Author Stephanie Rose is quickly becoming a one-click author for me. Her stories are sweet, sexy, and totally swoon-worthy.
After breaking up with her boyfriend, Caterina is headed off to vacation early in Ocean Cove, New Jersey. A little time at the beach by herself is just what she needs. Time for her to think and focus on herself for a change. What she doesn’t plan on is meeting Joe, the sexy owner of The Beach Pub and man who has her feeling things she’s never felt before. Conversation flows easy and their connection is instant. Being with Joe has Caterina finally seeing what she’s been missing all these years while hiding behind her work. Sure, she loves her job and everything she has accomplished but a little time with a man that shows her how she deserves to be treated, has her questioning her life decisions and preparing to make changes on her priorities.
This is supposed to be just a fling. Time for Caterina to let her guard down and have some fun but there is no denying the chemistry between Caterina and Joe. A connection like theirs isn’t something either has ever experienced so trying to keep things light and simple seems like a lost cause. Determined to live in the moment, Caterina and Joe decide to spend the week together, focusing on the now and not worrying about what comes next. But as each day passes and their feelings for one another grow, it’s hard to stay in the now knowing the reality is that they don’t even live in the same state. All good things must come to an end, or do they? Caterina can’t help but focus on the future and what will happen when her time in Ocean Cove will be over and her bubble in paradise will finally pop, leaving the truth to set in that her and Joe have no future, not with them living in different states.
Joe is fascinated with Caterina, the beautiful woman with the ambition and drive to succeed which is something he’s experienced first-hand since he made the decision to move to Ocean Cove. He knows Caterina has baggage and she’s just getting out of a long-term relationship that went south, but he can’t help the way he feels and is determined to show Caterina that what they have is real.
These two were an adorable couple. Author Stephanie Rose tells this story with so much care and focus on the falling in love aspect. I was swooning so hard every time Caterina and Joe were together. From the small glances, to the gentle touches and caresses, I felt like I was experiencing falling in love for the first time all over again. It was beautiful.
This story flowed effortlessly. I was so caught up in every moment that I couldn’t put this book down. I found myself waking up in the middle of the night just to sneak in a few more chapters.
You’ll fall in love with not only the hero and heroine but with the secondary characters as well. Owen, Dom, Jordan, Megan and Claire. They all brought this story more depth and had me smiling like a fool every time they poked fun at Caterina and Joe for their puppy dog eyes that had for one another.
I’m excited for more from this series and can’t wait for Dom’s story next.
If you haven’t read this author, I promise you’ll love it. Small-town romance, tons of feels, a little bit of angst, and so much sexiness. Definitely a favorite!
This book was reviewed for Reviews from the Heart.
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