Review: Hearts at Seaside by Addison Cole

Hearts at Seaside
(Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 3)
by Addison Cole

Jenna Ward is vivacious, spontaneous, and confident–except when she’s around the man who stole her heart years earlier, strikingly handsome, quiet, and reliable Pete Lacroux. After years of trying to get his attention and overwhelmed from dealing with her mother’s new cougar lifestyle, Jenna’s giving up on Peter–and is ready to explore other men.

As the eldest of five siblings, with an alcoholic father to care for, boat craftsman Pete Lacroux always does the right thing and has no time for a real relationship. He’s looking forward to seeing his friend Jenna, a welcome distraction who’s so sexy and painfully shy that she equally entertains and confuses him.

When Jenna picks up a hard-bodied construction worker, jealousy ignites Pete’s true feelings, and he’s unable to ignore the desires for Jenna he never realized he had. But Pete’s not the quiet guy he appears to be, and his life is anything but conducive to a relationship. Can Jenna handle the real Pete Lacroux–the most alpha male she’s ever seen–or will she crack under pressure? And can Pete reclaim the life he once had without tearing apart his family?

Wow, this is really good.

Cheers to another heart warming story about the girls of Seaside, with Jenna Ward marveling at Pete’s awesomeness but can’t seem to talk whenever he’s around. I love their cat-and-mouse relationship, where one can’t stop thinking about the other while also trying to stay away from that other person.

And as usual, Jenna’s loyal friends are there to cheer her up and support her decisions, even when she always makes a fool of herself by getting involved with the construction guy instead of pursuing the one who makes her knees weak and gives her the zing in between kisses. The slow progression of Jenna and Pete’s smoldering relationship is just the right amount of romance I’m looking for. Plus the issues about their broken mom and dad was just too heartfelt. I wanted to console Neil, Pete’s father during his alcohol-laden episodes, I can’t help but cry with him over his loss. That ending though.. It was perfect, like everything I’ve ever imagined for Jenna and Pete.

Love love love this Hearts at Seaside!

I’m excited to read the next book! Addison Cole rocks!

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