I am so excited to be bringing you a cover reveal from Melissa Chambers today! I’ve worked with Melissa a few times in the past and I always love her books and her characters. (The covers are always great, too.)
WaterColor Wishes Love Along Hwy 30A Book Four Releasing August 20th, 2019
A note from the author:
I want to LIVE in the covers of the Love Along Hwy 30A series! The aspect of this picture that drew me in was the intimacy of this couple. And with the brightness of the picture, I sort of feel like they are looking toward their future. WaterColor Wishes is a fun love story as hopeful as its cover portrays!
Marigold Appleton was made for the laid-back beach life of picturesque WaterColor, Florida. Unfortunately, her bank account was not. She’s about to lose her gift shop due to her hidden location. When the town which rarely allows hotels announces they are designating a plot of land for one, Marigold convinces her father to bid on the land and build one of his boutique hotels on it so she can move her shop into it. But also bidding on the same plot of land is property developer and insanely hunky Dane Knight. She’s got to keep her guard up, because his interest in her may be only to get her to drop her bid for the land. She just wishes he wasn’t the first guy in years to make her knees buckle.
For weeks, Dane has been trying to get the girl he met at the bonfire out of his brain. As she crystalizes in front of him at the bar of the WaterColor clubhouse, he knows his daydreams of her didn’t stack up to the real thing. But he just got out of a poisonous relationship. His ex has a bad habit of dropping her kids off without notice, and he’s too big of a sucker for them to say no. A relationship with Marigold is out of the question. But after he gives in to his weakness for her for the first time, he knows he’s never going to be able to get her out of his heart.
WaterColor Wishes is book four in the Love Along Highway 30A series, which features beautiful beach communities, a circle of unique and amazing friends, and romances that will have you cheering on the couples and fanning yourself from the heat. All books are standalone and can be enjoyed in or out of order.
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Also available in the series now:
After her ex runs up her credit card, clears her bank account, and gets her fired, Seanna escapes to Seaside, Florida where the men are hot as the Gulf Coast sun…one in particular. But while paying the price, literally, for the last man she trusted with her heart, she’s not interested in any sort of beach romance, or so she keeps reminding herself.
Maya has never had a one-night-stand. But something about being on vacation, and the hunk of a guy in front of her, has her considering giving it a try. Bo lives at the beach, and he’s sick of one-week relationships with tourists that lead nowhere. But the smart and irresistible Maya has him reconsidering. Now if he could just get her to stay.
When Shayla needs a safe place to stay to hide from her dangerous ex, Chase is just fine to offer up his guest house. But with his best friend, who happens to be her brother, breathing down his neck and warning Shayla against him, Chase knows he needs to keep his distance. If only she wasn’t the most intriguing woman he’d ever known.
Melissa Chambers writes contemporary novels for young, new, and actual adults. A Nashville native, she spends her days working in the music industry and her nights tapping away at her keyboard. While she’s slightly obsessed with alt rock, she leaves the guitar playing to her husband and kid. She never misses a chance to play a tennis match, listen to an audiobook, or eat a bowl of ice cream. (Rocky road, please!) She has served as president for the Music City Romance Writers and is the author of The Summer Before Forever, Falling for Forever, and Courting Carlyn (Entangled Teen).
I am so excited to participate in the cover reveal for Melissa Chambers’ new book, Seaside Sweets (Love Along Hwy 30A #1). I’m a big fan of her young adult books (The Summer Before Foreverand Falling For Forever) and I can’t wait to read her upcoming adult series! Seaside Sweetsreleases on June 19, 2018. Check out the summery cover below! I was already planning to read this one, but it looks like it’ll be perfect for my summer reading challenge!
Seaside Sweets is book one in the Love Along Highway 30A series, which features beautiful beach communities, a circle of unique and amazing friends, and romances that will have you cheering on the couples and fanning yourself from the heat. All books are standalone and can be enjoyed in or out of order.
After her crappy ex runs up her credit card, clears her bank account, and gets her fired, Seanna Perry makes her escape to the quaint beach town of Seaside, Florida. The houses are pastel, the ocean air heaven, and the men hot as the Gulf Coast sun … one in particular. But while paying the price, literally, for the last man she trusted with her heart, she’s not interested in any sort of beach romance, or so she keeps reminding herself.
Living in the idyllic coastal paradise of the 30A area hasn’t eased Blake Evans’ guilt over what went down three years ago. He can’t stop blaming himself, and certainly none of his wonderful friends can ever find out what happened. Blake’s done a good job of keeping romantic feelings toward any woman at bay, and he needs to keep it that way. But when Seanna begins to show him how to live again, he finds himself struggling to keep his guard up.
Maya Forbes has never had a one-night-stand. With her irresponsible but brilliant sister filling the role of flighty one, Maya must live sensibly and dutifully. But when she meets a gorgeous redneck from Panama City Beach who makes her head whirl, she must quit thinking idiotic thoughts about upending her life after one week of mind-altering sex, especially with her dream promotion waiting for her back home.
