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Sunday, June 24, 2018

A Book Review of Seaside Sweets by Melissa Chambers,Plus Guest Post!

Seaside Sweets (Love Along Hwy 30A #1) by Melissa Chambers 
Genre: Adult Fiction (Contemporary Romance)
Date Published: June 19, 2018
Publisher: Perry Evans Press

After her ex runs up her credit card, clears her bank account, and gets her fired, Seanna Perry makes her escape to the quaint beach town of Seaside, Florida. The houses are pastel, the ocean air heaven, and the men hot as the Gulf Coast sun…one in particular. But while paying the price, literally, for the last man she trusted with her heart, she’s not interested in any sort of beach romance, or so she keeps reminding herself.

Living in the idyllic coastal paradise of the 30A area hasn’t eased Blake Evans’ guilt over what went down three years ago. He can’t stop blaming himself, and certainly none of his wonderful friends can ever find out what happened. Blake’s done a good job of keeping romantic feelings toward any women at bay, and he needs to keep it that way. But when Seanna begins to show him how to live again, he finds himself struggling to keep his guard up. 

Seaside Sweets is book one in the Love Along Highway 30A series, which features beautiful beach communities, a circle of unique and amazing friends, and romances that will have you cheering on the couples and fanning yourself from the heat. All books are standalone and can be enjoyed in or out of order.

Seaside Sweets is the first book in the Love Along Hwy 30 series by Melissa Chambers. I love being able to review books by Tennessee Authors, and I love it even more when I love the book. Wow. I've said 'love' a lot. I'll stop now. But, it's true. This was a cute, fun story, and I enjoyed every minute reading it. Seanna and Blake both have their own baggage, and they're both running away from it, literally and figuratively. Who wouldn't want to run away to the Florida beaches if they could?

I enjoyed watching them work through their issues, both apart and together. Their story was well told, and the setting was beautiful. It was a perfect, fictional, beachy escape! I'm definitely looking forward to more in this series!

The ARC of Seaside Sweets by Melissa Chambers was kindly provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.

An M83 song came over the speakers, electronic dance music’s answer to the slow dance. She tilted her head to the side, lifting an eyebrow. “After that Chicken Dance, you got this one in the bag.”

He huffed a laugh, trying to hold back his grin, but not doing a good job of it. She hadn’t seen him smile this much the whole time she knew him. He pulled her to him, resting his hands on her hips. She eased her hands up to his shoulders, her stomach alive with a nervous flutter. She had always been fairly confident around men. It had been the rare bird who could put her insides into a tizzy. But there was something about Blake’s quiet cool, the fact that he seemed to listen when she talked and actually care about what she said. He wasn’t one of those straight guys where she felt she had a good thirty seconds then needed to wrap it up.

But more than anything, it was the way he looked at her—his blue eyes boring into hers like he knew her…like he was curious about her. And she wanted to know more about him—anything he’d be willing to share. He lifted his chin, seeming ten feet tall so close to her, sending her heartbeat up a step. She looked away, breaking under his gaze.

She leaned into his chest, as he pulled her there. She wasn’t sure who had made the move—maybe both of them at the same time. She breathed in the scent of his skin and lifted her chin to get a good whiff of his neck. The subtlest hint of his body wash lingered, causing her to close her eyes and drink him in.

Her hands wanted to wander down Blake’s back toward his ass—his perfectly proportioned, round ass. Tonight, it was covered by his blazer, but Halloween costume material was thin and cheap. If she could get her hands down there tonight, she could get a good squeeze in. He pulled back from her. “What are you smiling about?”

Hello readers of What's Beyond Forks! I’m Melissa Chambers, and I’m here to celebrate the release of Seaside Sweets, Book One in the Love Along Hwy 30A series set in the quaint and unique beach communities of South Walton, Florida positioned along the famous Hwy 30A!

Have you packed your beach bag yet? If not, don't forget these items to help enhance your sandy experience!

1 - Beach towel clips
Have you seen these? You clip them to your chaise lounge, inserting your towel, and then your towel doesn't fly away or sag down in the chair! They have them in the shape of flip flops, turtles, and my favorite, Hello Kitty holding a surfboard! I found these at Walmart.

2 - Insulated cups
These Swig tumblers claim to keep your drink cold for up to 24 hours! I've not tried one yet, but I've got a birthday coming up and a beach trip planned soon after that. Pretty sure what I'm asking for.

3 - Wide Brim hat
I always wear a wide brim hat to the beach so I don't have to worry about putting sunscreen on my face, at least anywhere near my eyes. Getting sunscreen in your eyes at the beach when your hands are sandy is the worst! Since I jumped into the lake with my wide brim hat on last year, I need a new one! I think I'll get this one from J Crew.

4. 30A T-shirt
I have more 30A T-shirts than I should probably admit to, but as I perused this website for research for this post, I discovered that I think I need another one! You can find more 30A gear here than you can shake a surfboard at, but for your classic 30A T-shirt, necessary for any beach-lover, click here.

5. Seaside Sweets!
Any lazy beach day begs for a good beachy novel to sink into. Seaside Sweets is available now! Take a peek at the cover, blurb, and an excerpt below! 

♥ Melissa

Also available in the series now!

Maya Forbes has never had a one-night-stand. With her irresponsible but brilliant sister filling the role of flighty one, Maya must live sensibly and dutifully. But when she meets a gorgeous redneck from Panama City Beach who makes her head whirl, she must quit thinking idiotic thoughts about upending her life after one week of mind-altering sex, especially with her dream promotion waiting for her back home.

Bo Harrison has lived his entire life in a tourist town where the women he meets are typically gone in a week. After a long-term relationship that left him mentally drained, he didn’t mind the easy, week-long romances for a while. But watching his best friend fall in love has him thinking along those lines, especially when he meets a woman unlike any he’s ever dated—smart, sexy, independent. The catch? She leaves in one week, of course.

With Shayla Harrison’s dangerous ex leaving rehab and headed her way, she needs to find a safe house and fast. When tall, dark, and ridiculously handsome Chase O’Neil offers a secure place to stay in beautiful Seagrove Beach for dirt cheap, she and her wallet can’t refuse. Romance is the last thing she wants, but the safety and warmth she feels with Chase are impossible to ignore.

Chase is the life of the party. He makes everyone laugh—whatever it takes to hide a soul-deep pain he can't fix. He’s been living in romance purgatory since his son died and his marriage ended six years ago. When he meets the mysterious and intriguing Shayla, the emotional wall he’s worked so hard to build starts to crumble. She makes him want all the things he knows he can’t have, including her love.

Melissa Chambers writes contemporary novels for young, new, and actual adults. A Nashville native, she spends her days working in the music industry and her nights tapping away at her keyboard. While she’s slightly obsessed with alt rock, she leaves the guitar playing to her husband and kid. She never misses a chance to play a tennis match, listen to an audiobook, or eat a bowl of ice cream. (Rocky road, please!) She serves as president for the Music City Romance Writers and is the author of The Summer Before Forever and Falling for Forever (Entangled Teen).

To learn more about Melissa Chambers and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on Goodreads, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

or find the giveaway here


  1. Thank you so much for the kind review! And I love your site name. :)

  2. I’m excited to read these books this summer! I really enjoyed The Summer Beore Forever. I could not put it down.


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