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Series: Gypsy Beach #1
Published by Realm Press on June 23, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
Purchase Links: iBooks | Kobo
Single father, Ryan McNamara, returns to the only place he'd ever been happy, Gypsy Beach. This time he's divorced, broken, but determined to make something of his life. Sienna Cooper is determined to forget Ryan, the last decade, and all of the hurt he'd left her with. She's got enough spunk and gypsy fire in her soul to make this work. She's going to run her grandmother's inn and make it a success. But when a chance encounter throws them back together, the passions ignite and the past doesn't feel so far out of reach. Can they rekindle the love they'd once had? Can he convince her that he never intends to walk away again? Will a potent dose of unending lust, a lifetime of love, and enough hot-blooded Gypsy spirit be enough to save them both?
Also in this series: Gypsy Heat, Gypsy Hope
Also by this author: Gypsy Heat, Gypsy Hope, Coincidental Cowgirl
As the title suggests, Gypsy Beach is a perfect ‘beach’ read, i.e. a great opportunity to escape into a book that isn’t too dark or sad, one that leaves you a little happier for having read it. This is not to suggest that Gypsy Beach is not well-written and engaging. Let’s face it, it’s no fun to sit in the sun sipping a piña colada reading angst and capital “D” Drama. In Gypsy Beach, author Jillian Neal provides just the right blend of conflict and passion, with relatable protagonists experiencing the magic of true love and second chances.
With the death of her beloved Gypsy grandmother, Sienna Cooper returns to the only place she ever felt she belonged, her grandmother’s inn in the North Carolina coastal town of Gypsy Beach. Unfortunately Gypsy Beach also holds memories of her first (and only) love, Ryan McNamara – the boy who broke her heart ten years earlier. Unbeknownst to Sienna, Ryan has spent those same ten years pining for her and their lost opportunity for happiness. Entrapped into loveless marriage that he’s finally escaped, Ryan returns to the only place he was ever complete – Gypsy Beach.
Whether it was fate, or Gypsy magic, Ryan and Sienna reunite and work toward restoring the Inn and gaining full custody of Ryan’s young daughter. The machinations of self-serving secondary characters attempt to block Ryan and Sienna’s path to happiness. Ultimately, through love and sacrifice, Ryan and Sienna form an even deeper connection and stand strong together.
While Sienna’s bohemian free-spirit personality is fully-developed, Ryan’s internal voice was not always consistent with his external actions, especially in the more intimate scenes. His spoken dialogue was assertive and highly sexual, while his internal musings were grandiose and unrealistically flowery (for example, he frequently thought of “his salty pearls of need” or “pearls of longing” that “leaked from him”). Despite this minor complaint, his character was relatable and charming.
I look forward to taking another vacation to Gypsy Beach with Jillian Neal’s next novel in this enjoyable series, Gypsy Love (featuring Ryan’s cynical best friend, divorce attorney John Rowan and romance writer Arley Copeland), to be released this July. Pre-order by clicking on the gorgeous cover below:
Excerpt from Gypsy Beach:
She had her head thrown back laughing as she raced across the wet sand. The setting sun lit the wildfire in her eyes, and Ryan would’ve followed her anywhere. The warm, foamy saltwater lapped at her toes, as anxious to touch some part of her beautiful body as he was. Launching himself forward, every muscle in his body propelled him towards her. He caught her hand and then leaned to scoop up her lithe form into his arms.
Every patch of her silky skin that connected with his sent a spark of electricity straight to his groin. His heart raced, but he kept running with her. Running away, maybe.
With a delighted squeal, she leaned in and clung tightly to his neck. Her long, thick hair, the color of black coffee with caramel and blonde ribbons spun through it from their summer in the sun, cascaded out over his left bicep, flying behind them as he raced her down the shores of Gypsy Beach. Her hazel eyes danced just for him.
Everything about her was a juxtaposition, as if she was in constant contention with herself. Wild, free, and living on the edge of an impulse that made his entire world spin. Every single thing about Sienna Cooper was perfect by his seventeen-year-old estimations.
“Stop running and put me down so I can kiss you, Ryan McNamara!” Her laughter and her order whipped around him in the salt-soaked wind, stirring and igniting every cell in his body.
“Yes, ma’am.” He set her on her feet and wasted no time mating their mouths. She was so sweet it was sinful, like spun sugar that melted in his arms. He’d fallen in love with her two summers before and spent every school year longing to get back to Gypsy Beach and back to Sienna.
His lips kept hers occupied while his hands tracked down her slender sides and then dipped into that bikini bottom that had been driving him to distraction all damn day. He cupped her backside, and when that simply wasn’t enough he kneaded her with greed.
A timid moan reverberated against his tongue as he slipped it between her lips, memorizing the heat, the way they swelled, the way they tasted, and the all-encompassing feeling of her body needy for him. That moment would have to last him until next summer.
About Author Jillian Neal:
Jillian Neal is a Romance author that manages to blend her imagination, Southern sass, and loving heart in every novel she pens. She showed her talent for weaving intricate plot lines and showcasing dynamic characters in her seven-book, urban fantasy series, The Gifted Realm. Her skillset continues to shine in her contemporary series, Gypsy Beach, which will leave you with a longing to pack your bags and move to a tiny beach town full of bohemian charm.
She lives outside of Atlanta with her husband and their children.
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