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Thursday, April 20, 2017
Bayside Desires Excerpt Reveal ~ Melissa Foster
Today we have a blitz for Bayside Desires by Melissa Foster!
Check out this fantastic new contemporary romance and preorder your copy now!!
Title: Bayside Desires
Author: Melissa Foster
Genre: Contemporary romance
Release Date: May 9th
About Bayside Desires:
Fall in love at
Bayside, where sandy beaches, good friends, and true love come together in the
sweet small towns of Cape Cod.
BAYSIDE SUMMERS is a series of standalone steamy romance
novels featuring alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They're fun,
flirty, flawed, deeply emotional, always passionate, and easy to relate to.
"With her wonderful characters and resonating
emotions, Melissa Foster is a must-read author!" -NYT Bestseller Julie
"Melissa Foster is synonymous with sexy, swoony,
heartfelt romance!" -NYT Bestseller Lauren Blakely
In Bayside Desires...
As the co-owner of Bayside Resorts, Rick Savage has a
fabulous job working with his best friends and brother, and a thriving business
in Washington, DC, which he’ll be returning to at the end of the summer.
Spending time with his family is great, but being back on Cape Cod has
unearthed painful memories. When sweet, smart, and overly cautious Desiree
Cleary moves in next door, Rick is drawn to the sexy preschool teacher, and she
just might prove to be the perfect distraction.
Running an art gallery was not in preschool teacher Desiree
Cleary’s plans, but after being tricked into coming to her impetuous,
unreliable mother’s aid, she’s stuck spending the summer with the badass half
sister she barely knows and a misbehaving dog. If that’s not frustrating
enough, she can’t escape the sparks igniting with her strikingly handsome and
pushy neighbor, Rick, who makes all her warning bells go off.
Passion ignites as Desiree and Rick spend long summer nights
sharing heartfelt confessions and steamy kisses. For the first time in years
Rick is enjoying life again instead of hiding behind mounds of work miles away
from his family. Desiree has touched him in a way that makes him want to slow
down. Only slowing down means dealing with his demons, and he isn’t sure who
he’ll be when he comes out the other side.
All Bayside books can be read as standalone novels or as
part of the series:
Bayside Summers is part of the Love in Bloom romance
collection by New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning
author Melissa Foster. While each book may be read as a standalone, you might
enjoy reading the entire Love in Bloom series. Characters from each sub-series
appear in future books. Visit Melissa's website for family trees, series
checklists, and more.
Desiree clearly stood at the end of a jetty at Indian Neck
Beach, watching three brawny guys race around Cape Cod Bay on Jet Skis while
she FaceTimed with her best friend, Emery Andrews. She had known Emery since
first grade, and she was the only person who would understand why, after driving
for more than twelve hours, Desiree was standing on that jetty, pretending to
be on vacation, instead of facing the woman who had summoned her to Wellfleet.
“I should have come with you,” Emery insisted. “You’re at
the beach, and I’m stuck here teaching yoga and Pilates to people who go home
and eat entire pizzas afterward. Not that I’m only thinking of me. I’m
just saying. I could be your backbone when you see your mother. You know, make
sure you don’t wimp out on telling her how cruel it was to go months without
any contact and then send you that email.”
Emery had a right to be upset. She’d been there for Desiree
for more than twenty years, picking up the pieces of Desiree’s broken heart
after short, awkward, visits with her mother. Lizza Vancroft had been breezing
in and out of her life since Desiree was five years old. Desiree was used to
hearing from her mother only once or twice a year, but her most recent email
had taken the cake. She’d read the cryptic message dozens of times, as
concerned as she was annoyed. I need you to come to Wellfleet and run my
art gallery for the summer. It might prolong my life. She hadn’t even known
Lizza was ill, much less owned a gallery and had been living in the States.
“I’ll be fine,” she said, though she wasn’t sure she
believed it. After Desiree’s parents had divorced, Lizza had taken off to teach
overseas with Desiree’s half sister, Violet, leaving Desiree to live with her
father. Some small part of her was still waiting for her mother to make amends
for leaving her behind. “I just need a few minutes to get my head on straight
before facing her.”
One of the Jet Skis headed directly for another, swerving at
the last second to avoid a collision. “Holy cow. Someone is going to get
killed. Look at these guys.” She held up her phone to show Emery the crazy Jet
Skiers. “Who does that? It’s so dangerous.”
“Hot Jet Skiing guys who thrive on danger. My kind of guys,
and your perfect distraction.” Emery waggled her brows.
“I don’t need a distraction. Lizza is almost a stranger to
me. It’s like I’m waiting to get bad news from someone I met a few times but
don’t really know.”
