Seaside Summers #8
World Literary Press
Even though this is book eight of this series by Ms. Foster, I like that each book can be read as a stand-alone. From start to finish, this book was entertaining, fast-paced and I loved how it revisited characters from the previous books, as they're all so supportive of the couple's growing relationship. The way this story started opened the story nicely, but it was from the moment that the hero and heroine came face-to-face that fully captivated my attention.
As for the dialogue, it was intense due to the main characters back stories. Mira was betrayed in a bad way in her previous relationship, so it's understandable that she has serious trust issues. Will she be able to trust Matt when a future between them seems impossible because he doesn't live in town? Will Matt be able to convince Mira that they can be happy together, if she gives him a chance? Then there's Matt with the guilt he's held over a college friend's attack. If he'd been there, would he have been able to stop it? However, the dialogue wasn't all intense. There were some really good light-hearted moments between the main characters, as well as between the main and secondary characters. Mira's son is so adorable and the bond formed between him and Matt made me love the hero even more than I did. Because Mira's son needs a father figure in his life; one that will love him unconditionally and is the complete opposite of the boy's father.
Both the main characters were really good, although I was a bit disappointed that there wasn't a big crisis moment. Which would Matt choose -- love or his career? Would Mira push Matt away, so he could follow his dreams? Really, it just seemed a little too perfect towards the end. The relationship is supposed to fall apart, so the hero and heroine have to win the other back and it just didn't happen like I thought it would.
Mira is strong, brave and I enjoyed how much she loved her son. That she was willing to put the boy's happiness before her own. No way would she invite a man into her life that didn't love her son as much as he did her. Also, I liked that she was willing to give Matt a chance because he kept proving how loyal and kind he is. While Matt, he's kind, caring, loyal, and I enjoyed how protective he was and that he would do anything for someone in need, which is proven by some of the things he does throughout this book. Also, I enjoyed how good he was with Mira's son. He had me smiling any time they were together because they seemed so alike, as if Matt could have been the father of the heroine's son. Furthermore, I liked the close relationships Matt had with his family, although he didn't get to see them as often as he wished he could. Certainly, they tease each other and provide some really fun moments.
Having a mad crush on her boss’s son, Matt Lacroux—an intriguing mix of proper gentleman and flirtatious bad boy—is probably not the smartest idea for single mother Mira Savage. Especially when the company, and her job, is already on shaky ground. But as a Princeton professor, Matt’s life is hours away from Mira’s home on Cape Cod, keeping him safely in the fantasy-only zone. And as a single mother to six-year-old Hagen, with a floundering company to save, fantasies are all she has time for.