Book Review: ‘Seaside Christmas: A Sweet Romance’ by Stacy Claflin

Seaside Christmas

Title: Seaside Christmas: A Sweet Romance (The Seaside Hunters Book 5)

Published: 6th November 2015

Author: Stacy Claflin

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Twitter: @growwithstacy

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/6591338.Stacy_Claflin

Synopsis:

He can’t stand her. She thinks he’s crazy. Will their feelings stay etched in permanent ink?

Cruz Hunter has always stuck out in his small hometown. Now that he’s covered in tattoos, the residents peg him as even more of an outcast. It seems like the whole world is against his dream of opening a local tattoo parlor.

When he finally finds the perfect place for his new business, Cruz discovers a pastor and his daughter have already bought it. The only thing more irritating than the change in his plan is Talia, a beautiful and feisty argument in a dress. Cruz would like nothing more than to have her out of his life and his mind, but for some reason, she’s the only thing he can think about.

If Cruz and Talia can stop arguing long enough, opposites may do much more than attract.

Seaside Christmas is the fifth standalone novel in the Seaside Hunters collection, a series of sweet contemporary romances centered on the Hunter brothers. Author Stacy Claflin’s beautiful seaside town of Kittle Falls will make you want to visit… and stay! If you like chemistry, budding romance, and love in a quaint small town, then you’ll fall for the latest tale in the series.

Read Seaside Christmas today to bring another Hunter story home!

Review:

If you are looking for a sweet love story set around Christmas time to get yourself in the Christmas spirit then this is the book for you.

They say opposites attract. Well Talia and Cruz couldn’t be further apart. A little push in the right direction though and soon the bearded, tattooed biker falls for the pastors daughter. I loved the beginning between Talia and Cruz. They had a fun back and forth going on, with a lot of underlying sexual tension below the surface.

Cruz has wanted to open up a tattoo parlour for a while now and finally got the councils approval as long as it was on the outskirts of the town. An old abandoned church is what he had his eye set on buying and his estate agent was meant to be getting everything sorted for the sale. So you can understand why he would be put out to see that the council and estate agent have gone behind his back and now agreed to sell it to a pastor and his daughter so they could restore it.

What starts off as Cruz trying to convince them to buy something different, rather than find something else for himself, soon changes once he gets to know them a bit better. He tries to convince himself that it has nothing to do with how good Talia looked bending over to get something out of the oven though. That and his friend suddenly remembered that he had an old salon that he could give him to convert into his tattoo parlour, which just happens to be next door to the church.

I would have liked to see a bit more of a show down with the estate agent and the council though. After Cruz saying all the hoops he had to jump through to get permission to use the church I would have thought they would have been all over his new place. But maybe the pastor put in a good word for him as he seemed to warm to Cruz right away.

Talia can’t believe the nerve of Cruz trying to get her father to back out of the deal with purchasing the church. She starts off disliking him very quickly but it might be more of a case of ‘she protests too much’ as its more likely that she is denying her true feelings. In that she felt drawn to him very quickly and didn’t know how to deal with it. She feels comfortable and safe around him more than she thought she would.

After starting off on the wrong foot Cruz and Talia start over fresh with him offering to help get the church ready for the Christmas season service. The more time they spend together the quicker you can see them fall. They try to hold back their true feelings from each other to begin with as neither is really looking for a relationship. It takes an accident to kick start Cruz into taking action though – Talia almost falling off the church roof while putting Christmas lights up would do it – but he soon sees it as the best decision he’s ever made.

Like most Christmas romances they fall fast, even with a few obstacles thrown in their path, but then I think there is a theme with this series that once a Hunter finds his girl he gets her quick and plans to keep her for life. Does make me want to read the others in the series to see how the other Hunter men got their women for keeps. Pacing was good to start with but found that the ending felt a bit rushed – could have been developed a bit more.

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3 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from I Am a Reader for my honest review.

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