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From the USA Today bestselling "master of witty banter" (Entertainment Weekly) comes a hilarious and heartwarming romance about two enemies whose feud turns red-hot. Maya Mehta will do anything to save her tiny, beloved community theater. Put on musicals she hates? Check. Hire an arrogant former-pop-star-turned-actor? Done. But what Maya really needs to save her theater is From the USA Today bestselling "master of witty banter" (Entertainment Weekly) comes a hilarious and heartwarming romance about two enemies whose feud turns red-hot. Maya Mehta will do anything to save her tiny, beloved community theater. Put on musicals she hates? Check. Hire an arrogant former-pop-star-turned-actor? Done. But what Maya really needs to save her theater is Matchmaker Bay's new business grant. She's got some serious competition, though: Benjamin "Law" Lawson, local bar owner, Jerk Extraordinaire, and Maya's annoyingly hot arch nemesis. Let the games begin. Law loves nothing more than getting under Maya's skin, and making those gorgeous eyes dance with irritation. But when he discovers the ex-pop star has a thing for Maya, too, Law decides he's done waiting in the wings-starting with a scorching-hot kiss. Turns out there's a thin line between hate and irresistible desire, and Maya and Law are really good at crossing it. But when things heat up, will they allow their long-standing feud to get in the way of their growing feelings? Includes the bonus novella Once Upon a Bride!


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From the USA Today bestselling "master of witty banter" (Entertainment Weekly) comes a hilarious and heartwarming romance about two enemies whose feud turns red-hot. Maya Mehta will do anything to save her tiny, beloved community theater. Put on musicals she hates? Check. Hire an arrogant former-pop-star-turned-actor? Done. But what Maya really needs to save her theater is From the USA Today bestselling "master of witty banter" (Entertainment Weekly) comes a hilarious and heartwarming romance about two enemies whose feud turns red-hot. Maya Mehta will do anything to save her tiny, beloved community theater. Put on musicals she hates? Check. Hire an arrogant former-pop-star-turned-actor? Done. But what Maya really needs to save her theater is Matchmaker Bay's new business grant. She's got some serious competition, though: Benjamin "Law" Lawson, local bar owner, Jerk Extraordinaire, and Maya's annoyingly hot arch nemesis. Let the games begin. Law loves nothing more than getting under Maya's skin, and making those gorgeous eyes dance with irritation. But when he discovers the ex-pop star has a thing for Maya, too, Law decides he's done waiting in the wings-starting with a scorching-hot kiss. Turns out there's a thin line between hate and irresistible desire, and Maya and Law are really good at crossing it. But when things heat up, will they allow their long-standing feud to get in the way of their growing feelings? Includes the bonus novella Once Upon a Bride!

30 review for Sandcastle Beach

  1. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    Sandcastle Beach by Jenny Holiday is the third book in the contemporary romance Matchmaker Bay series. As with a lot of contemporary romance series the theme to the series is the setting and the main characters will change with each new book so they all can be read and understood as a standalone or in any order if choosing to do so. There are little glimpses of previous characters in the series all throughout though for those that follow along from the beginning. Matchmaker Bay is actually the ni Sandcastle Beach by Jenny Holiday is the third book in the contemporary romance Matchmaker Bay series. As with a lot of contemporary romance series the theme to the series is the setting and the main characters will change with each new book so they all can be read and understood as a standalone or in any order if choosing to do so. There are little glimpses of previous characters in the series all throughout though for those that follow along from the beginning. Matchmaker Bay is actually the nickname of the charming little Moonflower Bay, Ontario due to some nosey matchmaking residents. This time around it’s Maya Mehta and Benjamin “Law” Lawson who have come into the sights of the matchmakers in the small town. Maya is trying to get her tiny community theater put on the map and Law owns the local bar. What these two need is the new business grant that the town is offering putting them both in direct competition with one another so the only sparks flying should be those from anger at one another, right? I have read all three books in the contemporary romance Matchmaker Bay series and have absolutely loved every one of them. The characters have all been likable and Law and Maya were not an exception to that and I have also absolutely come to love our quirky cast of matchmakers. That type of quirky humor I usually go searching for in cozy mysteries but found it in this contemporary series too. Each romance has won me over so while I don’t know if there will be a book four if there is I will definitely be reading it. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/

  2. 4 out of 5

    Berit Talks Books

    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 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. ***

