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Escape to the Chesapeake Bay, where beach life is full of love, surprises and second chances… When an injury forces K-9 officer Trey Harrison onto the sidelines, his only thought is getting back to the police force where he belongs. And he’ll do anything to make that happen—even volunteer in a small waterfront community, just to please his boss. But no one ever said Trey ha Escape to the Chesapeake Bay, where beach life is full of love, surprises and second chances… When an injury forces K-9 officer Trey Harrison onto the sidelines, his only thought is getting back to the police force where he belongs. And he’ll do anything to make that happen—even volunteer in a small waterfront community, just to please his boss. But no one ever said Trey had to enjoy it… Since the surgery that destroyed her dreams of having children, schoolteacher Erica Rowe has grown even more dedicated to her work with at-risk teens. So she doesn't need some cop with a chip on his shoulder putting the program's future in jeopardy. But when Trey finally connects with the students, Erica's heart melts. And when, in a tender moment, he admits he longs to have children, her heart breaks. She's convinced he'd be better off with someone who can give him everything, but she can't seem to shake the hope that maybe love is enough…


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Escape to the Chesapeake Bay, where beach life is full of love, surprises and second chances… When an injury forces K-9 officer Trey Harrison onto the sidelines, his only thought is getting back to the police force where he belongs. And he’ll do anything to make that happen—even volunteer in a small waterfront community, just to please his boss. But no one ever said Trey ha Escape to the Chesapeake Bay, where beach life is full of love, surprises and second chances… When an injury forces K-9 officer Trey Harrison onto the sidelines, his only thought is getting back to the police force where he belongs. And he’ll do anything to make that happen—even volunteer in a small waterfront community, just to please his boss. But no one ever said Trey had to enjoy it… Since the surgery that destroyed her dreams of having children, schoolteacher Erica Rowe has grown even more dedicated to her work with at-risk teens. So she doesn't need some cop with a chip on his shoulder putting the program's future in jeopardy. But when Trey finally connects with the students, Erica's heart melts. And when, in a tender moment, he admits he longs to have children, her heart breaks. She's convinced he'd be better off with someone who can give him everything, but she can't seem to shake the hope that maybe love is enough…

30 review for Cottage at the Beach

  1. 4 out of 5

    Paula

    Schoolteacher Erica Rowe works with at-risk teens in a special program at the school, and she’s trying to save the program which is in danger of closing. Erica lives with her sister (who has cancer) and her niece and she has an adorable dog, a Goldendoodle named Ziggy. Trey Harrison is a K-9 officer who is forced to take time-off after an injury. King is his wonderful canine partner and companion. Trey will be working with Erica as her volunteer assistant while he is recuperating in the small-to Schoolteacher Erica Rowe works with at-risk teens in a special program at the school, and she’s trying to save the program which is in danger of closing. Erica lives with her sister (who has cancer) and her niece and she has an adorable dog, a Goldendoodle named Ziggy. Trey Harrison is a K-9 officer who is forced to take time-off after an injury. King is his wonderful canine partner and companion. Trey will be working with Erica as her volunteer assistant while he is recuperating in the small-town of Pleasant Shores near the Chesapeake Bay. At first the two don’t always see eye-to-eye but there is a definite attraction there that neither can ignore. This was a thoroughly enjoyable and lovely romance with so much more to it than just the romance. The story was filled with many endearing characters who really made the town come to life. I enjoyed the at-risk teens that Erica and Trey worked with. I really liked the storyline with Julie who is recently divorced and trying to move on while her ex is getting ready to marry a girl half his age. The two dogs, King and Ziggy, were simply wonderful and adorable and added so much to the story. I loved the setting in the beautiful and cozy beachside town of Pleasant Shores. A very entertaining and emotional read.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kelsie Maxwell

    Cottage at the Beach by Lee Tobin McClain is the first book in her new The Off Season series. Trey Harrison is an injured K9 cop sent to the small town of Pleasant Shores to recuperate and volunteer with a local academy behavioral support program for at-risk teens. His job and future rest not only on his physical recovery but also on his mental and psychological recovery and his performance as a volunteer. Erica Rowe is Trey’s neighbor in Pleasant Shores. She is the primary teacher for the behav Cottage at the Beach by Lee Tobin McClain is the first book in her new The Off Season series. Trey Harrison is an injured K9 cop sent to the small town of Pleasant Shores to recuperate and volunteer with a local academy behavioral support program for at-risk teens. His job and future rest not only on his physical recovery but also on his mental and psychological recovery and his performance as a volunteer. Erica Rowe is Trey’s neighbor in Pleasant Shores. She is the primary teacher for the behavioral support program. She’s initially not impressed with Trey’s interactions with the teens but warms to him as he warms to the kids. The school’s non-fraternization policy isn’t the only thing holding back a relationship between Trey and Erica, despite their strong attraction to each other, he wants kids and she can’t have them. Cottage at the Beach is a great way to start a series. Ms. McClain has introduced strong, believable characters and an interesting plot. The setting is beautiful and is used smartly. This isn’t just a heartwarming romance. The author touches on some important aspects of being a woman in a time when we have access to more information than we ever have. Do we really want to know everything, and if we do, what will we do with the information? I throughly enjoyed this novel. I rate it 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to all lovers of heartwarming romance. My thanks to the author, HARLEQUIN – Romance (US & Canada) and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sheryl

