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Sandcastle Beach

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We return to Moonflower Bay to find Maya and Law still at each other with barbs and pranks as they settle in for another tourist season.

Both Maya and Law have their businesses on their minds, Maya needing to find a way to keep her community theatre running with less grant money and Law looking into expanding upon his bar offerings by looking into opening a restaurant. When a new community minded grant opportunity arises that fits both of their needs, Maya and Law find themselves as rivals and in each others company a lot more as they prove their worthiness for the grant!

If you have been reading the Matchmaker Bay series from the beginning, these two have been at it from the start! Their barbs and pranks alway part of the Matchmaker Bay ethos. I really enjoyed seeing their interactions from their point of view and getting the history behind their epic feud. 

This is definitely a slow burn romance. I had bought with the history of the feud that we would have got to e sparks faster, but we are Brough though the slow process of Law wearing away at Maya’s dislike. She is a tough nut to crack! I was impressed by Law’s consistency and subtle kindness that he showed her throughout, even in the face of her strong dislike. 

Like all good enemies to lovers plots, once these two finally connect it was electric! I will admit I was rooting for Law to break down Maya’s walls from the get go. He was a delicious hero, even when Maya didn’t want him to be. I was especially pleased with his heroics at the end of the book! I loved how he saw Maya as an equal and respected her work and what she Brough to the community.

One can not talk about a Matchmaker Bay book without talking about the rest of the gang! I loved how our story starts in the same time period as the ending of Paradise Cove with some fun overlaps! Seeing Eve, Sawyer, Nora and Jake was a delight! I loved this group of friends and it was a please to see them all again.

This was a good read and I feel that enough backstory is given that a new reader could jump in to the series here… but the other books were also great- so read them all!

Sandcastle Beach by Jenny Holiday is scheduled to release March 9th, 2021.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Forever Grand Central Publishing. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
 
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This was a perfect small town enemies to lovers romance! This book was such a fast paced and fun read that I could hardly put it down! It had everything from meddling towns people and fun festivals to to family legacies and the grandest of gestures ever. 

Maya the local theater director and Benjamin the local bar owner have a fun and vibrant chemistry that sends sparks flying from the first moment on the page. Their have a long standing antagonistic vibe that goes back at least 10 years but only one of them knows what the original issue was! More than that, they enjoy their bickering more than anything else so they keep it up even as they start mixing bickering with bantering and everything that comes next. 

I highly recommend this book to anyone in need of a fun and energetic romance!
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I have come to be a HUGE fan of Jenny Holiday’s books, they are all must-reads for me now thanks to this Matchmaker Bay series. & this particular book, #3 in the series, may just be my favorite yet! 

Not only am I SO ready for any excuse to head to a small-town beach romance, but Maya & Law were just characters I immediately fell in love with. Their chemistry and banter were just what I needed for their story after the glimpses we’ve gotten of the two characters in the other books in the series - definitely did NOT disappoint! 

Add in the fun theater aspect with Maya’s job - everything from the Mermaid Parade to Moonflower Bay’s history + meddling older townspeople, to the competition they’re both trying to win to fund their businesses was - all tied together to make me feel like I was living in town alongside them. 

An absolutely perfect enemies to lovers trope tale, I’m already ready for the NEXT Jenny Holiday book! 

Thank you to Forever Publishing + NetGalley for the chance to read and review this one before publication day, highly recommend picking up this one!
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Maya Mehta and Ben "Law" Lawson have been at odds since they can remember. They continually best each other at everything and the whole town knows how much they dislike each other. When the Matchmaker Bay develops a new grant - both Maya and Law want it. Maya wants to save the community theater and Law wants to open up a newer restaurant. Who will win the grant and how far will the town meddling old folk go to keep on throwing Maya and Law into situations together?