  3. 5 out of 5

    Katie B

    4.5 stars Sandcastle Beach is the third novel in the Matchmaker Bay series and I absolutely adored the romance between the two leads. With characters from previous books popping up in this one, I'd say it's worthwhile to start at the beginning of the series before reading book 3. You could read it as a standalone but it's fun to know more of a detailed backstory of the other couples in the book. Out of the many scenic small town romance series I have read, Matchmaker Bay has earned a spot at the 4.5 stars Sandcastle Beach is the third novel in the Matchmaker Bay series and I absolutely adored the romance between the two leads. With characters from previous books popping up in this one, I'd say it's worthwhile to start at the beginning of the series before reading book 3. You could read it as a standalone but it's fun to know more of a detailed backstory of the other couples in the book. Out of the many scenic small town romance series I have read, Matchmaker Bay has earned a spot at the top of my favorite list. Maya Mehta needs a big influx of cash to keep her town's community theater open. She's hoping to convince a former pop star turned actor to take part in one of her productions to garner some media attention. She also wants to win the business grant offered by her town of Matchmaker Bay. One problem though, is local bar owner, Benjamin "Law" Lawson, has also applied for the grant. Let's just say Maya would hate to lose to him of all people. The story alternates between Maya and Law. So yeah, this is an enemies to lovers romance but it's pretty lighthearted in tone rather than a super strong hatred. When I read the previous book in the series in which they were supporting characters, you could just tell the author was setting the stage, so to speak, for a future romance. One thing that is cool about this book is the timeline overlaps some with the second book. So you also get bits and pieces of Nora and Jake's relationship playing out but from the perspectives of Maya and Law, if that makes sense. Good chemistry, likeable characters, a picturesque setting, yummy food descriptions, humor and a good plot centered around chasing your dreams. What's not to love? Looking forward to more books in the series. Thank you to Forever for providing me with a copy! All thoughts expressed are my honest opinion.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    Sandcastle Beach is the third and final book of the Matchmaker Bay series and this time we see Maya Mehta and Ben ‘Law’ Lawson’s enemies to lovers trope play out. The small town romance with meddling townsfolk have been why I loved this series so much. The characters were so endearing as well as revisiting some of my faves like Jake and Nora has been especially delightful. A business grant could either save the theater for Maya or update Law’s restaurant. But when a former pop star turned actor s Sandcastle Beach is the third and final book of the Matchmaker Bay series and this time we see Maya Mehta and Ben ‘Law’ Lawson’s enemies to lovers trope play out. The small town romance with meddling townsfolk have been why I loved this series so much. The characters were so endearing as well as revisiting some of my faves like Jake and Nora has been especially delightful. A business grant could either save the theater for Maya or update Law’s restaurant. But when a former pop star turned actor starts making the moves on Maya, no feud can keep Law away from Maya. This was simply a joy to read from the master of banter and contemporary romance!

  5. 5 out of 5

    book bruin

    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 a 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*

  6. 5 out of 5

    sil ♡ the book voyagers

    This book was so very good. And I'm so thankful I enjoyed it so much after my last read lmao. This is a book you need to add to your 2021 list FOR SURE. Enemies to lovers, small town romance, cuteness overload, what more do you want? Maya and Benjamin have been at each other's throats for years now. Everyone knows that they can't stop picking at each other, they can't stop glaring at each other, they just can't stop. But all fair's in love and war, right? When a competition starts in their little This book was so very good. And I'm so thankful I enjoyed it so much after my last read lmao. This is a book you need to add to your 2021 list FOR SURE. Enemies to lovers, small town romance, cuteness overload, what more do you want? Maya and Benjamin have been at each other's throats for years now. Everyone knows that they can't stop picking at each other, they can't stop glaring at each other, they just can't stop. But all fair's in love and war, right? When a competition starts in their little beach town, they both want to win this big amount of money for very different reasons that will help their businesses. That makes them rivals and so perfect for them. Yet unbeknown to them, the whole town is playing matchmakers, so Ben and Maya keep finding themselves alone together... telling each other things they aren't telling anyone... helping each other... and maybe secretly kissing? I got the Much Ado About Nothing vibe from it! And you know how much I've wanted more romances with this vibe!!!!! I loved it, it fit perfectly and it was written so perfectly. It has that "heroine calls the hero a different way that everyone else"? CHEF KISS. Everyone calls Benjamin "Law" but not Maya!! NOT MAYA. I tell you this book really brings all the specific tropes to the table and does it wonderfully. I was given an egalley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kate Olson

    I was sad to find that this book is written time-wise alongside book 2 in the series, from Law and Maya’s perspective this time. That never works for me because a lot of the events are the same as the other book and also we don’t get to see the couple from that book grow together. I was sad to DNF, but this structure doesn’t work for me.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Aly

    3.75 After college, Maya Mehta came back to Moonflower Bay, Ontario, to start a theater company but no one know that she's having financial trouble right now. When the town offer to help a local business in giving money Maya is determined to win. But the bar owner, her nemesis, Benjamin Lawson, is just as determined as starting his new project so it's only natural that the two of them compete. Do they really dislike each other or it's a question of contradictory feelings? Despite a slow start (m 3.75 After college, Maya Mehta came back to Moonflower Bay, Ontario, to start a theater company but no one know that she's having financial trouble right now. When the town offer to help a local business in giving money Maya is determined to win. But the bar owner, her nemesis, Benjamin Lawson, is just as determined as starting his new project so it's only natural that the two of them compete. Do they really dislike each other or it's a question of contradictory feelings? Despite a slow start (more inner thoughts than dialogues and the romance part only begin half-way), Maya and Law had an interesting frenemy chemistry and I had a great time watching their relationship evolve.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ann Lorz

    Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog: http://www.romancingthereaders.com/20... I'm a new reader of Holiday and have been enjoying this series. Right now I'm really into small-town romances and this one fits the bill. You get to know Maya and Law in the prior book a bit and get that they aren't really friends. Their issues with each other make for a pretty fun story. I know that sounds silly but you'll see. They have a chance to win some money and they both want it. Maya really needs it badly s Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog: http://www.romancingthereaders.com/20... I'm a new reader of Holiday and have been enjoying this series. Right now I'm really into small-town romances and this one fits the bill. You get to know Maya and Law in the prior book a bit and get that they aren't really friends. Their issues with each other make for a pretty fun story. I know that sounds silly but you'll see. They have a chance to win some money and they both want it. Maya really needs it badly so she is even more snarky. I felt for Maya. She's at her wit's end to save her theater and it's not looking good. She only has one choice and that's to win this contest. Since Law is also trying to win it makes her fight even harder. This is one of those books that you're so glad to be able to feel like the fly on the wall. It really took these two a long time to figure out that they should be together. What makes the story even better is the fact that the town does all it can to help them out. After a lot of hard work (from the town) and laughter on my part, they finally get a clue. As I mentioned I really enjoyed this one and all the wonderful characters in the town. A perfect weekend read. Follow me on: https://www.facebook.com/RomancingThe... https://twitter.com/Romancingreader ARC received for an honest review

  10. 4 out of 5

    Carole Bell

    I was surprised and delighted by the end.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Hannah B.

