Seth sees Melanie every day, but he still hasn’t quite managed to work out how to talk properly to her and get her to trust him. He’s a self-confessed fixer, and it’s clear that Melanie needs help. Seth is determined to become that man, he just needs the right opening.
I found this to be a lovely, really sweet story. Seth and Melanie don’t rush into everything – they’re both quite layered characters who have plenty of skeletons in their closet. I really enjoyed the fact neither were simple, easy people. Seth is definitely a fixer and needs to save those around him – but that need stems from a very specific time when he couldn’t do so. And Melanie is on the surface a shy young woman, determined to make her own path – but there’s so much more that lies in her previous life, where her determination takes root from. I found these to be really interesting, complicated people who grabbed my attention and it was a pleasure to watch them not only come together, but learn about each other.
This story is set in Lobster Cove – and while it’s clear there are plenty of other stories set here, I had no problems following along, even though I picked up this book up without having read any of the previous other stories. I was a little disappointed with the ending. While Melanie was awesome confronting her demons from the past, I felt the resolution to the problem was just a little too pat. After such a momentous build up – pretty much the entire story – having everything just fall perfectly into place and be accepted in the final moments really felt unrealistic to me. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE a happy ending, I need that from my romance, but after a huge build up to this climactic scene, it felt so easy and smooth I couldn’t help but wonder if that was it and I’d missed something.
Having said that I strongly feel that for me; the most important aspects in a romance story are a) the romantic relationship and b) the characters. Both of these were excellently handled to my mind. I loved the slow, sweet blooming of the relationship between Melanie and Seth and I particularly enjoyed some of the baseball humour and the way they both kept it light but their connection flourished.
A lovely, sweet and warm love story between two deep and interesting characters.
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