After reading the previous two books in the Matchmaker Bay series I was excited to read about Maya and Law. Their enemies-to-lovers relationship was always there in the first two books in the series and I couldn't wait to see these to finally get their book in Sandcastle Beach. I loved how sweet and caring Law was with Maya. How he always wanted her best interest even if he was pretending to keep up the charade of hatingher. Sadly I felt like Maya was a tad bit too harsh with Law. I understood that she was in a lot of stress, especially trying to keep her theater and cater to moody actors. I do feel like the chemistry between Maya and Law was lacking for me. The misunderstanding that put them at odds felt very one sided and I just wanted a little bit more angst.

As in the first two books of the Matchmaker Bay series I enjoyed being back in the small town setting! Although the town folk are always meddling - they do have a good heart. It was great reconnecting with Sawyer, Eve, Jake and Nora. The sense of family and friendship is so strong in this series and I really do love that!

If you're looking for a charming, slow burn, small town romance grab Sandcastle Beach!
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Fun and completely enjoyable quick read romance.
Maya and Law (AKA Ben) have had a love hate relationship for years.  She owns. a struggling theater company and he runs a family bar.  Their businesses connect in the back, and they are constantly at odds over things like parking spaces and smoke from his pizza oven.  But when things start heating up between them, will they be able to get past their differences to find happiness together? 
Love the characters and the banter between them.  While the plot was predictable, it read easily and I am looking forward to the next book by this author. 
I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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This is book 3 in the series but doesn’t worry, you can read it as a standalone. But I did read all three books, and this is my favorite among the three. I just love the enemies to lovers stories. Maya and Law have such great chemistry that they haven’t paid attention to initially, but as the story progresses, they can never resist each other. But of course, it will be too easy if they became a couple right away, challenges occur in between, but still, they’re the cutest! I love everyone and everything about this book. It is entertaining, enchanting, and unputdownable

Thank you so much Forever & Grand central
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Jenny. Jenny. Jenny. You always write a story that has me staying too late, swooning other couples and getting giddy over their chemistry. How do you do that every single time? How?! 

The chemistry between Maya and Law (Ben) was off the charts, and off the page? I love enemies to lovers, and this was textbook why. The banter, the bickering, the vulnerability, perfect. Chef’s kiss y’all. 

I was a bit confused about the age. I know Maya came back when she was 19, but was she 19 the entire story? In the beginning there was some jumping in the timeline, so I didn’t know if in the six months, three months, if I missed one and she was a bit older? If not, running an entire theater company at 19/20 is amazing. I already enjoyed Maya as a MC because of her blunt and witty personality, but to be able to have that on your shoulder at such a young age is beyond impressive! 

Jenny made me cry so hard I had tears streaming down my eyes! The concert?! Absolutely hilarious. Overall, loved it. Sandcastle Beach is my favorite in the Matchmaker Bay series. It is fun, it is feisty, and yes, in true Jenny Holiday fashion, hooboy, steamy.

Thank you Forever for the gifted copy! Sandcastle Beach is our March 9th!
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What’s better than a small town enemies to lovers Romance? A small town enemies to lovers Romance written by Jenny Holiday! This is the third book in the Matchmaker Bay series, it can absolutely be read as a standalone but once you’ve read this I guarantee you’ll be charmed by this Magical town and want to read the entire series. Ben and Maya have been sparring back and forth for years. And of course the theater Maya owns is right across from the bar that Ben owns, making it impossible for them to avoid one another. A slow burn romance with plenty of banter and steam.

   Love this book! Ben and Maia were both such great characters and I was so thrilled to finally get their story.It was also wonderful to be back in this delightful small town filled with all these colorful characters. I loved seeing all the couples from the previous books as well as the meddling older folks. I am sad that this is the last book in the series, but I am looking forward to where Jenny Holiday takes us next.

This Book in emojis  🧜🏻‍♀️ 🍕 ⚽️ 🎭 🥠 🌼 

*** Big thank you to Forever for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***
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I really love Holiday's writing - her characters and stories are fun, great steam, and the setting is always enjoyable. After getting a lot of build-up on the animosity between Maya and Law in the previous two Matchmaker Bay stories, I was so ready to get to their story, and overall I really liked it.