    ✨If a group of elderly matchmakers were trying to set me up, I simply wouldn’t refuse.✨ I took a chance with this one because I’d loved another Jenny Holiday book and wanted to try another of hers. I really liked the premise of the meddling oldies because that’s exactly my life goal when I’m 72. However, this book just didn’t feel like a romance to me until halfway through, which in a 400 page book. I was invested in the relationship, but I got bogged down before I could truly root for the two. P ✨If a group of elderly matchmakers were trying to set me up, I simply wouldn’t refuse.✨ I took a chance with this one because I’d loved another Jenny Holiday book and wanted to try another of hers. I really liked the premise of the meddling oldies because that’s exactly my life goal when I’m 72. However, this book just didn’t feel like a romance to me until halfway through, which in a 400 page book. I was invested in the relationship, but I got bogged down before I could truly root for the two. Part of my problem is probably that I haven’t read the first two in the series and wasn’t in love with the main characters. Normally I enjoy guessing relationships and seeing them in the background of the other books in the series, so I did miss out on that. I also maybe missed out on the size of the town, because I got major small town vibes, but it’s gotta be bigger than I’m imagining. I just can’t see a theater being economically viable, or a grant award of that size being available. The book was pretty long, and spanned a good chunk of time—there were “6 months later” breaks and such. The time jumps just made the book a little too lengthy and a little too slow burn for my taste. I also just don’t like the spurned-in-highschool-so-there’s-a-decade-old-grudge-that-the-other-person-has-no-clue-about trope. Seriously Ben had no clue why Maya was so angry, and it was barely even his fault. This bit reminded me of The Dating Plan, but not as all-consuming which was a relief. I also found some repeated words that just drove me nuts. One, I have never, and I mean never, called my Converse All-Stars “Cons,” like seriously never. If I’m going to abbreviate them, it’s gotta be “Chucks.” I was just irrationally angry every time I read “Cons.” Also there were like three chapters where Maya said “hooboy” 100 times and hadn’t said it before those random chapters—the frequency was rather alarming. I do say “hooboy” now though, so who’s the real winner here? I know I'm listing my grievances, but I did enjoy a majority of this book! I enjoyed the background characters and once the two got together, I definitely had a good time. I enjoyed the second half more than the first for that reason. Thank you to Forever for this advanced review copy! Review is honest and opinions are my own. ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5 🌶🌶🌶.75/5

  12. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I was actually really looking forward to this book as Maya and Law have been secondary characters in the first two books and I just knew their romance would be spicy with the whole enemies to lovers thing. The wait was definitely worth it because this was my favorite in the series thus far. Besides catching up with the couples from the first two books and the meddling matchmakers you get a deeper look at both Maya and Law and what really happened between them in the past to make them so cranky to I was actually really looking forward to this book as Maya and Law have been secondary characters in the first two books and I just knew their romance would be spicy with the whole enemies to lovers thing. The wait was definitely worth it because this was my favorite in the series thus far. Besides catching up with the couples from the first two books and the meddling matchmakers you get a deeper look at both Maya and Law and what really happened between them in the past to make them so cranky towards each other. Bickering between soon to be lovers is always fun for me and these two had great banter, they definitely made me laugh. I loved getting to see more of Maya’s theater work as well, she’s a passionate character and her enthusiasm was adorable. The epilogue was super satisfying as it ties up some loose ends with all the characters, especially since I think this is the last book in the series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tanja ~ KT Book Reviews

    ooooooh book friends! Hate has finally turned to love for Maya and Law! I adore this series. Small-town friends, meddling, and well-meaning residents that like to play matchmaker. Just adorable. Spring is just around the corner so shake out that book tote, find a sunny place to plunk yourself down, and read Sandcastle Beach! ~Tanja *ARC provided by publisher Follow me on Instagram✿Twitter✿Facebook✿Pinterest✿ ooooooh book friends! Hate has finally turned to love for Maya and Law! I adore this series. Small-town friends, meddling, and well-meaning residents that like to play matchmaker. Just adorable. Spring is just around the corner so shake out that book tote, find a sunny place to plunk yourself down, and read Sandcastle Beach! ~Tanja *ARC provided by publisher Follow me on Instagram✿Twitter✿Facebook✿Pinterest✿

  14. 5 out of 5

    Arpita (world of a book enthusiast)

    Guys, I am head over heels about this book and this series in general. Sandcastle Beach is a third book in the Matchmaker Bay series and I loved it. Maya Mehta is the artistic director for Moonflower Bay’s theatre company and is financially struggling to save her theater. Benjamin “Law” Lawson, a local bar owner and Maya’s nemesis is looking to expand his business. So there are two projects and one business grant and a serious competition begins. Enemies to Lovers is my favorite trope. Maya and Guys, I am head over heels about this book and this series in general. Sandcastle Beach is a third book in the Matchmaker Bay series and I loved it. Maya Mehta is the artistic director for Moonflower Bay’s theatre company and is financially struggling to save her theater. Benjamin “Law” Lawson, a local bar owner and Maya’s nemesis is looking to expand his business. So there are two projects and one business grant and a serious competition begins. Enemies to Lovers is my favorite trope. Maya and Law are awesome characters and the witty banter between them is amusing to read. When a former pop star turned actor starts making moves on Maya and Law realizes that he is done waiting and no dispute can keep her away from him. I was really happy that Jake and Nora and Eve and Sawyer (couples of the previous books in the series) have a considerable presence in this story as well. I can picture this series as an amazing series on Netflix or Hulu. This book is for you if you love the small-town vibes, amazing characters, friendship, enemies to lover trope, a loving family, and meddling older folks. Thank you so much @readforever for this beautiful book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Gretchen

    Sandcastle Beach was such a fun, sweet read! I have wanted Maya and Benjamin’s story since they were first introduced and was not disappointed. I loved their entertaining and witty banter and verbal sparring. This was a really cute enemies to lover’s story. Maya and Law were wonderful. I liked learning about them and their history, what their struggles were, and what they were working towards. I liked their playful bickering and the underlying chemistry they had. I adored them opening up bit by b Sandcastle Beach was such a fun, sweet read! I have wanted Maya and Benjamin’s story since they were first introduced and was not disappointed. I loved their entertaining and witty banter and verbal sparring. This was a really cute enemies to lover’s story. Maya and Law were wonderful. I liked learning about them and their history, what their struggles were, and what they were working towards. I liked their playful bickering and the underlying chemistry they had. I adored them opening up bit by bit, and how they'd come to a truce and have these heartfelt moments. There was a nice slow burn happening as well that I really enjoyed. I loved that tension, angst, and building anticipation for them to get together. There is a great cast of characters in this inviting little town and they're the perfect addition to the story. The meddling old folks always crack me up, they’re total instigators but in a good way. I loved seeing previous couples from the first two books and getting updates on them. I love the friendships and bonds the men and women have adding another layer of goodness to the story. This was a fast-paced, light read with really good details. It gave me just what I needed to keep me invested and rooting for Maya and Benjamin to get to their HEA. I loved the slight bit of overlap that there was with the last book, that was awesome. This was a wonderful addition to the Matchmaker Bay series that's sure to leave a smile on your face! Complimentary copy received from Forever Romance.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    I love a good enemies to lovers storyline and Sandcastle Beach delivered! Book 3 in the Matchmaker Bay series included everything I love about this series. It’s quaint town and charming characters never fail to make me smile. It’s steeped in tradition and friendship, ensuring that every time I step into the pages I’m going to be enveloped in a warm hug. This installment focuses on Maya and Ben. These enemies are so focused on their long standing feud that they can’t break down the wall that divid I love a good enemies to lovers storyline and Sandcastle Beach delivered! Book 3 in the Matchmaker Bay series included everything I love about this series. It’s quaint town and charming characters never fail to make me smile. It’s steeped in tradition and friendship, ensuring that every time I step into the pages I’m going to be enveloped in a warm hug. This installment focuses on Maya and Ben. These enemies are so focused on their long standing feud that they can’t break down the wall that divides them to see the possibilities in front of them. As always, the author delivers on the witty banter and hot romance. This one was SPICY! 🔥 I loved reuniting with the characters and this amazing town. This one started off a little clunky, with the backstory of the feud. It was an information dump and I was perplexed for a minute to see if I was reading the correct book. It quickly turned around I was swept up in Sandcastle Beach. I loved this third installment and can’t wait for more! 4⭐️ My thanks to @readforeverpub for the advance reader in exchange for my honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    I’ve enjoyed every one of Holiday’s Matchmaker Bay novels. Looking back at the three titles (hoping for more), I admire how she set a different tone to each couple, balancing the familiar and whimsical with the fresh and heart-tugging. Of the three, Paradise Cove chewed my heart to bits. Sandcastle Beach made for a nice contrast: low-stakes romance, likeable hero and heroine with supportive family, friends, and town rooting for them and, my favourite bit, a nod to one of Shakespeare’s great come I’ve enjoyed every one of Holiday’s Matchmaker Bay novels. Looking back at the three titles (hoping for more), I admire how she set a different tone to each couple, balancing the familiar and whimsical with the fresh and heart-tugging. Of the three, Paradise Cove chewed my heart to bits. Sandcastle Beach made for a nice contrast: low-stakes romance, likeable hero and heroine with supportive family, friends, and town rooting for them and, my favourite bit, a nod to one of Shakespeare’s great comedies, Much Ado About Nothing. If Mermaid Inn brought us reunited high school sweethearts and Paradise Cove saw a tragedy healed in its love story, Sandcastle Beach had the frothy fun and banter of Shakespeare’s delightful paen to love’s headiness, but also to how we resist it and fight against it. We watched Ben Lawson and Maya Mehta snark at each other through the first two series books. Like to their friends and family, that they were in love was obvious. This does not make their romance journey any less engaging for being so apparent. (I also enjoyed Holiday dialing down the sexy times and going for slow burn with this one: she nailed it.) The blurb offers further detail: Maya Mehta will do anything to save her tiny, beloved community theater. Put on musicals she hates? Check. Hire an arrogant former-pop-star-turned-actor? Done. But what Maya really needs to save her theater is Matchmaker Bay’s new business grant. She’s got some serious competition, though: Benjamin “Law” Lawson, local bar owner, Jerk Extraordinaire, and Maya’s annoyingly hot arch nemesis. Let the games begin. Law loves nothing more than getting under Maya’s skin, and making those gorgeous eyes dance with irritation. But when he discovers the ex-pop star has a thing for Maya, too, Law decides he’s done waiting in the wings-starting with a scorching-hot kiss. Turns out there’s a thin line between hate and irresistible desire, and Maya and Law are really good at crossing it. But when things heat up, will they allow their long-standing feud to get in the way of their growing feelings? As with most blurbs, it reveals and deceives. The rock star Maya hires, Holden Hampshire (who reminded me of Bride and Prejudice‘s Mr. Collins) doesn’t feature as prominently as suggested. The slow burn was a baby ember for a long time and Ben is not suddenly awake to Maya’s wonderfulness because he’s jealous of a gamboling rocker has-been. Sandcastle Beach really is the story of Ben and Maya in Benedick-Beatrice-mode, “sparring” through the first half (and Holiday is one of the great romance comic writers so you know these bits will be good) and, still squabbling, slowly succumbing to desire and an endearing affection. Like their Shakespearean counterparts, Ben and Maya are beautifully compatible and it’s easy to imagine them happily sniping and loving through their HEA. Ben and Maya don’t have the psychic wounds we often witness in romances: their parents are wonderful and ALIVE; their friends, as deviously amusing, caring, and gently nudging their romance along as Benedick and Beatrice’s. So the question is: can Holiday write a great low-stakes romance? Given I read Sandcastle Beach during one of my toughest work weeks this year, lost sleep to cheer for these two into the wee hours, a resounding yes! Holiday built her novel on Shakespearean genius comic mode: by keeping up banter between Ben-Benedick and Maya-Beatrice, conflict is built in to characterization. She sealed it with the grant rivalry, which carries the romance’s pacing and becomes part of the HEA in a gratifying way. Then, she peppered Ben and Maya’s verbal boxing matches with hints of how they “really” feel about each other, delightful little details: Ben stocking a Reisling Maya loved, even though it’s limited edition, and serving it only to her; Maya designating two or three days of the year as Bare-chested-Ben days when, for example, they volunteer to “man” the dunk tank at the annual Moonflower Bay Raspberry Festival. The stakes may be low, but her protagonists’ adorable innocence carries the day. Their banter was hilarious, a case in point Ben teasing Maya about her tube-top, “Nineteen eighty-three called, and they want their outfit back”, which amused me to no end because I wore many a tube-top in 1983 (and may I say that, like Maya, I looked magnificent in them). I don’t want to make Ben and Maya sound like it’s all-snark and no-tenderness because that would be a misrepresentation. There’s plenty tenderness, it’s just not maudlin. Even their love scenes have a light comic touch, but the Shakespearean referencing is genius when Ben looks in wonder at Maya and remembers her playing Cleopatra: “She definitely looked like a woman with an empire under her command. Which he supposed made him the empire. He was surprisingly okay with that.” And so are we. When the HEA comes, it’s as fitting to Ben and Maya as Shakespeare’s, as Holiday pays homage to obviously one of her favourite romances in literature … and mine. If you’re looking for a few hours of delight, a book that can put and keep a silly smile on your face, then look no further than Sandcastle Beach (the title, btw, is another droll moment in Ben and Maya’s “feud”), but if you haven’t read the first two books, you would be missing out. Go for the whole hog, not just the piglet. With Miss Austen, we find in Sandcastle Beach “a mind lively and at ease,” Emma. Jenny Holiday’s Sandcastle Beach is published by Forever. It was released on March 9 and may be found at your preferred vendor. I received an e-galley from Forever, via Netgalley.

