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Sandcastle Beach

(Matchmaker Bay #3)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  271 ratings  ·  155 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
Mass Market Paperback, 409 pages
Published March 9th 2021 by Forever
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What’s better than a small town enemies to lovers Romance? A small town enemies to lovers Romance written by Jenny Holiday! This is the third book in the Matchmaker Bay series, it can absolutely be read as a standalone but once you’ve read this I guarantee you’ll be charmed by this Magical town and want to read the entire series. Ben and Maya have been sparring back and forth for years. And of course the theater Maya owns is right across from the bar that Ben owns, making it impossible for them ...more
book bruin
Feb 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: forever
Maya and Law's enemies to lovers romance was the perfect way to wrap up the Matchmaker Bay series. After seeing these two spar every time they were together in the previous books, I was definitely ready to find out how this feud originally began. Even though this is book 3 in the series, it can be read as a standalone. It will be most enjoyed, however, if read in order.

Things to look forward to in this book:

- More small town shenanigans and meddling by the resident matchmakers. I love how they a
sil ♡ 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
Hannah B.
Mar 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
✨If a group of elderly matchmakers were trying to set me up, I simply wouldn’t refuse.✨

I took a chance with this one because I’d loved another Jenny Holiday book and wanted to try another of hers. I really liked the premise of the meddling oldies because that’s exactly my life goal when I’m 72. However, this book just didn’t feel like a romance to me until halfway through, which in a 400 page book. I was invested in the relationship, but I got bogged down before I could truly root for the two.

Kate Olson
Jan 08, 2021 marked it as did-not-finish
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.
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 17, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
Thank you to Forever Pub for a gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

I was REALLY looking forward to this story because Maya and Law had such an amazing enemies to lovers vibe going on in the previous books! It's my favorite trope and I was ready to dive into witty banter, shenanigans, sexual tension, etc. However, it was a really slow burn without much going on between the two of them for most of the book. The "hatred" also felt very one sided so it didn't really feel like a true e
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
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
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
Shelves: netgalley, arc
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
Mar 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
There were a lot of things in the book that I really related with. I really loved book two of the series and I wasn't sure about Maya and Law. I ended up really liking them. They are great individually and together. Especially Maya, she shines through the pages. My favorite Maya quote is: "I like having my own thing." Jenny Holiday also sprinkled her story with social comments. The last 50% of the book was the best.

The book came with a bonus story, Once Upon a Bride, part of another series from
Feb 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Sandcastle Beach by Jenny Holiday is the third book in her Matchmaker Bay series. This was such a cute story. It was fun seeing characters from the first two books in the series. I liked both main characters, Maya Mehta and Benjamin "Law" Lawson. Their initial frenemy relationship was fun to read about. I liked the storyline and the Happily Ever After. ...more
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love a good enemies to lovers storyline and Sandcastle Beach delivered!

Book 3 in the Matchmaker Bay series included everything I love about this series. It’s quaint town and charming characters never fail to make me smile. It’s steeped in tradition and friendship, ensuring that every time I step into the pages I’m going to be enveloped in a warm hug.

This installment focuses on Maya and Ben. These enemies are so focused on their long standing feud that they can’t break down the wall that divid
Andi (Andi's ABCs)
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I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. The first time I read Mermaid Inn by Jenny Holiday I immediately new a Law and Maya book was going to be something special. You could feel the enemies to more vibe with every page turn and I couldn't wait for more. And Sandcastle Beach, Maya and Law's book, gave me exactly what I wanted. On the surface,
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Feb 24, 2021 added it
Shelves: arc2021
Heat Factor: Mid-level steam
Character Chemistry: Their main hobbies are annoying each other / Serious Benedict and Beatrice energy / Everyone else can see it but them
Plot: Maya and Law have been at odds for years. And now they’re competing for a small-business grant. But also they are forming a secret friendship.
Overall: This is straight-up a fun comedy, without the serious discussions of pain and grief and loss that characterize other books I’ve read by Jenny Holiday.

When I read Paradise Cove
Niki (mustreadalltheromance)
Maya Mehta is determined to keep her struggling small-town theater open. Even when that means staging hated musicals and hiring an insufferable former pop star turned actor. But to be sustainable she really needs to win the Moonflower Bay business grant. Of course, she has competition, and the strongest contender is her frustratingly attractive nemesis, Ben Lawson, owner of the local bar.