The back-and-forth between Maya and Law was always entertaining, but I have to say I found the actual reasoning behind their ongoing feud to be a bit petty and underwhelming (which to be fair is somewhat acknowledged by the characters). One of my favorite aspects of an enemies-to-lovers story is seeing them slowly let their guards down and get to know each other in a different light, and this was no exception.

This was a bit of a slower-burn than the Holiday's other books, but then you get the steam you can always count on. I actually thought the slow-burn pacing worked for this story - at least on the front end. I would have liked there to be a bit more on the other side once they actually got together and then before the story wraps up, to really see more of their relationship.

If you're like me and enjoy the small town romance vibes but want a bit more oomph than you sometimes get with those stories - definitely check out this series!

Thanks to the publisher for the gifted copy in exchange for an honest review.
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In previous books in the series I was intrigued by the animosity between Maya and Law, but I didn't know HOW MUCH I needed their book until I got to the sections from Law's POV. As Maya would say, hooboy. *fans self* I do love a good enemies to lovers romance, and Jenny Holiday really delivers in Sandcastle Beach!

I'm trying to even describe how much I loved this book without giving anything away, because I want you to be able to squee over everything yourself. There's just so much more to Law, lurking under his chill exterior, and getting to see inside his head was such a treat. The wine, oh my GOSH, I die! The chemistry between Maya and Law is so great, and it sent my heart pinging so many times. I do LOVE a (sort of) one-sided pining slowwwwww and torturous burn...

I absolutely adore that Jenny Holiday took the realization that she had grilled cheese in a couple of her books and then made it an intentional Easter egg she includes for her readers. I especially love how after reading one of her books, I then need to go try whatever take on grilled cheese she brought to the table this time, haha! I haven't tried Law's Raspberry Festival grilled cheese yet, but you can bet your booty I'm gonna be making it!

This is the third book in the Matchmaker Bay series. While it could probably be read as a stand alone, there are major spoilers for the previous books, and some of this book actually takes place during book 2, Paradise Cove. I strongly encourage you to read the series in order (start with Mermaid Inn!) but Sandcastle Beach is definitely my absolute favorite of this amazing series.
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Thanks to Forever for an advanced copy of Sandcastle Beach!

This was such a fun enemies to lovers book! I haven't read the rest of the Matchmaker Bay series, but I want to go read the first two! The witty banter and fued/annoying each other vibes between Maya and Law are so funny. I also liked that this book took place over a few years, I think that helped see the subtle ways their feelings started to change. 

I liked the dual POV,  the fun small town vibe with the meddling town elders and the frriendships here.
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Law has run the family bar for years, and it is a gathering place for locals and tourists alike. He’s made some welcome changes, and with his best friends, now all loved up, he’s the ‘go to’ guy for steady, reliable and always helpful options.  Except where Maya is concerned.  The two have a “banter/bicker’ relationship, fueled from a long-held grudge that Maya holds against him.  What everyone else sees, however, is that the two are perfectly matched and always hyper-aware of the other, despite their vehement attempts to deny any attraction.  

But Maya is struggling with her theatre – it's on the verge of closing and her dreams blowing away in a puff of smoke – unless she can find a way to prop up her finances, make the necessary repairs to the building, and stage THE show: one that will bring a b-list celebrity to star in her summer play.  Law, for his part, is considering expanding his own business options by opening a restaurant: but he’s concerned about mortgaging the bar should his venture fail, and everything is lost.  Soon the two find that there is a town grant: managed and chosen by the meddling group of seniors who (mostly good-naturedly and with no ill-intent) meddle, cajole, scheme and plot to see the group of ‘youngsters’ succeed in love and business.  

This was the perfect escape read with just enough drama and difficulty to get to see the characters find novel ways to find what they want, with plenty of tension (sexual and intellectual) between Law and Maya to make the story sing.  With laugh out loud moments, plenty of deceptions (mostly self-deception) and enough heat to start several small wildfires, the match of Law and Maya was simply delicious, and the story moves readers from one smile to the next.  I missed reading the first in the series but have all three books now – for when I want that perfect escape into an emotional, sweet and smile-inducing read.  

I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.  

