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Reviewed by Jessa Larsen

Beach Season by Lisa Jackson includes stories by additional authors Cathy Lamb, Holly Chamberlin, and Rosalind Noonan

June’s Lace by Cathy Lamb

June MacKenzie is fed up with the world around her. She has called it quits on her high-stress legal career, fast-paced city living, her cheating ex-husband, as well as men in general. She has moved to a quite beach house on the Oregon coast and returned to her original love of creating and selling custom-made wedding dresses for not quite ordinary brides. She swears at the same time that she herself will never be caught dead wearing a wedding dress ever again until by chance she is rescued from near-drowning by the hunky singer/songwriter renting the beach house next door. Now she starts believing that he might be able to change her mind about that wedding dress after all.

The Brass Ring by Lisa Jackson

It’s a beautiful day, perfect for a romantic summer wedding, until Shawna’s hopes and dreams are utterly crushed when she finds out that her fiancé, Parker, has been involved in a near fatal car crash. His injuries have left him in a position that requires months upon months of physical therapy and even worse, he’s developed amnesia and cannot remember Shawna whatsoever. The future seems bleak and hopeless, but Shawna will stop at nothing to regain Parker’s love even if she has to start from square one all over again.

Carolina Summer by Rosalind Noonan

Jane Doyle has decided that she absolutely requires a break from her usual residence in New York and decides to head toward Florida to see if she can’t get a break from life and start fresh. Unfortunately for her, a storm along coastal North Carolina strands her in a beautiful remote town that has the unexpected surprise of making Jane feel right at home. And in addition, the local sheriff has turned out to be quite handsome and friendly, thus Jane finds herself staying longer than she originally planned and thinking about the possibilities of staying…. permanently.

Second Chance Sweethearts by Holly Chamberlin

Thea Foss has recently put a bad marriage behind her whilst staying in the gorgeous vacation town of Ogunquit, Maine. She has firmly decided that what’s past is past and must stay there while she seeks to start fresh. Life goes according to plan until the fateful day on which her first love, a high school sweetheart, turns up in the local diner where she has taken up waitressing. She gets to talking and is reminded of the person she used to be and life she once thought was long and forgotten. She never thought it was possible to go back to the person she used to be. The person she was happy and content with. But perhaps, just maybe, there’s a chance for that idea after all.
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Beach Season is the typical romance type novel. It is full of nonsensical romantic ideas that women love to grasp to and pretend are possible – at least for a little while. I don’t typically care for this genre as I believe it to be more likely that bigfoot is roaming in the mountains than for these frilly romances to ever be based in reality. I do enjoy this author-compilation idea in general as it gives a few extra stories whilst allowing me to enjoy the styles of different authors. The story I liked best in this particular set was June’s Lace as it seemed the most genuine and possibly authentic. The characters were quirky, one-liners were hilarious, and despite the overly predictable plotline, I actually found myself enjoying the story. As for the others, they simply bored me and I would never read this voluntarily.

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

Jessa lives in Utah with her husband, 2 sons, 2 cats, and 2 dogs. She goes to school full time as an English major with a focus in creative writing. She likes anime and reads books and plays video games in her moments of spare time.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Kensington. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.