Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Beachy Keen by Kasey Stockton: Book Review

*Book received for consideration. All thoughts are my own.

He has it all, except the one thing money can't buy: her heart.

When Cat Keene finds a medical bill with the horrendous words final notice stamped across the front, she learns two things: first, her uncle/the man who raised her is keeping things from her for the first time in her life. Second, they need money—and fast—or they’ll lose the only thing she has left of her parents: the bed & breakfast she runs with him.

Noah Belacourt is a billionaire with a newly acquired anxiety diagnosis and a one-way ticket to Sunset Harbor for the summer, courtesy of his company's board of directors. Being on the island he grew up on for a forced sabbatical has a major perk when he runs into the girl he's harbored a crush on since they were teens. She's still the same old Cat, except now she's in some major financial trouble. Noah wants to help her, but Cat is stubborn. She holds onto past biases about his family and takes some convincing.

When Cat agrees to work as Noah’s personal assistant for the summer, she doesn’t realize she’s signing up for a lot more than debt relief. Some of her preconceived notions about the Belacourt family begin to feel wrong. Noah proves that not all first impressions are reliable, forcing Cat to face the past—and to hope that things will end up just peachy keen after all.

Because the alternative is losing everything that matters to her, and she is not about to let that happen.

Beachy Keen is a sweet romantic comedy with a billionaire, a longtime secret crush, and boss & employee dynamic. It’s part of the Falling for Summer series, seven interconnected stand-alones by seven amazing authors:

Summer Ever After by Kortney Keisel
Beachy Keen by Kasey Stockton
Plotting Summer by Jess Heileman
Summer Tease by Martha Keyes
Beauty and the Beach by Gracie Ruth Mitchell
One Happy Summer by Becky Monson
Rebel Summer by Cindy Steel

Come visit Sunset Harbor Island today!

Kasey Stockton is a staunch lover of all things romantic. She doesn't discriminate between genres and enjoys a wide variety of happily ever afters. She publishes both contemporary and historical novels, and all of her titles fall under clean romance. She loves reading, chocolate, and period dramas, but nothing tops her very own prince charming, their three children, and their sweet goldendoodle.

Beachy Keen is the second book in the Falling for Summer series. This is a multi-author series with interconnected characters but can be enjoyed as standalones.

Oh my goodness, this book... I am in love! Noah and Cat were the absolute best and I could not get enough of the two of them. They had known each other since middle school, but with his sister bullying her and making life miserable for her as teenagers, she wanted absolutely nothing to do with him or his family. But when she finds herself in need of extra income and taking on the role of his assistant, she learns that perhaps her impressions of him were not all that accurate. The chemistry between these two is fantastic. Her nicknames for him made me smile throughout and his longtime crush was the sweetest! I couldn't help but want for these two to get their much deserved happily ever after.

While the romance between them was great, it was definitely Noah's struggles with anxiety that made this one stand out. As someone who has severe anxiety issues myself, I think seeing that represented even in fiction is so important. For those of us dealing with similar issues, it was nice to feel understood and not quite so alone... and perhaps others gain a little more understanding too! Noah and Cat's story was the perfect blend of humorous moments and heartfelt ones... and I absolutely adored it all.

If you're looking for the perfect summer read, this book and series so far are absolute must reads!

Beach Keen is a closed-door romance with kisses only and no language.

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