Bo Harrison has lived his entire life in a tourist town where the women he meets are typically gone in a week. After a long-term relationship that left him mentally drained, he didn’t mind the easy, week-long romances for a while. But watching his best friend fall in love has him thinking along those lines, especially when he meets a woman unlike any he’s ever dated—smart, sexy, independent. The catch? She leaves in one week, of course.
With Shayla Harrison’s dangerous ex leaving rehab and headed her way, she needs to find a safe house and fast. When tall, dark, and ridiculously handsome Chase O’Neil offers a secure place to stay in beautiful Seagrove Beach for dirt cheap, she and her wallet can’t refuse. Romance is the last thing she wants, but the safety and warmth she feels with Chase are impossible to ignore.
Chase is the life of the party. He makes everyone laugh—whatever it takes to hide a soul-deep pain he can’t fix. He’s been living in romance purgatory since his son died and his marriage ended six years ago. When he meets the mysterious and intriguing Shayla, the emotional wall he’s worked so hard to build starts to crumble. She makes him want all the things he knows he can’t have, including her love.
Melissa Chambers writes contemporary novels for young, new, and actual adults. A Nashville native, she spends her days working in the music industry and her nights tapping away at her keyboard. While she’s slightly obsessed with alt rock, she leaves the guitar playing to her husband and kid. She never misses a chance to play a tennis match, listen to an audiobook, or eat a bowl of ice cream. (Rocky road, please!) She serves as president for the Music City Romance Writers and is the author of The Summer Before Forever and Falling for Forever (Entangled Teen).
The second Jenna Quigley turns eighteen, she’s headed to L.A. to extend the timer on her fifteen minutes of fame. Too bad her dad made her promise to graduate high school first. Silver lining? Her new school has a serious talent competition with a $25,000 cash prize, which would go a long way in L.A. Jenna’s got plenty of talent—she didn’t almost win America’s Newest Sensation for nothing. But it’ll take everything she’s got to bring down the music nerd with a stick up his butt…no matter how cute he is in those glasses.
Miles Cleveland needs to win that talent contest. When some hot girl stole his audition spot on America’s Newest Sensation, his chance to study music flounced off to New York with her. Now, not only can he win enough money to pay for his education, he can get revenge on that very same girl. He can’t start to question his plan, though…no matter how deep Jenna buries into his heart.
Jenna Quigley just got back to Tennessee after competing in the last season of America’s Newest Sensation. She didn’t win, but she was a fan favorite, and now she’s determined to take advantage of her popularity by moving to L.A. the minute she turns eighteen. Her father has other plans, though, and enrolls her in the Nashville Academy of Creative Arts so that she can develop her talent.
Miles Cleveland is the best musician at NACA. He’s that kid that nobody wants to go up against because he just wins everything. Although Miles comes from a very wealthy family, his father does not support his passions and refuses to pay for anything but Emory’s business school. If Miles wants to study music, he’ll need to find a way to pay for college himself. He had a chance on America’s Newest Sensation, but some girl stole his audition slot while he was in the bathroom.
Luckily for Miles, NACA hosts a talent show with a $25,000 cash prize every year. And Miles is guaranteed to win… that is, until Jenna enters the competition. Now, these fierce rivals will move their competition to a new arena. But after they get paired up in their songwriting class and find that they have a lot in common, can they stick with the plan and compete against each other, or will their mutual attraction get in the way?is, until Jenna enters the competition. Now, these fierce rivals will move their competition to a new arena. But after they get paired up in their songwriting class and find that they have a lot in common, can they stick with the plan and compete against each other, or will their mutual attraction get in the way?
Last year, I read (and loved) Melissa Chambers’ The Summer Before Forever. Chloe and Landon were one of my favorite book couples of 2016, and I was really excited to read the next book in the series. Jenna and Miles were great, but not quite as great as Chloe and Landon. While I’m talking about the first book in the series, I should probably mention that it is not necessary to read TSBF before starting this book. It will, however, give you some background information on Jenna and introduce you to her world. (It’s also a really good book.)
Jenna is, quite simply, your typical high school senior. She likes pop music, cute boys, and performing for adoring crowds. She’s kind of oblivious to the consequences a lot of her behavior – she didn’t even realize why Miles was mad at her – but she means well. I was a little put off at the beginning of the book when Jenna went on her whole “I can never be friends with girls because girls are terrible and catty” crusade, but I was pleasantly surprised as the book went on and she became friends with a good number of girls (and boys). Jenna grew as a person and as a musician so much throughout this book, which was really great to see.
If ever there was a boy from a book that should exist in real life, it would be Miles. Where were the boys like Miles when I was in high school? Sure, he’s a little weird, but honestly, who isn’t when they’re that age? In addition to being a musical prodigy, Miles is an incredibly loyal friend and an all-around good guy. He’s not afraid to go after what he wants while still being cognizant of Jenna’s wishes and comfort level with everything they’re doing.
