Thursday, July 9, 2015

Review: Beach Town by Mary Kay Andrews

Greer Hennessy needs palm trees. 

As a movie location scout, picture-perfect is the name of the game. But her last project literally went up in flames, and her career is on the verge of flaming out. Greer has been given one more chance, if she can find the perfect undiscovered beach hideaway for a big-budget movie. She zeroes in on a sleepy Florida panhandle town called Cypress Key. There's one motel, a marina, a long stretch of pristine beach and an old fishing pier with a community casino-which will be perfect for the film's explosive climax. 

There's just one problem. Eben Thibadeaux, the town mayor, completely objects to Greer's plan. A lifelong resident of Cypress Key, Eben wants the town to be revitalized, not commercialized. After a toxic paper plant closed, the bay has only recently been reborn, and Eb has no intention of letting anybody screw with his town again. But Greer has a way of making things happen, regardless of obstacles. And Greer and Eb are way too attracted to each other for either of them to see reason. 

Between an ambitious director and his entourage-including a spoiled "It Boy" lead actor-who parachute into town, a conniving local ex-socialite, and a cast of local fangirls and opportunists who catch the movie bug, nothing is going to be the same in Cypress Key. Now Greer is forced to make some hard choices: about the people and the town she's come to care about, and about her own life. True love is only for the movies, right? Can Greer find a way to be the heroine in her own life story? Told with inimitable heart and humor, Mary Kay Andrews' Beach Town is the perfect summer destination.

Received for review.

I'm not normally a huge romance reader but I couldn't pass this up since it sounded like such a perfect summer read.  I was not disappointed.

As with all romance novels the premise is completely ridiculous but the characters make it a fun and enjoyable read which is a very good thing since this is over four hundred pages of decidedly small print.  

Greer is genuinely likable and someone you would actually like to be friends with in real life.  She's a well rounded, interesting character.  Eb is unrealistic (which is to be expected) but still quite likable as well.  The two have a great dynamic that really takes this out of the usual rom-com territory and makes it more enjoyable for a wider audience.

The author does a lovely job with creating characters that you really are about and want to be happy in a beautiful setting.  She also writes beautiful, readable dialogue that just flows wonderfully.

Overall, whether you are a fan of the author or new to her work this is a must read for summer and should be considered an essential in every beach bag this season.  I definitely recommend it.

★★★★ = Really Liked It

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