Summer at the Shore

Summer at the Shore (Seashell Bay 2)

Release date: June 30, 2015


Morgan Merrifield sacrificed her teaching career to try to save her family’s bed-and-breakfast and care for her younger sister. She can’t let herself get distracted by Ryan Butler. After all, the rugged ex-Special Forces soldier is only in Seashell Bay for the summer. But her longtime crush soon flares into real desire-and with one irresistible kiss, she’s swept away.

Ryan values his freedom. As much as he wants Morgan, he’s not ready to settle down with anyone, much less in sleepy Seashell Bay. But his code of honor doesn’t allow him to leave a woman in distress-and she’s in desperate need of help to fix the inn. It only takes one day working under the same roof and Ryan is already hoping for a lifetime of hot summer nights . . .

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“A quintessential love story set on a romantic island, the second in the Seashell Bay series delivers readers a great summer read. Morgan and Ryan have sizzling chemistry and the plot stays consistently interesting and keeps things moving. Summer at the Shore is definitely not to be missed.” 4 stars, RT Book Reviews

“Sykes (a pseudonym for spouses Vanessa Kelly and Randall Sykes) follows Meet Me at the Beach with this well-wrought smalltown romance…well-developed characters and a realistic plot give depth to this sweet contemporary.” Publishers Weekly

“I fell in love with the characters as well as the setting. The characters are likeable and the setting is very beautiful. This story is well written and the pace is great…I definitely recommend this series.” 4.5 stars, Night Owl Reviews Top Pick

“SUMMER AT THE SHORE is very well-written, realistic, with characters who deal with everyday issues and had many moments that made me smile. This is the perfect read for the summer.” 4 stars, The Sassy Bookster

“The road to HEA for these two takes its twists and turns, but in the end, it will have you cheering and sighing. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for great summertime beach read. I look forward to more in this wonderful series.” ~4 stars, Harlequin Junkie, Recommended Read

“I felt the anguish of this couple when things seemed hopeless, and their joy was off the charts if an event caused happiness. Their sexual compatibility led to lots of steamy encounters, and playfulness added to their intimacy. Devotion to others is a big part of what I liked about this couple, and they proved this trait over and over again. There is also much humor in the story, as several of the residents always had something snarky to say. And with a town full of diverse citizens, something amusing was often going on. I cannot wait to revisit with all the likeable characters in Seashell Bay Island.” 4.5 stars, Single Title Reviews

“The character development is wonderful and complex and the book weaves a delightful story of two people fighting their feelings that neither believes can result in a long-term relationship. The reader doesn’t know until the very end whether these two will be able to find their way forward together and it made me turn the pages faster and faster to see whether Morgan and Ryan get the happily ever after they deserved.” ~4 stars, RomanceReader

“This story is told from the point of view of Ryan and Morgan.  I love the side dialog with their friends and family.  The story flowed beautifully from scene to scene.  I never once got lost in the changes.  The chemistry between Ryan and Morgan had the pages on fire, and the fact that they both fought the attraction made it that much better…I could not put this book down.” 5 roses, Romancing the Book

“This book was perfect for a nice, easy read that had romance and love and that feeling of small town family.  Another terrific read just in time for beach season.” ~4 stars, Cat’s Reviews

“The story mainly centers around Ryan and Morgan and their developing relationship. Morgan is really sweet and Ryan is a very hunky hero with a tender heart. I liked catching up with Aiden and Lily from the first book and am looking forward to Holly and Micah’s story.” ~4.5 stars, Jen’s Reading Obsession

“Sykes has created a community of hard-working, sometimes quirky, characters who are seamlessly interwoven throughout Morgan and Ryan’s story, exactly as would be the case in any small town. We catch up with main characters from the first book and meet characters who will undoubtedly star in future books without ever losing focus of the main couple in this book. Seashell Bay is a community, with all it’s pros and cons, and Sykes captures that beautifully. Each visit to this fictional island off the coast of Maine only makes me more excited for the next one…I highly recommend Summer at the Shore for your summer reading list.” ~4 stars, The Romance Dish

“Oh my, how I loved this book! This small island town of Seashell Bay has definitely grabbed my heart.” ~Nerdy Girls Book Reviews

“The authors have done a wonderful job of painting us a picture of the sleepy town of Seashell Bay. I can honestly say that if this place truly existed, I’d definitely plan for a short vacation there. All in all, this book is solid and entertaining. I’ll look forward to when I can visit Seashell Bay again and get to know more characters.” ~Sultry Steamy Reading

“This book definitely had a lot of feels and it was a fun journey. And the setting was beautiful (at least how I pictured it in my head!) and it really makes me want to take a trip to the New England area!” ~Pages of Comfort

“This summer for Morgan and Ryan will be about rising above tragedy, being strong and most importantly, finding yourself…this was an perfect summer read! V.K. Sykes knows how to tell a story.” ~Ask a Bookworm

“I liked that Morgan and Ryan really did have a close friendship and were able to still have that bantering that you would find between two buddies, although the underlying attraction was difficult to set aside…Seashell Bay is chock-full of interesting people I wouldn’t mind getting to know better.” 4 stars, Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous