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Seashell Bay #3

See You at Sunset

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All Holly Tyler wants is a fantastic career, a not-too-committed relationship, and a city where there are no painful memories. Instead, she's called back to her hometown of Seashell Bay to help with her family's struggling general store. It's a town where everyone knows everyone, and where one man could sink Holly's careful plans.

Deputy Sheriff Micah Lancaster has wanted Holly for as long as he can remember. He knows she has a life on the mainland—and a boyfriend—and that there's no real future with her. But now Holly is back and the attraction still flickers between them, a promise of something more. Their desire is stronger than any undertow . . . and once it pulls them under, it won't let go.

384 pages, Mass Market Paperback

First published February 23, 2016

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V.K. Sykes

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V.K. Sykes is really two people - Vanessa Kelly and Randy Sykes, a husband and wife team who write USA Today Bestselling contemporary romance. The second book in their Philadelphia Patriots Series of sports romances won the Kindle Book Review Best Indie Books of 2012 Contest, in the romance category. Vanessa also writes award-winning, Regency-set historical romance for Kensington Zebra under her own name. Her first novel, Mastering the Marquess, hit the shelves in April 2009, and she was subsequently named by Booklist as one of the "new stars of historical romance." In February, V.K. will debut a new contemporary romance series called Seashell Bay, published by Grand Central.

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3,749 reviews455 followers
March 13, 2016
I have to be honest. This was almost a DNF for me. It just wasn't quite enthralling. I found myself not really caring as much about the characters as I should. I am one of those people who just really needs to know what happens, so I did finish. Plus, the first two books in the series were perfectly lovely. The small town island is so rich in everything I love about a small town romance. Repeat characters, personality, places you come to know and love. That backdrop is really what keeps me reading these cozy series romances.

The romance was sweet, but I found it to be angsty when that really wasn't necessary. There just wasn't enough build up of the backstory to give me enough emotion to justify the angst level. The small town mystery was also a little over the top. Yes, it was unfortunate. However, it was so mild compared to the build-up, and the ultimate reveal, that it was almost silly. I am not saying that people wouldn't be upset, that it's nothing, it was just really not enough for the amount of importance given to it.

The one thing that kept me going was the small town backdrop. It was still the same characters I had grown to care about in the previous books. It was still the same setting, with its quaint charm and lovely ocean views. It felt real, and I love that in a series. Wanting to know what happened to the town as a whole made me keep turning the pages.

I will definitely pick up the next one, for that very reason. I just hope the main plot is a little stronger. ~ George, 2.5 stars
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5,106 reviews543 followers
May 9, 2017
Holly Tyler is about to branch out on her own with her career in New York, when she is called back to Maine where one of her Aunt's health is in jeopardy. Holly is dedicated to her Aunts and one of her closest friends Micah, but things changed a bit on her last visit home. Micah is the Deputy Sheriff of Seashell Bay and he wants to explore what is between them, but she is tied to New York. Will Holly see what is right in front of her or follow her career?

This is a friends to lovers romance. I liked Micah and there were some really fun moments when he was dealing with the local residents. Holly you understand from the get go that she is conflicted and as the story unfolds you get why. I liked this couple a lot, great beach read.

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438 reviews37 followers
February 27, 2016
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This is my first ever read by V.K. Sykes who is a husband and wife writing team, by the way. Now that I have read this book, it makes me want to go back and read the other two, find out the stories of some of the other characters, but See You at Sunset can be read separately. Of course this is not a new discovery, but I just adore these small town romances with the 'down home' feel to them no matter what part of the country they are set in. This book takes place in Maine and reminds me quite a bit of a book I just read and enjoyed as well, Getting Rough by C.L. Parker. Getting Rough takes place in Stonington, Maine and Stonington is actually mentioned once in this book, which was a cool thing for me.

Micah and Holly grew up together and have been great friends for as long as they can remember. Micah has always harbored quite the crush on Holly, but they went their separate ways after high school. Holly left the island and has been gone this whole time. Micah left too, but he came back a short time later. Now that Holly is home to help with her aunt's store for a couple of weeks, everyone is trying to make her see where she really belongs, even though she has responsibilities with her job and a possible move to New York City to think about. If anyone can convince Holly to stay, it's Micah. This could be her second chance at love if she would just accept it.

