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Summer at Seaside Cove (Berkley Sensation) [Mass Market Paperback]

Jacquie D'Alessandro
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Books; Original edition (3 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425241491
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425241493
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.9 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,101,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun-freaking-tastic! 8 May 2011
By Detra Fitch TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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At the age of twenty-six, Jamie Newman's life overflows with way too much drama. Her family owns and operates a busy, upscale restaurant located in Manhattan's theatre district. Maggie, Jamie's mother, has long been a drama queen, seemingly unable to make even the easiest of her own decisions. Heather is Jamie's teenaged niece, who is a drama empress. She is not only trying to figure out why boys seem so stupid to her, but is very angry at her mother, Laurel, for totally ignoring her. Laurel is Jamie's older half-sister. Laurel grew up with lots of money and is extremely selfish. Jamie's father died a few years ago and, somehow, Jamie has found herself tossed into the position of managing the restaurant too. But when Laurel betrays Jamie by seducing away her boyfriend, Jamie decides she has had enough.

Jamie needs a tranquil calm that only the sea can give her. So Jamie packs up her cat, Cupcake, a few suitcases, and rents the Paradise Lost beach cottage in Seaside Cove, North Carolina, for the entire summer. The rental's web site shows the cottage to be lovely and right on the beach. Best of all, Seaside Cove is seven hundred miles away from New York.

Jamie arrives in Seaside Cove to find out that Paradise Lost looks nothing like its photos. The overgrown yard even sports a plastic, headless pink flamingo. The furniture looks as if it came from the dump. Parts of the front steps are missing. There is no power, no air conditioning, and nothing is clean or even close to being sanitary. Worst of all is the smell! Someone left a huge bag of dead clams in the sink, who knows how long ago, and Jamie can barely breathe due to the stink. When it storms that evening, Jamie learns that the roof leaks - the ENTIRE roof!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous 29 Mar 2014
By Marie
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just great! totally great! makes me wish I could whisk my family off to the beach! also the food! I have the recipes for breakfast casseroles and Hummingbird cake and will be trying my hand at southern cooking! It all sounds incredible :) sucker for a happy ending xxx
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amusing contemporary romance 3 May 2011
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After her half-sister Laurel steals her boyfriend, upset and humiliated Jamie Newman leaves New York to spend the summer at a nice cottage on Seaside Cove, North Carolina away from her dependent family. There she plans to renew her batteries and look at where her life is going starting with ridding herself of her drama queen mom, Laurel and her niece as well as managing the family restaurant.

However, her pleasant bungalow turns out to be a dump. Worse the horde she left in New York followed her to the barrier island as the three females plead with Jamie to rectify their issues. Meanwhile Jamie is attracted to her annoying cottage landlord Nick Trent. He wants a summer fling with his renter who will return to New York so he can hide his past from the woman he desires.

This is an amusing contemporary romance due to a strong cast. The lead couple is a nice pairing who brings an engaging romantic subplot with a touch of intrigue re his secret to the mix. However, her family of Three Stoogettes provides an eccentric jocularity yet also contains a serious theme that focuses on the emotional dependency of the trio on the problem fixer who is a codependent with her need to be needed. This is a wonderful family drama.

