Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Book Review: Seaside Surprises by Stacy Claflin

Seaside Surprises, by Stacy Claflin
2015,  250p, Clean Contemporary Romance
My Rating=4 Stars
Source: Received a copy from eBooks for Review for an  honest review

Tiffany Saunders is on the run. When she winds up stranded in a seaside town, she wants nothing more than to forget her horrific past and kept moving. But a chance meeting with a handsome local changes everything.

Jake Hunter has some deep emotional scars and is trying to cope with running the family business. The last thing he wants is a relationship—until a mysterious brunette walks into his store and complicates it all.

Tiffany prefers to keep the painful memories of the past where they belong—in her rear view mirror. But dark secrets cannot stay hidden forever. Just as the walls around Tiffany’s heart start to come down, the past catches up with her. Will true love be able to conquer all?

This is a fun, quick read! With her grandfather's help, Tiffany is running away from an abusive husband. She makes a stop in Kittle Falls and meets Jake when she shops at his family's convenience store. Jake was close to his sister who recently died and he is working double shifts while his parents grieve. He feels drawn to Tiffany, who introduces herself to him as Elena, but she is determined to leave town as quickly as possible. She finds herself stranded there and decides to give Jake a chance.

Both Jake and Tiffany/Elena were likable and it was easy to see them as a couple. Jake wasn't looking for a relationship. Tiffany was broken and didn't feel like she deserved a guy like Jake. There were external factors at work to keep them apart as well. It wasn't difficult to imagine the obstacles they had to overcome in order to give their relationship a chance. It was fun to see how their relationship evolved and they had great  interactions with each other.

There were some great side characters in this book. Tiffany's husband was easy to dislike since he was such a jerk and it was a good thing she had a grandfather who was willing to help her. Jake had four brothers who all came to town and they are all so different. They are also all single so it looks like there will be more about the Hunter brothers in the future! 

Since this book deals with abuse, there is some mild violence. The romance is clean; however, the main characters become involved with each other before her divorce is finalized. 

Stacy Claflin is a lifelong storyteller. When she was a child, she would get into trouble for trying to convince others that her stories were real. She thinks she scarred her cousin for life with her cavity monster story. Another time she convinced her friends that she had a robotic unicorn.

Now she saves her stories for novels. Whether Stacy's writing paranormal romance or thrillers, she always has suspense, twists, and turns.  You can count on surprises and an enjoyable escape. She  also likes to keep her stories blush-free.


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