Please read my full review here. :)
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995 reviews
February 18, 2016
This series just keeps getting better and better. I love Micah and Holly! Micah is a hot alpha male and such a honorable man. He loves his family and friends and the community he protects as the Deputy Sheriff of Seashell Bay. Holly comes home to help take care of her aunts Beatrice and Florence after Florence ends up in the hospital after a major anxiety attach. Micah has been her good friend since childhood but since last summer she's had more feelings for him. The chemistry and sexual tension between the two was off the charts but Holly has spent years hiding behind her job afraid to open her heart again. Micah has his job cut out for him to convince Holly heat there's more to life then being a workaholic.
One of my favorite things about V. K. Sykes is she builds a wonderful romance through out the book and it just sucks you into story. Can't wait to read more and I'm wondering if maybe Bram might be next? Hint Hint ;)
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481 reviews9 followers
January 1, 2017
A beautiful love story, a truly amazing hero and a spectacular setting, this book was a great read.
Due to her aunt's health problem, Holly is forced to suddenly return to her country of origin to manage her store. She's happy to meet again her best friends but is concerned by Micah. They grew up together and have been always friends but last year something happened that brought their relationship to another level. He has always been in love with her but Holly has her new job in New York and doesn't want a serious relationship. But Micah has lots of patience and lots of love to change her mind.
I fell in love with the sheriff Micah, is so sexy, kind, generous, a man to marry. Holly has lost her husband and is very afraid of loving. She has suffered so much in life and really deserves to be happy and loved.
Seashell Bay is a wonderful place to live. A small, quiet island, very relaxing where everyone knows each other and are willing to help. I would like very much to live there.
A sweet romance, solar, romantic with a touch of suspense, a truly captivating reading.
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583 reviews30 followers
March 8, 2016
"While it was absolutely clear that Micah wanted her, she wouldn't risk destroying their friendship with some doomed summer fling--however wickedly tempting sex with Deputy Lancaster might be."

This was such a sweet story about the age old question... Can you truly go home again?

Holly is in the middle of slowly putting her life back together after losing her husband and starting her career, when suddenly she is needed back home to help her aunts with their town store. Not only is she put under so much stress, but seeing the Micah again doesn't help the situation any.

Micah has spent many years being in love with Holly, but knew he could never have her. Until fate brought them two together once again. Sometimes you have to stop fighting your feelings and just go for what you want...and he wanted Holly.

"Micah, this is crazy-"
"Maybe. Maybe not...Holly, you know you can stop me anytime. But I don't think you want to, so why don't you just let go for once. Stop worrying and let go."
"Let go. For just one night."
"For just one night."

The push and pull between these two was wonderful. They both had so many emotions rolled in. I love how the author weaved the story together. It was like a "second chance romance" mixed in with a "starting over again romance"! I personally love both:)

I adore small-town series where you get to know all the characters and relate to them in a way that you feel like you could see yourself living there with them. There wasn't one character from Seashell Bay that I didn't like. I want to move there!!!

"Micah, I don't know what's going on between us, I truly don't. But just promise me that you'll always be one of my dearest friends, no matter what happens. I don't want to lose that. I can't."
"You'll never lose me, Holly. I'll always be there for you."

I couldn't get enough of these two! Friends-to-lovers is my favorite thing to read. I think V.K. Sykes portrays it perfectly.

This was such a wonderful story! I can't wait to read more from Seashell Bay!!!

"Just shut up and kiss me, Deputy. And don't stop until I tell you to."
"You know my motto-- I live to serve."

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1,339 reviews50 followers
January 7, 2016
I love returning to seashell bay. These characters are close and I adore how everyone helps everyone no matter what is going on. This is truly a place I would love to live and by reading this it was like going home to visit with old friends.

Holly has returned to help her aunts run the store after one has a serious panic attack. She is set to start a new business in NYC but her aunts come first. Four years ago she lost her husband and has been throwing herself into work but the more time she spends home she realizes that everything and everyone she loves is here.

Micah has been in love with Holly for sometime but has never said anything. He doesn't want to ruin there great friendship and frankly he doesn't think she is ready for anything more. When break in start happening on the island it's time for him to find out who is behind it and finally get the girl of his dreams.

I was really happy with this book and how different it was from the previous two. Sykes did an excellent job on bringing in the break-ins and the whole prescription drugs selling. I would have liked maybe a little more mystery on who it was but it still worked for me.

Holly and Micah were awesome together. They not only had a great friendship but they awesome chemistry. I really liked how Micah didn't want to replace her deceased husband but just wanted her to live and fall in love again even if it wasn't with him. I would've liked to see them date but they were pretty much always together anyway which was nice.

There were a few times I did feel a little frustrated with Holly but yet I felt sympathy towards her as well. I was totally waiting for her to put on her big girl panties and tell Micah what she was really feeling and thinking but in the end it was worth it.

Overall I really enjoyed this read and I hope this isn't the end of Seashell Bay.
April 14, 2016
This book was so much fun to read; and my family got mad at me because I never put it down. I've never read other books by V or K Sykes (a husband and wife team that write as V.K. Sykes, as they did in this book), but, I'm looking forward to reading more. Hopefully my library will carry them in their online selections.

