unravels him and makes him feel all the feels. She makes him WANT to change. Jana came over as quite shy in some ways yet she is actually quite feisty when the mood takes her and she is a really strong character. They have hooked up several times but now Hunter sees her as so much more and not only does that scare him but it also scares Jana. The passion between then is hot and though they bump heads a lot they make a perfect couple. It was great to get back Seaside and all the other characters we have come to love and oh the babies!! Another brilliant 5 stars. I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
Aiesa1 More than 1 year ago
Sometimes I wonder exactly how many sexy, hot hot hot, and compassionate men live inside my fave Author's mind. Hunter Lacrouxis the latest honey she has set free upon our lives. He is hard working, caring, a tiny bit bad boy, and willing to do what it takes. Especially to Jana who seems to do her best to be at odds with him. They just work so well together, but Jana needs to free up some past insecurities she has. She does not feel she deserves a long term relationship, let alone one with our bad boy, Hunter. Their interactions are very compelling and enchanting. Melissa Foster always looks behind the friendships in each series for the new and exciting people to share more in depth with her readers. Readers are addicted and She keeps us hooked - one book at a time.
dewer421 More than 1 year ago
Melissa Foster has given me a new hunk to love! She also returned us to the Seaside gang, who have a special (and crazy) place in my heart. Hunter and Jana both have a disregard for any sort of relationship, and spend their lives enjoying an evening with a warm body, without any lasting connections. However, Hunter and Jana have hooked up in the past... a few times. Yet neither of them can keep each other out of their thoughts. Can they make more happen than some hookups? Do they want to? Meanwhile, Jana is training for a boxing match, Hunter is competing in a sculpture contest and trying to help fix his friend's marriage. I love that we get to meet some of the babies of Seaside, and get to see some of our Seaside favorites' lives continue while we watch Hunter and Jana's story unfold. I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
libriamorimiei More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars It's a romantic story, passionate with two strong and amazing characters. Jana is too busy to pursue her dream, she wants her professional fulfillment, has no time and desire to have a serious and stable relationship. Her ideal partner is Hunter, a playboy who doesn't want a romantic love story. The chemistry between them is really hot. It seems both pleased with this relationship until she challenges him to do something different, be romantic with a woman. This challenge will make it clear to Hunter what he really wants. Will he win the wounded heart of Jana? Hunter has always been a playboy who enjoy relationships without commitment. But when he realizes that Jana is the only woman he wants in life, he changes completely. He is willing to wait, complies with her needs and tries to give her safety with his love. He's really a great guy, sweet, sexy, determined. Jana seems cocky and self-confident but deep inside is very fragile and terrified to open her heart, especially with a playboy like Hunter. She had terrible disappointments in the past and it is understandable her fear. I'm happy to be back in Seaside, I love this city, I would like to live here and get to know its inhabitants, especially women. I love their friendship, the support that they always give each others and their way of welcoming new arrivals. This is part of the Seasise Summers series but could easily be read by itself. I highly recommend the other Seaside books, once you read one you will want to read them all. I love more and more Melissa Foster and look forward to her new release. She creates magical and cozy places to live and characters very realistic, believable and fascinating This is a must read, as I started reading it I could not put it down. For anyone who enjoys sweet reads this may be perfect for you!
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
It's always a pleasure to see the old gang and fall in love with the newest love match going on in the Seaside Summers series! Hunter Lacroux works hard designing metal sculptures all day with his brother, and likes to have a good time at night. He's always been one who likes the fun, but not the commitment. Jana Garner is a busy lady. She acts, she dances, she teaches, she works at her brother's bar, she boxes ... and at the end of the day, she parties and has all the fun she wants. Hunter and Jana are like oil and water. They disagree and tempers flare ... but that flaring leads to passion they haven't been able to ignore. They hook up for a night, then walk away and swear it won't happen again ... but it does. When Hunter starts to see that it's something different with Jana, will he decide he wants to take a chance on a real relationship for a change? And if he does, will Jana run scared? ** Received free in exchange for an honest review **
MikiHope More than 1 year ago
Sometimes it is the female who is afraid of relationships-Jana is one of them. She appears carefree and totally in control of herself and her life to the rest of the world--but is totally the opposite deep inside. Some hurts sustained don't heal. Hunter-one of the bigger playboys around is no better. When they end up together--sparks fly--and not only good ones. These two are like peas in a pod. Hunter falls hard eventually--Jana does too but will not admit it. What Hunter goes through-well I ALMOST feel sorry for him. Will these two be able to connect on a deeper level and still remain friends (with definite benefits). You will have to read to find out. I do have to caution you that this one is HOT & STEAMY yet at the same time a sensitive story of two people who have to learn to heal themselves and each other.
