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Sandcastle Beach: Includes Once Upon a Bride

(Matchmaker Bay #3)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  29 reviews
From the USA Today bestselling "master of witty banter" (Entertainment Weekly) comes a hilarious and heartwarming romance about two enemies whose feud turns red-hot.
Maya Mehta will do anything to save her tiny, beloved community theater. Put on musicals she hates? Check. Hire an arrogant former-pop-star-turned-actor? Done. But what Maya really needs to save her theater is
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Expected publication: March 9th 2021 by Forever
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Silvana [The Book Voyagers]
Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was so very good. And I'm so thankful I enjoyed it so much after my last read lmao. This is a book you need to add to your 2021 list FOR SURE. Enemies to lovers, small town romance, cuteness overload, what more do you want?

Maya and Benjamin have been at each other's throats for years now. Everyone knows that they can't stop picking at each other, they can't stop glaring at each other, they just can't stop. But all fair's in love and war, right? When a competition starts in their little
Dec 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Law and Maya have a long standing feud. He rigs the Mermaid Queen vote to make sure she's the winner every year; she tries to get his wood-fired pizza oven banned for having too much smoke. But underneath it all is a simmering awareness that their hate might actually be a bit closer to attraction.

Now that Maya is at the risk of losing her beloved theater AND having to compete with Law for a local small business grant, she surely should not be kicking her heels up at his apartment even if he does
Jan 09, 2021 rated it liked it
Maya and Law together-FINALLY !! Everyone knew that was coming after all of their spicy bickering in the earlier books. I mean...what's hotter than a hate to love storyline? I enjoyed this book but it was probably my least favorite in the series. It took a looonnnnng time for any action and I started to lose a bit of steam by the time they finally get together. The end of the book made up for any issues I had, though- I love the way Holiday tied the story up in a pretty little snarky and adorabl ...more
mindful.librarian ☀️
I was sad to find that this book is written time-wise alongside book 2 in the series, from Law and Maya’s perspective this time. That never works for me because a lot of the events are the same as the other book and also we don’t get to see the couple from that book grow together. I was sad to DNF, but this structure doesn’t work for me.
Fans of Jenny Holiday (me!), small towns, enemies to lovers, and opposites attract will find much to enjoy in this third Matchmaker Bay novel. Unfortunately, fans of this particular pairing will be less satisfied and disappointed to discover this is women’s fiction barely masquerading as romance. There isn’t nearly enough actual romance in the overall story, and the HEA wraps up so quickly, it’s blink and you’ll miss it.

A quick catch up.

Moonflower Bay is a fictional, twee, small touristy be
Dec 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars with one major caveat.

Maya and Law have been enemies as long as anyone can remember. But though she refuses to order pizza at his bar, she sneaks pieces from friends' orders, and he keeps a riesling in stock that he only serves to her. Her theater is struggling, and she may have to shut it down. She pins all her hope into an ex-boy-band member starring in Much Ado About Nothing at her theater. Law is expanding his bar to include a restaurant. They both apply for a grant that the town i
Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
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About the book:
Maya Mehta loves the stage - always has. So after college when she's able to come back home to run the community theater in town, she gladly takes on the challenge. Years on, though, she needs money (and fast!) to keep the space alive. All she has to do is win the town's new business grant. But obviously nothing is that simple. She's got competition, in the form of her long time nemesis Ben Lawson, who wants to win the grant to help expand his family's generations-run bar. As the
Jan 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley

Jenny Holiday delivers another winner filled with bickery banter, small town antics, and a romance that everyone can see except for the hero and heroine. If you're a fan of Much Ado About Nothing, Jenny's given us our own Beatrice and Benedick in this rivals-to-lovers story.

Personally, I've been waiting for Maya and Law's story. I fully expected, of the three heroes in the series so far, that Law was gonna be the cool dude with moves. The truth is, he's
Andi (Andi's ABCs)
4.5 stars

Such a fun enemies to more story. I always knew I liked these two, and this just proved it even more. Review to come.
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Alyssa Silverstein
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love the Matchmaker Bay series, and Sandcastle Beach is my favorite installment. I LOVED this book, and the characters and setting were a the perfect escape.

Maya came back to Matchmaker Bay after college, founded a community theater, and began sparring with Benjamin “Law” Lawson. She loves her town, her friends and her job, but the theater is in dire financial straits. Not only does she need to win the town’s new business development grant for her theater to survive, she also books a former bo
Maya Mehta and Benjamin "Law" Lawson have been fighting for more years than anyone can remember. It started when they were teens (at least she was) and has carried on into their twenties. As any character in the book (or any reader of the other two books in this series) could fairly easily tell, these two were meant for each other.
Maya Mehta needs the new grant that the town is offering. She has created a theater group that is just months away from failing. She's hooked a former boy band-er to
Alyson (alysonbookishthoughts)
Dec 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Matchmaker Bay series has quickly become one of my favorites and I really enjoyed Sandcastle Beach. I’ve loved Maya and Law’s interaction in the previous two books and was excited to read a book devoted to them. Enemies to lovers is one of my favorite tropes and this book did not disappoint.