Now, for the good part. Since this is part of a series, references were made to other characters, and the books where they were the stars, since it is a small town, and everybody is involved in everybody else's life. Having said that, I did not feel that you had to read the others to appreciate this book. Maybe in a few scenes, yes, but not as a whole. Seashell Bay is a quaint island town, filled with generations of families, dating back to the dinosaur age, or so it feels, haha. The old biddies tend to run the town. Most of the townfolk tend to stay, but, the story is centered around a young woman who left for college, and must decide if she wants to stay for love, both for her family, and for the hottie of a sherrif.

There are points where you can't help but laugh, and others that make you cry, plus, everything in between. For me, that's my perfect book, as it is real life, with real life struggles, humor, duties, love, etc. The sex scenes could have been left out for a clean Romance, without sacrificing the story. I'm openly admitting to being a prude, and not liking books with lots of sex scenes- just grown up fairy tales. The book was finished in a few hours on a rainy afternoon, and would be a perfect beach read. I'd definitely recommend this book to anybody over the age of 21 (18 if there were no sex scenes).

*I am giving this review in exchange for receiving an ARC copy, from here on Goodreads.
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
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766 reviews43 followers
February 23, 2016
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review and as part of the book's blog tour promotions.

I always love a good small town setting. There's always something about a place where people know each other and look after one another. Yes, there are downsides to it, especially when people start getting into other's people's business. But it's usually with good intentions. I've followed Seashell Bay since the first book, so I've been waiting on this book since I first learned about it.

See You At Sunset is your typical friends-to-lovers story. The main characters were good friends, although there has been a growing attraction between them, especially on the hero's part. The heroine kind of frustrated me several times. But I guess her character was consistent, and come one, there are really people like her in real life. The hero was a very good character. He was one of the things I liked most in the book.

Seashell Bay has been consistent in giving readers and fans a feel-good vibe with every installment. As of right now, I can't really say which book is my favorite because all three books have their own appeal. What I can say, though, is that this series really gave me a relaxing escape, and I enjoyed every moment of that.
March 21, 2016
Format: Galley Copy

Holly left Sea Shell Bay years ago. She lost her husband overseas and decided to focus on her career and not worry about love and distancing her family and friends in the process. Holly returns when her aunt is in the hospital and her family needs her help running their store. She never planned on returning and plans on heading to NYC as soon as possible.

Micah has been in love with Holly for a long time. He never believed he stood a chance. So, he never risked their close friendship by asking her out. Now that Holly is back and it's evident his feelings are returned he's going to risk it all as long as he can be with her.

The mutual feelings between Holly and Micah leaps off the pages. Though I got frustrated with Holly being stuck with her plans for NYC. She was a bit too set in her ways. Micah was a wonderful leading man that left me swooning and wanting more of him. See You at Sunset is a wonderful second chance love story with a hero to swoon for. If you like your romance a little bit steamy with a whole lot of heart then you need this on your TBR list.
59 reviews
September 15, 2019
I received this book from Goodreads Giveaway for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this book. Not my usual genre, but I would recommend this book for a quick summer read. I would definitely read other books in the series. Holly and Micah's love story is complicated, but enduring. Will these two ever come together or is life way too complicated and tragic. Coming from the east coast myself, it brought me back to summer on the water, friends and family and first loves. Great read!!
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1,036 reviews14 followers
February 18, 2016
I thought that this was a very good read. It was a slower pace than I am used to but I found myself really enjoying it. There was romance, suspense, home-town loving and well developed characters. V.K. Skyes did an amazing job blending them all together to give us a great story!

Holly is called back to her home-town of Seashell Bay to help with the store that her aunt's run. Holly's Aunt Frances has had a panic attack and is hospitalized so that they can figure out what caused it and how to maybe prevent future ones. Holly has been dealt a rough hand in life when her parents were killed in an accident and her husband was killed while fighting overseas. Holly doesn't want anyone's sympathy though, she wants to move on with her life and see what else is in store for her now. It has been awhile since Holly has been back home, but the minute she steps back on the Bay, she knows why she will forever call Seashell Bay home. Holly is greeted by her long time friends and of course the Deputy Sheriff that has been her friend forever, Micah. Holly wonders if there is possibly anything there between her and Micah, but from his initial reaction, she is not sure. When Holly breaks the ice again, things fall back into place for them like old times. Micah knows that she has her own life in New York along with a boyfriend that he has no idea how serious Holly is with.