“I know. Your mother is as flighty as a fairy, and I’m sure right
now you wish you were wired like her and Violet instead of being responsible
and organized to the nth degree, like your father,” Emery said. Spot-on,
as always. “Then you could be the one who was living overseas working
with one nonprofit or another without Internet or a care in the world, like
Violet, instead of procrastinating the unleashing of a nest of demons you’ve
spent years tamping down.”
“You’re so dramatic.” Desiree smiled, thankful for Emery’s
She had no idea whether Violet would be there when she
arrived. Though she and Violet had grown up on opposite sides of the world,
they had spent a few weeks together at the Cape each summer with their
grandmother. At least they had until they were teens and one or the other had
found better things to do, most years whittling those weeks down to just a few
days. They’d kept in touch only sporadically during college, and before their
grandmother’s funeral last winter, it had been more than three years since
Desiree had seen Violet or their mother. But that didn’t mean Desiree hadn’t
always wished for a relationship with her sister, despite how different they
“That’s why you love me.” Emery flashed a cheesy smile.
“Seriously, though. You need to just go see Lizza and get it over with. And you
should probably be glad I’m not there. Because as far as I’m concerned, her
email was infuriating, unfair, and heartrending.” Emery’s eyes narrowed. “I’d
like to give her a piece of my mind.”
“So would I,” Desiree admitted. “But I won’t.” A breeze
swept off the bay, lifting the ends of her dress. She pushed it back down,
catching a glimpse of one of the Jet Skiers slowing to watch her. As if she
wasn’t nervous enough today?
“I know. You’ve got the biggest heart on the planet. We need
a plan. You do best with plans.” Emery tucked her brown hair behind her ear and
leaned closer to the screen, like she was sharing a secret. “Tonight, after you
get your heart torn to shreds, since I’m not there to help heal your
mama-wounds, please get yourself a nice bottle of wine and a big man.
I promise that will help ease whatever pain she throws your way.”
“Don’t you mean a big bottle of wine and
a nice man?” Desiree asked, as the Jet Skier who was watching her
broke away from the others and sped past.
“Definitely not. You don’t need a nice man. I know
you think you want romance and all the mushy stuff like flowers,
candy, and midnight walks.” Emery flashed her
don’t-even-try-to-tell-me-otherwise scowl. “But trust me. You need a man who
takes control, whose kisses turn you inside out and make you forget about your
She wrapped her arms around her middle, listening to the
roar of the lone Jet Ski cutting tracks in front of her and wondering about
kisses that turned a woman inside out. She had yet to experience anything like
that, but Emery talked about them like she’d had enough to share. Maybe
it was time to expand her horizons.
“Hello?” Emery said. “Think you can look at me and stop
watching the hot Jet Skiers for two minutes?”
Desiree laughed. “Like you’d ever look at me instead of a
guy? Besides, I’m only watching one, because he’s watching me.
The other two are long gone.” She held up her phone again, showing her the hot
guy with dark hair keeping time with her as she paced the jetty.
“God, you’re so lucky. Go take hot Jet Ski guy for
a ride and show up late to see Lizza.” Emery waggled her brows. “For
all you know, she’s not even at your grandmother’s house waiting for you.”
That was true. Lizza and Violet still hadn’t replied to her
messages. But that didn’t change the fact that Desiree wasn’t a jump-in-the
sack with a stranger kind of girl. “That’s just what I need. A reckless
adrenaline junkie before seeing Lizza. No thanks.”
Emery turned away from the phone. “I have to go. My date is
“You have a date? With who?”
“One of the reckless, adrenaline-junky Jericho brothers.
I’ll let you try to figure out which one.” She blew Desiree a kiss. “Listen,
babe. Take my advice. Bang the Jet Ski guy; then you’ll be nice and relaxed
when you see Lizza. Call if you need me. Love you!”
Desiree ended the call, and the guy trailing her on the Jet
Ski zoomed past. He made a sharp turn and headed back, eyes locked on her,
making her heart race. Maybe letting loose for a night was just what
she needed. One night of uninhibited anything would be a first. The
Jet Ski turned again, taking another, faster pass, the hot guy’s eyes still
trained on her. Butterflies took flight in her stomach. He was obviously
He turned again and headed straight toward the jetty.
Straight for her.
Oh God. How long had she been staring at him? What
was I thinking?
She tried to act casual, looking at the boats, the sky,
anywhere but at the man on the machine as she made her way along the rocks
toward the beach. He fishtailed, spraying water in her direction. She shrieked
and turned away as water rained down on her.
No, a reckless man was definitely not what she
About Melissa Foster:
Melissa has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Her interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.
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