Sandcastle Beach – Published 2021
“Maya Mehta will do anything to save her tiny, beloved community theater. Put on musicals she hates? Check. Hire an arrogant former-pop-star-turned-actor? Done. But what Maya really needs to save her theater is Matchmaker Bay’s new business grant. She’s got some serious competition, though: Benjamin “Law” Lawson, local bar owner, Jerk Extraordinaire, and Maya’s annoyingly hot arch nemesis. Let the games begin.
Law loves nothing more than getting under Maya’s skin, and making those gorgeous eyes dance with irritation. But when he discovers the ex-pop star has a thing for Maya, too, Law decides he’s done waiting in the wings-starting with a scorching-hot kiss. Turns out there’s a thin line between hate and irresistible desire, and Maya and Law are really good at crossing it. But when things heat up, will they allow their long-standing feud to get in the way of their growing feelings?” – Goodreads
A huge thank you to Grand Central Publishing for the finished copy of this book! I absolutely adored A Princess for Christmas, so I was very excited to read this one by the same author!
This is a small town slow burn romance that also has an enemies to lovers trope! It also has some meddling elderly townsfolk, and I think that’s just really endearing. Maya and Law have an ongoing feud, and I mean ongoing. This book has some giant chunks of time, where all of a sudden it’s 6 months later and not much has changed. You can tell where it’s headed, but it surely takes its time getting there! They have witty banter, but also an obvious friendship that neither character realizes, and some very slowly rising chemistry.
I have not read the earlier books, and didn’t feel like I was confused about the past of either character, so it can definitely be read as a standalone, and it would make a nice beach read this summer!