    Cottage at the Beach is a good read. It kept my attention throughout most of the book. The one drawback I had with the book is there is more than one storyline in the book. I was not sure how Julie and her encounters with her ex-husband related to the story of Erica and Trey. There were some surprises in the book which kept you wanting to see what would happen next. All in all this was a good book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    I found this rather soap-operaish. Typical handsome man with issues meets gorgeous (and repeatedly mentioned) tiny girl with issues. Neither can manage to share with the other but are madly in love regardless. Throw in several supporting characters (also with issues) several dogs (adorable) insurmountable (supposedly) problems and a crisis or two, and tada! we're off to a predictable conclusion. I presume I was underwhelmed because I don't typically read romance. For those who do, this is a clea I found this rather soap-operaish. Typical handsome man with issues meets gorgeous (and repeatedly mentioned) tiny girl with issues. Neither can manage to share with the other but are madly in love regardless. Throw in several supporting characters (also with issues) several dogs (adorable) insurmountable (supposedly) problems and a crisis or two, and tada! we're off to a predictable conclusion. I presume I was underwhelmed because I don't typically read romance. For those who do, this is a clean, fast read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    BookAddict

    Very few authors create a book world that makes me want to pack up everything I own and move there, but this author does it time and again. This new series is set in a small beach town on the Chesapeake Bay, complete with small-town politics, troubled teens, quirky neighbors and an unruly dog. It’s also the home of Healing Heroes, a program where injured first responders can come to heal. Police officer, Trey Harrison, and his K9 partner, King, are the program's most recent clients. Trey is only Very few authors create a book world that makes me want to pack up everything I own and move there, but this author does it time and again. This new series is set in a small beach town on the Chesapeake Bay, complete with small-town politics, troubled teens, quirky neighbors and an unruly dog. It’s also the home of Healing Heroes, a program where injured first responders can come to heal. Police officer, Trey Harrison, and his K9 partner, King, are the program's most recent clients. Trey is only interested in doing his rehab and getting back to his job in the city. He doesn’t want to make nice with the neighbors. He doesn’t want to become a part of the community. And he definitely doesn’t want to work with at-risk teens or their prickly but beautiful teacher, but that's a condition of him being part of Healing Heroes and staying in the beach-side cottage that will be his home for the next several weeks. Erica Rowe has her hands full. She’s the sole support of her niece and her sister who is fighting cancer, her dog is badly in need of obedience school, and her program teaching troubled teens is in danger of being shut down. The last thing she needs is a cop with an attitude who's working with her teens against his will. Love them or hate them, all of these characters will leave their mark. From a recently divorced grandmother trying to find her new purpose and a teen trying to figure out where she fits, to a school principal who needs to crawl back under the rock he came from and troubled teens bonding with senior citizens, all of these characters bring the story alive with their distinctive personalities. In no time at all I was invested in every aspect of this multi-layered storyline. This one deals with some hard life lessons wrapped in themes of forgiveness, healing, community and second chances. Beautifully told through flawed, complex, relatable characters, the strong emotions are a direct hit to the heart, making this a remarkable, unforgettable read that you won’t want to miss.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    Trey is a amazing man. When he is sent to Pleasant Shores for rehab his life will change. Erica is truly a remarkable woman. The way she takes care of her family and the kids at the school is wonderful. When Erica meets Trey she doesn’t want him working with her. Watching these two become closer with help from there dogs will keep you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens next. You will feel God working throughout this wonderful story. Lee Tobin McClain is truly a wonderful inspir Trey is a amazing man. When he is sent to Pleasant Shores for rehab his life will change. Erica is truly a remarkable woman. The way she takes care of her family and the kids at the school is wonderful. When Erica meets Trey she doesn’t want him working with her. Watching these two become closer with help from there dogs will keep you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens next. You will feel God working throughout this wonderful story. Lee Tobin McClain is truly a wonderful inspirational author. I am blessed to have the opportunity to review this book for her. I would give this book a higher rating than a five star review if I could.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kav

