Title: A Line in the Sand (Turtle Beach #2)
Author: Teri Wilson
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication date: Auguest 2nd, 2022
USA Today bestselling author Teri Wilson brings you the perfect beach read rom com with a bright, sparkling love story featuring:
A heroine who’s vowed never to date again-for real, this time!
Her rambunctious Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy
The handsome and brilliant marine biologist she can’t ignore
And the nonstop antics of her friends determined to be matchmakers
Sparks fly when Molly Prince’s puppy Ursula constantly disrupts the beachfront area where new-in-town marine biologist Max Miller is studying sea turtle mating habits. Max and Molly are instantly attracted to each other, but Molly dismisses Max out-of-hand. She’s not dating anymore. Maybe not ever, since her last relationship ended in a spectacular disaster. As for Max, he refuses to take Molly seriously when her job is to play pretend as the aquarium’s mermaid. But when Ursula won’t stop digging in Max’s beachfront yard and reveals her unique ability to sniff out sea turtle nests, she might bring these two opposites close enough to help save the turtles, and maybe even save the aquarium…
The Turtle Beach books are a good time, if not particularly memorable. You won’t be bored with these characters antics and the big personality pups involved. In this edition, the FMC is a mermaid at the local aquarium when an uptight new aquarium director comes in to study sea turtles. They immediately clash, as most grumpy/sunshine couples do and he fires her, making him the enemy for most of the town. But when her pup turns out o have the unique ability to sniff out sea turtle nests, the pair are drawn together.
Like I said, these books are a good time. The romance is always a kind of quirky, opposites attract sort of thing. The side characters are hilarious, especially the senior citizens. The setting is in a stereotypical small town where residents look out for each other and outsiders bring out skepticism. The books are fairly slow burn, with a lot of tension and little spice.
My favorite parts are the pups, personally. And reading men get their behinds handed to them by strong-willed women, of course.
Thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca and Netgalley for an early copy in exchange for an honest review.
Happy reading, folks!