Having read the other two books, I knew that Maya and Law had strong chemistry even if they both thought the other hated them and it was so enjoyable to read about them discovering how much they didn’t a
Dec 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have been waiting to read Maya and Law's story since the first book in this series, and it did not disappoint! It was clear since book one that Maya and Law had history, and were attracted to each other, and that they were the only two who weren't aware of it. I loved learning about why Maya and Law first started arguing, and following them on their journey to finding out what the readers have known since book one, that they belong together. Maya and Law were interesting side characters in boo ...more
Stephanie (read_with_steph)
I really loved this one! It was adorable but not too adorable, if you know what I mean ;)

Maya and Law (short for Benjamin Lawson) have been feuding for as long as they can remember. Whether it's arguing over parking spaces, forcing Law to blare Spice Girls in his bar, or forcing Maya to be the town parade's Mermaid Queen against her will, the two are always at odds. But when they start spending more time together, the line between love and hate (and lust) grow very thin...

Enemies-to-lovers is my
Dec 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Maya Mehta and Benjamin Law have been adversaries since an incident that happened when Maya was a teenager. Maya owns the community theater in town, which is in a financial bind. Ben owns a bar and wants to expand. The town has decided to offer a grant. Both need it to help with their businesses. What ensues is a lot banter and getting to know each other in a different light. The townsfolk also do everyone in their power playing matchmaker with these two. I’ve enjoyed all three books in this ser ...more
Steph's TBR
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Third ARC review of the day, folks! And yet another one of my fav sub genres, beach reads. You know, the type of book where you’re either enjoying a day on the beach or beside a lake, it’s that type. This one was rather enjoyable. It kept my interest and was definitely an easy beach read. Only thing I’d say is that it was a little bit on the too drawn out side of a slow burn type of romance for my taste. I like for them there’s romance, for it to happen in a timely manner. I would rate this a so ...more
Lauren R.
Man this series is perfect. Jenny Holiday became my breakout favorite author of 2020 and clearly that has continued with the final (wahhhhh) installment of this series. I’m glad I still have another series to read by her but I’ll miss this setting. There are at least 3 new characters that totally could get their own books! I loved Maya and Law - def saw this romance coming from a mile away and it did not disappoint. Holiday writes low-drama romances without a stupid miscommunication or something ...more
Guerry Sisters
Nov 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
The third installment in Jenny Holiday's Mermaid Series was a sweet ending to these books! I really enjoyed this series, and I was excited to read Maya and Law's story. This was the perfect enemies to lovers book set in a beautiful, picturesque small town! I usually love small town romances, and this didn't disappoint! I recommend this book and the whole series if you like sweet, small town romances with lots of steamy romance! ...more
Karen Fan
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love, love, love this series! I have been waiting since book 1 for Maya and Law to get together and they finally did, in the most Maya/Law/Matchmaker Squad way possible. Maya and Law, the turning from hate to love was really well done and had me zipping through the book to see what happens next. And when they finally get to that first big point, hot! Also, the new arrivals seem great and I cannot wait to get their stories next.
Janelle VanderWall
I was lucky enough to receive an eARC of this book from the publisher & Netgalley for an honest review. I loved the banter in this & how the relationship between Maya & Ben developed. Plus I always love all the quirky Moonflower Bay residents. It was also great to see the real ups & downs of starting & running a business.
Viviana Varona
Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received and ARC fron NetGalley.
I loved this story and I was waiting for these two characters for a while now. It was perfect and I look forward to more from this author. I recommend this book, series, and author.
Jan 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Oh my what a truly delightful story! Lots of laughs and, of course, a perfect HEA. The characters-both main and supporting-are so much fun! I loved visiting once again with the endearing Sandcastle beach crowd and I’m definitely looking forward to the next in the series.
Elizabeth H.
Dec 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing

***Absolutely adorable! Loved it!***

**Full review posted closer to release date**

***Net Galley provided in exchange for an honest review***
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jenny Holiday knows how to do romance! This third addition to her Mayflower Bay series is superb. Loved Maya as a character and her theater ambitions. I read it one sitting. She's a master. ...more
Viviana Varona
Nov 20, 2020 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC from Forever today on NetGalley.
Kelly Kay Erwin
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The book is a must read for 2021. Small town romance, enemies to lovers. Adorable I love it!!!!!! I read this book first and I loved it so much I went and read the other two.
Dec 20, 2020 rated it liked it
I was excited to start reading this book and it didn't disappoint! She knows how to hold a grudge and she does it well! He has no idea why she's holding a grudge but enjoys arguing with her. She's going bankrupt and needs a quick infusion of cash in order to keep her theater going. He wants to expand his bar into a restaurant. The elders are meddling as usual behind the scenes! I rate this a 3.75. I can't wait for the next book.

*************I received an ARC for my honest opinion from NetGalley*
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Jenny Holiday started writing in fourth grade, when her awesome hippie teacher, between sessions of Pete Seeger singing and anti-nuclear power plant letter writing, gave the kids notebooks and told them to write stories. Most of Jenny’s featured poltergeist, alien invasions, or serial killers who managed to murder everyone except her and her mom. She showed early promise as a romance writer, thoug ...more

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