I thought I wouldn't like the next book in the Sandcastle Bay series as much as the first (The Holiday Cottage By The Sea) as I thought I wouldn't like Melody and Jamie more than I did Aidan and Tori's story. But I was wrong! I actually liked this book better. It seemed shorter to me (I'm not completely sure since I have it on Kindle which one is longer) and went by a lot faster. I absolutely loved and adored the character development of Jamie and Melody. As a rather clumsy person myself and a similar childhood background to Melody's, I felt I could really relate to her struggles and self-perception. Perhaps because they'd known each other for years, Jamie and Melody felt more realistic to me than Aiden and Tori (though I loved that the book continues to follow their story!) did. Like the first in this series, you're transported to this idyllic seaside town that is loaded with positive energy and apparently a lot of sexual tension lol. Plenty of romance and just enough sexiness and satisfying endings to make this a very enjoyable read. I felt happy and relaxed the whole book and right now that is exactly what I'm looking for out of novels.
Being new to Holly Martin's books, I didn't realize that most of her books are done in series so I'm glad I got lucky and had picked the 1st in this series to read first. I wouldn't say reading these out of order ruins the books but since the story follows up on previous characters' stories, I wouldn't read them out of order at all. I'm looking forward to reading about Leo and Ilsa and Elliott, who are set up beautifully in this novel for the next. That's coming on paperback to me so I'll have a little wait until I can complete this series (though I'll be sad when it's over!).