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
Loved it, loved it, loved it! Hunter is such a sweetheart and extremely patient with Jana. He may have been a player, but once he hooked up with her, he never once wanted another woman. I loved the way he understood and accepted Jana's needs and never gave up on her. Jana has commitment issues that prevent her from fully accepting a relationship with Hunter. She knows they are great in bed, but is afraid of getting emotionally involved, but Hunter's softer side gets to her. There are some funny scenes with the girls from Seaside as well as some hot scenes between Hunter and Jana. Another great story in the Seaside series! 4.5 stars I received an ARC for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
Oh My Gosh!!! Let me introduce you to Hunter Lacroux. Woo Wee… talk about steamy, sex, hot! He is all that and more. While he is a tough man on the outside he has the biggest, purest, sweetest (he’d hate that) heart of any of the Love in Bloom men. That says a lot because there are a lot of amazing men in this series. A few of them I have claimed as my own book crush but Hunter is the top dog(he’d love that). Seaside Embrace starts a little different than the rest of this series as that the characters are already in a hot steamy relationship, well not a relationship that they would admit to, but a bed buddies relationship. This threw me for a loop. I had to stop and think about this before continuing reading. It seemed odd that they had a relationship before the story even started. But I loved it and was hooked before I finished the first page. Jana Garner is just as amazing of a character. I absolutely love how strong she is. She speaks her mind, holds her own, isn’t afraid to push for what she wants, and just never gives up. Yet, she has this soft side, this side that is begging for someone to sweep in and take care of her. Hunter is applying for that job of caretaker, lover, supporter, and #1 man. Of course, my favorite part of this book is the friendships. The women of Seaside are amazing. They love with their whole hearts, protect what and who is theirs, laugh, smile, and are just the best. They accept new comers to their group without question. Even now with babies and hubbies thrown into the mix they still have time to chunky-dunk and just be together. I recommend this entire series. They are best read in order but each book is a standalone story also. **CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**
NicoleUlery More than 1 year ago
LOVED THIS STORY! Hunter and Jana are a must-read. Hunter is a metal artist (super cool that this is something not-normal) who doesn't do relationships. Jana is sort of a jack-of-all trades (waitress/dancer/boxer). When they give into their passion, the pages fly past in a wonderful story. You will laugh out loud, and occasionally yell at the pages in a "what the heck are you doing; don't push him away, you idiot" kind of way. It plays like a movie in your head. There is a lot of depth to the story and characters, and you really feel connected to the town. Seeing their relationships with the others really rounds out the story. You'll find yourself wanting to live in this place and be their friends. i received a copy of this story in exchange for an honest review.
LadyStephM More than 1 year ago
Jana Garner is a strong and independent woman, who puts her all in her dancing, boxing, acting, singing, and additional work as a waitress. Having such a busy and tight schedule, her dreams to open her own dance studio always get sidelined. Deciding that she is not meant to be in relationships because she's a bad girlfriend, she chooses to be with someone once, where she can release as needed and it works well for her. Cue in Hunter Lacroux, similarly to Jana, he doesn't get with a woman more than once, but there is something about Jana, that makes him want to stay and cuddle. But Jana is different, she always sneaks out afterwards, which disappoints Hunter. Challenges are a regular thing between the two, so when Jana challenges Hunter to do something he has never done, both see something in themselves that they didn't know were there. One thing they both know for sure, their chemistry is red hot and when their tempers flare and the arguments start, watch out!
AliDavies More than 1 year ago
I'm like a kid in a candy store, when Melissa Foster releases a new book! With Melissa I am always guaranteed an amazing read.. And she never fails to deliver... Her books are written beautifully, and are so relatable.. With the right combination of love and heartbreak, lust and seriously hot sex.. Jana has met her match in Hunter, they are the mirror image of each other, they're both stubborn.. Which leads to lots of arguing and make up sex.. They both refuse to settle down, but they also can't break the bond they share.. Will lots of fear of getting hurt, there is plenty of banging heads.. Oh and did I mention that Hunter is seriously HOT.. I can't recommend Seaside Embrace enough, it's a definite must read!!
xtymom More than 1 year ago
Hunter and Jana are amazing. Once again Melissa Foster brings her characters to life so that you feel like you are walking among them instead of just reading about them on a page. Hunter is a sexy, determined alpha male. Jana has an inner strength that I’m not sure she even realizes she has. These two make a scorching hot, stubborn, wonderful couple. I absolutely loved living their journey with them and didn’t want the book to end. When I read about them in Seaside Nights I couldn’t wait to read about what their history/story was. You can’t go wrong with a Melissa Foster book.
