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Summer at the Shore

(Seashell Bay #2)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  176 ratings  ·  53 reviews
JUST A SUMMER FLING?

Morgan Merrifield sacrificed her teaching career to try to save her family's bed-and-breakfast and care for her younger sister. She can't let herself get distracted by Ryan Butler. After all, the rugged ex-Special Forces soldier is only in Seashell Bay for the summer. But her longtime crush soon flares into real desire—and with one irresistible kiss, sh
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 30th 2015 by Forever
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Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
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3 Stars

I liked this book. I really enjoyed the first book in this series and couldn't wait to spend a little more time in Seashell Bay. I thought it was great to see so many of the characters from the first book making appearances in this installment but I do think that this book could be read just fine as a stand alone novel.

Morgan is trying her best to save the Bed & Breakfast that her family has owned for years and take care of her sister.
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"Avonna
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in a must read Romance series! I am very happy to have received this ebook from Forever (Grand Central Publishing) and Net Galley for an honest review because after having finished the first, I had to have this one as soon as possible.

The main couple, Morgan, a school teacher who must become an inn keeper and Ryan, exmilitary and military contractor on a break come together again after returning to Seashell Bay for the summer. The conflicts and trials are so realistic tha
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Romancing the Book
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Angela
Book provided by NetGalley

V.K. Skyes did an amazing job telling this love story. The most surprising part of this book for me was that it takes place in Maine, which is where I live.  To be able to read the cities and towns they are visiting and know that I have been there and they are right down the street is something that I haven't experienced before.

This story is told from the point of view of Ryan and Morgan.  I love the side dialog with their friends and family.  The stor
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1-Click Addict Support Group
Jun 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was such a perfect summer read!

Ryan Butler is headed to his hometown, which happens to be a small island full of friends and neighbors who are more like an extended family. He runs into an old friend, Morgan, a local woman he's had to fight off an attraction to in the past. He's not looking to settle down on the tiny island he worked so hard to get away from, and she's not a one night kind of girl.

Morgan is trying to make a go of her parent's Inn, left to her and her sister after their de
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Paula
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you have ever been to Maine’s coast then you can reminiscence about the wonderful area, if not then you can picture it by reading Summer at the Shore by V. K. Sykes. I felt as if I had caught the ferry or was there already walking the beach or maybe even kayaking. The setting is perfect for reading at the beach or for when you wish you could be reading at the beach.

Still this coming home story is honest about the good and the pitfalls of small island life. I enjoyed seeing Morgan and Ryan wo
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Abigail Books Addiction
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
VK Sykes has a sweet yet passionate romance story that the reader will become addicted to her work! She has continue her stories in A Seashell Bay series. The second book in the series is Summer at the Shore. Reader will get reunite with familiar characters and new characters too. Fresh out of the boat, Ryan finally comes back into hometown that he gets reunite with Morgan. It has been awhile that Ryan is going to stay in town for awhile. Ryan is a hot yet sexy Alpha men that all women drool ove ...more
Danielle
May 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
When Ryan returns he wants to keep to himself and figure out a few things but Morgan has another idea. Although the attraction is their and growing strong these two just can't stay away from each other. Although they are good friends they are both trying to fight the attraction while saving the b&b.


I liked Morgan she is strong and independent. She asked Ryan to help get the b&b back in better shape but he goes above and beyond to try to make her and her sister happy which is super sweet since h
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Karen
Apr 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
The husband/wife team of V K Sykes has written a sweet small town romance that is a sure way to warm the readers heart. Set on an island town, Morgan is putting her teaching career on the back-burner as she struggles to help her sister save their family's worn and tired B & B. On the ferry ride to the island, she encounters fellow islander Ryan. Last year, they shared a dance and some sparks flew, but Ryan rarely visits the island and travels around the world. This time around, the sparks ignite ...more
Isha Coleman
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy visiting Seashell Bay. Each story has a small town close knit community feel. Summer at the Shore is book 2 in the series and tells Morgan and Ryan's story. Each main characters is struggling with life-altering decisions. Morgan has returned home to take care of her sister and run the family business. Ryan is at a crossroads trying to find something that gives him purpose. As they find their footing in a familiar environment they are faced with new obstacles, choices and situations. The ...more
Barbara
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story is about Morgan Merrifield who put aside her teaching career to help save her families B& B after her dad died. And Ryan Butler an ex-Special Forces soldier coming home to visit with his parents. Morgan has had a crush on Ryan for awhile but Ryan has no plans to settle down.As they spend time together does Ryan change his mind,or do they stay friends?I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review it.
Amelia
Jun 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes plans change for a wide variety of reasons, yet what path a person ultimately decides to follow can vastly affect their future. Two people find life tossing unexpected challenges their way, and whether they listen to the deductions of their minds or what their heart is telling them may determine if they are ever truly happy. V. K. Sykes has constructed an extremely realistic setting for the Seashell Bay series, where folks are true-to-life and the locale is vividly described. Residents ...more
Nancy Stopper
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
The authors create two very complex characters in Morgan and Ryan. Morgan is dealing with grief over the loss of her father and the aftermath of dealing with the financial situation he left behind. Ryan has reached a crossroads in his career and doesn't know what he's looking for, or even why he's look in Seashell Bay, but he finds himself on the ferry headed home anyway.