  18. 5 out of 5

    b.andherbooks

    Law and Maya have a long standing feud. He rigs the Mermaid Queen vote to make sure she's the winner every year; she tries to get his wood-fired pizza oven banned for having too much smoke. But underneath it all is a simmering awareness that their hate might actually be a bit closer to attraction. Now that Maya is at the risk of losing her beloved theater AND having to compete with Law for a local small business grant, she surely should not be kicking her heels up at his apartment even if he does Law and Maya have a long standing feud. He rigs the Mermaid Queen vote to make sure she's the winner every year; she tries to get his wood-fired pizza oven banned for having too much smoke. But underneath it all is a simmering awareness that their hate might actually be a bit closer to attraction. Now that Maya is at the risk of losing her beloved theater AND having to compete with Law for a local small business grant, she surely should not be kicking her heels up at his apartment even if he does have the good cable with the premier league football she loves watching. And she absolutely should not be thinking about kissing him... As for Law, he's always kind of pined for Maya and cannot fathom why she is so mad at him all the time. But as they finally start to have a gradually detente leading to friendship, can he risk making a move and scaring her away forever? This was fun, with a returning cast of characters and a lot of trope-y deliciousness. I was yelling at these two to put their faces together but I had to wait for the slow-burn to spark. I was also glad to return to Matchmaker Bay and have a fun romp, as the previous installment, while an excellent romance, hit a topic that was personally very hard for me to read. CW: drinking, mention of tragedies from secondary characters that happened in the past.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shay | Books Are Magic Too

    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 - 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!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Susan Gorman

    I really enjoyed Jenny Holiday’s Sandcastle Beach! It’s a charming, small town romance filled with unforgettable characters. Jenny Holiday’s characters drew me into the story. Ben “Law” Lawson is the perfect swoony hero. I loved the witty banter between Law and theater owner Maya Mehta. He looks forward to seeing her every night at his bar, Lawson’s Lager, where he greets her with a glass of Riesling. Although Maya may appear to be indifferent towards Law—she genuinely enjoys his company and frie I really enjoyed Jenny Holiday’s Sandcastle Beach! It’s a charming, small town romance filled with unforgettable characters. Jenny Holiday’s characters drew me into the story. Ben “Law” Lawson is the perfect swoony hero. I loved the witty banter between Law and theater owner Maya Mehta. He looks forward to seeing her every night at his bar, Lawson’s Lager, where he greets her with a glass of Riesling. Although Maya may appear to be indifferent towards Law—she genuinely enjoys his company and friendship….although she’d never admit it. The slow burn romance between Maya and Law is perfectly written. Loved the laugh out loud scenes when Moonflower Bay’s matchmakers Pearl, Eiko, Art and Karl tried to bring the couple together. The attraction between the couple was apparent to everyone—the couples friends, family members and the patrons of Law’s bar. Loved how the town wide competition heated up the romance between Law and Maya. The storyline is engaging, romantic and relatable. Loved how the author blended these elements into the grant competition as it kicked the storyline up a notch. Jenny Holiday is a “new-to-me” author and I look forward to her next book! If you are looking for a small town romance filled with fabulous characters—pick up a copy of Sandcastle Beach!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Em

