Title: Sandcastle Beach
Author: Jenny Holiday
Publication Date: March 9, 2021
Page Count: 432
My rating: 5 stars
About the book:
From the USA Today bestselling “master of witty banter” (Entertainment Weekly) comes a hilarious and heartwarming romance about two enemies whose feud turns red-hot.
Maya Mehta will do anything to save her tiny, beloved community theater. Put on musicals she hates? Check. Hire an arrogant former-pop-star-turned-actor? Done. But what Maya really needs to save her theater is Matchmaker Bay’s new business grant. She’s got some serious competition, though: Benjamin “Law” Lawson, local bar owner, Jerk Extraordinaire, and Maya’s annoyingly hot arch nemesis. Let the games begin.
Law loves nothing more than getting under Maya’s skin, and making those gorgeous eyes dance with irritation. But when he discovers the ex-pop star has a thing for Maya, too, Law decides he’s done waiting in the wings-starting with a scorching-hot kiss. Turns out there’s a thin line between hate and irresistible desire, and Maya and Law are really good at crossing it. But when things heat up, will they allow their long-standing feud to get in the way of their growing feelings?
Includes the bonus novella Once Upon a Bride!
Sandcastle Beach by Jenny Holiday is the third book in the contemporary romance Matchmaker Bay series. As with a lot of contemporary romance series the theme to the series is the setting and the main characters will change with each new book so they all can be read and understood as a standalone or in any order if choosing to do so. There are little glimpses of previous characters in the series all throughout though for those that follow along from the beginning.
Matchmaker Bay is actually the nickname of the charming little Moonflower Bay, Ontario due to some nosey matchmaking residents. This time around it’s Maya Mehta and Benjamin “Law” Lawson who have come into the sights of the matchmakers in the small town. Maya is trying to get her tiny community theater put on the map and Law owns the local bar. What these two need is the new business grant that the town is offering putting them both in direct competition with one another so the only sparks flying should be those from anger at one another, right?
I have read all three books in the contemporary romance Matchmaker Bay series and have absolutely loved every one of them. The characters have all been likable and Law and Maya were not an exception to that and I have also absolutely come to love our quirky cast of matchmakers. That type of quirky humor I usually go searching for in cozy mysteries but found it in this contemporary series too. Each romance has won me over so while I don’t know if there will be a book four if there is I will definitely be reading it.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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