Summer at the Shore

Summer at the Shore

by V. K. Sykes
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Overview

Summer at the Shore by V. K. Sykes

"A quintessential love story set on a romantic island...definitely not to be missed." - RT Book Reviews

Just a summer fling?

Morgan Merrifield sacrificed her teaching career to try to save her family's bed-and-breakfast and care for her younger sister. She can't let herself get distracted by Ryan Butler. After all, the rugged ex-Special Forces soldier is only in Seashell Bay for the summer. But her longtime crush soon flares into real desire-and with one irresistible kiss, she's swept away.

Ryan values his freedom. As much as he wants Morgan, he's not ready to settle down with anyone, much less in sleepy Seashell Bay. But his code of honor doesn't allow him to leave a woman in distress-and she's in desperate need of help to fix the inn. It only takes one day working under the same roof and Ryan is already hoping for a lifetime of hot summer nights . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455552559
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 06/30/2015
Series: Seashell Bay Series , #2
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 394,897
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About 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
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Summer at the Shore 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
RachaelBrown More than 1 year ago
Ryan has returned to Seashell Bay for the summer to relax and reevaluate his career path. Morgan offers him room & board at her B&B in exchange for completing some badly needed handyman work. Although Morgan has great chemistry with Ryan, she is reluctant to get involved because he will be leaving after the summer is over. However, residing under the same roof and remaining platonic proves to be a challenge. I love this addition to the Seashell Bay series and look forward to reading Holly and Deputy Sheriff Micah's story. ** I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Oh my, how I loved this book! This small island town of Seashell Bay has definitely grabbed my heart! I really enjoy this authors writing style. She allows the romance to bloom and flourish throughout the story while keeping the pace of the book from dragging. While this is the second book in the series, it can easily be read standalone. After the death of her father, Morgan Merrifield is back in Seashell Bay, struggling to keep the family B&B operating and her sister safe and secure. While teaching is her true love, she can't turn her back on her sister now, but the B&B has it's problems. Major repairs and updating are needed to get visitors coming back but the money to do that just is there! Ryan Butler is back in Seashell for the summer for some much needed R&R. He's left the military which originally took him away from the island, but the private security firm he's working for keeps him busy. The real question though, how much longer does he want to live his life the way he is now. Reunited with his lifelong friend Morgan is a dream. He definitely noticed a change in their relationship after his visit last year but would a summer fling with her be the right thing??? This is an awesome read that I definitely recommend to everyone. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
Both Morgan and Ryan are characters that are easy to like. They have hearts of gold, always wanting to help others, honest, solid, charismatic people. But that's the way most everyone on the island of theirs seems to be. A unique little town, all pulling together, and going for the extra mile for each other. Morgan and Ryan have a sizzling attraction to each other, have had for a long time. They have been friends all their lives, and the ease and affection of their relationship are a joy. Ryan is at the crossroads in his life, and came to the island for an extended vacation to relax and think of his demanding job at the security firm. Morgan is dealing with a lot, taking care of the failing, deteriorating Inn and her sister, while mourning for her father, while on a leave of absence from her teaching job. She talks Ryan into helping her to fix the Inn, and he takes on the job with incredible responsibility and fervor. As the summer goes along, Ryan and Morgan are working at the Inn, and dancing around each other and the ardent attraction. Nothing happens fast, as Morgan is against summer fling, and all Ryan can give to her, is the summer. Even more devastation comes to Morgan's life, and Ryan proves to be the hero, that he is. The story has lots of inner reflection of the characters and a little dialog. At times this makes the story move on rather slowly, though it does give a great insight to the characters. It is a warm tale of summer at the Seashell Bay, its quirky residents, of life with its challenges and of a sweltering romance ~ Three Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
gaele More than 1 year ago
