Review: Cape Cod Kisses by Bella Andre & Melissa Foster
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A sweet, fun read in what promises to be the start of a great series, this is a book that fans of Bella Andre and Melissa Foster will want to check out.
I’ve read some of Andre’s novels before, but am new to Foster’s writing, so I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect when I picked up this title. Admittedly it was Bella Andre’s name on the cover which drew me to the story. Having read her Sullivans series, I was hoping for a similar feel and I was happy that this book didn’t disappoint. As a writing team, Andre and Foster make a great pair and I’m looking forward to seeing where they take the remaining books in this series.
Shelley is a sweet character. I loved that even though she comes from a wealthy family, she doesn’t let her family name define her and that she prefers to work hard for what she wants rather than riding on her father’s coattails. I also admire her adventurous spirit and that she’s not afraid to experience life by herself. The idea of going on a solo honeymoon isn’t something I would have ever thought to try and do, but now it’s got me wondering what it would be like. Quinn strikes me as a great guy whose only drawback is his habit of putting work before anything else. He’s almost too good to be true though, mostly because once he realizes that this habit of his could result in losing out on his chance with Shelley, he instantly begins to change his ways. I have to give him credit for realizing that this behavior is more harmful than good, but I did arch my brow a bit with how quickly he not only came to this realization, but actually went about trying to change the behavior. It’s not that simple, and it certainly isn’t something that can be changed as rapidly as it is in the story.
Regardless, both are enjoyable characters whose relationship, while instantaneous, is easy going and sweet. Yeah, this book is all about the insta-love, but despite this, and the fact that there isn’t a whole lot of conflict between the characters when you get right down to it, the relationship works. It’s not overly complicated, and the baggage that both characters carry is manageable.
I also liked getting to know the other members of the Rockwell family, and as I mentioned earlier, I’m looking forward to reading their stories at some point. And I’m very curious to learn more about Quinn’s grandfather, Chandler. At first I wasn’t sure I was going to like the patriarch of the Rockwell family, and after having read this book, I’m still not entirely sure how much of my like for him leans toward tolerance or genuine respect. Trent is a fascinating guy, and I absolutely love Sierra. Derek strikes me as a bit of a hot head, whereas Ethan seems more like the boy next door. Overall they’re a wonderful, multifaceted family who I hope will prove to be worth reading more about.
The overall pacing of the story was good. It never felt like it lagged, but it also didn’t feel like it was rushed. You could easily read it in one sitting if you so desired. If I’m to be nit picky, I found the book to be a bit anti-climatic. It is a simple romance novel, but it’s a good romance nonetheless. I actually found it a nice change from some of the stuff I’ve been reading of late.
Having said that, if you are a fan of family romance series, you’ll enjoy this book immensely. So if you are looking for a sweet romance or if you are wanting to try something new, grab a copy for yourself and give the Rockwell family a try. I promise that you won’t be disappointed.
About the Authors:
Known for “sensual, empowered stories enveloped in heady romance” (Publishers Weekly), her books have been Cosmopolitan Magazine “Red Hot Reads” twice and have been translated into ten languages. Winner of the Award of Excellence, The Washington Post called her “One of the top writers in America” and she has been featured by NPR, USA Today, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and TIME Magazine. A graduate of Stanford University, she has given keynote speeches at publishing conferences from Copenhagen to Berlin to San Francisco, including a standing-room-only keynote at Book Expo America in New York City.
If not behind her computer, you can find her reading her favorite authors, hiking, swimming or laughing. Married with two children, Bella splits her time between the Northern California wine country and a 100 year old log cabin in the Adirondacks.
Melissa Foster is an award-winning, International bestselling author. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Café. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa is also a community builder for the Alliance for Independent Authors. She has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.
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