Harriet Klausner
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, enjoyable 17 July 2011
By Dalmatian mom - Published on Amazon.com
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I have never read any of Ms. D'Alessandro's books, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Did not want to put it down and I'm very disappointed that the sequel will not be available until 2012. The characters are engaging and fun, the book didn't have a lot of draggy moments, it stayed pretty well on track and a surprise happened regularly with the continual appearance of family members she was trying to take a break from. I found the story to be amusing and funny. I think this is one of those books you just hate to see end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Summer at Seaside Cove - A Joyfully Recommended Title 11 July 2011
By M. Nix - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Jamie Newman has had it! She is constantly taking care of everyone else and falling into things without ever really doing what she wants to do. She has dreams and goals, but since she takes care of all around her she hasn't realized any of them. Finding out that her skinnier, materialistic, OLDER half-sister, Laurel, has been cheating with her current beau is the last straw! Reeling from this bitter betrayal Jamie takes a long overdue vacation to Seaside Cove to reassess, regroup and just find herself. Paradise Lost was supposed to be a cutesy cheap rental, but upon arrival she finds a run-down, in-desperate-need-of-renovation rental that smells as though something crawled inside it and died, was revived, and then died again! Feeling as though if she didn't have bad luck she wouldn't have any luck at all, she finds solace in the only salvageable thing in her dreary world. A bottle of vodka in the freezer! Jamie sits up in her leaky rental, staring out the window all night, and waiting for her landlord to return from his latest bender - only now she looks and smells like she has been on a bender!

Nicholas Trent never realized that the realtor he used to list his property did a bait and switch with internet pictures in order to get a renter. He believed Jamie was embellishing a story and he wasn't too thrilled to find her on his porch bright and early the next morning demanding restitution in some form. Nick found Jamie to be bossy and demanding and felt she was a princess from New York who just couldn't be bothered with "roughing" it. But man she did something to him and he found himself unable to fight his growing attraction to her. Wanting to spend time with her over the summer vacation, but afraid to tell her the complete truth about himself; he glosses over his past leaving out much of the details and just gets to know her in the present.

Summer at Seaside Cove was a breathtaking story with likeable characters that had so much chemistry bubbling between them that you just wanted to watch them mix it up! I have to say Summer at Seaside Cove started off slow, but the minute Nick Trent answered that door in unbuttoned Levi's and bedhead (he had me then and I didn't care if he was on a bender the night before!) and I was prepared to watch the show! Of course Jamie's problems follow her, but they were so funny. Who would have thought that her 46-year-old mother would have a FWB (friends with benefits)? One who is younger and has managed to knock her up too - can you say cougar? Who would have imagined that Jamie's niece would have made her way down to the rental just to be with her loving aunt because she doesn't have that type of relationship with her mother? And let's not forget the lovely betrayer, Laurel. Even she shows up looking to make amends and give explanations for her behavior. The cast of characters in this book are quite enjoyable to read about; they are very friendly and open with their own beliefs and idiosyncrasies and just add more to Summer at Seaside Cove.

Summer at Seaside Cove's flirty dialogue and sexual innuendo is sizzling! I couldn't wait for Nick and Jamie to "hook up" and see how hot their sparks can glow. I never would have imagined that there could be sexual connotations with a nail and a screw - as in building supplies. But there is and I tell you, it had me chuckling. I loved the explanation of "Oh bless your heart" as well. That is a good little phrase to use, but now we are on to you! When Nick offered to show her his if she shows him hers when he catches her staring at something she should not be looking at, (oh my) you could just feel her cheeks flush; perhaps because we have all been there at one time or another. I also liked Nick's insight of being a puppet. I know Jamie didn't like it at first, but I think she came to realize that it was true. So I would have to say that Jacquie D'Alessandro applied some hard truths into Summer at Seaside Cove that readers can actually apply to their lives. That helped to make this story even more rewarding, at least for me.

I have to say that I really didn't care about Nick's past because he was just so hot and distracting when he interacted with Jamie. Usually you want to know about the character's background, but because of the great chemistry and camaraderie, in Summer at Seaside Cove you really didn't care! The past was definitely the past and you lived for the present and the future in Summer at Seaside Cove. I couldn't wait for these two to give into their physical attraction and end this dance because I just knew it will be like the fourth of July in book form!

