Blog Tour - Meet me at the Beach by V.K. Sykes - Review, Excerpt, and Giveaway!

Meet Me at the Beach
Seashell Bay # 1
By: V.K. Sykes
Releasing February 24th, 2015
Grand Central / Forever



When Lily Doyle spots her high school crush Aiden Flynn on the inbound ferry, she knows trouble is about to dock in Seashell Bay. And not just because he’s more handsome than ever. If Aiden’s in town, the rumors must be true about his family’s plan to sell their coastal land to the highest bidder. But Lily will do whatever it takes to convince the hottest guy on the beach to protect their idyllic island home.

Gorgeous Lily Doyle was the only thing Aiden missed after he escaped from his hometown to play pro baseball. Now all Aiden wants is to wrap up the business deal and get back to his life, not relive a past that still haunts him. But as memories rush in about the night of passion he and Lily shared long ago, everything else washes right out to sea-everything except the desire that still burns between them.

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My Review
4 Stars!

When I sat down to read this book, I really expected a light, fluffy romance.  I expected to read a book about people frolicking on the beach simply because of the cover.  I ended up being completely wrong about what this book was going to be because it ended up being so much more than I expected.  In fact, this book was absolutely excellent.  I love reading about second chance romances and this was an excellent example.

Aiden is the kind of man I love to read about.  He is a handsome professional baseball player who has hit a bump in his career.  He does the right thing even when it isn't the easy thing to do.  He is not easily influenced by others and takes care of the people that he cares about.  Lily was equally likeable.  She is a leader in the community and fights hard for what she believes in.  She is a hard worker and she is tougher than most men.  

Aiden left Seashell Bay to pursue his baseball career and he hasn't looked back.  In fact, he has only returned to the island once since leaving.  The book starts with his return for the second time.  This time he is in town to deal with a pending sale of his family's land.  The deal can only go through if Aiden agrees and the impact of his decision would affect everyone on the island. Lily has remained in Seashell Bay running her own fishing boat.  She has strong opinions about the future of the island and her way of life.  

Lily and Aiden were never officially a couple before Aiden left the island but they both had strong feelings for each other.  Both have dated other people during their years apart but remain single.  They quickly realize that the spark they felt in high school is still there years later.  The chemistry between the pair was amazing.  

The writing in this book was wonderful.  I found myself hoping that Lily and Aiden could figure out how to make things work.  I fell in love with the island and all of the colorful people living there.  I was completely pulled into the story wondering what would happen to this island and how Aiden and Lily would deal with Aiden's decision.  

I would highly recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance.  This was the first book by the writing pair of V.K. Sykes that I have had a chance to read but I look forward to reading more in the future.  I would love to know what else happens in 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.

Author Info
V.K. Sykes is really two people – Vanessa Kelly and Randy Sykes, a husband and wife team who write USA Today Bestselling contemporary romance and also romantic suspense. Randy excels at plot and characterization, but tends to fall down on the job when it comes to that pesky old thing called emotion. That’s where Vanessa steps in. She usually writes the sex scenes too, since Randy is a bit uncomfortable when it comes to that sort of stuff. Vanessa also writes award-winning Regency-set historical romance for Kensington Zebra under her own name. You can check out Vanessa’s bestselling historical romances at

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Lily thought she’d done a fairly respectable job preventing Darts Night from deteriorating into full-blown war. Not that Bram would ever lay a hand on a woman, much less one almost three times his age, but Granny had lots of supporters in the Pot. Any one of them would have been more than willing to throw a punch on her behalf. 

Aiden had done his bit to keep the situation under control too. He’d reacted calmly and decisively, keeping his stupid brother locked down and treating Granny with a sweet, old-fashioned respect. 

And she had to admit that his understated confidence turned her on a little too. 

Okay, he was pretty much melting her panties. 

Once a high school hunk, Aiden had now matured into an incredibly sexy man with a laid-back assurance and masculinity that vacuumed up the attention of every woman in the bar but Granny. Every cell in Lily’s overheated body was telling her that he felt the pull between them too, and that he was more than willing to act on it. Should she use that attraction to get closer to him and probe for info? She hated the idea of using such sleazy tactics, no matter how just the cause, and the idea of getting involved with Aiden was even more anxiety provoking. 

She felt pretty certain that would be a one-way boat ride to a whole lot of heartache. 

But Gramps had made her mission crystal clear—find out where the boy stood on Seashell Bay’s future. Would he honor his mother’s inheritance, or would he side with his jerkwad of a father? From the few clues Aiden had dropped, she sensed that he had yet to make up his mind. Aiden wasn’t the kind of guy to let his father—or anyone else—force him to make a decision before he was ready.
So there was time to push back, especially if he hung around for a while. And if he did, Aiden just might be a temporary fix for the other problem that was keeping her awake at nights. 

If she could get him to agree to it, and that was a very big if. 

She flashed him a bright smile when he hit the double ring to score another twenty-six points with the third dart of his turn. “Very nice.” 

Lily didn’t need to fake her compliment—he was damn good. Now it would come down to the first person to hit the double needed in order to check out. 

He casually rested his hand on the base of her spine as she took up her position. His hand, big enough to nearly span her lower back, sent heat through to her skin. The sensation forced her to lock her knees to hold her stance. 

“Feeling the pressure yet?” His deep voice made her want to press her thighs together. “You must really hate the thought of losing in front of the home crowd.” 

“Lose? In your dreams.” She mentally winced at the squeaky note to her voice. 

He was teasing, but his words contained an element of truth. Lily hated losing, and there were a few people watching who would find pleasure in rubbing it in. Folks in Seashell Bay took their darts seriously, and she’d been whipping their asses for years. Still, she’d developed a game plan, and she had to stick to it. 

Think big picture and get over yourself, girl. 

“Put him away, Lily,” Morgan shouted, her face lit up with loyal enthusiasm. 

“She’s gonna bust,” Bram retorted. 

Lily shut everything out and threw three straight darts just outside the double nine, scoring zero for her turn. Perspiration prickled along her spine where Aiden’s hand had rested only moments ago. It took skill to throw a game and not look suspicious.


  1. Thanks so much for hosting us today - we truly appreciate it!

  2. Oh this sounds great! I love second chance romances and baseball players are always a plus. I like too that it's good writing with some substance and not just total fluff. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks, Katherine! It really was such a well told story. I enjoyed it quite a bit. Baseball players are always a good thing!

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    1. Thanks for organizing the tour and letting me be a part of it. I really enjoyed this novel!


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