    Whoohoo -- another new series by Lee Tobin McClain and I'm in at the very start! She is a newly discovered author for me -- read my first book almost a year ago. And Cottage at the Beach is the kind of complex, emotionally-charged story I've come to expect from this author. She pulls me in and makes me feel all her characters' struggles -- like their lives matter and I'm invested in them. I don't know how she does it -- my heart's too busy tripping all over itself to figure it out. I'm just glad Whoohoo -- another new series by Lee Tobin McClain and I'm in at the very start! She is a newly discovered author for me -- read my first book almost a year ago. And Cottage at the Beach is the kind of complex, emotionally-charged story I've come to expect from this author. She pulls me in and makes me feel all her characters' struggles -- like their lives matter and I'm invested in them. I don't know how she does it -- my heart's too busy tripping all over itself to figure it out. I'm just glad that she shares her talent because I love to feel my way through a novel. While this is largely Trey and Erica's story, the author gives us a few other points of view as well as she sets up the town dynamics and the secondary characters who live there. In fact, there's one really intriguing secondary plot about a recently divorced 'older' woman and I get the feeling her story will carry over through the rest of the series. I'm really looking forward to that. So, we have a very moody, somewhat surly injured cop (brooding hero fans you can start swooning now!) and a no-nonsense teacher who doesn't have time for a volunteer who doesn't want to be there. Woohee -- clashing wills and zinging sparks collide in a fireworks of toe-curls and butterflies. Absolutely loved the angsty romance. So many battles to fight before a victory can be claimed and I was riveted through it all. Have to admit I fell hard for another hero as well. King, the K-9 officer in limbo after his partner is sidelined. Sniffle. King made me cry. Then there's Ziggy, the goofball doodle who is all about having a good time. He made me laugh. I'm a happy reader when fictional critters are involved in the plot! A stellar start to an exciting new series -- The Off Season -- and thrilled that the books are being released in a timely manner. Reunion at the Shore comes out in June! Woot!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Marcy Graybill

    Disappointed in the book. It has all the ingredients I like. Dogs, small town, seaside cottage, romance but the characters were lacking in depth and the book seemed kind of juvenile. And then the author threw in religion, almost as an after thought. The first quarter of the book, was pretty much typical romance novel as it progresses it becomes more and more religious, no where on the cover, or the description does it indicate it's a Christian romance. If it had I wouldn't have picked it up, eve Disappointed in the book. It has all the ingredients I like. Dogs, small town, seaside cottage, romance but the characters were lacking in depth and the book seemed kind of juvenile. And then the author threw in religion, almost as an after thought. The first quarter of the book, was pretty much typical romance novel as it progresses it becomes more and more religious, no where on the cover, or the description does it indicate it's a Christian romance. If it had I wouldn't have picked it up, even with the dogs. It's the first in the series and I won't be reading the others. I'm just glad I borrowed it from the library instead of buying it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Figueroa

    K-9 Officer Trey is healing from an injury and until he can go back to work hes unwillingly working as a vollenteer to keep an eye on troubled teens. Erica can't have children of her own and decided to take her maternal side towards caring for troubled teens as a teacher. Both seem to clash in the beginning but slowly start to soften towards one another. But things cant stay perfect when things in their lives start to take a turn. There is so much going on to keep the readers hooked. I love that K-9 Officer Trey is healing from an injury and until he can go back to work hes unwillingly working as a vollenteer to keep an eye on troubled teens. Erica can't have children of her own and decided to take her maternal side towards caring for troubled teens as a teacher. Both seem to clash in the beginning but slowly start to soften towards one another. But things cant stay perfect when things in their lives start to take a turn. There is so much going on to keep the readers hooked. I love that hate to like kinda romances and slowly but surly seeing them soften to one another. I loved seeing that romance that was forming between the two problem is that being that they work together it can cause issues. Getting to know the characters though the book you can't help but root for them being together and having everything their way. I loved that there was a bit of drama here and there to keep things interesting. I loved seeing everyone work together and helping one another it was just sweet to see. Overall this was a cute clean contemporary romance novel and I really enjoyed it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kate Vale

    K-9 officer Trey Harrison just wants to recover from his injuries so he can get back on the force, so he's focusing on PT and reluctantly volunteering to help a special program for at-risk teens. The teacher for that program is Erica Rowe, who's dealing with her own issues, not least of which is the outcome of surgery that protects her from the cancer that killed her mother and still threatens her sister, but also means she'll never be able to have children herself. These two characters slowly be K-9 officer Trey Harrison just wants to recover from his injuries so he can get back on the force, so he's focusing on PT and reluctantly volunteering to help a special program for at-risk teens. The teacher for that program is Erica Rowe, who's dealing with her own issues, not least of which is the outcome of surgery that protects her from the cancer that killed her mother and still threatens her sister, but also means she'll never be able to have children herself. These two characters slowly begin to see how much they have in common, including their support of the at-risk teens in that special school, especially in the face of the antagonism of the school's principal and some other townspeople. Trey wants to focus on the present and the future; Erica isn't as ready to forget her past and what it means for her future: their future, and when she concludes they can't be together, her words seer Trey's heart. Is there no way for him to get through to her? Is there no way Erica can set aside her pain and look forward to a different kind of life?

