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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Mills & Boon (1 Dec 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0263877515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0263877519
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 1.2 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,103,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Heidi's first brilliant career plan was to marry Paul Newman. She was 12, Paul was pushing 50 and there was also the small matter of Joanne Woodward, so it never really panned out. In her teens she had a brief stint of wanting to be an actress, but unfortunately she was crap at that too. Her next great idea was to be a film director, but she settled instead for being a film reviewer for ten years, thinking that if she couldn't make films at least she could get paid to watch them. One wonderful husband, two sons and a lot of really bad B-movies later and she was ready for another brilliant career plan...

Ever since Paul failed to propose, she'd been devouring romance novels - and Harlequin books in particular - Linda Howard, Nora Roberts and Susan Elizabeth Phillips were just a few of her heroines. So she branched out into the wonderful world of romance writing and she hasn't looked back since. Her first novel was published in 2007, her second was nominated for a RITA award in 2008 and she topped the Waldenbooks Series Romance Bestseller list with her fourth in 2009. And she's having so much fun, she's almost not sorry that first brilliant career plan didn't work out.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Becks on 24 Mar 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Really like Heidi Rice, she puts alot of emotion and thought into her stories, unlike some M&B writers who seem to have lost their spark. Lovely romantic story, definately recommend it and can't wait for her next book.
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I was attracted to this book based on the tilte, price and that it's an instant kindle download. It was a bit of a shaky start but I really got into it. It was a real page turner. Easy to read and very enjoyable. Would definetly look for other books by the author again. I don't normally read Mills and Boon type books, had I known it was one I might have passed up a good read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Cannot finish it 1 May 2011
By Dee - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm 70% through this book and just don't think I can finish it which is a rarity. Ryan, the "hero" is just a jerk and really can't see why the heroine would fall in love with him. The heroine is wishy washy and her long held beliefs, caused by catching her father have sex with his secretary (an image that really didn't need describing...yuk!) are easily swayed by some apparently amazing sex with Ryan.
Ryan is egotistical and their first sexual encounter is not very nice for Maddy as he is more interested in making sure he has sex fast before he deflates...a problem up until he met Maddy. Just all round not a great plot, no romance and I feel like this book is better suited to the Blaze range.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Surf Sea and a Sexy Stranger 25 April 2011
By Samantha J - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Mills and Boon were so kind this year to send me a wonderful package with chocolates, face masks, and of course- two books! The first I read from M&B was Surf Sea and a Sexy Stranger by Heidi Rice. Maddy Westmore is on lifeguard duty when she has to rescue a man from drowning. The deliciously sexy man turns out to be millionaire entrepreneur Ryan King, though Maddy doesn't know who he is. Rye has turned into a bit of recluse since a motorbike accident, which left him with a bad knee and inability to perform sexually. He is standoffish to Maddy after she pulls him from the water, mainly because he is embarrassed, but also because he is extremely turned on by her. Maddy insists on checking up on him after the surfing accident, which leads to a surprising night of passion. Maddy, who has a shoddy family background thanks to an affair by her father and has been used by several past boyfriends, can't believe she gave in so easily to Rye's charms. And Rye can't believe he was able to get it up. The pair decide to give "just friends with benefits" a shot, but it is clearly not what they both want. But when their complicated backgrounds come to light, Maddy and Rye need to decide if they could make a relationship work, or if they are just not meant to be.

