Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Audiobook Review - Lovers at Seaside by Addison Cole @Addison_Cole_

Lovers at Seaside by Addison Cole
Narrated by Lucy Rivers and Aiden Snow
Series: Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers #9
Publisher: Melissa Foster
Publication Date: August 17, 2018
Date Read: September 25, 2018
Length:  7 hours 39 minutes
Source: Author
★★★☆☆
After months of long-distance communication, actress Parker Collins and artist Grayson Lacroux finally plan to reconnect in the seaside town of Wellfleet, Massachusetts. But Parker never shows, and weeks pass without a word, leaving Grayson to believe he’s misinterpreted their budding relationship.

Parker has been running on autopilot ever since she lost her friend, mentor, and the only family she’s ever known, Bert Stein. Armed with junk food, tequila, and her big, lovable dog, she’s prepared to hole up and mourn - and determined to mend a fence Bert had never been able to with his estranged and bitter brother. But Parker didn’t count on the handsome artist she’s been fantasizing about for nearly a year walking in on her grief-induced drunken night.

When Grayson stumbles across Parker, he has no idea what to make of the gorgeous blonde who blew him off despite the chemistry between them. But that doesn’t stop him from feeling protective of the woman who’s consumed his thoughts for months, and when he learns of Parker’s plans to confront an angry old man, he refuses to leave her side. As Parker’s past unfolds, they’re led on an unexpected journey of discovery. Their connection deepens until good intentions spark painful secrets, threatening the love they’ve found.
My Review

I liked this one but it wasn't a story that really stood out to me.  This is the ninth book in the Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers series but it reads perfectly fine as a stand-alone while readers of the series will enjoy checking in with some of the characters from earlier books.  I found this quick and pleasant read and liked the chemistry between the characters.

Parker is an actress taking some much needed alone time after the loss of her good friend and mentor.  Her friend, Bert, was like family to her and she now feels alone in the world.  Grayson is an artist who has been working on a project for Parker for the past several months.  Grayson finds Parker drunk and wants to help her put the pieces back together.   Add in Parker's adorable dog, Christmas, and things are looking up.

I liked Parker and Grayson together and I found their relationship to quite authentic.  I thought that they had some great chemistry with each other and connected well from the very start.  I really didn't see any obstacles to their relationship and honestly, things went really smoothly with the exception of a quick hiccup at the end of the book.  In some ways, I would have like to see a bit more drama between these two characters. 

This book is narrated by Lucy Rivers and Aiden Snow and it was my first experience with both of their work.  I did prefer Aiden Snow's performance in this book and would find that I was a bit disappointed when the narration would change at times.  I thought that Lucy Rivers also did a fine job with the story but I found her narration to be somewhat monotonous at times. 

I  do think that a lot of readers will enjoy this one a bit more than I did.  I thought that the characters were very well done but I wish that the book had just a bit more drama to hold my attention. 

I received a copy of this audiobook from the author / publicist.
About the Author

Addison Cole is the sweet-romance pen name of New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. She writes humorous and emotional sweet contemporary romance. Her books do not include explicit sex scenes or harsh language. Addison spends her summers on Cape Cod, where she dreams up wonderful love stories in her house overlooking Cape Cod Bay.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

22 comments:

  1. Okay, so you might have sold me on this one because of the big lovable dog!

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  2. I think I would have liked to see more drama as well, obstacles are what make reads particularly interesting after all. Nevertheless, I'm glad you found it pleasant enough :)

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  3. It's too bad that it wasn't a bit more for you there but wow book 9? that's a lot!

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    1. I haven't read all nine of them so I am glad that these books work well as stand-alones.

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  4. I always meant try one of hers ;)

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    1. I hope you get a chance to read her work soon!

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  5. Her stories are basically drama free.

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    1. I have only read 2 of her books but the last book from this series did have a bit more for the couple to work through. These two just seemed like a couple from the very start of the book.

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  6. I've not read any of her books, but knowing that this one was just a mild, quick read is good for when I've had too much angst and need a break. I think I enjoyed Aiden Snow as a narrator in something earlier this year.

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  7. I have a couple of these to read and hope to share them next month. I need something romantic after reading horror all this month. LOL

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  8. The series as a whole sounds like one I would enjoy. I am sorry this wasn't more enjoyble for you.

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    1. I did like the book but it was missing that something extra that would have really made it great.

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  9. I haven't read this author yet although I have a few of her books as freebies. I'm just less interested in contemporary romance in general than suspense, mystery, UF, PNR, fantasy, which all have more action and plot. Anne - Books of My Heart

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    1. I like to mix things up a bit. I get bored if I read too many books in a single genre.

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  10. Whoa that's a lot of books in a contemp series. I've not tried her but it looks cute. A good filler book at least :)

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    1. Each book can be read as a stand alone so it works. It was worth the listen for sure.

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