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The Shore Thing

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Once bitten and twice shy about workplace romances, Florida aquarium employees Dani Davidson and Evan Sanders are determined to resist their mutual attraction. A baby dolphin and a stingray encounter help bring them together, but will a bitter ex-lover, Dani’s inhibitions, and Evan’s career aspirations tear them apart? Find out in Annette Mardis’ great new romance, The Shore Thing.

Danielle “Dani” Davidson vows to just say no to workplace romances after her first post-college job is soured by a messy breakup with a manipulative coworker. That’s just one reason she doesn’t trust any man with her heart, let alone one who swims with sharks for a living. So why can’t she get Evan Sanders out of her mind?

Evan is twice shy, too, after an alluring but self-absorbed colleague takes a bite out of his heart. Though he’s dead set against dating anyone else he works with, he’s still intrigued by Dani’s intelligence, shyness, and low-key sexiness.

Dani leads tours and educates guests, and Evan is the chief photographer/videographer at an aquarium and marine animal hospital in the west-central Florida town of Gulf Shore. Their attraction smolders until an unfortunate encounter with a stingray sends Dani to the emergency room and Evan steps up to help her through her recovery.

The two also bond over the rescue of an orphaned baby dolphin. But will Evan’s vindictive ex-lover, his career ambitions, and Dani’s inhibitions tear the young lovers apart?

276 pages, ebook

First published September 1, 2014

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Annette Mardis

5 books45 followers

Annette Mardis writes the kind of contemporary romance novels that she loves to read. Her characters are the type of people you’ve worked with or lived next door to, and the plots are filled with the dramas, disappointments, joys, passions, and humor of everyday life.

Her Gulf Shore series will transport you to a fictional coastal Florida town where you’ll taste salt on your skin and feel sugary white sand between your toes, the warm sun on your shoulders, and the sea breeze ruffling your hair.

You’ll meet swoon-worthy alpha males who aren’t embarrassed to cuddle a rescued baby dolphin in their muscular arms, and accomplished women looking for an equal partner who thinks that smart is sexy.

You’ll get up close and personal with sea life, join the “snipe and gripe” club for girls’ nights out, and fall in love with a parrot who acts like a little boy in a bird suit.

You’ll go behind-the-scenes at the local aquarium and out to the beach to rescue marine animals in distress. And once you visit Gulf Shore, you just may find yourself wishing you could stay.

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March 27, 2016
I am a huge fan of books that include animals in the storyline and I adore series books. Annette Mardis has done a fabulous job with the Gulf Shore Series of including animals (some of these scenes will induce the awe factor) and writing a fun series with characters that instantly became new friends to me.

Dani Davidson is one of those characters that I found an instant bond with. Dani is just a touch shy, independent lady with a job that she really enjoys.

Evan Sanders is a handsome guy that is just a touch shy as well. He's a wonderful photographer and does a great job of capturing the animals in their glory.

Dani is leading an educational tour at the shark tank when she and Evan first spot each other. Evan is photographing the sharks underwater and just happens to end up in a situation that is a bit breathtaking for Evan and for Dani.

Evan and Dani have an instant attraction to each other. Their relationship starts out as a friendship and gradually they grow closer and stronger feelings for each other much to their dismay at first. Then as their relationship is just flourishing they find obstacles they have to overcome. It doesn't help matters any that they have a trouble maker in their midst. I have to say there was a point when I really wanted to slap one of their co-workers and tell her to grow up.

Over all I LOVED this book! The storyline was entertaining and kept me captivated. The characters are charismatic, charming, and written so well that I quickly found "new friends". The animals are described well and certainly add into the storyline and also add in the cute factor. The aquarium where Dani and Evan work sounds like a place I would really enjoy visiting in person. I am so glad I have the rest of the series in my to be read pile so I may return and visit with everyone and see what Ms. Mardis has in store for us lucky readers in the next book in this series. Annette Mardis just found herself a permanent spot on my must read list.

I was given the opportunity to read this great story so that I may share my thoughts with you. As always it was my pleasure to share my thoughts with you on The Shore Thing.
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Author 36 books100 followers
January 16, 2016
What I liked most about this book is how the setting is an aquarium in Florida.

This is the first time I’ve read a book, where the story takes place at a sea aquarium so I thought the setting was nice and different. Reading about the animals and the characters’ love for them made you feel like you wanted to be right there with them. I loved how the author explores the subject of animals in captivity and the way she had the characters talk about the topic was well-written.

Dani is an employee at the aquarium; she’s a bit of a shy girl who has a strict rule against dating co-workers after a bad experience in her past. But all that changes when she meets the aquarium’s new photographer, Evan. The two bond over their love of animals and the work at the aquarium. As their relationship grows, they face problems in the form of a job offer in Seattle and Evan’s ex-girlfriend, Monica, who happens to work at the aquarium.

I liked how the author took her time developing Dani and Evan’s relationship. Most romance novels I read tend to rush the couple’s relationship, so I liked reading about a couple getting to know each other before they take the next big step. You could definitely sense the attraction between Dani and Evan; I loved how Evan made Dani feel like the most beautiful girl in the world.

As with all romance novels, Dani and Evan experienced their share of problems. One of them is Monica, Evan’s ex and an aquarium employee, who’s a bit vindictive. Throughout the book, Monica tries to make trouble for Dani and Evan, yet her scheming doesn’t get her anywhere. Even though I wasn’t a fan of Monica, I liked how the author wrapped up her story towards the end, where she started to change her life.

As for the ending, I liked how everything worked out for Dani and Evan, yet at certain sections I thought it rushed by too quickly. Aside from that, I enjoyed The Shore Thing and I’m looking forward to reading more of the Gulf Shore series to see what happens to the other characters.
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Author 2 books9 followers
April 8, 2016
The Shore Thing was a slow burning romance filled with lots of different characters and sub plots. I really enjoyed the educational aspect around the aquarium. Evan is the ideal gentleman who has already been burned. In comes the sweet Dani to turn his world upside down. They both learn and grow so much throughout the book. They encounter speed bumps along the way and always find their way back together. I look forward to seeing what comes from the rest of the series! A great read especially for someone with an interest in aquarium life.
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September 21, 2015
The Shore Thing: was an excellent love story! I loved how it involved the ups and downs of working around an aquarium, the lives of the animals and workers that loved their jobs. It was well written! It was sad and happy story! I loved it! The animals stole my heart!
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