SherryMH More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars I cannot tell you how happy I was to get back to the Seaside Summers crew. Those couples are awesome and sexy, and now I'm adding Hunter and Jana to that list. Jana has so much going for her: dancer, boxer, actress, and sometimes a waitress for her brother. Plus, she's the one hook up that Hunter can't get enough of. But, is that enough for Jana and Hunter to have a stable relationship? Know that Melissa has made Hunter this sexy temptation that even Jana cannot give up. Hunter is a dirty, dirty boy and I love it! You'll know Hunter as Sky, Grayson, Pete, and Matt's brother and Brock is Jana's eldest brother. Melissa easily weaves the friends and families together in this steamy romance. Heartwarming and romantic, Seaside Embrace is another must-read in the Love in Bloom: Seaside Summers Series. Actually, all of the books in the Love in Bloom series are must-reads and my go-to rereads. Main characters that are incredibly real and secondary characters that feel like family are what make these books unforgettable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed Jana and Hunter's story, even though several times i wanted to shake some sense into Jana!!!!! She was beginning to work my nerves, glad Hunter loved her and had plenty of patience. It really was a great read and looking forward to the next one.
_KatMar More than 1 year ago
Seaside Embrace is a fantastic new addition to the Seaside series. The way this story started off, I knew the characters were in trouble, especially Jana. Jana is a very strong, independent woman, who is insecure when it comes to her ability to commit to relationships. Jana loves to dance, box, and perform in theater. Lately, life has gotten crazy and out of control that Jana has had to cut back on the things she loves. Hunter is a creative and hard working when it comes to his sculptures and a major player in his personal life. He's not used to relationships or romance. Jana and Hunter are very similar with their player and non-commitment behavior. They often butt heads and get on each others nerves. Hunter finds Jana to be a challenge is willing to pursue a chance of being with Jana. Jana's insecurities about relationships and her past don't make it easy. Hunter's patience and ability to communicate with Jana impressed and pleased me. I couldn't put the book down. I was too curious to see if Hunter and Jana could work it out. I can't wait to see what is next for the Seaside Series. I would love to see what happens with Clark and Nina, Hunter's brother Grayson, or Jana's siblings. I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The continuation of Seaside series, was well worth the wait, and if you haven't read the others, it's a great new world, you'll want to catch up on, for sure. Jana and Hunter are brilliantly flawed and relatable. I didn't want to put this book down.
JulieGB More than 1 year ago
Jana didn’t do relationships period. Hunter was a well-known player. When they hooked up one night, it was like fire and ice. No matter how good the chemistry was, they were too much alike. After a few more months, and a couple more hookups, Jana jokingly accused Hunter of not knowing how to be romantic. He took it as a challenge and starts seriously romancing her. Before either realizes it, their relationship has intensified. But can they make it last, or is it destined to fail? This was a super-hot couple. I think this is my favorite Seaside couple so far. There’s absolutely nothing better than a guy who wants to romance you. That says it all. I don’t know how Ms. Foster continues to put out such great and varied romances. You would think they would start to run together by now, but no, each one is new and refreshing. Keep them coming!
katiebasie More than 1 year ago
With every Melissa Foster book, I fall in love and this is no exception! Hunter and Jana take your heart but I truly fell for Hunter!!! He was so uncomfortable that it made my heart hurt for him (but fell in love nonetheless!) and Jana's pain from past hurts make you feel so much for her. They belong together and it's certainly clear! Please, read this this series...and all her series, you will not be disappointed!!!
lifeasleels More than 1 year ago
I have been in a state of… confusion. Loss. I finished this book far too soon and am missing Hunter and Jana. I know I have said it before, but Seaside Embrace is most certainly my favorite thus far. I love Hunter. He is the bad boy player that I know I would fall for. And the romancer he becomes. Oh… I can absolutely relate to Jana in so many ways. As irritated as she made me because I wish she would just jump in; I couldn’t fault her. We got to catch up with our other Seaside gals and their hubbies and babies (yes, I said babies!) And no Seaside story is complete without chunky dunking. While Seaside Embrace is part of a series and I always recommend reading anything and everything from Melissa; Seaside Embrace can absolutely be read as a stand alone without missing any relevant information. Just be aware that you will be missing out on tons of fun and romance – as well as hot and steamy romance!