I did have one complaint about Summer at Seaside Cove though. I felt that perhaps Jamie should have taken a little more time and Laurel should have had to grovel a bit more for forgiveness. Laurel's explanation spoke of jealousy, which was a copout on Laurel's behalf, and had taken time to form and yet, I felt as though Jamie had harbored some jealousy of her own as well. Because of this explanation it made it harder to believe that Laurel could just let something that had been festering for years go in a month! Of course the thorn comes before the rose, but it makes it that much more painful when the thorn is your half-sister! So yeah Jamie had a bit of suffering in order to find her HEA. I know what Jacquie D'Alessandro was getting at about forgiving someone and letting go of the hate, but I think it should have taken more time. Perhaps in the next book we will see that Laurel actually had to work harder at regaining the ground she lost with her half-sister because of her betrayal. I Joyfully Recommend Summer at Seaside Cove for the above reasons and so many more!

Vanessa
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully Funny Romance 29 Aug 2011
By Leslie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Thanks to Hils' review at Impressions of a Reader, I gave Ms. Alessandro's contemporary romance a try. So very happy I did! This was a lovely, witty romance with a heroine I could totally relate to and a hero that I adored. The small coastal town adds just the right amount of sweetness without overwhelming the romance.

Jamie Newman is running away. But that's okay because she deserves to run and take shelter far away from pain and betrayal. The only trouble is, she can't seem to shake her bad luck or her problems. Right from the start I couldn't help but feel sorry for Jamie. She's betrayed by her sister with her boyfriend then she finds the cottage she rented comes "as is" which translates to falling down and stinky. Jamie's first impression of her landlord is not good either but it is funny. It also sets the tone for more of their encounters. Jamie is so use to taking care of everyone and pleasing everyone but when she meets Nick, she has no difficulty telling Nick exactly what she thinks of him and his rundown rental.

Nick Trent doesn't know what to think of the crazy New Yorker that is now his neighbor and tenant. Due to miscommunication and little deception on the realtor's part, Nick now has an attractive but angry woman on his doorstep. Poor Nick, he really doesn't know if he should kiss the crazy woman or close the door in her face. Nick has that sarcastic humor that I love, along with a gruff sweetness that comes through as he helps Jamie settle in Seaside Cover. And he has the best dog in the world! Godiva, Nick's chocolate lab (hehe) makes her presence known in the most delightful ways. She's just as adorable as her owner. For all his adorable sexiness, Nick does have some secrets that he eventually shares with Jamie after they become friends and lovers.

The romance was funny, sexy and sweet. I loved Jamie and Nick's verbal sparing and the underlying sexual tension that continues to increase every time these two are together. They reluctantly become friends and lovers with both thinking it's only for the summer. Even with the interruptions courtesy of Jamie's family and the townsfolk, Jamie and Nick still fall in love with each other and with the setting. By the end of the book, I didn't want the summer to end and Jamie to leave Seaside Cove. She and Nick belonged together, no doubt about it!

The secondary characters as well as the picturesque coastal town all add to the ambiance of the story. Jamie's family show different facets of Jamie's character and what makes her want to please everyone. We also see Jamie becoming part of the community as she makes friends with the locals. Nick gets pulled into Jamie's family drama and thinks Jamie isn't the only crazy female in the family. LOL

The happy ending comes but Jamie really has to work to get there. She use to put everyone's needs first and learns to finally claiming priority for her needs. It takes a long time but she does get there. With her is Nick who has some issues to work through but he's much farther along than Jamie in knowing what he wants and who he is. Jamie is the one who makes the most changes and evolves as a character. The plot did loose some momentum midway through but picked up nicely as Jamie and Nick became more involved as the end of summer neared.

The sequel, Seaside Cove (March 2012) is Laurel's book. I enjoyed the excerpt and look forward to visiting with these characters again. Ms. D'Alessandro has created a charming setting for a delightful romance that is sure to entertain.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 17 July 2011
By Cynthia M. Keller - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
An above average beach read. Jacquie excels in believable, flowing dialogue. I thought the story was great. There's drama, but it wasn't pushed into high drama (thank God!) I loved the way she wrote the pet's thoughts - dead on! The evil half sister wasn't really evil - just made bad decisions (can't wait for her book!). The romance between Jamie & Nick was just right! Enjoy!
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