Published by World Literary Press on June 14th 2017
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Addison Cole is the sweet alter ego of New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster. Read, Write, Love at Seaside is the sweet edition of Melissa's steamy romance novel Read, Write, Love. The stories and characters remain the same, and convey all of the passion you expect between two people in love, without any explicit scenes or harsh language.
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!
In READ, WRITE, LOVE at SEASIDE...Bestselling author Kurt Remington lives to write. He spends twelve hours a day in front of his computer, rarely leaving the seclusion of his beach-front property, where he's come to finish his latest thriller -- that is, until free-spirited Leanna Bray nearly drowns in the ocean trying to save her dog. Kurt's best-laid plans are shot to hell when he comes to their rescue. Kurt's as irritated as he is intrigued by the sexy, hot mess of a woman who lives life on a whim, forgets everything, and doesn't even know the definition of the word organized.
Leanna's come to the Cape hoping to find a fulfilling career in the jam-making business, and until she figures out her own life, a man is not on the menu. But Leanna can't get the six-two, deliciously muscled and tragically neat Kurt out of her mind. She tells herself she's just stopping by to say thank you, but the heart-warming afternoon sparks an emotional and unexpectedly sweet ride as Kurt and Leanna test the powers of Chemistry 101: Opposites Attract.
Kurt stopped cold. She wasn’t a rail-thin model; nor was she overly plump. Beneath the tank tops and cutoffs, Leanna Bray was one hundred percent hot, sexy woman, and she stole any chance Kurt had at rational thought.
After securing her hair, she took the towel from his hands. “Thanks so much. I really appreciate it. I was going to take Pepper to the water later, so this saves us time.” She traced a finger over the tattoo on his chest. “I never would have guessed you to be a tattoo guy.”
It was all he could do to shift his eyes from her bikini top to her finger working its way across his bare chest.
“And the one on your arm?” She touched that one, too, and he could tell by the unchanged inflection of her voice that she wasn’t trying to be sexy or flirtatious. She was just being Leanna—curious, sweet.
And it was affecting him. He cleared his throat and stepped away.
“Thanks. They were a…” Still in shock over everything about Leanna, he was at a loss for words. He was used to being in control, and Leanna was stealing that from him one hot breath at a time.
She cocked her head and looked up at him.
“A whim,” he managed. Whim? He’d never done a thing in his life based on a whim.
She smiled. “Really? You don’t strike me as a whim guy. Hm.” She turned and tossed the blanket and towel over her shoulder. “I guess I’ll hit the beach, then. Come on, Pep.” She headed for the beach with a bounce in her step.
Kurt let out a breath and ran his hand through his hair. He watched her spread out the towel and lie down on her back, her hands tapping to some silent beat, her lips slightly parted, and Pepper running circles around her. She was so not what he needed. What am I doing? How was he supposed to think of killing and darkness with that beautiful, touchy-feely, all-too-comfortable-and-happy woman a few feet away?
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~~Reviewed by Evelyn~~
READ, WRITE, LOVE AT SEASIDE is the first novel in the Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers series by bestselling Melissa Foster writing as Addison Cole. The Sweet with Heat series consists of books that were previously published in the steamy Love In Bloom series but the explicit sex scenes and obscene language have been removed. The story remains intact. The scene is set for love making, but the details are left for the readers to write in their own imaginations.
Our hero and heroine, Kurt Remington and Leanna Bray, meet when her dog Pepper gets caught up in a riptide while swimming in the ocean on the coast of Cape Cod where they are both spending the summer. They are complete opposites. Kurt is a quiet, serious writer of mystery novels. Leanna is a carefree jam maker who sells her wares at summer fares. The attraction between the two is instant and very hot. They can’t keep their hands off of each other! But can a summer romance survive when fall comes around and both must return to their real lives?
All the characters in this story are easy to love, including the large cast of supporting characters. Kurt comes with a large, loving family that we get to know primarily through phone calls. Leanna has a cast of friends that have been summering in the cottage near hers since they were children. Her friends substitute for her family and they definitely add humor to the story. There are no villains.
Kurt’s and Leanna’s story is a delightful summer read even though the plot is somewhat predictable and the problems are easily fixed. That is my main criticism of this book: There are no real highs or lows. I was waiting for something really exciting to happen but it never did. I also thought the ending seemed rather abrupt. It would have benefitted from an epilogue, but I guess we’ll get that in the next book in the series which will feature one of Leanna’s friends.
I did not read the original version of this book before the explicit sex was removed, but I enjoyed this version. I’ve read Melissa Foster before and she made me blush. Another concern: How many people are going to end up buying this book thinking it’s a new book by a new author just to find out later that they’ve read the original under the original name. I hope everything is clearly marked to keep this from happening.
I’m giving Read, Write, Love at Seaside three and a half stars, and I highly recommend it for readers that are uncomfortable with explicit sex and anybody who wants a quick, easy, and fun read.
I voluntarily read an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book.