Ben loves needling Maya, even as he’s annoyed by his attraction to someone he doesn’t even really like. When
Mar 18, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: publisher, adult
My opinion is somewhere in the middle for this book. I didn’t like the first half of the book, but somewhat enjoyed the second. It was an enemies to lovers romance (which is always fun) and also had a bit of a “second chances” theme which was kinda nice. I think this book would be most enjoyable for those who have already read the first two.

I read this book without reading the previous two in the series. While there were some references to the previous stories and the characters in those were al
Mar 27, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, 2021
Thank you to Netgalley and Forever for a copy of Sandcastle Beach for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

We're back in Moonflower Bay for the final book in the Matchmaker Bay trilogy. This novel follows "enemies" Maya Mehta, the owner of the local community theater, and Benjamin "Law" Lawson, the owner of the local bar. The community theater and bar are right next to each other leading Maya and Law to come to verbal blows in the past about things such as parking. Maya is at her wit's end wi
Feb 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
The third entry in the Matchmaker Bay series is all about the contentious duo of Maya and Law, who have a long-standing relationship of bickering over everything. Parking spots, a smoky pizza oven, the annual sandcastle contest-you name it, they’ve most likely argued or competed over it. In the previous books there has always been a hint of attraction simmering between the two neighboring business owners, and their feuding has always added humor to the storylines. From Maya refusing to order piz ...more
Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was ok
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Jenny Holiday is an author who it seems like I’d like, as all her premises are solid, but this series in particular (the first two of which were my introduction to her work) just rubs me the wrong way, making me question if it’s me not clicking with her work, or if it’s the series in general that’s a miss, given that I did enjoy (while not being massively blown away by) her Hallmark Chris
Lindsay  pinkcowlandreads
We return to Moonflower Bay to find Maya and Law still at each other with barbs and pranks as they settle in for another tourist season.

Both Maya and Law have their businesses on their minds, Maya needing to find a way to keep her community theatre running with less grant money and Law looking into expanding upon his bar offerings by looking into opening a restaurant. When a new community minded grant opportunity arises that fits both of their needs, Maya and Law find themselves as rivals and in
Mar 21, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This is the third installment of the series. An enemies to lovers comedic romp. It all takes place in their small community where everyone knows everything about everybody. Nosiness, prying and sticking their noses into what is clearly not their business is the favorite pastime of pretty much every citizen. They call themselves well intentioned. Hah! Sometimes sweet and endearing, but others not so much. My issues were with the two main characters. Ben was a seemingly good guy with a kind heart, ...more
Law has run the family bar for years, and it is a gathering place for locals and tourists alike. He’s made some welcome changes, and with his best friends, now all loved up, he’s the ‘go to’ guy for steady, reliable and always helpful options. Except where Maya is concerned. The two have a “banter/bicker’ relationship, fueled from a long-held grudge that Maya holds against him. What everyone else sees, however, is that the two are perfectly matched and always hyper-aware of the other, despite th ...more
I'd already read the first 2 books in the series and was eagerly awaiting Maya and Law's story. I will admit to being disappointed they weren't in line for #2 so it is obviously well trailed. It's a slow burn enemies-to-lovers story and we finally find out what the cause of the animosity is (long before Law does, actually).

This is also another story in which a woman's work and career are central to the story. Both characters grew up in this small town and both have parents with businesses to ha
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
Elley Murray
In previous books in the series I was intrigued by the animosity between Maya and Law, but I didn't know HOW MUCH I needed their book until I got to the sections from Law's POV. As Maya would say, hooboy. *fans self* I do love a good enemies to lovers romance, and Jenny Holiday really delivers in Sandcastle Beach!

I'm trying to even describe how much I loved this book without giving anything away, because I want you to be able to squee over everything yourself. There's just so much more to Law, l
Just Love books
Mar 09, 2021 rated it really liked it

From the moment Benjamin "Law" Lawson ruined her first grand production of Romeo and Juliet while they were kids, Maya has had it out of the annoyingly cute local, things only heat up between these two Frenemies when Law makes it his mission to get Maya crowned Mermaid Queen each year at the town parade. It's all fun and games between these two that is until Maya learns that Law is the one that she has to compete with in order to secure the much needed grant to help save her beloved theater. The
Crystal Tuazon
Mar 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Big thanks to Forever Pub for my gifted copy!

In this small-town romance, we return to Moonflower Bay, Ontario to see hate turning to love for Maya and Law. These two enemies continually bicker as Maya’s theatre and Law’s bar are right next door to each other. When the town announces an upcoming grant that will be awarded to the most community centred business, they both believe they deserve it. As they go head-to-head by getting under each other’s skin, they don’t realize the undeniable chemist
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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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