Now I’m going to back away from the review for a second with a quick message.
Despite reviews that might have you believe otherwise, while the characters do discuss various sex acts over the course of the book, Jenna and Miles never go further than a good kiss. In high school especially, it’s easy for rumors to fly around about who’s done what with whom. This book makes the very important point that just because those rumors exist doesn’t mean that they’re true, and even if they are true, it doesn’t mean that the people involved are bad people. I think it’s a very good thing that the characters in this book discuss the truth behind the rumors and are open about how far they’ve gone and how far they’re willing to go. Both Miles and Jenna had a very grown-up attitude toward that aspect of their relationship, and I don’t think that the fact that they’re in high school makes that a bad thing. Teenagers should know that it’s okay to discuss their past experiences and what they’re currently looking for with a new partner.
Okay, rant over. Back to the review.
One thing that I loved – and that also broke my heart – in this book was the relationship between both main characters and their parents. Jenna is a total daddy’s girl. She adores her father, and in return, he has always been there for her. He’ll support her regardless of what she decides to do with the rest of her life but still pushes her to be her best. Her relationship with her mother, on the other hand, is rocky at best, and that’s all I say about it. For Miles, his family situation is flipped. His mother is unfailingly supportive of everything he does. She’s a very loving and nurturing parent, while his father is more stern and inflexible. Even though Miles’ father is often shown to be unreasonable in his plan for Miles’ life, I really liked that he wasn’t made out to be the bad guy. He still loves Miles fiercely, he just has a different way of showing it.
This book was great. I actually stayed up reading until the wee hours of the morning! That never happens! I loved that we got little snippets of Chloe and Landon throughout this book. I hope that Chambers will continue on with this series. I would love to catch up with Jenna and Miles six months or a year into the future to see how they’re doing.
Final rating: ★★★★☆
About the Author
Melissa Chambers writes contemporary novels for young, new, and actual adults. A Nashville native, she spends her days working in the music industry and her nights tapping away at her keyboard. While she’s slightly obsessed with alt rock, she leaves the guitar playing to her husband and kid. She never misses a chance to play a tennis match, listen to an audiobook, or eat a bowl of ice cream. (Rocky road, please!) She serves as the president-elect for the Music City Romance Writers and is the author of The Summer Before Forever and Falling for Forever (Entangled Teen).
Whoa, it’s been months since I last did a Top Ten Tuesday! I happened to scroll down while I was preparing a list of my top new (to me) authors of 2016 and saw that I’d flagged this topic as one I absolutely had to do. What are the chances that the timing would be so perfect?
So, without further ado, here are ten authors (listed alphabetically) that I read for the first time in 2016 and will, without a doubt, continue to read in the future:
Melissa Chambers. I read Chambers’ The Summer Before Forever and was actually pretty surprised to find a young adult book that really delicately handled a romantic relationship between stepsiblings. I’m really curious to see what she’ll come up with next.
Rebekah Crane. Of all my Kindle First picks, Crane’s The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland is one of my favorites. A motley crew of teenagers helping each other overcome their problems at a picturesque summer camp? That’s just my kind of story.
Melanie Harlow. BookBub often alerts me to free erotica, and nine times out of ten, it’s absolutely awful. Harlow’s Frenched was a great exception to the rule, and I’ve already got an eye out for more of her work.
Aaron Hartzler. When What We Saw came out earlier last year, my Goodreads feed was flooded with positive reviews. It took awhile for my library to get it, but it was absolutely worth the wait. Now I am waiting patiently for more of Hartzler’s work to show up.
Hazel Kelly. Kindle Unlimited is a tricky thing. There’s an awful lot of books available, and an awful lot of them aren’t very good. But sometimes, you find a really good author whose books are well-written and don’t just feature the same plot over and over with different characters. Kelly is one of those authors.
Robin Roe. I haven’t yet reviewed Roe’s A List of Cages, but it hit me hard. This story of a young boy with an abusive uncle and his friend who struggles to help him ripped my heart out. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.
Tiffany Truitt. Seven Ways to Lose Your Heart still stands out as one of the cutest (and also sexiest) books I read this year. I fell in love with the characters and world created by Truitt.
Danika Stone. If you’re looking for a good book about nerd culture, look no further than Stone’s All the Feels. I have yet to read another book that so clearly captures the level of obsession I can get with a fictional universe.
Siobhan Vivian. I read two of Vivian’s books this year and was pleased with both. The one I particularly liked was her new release, The Last Boy and Girl in the World. I am so excited to see what she releases next.
Francesca Zappia. Saving the absolute best for last, Zappia’s Made You Up is one of my all-time favorite reads. I absolutely adored the characters that she created, and I loved that we never quite knew whether what was happening was actually the truth. I have so much respect for her as an author and I know she’s going to go on to do great things.
Which authors, if any, did you fall in love with this year?