    Fans of Jenny Holiday (me!), small towns, enemies to lovers, and opposites attract will find much to enjoy in this third Matchmaker Bay novel. Unfortunately, fans of this particular pairing will be less satisfied and disappointed to discover this is women’s fiction barely masquerading as romance. There isn’t nearly enough actual romance in the overall story, and the HEA wraps up so quickly, it’s blink and you’ll miss it. A quick catch up. Moonflower Bay is a fictional, twee, small touristy be Fans of Jenny Holiday (me!), small towns, enemies to lovers, and opposites attract will find much to enjoy in this third Matchmaker Bay novel. Unfortunately, fans of this particular pairing will be less satisfied and disappointed to discover this is women’s fiction barely masquerading as romance. There isn’t nearly enough actual romance in the overall story, and the HEA wraps up so quickly, it’s blink and you’ll miss it. A quick catch up. Moonflower Bay is a fictional, twee, small touristy beach town (in Canada). It’s chock full of all the requisite secondary characters and shops - meddling, older folks who secretly matchmake when they aren't masterminding management of the town, a popular flower shop (where tourists and locals can buy the "moonflowers" they use to fling into the bay with a wish whenever there's a full moon), and a local bar where everyone hangs out when they aren't hanging out with each other or participating in local parades or going to see plays at the local theatre. In the first novel, the friendly local sheriff finds love with his high school love, Eve, after she's forced to return home; in the second, one of the sheriff's best friends, Jake, finds love with a new arrival, Nora, a doctor - after she helps him confront the overwhelming grief that’s been destroying his life; and in Sandcastle Beach, their third friend, Benjamin Law, owner of the local bar, finally admits he doesn't actually hate Maya Mehta, owner of the local theatre and best friend of Eve and Nora. Cozy isn’t it? Theirs is a small community wherein all the most attractive, young and popular people in the town find love with each other. Folks, it's not called MATCHMAKER BAY for nothing. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Over the course of the series, readers have avidly watched the rivalry between seemingly nice and easy going bar owner Ben and Maya, the slightly wacky owner of the local theatre. It's obvious to everyone but these two that they don't so much hate each other as they LOVE each other...but unfortunately, it takes nearly 3/4 of the book for them to realize it. Fortunately, Maya is struggling to keep the theatre afloat and frequently takes solace in the special super cheap, cups never empty riesling poured at Ben's bar. And fortunately, Ben plays VERY close attention to his sad little visitor. And fortunately, he's willing to let Maya spend long hours in his bar using his wi-fi and watching Crystal Palace (her favorite team in the English Premier league). And then he allows her to watch the games in the comfort of his upstairs apartment! SO CONVENIENT. Ben's a great guy. Legit. He is. I can’t really find anything to complain about. Except….He clearly digs Maya - who’s apparently oblivious to his frequent kindnesses; but since he's so desperately afraid of admitting he likes her, he just permits himself the small scraps of affection she begrudgingly grants him whenever she lets her guard down. He isn’t quite sure how their rivalry began (she knows!), but he digs Maya. Hard. Meanwhile, Maya thinks Ben is hot. And he’s really nice to her even when they’re pretending to be mad at each other. And her business is floundering. And somehow it’s not her fault - it’s the building's fault FFS, and she has to find a way out of the nightmare of running a THRIVING theatre in a small, tourist town and overcoming her shitty building situation. Mom and dad (owners of the local flower shop) are a possibility for cash until they tell her they’re retiring and selling the business. Uh Oh. TO THE RESCUE COME THE MEDDLING OLD PEOPLE WHO HAVE COOKED UP THE PERFECT PLAN TO SAVE MAYA AND BEN (WHO DOESN’T ACTUALLY NEED TO BE SAVED) AND ALSO MAKE THEM FALL IN LOVE WITH EACH OTHER. This crowd dangles the possibility of a $100,000 grant to the local business that best benefits the community. The contest pits Ben - who’s looking to expand into the restaurant business, against Maya - who needs the money to save her theatre, and apparently no one else is actually in the running. While they both dedicate their time and energies to their grant applications and the successful running of their businesses, they also find occasions to watch football together and get to know the person they profess to hate. The relationship doesn’t really have anything to do with the grant except that they’re competing for it (sort of?), and it provides us with lots of reasons to sort of care about their professional aspirations. And they discover they LIKE (read: LOVE) each other, have lots in common, and are actually soul mates. Okay, I discovered that...but still. While I enjoyed both of these characters and their enemies-to-lovers relationship, the actual romance - the sexy, kissy, naked kind - doesn’t happen until SO LATE in the story, I worried it wouldn’t actually happen. And then when it does...well, it’s about 100 pages too late and they’re confessing their love for each other right before the story abruptly concludes. This is women’s fiction masquerading as romance and I AM NOT HERE FOR THAT. So, good story or not, I want romance in my romance reading and Sandcastle Beach fails to deliver it. Yes, yes, I get that Maya’s current play, Much Ado About Nothing is the inspiration for this story and the fate of the theatre has to be tied to the HEA...but. It’s all a bit too obvious and unsubtle and come on. THERE NEEDS TO BE MORE SEXUAL TENSION IN THIS STORY. I thought it was a nice story but mostly meh. And that’s a bummer because Ben is YUM. Likeable people, a "nice" story, and some sexual tension = a nice way to pass the day, but not my favorite Holiday.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    Thank you to Forever Pub for a gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. I was REALLY looking forward to this story because Maya and Law had such an amazing enemies to lovers vibe going on in the previous books! It's my favorite trope and I was ready to dive into witty banter, shenanigans, sexual tension, etc. However, it was a really slow burn without much going on between the two of them for most of the book. The "hatred" also felt very one sided so it didn't really feel like a true e Thank you to Forever Pub for a gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. I was REALLY looking forward to this story because Maya and Law had such an amazing enemies to lovers vibe going on in the previous books! It's my favorite trope and I was ready to dive into witty banter, shenanigans, sexual tension, etc. However, it was a really slow burn without much going on between the two of them for most of the book. The "hatred" also felt very one sided so it didn't really feel like a true enemies to lovers storyline. Jake and Nora's story was quite steamy but this one was scaled back a lot with nothing much happening until about 75% in. I did like that it featured an interracial couple and touched briefly on racial issues. Overall cute but not my favorite in the series.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Zoe