There are concerns that another store is going to get a building permit that will hinder Holly's Aunt's store so the town is in the process of getting a petition signed so that it will not happen. Holly is trying to figure out what she can do with the store to make it better for her Aunt's and to help it make a profit again. Now is the perfect time for her to get a good feel for where and what is is going on with the store because her Aunt's are not around for a little bit. Holly has been raised by her Aunt's from the time that her mom and dad were killed in an accident so she feels like she owes it to her Aunt's to help them save the store.

While all of this is going on with the store and Holly trying to figure out where she is with everything, Micah being one of the sheriff's in town, is dealing with someone breaking into the residents homes and stealing prescription medication. That is the only thing they are taking. Of course they mess things in the home up because they are looking for the medications but the do not steal anything else. Micah has his work cut out for him in trying to figure out who is doing this. While both Holly and Micah are busy with these things, they make time to catch up on lost time with each other. Sparks are starting to fly, but Holly and Micah are both unsure where this will all lead.

When Holly has to spend a little more time in Seashell Bay to oversee some restorations she wants to make on the shop, she calls to tell her boyfriend that she will not be able to make it to a party they are supposed to go to that weekend. Jackson does not want to hear of it and hops in his chopper and flies down to see Holly. Holly is surprised and not very happy to see him. This visit from Jackson will help her to realize tons though.

Micah comes to Holly's rescue with Jackson and Holly is so thankful. Holly never expected to have such a clear picture of which way she is supposed to go with her life, but is very thankful for this turn of events. I love the way that Micah always puts Holly's needs and feelings first. He is so caring and makes you fall in love with him immediately. Holly and Micah as a couple is perfection!! I love them together! So, will Holly and Micah be able to make a go at it for their relationship or will too many obstacles stand in their way? Will Holly have to go back to New York and leave Seashell Bay behind again? Does that mean leaving behind Micah as well? You need to read this sweet story to find out!

I loved that Holly had been married before and was such a strong person for all that she had been through with her parent's and with Drew. It made her character that much more developed and complex! Holly was a very special person to me that deserved a man that was going to take care of her. Thanks to V.K. Sykes for a great read! I can't wait for more to come in the near future!
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February 23, 2016
The attraction of living in a town like Seashell Bay is evident all through SEE YOU AT SUNSET, where residents are likable along with plenty of downhome charm. Their willingness to aid someone would make the area a great place to live, while several of its citizens have unique behavior that made me smile and even laugh at their antics. The romantic couple in the book is particularly interesting, and many of the challenges they had to face moved me. V. K. Sykes is a married couple that always creates believable predicaments for their characters to triumph over, and each dilemma conceived in the third Seashell Bay story is emotionally convincing. SEE YOU AT SUNSET is heartwarmingly realistic.

Just when Holly Tyler is about to begin to a new career and move from Boston to New York City, a family crisis has her returning to Seashell Bay where she grew up. Two of her aunts run the family business on the island located off Maine, and one of them is ill and can no longer work. So Holly has put her life on hold to help because her relatives mean much to her. Upon her arrival, several good friends greet her and are ready to assist in any way needed. Also waiting to see her is Micah Lancaster, who takes his job as a deputy sheriff very seriously. While Holly has known him for years since they grew up together, his attitude toward her seemed to have changed during her last visit.

Although Micah is definitely an outstanding man, she does not intend to have a relationship with him, as she has a career to start plus is involved with someone. While the deputy does like assisting those who live on Seashell Bay Island, he really enjoys any circumstances that concern Holly. She may have come back to the island to help in keeping the general store running, but Micah hopes she will make some time for him.

There is never an instance when I did not feel as though I actually knew the numerous delightful characters appearing in SEE YOU AT SUNSET. From the older residents and their colorful comments to the good friends of Holly and Micah, they all seemed like individuals who might live in a quaint town. How so many of the townsfolk rallied around each other was heartening to see, and I hurt right along with them when things did not go as planned. A mystery takes place in the book, one which could happen anywhere, and some suspenseful incidents occur before all is finally cleared up.

Micah and Holly are a romantic couple that I really wanted to see work out their differences. He is truly a remarkable man, dedicated to his job as a local deputy plus thoughtful in countless ways, especially when it related to Holly. His compassionate nature is evident on so many occasions, and each new situation had me liking him even more. Holly is also someone willing to support others, because she put her family before herself. She has to make some tough choices at times, and the deciding factors imagined by V. K. Sykes are very true-to-life. Every moment in the novel is honestly genuine, regardless of whether a conversation is being held or someone is just reacting. I am hoping lots more people connected to Seashell Bay will get a future story. SEE YOU AT SUNSET has endearing characters, profound emotions and compelling developments.

