Seaside Dreams is the second book I've read by Melissa Foster, and I do think her stories tug on the heartstrings. This book is no different. I felt so many different emotions for Bella and Caden, rooting for them to make it as a couple. I wanted Bella to give him a chance!
I loved Bella and her group of friends. They reminded me a lot of my friends, and the silly pranks we used to play. It would be so awesome to spend every summer together at a cottage like the one Bella and her friends stay in. I was totally jealous of them!
Bella has quit her job, is selling her house, and has taken on a temporary job at the local high school. She was badly hurt by a man she dated who worked with her at the job she just quit. She doesn't want to date or commit to anyone - she's decided she can't trust men. And then she meets Caden, probably one of the most trustworthy guys she'll ever meet. But she can't seem to let go of her preconceived notions.
Caden is a great guy, raising his son by himself after the mother took off when their son was a newborn. He's the kind of guy you can tell will be in a relationship for the long haul through the good times and bad. But as much as I could see that, Bella didn't want to see it for herself. Of course, it's always easier looking in from the outside.
While I rooted for them to get together, I think their relationship happened too quickly - it needed more time to develop and grow in my opinion. I was kind of shocked how quickly they became physical. But they were super hot together. I'm looking forward to the next book in this series and will be reading it for sure.