Surf Sea and a Sexy Stranger has a lot of romance and passion between the pages, but I kept finding myself a bit bored. I enjoyed Maddy's character, she was jaded yet innocent and I was really rooting for her, but Rye didn't connect with me so much. His womanizing and egotistical ways was a big turn off, so I didn't quite understand the attraction to Maddy and vice versa. Trying to be just friends with no strings attached was clearly not working from the beginning, and Maddy's outright resistance to date her boss (Rye) wasn't too convincing, and I think that is where the story fell flat for me. And there are a lot of sex scenes, which isn't really my cup of tea either. I did think the writing was very good though, this is my first read from Rice but it is evident she is very talented. The dialogue and description of the surroundings were both excellent, and I think I will try another by this author and see if I enjoy it more. Overall though, it was an interesting read and I would recommend this book. I would give it a try and see what you think of Maddy and Rye and their complicated romance.
Quite Enjoyable Read 20 Nov 2013
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This book was just great. We have an injured Hero who stumbles and nearly drops the girl while trying to carry the Heroine to bed. That's never happened in any other books I've read before. Then, he's so excited that it looks like all systems might be go again for the first time since his accident, that he goes rushing through and doesn't give ANY thought to her feelings, enjoyment, nothing. The fallout from that is actually kind of funny. The fact that he was so clueless about his performance and her reactions to this were great. He's just ready to do a fist-pump because everything worked for him finally and then, oh...this wasn't good for you? I had read this book a long time ago and remembered it so I took the time to try and find it again for a re-read. That unfortunately isn't easy with Harlequin because they seem to have no sort of database where you can try to find a book. If you don't remember the author's name you're out of luck. This was worth the effort for me. It was quite entertaining.
Like it. 14 April 2013
By Frosty - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
It was a fun and easy read to pass the time. Just what I would expect from Harlequin and reason I chose it.
Fantastic Read 12 April 2011
By LAS Reviewer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The title Surf, Sea and a Sexy Stranger only covers the initial chapter; it's what happens with that sexy hunk later which makes this book such an amazing reading experience. This story defines what I look for in a romance book and Ms. Rice delivers.

Maddy is the heroine and she's such a warm and wonderful person it was a pleasure watching her deal with the cranky dude she saved from drowning. The fact that she was basically innocent of much of the cynical angst and manipulative plotting that most of the females Rye, the hero, was used to dealing with meant that this story got me excited. As soon as Maddy told him off with her "Cheers, Grumpy." salvo, I was hooked. Ms. Rice provided Maddy with some of the most adorable and hysterical dialogue opportunities that worked so well with Rye's surly attitude. It was when she got Rye to laugh that completely ensnared me and ensured that I would not put down this book until I was done. I never knew what Maddy was going to say and neither did Rye which was half the fun. I enjoyed how the heroine talked to herself and called herself, `Ms. Fix-it'. This story is chock full of clever writing and great descriptions. I don't know how to express the extreme satisfaction that I got while reading this story.

Rye is a deliciously complicated man with a few defensive layers just begging to be unraveled. He's rich, he's commanding and boy, does he ever know his way around a woman's body. There were quite a few times I really wished I was Maddy when he does what he does to her, more than once. Readers might need to grab a few ice cubes because this story is hot. I don't mean that it's graphic, it's not. What makes it so darned effective is Rye's seduction of the heroine and her reaction to it. The writing is superb. When he asked her if she likes a certain kind of sex play, it's her reaction to him and his reaction to her reaction that had me reading wide eyed in eager fascination. It was enthralling, entertaining and a heck of a lot of fun. The thing is, I can get caught up in talking about all this spice and it is distracting, effectively so. And I'm not the only one who gets distracted by it. It was a pivotal revelation in the story. I enjoyed it when Maddy figured Rye out and came to a few hard conclusions. It was the hero's response that made this romance so dramatic.

This story is character driven with the conflict being mostly internal. It's about letting go of fears, earning trust and not being afraid of the future. It's about celebrating what is truly important in life and grabbing the brass ring. Secondary characters are few but the most telling are Rye's buddies, Phil and Zack. They are on scene enough to help a reader understand Rye a bit more and to stir up the plot advancement a little bit. Then there is Cal, Maddy's brother. If there ever was a hook for a future book, Ms. Rice delivered it with an effective lure. There is no way readers are going to want to be left dangling after that little piece of internal dialogue from Maddy. Certainly not me. I sense a sequel and I can't wait!

As much as I feel that the dilemma of Maddy's future employment was solved a bit too sweetly for my tastes it didn't dilute the sheer delight I received from the very complete and heartwarming happily ever after. I really liked how the author chose to bring it all together. In fact, the revelation at the end and Rye's reaction to it from his point of view made me want to hug him. Maddy and Rye are really good together and the Ms. Rice got their personalities to fit perfectly.

Surf, Sea and a Sexy Stranger is a very emotional book despite the very cheery title. This book hit all my happy buttons and is the kind of book I would have no problem telling all my friends to read. There is so much to like and enjoy throughout the entire story, it's actually hard to pick just one scene or moment that was better than another. They all contributed to my maximum enjoyment and I look forward to reading other books from Ms. Rice. If her sense of humor and interpretation of life's quirky moments are typical for her style of writing then the author has found herself a new fan.

Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
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