Copy received through NetGalley for Always Reviewing blog - 4.5 Stars
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711 reviews30 followers
February 26, 2016
This is the third book in the Seashell Bay series and my first book by the author duo V. K. Sykes

Holly Tyler has always been driven to succeed even more after the tragic death of her husband Drew in Afghanistan. In the four years since becoming a widow, she's sworn off commitment and only sought out relationships with men who are not looking for more than fun...her work becoming her priority focus. Now she's been offered the chance of a lifetime to partner in a new business venture in New York, only she's needed back where she grew up in Seashell Bay. Her Aunt Florence is ill and Aunt Beatrice needs her help. How will Holly juggle trying to help her family when she is needed elsewhere? On arriving back on the island, she sees a man she's had a crush on for many years...Micah Lancaster. Now Holly's task to do what is necessary and leave just got a whole lot more complicated.

Micah Lancaster has always wanted more than just friendship from Holly Tyler and has hoped that one day, despite her having a boyfriend, that she'd see him differently. He's the island deputy sheriff and very much part of the close-knit community. His life is here, although he does think about getting his detective shield too. When he and Holly's other friends suspect that she isn't happy, he takes a chance to tell her how he feels. After all, he has nothing to loose but his heart!

The chemistry between Holly and Micah crackles, as hot, sexy sparks fly whenever they are close to each other. Yet, Holly is truly torn. She wants the sheriff in her life, but can't handle that if he follows his own dreams, his job will become more dangerous. Something Holly can't cope with; a possibility of losing another man she loves in tragic circumstances. Her life is in limbo; unable to move forward, unable to go back!

The local community is a cast of colourful characters adding a fun, light atmosphere especially when a national supermarket chain is seeking planning permission to bring shopping convenience to the residents. Stirring up passionate feeling from those who wish for progress and equally from those wanting to preserve what has served the community well for years. Another sub-plot has Micah using his expertise to solve a rare crime on the island. And then there is Aunt Florence who is her own force of nature…!

I enjoyed the seamless writing of this writing duo. The plot is highly entertaining, highlighting loyalty, passion within a close-knit community whilst two people realise that the only solution is to be together.

4 stars

***arc generously received courtesy of publisher Forever (Grand Central) via NetGalley***
1,357 reviews33 followers
February 16, 2016
SEE YOU AT SUNSET (Seashell Bay) V.K. Sykes BUR

SEE YOU AT SUNSET is a tender and realistic romance, filled with emotions and a dash of unexpected suspense. Holly Tyler just made a big change in her life: she’s leaving her great job in Boston for a start-up with fabulous career opportunities in NYC, when she gets a message that she is needed urgently in her hometown of Seashell Bay. Her Aunt Florence had a serious panic attack, she’s in hospital, and Florence’s sister Beatrice cannot manage Jenkins General Store alone. Holly hadn’t planned to visit Seashell Bay that year because she did not want to see Micah Lancaster. He’s an old friend, but the previous summer something changed, Holly does not see Micah the way she used to after he helped her so much when she was recuperating from an injury. Holly is convinced Micah wants to be more than friends, and she’s right. But what does she want? Her husband was a soldier, he was killed on a mission four years ago, and she still doesn’t feel ready to commit to anyone, and Micah is a police officer. Then a series of robberies shakes the small town to its core.

V.K. Sykes recreates so vividly the atmosphere of a small coastal town, I felt I was a resident of Seashell Bay. Holly is plagued with indecision, and what first appeared at a short-term minor annoyance, becomes a mountain for Holly, as little things keep adding up. Micah has to be the most patient man ever; he is a hero just the way I like them: he is strong, trustworthy, and caring; he is understands Holly’s issues, he is willing to compromise, and he really listens; he’s quite a lovely man. I particularly enjoyed watching Micah do his job as a small-town cop; it felt totally authentic, whether it concerned an elderly kleptomaniac to real police work. SEE YOU AT SUNSET flows very smoothly; the writing is flawless, and the characters so clearly defined, they seem real. I was also pleasantly surprised at the mystery that is woven throughout the story, which leads to a very exciting conclusion!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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1,613 reviews30 followers
December 9, 2017
A sweet and sunny story with a twist of sexy, and drizzle of suspense.
A lovely, heartfelt, and warm story from the Seashell Bay. It filled my mind with dreams of warm days, cool ocean, and sunny skies. This is a great escape romance, if you are looking for a few hours away from the cold, wet, and snow.

The tale gives a look at the local peoples lives, as they are trying to find the balance of traditions of the island, and going forward, and accepting change. The readers get a glimpse of the life of a person buying coffee at the store, the little problems the police runs into, to the pill stealing thief, who is making the islanders feel unsafe at their little haven.

