Seaside Dreams (Love in Bloom: Seaside Summers, Book 1)

Seaside Dreams (Love in Bloom: Seaside Summers, Book 1)

by Melissa Foster

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Overview

Discover the magic of New York Times bestseller Melissa Foster's writing, and see why millions of readers have fallen in love with the Love in Bloom series.

In SEASIDE DREAMS...

Bella Abbascia has returned to Seaside Cottages in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, as she does every summer. Only this year, Bella has more on her mind than sunbathing and skinny-dipping with her girlfriends. She's quit her job, put her house on the market, and sworn off relationships while she builds a new life in her favorite place on earth. That is, until good-time Bella's prank takes a bad turn and a sinfully sexy police officer appears on the scene.

Single father and police officer Caden Grant left Boston with his fourteen-year-old son, Evan, after his partner was killed in the line of duty. He hopes to find a safer life in the small resort town of Wellfleet, and when he meets Bella during a night patrol shift, he realizes he's found the one thing he'd never allowed himself to hope for--or even realized he was missing.

After fourteen years of focusing solely on his son, Caden cannot resist the intense attraction he feels toward beautiful Bella, and Bella's powerless to fight the heat of their budding romance. But starting over proves more difficult than either of them imagined, and when Evan gets mixed up with the wrong kids, Caden's loyalty is put to the test. Will he give up everything to protect his son--even Bella?

SEASIDE SUMMERS are the newest addition to the LOVE IN BLOOM series by New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. This flirty, fun series features alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. While each book may be read as a standalone, you might enjoy reading the entire Love in Bloom series.

READ THE FULL LOVE IN BLOOM SERIES:

SNOW SISTERS: Sisters in Love, Sisters in Bloom, Sisters in White

THE BRADENS (Weston, CO): Lovers at Heart, Reimagined, Destined for Love, Friendship on Fire, Sea of Love, Bursting with Love, Hearts at Play, Promise My Love, Our New Love, Story of Love, Daring Her Love, A Very Braden Christmas

THE BRADENS (Trusty, CO): Taken by Love, Fated for Love, Romancing My Love, Flirting with Love, Dreaming of Love, Crashing into Love, Love at Last

THE BRADENS (Peaceful Harbor, MD): Healed by Love, Surrender My Love, River of Love, Crushing on Love, Whisper of Love, Thrill of Love

THE BRADENS & MONTGOMERYS (Pleasant Hill – Oak Falls) Embracing Her Heart, Anything for Love, Trails of Love – Wild, Crazy Heart, Making You Mine, Searching for Love

THE REMINGTONS: Game of Love, Stroke of Love, Flames of Love, Slope of Love, Read, Write, Love, Touched by Love

SEASIDE SUMMERS: Seaside Dreams, Seaside Hearts, Seaside Sunsets, Seaside Secrets, Seaside Nights, Seaside Embrace, Seaside Lovers, Seaside Whispers

BAYSIDE SUMMERS: Bayside Desires, Bayside Passions, Bayside Heat, Bayside Escape, Coming Soon: Bayside Fantasies and Bayside Romance

THE RYDERS: Seized by Love, Claimed by Love, Chased by Love. Rescued by Love, Swept into Love

TRU BLUE & THE WHISKEYS: Tru Blue, Truly, Madly, Whiskey, Driving Whiskey Wild, Wicked Whiskey Love, Mad about Moon

HARBORSIDE NIGHTS: Catching Cassidy, Discovering Delilah, Tempting Tristan, Coming Soon: Chasing Charley, Breaking Brandon

REVIEWS:

"Like Nora Roberts, Melissa Foster has captivated me with her fantastic, sexy, romantic stories." Kimberly Winning, avid reader

"Sensual, sexy, and satisfying. A captivating blend of the dance between lust, love, and life." -- Bestselling author, Keri Nola

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941480021
Publisher: World Literary Press
Publication date: 08/16/2014
Series: Love in Bloom: Seaside Summers Series , #1
Pages: 374
Sales rank: 959,948
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, contemporary women's fiction, romantic suspense, thrillers, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women's Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Café. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary's Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children, and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa's interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on The Women's Nest or her personal website.