Review first appeared at <a href=” https://wp.me/p3OmRo-aS0 /” > <a> I am, Indeed </a>
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Jenny Holiday has done it again. This book is a fun, charming, sizzling trip back to Matchmaker Bay, this time to check in on frenemies Maya and Law. While these two clearly enjoy feuding with each other it quickly becomes apparent that it's not hatred fueling their flames...but it will take some soul searching for these two to admit that they're actually feeling flames of desire.

It's so lovely to check back in with our friends that we've come to know over this series and see how everyone is doing and watch Maya and Law finally come to terms with their feelings and how their lives are going. You will absolutely love this book. Just make sure you have snacks handy, between pizza and grilled cheese you will end up hungry.
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Sandcastle Beach is a fun rom-com - as in an actual rom com, not just labeled one for marketing, it's light and funny and romantic - with the perfect enemies to lovers in a small town full of meddling friends and family.  
Maya and Law both are tied to their community, with deep family connections as well as business interests of their own. The set up for how they became enemies is completely plausible, as well as the point where each wonders, why do I hate him? These two get on each other's last nerve, while also delighting in poking at each other. Dialogue is key to this and it moves at a great, snappy pace.  The chemistry is obvious and the only two who don't see it, are Maya and Law. Until they do. Sexy times are on the page and have the right amount of heat. The surrounding cast of characters are charming, from their friend groups to their family to the meddling older community members. Because OF COURSE the community takes part in bringing these two together.  

We also have notes about being an immigrant, family expectations (real or imagined), being a woman in a male dominated field, and #metoo in Hollywood, all of which make this world fully formed and real. 

This is the third in a series and works great as a standalone. Characters from previous books are here and interesting enough to make a new reader want to go back and read the rest of the series. That's how you do a series! 

I smiled the whole way through and completely, thoroughly enjoyed this one. Contemporary romance fans, small town romance fans, readers looking for a true rom-com or in need of a great beach read, should all check this one out.
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I loved getting to know Maya and Law in the previous two Matchmaker Bay books, so I was excited about this one - especially knowing it was going to be a fun enemies to lovers romance!! 

What I loved: 
🍻Catching up with the previous characters and the meddling old folks. 
🎭The play on using the OG enemies to lovers romance - Much Ado About Nothing- as a major plot point in an enemies to lovers book! Clever! 
🔥The steam scenes. Jenny Holiday never lets me down in this department. 
😍 The ending. So sweet. 

I’m not sure why, but I wasn’t in love with either character and I didn’t exactly feel their chemistry as strong as I like with a hate to love story. Maybe I needed more backstory on each of them. 

The Matchmaker Bay series had been so much fun and I hate to see it come to an end!!
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Benjamin "Law" Lawson and Maya Mehta have been at odds forever.  They have taken verbal sparring to a new level  Law owns a local bar and Maya owns the community theater located right next door.   Law serves amazing pizza that Maya refuses to eat because she feels the smoke from the outdoor pizza oven negatively impacts the theater.  They fight over parking spaces..  Maya does go to the bar but only because it's a community hub, plus it's right across the street from where she lives, and, perhaps, she enjoys sparring with Law?   

This was such  fun book.  It's an enemies to lovers romance set in a small town with a great community.  While it can read as a standalone, it was fun to revisit recurring characters, like the main characters from the first books in the series as well as a lovable group of older residents who have made an art of meddling.  Maya and Law were both easy to root for; their story is told from dual points of view, so we get to experience both their perspectives. They also both have supportive friends and family in town.  Be warned, this is definitely a slow burn.  You will wait quite a while for the first kiss, but the pacing felt realistic, and you will be so ready for that kiss!

Thanks to Forever Pub and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Jenny Holiday is an author who it seems like I’d like, as all her premises are solid, but this series in particular (the first two of which were my introduction to her work) just rubs me the wrong way, making me question if it’s me not clicking with her work, or if it’s the series in general that’s a miss, given that I did enjoy (while not being massively blown away by) her Hallmark Christmas-style book, but had issues with elements of the previous two in the series, and now found this one to be a complete miss. 

