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Monday, June 3, 2013

Review: Sea Glass Island by Sherryl Woods

Title: Sea Glass Island
Author: Sherryl Woods
Series: Ocean Breeze, book 3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: MIRA Books
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“With her two younger sisters heading for the altar, will Samantha Castle exchange old dreams for new ones? Lately she'd rather be on the North Carolina coast with family than in New York with agents and actors. Though she vows not to let her teenage crush on Ethan Cole influence her decision, it's hard to ignore her feelings for the local war hero.

Ethan lost more than his leg in Afghanistan. He lost his belief in love. Even being surrounded by couples intent on capturing happily-ever-after won't open this jaded doctor's heart. It's going to take a sexy, determined woman--one who won't take no for an answer.”
Sea Glass Island is the third book in the Ocean Breeze series by Sherryl Woods.

Samantha Castle is the older of the Castle sisters. Her acting career in New York is on a downfall and not even her sister Gaby’s magic in PR can revive it. Samantha needs to decide if to continue fighting for it or just look for something new and more rewarding to do in her life.
Her youngest sister Emily’s wedding in Castle Bay couldn’t come at a better time. As the maid of honor Samantha can take some days off to help Emily with the final details of the wedding and think about her future. What Samantha wasn’t counting on is the meddling of her family who are trying hard to push her on Ethan Cole’s path.

If Ethan had known what the Castles had in store for him he wouldn’t have accepted to be Boone’s best man. After having his heart and his pride broken by his ex-fiancé the last thing Ethan wants is a relationship; he’s happy the way he lives and doesn’t need a woman in his life. At least that what he thought until the moment he met Samantha. Still, her good looks and quick mind are not enough to make him change his mind… or so he thought.

I liked Samantha in previous books and I liked her in Sea Glass Island. My only problem with her was that she tried too hard to get Ethan and was willing to accept the crumbs of affection he threw her way. I would have preferred if she would have been somehow stronger and would have gotten Ethan in a different way; it was almost as if she was too desperate for him, especially at the end when he did something very cowardly to her. He was the one that should have been looking for her and asking for forgiveness, not the other way around.

I was expecting a lot more from Ethan, I was almost sure he’ll be a great hero but sadly that was not the case. Ethan was not only too afraid of opening his heart but also did things that lower him even more in my eyes. I can’t say more without giving spoilers away.

Samantha and Ethan relationship started fun and playful, I liked it on the beginning but at the end it just felt rushed, unrealistic and anticlimactic.

We also see more of Emily, Boone, Gaby, Wane, Cora Jane, Sam and some other characters from previous books. I liked Gaby and Wane together; they have become a family and are enjoying their new baby. On the other hand in this installment Emily was a spoiled, selfish bridezilla. She even had some problems with Boone, problems she faced like a spoiled child.
Cora Jane is the same caring, meddling grandmother. I liked her more in this installment than in previous ones. The same was the case with Sam Castle. He’s coming around as a good parent and learning from his mistakes.

From this series, Sea Glass Island was the one I liked the least, that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy reading it because I did. It’s just that Sea Glass Island has some flaws the others didn’t have. I don’t recommend you to read Sea Glass Island as a stand-alone because there is too much background story needed to understand everything that’s going on in this book. Sea Glass Island also neatly ties all loose ends from previous books.

My Verdict: 3 ½ Paws

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