The authors do a wonderful job of creating an image of Seashell Bay, and the relationship between Morgan and Ryan from the ve
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Gaele
The second title in V.K. Sykes’ Seashell Island series, Summer at the Shore, is a nice return to the little island off mid-coast Maine, and brings us appearances from some of the characters from the earlier book. You don’t have to read the first to enjoy or understand this second book, but for me, the first book brought the setting and scenery to life with a richness that was not as vivid in this book.

Morgan and her sister Sabrina are trying to make a go of the family inn: most of the weight fa
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Catherine (The Sassy Bookster)
Summer. The time for fun in the sun, beaches, festivals, carnivals, barbecues and of course, love. And Seashell Bay is just the place for that.

Ryan Butler and Morgan Merrifield have been attracted to each other for a while but never acted on it. Now Ryan is back in Seashell Bay for the summer and Morgan makes him a proposition: his handyman skills for a room in her B&B. Ryan knows that agreeing to her proposition isn’t the best idea, but he is in need of a place to stay and he also can’t resist
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Heather
Aug 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Morgan Merrifield has a lot on her plate. She's taken over the family Bed & Breakfast after her father passed away and is trying to help keep her younger sister, Sabrina, feeling secure among all the turmoil in her life. The Bed & Breakfast is losing customers fast, and without the revenue to keep the place up to date to compete with more modern accommodations, it feels like a losing battle for Morgan. With the limited rentals, she can't even afford to hire the right help to fix up the badly run ...more
Jen
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Both Morgan and Ryan were memorable supporting characters in the first book in the series, Meet Me at the Beach, with Morgan being best friend to Lily Doyle and Ryan being a close friend to Aiden Flynn, but all four are more than familiar with one another. Morgan was more prominent than Ryan in the series starter, but Ryan stood out just as much as the two other unforgettable men in supporting roles in book one: Bram Flynn, Aiden's brother, an
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Leone (She Reads too Much Romance)
As a season read that was my first introduction to both series and to author I thought this story was a fun, breezy and romantic read that contained a solidness of the plot that was well established by the author.

Overall I was happy to have read the novel. I think there were some minor flaws that needed to be worked through or perhaps smoothed over as far as the romance was concerned, but I still liked the concept of the book as well as the characters.

What I didn't like all that much was the che
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Books and Spoons
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Both Morgan and Ryan are characters that are easy to like. They have hearts of gold, always wanting to help others, honest, solid, charismatic people.
But that's the way most everyone on the island of theirs seems to be. A unique little town, all pulling together, and going for the extra mile for each other.
Morgan and Ryan have a sizzling attraction to each other, have had for a long time. They have been friends all their lives, and the ease and affection of their relationship are a joy.
Ryan is a
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Bette Hansen
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Oh my, how I loved this book! This small island town of Seashell Bay has definitely grabbed my heart! I really enjoy this authors writing style. She allows the romance to bloom and flourish throughout the story while keeping the pace of the book from dragging. While this is the second book in the series, it can easily be read standalone.

After the death of her father, Morgan Merrifield is back in Seashell Bay, struggling to keep the family B&B operating and her sister safe and secure. While teac
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Kerry Croucier
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the first book in the series, so I was looking forward to this one, and was not disappointed. I love Seashell Bay, and it's residents, both those who have stayed and who are returning.
Morgan loved her life as a teacher, but her father's unexpected death brought her home to try and keep the family B&B running and take care of her sister. Business has been declining, and the B&B needs more work than she can afford. The only way to possibly make it work is convincing Ryan to play h
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Cara Ross
May 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Ryan Butler is struggling, He has had one of the most exciting military careers and personal protection careers; but it has seemed too stalled. So he decided to come home, to spend time with his family and to sort out his head. But while on the ferry home, He sees Morgan; a friend and someone he has cared about, way before he left for the armed forces.
Morgan is struggling! She is struggling with the death of her father, running the family B&B and taking care of her sister Sabrina. After putting
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Cathy
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
"Summer at the Shore" by V.K. Sykes is a true romance - it's a feel good story that has little outside angst. The heart of the story are the characters themselves - Ryan and Morgan. They are old friends that fight the spark between them. Ryan, a true hero that is all alpha and sexy, doesn't believe he can settle down. He fights his feelings for Morgan as she does for him too. Morgan is an honorable person that is also full of life, yet life has a way of stomping on people and Morgan is definitel ...more
Lisa
Jul 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-booklist
A copy of this book was graciously given to me in exchange of an honest review.

I have not read any other books in this series. For jumping in I have to say I really enjoyed this! You never know, even with standalone series, how out of the loop you will feel. Was glad I never felt like that.

The book starts with old high school friends meeting back up. Morgan has put everything on hold, her dreams of teaching, to help her family after her father's passing. She is barely holding it together and whe
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Aly
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this book in the Seashell Bay Series! Not only did you get to catch up with characters you enjoyed in the first book but you also get to see more of Ryan and Morgan, both of whom seem to be in certain situations they don't really seem to enjoy.

It was certainly easy to see all of the negative and yet neither focused solely on that. And that was a good thing to see. Sure they got down but Morgan still is working hard
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Sue
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Summer at the Shore is the second book in VK Sykes new series which takes place in small town America. Like any great story, it can stand alone without the benefit of having read book one of the series first. We meet two people, Morgan and Ryan, friends in the past, who are at a crossroads in their lives. He is ex-military, working as a gun for hire in a private agency, wondering if this is his life's path and if not, what else is out there. She has come home to try and save the B&B she inherite ...more
Sultry Steamy Reading
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Here I am again in Seashell Bay, spending time with a new couple in this series' second installment. Like the first book, Summer At The Shore is a solid addition to the series. It has the same formula, which is good because readers are now familiar with the characters, the feel, and the venue of the series.

These authors truly know what they are doing when they decided to collaborate because, so far,
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Stephanie Wainwright
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Morgan Merrifield has loved Ryan Butler for as long as she can remember. Currently, he’s back in Seashell Bay for another of one of his brief and infrequent visits to the island community where he grew up. But Morgan knows Ryan won’t be around long. Soon he’ll get the itch to move on and he’ll be gone again.

Morgan has come home and help try to save the B&B her family owns. The B&B is everything to Morgan’s sister Sabrina, who runs it, but with the death of their father, things at the B&B have b
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Heather andrews
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing

I'm going to love this series! I automatically fell in love with all the characters. Ryan is such a manly man when it comes to chow time, but he can stop and be polite for a minute, "Ryan attacked his sixteen-ounce New York strip with enthusiasm. “Great steak. How’s your tuna?" He sure is a charmer when it comes to giving compliments, "your a** is seriously distracting me, Merrifield ,” Ryan murmured in her ear. “If you had a dime in the back pocket of those jeans, I bet I could tell if it was h
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Julie
May 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
Morgan has put her career on hold as a teacher so she can help run the family's B&B with her younger sister. Ryan returns for a much needed vacation, and when he meets Morgan again she tells him that business is not doing so well and asks him if he would be interested in doing some handyman work for her on the B&B in exchange for free room and board. When Ryan sees the place, he agrees to help.

I liked Ryan very much, he'd come back for a holiday but when a friend needed help he put his needs asi
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Jen
I love a good friends to lovers story, and this hit all my requirements. Ryan and Morgan are friends who find who are fighting their attraction to each other. As the summer progresses, they grow closer and eventually give into their feelings. The story is somewhat predictable, but still very enjoyable. It's a light read with some angst toward the end that made me shed a few tears, but nothing too bad. The story mainly centers around Ryan and Morgan and their developing relationship. Morgan is re ...more
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