Holly and Micah have been close friends all their lives, the physical attraction between them has been there for years, but never acted upon, or even talked about. Holly's life has been elsewhere since she was nineteen, and coming back to the island only for summer breaks, hasn't given much chance for a relationship, not to mention Holly was married, and then later on dating. But now the attraction is steaming, it is hotter than ever, and impossible to fight against. Micah is the perfect gentleman, he is kind, helpful, considerate, protective, passionate and sexy, there's nothing negative to say about him.
Holly is still trying to deal with the sorrow and heartache from her husband's death five years ago. To survive the pain, she pushed it aside for so long, focusing only on her work and career. Her on/off casual relationship with Jackson gave her the chance to pretend she was moving on in life. But now, face to face with Micah once again, she has to confront her old daemons, decide what really makes her happy, what her priorities are, and where she wants to go, and end up, in life.
Lots of tough topics to ponder, while taking care of her aunt's general store on the island, and helping Micah catch the thieves of the pills and jewelry.

Delightful, captivating, and luscious, sunny story, filled with good friends, family, romance, and life as it is at the Seashell Bay. So sit back, and let it take you away for awhile..
~ Four Spoons
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3,175 reviews
February 22, 2016
Read the full review on Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous.

Note: This ARC was provided by Grand Central Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Micah has always had a thing for Holly, but he's more than aware that her life is elsewhere and he hasn't forgotten that she's got herself a boyfriend. But with the attraction between them at an all-time high and neither one able to deny it any longer, they give in. The thing is, Holly thought she already had her happily-ever-after years ago, but that led to heartache that she still carries with her. After having loved and lost, she keeps things as uncommitted as possible, but Micah wants more than what Holly's willing to give him. Holly's got her own set of plans that she wants to stick to, but Micah's presenting to be a temptation that could have her contemplating something totally different for herself. These two are both sweet and steamy together, and their love story has become my favorite Seashell Bay romance as of late.

I've enjoyed the three stories that I was able to read back to back to back. There's something about small towns that make the cast of characters feel like family, breeding the sort of familiarity that leads you to not just wanting to know more about those who haven't had their shot at the spotlight but also becoming more invested in not just what happens with the characters but with the town itself. Seashell Bay has quite a few scene-stealers and most of them aren't exactly spring chickens but are able to make their presence felt and I doubt that they would have it any other way. As was the case with the couples before them, Micah and Holly have their fair share of angst and drama to deal with, but their story makes you want to believe that with love can pave the way for new and better plans to be made. I'm giving See You at Sunset four stars. ♥
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February 29, 2016
For Holly Tyler, Seashell Bay is full of bittersweet memories, it is home, but she lost her parents young and her aunts stepped in to help raise her and get her through college. After tragically losing her husband, Holly has spent the past few years concentrating fully on her career and pushing her family and friends to the edges of her life. As she is making plans for the next step, Holly is called home when one of her Aunts is hospitalized. Holly comes home, ready to run the General Store for her Aunts, only to find things aren't going as well as she was told. Willing to do anything to help her Aunts, she starts looking for ways to keep the store open and profitable once she leaves. Holly didn't count on how it would feel to be home with her family and friends or her growing feeling for the island's Sheriff.
Micah Lancaster loves Seashell Bay and its people. He has had a crush on Holly as long as he can remember, and, in the past few years, it has grown. With her back for an extended visit, maybe he will have the chance to show her that they can make something work.
This is the third novel in the Seashell Bay series. It can easily work as a stand alone, as the focus is Holly and Micah, but there is enough information about the other characters that you do not feel like you are missing anything if you start with this one. I enjoy the way the characters are developed and how they work together to make up Seashell Bay. Micah was a wonderfully developed character, strong and perceptive, as the island needs in a sheriff. Holly is a strong, complex character and together, she and Micah are perfect...if she can figure it out.
The story is well-written and it feels like you are in the middle of it. There is romance, suspense, and fun characters!
*I received an advanced reader's copy from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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385 reviews
April 1, 2016
See You at Sunset, the third book from V.K. Sykes Seashell Bay series, welcomes readers back to the picturesque island. Holly is back home to care for her aunts, take charge of the failing family store, and to come face to face to the only man that has the power to heal her broken heart. After losing those closest to her, Holly is understandably reluctant to open her heart. Micah held a torch for Holly for years. Now that she's back, he has to reign in his attraction because of her boyfriend. As time passes, however, their attraction grows deeper and love begins to blossom, there isn't anything they can't overcome as long as they are together.