The second title in V.K. Sykes’ Seashell Island series, Summer at the Shore, is a nice return to the little island off mid-coast Maine, and brings us appearances from some of the characters from the earlier book. You don’t have to read the first to enjoy or understand this second book, but for me, the first book brought the setting and scenery to life with a richness that was not as vivid in this book. Morgan and her sister Sabrina are trying to make a go of the family inn: most of the weight falls to Morgan, as Sabrina has some anxieties and learning issues that limit her ability to function on her own, or to be of substantive help in the management end of things. The inn is desperately in need of repairs, and with money and income incredibly tight, and knowledge of extensive maintenance limited, these repairs are being pushed off. Ryan is returning home to regroup: ex-military and then a contractor, he wants something that will give his life purpose, and it will be nice to be among friends. So back to the island he goes, planning on time alone to think and decide on his next direction. He never expected to get involved with Morgan: she’s the sort of girl you don’t play about with, and he’s not interested in a relationship. But, she needs help, and is offering a room if he’ll help out. More importantly, he doesn’t make Sabrina anxious, as he knows her from growing up on the island. These two really have zero obstacles but themselves in this story: both are so consumed with their own interior monologues and ‘what if’s” that their dance around the attraction is more like the first dance ever: everyone standing a safe distance away – watching. They are so well-suited: both take their responsibilities and hopes for the future of their little island seriously, they are well-liked and respected in town, and the townsfolk will wax poetic about their own ‘should do’ lists. It takes a while for them to see their attraction, even longer to take that chance, and even more time before they realize it is something special. While Morgan is far more daring and upfront about her desires, intentions and feelings: Ryan takes a bit more time to get it…but when he does.. Oh the smiles. This is a well-matched couple who, when they finally become confident in their own relationship just sparkle for everyone to see. And, despite the flurry of obstacles and choices, one comes clear to them both. A wonderful summer read, alone or with the first in the series. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. Was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
allromancereader More than 1 year ago
The authors create two very complex characters in Morgan and Ryan. Morgan is dealing with grief over the loss of her father and the aftermath of dealing with the financial situation he left behind. Ryan has reached a crossroads in his career and doesn't know what he's looking for, or even why he's look in Seashell Bay, but he finds himself on the ferry headed home anyway. The authors do a wonderful job of creating an image of Seashell Bay, and the relationship between Morgan and Ryan from the very first page, painting a picture of Ryan's perception of Seashell Bay through his descriptions of the ferry and the island and his feelings of life closing in on him. But, ever the protector and the rescuer, his initial reunion with Morgan sets the stage for their relationship during his time on the island. Morgan is a hot mess through a good part of the story, never able to truly get ahead of the demons and struggles that are nipping at her heels, yet Ryan is always there to lend her a hand, brainstorm an idea, and be a friend. I don't think that HE realized it was more for much of the book. Ryan knew the attraction was there - it had always been there - but I truly believe he didn't realize his feelings went deeper until he was faced with not being able to experience them anymore. A previous long-distance relationship has soured him for long-term commitment and certainly long-distance commitment, a fact that factors in to the continued dynamic of his and Morgan's relationship being temporary - she is as committed to the island as he is to leaving it. The authors character development is delightful. We get to check in with Aidan and Lily from Meet Me at the Beach and other residents of Seashell Bay, and get to know Morgan's sister Sabrina. My biggest challenge with the dynamic of the relationship between Morgan and Sabrina is that early on we were told that Sabrina was "challenged", having been diagnosed with a learning disability. But outside of what is clearly some anxiety issues, it appears more that Sabrina is immature because her family has put her in that box and she has stayed there. Many times Sabrina demonstrates her ability to make mature decisions and act accordingly. Her feelings were often "tiptoed around" when I felt that Morgan should have rather treated her like the adult that she was, giving her the respect of telling her the reality of what was going on, and what Morgan was feeling, instead of sheltering her from whatever bad news there might be. I wish there had been a bit different way in which the relationship between Morgan and Sabrina was developed but overall, the character development is wonderful and complex and the book weaves a delightful story of two people fighting their feelings that neither believes can result in a long-term relationship. The reader doesn't know until the very end whether these two will be able to find their way forward together and it made me turn the pages faster and faster to see whether Morgan and Ryan get the happily ever after they deserved. Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
