Book Review


Main Street Merchants Series, #1

Linda Seed

Self-Pub, Jul 2016

Ebook, 287 Pages

Also available in paperback

Genre(s) Contemporary Romance

Source Author

Other books in this series

Like That Endless Cambria Sky, Nearly Wild, Fire and Glass


Kate Bennet owns a small bookstore in Cambria, California—the kind of shop that smells like mildew, furniture wax, and old pages, the kind where you’ll find a cat napping atop the used biographies. Two years out from a divorce that left her emotionally fragile, Kate is starting to think that maybe she’s ready for love again—or at least for a fling with a hot man. Jackson Graham is a local chef who’s controlling when it comes to food, careless when it comes to women, and temperamental when it comes to just about everything.

When Kate’s friends mobilize to set things up between Kate and Jackson, she expects some casual pleasure followed by a hasty goodbye, but Jackson’s long-term crush on Kate means that he’s in this one to win. The problem is, neither he nor Kate knows whether he can change the self-defeating habits that usually send women scurrying for the door as soon as the afterglow fades.

Throw in a beautiful backdrop of rocky beaches and rugged coastline, a manipulative father, a Mary Kay–pushing stepmother, a yapping Pomeranian, and a nervous ring-tailed lemur, and you’ve got Moonstone Beach, the first contemporary romance in a series of four about Kate and her friends, Gen, Lacy, and Rose.


Linda Seed is the author of a series of contemporary romance novels set in Cambria, California. A former journalist with more than 15 years in the news business at publications including the San Diego Union-Tribune and the Ventura County Star, Linda began writing fiction at age 16 and published her first novel more than thirty years later. She works as a freelance fiction editor for independent authors. Linda shares her time between Murrieta, California, and Cambria with her husband, art writer John Seed, and their three children.

My Disclaimer:

I was provided a complimentary copy of this book. I am voluntarily providing an honest review in which all opinions are fully my own. I am not being compensated in any way.

~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review

My Review: ✰✰✰✰

This was not a fun book. Now let me clarify that statement. It was not fun as in funny because it was too intense to be fun. It was a really good read, totally compelling. I sat down and didn’t move until I was finished with it.

Kate and Jackson could have a really great relationship, if only…

Kate has a tiny apartment filled up with her father, stepmother and yippy dog. SURPRISE! She has an inherited employee who has no respect for her and won’t get out of her face. She’s got a business to run and it takes long hours.

Her three BFFs aren’t helping, but they are trying! Zach and his ex-wife certainly aren’t helping.

Jackson wants this to be different. He wants Kate to have a different attitude. He works long hours and they aren’t the same ones Kate works. He has just been offered his dream job, but it isn’t in Cambria. His three friends aren’t much help either! It’s amazing they ever get together, but that’s telling!

Fast paced. Good Tension. Great characters and story line. If it has one fault, it’s that it has so many helpers, they got confused. But what a read. I’m looking for time for the next three books! I strongly recommend this one!

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