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

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

Published: 6th November 2015

Author: Stacy Claflin

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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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Blog Tour: ‘Seaside Christmas’ by Stacy Clafin

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seaside christmasSeaside Christmas by Stacy Claflin

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.

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Excerpt

 

The snow glistened in the sun and crunched under Cruz Hunter’s boots as he walked toward the building that would soon be his.

“It’s perfect, yo.” He turned to Jake, his younger brother. “Wait until you see it up close.” This road had yet to be treated, so they had to park and walk a block.

Jake tightened his scarf. “Almost looks like a church.”

“It was—a long time ago. Then it was a restaurant before being abandoned.”

“It’s going to take some work.” Jake squinted.

“Not too much, dude.” Nothing was going to crush Cruz’s enthusiasm today. The old, brown building with peeling paint and weather-worn wood paneling was going to be his—just as soon as he signed the papers. “Mostly just the outside. It’s gonna be perfect for my tattoo parlor.”

“Well, you know I’ll help as much as I can.” Jake didn’t sound convinced.

“Don’t judge it ‘til you see the inside.” Cruz pulled up a leather sleeve and scratched his newest tattoo, the feet of a dragon which was part of a much larger work going up most of his arm.

“I won’t,” Jake promised.

Cruz’s pulse raced with each step as they neared the building. There wasn’t a person alive who could convince him it wasn’t the most beautiful building in existence. He’d wanted to open his tat shop for as long as he could remember, and with Kittle Falls being such a small town, it had taken a lot of work to convince the town council to even consider giving him permission to open a shop. They finally conceded when he found a property at the edge of town where no tourist would ever accidentally stumble upon it.

“It looks pretty cool,” Jake said. “How are we going to see inside?”

“Windows, man. Ever heard of ‘em?” Cruz laughed and gave his brother a playful shove.

“You mean those fancy glass things some buildings have?” Jake joked.

They finally reached the property line. Cruz took a deep breath, taking in the sight. “Isn’t she beautiful?”

“Um…”

Cruz stared at the solid structure. “You see hard work and a building as aged as old man Kittle himself—”

“Who’s long been dead,” Jake added.

“But I see opportunity. A dream fulfilled.” Cruz stared at the building a moment longer. “You ready to see her up close?”

“That’s why I’m here.”

Cruz took a step forward, but froze when the front door opened.

“Ghosts?” Jake asked.

Cruz held his breath, not sure of the answer. “Maybe it’s our lucky day,” Cruz said. “If the door’s unlocked, I can give you the grand tour.”

A slim, middle-aged man wearing black slacks and matching shiny shoes stepped out onto the porch. He appeared to be speaking to someone inside. A beautiful blonde about Cruz’s age, wearing a blue dress under a long, thick winter coat stepped out.

Jake turned to Cruz and arched an eyebrow. Cruz shook his head.

“What’s going on?” Jake whispered.

“I got nothin’.” Cruz took a deep breath of the chilled early-December air.

“Building inspectors?” Jake asked.

“Maybe.” Cruz frowned, watching the duo. They acted like they owned the place.

Finally, the guy closed the door and locked it, stuffing the key into his jacket pocket.

Cruz exchanged a worried glance with his brother as irritation set in. Something wasn’t right. He stepped forward, meeting the two of them at the bottom step.

“Greetings,” said the man. He smiled warmly at Cruz.

Cruz didn’t respond.

“Are you a neighbor?” asked the girl.

“You could say that,” Cruz said. “Who are you?”

The man smiled and held out his hand. “My name’s Pastor Allen Tisdale, and this is my daughter, Talia.”

She smiled sweetly and extended her hand, also.

Cruz flicked his head in acknowledgment, but ignored their extended hands. “What are you doing here?”

Jake stepped forward, taking Allen’s hand. “Excuse my brother. I’m Jake Hunter, and he’s Cruz. You must be new to Kittle Falls. Welcome.”

“Thank you,” Allen said. “Talia and I have bought this building. I understand it was a restaurant for a decade or so, but we’re going to restore it to a church.”

Cruz stared at him, unable to find words. That was probably a good thing, considering the words he would have chosen.

 

Meet the Hunter brothers of Kittle Falls…

The Seaside Hunters novels are a series of contemporary sweet romances. They’re set in the beach town of Kittle Falls, following the Hunter brothers as they make their way back to their hometown and find the loves they couldn’t elsewhere. Each book is a standalone.

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StacyAuthor Stacy Claflin

I don’t stick to a single genre in my writing, reading, or viewing. My favorite shows include Supernatural, The Walking Dead, Pretty Little Liars, Lost Girl, Vampire Diaries, and Once Upon a Time.

I’ve been writing and telling stories for as long as I can remember. As a kid, my story telling would get me into trouble because I would try to convince others that my stories were real.

When I’m not busy writing, I like spending time with my family and friends. I also educate my kids from home.

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Book Blitz: ‘Seaside Christmas’ by Stacy Claflin

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Seaside Christmas by Stacy Claflin

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.

add to goodreads

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Meet the Hunter brothers of Kittle Falls…

The Seaside Hunters novels are a series of contemporary sweet romances. They’re set in the beach town of Kittle Falls, following the Hunter brothers as they make their way back to their hometown and find the loves they couldn’t elsewhere. Each book is a standalone.

Seaside

 

StacyAuthor Stacy Claflin

I don’t stick to a single genre in my writing, reading, or viewing. My favorite shows include Supernatural, The Walking Dead, Pretty Little Liars, Lost Girl, Vampire Diaries, and Once Upon a Time.

I’ve been writing and telling stories for as long as I can remember. As a kid, my story telling would get me into trouble because I would try to convince others that my stories were real.

When I’m not busy writing, I like spending time with my family and friends. I also educate my kids from home.

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