Title: Meet Me at the Beach by V.K. Sykes
Seashell Bay Series Book One
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Length: 384 pages
YOU CAN’T STOP A RISING TIDE
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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For a little while. The phrase had her mentally cringing. “But I guess you must miss your social life, right? For a celebrity athlete, it must be pretty cool.”
When his eyebrows arched in surprise, she gave him a weak smile. It was nervy of her to probe for personal details, but she needed to know how he felt about his old life. Why she needed to know was another question—one she intended to ignore for the moment.
He lifted his broad shoulders again in a casual shrug. “I like hitting the bars and restaurants around Rittenhouse Square as much as the next guy, I guess. And it’s not hard to get used to being treated like you’re special.” Then he laughed. “But hey, I have to admit that The Pot has its charms too.”
Lily gave him a cautious smile. “And exactly what charms would those be?”
When Aiden slid an arm around her shoulders, she knew the spike in her body heat had nothing to do with the warm evening breeze.
“Oh, charms like Darts Night, where sexy but devious locals can sucker newcomers into reckless bets they’re sure to lose,” he said with a grin.
“Ouch. That shot didn’t exactly tickle, big guy. Anything else?”
“Well, it’s got a couple of real nice bartenders,” he said after a moment.
Since he was clearly playing with her, she pretended to pout. “And? I’m sure you must be forgetting something.”
“Let me think.” He thoughtfully rubbed his chin with the hand not stroking her bare shoulder. “Okay, I could say that The Pot was where I got reintroduced to the nicest, most decent, and hardest working woman I’ve ever known.” He paused for a couple of beats. “Not to mention the hottest babe in the entire state of Maine.”
Lily had expected him to say something flirtatious, but she hadn’t expected him to use words like nice and decent. That certainly wasn’t the average guy’s approach to getting into a girl’s pants. But Aiden’s response sounded completely genuine. And that meant the world, because it confirmed for her what she’d always hoped to be true—that at his core, he believed in the same things she did.
She closed her eyes against the sting of tears.
“Hey, Lily-girl, what’s wrong?” Aided whispered as he tightened his embrace.
“Nothing. I’m…I’m just feeling a little overwhelmed all of a sudden,” she managed to choke out.
“By what I just said?”
Lily nodded, finally opening her eyes and shifting to meet his now-serious gaze. “That and everything else that’s happened this week. I still can’t believe any of it, or that we’re here together.” She let out a tiny laugh. “It’s kind of like a dream. A really good dream.”
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.