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Meet Me at the Beach (Seashell Bay #1)

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  187 Ratings  ·  66 Reviews
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 t
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Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published February 24th 2015 by Forever
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Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
2/24/15: Now Available!

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.

4 Stars!

When I sat down to read this book, I really expected a light, fluffy romance. I expected to read a book about people frolicking on the beach simply because of the cover. I ended up being completely wrong about what this book was going to be because it ended up being so much more than I expected. In fact, this book was absolutely excellent. I love reading about second chance romances and this was an excellent exa
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Christy LoveOfBooks

3.5

I think it’s time for a trip to the beach. I didn't even read the full synopsis when I saw Meet Me at the Beach. I was mostly lured in by the cover since I’m in need of some beach time. It paid off though, because this book was delightful.

Aiden is 32 and living the dream as a MLB star. Growing up with an abusive father, he couldn’t get away from Seashell Bay fast enough when he turned 18. He never looked back. Except … Aiden was recently cut from his team and his career is in limbo. To top
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Crystal
Feb 15, 2015 Crystal rated it really liked it
I received an ARC copy in exchange for a honest review.

I've been a fan of V.K. Sykes for awhile now (love their Philadelphia Patriots series), so of course I jumped at the chance to read and review their new book, Meet Me at the Beach. I gotta say, they did not disappoint. V.K. has a knack for writing well-developed characters that you can't help but fall in love with. They also have the knack for lovable, yet very sexy, baseball players. Meet Me at the Beach is a second chance romance between L
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Kim Page
Jan 21, 2015 Kim Page rated it really liked it
I really liked the story-line, it was well written with great flow and easy to read. Always partial to a story that takes place in Maine (my home state) and this one had my full attention from start to finish. Maine is truly a beautiful state with it's four seasons, especially the small islands off the coast are unique and gorgeous. The people are fiercely loyal, friendly (although some are cautiously suspicious of outsiders) and are extraordinarily hard working! The characters were believable a ...more
Isha Coleman
Jan 11, 2015 Isha Coleman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Lily and Aiden were each others first loves. They drifted apart. Life got in the way. When Aiden and Lily unexpectedly meet again the sparks are still there. What happens next is anyone's guess. I loved this book. The characters held my attention throughout the book. Did not want the story to end. Excellent read. Was gifted an ARC of Meet Me at the Beach for an honest review.
Miriam
Feb 18, 2015 Miriam rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-reviews
Time and distance sometimes aren't enough to make a heart forget where home really is.

I didn't fault Aiden's reason for leaving Seashell Bay. Sure, his baseball career may have seemed like the main reason, but his not-so-great home life also played a part in his leaving. Abuse at the hands of a parent is never an easy thing to handle. Walking away when you can almost always seems like the most logical thing to do. But in walking away, Aiden left behind three people who meant the world to him: hi
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Nancy Brady
Feb 25, 2015 Nancy Brady rated it really liked it
Full disclosure: I received this autographed novel as a Shelf Awareness Book Buzz giveaway, but that in no way affects this review.

The contemporary romance of baseball player Aiden Flynn and lobster fisherman (person) Lily Doyle is a Romeo and Juliet story that has a happy ending. Ultimately, it is not a tragic tale, but it has many of the elements of the original for these (somewhat) star-crossed lovers with the feuding families.

Aiden reluctantly returns to the small island where he grew up, b
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Ann
Jan 07, 2015 Ann rated it really liked it
Lily has been working the Lobster boats for 15 years. She has no desire to leave Seashell Bay. Aiden left the island the day after hs graduation and returned once for his mother's funeral. Now he's back to sell the family land and "ruin" the island. A wonderful love story set in a town I would love to live in the summer. This is book one in a series and there are lots of folks in town that deserve their own book. A nice read on a cold day since it's hot.
*Avonna
Jun 10, 2015 *Avonna rated it it was amazing
What a great surprise this romance turned out to be! I was expecting a light summer read, but this romance is a very well written, emotionally intense read. I found it hard to believe that the hero and heroine could find their HEA when I started this book and yet the author pulled it off in a very believable way. Looking forward to more in this series by this author.
Lisa Filipe
Nov 22, 2014 Lisa Filipe marked it as to-read
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Amelia
Feb 22, 2015 Amelia rated it really liked it
The Seashell Bay series begins with an emotional story proving exactly how choices can either lead to lasting happiness or possibly cause lifelong misery. Two people must choose whether to listen to their hearts or go along with the thinking of others. From the time this couple reconnects to final decision making is shown with intense feelings and lots of inner turmoil. Genuine emotions plus intriguing characters make MEET ME AT THE BEACH constantly enjoyable, and V. K. Sykes always keeps the re ...more
Pj Ausdenmore
Feb 24, 2015 Pj Ausdenmore rated it it was amazing
Set on a quaint island off the coast of Maine where lobster fishing is the primary industry and residents are hardy New England folk, this is a rich, meaty, well-written story of choices, second chances, community, dysfunctional family, life cross-roads, lucrative development vs preservation of tradition, forgiveness, compromise and the complexity, heartache, and ultimate joy of love offered and accepted.