3 Stars I liked this book. I really enjoyed the first book in this series and couldn't wait to spend a little more time in Seashell Bay. I thought it was great to see so many of the characters from the first book making appearances in this installment but I do think that this book could be read just fine as a stand alone novel. Morgan is trying her best to save the Bed & Breakfast that her family has owned for years and take care of her sister. She has left her life as a teacher on the mainland to try and make everything work. She needs to solve these problems quickly because the building is in disrepair and the business is losing money. When she sees Ryan on the ferry, she decides that he may be able help and makes him an offer. Ryan is at a crossroads in his career and wants to spend some time on the island with friends and family. When he realizes that Morgan needs help, he accepts her offer of room and board in exchange for doing some repairs on the building. He quickly becomes a huge asset to the business. I do have to say that I thought this book was missing some of the magic that I felt in the first installment. I liked Morgan and Ryan as a couple but they seemed to be missing some of the heat that I had hoped to see. There was no real obstacles keeping them apart besides themselves. It seemed like it took forever for the pair to act on anything. Don't get me wrong, the characters are great and I really liked Ryan a lot. I just had hoped to see a little more passion and romance. The island itself seemed a little too tame in this installment and I kind of missed the fireworks from the town in this book. The story really picked up for me when Ryan saves the day at the Bed & Breakfast. He really makes a great hero and I thought that Morgan proved to be very strong. They were a nice couple in the end. The story takes a few predictable turns that end up in a feel good ending. I would recommend this book to romance fans. This is the second book by the writing pair of V.K. Sykes that I have had a chance to read. I can't wait to see more for 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.
TheSassyBookster More than 1 year ago
Summer. The time for fun in the sun, beaches, festivals, carnivals, barbecues and of course, love. And Seashell Bay is just the place for that. Ryan Butler and Morgan Merrifield have been attracted to each other for a while but never acted on it. Now Ryan is back in Seashell Bay for the summer and Morgan makes him a proposition: his handyman skills for a room in her B&B. Ryan knows that agreeing to her proposition isn’t the best idea, but he is in need of a place to stay and he also can’t resist his attraction to Morgan. Ryan has always been an enigma to the people of Seashell Bay, even is friends and he likes it that way especially as he has no plans to settle there permanently. However, he’s willing to pitch in and help Morgan fix the inn. As Morgan and Ryan spend time together, Ryan finds himself having second thoughts about his future and Seashell Bay begins to look like a good place to plant roots. I really enjoyed SUMMER AT THE SHORE for several reasons, the first of which is the location. The serene community, the beaches, the laid-back lifestyle, the people who would pitch in to help a neighbor in need all make me want to pack up and head to Maine for the summer. Kudos to the author for creating such a wonderful place! The characters. I enjoyed Morgan because she was strong, independent and selfless, but also because she was careful and cautious in her decision-making. She gave up her job temporarily to come back and make the B&B a success for her sister’s sake and even when she wanted to give up, she held on. I also liked that she was honest and upfront about her feelings for Ryan and confident enough to tell him how she felt. Ryan really was an enigma at the beginning of the book, but as the story unfolded, you see that he’s just an everyday guy whose experiences have made him super-cautious about commitments. In spite of all that, he was so sweet for giving up his summer to play handyman for Morgan and go above and beyond to make her happy. Watching them figure out their feelings for each other and the future was fun. The story. SUMMER AT THE SHORE is very well-written, realistic, with characters who deal with everyday issues and had many moments that made me smile. This is the perfect read for the summer. Source: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
stanhope3234 More than 1 year ago
4.5* This series just got so much better with this book. I loved Ryan Butler and Morgan Merrifield. The chemistry between them was off the charts and I loved their banter and their discussions just made this romance feel real and true. I truly enjoyed the first book "Meet Me at the Beach" but this book made me laugh and cry...even when I read the last page and knew what was going to happen. V. K. Sykes made the story so real I fell apart right along with the characters. I'm pretty sure I know who the next book will be about but I am so looking forward to reading Sabrina Merrifield's HEA. She was such a great secondary character and her inability to deal with certain things touched my heart. I know who I'd like her to end up with but I'll keep that to myself and see where the author takes the residents of Seashell Bay. I received this book from the author for and honest review.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
I enjoy visiting Seashell Bay. Each story has a small town close knit community feel. Summer at the Shore is book 2 in the series and tells Morgan and Ryan's story. Each main characters is struggling with life-altering decisions. Morgan has returned home to take care of her sister and run the family business. Ryan is at a crossroads trying to find something that gives him purpose. As they find their footing in a familiar environment they are faced with new obstacles, choices and situations. The paths taken can make the difference between happiness together or misery apart. A compelling read. Received an ARC for an honest review.