"What sets Melissa Foster apart are her compelling characters who you care about... desperately. I dare you to read the first chapter and not be hooked." International bestseller, M.J. Rose

"Melissa Foster is a wonderful connector of readers and books, a friend of authors, and a tireless advocate for women. She is the real deal"--Author Jennie Shortridge

Read an Excerpt

BELLA ABBASCIA STRUGGLED to keep her grip on a ceramic toilet as she crossed the gravel road in Seaside, the community where she spent her summers. It was one o’clock in the morning, and Bella had a prank in store for Theresa Ottoline, a straitlaced Seaside resident and the elected property manager for the community. Bella and two of her besties, Amy Maples and Jenna Ward, had polished off two bottles of Middle Sister wine while they waited for the other cottage owners to turn in for the night. Now, dressed in their nighties and a bit tipsy, they struggled to keep their grip on a toilet that Bella had spent two days painting bright blue, planting flowers in, and adorning with seashells. They were carrying the toilet to Theresa’s driveway to break rule number fourteen of the Community Homeowners Association’s Guidelines: No tacky displays allowed in the front of the cottages.

“You’re sure she’s asleep?” Bella asked as they came to the grass in front of the cottage of their fourth bestie, Leanna Bray.

“Yes. She turned off her lights at eleven. We should have hidden it someplace other than my backyard. It’s so far. Can we stop for a minute? This sucker is heavy.” Amy drew her thinly manicured brows together.

“Oh, come on. Really? We only have a little ways to go.” Bella nodded toward Theresa’s driveway, which was across the road from her cottage, about a hundred feet away.

Amy glanced at Jenna for support. Jenna nodded, and the two lowered their end to the ground, causing Bella to nearly drop hers.

“That’s so much better.” Jenna tucked her stick-straight brown hair behind her ear and shook her arms out to her sides. “Not all of us lift weights for breakfast.”

“Oh, please. The most exercise I get during the summer is lifting a bottle of wine,” Bella said. “Carrying around those boobs of yours is more of a workout.”

Jenna was just under five feet tall with breasts the size of bowling balls and a tiny waist. She could have been the model for the modern-day Barbie doll, while Bella’s figure was more typical for an almost thirty-year-old woman. Although she was tall, strong, and relatively lean, she refused to give up her comfort foods, which left her a little soft in places, with a figure similar to Julia Roberts or Jennifer Lawrence.

“I don’t carry them with my arms.” Jenna looked down at her chest and cupped a breast in each hand. “But yeah, that would be great exercise.”

Amy rolled her eyes. Pin-thin and nearly flat chested, Amy was the most modest of the group, and in her long T-shirt and underwear, she looked like a teenager next to curvy Jenna. “We only need a sec, Bella.”

They turned at the sound of a passionate moan coming from Leanna’s cottage.

“She forgot to close the window again,” Jenna whispered as she tiptoed around the side of Leanna’s cottage. “Typical Leanna. I’m just going to close it.”

Leanna had fallen in love with bestselling author Kurt Remington the previous summer, and although they had a house on the bay, they often stayed in the two-bedroom cottage so Leanna could enjoy her summer friends. The Seaside cottages in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, had been in the girls’ families for years, and they had spent summers together since they were kids.

“Wait, Jenna. Let’s get the toilet to Theresa’s first.” Bella placed her hands on her hips so they knew she meant business. Jenna stopped before she reached for the window, and Bella realized it would have been a futile effort anyway. Jenna would need a stepstool to pull that window down.

“Oh…Kurt.” Leanna’s voice split the night air.

Amy covered her mouth to stifle a laugh. “Fine, but let’s hurry. Poor Leanna will be mortified to find out she left the window open again.”