I adored See You at Sunset. I'm a sucker for small town romances and they don't get better than Seashell Bay. I love the fact that they stand up and fight for each other no matter what. I love that they'll welcome anyone home with open arms and open hearts. The characters that I've come to know are fabulous, not only the three couples, but also the numerous background characters. I loved Micah and Holly. Micah... Not only is he a hottie, but he's such a good guy. He'll always be there for Holly, but he also gives her the space she needs to fully heal. Poor Holly has seen death many times in her life, first her parents and then the most recent loss that permanently left a large hole in her heart. It takes the love of her family, friends, and most importantly, Micah, to show Holly that it is okay to love again. I loved their friendship just as much as I loved their budding relationship. Their romance was a perfect addition to a series that I'm already over the moon for. See You at Sunset had everything I've come to love in a V.K. Sykes book - fantastic writing, characters to fall in love with, and a romance that'll make me swoon.

I received an ARC copy in exchange for a honest review.
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4,289 reviews71 followers
July 31, 2016
Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

See You At Sunset is a delightfully charming story of friends to lovers, or even second chances at love. Holly has returned home to help her Aunts run their store. In her mind it was temporary as she had major decisions to make about where her life would be taking her – and she didn’t feel that it would be here back home.

Micah was just happy to see Holly again. He’s had feelings for her most of his life and considered her one of his best friends, even if he would have wanted their relationship to be so much more. Now she’s back home, and it might be just for a while in Holly’s mind – but he has every intention of changing her mind to make this her permanent residence, with him at her side.

I love a small town romance with characters who draw you into their world. The secondary characters in the Seashell Bay series are a major part of its charm for me. There is a light mystery woven through Holly and Micah’s story but certainly not enough to take anything away from these friends discovering that they are so much better together than apart… even if Holly needs to be convinced at first.

If you’re looking for a Romance with lots of “feels good” moments and a lovely couple to root for – then See You At Sunset would be a perfect read for you. Love is always worth a second chance, especially when the one you love is also a best friend.

*I received an e-ARC of See You At Sunset from the publisher, Grand Central Publishing – Forever and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*
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3,985 reviews327 followers
February 25, 2016

Holly Tyler returns home to Seashell Bay to help her Aunts. Their general store isn't doing well and her Aunt Florence has been very sick. She's been burying herself in work since she lost her husband four years ago.

Micah Lancaster is they island Deputy. He's loved Holly for a long time, and will do whatever he can to help her.

This was a sweet story of love and patience. Micah is frustrated each time Holly pushes him away. Everyone loves his easy going nature, but all he wants is Holly to feel as strongly for him as he does her. I really liked how Micah handled his feelings. He wasn't a hot head, and he didn't push. He was good about letting things happen as they would. I loved the sweet, loving, protective man.
Holly isn't sure what she wants. She is loyal to her Aunts. She has too much responsibly with the store, her job in Boston, and her new partnership in New York. I could relate to how she felt. On top of all that, she is afraid of something happening with Micah. His job scares her because of how she lost her husband. She has to decide what she wants as far as her job and her relationship with Micah. For her it's a question of whether she can get past his job and risk her heart. She's a strong girl who's dealt with a lot of heartache and pain. She deserves another chance at love, but will she be strong enough to take that chance? I loved this Island story and can't wait to read more!
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3,092 reviews32 followers
February 23, 2016
4 1/2 STARS!

Sometimes you find what you always knew you wanted in the least likely place! A sweet friends-to-lovers romance that shows how overcoming loss and finding your way through to try again can be the best thing you ever did.

Holly Tyler has always felt like Seashell Bay Island was"home" even though she's been living in Boston for years. Everyone she knows and loves are there waiting for her when she makes her yearly visit. This time she's arriving under disturbing circumstances though, and she's got to try to get her family healthy again and get the dilapidated business they've been running back in better shape before she heads back to Boston.

Micah Lancaster is a deputy on the Island, and has been one of Holly's best friends for years. Last summer they spent a lot of time together when she was here and sparks were flying. He knows she's got a boyfriend, but he doesn't shy away from letting her know he's interested when she arrives this time.

Will Holly do what she needs to do and head back to the city, or will she decide everything she'll ever need is right there on the Island?

** Received free in exchange for an honest review **
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124 reviews3 followers
March 12, 2016
See You at Sunset is the third installment of V.K. Sykes Seashell Bay series. This one was hard to put down. We have our heroine, Holly, who has come back to the town she was raised in to help run the store owned by her aunts. These are the aunts who brought her up after her parents deaths, one now with health issues, the other too worried to concentrate. Holly is at a crossroads in her own life, so the timing could not be worse. But she has the support of her childhood friends and the town folk who also love her aunts. The community is also at a crossroads; trying to stay the same by discouraging bigger chains from coming to the island. Now add to the mix our hero, Micah, the Deputy Sheriff, who has been attracted to Holly forever. We watch as Micah tries to keep his feelings in check so as not to lose Holly's friendship, and as Holly tries to figure out the life she really wants. From petitions to stop the chain store from setting up shop on the island, to theft, to dart tournaments, to interfering friends, See You at Sunset is storytelling at its finest.
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702 reviews10 followers
February 21, 2016
Title: See You at Sunset (Seashell Bay # 3)
Series: Seashell Bay Series
Author: VK Sykes
Genre: Romance
Stars: 4/5 Stars
Published: Feb 23, 2016
Publisher: Forever Publishing
Pages: 360

"You have the most beautiful a** in the history of the world"

Four Amazing Stars! Holly is told she needs to return to Seashell Bay because her aunt was taken ill and Beatrice needed help to run the general store. Holly did not want to return to Seashell Bay because Micah who is an old friend, she feels that he now wants more then friendship. She is unsure what she wants and what about Micah will he wait while she decides? The story is well written and I loved the characters. This book can be read as a stand-alone but it is the third book in the Seashell Bay Series. I look forward to reading more by this author.

I received this book as an ARC for an honest review. This book was read and reviewed by Annamaria for Alpha Book Club.

Plot: 4
Chemistry: 4
Pacing: 4
Ending: 4
Character Development: 4
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296 reviews4 followers
February 26, 2016
See You at Sunset by V.K. Sykes was such a great story. This is book # 3 in the Seashell Bay series but can be read as a standalone book.

Holly Tyler left Sea Shell Bay years ago to pursue a career in the big city and start a new life for herself after tragically losing her husband overseas. When Holly receives a call saying her aunt is in the hospital and her family needs her help running the store Holly heads back to the one place she hadn't planned on, Sea Shell Bay. Holly finds herself falling back into the groove

Deputy sheriff Micah Lancaster has been friends with Holly for as long as he can remember. Micah has also been harboring feelings for Holly just as long and when they see each other again for the first time there is no denying the sparks that are flying between these two. Now Micah has convince Holly to stay and give them a try before she heads back to her life in NYC.

I received an eARC of this book compliments of the publisher for my honest review and opinion. All ratings and opinions stated are my own.
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227 reviews3 followers
March 6, 2016



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586 reviews14 followers
March 4, 2016
Sweet and sexy friends to lovers romance! Holly is back in Seashell and bay, but after last summer, things are a bit awkward between her and Micah. They've been friends for years, but now she is looking at him differently. He is not only hot, but he is also one of the nicest heroes I've come across. Unfortunately, she is not in the market for a serious relationship, especially not one who reminds her of her husband, who died while on a mission in Afghanistan. Micah has had feelings for Holly ever since he can remember and this time he doesn't shy away from letting her know just how far he'll go to be with her. Their transition from friends to lovers is both sweet and spicy and I loved every minute of it! Perfect for fans of small town romance.

I received an ARC via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
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2,040 reviews8 followers
February 15, 2016
Holly Tyler has come back to Seashell Bay to help at The General Store after her aunt was hospitalized. Micah Lancaster is the Deputy Sheriff of the Island and has always loved Holly. Holly's friends and family have loved and supported her as she turns into a workaholic after becoming a widow but with the changes in her life and the island everything seems out of control. Micah has his hands full with a crime spree on the island and finally getting his hands on Holly. Watching Holly come to realize what has been missing in her life since her husband died and what she needs was touching. It was great to go back to Seashell Bay and meet up with the characters (and they are characters). Miss Annie is her sassy self and Roy is still grumpy!

**Received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGally in exchange for an honest review**
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9,520 reviews151 followers
January 25, 2016

Micah is a sweet, flirty, sexy man:
“You have the most beautiful a** in the history of the world,” Micah said in a husky voice.
“Well, you’re certainly getting a good view of it,” she joked.
“And feel of it,” he said, applying a gentle squeeze.
Got to give Holly props for holding back on her animal urges, "Micah blinked at her, looking a bit stunned. He also looked wickedly delicious, wearing nothing but a pair of black gym shorts. Holly had to repress the impulse to fan herself as she took in his awesome body, remembering how wonderful all those hard muscles had felt when the two of them were naked in bed." I really enjoyed this book, this is a great series I love small town books.
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596 reviews
February 10, 2016
Holly has had more tragedy in her life than most people, she lost her parents in high school to a car crash, and then she lost her husband to war. She is now on a mission to protect her life from heartbreak, but she cannot resist the pull of Seashell Bay or Deputy Sheriff Micah Lancaster. When she comes back to town to help her aging aunts with their general store, she can no longer resist her attraction to Micah.

He was the town's golden boy who always does the right thing, but he is unsure how to approach Holly at first. They try to resist commitment, well at Holly's instances, but they can't fight love. I always enjoy a V.K. Sykes novel, they bring the humor and the men seem very real.

Thanks Netgalley for the free review copy, in exchange for an honest review.
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