Aiden Flynn couldn't leave Seashell Bay fast enough and really, who could blame him? After a
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Lori Meehan
Feb 22, 2015 Lori Meehan rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
This is a really good start to a new series. Second chance romance is one of my favorite troupe and add in a small town/island and I'm hooked.
Lily Doyle and Aiden Flynn had a sweet romance as teenagers they were like Romeo and Juliet both coming from feuding families. Lily grow up in a loving family and Aiden with the love of his mother and the fist of his father. Aiden could not wait to leave Seashell Island as soon as he could and Lily couldn't see living anywhere else. Aiden left to pursue a
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Lisa Richards
Feb 12, 2015 Lisa Richards rated it really liked it
Just the book to make me forget that it was 20 outside and that they are calling for freezing rain yet again. Instead of thinking about the fact that I really need to carry in yet another load of wood for the wood-stove, I'm piled up next to it pretending that the radiant heat is from the summer sun and I have a frosty margarita in my hand instead of a cup of coffee.
I love second chance romances so throw in the beach (although as a girl used to the sandy southern beaches can the seashore in Mai
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Romancing the Book
Apr 17, 2015 Romancing the Book rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, contemporary
Reviewed by Marissa
Book provided by the publisher for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

If you enjoy sappy romances you might like this book, but for me it was just too sappy. She’s thin and beautiful, he’s got a six pack you can bounce a quarter off, they’re both good at everything they do and things just fall into place for them.

Lily is the darling of the island, everyone loves her and all the men look out for her. That right away repelled me. She had no flaws, physically or
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Sultry Steamy Reading
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Here are again in a small town of Seashell Bay. As a first book in the series, Meet Me At The Beach does a good job of introducing us to Seashell Bay, to its residents, and to the general vibe of the series. From third book alone, we already have a vague idea of what to expect on the next installments.

I like the easy, lazy feel of this book. Its a perfect read when your lounging by the beach or the p
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Gail
Feb 05, 2015 Gail rated it it was amazing
I won this book in a giveaway. My first book by this author and I am enjoying it so far.
I loved every minute of this book. I loved the interaction between Lily and Aiden. Sparks flying between the two of them. Great cast of characters that work so well together. I really hated to see the book end.
Sarah
Jul 13, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would say this one was more like 3.5 stars. It was a bit slow in spots and it seemed like Lily spent most of the time talking about how hot Aidan's body is. It grew repetitive and the book could've been about 40 pages shorter.
Tanya
Jan 05, 2015 Tanya rated it liked it
3.5 stars
this is a fun modern take on romeo and juliet, without the tragic ending, surrounded by ocean and lobster fishing
Sheryl
Aug 24, 2014 Sheryl is currently reading it
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Gaele
Feb 24, 2015 Gaele rated it liked it
Initially drawn to this story because of the setting and the richness to be found there. V.K. Sykes has brought a sense of coastal Maine in this story with her fictional island of Seashell Bay, in what felt like a cross between Deer Isle and Peaks Island, the setting is well established as are some of the more peculiar ‘phrases’ common to Mainers. The addition of lobster fishing with its effect on the people and economy added another layer to the story, as did the ‘out of staters’ there for summ ...more
Tara
Jan 23, 2015 Tara rated it it was ok
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Kathy Jund
Feb 07, 2015 Kathy Jund rated it it was amazing
From the husband and wife writing team (historical romance author -Vanessa Kelly & Randy Sykes) V.K Sykes; Meet Me at the Beach is the first installment in their new contemporary romance series set on the quaint island of Seashell Bay (and excitingly this series is also in print!).

Aiden Flynn left his tiny island of Seashell Bay off the coast of Maine 14 years ago for the major leagues, a career in professional baseball was his life's dream and once gone he never looked back. But now conditi
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Jen
Feb 22, 2016 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read the full review on Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous.

There were only three people who mattered to him: his beloved mother, his younger brother Bram, and Lily Doyle, the girl he fell for in high school. When his career ends up in limbo after being let go by his team, Aiden makes his way back to the last place he wants to be at--both to take some time off while waiting to learn of his career options and to take care of a land deal his alcoholic father and jobless brother desperately want him to si
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Kerry Croucier
Jan 15, 2015 Kerry Croucier rated it really liked it
Aiden Flynn left Seashell Bay 14 years ago for a Major League career, returning only once, briefly, for his beloved Mother's funeral. Now he is forced to return, his career questionable, to deal with his abusive father and spiraling brother. The Flynn men each inherited a part of a prime coastal piece of land that developers are willing to pay to get their hands on. Aiden wants to make his decision, and get on with his life, never to see his Father or Seashell Bay, again.
Lily Doyle has never wan
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Sue
Apr 11, 2015 Sue rated it really liked it
Meet Me At The Beach is an all encompassing story about relationships, community and second chances with a couple of strong main characters. Aiden is facing unexpected changes in his life reluctantly. A reluctant return to his small home town brings him back to Lily and the memories he has of her. Lily is living the life she has always wanted to, and she has mixed feelings about Aiden's temporary return. There is a strong attraction between them that hasn't gone away over the years...but they bo ...more
Melanie
Feb 13, 2015 Melanie rated it really liked it
Lily and Aiden were never really high school sweethearts per say, but had a fling when they were in high school. Aiden, a professional baseball player goes back to the island that he grew up on once his career takes a different direction and when his eyes land on Lily once again, there is no stopping him this time. It was nice to see that these two still had eyes for each other after years of being apart.

Aiden has come home to decide whether he is going to sell the land that his mother left him
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Brandi
Aug 10, 2015 Brandi rated it liked it
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

That being said, I have loved VK Sykes's series Philadelphia Patriots. I had great hopes for her new series on Seashell Bay. My hopes have been dimmed with this first installment. I am hoping for the rest of the series to be a little better now that the backstory has been established.

Meet Me at the Beach is a story of a pair of star crossed people from two families that have been feuding for years/centuries. Aiden Flynn escape
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Bobbie
Feb 23, 2015 Bobbie rated it really liked it
I have enjoyed VK Sykes sports books before and requested this book from Netgalley as I thought this would be a good read. And I was right. This enjoyable book takes place on a small island near Portland Maine, and Boston. Riley is a baseball player who has been in the major leagues for many years. He has been injured and because of his age (32) and his injury, he has been put on waivers and has gone back to the small island where he has grown up. He doesn't have very good memories of his childh ...more
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