The idea of the characters putting on a play is interesting, and probably the highlight in a mostly dull story. The community vibe has been a constant plus for the series, even with all the other flaws. 

And I can’t speak to the specifics of the representation, so take my opinion with a grain of salt, but I did like Holiday’s portrayal of a desi heroine overall, and felt that while she could have been more explicit about it earlier on (not to mention some of the implied representation in the secondary cast), she tried her best without resorting to defining the character based on trauma or stereotypes. 

I just didn’t care for Law? He’s basically defined as this arrogant pop star who Maya has enmity with, and I never felt like it made for a convincing enemies-to-lovers dynamic? There was no spark, just an “I don’t like you” sort of vibe that felt pretty one-sided at times. And the transition felt more into lust than anything else, which is a major personal turnoff. 

This was a disappointment to cap off (?) a very uneven and underwhelming series. Again, I can’t say how it will impact my approach to Jenny Holiday’s work in the future, as I like her work a lot, even if only in theory. I do also see how it can work for others, given the amount of praise both this and the previous books have received. If you loved the previous two, I wouldn’t hesitate to pick this one up. And if you love a small-town romance with enemies-to-lovers, perhaps you’ll enjoy this more than I did.
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I picked up Sandcastle Beach without realizing it was the third in a series. I’ve read one other Jenny Holiday book and really enjoyed, so I pressed on. This book takes place in a small beachside town on Lake Huron. Maya owns a struggling theater and Benjamin Lawson owns the bar next door. They have a standing relationship of mutual annoyance and hatred. But they find themselves calling “truce” every now and then, and maybe they don’t hate each other as much as they thought? After reading two of her books, Jenny Holiday has become an author that I will read without question.
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Another fantastic book from Holiday's Matchmaker Bay series.  While this can certainly be read on its own, the story of these two characters begins building with the previous two books.  Maya and Ben having been sniping at one another forever in very frenemies way.  Maya owns and runs the local town theater and Ben owns and runs the bar.  I love that Holiday doesn't have these two immediately falling for each other at the start of this book.  This is definitely a slow burn but the wait is definitely worth it.  I liked that these characters had more going on in their lives than just each other.  They were whole people with real ambitions.  I loved seeing Maya from Ben's perspective.  The way he supported and loved her from the start without his even realizing it was so sweet and gave me all the feels.  I appreciated Maya's dedication to her passion and that she wasn't afraid to work hard for what she wants.  I liked the enemies to lovers aspect to the book and the ways in which they slowly became true friends.  Plus, we get to revisit beloved characters from the previous books as well as the town.  The small-town feel of Matchmaker Bay is great because you get to see everyone come together and support one another when it's really needed.  I would recommend this to fans of Jill Shalvis and Marina Adair and can't wait to read more from this author in the future.
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Maya and Law's enemies to lovers romance was the perfect way to wrap up the Matchmaker Bay series. After seeing these two spar every time they were together in the previous books, I was definitely ready to find out how this feud originally began. Even though this is book 3 in the series, it can be read as a standalone. It will be most enjoyed, however, if read in order.

Things to look forward to in this book:

- More small town shenanigans and meddling by the resident matchmakers. I love how they all come together for a common goal.
- Sizzling chemistry and witty banter between Maya and Law. Sometimes I thought Maya was a little too harsh, but given their history, I could understand that old habits were hard to break. It's a slow burn between them, but 100% worth the wait.
- A gruff hero who is pure ooey gooey goodness inside for our heroine. All of the little ways that Law showed he cared almost gave me a cavity from how sweet they were. The wine!
- Amazing friendships and families. I loved how Nora and Eve supported and were always there for Maya, just like Jake and Sawyer were there for Law. Both families were also so wonderful, especially the Mehta family. The relationship between Maya and her brother Rohan was so sweet.
- A Much Ado About Nothing production that mirrors real life and boy band love
- Check-ins and updates on the previous couples in the series (Jake and Nora are still my favorite). The initial few chapters actually overlap in time with the previous book, Paradise Cove.

It's bittersweet to say goodbye to this series, but it's been such a fun ride!

*I voluntarily read an advance review copy of this book*
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