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The Seacrest

(Paines Creek Beach #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  443 ratings  ·  85 reviews
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They say it’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.

Finn McGraw disagrees.

He was just seventeen when he had a torrid summer affair with the girl who stole his heart—and then inexplicably turned on him. Finn may have moved on with his life, but he’s never forgotten her.

Now, ten years later, he’s got mor
Kindle Edition, 286 pages
Published October 20th 2013
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How many do-overs does it take until love conquers all, or does there come a point when two people can love, but not be together? The Seacrest by Aaron Paul Lazar is a contemporary love story written from a man’s point of view, through the eyes and from the heart of Finn, as a devastating tragedy causes him to reflect back on his life and the events that led him to t
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This novel is emotionally charged. Lazar maintains a very personal contact with his audience through his writing. He keeps you coming back for more, while you experience each and every feeling and event right alongside the main character. Lazar writes about the type of love that you want. The type of love that you don’t mind going through hell and back to get.

Lazar melds the past with the present in this remarkable tale. By flipping between the two in ‘flashback mode’ we get the full experience
Deborah Ledford
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I'm a big fan of Mr. Lazar's books and the audio version of this release brings the words to life--a satisfying, at times harrowing movie playing out in my mind. Finn's tale is heartbreaking and I couldn't help but love this character.

This first class recording, rich with layers and visuals, is worthy of more than one listen. I found the audiobook to be the perfect companion to the print version of the book. George Kuch's voicing kept me on the edge of my seat for much of the recording. The fire
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loss is one of life’s greatest challenges. To lose someone you love is like having a piece of your heart sliced away, and unfortunately the heart heals slowly. But how does the heart survive at all when the losses are seemingly unending, one after the other, and how does one not just lay down and give up when every time hope appears it is shot right down again? Finn McGraw has reached that point where he doesn’t know how much more he can take. After years already suffering from horrible losses, ...more
Oct 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
“Life can change in the blink of an eye,” says Finn in the opening line of Aaron Paul Lazar’s gently romantic mystery/drama, Seacrest. The boss’s daughter falls from her horse, a cop car pulls up to the house, and bad news turns life, love and promises to dust.

Finn’s marriage isn’t great but it seems good enough, until Finn’s wife and his brother die in a car accident. Then Finn has to wonder, why were they together when he and his brother had been estranged so long.

Past hurts are easily blamed
Jane R
Nov 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm always eager to read love stories from a man's point of view. I think that a man should write the male characters POV because who better would know what the male was thinking, than a male himself? And since love stories are commonly written by female writers, it's rare to get ahold of a well male-written romances.
I loved everything about the main character,Finn McGraw. He seemed human. All that rage he held for his brother Jax and then feeling bad for hating him. Plus everything that's happ
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I haven't read many love stories written by a man but this story was fantastic.
I was given this by the author to read & review. I jumped into it without reading a description about the book. I was hoping for a good read that kept my interest & I wasn't disappointed.
This is a lovely romantic story. I felt as if I was there with the way the author described the scenery so well. The cover caught my eye as well. It's lovely.
This author has pure raw talent & I hope he writes some more
Sep 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
A complicated second chance love story shrouded in misery of loss with spouses and brothers that are less than desirable to downright mean.

Switching from the past to present accented the sweetness of first love then loss with the betrayal & hatred held onto too tightly.

I enjoyed the journey & will look for more of this author.
Oct 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Life can change in the blink of an eye . . . One isn’t meant to know the day or the hour, the very moment change will come. That answer is fate’s cruel secret. Or, is it fate’s sublime intervention?

So starts Aaron Paul Lazar’s contemporary romance, THE SEACREST (ISBN13: 978-1493548675; ASIN: B00G1TDBRI; 286 pp), and an affair of hearts between Finn McGraw and the love of his life that spans more than a decade, weathers bliss and turmoil, and even marriage to other partners.

Mia Catherine
Apr 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Some loves never die. Such an appropriate tagline for a wonderfully told love story.

I've never read a romance written by a man before. I'm also not typically a fan of 1st person, nor of a single point of view in a book. This story sold me on all three.

Finn is a tragic character, suffering through numerous heartbreaks through the course of this book. Lost loves, betrayals, lies and guilt were all things he had to deal with and overcome in order to find ultimate happiness.