    Sparkling, big-hearted, and fun! Sandcastle Beach is a warm, amusing, enemies-to-more romance that transports you to the idyllic Moonflower Bay, Ontario and introduces you to the hardworking bar owner, Law, who is determined to expand his legacy and grandfather’s lager house into something more, and the fiery, creative Maya, who will do whatever it takes to keep her beloved theatre company solvent, profitable, and still running. The writing is tender and light. The characters are fun-loving, kind Sparkling, big-hearted, and fun! Sandcastle Beach is a warm, amusing, enemies-to-more romance that transports you to the idyllic Moonflower Bay, Ontario and introduces you to the hardworking bar owner, Law, who is determined to expand his legacy and grandfather’s lager house into something more, and the fiery, creative Maya, who will do whatever it takes to keep her beloved theatre company solvent, profitable, and still running. The writing is tender and light. The characters are fun-loving, kind, and endearing. And the plot is a spirited, push-pull blend of family, friendship, rivalry, community, adversity, touching moments, palpable attraction, chemistry, humourous hijinks, and swoon-worthy romance. Sandcastle Beach is another uplifting, humorous, addictively entertaining tale by Holiday that is absolutely perfect for anyone who loves a will-they-or-won’t-they romance that’s not only heartwarming but also incredibly sweet and comical. Thank you to Forever and Grand Central Publishing for providing me with a copy in an exchange for an honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Maya and Law together-FINALLY !! Everyone knew that was coming after all of their spicy bickering in the earlier books. I mean...what's hotter than a hate to love storyline? I enjoyed this book but it was probably my least favorite in the series. It took a looonnnnng time for any action and I started to lose a bit of steam by the time they finally get together. The end of the book made up for any issues I had, though- I love the way Holiday tied the story up in a pretty little snarky and adorabl Maya and Law together-FINALLY !! Everyone knew that was coming after all of their spicy bickering in the earlier books. I mean...what's hotter than a hate to love storyline? I enjoyed this book but it was probably my least favorite in the series. It took a looonnnnng time for any action and I started to lose a bit of steam by the time they finally get together. The end of the book made up for any issues I had, though- I love the way Holiday tied the story up in a pretty little snarky and adorable bow. Thanks to NetGalley and Read Forever for a gifted copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    It's been a minute since I visited Moonflower Bay and I was thrilled to go back and get Maya and Law's story. I appreciated the drive they both had to be awarded the grant to help with their business goals and even more than that? I couldn't get enough of their chemistry. I'm a sucker for "enemies to lovers" when done well and these two checked that box. I did end up listening to the audiobook for Sandcastle Beach and, if I'm being totally honest, I did not LOVE that format. I probably should've It's been a minute since I visited Moonflower Bay and I was thrilled to go back and get Maya and Law's story. I appreciated the drive they both had to be awarded the grant to help with their business goals and even more than that? I couldn't get enough of their chemistry. I'm a sucker for "enemies to lovers" when done well and these two checked that box. I did end up listening to the audiobook for Sandcastle Beach and, if I'm being totally honest, I did not LOVE that format. I probably should've read the eARC instead. It might have been the volume at which I was listening without headphones, but the narrator was almost shrill at times when she was portraying Maya's excitement or exasperation. It wasn't enough to take me totally out of the story or make me dislike the character, but it did definitely cause me to flinch a couple of times. That said, all in all, I adored this book. Jenny Holiday is an auto-read author for me.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    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 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.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    3.5⭐️ 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. Wha 3.5⭐️ 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. What a grand gesture!! For some reason I was missing the connection between Maya and Law and I can’t exactly pinpoint why! Lots of bickering for what seemed like a bit of a silly conflict maybe? Once they finally give in, the romance was better for me! While this book wasn’t my favorite of the series, I still highly recommend a trip to Matchmaker Bay!! This has easily been a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ series for me!! I hate to see it come to an end!!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley Jenny Holiday delivers another winner filled with bickery banter, small town antics, and a romance that everyone can see except for the hero and heroine. If you're a fan of Much Ado About Nothing, Jenny's given us our own Beatrice and Benedick in this rivals-to-lovers story. Personally, I've been waiting for Maya and Law's story. I fully expected, of the three heroes in the series so far, that Law was gonna be the cool dude with moves. The truth is, he's ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley Jenny Holiday delivers another winner filled with bickery banter, small town antics, and a romance that everyone can see except for the hero and heroine. If you're a fan of Much Ado About Nothing, Jenny's given us our own Beatrice and Benedick in this rivals-to-lovers story. Personally, I've been waiting for Maya and Law's story. I fully expected, of the three heroes in the series so far, that Law was gonna be the cool dude with moves. The truth is, he's so taken with Maya, he has no game whatsoever, and it's completely adorable. I suspect some readers are going to have a love/hate relationship with Maya...initially she seems like kind of a mooch, all take and no give, but Law doesn't seem to mind it all. So ok, if he doesn't mind, I guess I don't either. So... In Sandcastle Beach, Maya Mehta is the town's theater director; Benjamin "Law" Lawson owns the local bar, and their feud goes back years. The theater's seen better days and Maya's gotta come up with a plan to infuse it with cash for repairs, staff salaries, and raising the curtain for another season. When a former boy bander turned actor joins her production of Much Ado About Nothing, Maya's got a shot at filling every seat this season. But winning a local business grant wouldn't hurt either. There's just one thing standing in her way, Law has his eye on that grant, too. Sandcastle Beach is slow burn, low angst, but romantic in its own way. Despite their on-going competition, Law is actually the most supportive friend Maya has, the one who understands her business dilemmas, the one who lets her use his secret WiFi, the one who stocks a wine at his bar just for her. Though this isn't Jenny's sexiest story, I still really liked it. I will say, there are time jumps in the first three chapters make for a little bit of a bumpy start, but I think part of that is just catching readers up on the players/events of the first two books.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Shanna, Clearing the Bookshelf