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Seaside Dreams (Love in Bloom: Seaside Summers, Book 1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 76 reviews.
AndreaBuginsky More than 1 year ago
Melissa Foster has done it again! I fell in love with a great group of girls and their friends who have been hanging out at Cape Cod every summer since they were kids. The Seaside Series will feature a love story of each of these four wonderful girls - Bella, Jenna, Amy and Leanna. This book focused on Bella and her hunk, Caden, a police officer who moved to the Cape to raise his son in a safe environment. When Caden and Bella first met, neither of them were looking for love. In fact, they each hid from it in their own way. But once they meet, and the sparks start flying, nothing can get in their way. Or can it?... This beautiful story featured everything I love about romance novels: A great couple, a fantastic love story, wonderful friends, family matters, and just the right amount of steam. Well, maybe a bit more than I'm used to... I wouldn't recommend the series to YA or NA readers. This is definitely adult only. This is the second series in the Love in Bloom collection I have started. I read the first set, Snow Sisters, when the books were first published. They are all wonderful additions to my bookshelf. I look forward to reading the rest of the Seaside stories. Nice job Melissa! Keep 'em coming.
JulieGB More than 1 year ago
Bella and her friends love to play pranks, but when one involving a toilet bowl goes awry, along comes Officer Caden Grant. Being a single dad, Caden’s focus has always been on his son Evan. Once he meets Bella, it’s immediate attraction. This creates a problem because Bella is in the middle of a life change and has a plan, which doesn’t involve dating. When Caden finally wins her heart, he discovers the cost of losing focus on his teenage son. With tragedy averted, will Bella and Caden be able to move past this event and form a more permanent bond? This story just sucked me in. It felt so good reading the beginning of Bella and Caden’s relationship. Their attraction was so natural and just felt right. It brought back memories of my younger days, and it was a good feeling, one too long forgotten. With Caden being the perfect gentleman, Bella didn’t have a chance. I felt like a fly on the wall. I would have loved to be best friends with Bella and the girls. They were a riot, with their pranks, and chunky-dunking, and open-window-love-making. And I loved the Jay and Silent Bob reference. That really made me laugh-out-loud. Can’t wait for Book 2.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice to read a book that has it all. Good beginning, middle, and end, AND subjected to effective editing. I was getting tired of those others that didn't fit the bi?l.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this one by her, it had me hooked from the beginning of the book to the very end.i loved the flow of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A book for a rainy afternoon, cuddled up in my cocoon of blankets. A quick read of a full story! Not a cliffhanger!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait to read the next one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a nice light read. I have enjoyed all of the books in the different series by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This author can't miss!
CathyGeha 8 months ago
Seaside Dreams by Melissa Foster Seaside Summers #1 ~ Love in Bloom Series Summer friends are all together again and Bella is trying to figure out how to tell her best friends that she is leaving her job in Connecticut, selling her house and moving to Wellfleet to set up a high school work study program. She is “thinking with her head” and not doing relationships...or so she says...when she falls into the arms of police officer Caden Grant. With him thinking she could be the one and her thinking she has to avoid commitments it takes a bit of time for them to figure out whether or not they are even dating. Caden’s son adds a bit of drama now and then and the friends and some guys they hve their eyes on also play parts in this first in a series book that was a delight to read. There were a few times I wanted to smack Bella or Caden and I had a pretty good idea what the plot of the book was going to be ~ that said...it was a fun way to spend the day today and I look forward to reading book two when it comes out. Thank you to the author for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4 Stars
CathyGeha 8 months ago
Seaside Dreams by Melissa Foster Seaside Summers #1 ~ Love in Bloom Series Summer friends are all together again and Bella is trying to figure out how to tell her best friends that she is leaving her job in Connecticut, selling her house and moving to Wellfleet to set up a high school work study program. She is “thinking with her head” and not doing relationships...or so she says...when she falls into the arms of police officer Caden Grant. With him thinking she could be the one and her thinking she has to avoid commitments it takes a bit of time for them to figure out whether or not they are even dating. Caden’s son adds a bit of drama now and then and the friends and some guys they hve their eyes on also play parts in this first in a series book that was a delight to read. There were a few times I wanted to smack Bella or Caden and I had a pretty good idea what the plot of the book was going to be ~ that said...it was a fun way to spend the day today and I look forward to reading book two when it comes out. Thank you to the author for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4 Stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story itself was heart warming;.. a real feel good type of story. It would have been even better without so much grafic sex.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These are great summer or vacation sequals. You get to see personalities of each in all the books as they each fall in love and come back to the cove they all grew up coming to each summer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The second time they met, she was pissed he wouldn't sleep with her because he had morals. Of course they did everything but. That's when I knew this book would be trashy and I stopped reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book
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You people should just read this novel yourselves and write your own review on this novel. I really enjoyed reading this novel very much so. ShelleyMa
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More bedroom action then story
jr347 More than 1 year ago
If you have not read books by Melissa Foster you are missing a real treat.
CassandraNZ More than 1 year ago
Seaside Dreams is book #24 in the Love in Bloom series and is book #1 in the Seaside Summer series but can be read as a standalone. And Melissa has done it again! Another great book. Bella Abbascia is a teacher who is ready for a change. She is tired of being lied to by the men she dates and ready to have a little more purpose in her life. Every summer since childhood she heads to the Cape to meet up with friends and this summer is going to be a game changer. She is planning on staying and has sworn off commitments to men who ultimately end up disappointing her anyway. That was until she meets Caden. Caden Grant is new to the Cape a police officer who is starting new with his teenage son away from Boston where his partner was recently killed. With it only being Caden and his son Evan he needed a slower paced life that wasn’t going to jeopardize his life or his time with Evan. When Caden and Bella meet they have an instant connection but both are afraid of what their future would hold. Caden has not dated in year, not since Evan was dropped at his door as a newborn and Bella and her no commitment rule. I can’t wait to see what happens with the rest of the Seaside gang. **CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago