Our defining moment is a sunburnt kiss.Darcy, Love is a Beach
**swoon** … just … **swoon**!
Gosh just where do I start with this one? Love is a Beach is quite a story, both in length and plot. It’s too long to really be able to read in one sitting, though the way it held my attention and captured my heart I both wish I could have consumed it in one go, and yet never finished it either. Whilst not a second-chance romance, it is a story of getting a second chance at love, happiness and family. And, whilst ‘the course of true love never did run smooth’, a promise to wait however long it takes is never given lightly.
As he presses a sweet, tender kiss to my lips, my tears fall harder as I wonder if we can survive this when this already feels like dying. It’s one thing to say you’ll wait for someone.
It’s another to actually do it. My father didn’t stick around. My husband didn’t stick around or even fight for us. And Leo? He could have any woman he wants, why wait an indefinite amount of time for me?Darcy, Love is a Beach
Not only is this Darcy and Leo’s story, but it is Nana, Archer, Abigail and Niall’s story too. You can’t help but fall in love with these wonderful, troubled and very special people. We all need a Nana in our lives, and if Archer is partly based on her own son, the, Lilliana Anderson has one of the cutest and most wonderful 8 year old boys on the planet. I think Archer could bring world peace and solve all the planets problems if he ever put his mind to it.
“I do hate him. Dad’s aren’t meant to steal, Abby. It’s come-on sense.”
“Don’t you mean ‘common-sense’, dear?” Nana asks.
Archer and Nana, Love is a Beach
“No. It’s like when someone does something really dumb and everyone shouts, ‘come on’ at them because they should have known better. Come-on sense.”
The chemistry between Darcy and Leo could be felt, it smoulders from the page and has you rooting for this couple from the off. Leo is a unicorn of a man and I’m so jealous of Darcy finding such a wonderful, yet also very believable, guy to love her. I don’t CARE that he’s fictional, I totally fell for him too. Darcy is so hugely giving and forgiving that you can’t even dislike her. You’re actually pleased that someone as wonderful and special as Leo enters her life, because quite frankly she deserves it.
We just …. click. And I’m at the age where you don’t pass that kind of thing up. You wait. Even if it means the only action you get is with Mrs Palmer and her five daughters for a whileLeo, Love is a Beach
Whilst the author wrote this as a rom-com for me it transcends that genre, or at the very least is the bar by which all other books are judged. It’s more smiley-giggly-fun than snort-through-the-nose laugh out loud BUT that was what I loved about it. Some books do make you howl and chuckle in public, but very often they are also a little too cheesy with fairly 2 dimensional characters. Here the humour is much more observational than slapstick. It’s in the zest for life of the characters, the embarrassing moments we all encounter and that’s what makes it work so well.
..but when the orgasmic shudders subside and reality sets in, it turns out I’m just a forty-year-old woman sitting on top of her Nan’s next-door neighbour, holding her tits up about her neck and looking foolish…..Darcy, Love is a Beach
“I should go.” I frown, and release my tits. They bounce twice, well, it’s not a bounce exactly, more a double tug as gravity taken them back to where it’s dragged them over the years.
Darcy and Leo find each other quickly and yet also take a long time to find their path too. Yet at no point did the book ever feel as though it was dragging it’s feet. Never did a passage feel like unnecessary filler. Quite simply this couple had one heck of a story to tell, a story of one step forward and two steps back, at times, a story of choosing the right path. A story of two betrayed souls finding the strength to take risks and do what makes them happy, rather than what is safe.
“You keep smiling and telling us everything is good, But your eyes are really, really sad.”Archer and Darcy, Love is a Beach
“I see.” I take a big, sobering breath, struggling not to let my sad eyes leak sad tears.
This is a must read book. It’s sexy and sweet, painful but passionate, hopeless but hopeful. It has two amazing, believable and very human main characters in Leo and Darcy plus a host of supporting characters that range from the sublime to the ridiculous. I can guarantee that not only will you enjoy every single minute of the book but you too will then be recommending it to family and friends.
And finally I feel it’s only right and proper to leave the last few words to Nana and Darcy.
“As long as their maypole works and they give as good as they get I’m a happy lady.”
Does anyone else have an eighty-something grandmother who talks this openly about her sex life? No? So, it’s just me then.
A word to the wise: when the man of your dreams appears, don’t wear the exact same dress as your nana…
The day Darcy learned the news of her husband’s remission she expected a celebration, or at least a nice piece of cake. Instead, she’s served with divorce papers. Oh, and the knowledge they’re bankrupt.
With her twenty year union over and two children to support on her own, she moves in with her eccentric grandmother, hoping to find peace and quiet in the seaside town of Bayside.
What she isn’t expecting to find is a set of saggy old man balls upon arrival.
Needing to bleach her eyes, calm her screaming teen daughter and stop her eight year old son from filming the chaos to upload, Darcy is already reconsidering the sanity in her decision. Turns out, Nana is quite the player in the retirement circle.
She also fancies herself a bit of a matchmaker.
Deciding local football legend, Leo Murphy will provide the ultimate distraction for Darcy, Nana enlists the help of her trouble-loving great-grandson with somewhat disastrous results. Leo doesn’t know what hit him. Literally.
With a great smile and a body to die for, it isn’t hard to convince Darcy to give Leo a chance. It also helps that he has a lot of patience for one particularly rambunctious young boy and can’t run too fast on his busted knee—a captive audience is easily swayed, after all.
But with a teenager in the midst of a meltdown, a heart cracked and bruised, and a son who keeps her on her toes, even a chance could prove too much for Darcy. Luckily Leo isn’t the kind of man who gives up easily.
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