    As a professional stage manager, this book hit near and dear to my heart. I grew up in community theatre and it shaped who I have become as a person and in my career. Maya loves the community theatre she has built from the ground up more than anything, and she will stop at nothing to save it. She is the strength I want to see in all female characters; she doesn't wait for a man to swoop in and solve all her problems. Law also owns a business in town, and he values it's place in the community as As a professional stage manager, this book hit near and dear to my heart. I grew up in community theatre and it shaped who I have become as a person and in my career. Maya loves the community theatre she has built from the ground up more than anything, and she will stop at nothing to save it. She is the strength I want to see in all female characters; she doesn't wait for a man to swoop in and solve all her problems. Law also owns a business in town, and he values it's place in the community as much as Maya does. This is definitely a slow burn romance, but it is well worth the wait in anticipation of the will they, won't they figure it out dynamic. I haven't read the first two books in the series, but I had no trouble picking up the story, and am excited to go back and see some familiar characters in the earlier novels. . My only complaint is that Maya constantly wears her costumes out of the theatre and to the bar! There is no theatre practitioner that would do that! Especially not as the owner of a cash-strapped community theatre...I spent so much time worrying that she was going to ruin a particularly important costume piece with a spilled drink!!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    3.5 stars with one major caveat. Maya and Law have been enemies as long as anyone can remember. But though she refuses to order pizza at his bar, she sneaks pieces from friends' orders, and he keeps a riesling in stock that he only serves to her. Her theater is struggling, and she may have to shut it down. She pins all her hope into an ex-boy-band member starring in Much Ado About Nothing at her theater. Law is expanding his bar to include a restaurant. They both apply for a grant that the town i 3.5 stars with one major caveat. Maya and Law have been enemies as long as anyone can remember. But though she refuses to order pizza at his bar, she sneaks pieces from friends' orders, and he keeps a riesling in stock that he only serves to her. Her theater is struggling, and she may have to shut it down. She pins all her hope into an ex-boy-band member starring in Much Ado About Nothing at her theater. Law is expanding his bar to include a restaurant. They both apply for a grant that the town is offering to a local business, so they are in direct competition with each other. Meanwhile, there is a thaw between them as Maya discovers that Law has access to English Premier Football channel in his apartment, where she gets more and more comfortable. The town's meddling older crowd gets involved, though Maya and Law seem blissfully unaware, paralleling Benedick and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing. They start secretly meeting for trysts. The book was really a 4-star for me up till the end. I adore Jenny Holiday, I find her books very readable and comforting (though I did dnf the last Moonflower Bay book because of some issues that made me unhappy, I assume other readers love the thing that made me not want to read it). But I have to say I got big mad at this book after the 90% mark, and honestly I was happily moving into 4+star rating then plummeted to just wishing I hadn't read the book. (view spoiler)[The ex-boy band star, Holden, is a shallow moron but he is making the play happen- his dance moves, his singing, his very existence because Maya has directed the play to relate to bullying and teen issues. He quits because he has an audition in LA for the last weekend of performances, which happens to be the Saturday when a critic from the Globe and Mail is coming to review the play. Maya wants to just cancel, she does not have an understudy for Benedick. But Law says don't cancel, I'll fix it. I expected him to lure Holden back but no. Law himself shows up at the last minute for the play on Saturday night in costume as Benedick, having learned his lines, and subs in for Holden. The whole town is in on it. Then they whisk Maya away to be the Mermaid Queen. Of course the review from the Globe and Mail is overwhelmingly positive! They pulled it off! I just........ Maya is the director of the play and the owner of the theater. If a man showed up and surprised me at a big presentation I was making where the reputation of my business was at stake, I would be livid. It's disrespectful. I just wish writers would not have men surprise women at work for the grand gesture, it almost always undermines the woman and makes me angry. No woman wants to be surprised at work, in a work situation (like, send flowers, ok, but don't get involved in my work!). (hide spoiler)] So I was left with a bad taste in my mouth and I am hesitant to recommend the book. My thanks to Netgalley for providing an ebook free of charge. My opinions are my own.

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