  11. 4 out of 5

    Toth Jo-Ann

    This is a story of discovery. Trey Harrison learns things about himself he never knew. By meeting Erica Rowe who opens up a new world. Lee makes this story fascinating by dealing with 2 hard issues. They are a type of cancer that is very hard on families especially the women. This story of discovery will teach you about patience and second chances. The bravery shown is amazing to read. Fighting cancer is hard to do. The love that develops between Trey & Erica is great to read. Lee does a amazing This is a story of discovery. Trey Harrison learns things about himself he never knew. By meeting Erica Rowe who opens up a new world. Lee makes this story fascinating by dealing with 2 hard issues. They are a type of cancer that is very hard on families especially the women. This story of discovery will teach you about patience and second chances. The bravery shown is amazing to read. Fighting cancer is hard to do. The love that develops between Trey & Erica is great to read. Lee does a amazing job with this book. I look forward to the next in the series. J

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    McClain has once again given us a wonderful story. I love the way she writes and is able to draw us into her story with a injured cop, a hurting woman, and some teen kids that really needed a second chance in life. I especially loved Erica's dog Ziggy! Oh my, such a handsome dog too! I wish that I could've had all of his energy! This is my favorite place to be is on the beach! Don't you love the sound of the waves to relax you and sing you to sleep at times? I know I do! She makes me want to go McClain has once again given us a wonderful story. I love the way she writes and is able to draw us into her story with a injured cop, a hurting woman, and some teen kids that really needed a second chance in life. I especially loved Erica's dog Ziggy! Oh my, such a handsome dog too! I wish that I could've had all of his energy! This is my favorite place to be is on the beach! Don't you love the sound of the waves to relax you and sing you to sleep at times? I know I do! She makes me want to go there now! I wish I could however: I can't at the moment so this lovely book will do. McC;lain has described some of the scenes in the book that I felt like I was really there! I think Erica is a wonderful character. I love how the author shows that she is human and that she feels that she needs to be the one in control. She is the one who holds everything together or so it seems. There were times that I wanted to reach in through the book and just give her a hug to remind her that someone does care. God does care. He loves us unconditionally and He asks us to lay our burdens at His feet. I know it's hard to do but it can be done. This is where trust comes in. Trust is such a fragile thing. But what we choose to do with it it's up to us. God is good that way. He leaves it up to us to come to Him. I'm so glad that I have Him in my life. I don't know where I'd be without him. Trey and King were a couple of awesome characters too. I loved watching Trey come around so to speak. A lot of the time attitudes doesn't get us anywhere in which Trey found that out the hard way. I enjoyed reading about Trey trying to just get through life the way he knows how. I was rooting for him because I knew he could do it. It's not up to us where we end up at times. It's where we were meant to be and where God places us where He feels that is best for us even though we don't see it at first and then after awhile, I smiled with joy when Trey realizes that is where he's meant to be. I did feel that there were two different stories going on here and at times it left me feeling confused as to what was going on. It kept going back and forth between Trey and Erica and then Julie and her grand kids. Here is where I can relate to Julie in trying to connect with my teen. It's hard believe me. I feel like sometimes the only way that we can connect with each other is through our music. I'm so glad that he took right off with that. . I'm blessed that he is a good young man now. The thing that I felt most important was that I felt God working throughout the story from the author's heart. I could tell she enjoys writing these stories for us readers. I do like how she deals with some tough subjects in real life and doesn't beat around the bush about it. Forgiveness was the most important part of this story. I just wanted to mention that the supporting characters were wonderful too. Especially the dogs! They are the real heroes! I will be looking for more from Lee in the future! Her books are so inspirational and wonderful at the same time. I'm feeling blessed that I got to read this wonderful story by Lee. I think what makes her stories so great is that she writes from her heart and with Jesus at the wheel to guide her along. I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars because the cove will make you want to jump into it and sweep you away with the story that's inside. My thanks to the author/Netgalley for a complimentary copy of this book. was NOT required to write a positive review and all opinions are my own.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    Cottage at the Beach by Lee Tobin McClain (The Off Season Book 1) Escape to the Chesapeake Bay, where beach life is full of love, surprises and second chances… When an injury forces K-9 officer Trey Harrison onto the sidelines, his only thought is getting back to the police force where he belongs. And he’ll do anything to make that happen—even volunteer in a small waterfront community, just to please his boss. But no one ever said Trey had to enjoy it… Since the surgery that destroyed her dreams of Cottage at the Beach by Lee Tobin McClain (The Off Season Book 1) Escape to the Chesapeake Bay, where beach life is full of love, surprises and second chances… When an injury forces K-9 officer Trey Harrison onto the sidelines, his only thought is getting back to the police force where he belongs. And he’ll do anything to make that happen—even volunteer in a small waterfront community, just to please his boss. But no one ever said Trey had to enjoy it… Since the surgery that destroyed her dreams of having children, schoolteacher Erica Rowe has grown even more dedicated to her work with at-risk teens. So she doesn't need some cop with a chip on his shoulder putting the program's future in jeopardy. But when Trey finally connects with the students, Erica's heart melts. And when, in a tender moment, he admits he longs to have children, her heart breaks. She's convinced he'd be better off with someone who can give him everything, but she can't seem to shake the hope that maybe love is enough This is Erica Rowe and Trey Harrison's story. “COME ON, ZIGGY! Let’s go!” Erica Rowe clapped her hands as she ran down the steps that led from their little rental house to the waterfront, her goldendoodle leaping in hysterical circles around her. It was just after noon on a Tuesday, and a rare early dismissal from her teaching job. The narrow little beach was empty. Good. At eleven months old, Ziggy was still a puppy, but due to his large size—already seventy-five pounds—people understandably expected good behavior from him. That was more likely to happen if he had the chance to run off some energy. She jogged along beside the dog, watching him leap at the waves, jump back and then zigzag off to chase a seagull. TREY HARRISON SLID farther down in the seat of his 2009 Chevy pickup and frowned at the blue-and-white cottage at the end of the street, deliberately relaxing his tense hands on the steering wheel. “That can’t be it,” he said to his dog, King. From the back seat, King’s tail beat rhythmically against his crate. He gave one short bark. Guilt pounded Trey’s already-aching head, because he knew what that bark meant. King wanted to get to work. I highly recommend reading. Cottage at the Beach by Lee Tobin McClain is a wonderful well written 5 star book. books by Lee Tobin McClain. His Baby Bond (Christian Romance): Sacred Bond Series Book 1 The Nanny's Secret Baby (Redemption Ranch) The Twins' Family Christmas: A Fresh-Start Family Romance (Redemption Ranch Book 3) The Soldier's Redemption: A Fresh-Start Family Romance (Redemption Ranch Book 2) The Soldier's Secret Child: A Fresh-Start Family Romance (Rescue River Book 5) Engaged to the Single Mom: A Fresh-Start Family Romance (Rescue River Book 1) Secret Christmas Twins: A Fresh-Start Family Romance A Family for Easter: A Fresh-Start Family Romance (Rescue River Book 6) His Secret Child: A Fresh-Start Family Romance (Rescue River Book 2) Small-Town Nanny: A Fresh-Start Family Romance (Rescue River Book 3) The Nanny's Texas Christmas: A Wholesome Western Romance (Lone Star Cowboy League: Boys Ranch Book 3) Bonds of a lifetime Suspense) The Soldier and the Single Mom: A Fresh-Start Family Romance (Rescue River Book 4)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amy Herskovic

