Review: Holiday in the Hamptons

Holiday in the Hamptons
Holiday in the Hamptons
Author: Sarah Morgan
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Harlequin
Expected Release Date: August 29 2017
Rating: ★★★★☆

Synopsis: Professional dog-walker Felicity Knight loves everything about New York...until her ex-husband starts working at her local vet clinic. She hasn't seen Seth Carlyle in ten years, but one glimpse of him--too gorgeous, and still too good for her--and Fliss's heart hurts like their whirlwind marriage ended yesterday. So when her grandmother in the Hamptons needs help for the summer, it seems the ideal way to escape her past.

Their relationship might have lasted only a few scorching months, but vet Seth knows Fliss--if she's run away to the Hamptons, it's because she still feels their connection and it terrifies her. He let her go once before, when he didn't know any better, but not this summer! With the help of his adorable dog, Lulu, and a sprinkling of beachside magic, Seth is determined to make Fliss see that he's never stopped loving her...

I haven't had the chance to read the other books in Sarah Morgan's From Manhattan with Love series, but right away, this book intrigued me. Reunited couple? Check. Dogs playing semi-important roles in the plot? Check. Felicity Knight escapes to the Hamptons when she spots her ex-husband in her local Manhattan vet clinic. Little does she know that Seth's vet practice is actually based in the very community she's escaping to, and he's determined to win her back after ten years apart.

I thought that this was the cutest summer beach read. It certainly had it's fair share of emotional baggage - especially on the heroine's part. To be quite honest, it seemed like a tad too much at times -- daddy issues, getting married and divorced at 18, along with a few other surprises - but I appreciated the fact that Morgan had all of Fliss's issues be interconnected. It at least felt like these issues were logical occurrences after a previous event. I also thought that the emotional baggage Fliss carried was an important ingredient to eventually making her relationship with Seth work. With as much drama as Fliss was bringing, it was a relief to know that Seth was the steady, calm rock throughout. I love how open and honest he was with Fliss, but also how clear and steadfast he was when telling her that their relationship wasn't going to work unless she could give back in kind.

As cute and fluffy as this was, one big drawback for me was the confusing timeline. At one point, Fliss's narration laments that she feels like the entire summer flew by and that she stayed in the Hamptons for much longer than she planned, and then the next section she's talking about plans for the fourth of July. Huh? Girl, that's the sign that summer is just beginning!

Overall, I really enjoyed Holiday in the Hamptons. It was cute, but not too cutesy, and showed emotional character growth of the heroine and a logical reunion of exes. I look forward to more in this series, and I can't wait to catch up on the others already out.

This title was provided by Harlequin and Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

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