The blurb reads,
“Meadows Shore is the childhood home of the five Clayton sisters and the six Harrington brothers, the family seat where these irresistible characters gather regularly, or whenever they need the comfort of Portuguese home cooking and the love and wisdom of elder women.
Cole Harrington, the oldest of those swoon-worthy Harrington brothers, is a gifted trauma surgeon with a cocky smile and a whole lot of swagger. He’s assigned an executive coach after he smashes the thermostat in the operating room to smithereens.
Alexa Petersen is a nice girl from Minnesota who’s been tasked with shadowing the naughty trauma surgeon, and writing a report to end his promising career. While she might prefer pretty lace panties, Alexa’s not afraid to slip on a pair of steel-toed boots when Cole needs to be knocked down a notch or two.
Hospital drama and small-town woes, the truth obscured by secrets and lies. Where nothing is as it appears—not even Cole and Alexa.”
This is the second book in the Meadows Shore series that I read. I read the first one I think in May and when I found out this one was up for grabs, I got it too.
I’ve been a little lax with reviews on the blog and I sincerely apologize for it. I’ve dealt with a lot this year, with my grandma’s death and the resulting creative block, and I’m finally back to putting things behind me and doing what I love best, reviewing books!
Right, so back to Cole and Alexa. I’ve been loving reading series related to a big family. I realize we have families like that in India too, it’s just that nobody has ever bothered writing about these dynamics in a way that is relatable. And so I pick them out. I’m a huge fan of Barbara Freethy and her Callaways. And now I am reading Eva Charles.
I can’t say the books are as brilliant as Barbara Freethy, simply, because the genre is different. These books are pure romance, and in that sense, I felt something deficient in the story. It felt like there were parts of the story which were cliche, in terms of the dialogue between Cole and Alexa, or the fact that Cole has to be a bad boy and Alexa has to be a sweet girl.
But after I put aside the cliches I found, the story was quite enjoyable. I really liked Alexa as a character. She was trying her hard to make it big in this world and she was doing it for her family because she wanted to take any burden off them. I really admired this aspect of hers.
Apart from that, the one thing I really liked about this is the family itself. There were so many members, each of whom had their parents who they had lost. And these books outlined how they found themselves and found someone to love. That’s what I loved.
It was nice to read about how much Cole loved Alexa. I don’t know, there is a lot of talk about gender equality and the like, but reading about a man doing something extra to make his girl happy, that always warms my heart.
I’m really looking forward to reading the next installment in the series! Thank you Rock Star PR
About the Author:
Eva Charles is the author of the multi-titled Meadows Shore Series that chronicles the lives and loves of the Clayton-Harrington family. She invites you to visit their beloved Meadows Shore nestled in the charming seaside town of Fair Harbor, where you will enjoy love, laughter, loyalty, and an abundance of mouth-watering food, Portuguese style.
After being a confirmed city-girl for more than thirty-five years, Eva moved to beautiful Western Massachusetts in 2014. There, she found herself living in the woods with no job, no friends (unless you count the turkeys, deer, and coyotes roaming the backyard), and no children underfoot, wondering what on earth she’d been thinking. But as it turned out, it was the perfect setting to take all those yarns spinning in her head and weave them into a romantic tale.
When she’s not writing, trying to squeeze information out of her tight-lipped sons, or playing with the two cutest dogs you’ve ever seen, Eva’s creating chapters in her own love story.
More from the Meadows Shore Series
A Wedding at Meadows Shore
A Meadows Shore Novel
Meadows Shore Book 1
Prepare to fall in love with the Claytons and Harringtons, a wealthy and powerful New England family with a rich Portuguese heritage. Visit their beloved Meadows Shore nestled in the charming seaside town of Fair Harbor, where you’ll enjoy love, laughter, loyalty, and an abundance of mouth-watering food.
A Wedding at Meadows Shore is Sophie Clayton’s story. Smart, stubborn, and strong, family means everything to her. After a failed marriage, she creates a new life for herself, one that excludes men. Sophie doesn’t trust men, or maybe she doesn’t trust her judgment when it comes to them. Then she meets Max, a man who leads his life in a way that challenges those very trust issues.
Max Parker is a handsome playboy with a taste for younger women and a past that haunts him. He keeps what’s left of his heart well protected behind a cool exterior, and fills the emptiness with lucrative business deals, punishing exercise, and women he’ll never love. But there’s another side to Max, one that he keeps well hidden, until Sophie blows into his life like a whirlwind and knocks him off his game, threatening to expose his darkest secrets.
There’s an Old Portuguese adage that translates as, “the rooster crows loudly, but it’s the hen who’s in charge”. And so it is with the Claytons and Harringtons: strong women, alpha males, and of course, Avó Angelina, the family matriarch who keeps them all on their best behavior.
Bem vindo à família, Welcome to the family!