    This was the first book that I have read by this author. I won it from a contest on Facebook. I love everything about this book. The small town it takes place in, the main characters, the storylines, how it went back and forth between Erica, Trey and Julie. I loved all the teens in the story as well. This is a story of personal growth for all the characters Erica, a school teacher works with at risk teens at the academy. She has to deal with a principal who gives her nothing but a hard time. She This was the first book that I have read by this author. I won it from a contest on Facebook. I love everything about this book. The small town it takes place in, the main characters, the storylines, how it went back and forth between Erica, Trey and Julie. I loved all the teens in the story as well. This is a story of personal growth for all the characters Erica, a school teacher works with at risk teens at the academy. She has to deal with a principal who gives her nothing but a hard time. She also has to deal with the fact that she is unable to have kids and believe that she still deserves to be happy and find true love. Trey, a police officer who was hurt in the line of duty, comes to Pleasant Shores to volunteer in Helping Heroes. He volunteers with Erica at the Academy. He grows emotionally, physically, mentally, and finds out that people believe in him even when he was younger. At first he has a poor attitude , but eventually he comes to love working with the kids. Eventually , Erica and Trey form a good working relationship. This is a story about second chances and believing in yourself. A story of love, about giving people the benefit of the doubt. I absolutely loved this book and can’t wait to read the next book in this series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rachel DeVaughn

    I loved reading this book from start to finish! The book mostly focuses on Try and Erica's story but also had other key characters which hopefully will be mentioned to future stories. I liked reading about Trey's police work and his K-9 dog partner and the training that is involved. I liked seeing Trey's character evolve during the story to a man more relatable, nice and patient with others. I loved his passion that he had for this partner and protecting and helping others. I liked reading about I loved reading this book from start to finish! The book mostly focuses on Try and Erica's story but also had other key characters which hopefully will be mentioned to future stories. I liked reading about Trey's police work and his K-9 dog partner and the training that is involved. I liked seeing Trey's character evolve during the story to a man more relatable, nice and patient with others. I loved his passion that he had for this partner and protecting and helping others. I liked reading about Erica and her passion with helping kids-especially those high risk and from broken homes. She was patient, kind and worked well with everyone-even her boss who was a constant jerk. She was such a great example to the kids! I liked Ziggy (her dog) and the animal healing element throughout this story. Clean romance, fun characters, great story line... highly recommend! I loved it and I can't wait to read more in this series!! I received a copy of this book complimentary for blog and social media review. All opinions are my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Joan Arning