"Sassy," as Finn nickname
I think it’s probably fair to say that Aaron Paul Lazar is one of the most readable of authors. His books are engaging, warm, and moving in a way that, if it’s a tad old-fashioned, still retains a modern sensibility and drama that comes from the real issues the work tends to address. I’ve been reading his mysteries for a long time now, and as someone who doesn’t tend to like genre novels, have always been drawn in by the way the plot is shaped by a deep sense of character development. His work i ...more
Glenda Bixler
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-books
See excerpts, pics and vids on my blog...

Lazar opened another part of himself to his many readers in his latest novel, now out! You know, though, that this is not so surprising because his books always includes some romantic ties within a family setting. But those family members were once teenagers, finding their first interest in the opposite sex... And this writer remembers that....verrrrry well!

Two brothers were part of the family that lived on Blueberry Hill. As the name implies, they farmed
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The Seacrest, by Aaron Paul Lazar, is a gut-wrenching romance of love, lies, betrayal, and forgiveness. Lazar impressively tells the story through the eyes of Finn McGraw, the male protagonist. Throughout the story, the chapters in The Seacrest jump around from the past to the present, which adds multiple layers and effectively pulls the reader into this powerful story.

Finn’s life is forever altered when his wife and brother are killed in a car
Nov 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Finn McGraw has done his best to live a good life. He's successful, in his own way, and is able to provide for his family. His wife means everything to him, and he'll do everything possible to make sure she's content. Though, he'd love nothing more than to expand their family, he knows he needs to be patient. Cora isn't quite ready, and he willing to give her the time she needs.

His perfect world is soon shattered when he receives the news that Cora and his brother, Jax, were involved in a horrif
Nov 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
When author Aaron Lazar contacted me with an invitation to read and review his latest novel, The Seacrest, I said yes, even though my to-be-reviewed stack is a bit overwhelming, and I’m glad I did, because I’m a fanatic for “beach books,” and this qualifies.

I should clarify that when I say “beach book,” I mean anything with a coastal flavor. Elin Hilderbrand’s work is my typical summer addiction, and as I was reading The Seacrest, I was mentally comparing Lazar to Hilderbrand, and thinking, “Thi
Uvi Poznansky
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exquisitely told in the manly voice of Finn McGraw, and charged with intrigue and emotion, this is a story of love, wrapped up in a riddle. The closer we come to solving it, the more reachable is the promise of gaining a second chance at that first love. It is that combination—the soft, romantic note and the sharp, quick one of finding a way to solve that mystery—that is essential in the story telling of The Seacrest. At the romantic mode, Aaron Paul Lazar infuses his descriptions with sensual d ...more
Jan 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014, book-tour
I can't do this book justice.

I am all about family. I love them in stories too, because let's face it, even though my family (and maybe yours too) gets on my ever lovin' last nerves,I love to hang out with them. They care about me, even if I can't stand to be around them at times.

Finn just seems to be moving along in life. He has a job not related to his college degree. He struggles to pay the bills. He works for the father of the girl he had a deep and abiding love for since he was a teenager.
The Book and The Harlot's Blog
Dec 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
I adored this novel, it was superb. Not my usual read; but, it won me over in less than four chapters. While Aaron has several other books published, this is his debut novel in the genre of Romance. I must say, he did a fantastic job! The back story for ALL of his characters is lanced with tragedies, deceit, love and fate. Each one intertwined in this novel.

In the beginning I was unsure of having the novel switching between the past and present every other chapter or so, giving readers more in
Thom Swennes
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: free-e-book
First loves. First loves are the sweetest, the most intense, and the most heart-wrenching relationships imaginable. The majority of these relationships don’t last a lifetime but they remain with you forever. The heartbreak fades with time, leaving just the magic of the relationship. The first innocent and somewhat hesitant and timid explorations of another body; so different from your own, stay in your memory long after so much time has passed, haunts your memories. Dates often hold a special pl ...more
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Lazar’s The Seacrest is a romantic story told from the viewpoint of Finn McGraw. Finn has not had an easy life. He met the love of his life at seventeen but then she dumped him without explanation. Only a few short years later he lost most of his family and now, ten years later, a horrendous accident turns his life upside down again. He hasn’t managed to recover from any of the tragedies in his life. How will he handle the latest tragedy? Will he finally move on and find love?

