Blog Tour: Bayside Passions by Melissa Foster (Review & Giveaway!!)

Author: Melissa Foster
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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. And of course, you'll see cameos from the Seaside Summers characters!


When Emery Andrews's best friend, Desiree, moves away, falls in love, and opens a an inn all in one summer, she feels her absence like a missing limb. Until she visits over the holidays and meets sinfully hot Dean Masters, who's as easy on the eyes as he is to talk to. After returning home, what starts as a flurry of late-night flirtations quickly turns into a deep connection and unexpected friendship. Now, months later, Desiree offers Emery a job teaching yoga at the inn. Adventurous Emery jumps at the chance and heads for Wellfleet, Massachusetts, to reunite with her BFF and her new close friend, Dean.

After months of sharing their lives, and their secrets, over video chats and phone calls, Dean's ready to move things to the next level. The fact that Emery seems oblivious to the sparks between them and has recently put her foot down about dating friends just means he'll have to bide his time.

When Emery finds a naked man in her kitchen the first morning she's there, Dean doesn't hesitate to move her into his guest room. Maybe now Emery will see what's right before her eyes--although that guy she's got a date with might be a problem.

Several months ago I read Melissa Foster's ONLY FOR YOU (Sugar Lake, #2) so when the chance came up to be part of the blog tour for Melissa's BAYSIDE PASSIONS (Bayside Summers, #2) I jumped at the chance. I couldn't wait to dive into another one of her series. Plus BAYSIDE PASSIONS is a romance that takes place at the beach, and truly, what's better than that? 

The result? Super sweet as well as super sexy, BAYSIDE PASSIONS is fun & fast-paced friends-to-lover romance. 

BAYSIDE PASSIONS introduces Desiree and Dean. 

Desiree is work savvy, flirty, and a wild child. BUT she has has two problems. The small one? She's HORRIBLE at relationships. The bigger one? She's falling head over heels for her best friend Dean and given her romantic history she's terrified. Can she risk potentially losing her best friend? From the moment Desiree is introduced I thought she was hilarious. The first scene where she "helps" Dean with weeding his garden had me in stitches! It was definitely something I could see myself doing as well. I could relate to Desiree's struggles with Dean. It is hard deciding whether a romance is worth the risk of losing a friend. I also enjoyed that her work was included. It was awesome to see how much positivity she brought to her patient's lives through yoga. 

Dean is an alpha hero: strong, protective, and charm-your-pants-off sexy. He's in the same thought-process as Desiree: is giving into their chemistry worth the potential fallout? Dean is starting to think so. I loved how protective Dean was with Desiree, especially at the beginning. For example, when he took charge of her living situation I was laughing out loud. What a guy! Additionally, I liked how he approached pursing a relationship with Desiree. He was always willing to take his time to make her comfortable (a big win!), but he also wasn't afraid to call her out if she was being ridiculous (another win!). 

As mentioned above, the romance in BAYSIDE PASSIONS is sweet as well as sexy. While it wasn't my top favorite friends-to-lovers romance, I still enjoyed seeing it develop. I especially loved the banter between Desiree and Dean as well as how they both would push each others buttons to the extreme. They were an adorable couple for sure! 

There is one thing, though, that brought BAYSIDE PASSIONS down a little in my eyes. It lacked a certain "spark." Yes, I enjoyed reading it, but I was never glued to the pages, dying to know what would happen next. Probably more of a me problem than anything, but I just wanted to throw that out there. 

Overall, BAYSIDE PASSIONS is a the perfect quick read for a lazy Saturday. 

3 stars!!

Bayside Passions is now out! 

Source: eBook provided by publicist for blog tour 

All BAYSIDE SUMMERS books can be read as standalone novels or as part of the series:

Bayside Desires
Bayside Passions
Bayside Heat
Bayside Escape

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.

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About Melissa Foster:
Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance and women's fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Readers adore Melissa's fun, flirty, and sinfully sexy, award-winning big family romance collection, LOVE IN BLOOM featuring the Snow Sisters, Bradens, Remingtons, Ryders, Seaside Summer, Harborside Nights, and the Wild Boys After Dark. Melissa's emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented.

Melissa also writes sweet and clean romance under the pen name Addison Cole.

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.

Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on social media or her personal website.

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  1. Friends to lovers! I love that trope. I haven't read a book by Melissa Foster in a while, but I've enjoyed the few I've read. It's a shame this one was lacking in a bit of oomph.
    Great review!

  2. I'm glad Bayside Passions helped fill a quiet Saturday and that you joined the tour! Thank you so much for your review OXOXO


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