    Great clean story! Who can resist a story set in Chesapeake Bay! You will love former K-9 officer Trey Harrison who is recovering from an injury. You can't help but admire the female protagonist Erica Rowe. Erica is a school teacher who works with at-risk teens and cares for her sister who has cancer and her teenage niece! Their mother died from cancer. Erica has had a hysterectomy due to the results of genetic testing but puts her mothering instincts into working with her students. Trey and Eri Great clean story! Who can resist a story set in Chesapeake Bay! You will love former K-9 officer Trey Harrison who is recovering from an injury. You can't help but admire the female protagonist Erica Rowe. Erica is a school teacher who works with at-risk teens and cares for her sister who has cancer and her teenage niece! Their mother died from cancer. Erica has had a hysterectomy due to the results of genetic testing but puts her mothering instincts into working with her students. Trey and Erica are attracted to one another but Trey longs for children. Will they be able to work things out? You will enjoy the community of Pleasant Shores where everyone knows each others' business! I recommend Cottage at the Beach to others. I received an advance copy from the author. This is my honest opinion.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Darlene Wilson

    When an injury forces K-9 officer Trey Harrison onto the sidelines, his only thought is getting back to the police force where he belongs. And he’ll do anything to make that happen—even volunteer in a small waterfront community, just to please his boss. But no one ever said Trey had to enjoy it… Since the surgery that destroyed her dreams of having children, schoolteacher Erica Rowe has grown even more dedicated to her work with at-risk teens. So she doesn't need some cop with a chip on his shoul When an injury forces K-9 officer Trey Harrison onto the sidelines, his only thought is getting back to the police force where he belongs. And he’ll do anything to make that happen—even volunteer in a small waterfront community, just to please his boss. But no one ever said Trey had to enjoy it… Since the surgery that destroyed her dreams of having children, schoolteacher Erica Rowe has grown even more dedicated to her work with at-risk teens. So she doesn't need some cop with a chip on his shoulder putting the program's future in jeopardy. But when Trey finally connects with the students, Erica's heart melts. And when, in a tender moment, he admits he longs to have children, her heart breaks. She's convinced he'd be better off with someone who can give him everything, but she can't seem to shake the hope that maybe love is enough…

  18. 4 out of 5

    Marie Pinkham

    This author does justice to the issues she addresses - the needs of veterans, at- risk youth, first responders, and animals in service to all of the above. She does it with stories full of heart, set in small-town settings complete with characters we can all get behind. Reading her books is like reading about friends. Her descriptive writing pulls you into the stories from the get-go, and leaves you satisfied that your favorite characters have fought a good fight and come out on top. I love that This author does justice to the issues she addresses - the needs of veterans, at- risk youth, first responders, and animals in service to all of the above. She does it with stories full of heart, set in small-town settings complete with characters we can all get behind. Reading her books is like reading about friends. Her descriptive writing pulls you into the stories from the get-go, and leaves you satisfied that your favorite characters have fought a good fight and come out on top. I love that this one included a K-9 service dog, who gets to play more than one important role in the lives of his policeman-handler, and the community. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. This review is voluntary, and the thoughts and opinions are my own.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Cottage at the Beach takes place in Chesapeake Bay. Officer Trey Harrison and his German Shepherd, King, go there to recuperate after he is injured on the job. Erica Rowe is there with her sister and niece. She is the cooperating teacher in Pleasant Shores Academy's behavior support program. Trey has been assigned to be her assistant in the program. If he wants to return to work he needs to complete his PT and school assistant assignment. Julie White and her daughter, Ria Martin, and granddaught Cottage at the Beach takes place in Chesapeake Bay. Officer Trey Harrison and his German Shepherd, King, go there to recuperate after he is injured on the job. Erica Rowe is there with her sister and niece. She is the cooperating teacher in Pleasant Shores Academy's behavior support program. Trey has been assigned to be her assistant in the program. If he wants to return to work he needs to complete his PT and school assistant assignment. Julie White and her daughter, Ria Martin, and granddaughters live nearby and operate the Chesapeake Motor Lodge. This book does a good job dealing with the topics of cancer, divorce, and K-9s. I enjoyed this book and want to read more about Ria Martin in the next book, Reunion at the Shore.