I enjoyed reading
Kathleen Kelly
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
I am always a bit skeptical when I read a love story written by a man but I was pleasantly surprised with The Seacrest. The story starts out with a tragedy, where Finn McGraw's wife and brother die in a car accident. Alternating chapters tell the story from when Finn was 17 and the affair that he had with a girl whom he fell madly in love with, but because of their different backgrounds, can never hope to have. The author goes into the Finn's marriage and the fire that killed his parents and lit ...more
Apr 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a romantic love story of love lost, found, and lost again, only to be found again. Finn met his true and life long love, Libby, the summer of his 16th year. He lost his virginity and his heart to this mysterious young woman. However, at the end of the summer she turned on him and acted as if she hated him. The next day she left for boarding school in Europe. Long after their break up and the loss of his family Finn still loved her but she would never allow him to communicate with her to ...more
Cathy Brockman
Nov 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
I recieved a copy of this for an honest review
Finn gets news that his wife and brother are killed in a car crash. He can’t help but wonder what his wife was doing with his brother, since he hasn’t spoken to his brother for ten years. He blames his brother for the death of his parents and baby sister ten years ago. As the story goes on it seems he has more and more reasons to hate his brother. Or does he really? Could he have been wrong about what happened? Who is Libby and why does she hate him
Anto Butera
Sep 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: had-to-give-up
DNF at 65%.
I tried to stick it out. I truly did. But in the end I just couldn't keep wasting my time with this.
Here's a short list of some of the things that drove me to give up:
-Young Finn was such a girl. It was all flowery feelings and overthinking every single little detail. It got repetitive and boring really fast.
-The dialogue was weird, wooden and unrealistic. All I did was keep thinking 'who speaks like this in real life'?
-The whole bit where she was all secretive was useless. It was com
Julie Barrett
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it

The Seacrest by Aaron Paul Lazar
Finn McGraw grows up on the cape in MA where his family runs the blueberry farm during the summer months.
I feel like this is two books in one because each chapter tells of a different age of the characters.
The chapters alternate in time and that is sometimes confusing. There are mainly two people-when they first meet on the beach and spend time to get to know one another. First love and sex scenes.
And the present day where the woman has died along with his brother
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Aaron Lazar has ventured into an area where you don’t see too many men; Romantic fiction. He has done it well. While he has infused romance into his mysteries, this is a work of pure romance without chasing evil doers and protecting a family we get a great story of romance spanning sixteen years.
Finn has just lost his brother and his wife in a tragic car accident, and has discovered some unhappy truths about his marriage. Meanwhile he is trying to figure out why t
Dec 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
A romance and a mystery, told in Lazar’s signature sensitive and compassionate voice, Seacrest eludes the sordid yet shimmers with passion. Having read and enjoyed many of Aaron’s mysteries, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I learned that he’d tried his hand at romance. The discomfort I felt disappeared as soon as I recognized that the same Aaron who writes mysteries was at work here. This is a love story textured by strong characters who must grapple with betrayal and the subsequent pain which ...more
Nov 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
OMG! I don't give away 5 Stars lightly, I LOVED this book! To have a love so strong at such a young age, only to be torn apart drastically. A love that's virtually seamless, almost picking back up like they were never apart. So many obstacles to overcome...Finn's love is everlasting, and amazingly strong through it all. This story covers so many many points where I thought how could anything else possibly go wrong? Bouncing back and forth through time, the reader finds out how their ...more
May 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
This story is about second chance love, misconceptions, forgiveness and overcoming grief. With vivid descriptions of Cape Code, the author delivered a very intriguing story from Finn’s point of view, alternating between a 16 year-old boy and a 32-year old man. Initially, I was asking the questions such as (a). If Libby was his first love, what happened that they acted like strangers? (b). What was the relationship between his brother and his wife? With each page, it was like peeling an onion whe ...more
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I don't give 5-star ratings very often. I believe an author must touch on so many aspects of character and story and environment - without being another run-of-the-mill romance, or mystery, or whatever.

This book did something I, personally, don't care for - it went back and forth between the past and the present. However, for this book, it didn't hurt it. I did, in fact, love the story and felt the characters, no matter which time of their lives was being written, were well rounded with 'real' e
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Aaron Paul Lazar writes to soothe his soul. A bestselling Kindle author of 25 books, including three addictive mystery series, writing books, a romantic suspense series, and a new love story series, Aaron enjoys the Genesee Valley countryside in upstate New York, where his characters embrace life, play with their dogs and grandkids, grow sumptuous gardens, and chase bad guys. Visit his website at ...more

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