  20. 5 out of 5

    DocGill

    This book is about a K9 officer who semi-retires to a quiet beach town and meets a woman trying to run an embattled special needs educational programme. It plays upon your heart strings because there are two dogs, children in need of help and support and, to be honest, quite 'real' characters. So real in fact that, for much of the book, you hardly think anything could go more wrong for them! As a reader, I wanted to believe that 'everything was going to turn out ok', after all, it's a 'romance' This book is about a K9 officer who semi-retires to a quiet beach town and meets a woman trying to run an embattled special needs educational programme. It plays upon your heart strings because there are two dogs, children in need of help and support and, to be honest, quite 'real' characters. So real in fact that, for much of the book, you hardly think anything could go more wrong for them! As a reader, I wanted to believe that 'everything was going to turn out ok', after all, it's a 'romance' novel, right? I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that it was not as lightweight as I thought it was going to be. Some of it, though, was very predictable, especially the ending, hence why I've given it a 3 instead of a 4. Heartwarming is how I would describe it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lexi

    Confession: I bought this at @barnesandnoble because I was looking for a quick beach read and it was on sale. Spoiler Alert: THE SALE DID NOT DISAPPOINT! Trey and Erica’s HEA was SO freakin’ sweet that you might just get a cavity. While their struggles are different, both are hero and heroine are wounded—physically and emotionally. Still, they prove time and time again that love is enough. They have the most adorable meet-cute that may or may not involve furry friends. (Because who can say no to Confession: I bought this at @barnesandnoble because I was looking for a quick beach read and it was on sale. Spoiler Alert: THE SALE DID NOT DISAPPOINT! Trey and Erica’s HEA was SO freakin’ sweet that you might just get a cavity. While their struggles are different, both are hero and heroine are wounded—physically and emotionally. Still, they prove time and time again that love is enough. They have the most adorable meet-cute that may or may not involve furry friends. (Because who can say no to a hurricane of mischievous, furry trouble?) Life throws all it can at Trey and Erica and time and time again when the waves crash, they hold on to each other. 10 out of 10 adorable doggies!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Ms. McClain proved once again that she isn’t afraid to tackle hard subjects. The subject this time was ovarian cancer and the effect it has on families and those around them. I loved the story and the characters. Both Erica and Trey had a lot of insecurities that they had to get past. I thought it was great when Trey was able to work through some misconceptions he had about his childhood. There was so much that I liked about this book. A wounded cop, a police dog, heroic troubled teens… I would Ms. McClain proved once again that she isn’t afraid to tackle hard subjects. The subject this time was ovarian cancer and the effect it has on families and those around them. I loved the story and the characters. Both Erica and Trey had a lot of insecurities that they had to get past. I thought it was great when Trey was able to work through some misconceptions he had about his childhood. There was so much that I liked about this book. A wounded cop, a police dog, heroic troubled teens… I would recommend this book. I received a copy of this book from the author and was not required to write a positive review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Hicks

    I have another favorite book written by Lee Tobin McClain--COTTAGE AT THE BEACH. McClain's books deal with "real world" concerns and how they influence the central characters, their family and friends. The strength of her stories, however, is that those problems never find simplistic, fairytale solutions. The difficulties that trouble Erica and Trey are faced by many of us in our own lives and allow us to consider how these issues not only affect our own lives, but the lives of those closest to I have another favorite book written by Lee Tobin McClain--COTTAGE AT THE BEACH. McClain's books deal with "real world" concerns and how they influence the central characters, their family and friends. The strength of her stories, however, is that those problems never find simplistic, fairytale solutions. The difficulties that trouble Erica and Trey are faced by many of us in our own lives and allow us to consider how these issues not only affect our own lives, but the lives of those closest to us. As always, McClain offers the reader involving characters, a well-crafted plot, and smooth, clear writing. COTTAGE AT THE BEACH is a complex, emotional, and inspiring story.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Connie Carpenter

    I love this author. She always writes books that are so intriguing. She always has original characters, and flowing storyline and it leaves you feeling happy at the end. In this newest release, we meet Trey and Erica. Trey is a K9 officer, who has recently been injured. Erica works with at risk kids. At first, there is conflict with the two of them. Erica is worried that Trey will chase the kids away. Erica's dog, Ziggy is probably my favorite character. Ziggy reminds me of my dog, Amelia. This I love this author. She always writes books that are so intriguing. She always has original characters, and flowing storyline and it leaves you feeling happy at the end. In this newest release, we meet Trey and Erica. Trey is a K9 officer, who has recently been injured. Erica works with at risk kids. At first, there is conflict with the two of them. Erica is worried that Trey will chase the kids away. Erica's dog, Ziggy is probably my favorite character. Ziggy reminds me of my dog, Amelia. This is a heartwarming story. Well Done! I received a copy of this book through the author, all thoughts are my own.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    It takes a village to heal hearts. Trey and King find themselves working with Erica and her at risk teens as rehab so that they can get back to work with the police force. Erica is coping with her own troubles- her niece, her sister, her dog- and she's not really interested in Trey at first. You know, though that these two (and King) will begin to bond, face a crisis, and then come together. McClain has done a nice job with a classic story- it's got some darker themes but moves to the light. Tha It takes a village to heal hearts. Trey and King find themselves working with Erica and her at risk teens as rehab so that they can get back to work with the police force. Erica is coping with her own troubles- her niece, her sister, her dog- and she's not really interested in Trey at first. You know, though that these two (and King) will begin to bond, face a crisis, and then come together. McClain has done a nice job with a classic story- it's got some darker themes but moves to the light. Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC. A good read for an afternoon.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Pbkreader

    I really liked this story of Trey and Erica. It touches on disadvantaged teens, cancer, workplace injuries, and most of all second chances. Second chances at relationships and love but also at careers and life in general. This is one of those books that I can confidently recommend to those readers who don't want explicit sex scenes in their romances. Truthfully, it proves that a good romance novel doesn't require such scenes. I look forward to reading more of McClain's work. Thanks to #Netgalley f I really liked this story of Trey and Erica. It touches on disadvantaged teens, cancer, workplace injuries, and most of all second chances. Second chances at relationships and love but also at careers and life in general. This is one of those books that I can confidently recommend to those readers who don't want explicit sex scenes in their romances. Truthfully, it proves that a good romance novel doesn't require such scenes. I look forward to reading more of McClain's work. Thanks to #Netgalley for providing me with an ARC of #CottageAtTheBeach in return for an honest review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Margie

    I loved this story about Trey and Erica. Trey is recovering from a work related injury. His K-9 partner has been reassigned to a new handler who is mistreating him. Trey is assigned to help Erica run a school for troubled teens while he heals from his injuries. He misses his dog terribly. Erica finds out that the dog is being mistreated and tells Trey. They try to get the dog away from the other officer but it will put Treys return to the police force at risk. I loved the twists and turns and vi I loved this story about Trey and Erica. Trey is recovering from a work related injury. His K-9 partner has been reassigned to a new handler who is mistreating him. Trey is assigned to help Erica run a school for troubled teens while he heals from his injuries. He misses his dog terribly. Erica finds out that the dog is being mistreated and tells Trey. They try to get the dog away from the other officer but it will put Treys return to the police force at risk. I loved the twists and turns and views from different perspectives. An excellent book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sheila Penwell

    I really enjoyed the first book in this series. This story is about a police officer is sent to a house at Pleasant Shores Beach town to rehab by training in a program for high risk kids at their school. There he works with the teacher of this program Erica. She lives next to him with her sister who has cancer and her daughter. See how this program unfolds and if there is any chance that Erica and Trey get together. There are several stories in this book that are involved in this story. These ch I really enjoyed the first book in this series. This story is about a police officer is sent to a house at Pleasant Shores Beach town to rehab by training in a program for high risk kids at their school. There he works with the teacher of this program Erica. She lives next to him with her sister who has cancer and her daughter. See how this program unfolds and if there is any chance that Erica and Trey get together. There are several stories in this book that are involved in this story. These characters stories I feel with go on through the series. A GOOD READ.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bethany

    Cute but not my type of romance. Dragged on for a bit and then wrapped up in 1 chapter and the epilogue. Don't get me wrong it was a decent read and some may find it good. In my opinion this book could've been better if the two weren't so back and forth and then the minute they're finally together it's bam! Happily ever after and no problems with anything they've been complaining about in the entire book lol. Just seems like the author got bored and decided to end it where it seemed convenient. Cute but not my type of romance. Dragged on for a bit and then wrapped up in 1 chapter and the epilogue. Don't get me wrong it was a decent read and some may find it good. In my opinion this book could've been better if the two weren't so back and forth and then the minute they're finally together it's bam! Happily ever after and no problems with anything they've been complaining about in the entire book lol. Just seems like the author got bored and decided to end it where it seemed convenient. Just this gals opinion 😉

  30. 5 out of 5

    Amra

    The generous second star goes to dogs and dogs only! I didn't expect much going into this book, but it managed to be even more boring and predictable than expected. Which is a shame, because it had a good base, two troubled characters, with deep issues of their own coming together. And everything gets better magically, and they marry within 2 months and all is nice and dandy. Throw in bunch of unnecessary secondary characters, and sporadic, unresolved drama and this mess is a result.I ended up sk The generous second star goes to dogs and dogs only! I didn't expect much going into this book, but it managed to be even more boring and predictable than expected. Which is a shame, because it had a good base, two troubled characters, with deep issues of their own coming together. And everything gets better magically, and they marry within 2 months and all is nice and dandy. Throw in bunch of unnecessary secondary characters, and sporadic, unresolved drama and this mess is a result.I ended up skimming through second half completely.

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