When Ameenah Porter moves to the beach town of Black Diamond Isles to fulfill her dream of opening a smoothie shop, she encounters a man who is tall, dark and extremelyhandsome with a wicked taste for orange flavored beverages. She doesn’t need the distraction of a new man but Wade, who’s staying in the giant sizedhome at the end of her block, is irresistible.
Wade Marshall was supposedto spend the summer on Black Diamond Isles getting away from the rush of Brooklyn, ridding himself of the distractions that had been impacting his work so he can do what he does best--make beats. But the day he meets Ameenah, he becomes consumed by an entirely different and more attractive distraction--his bold, beautiful, sexy neighbor with the “glorious hips” and a penchant for ice cream.
Ameenah's days at Tikis & Cream, her beachside smoothie shop, are spentcooling off her customers with her gourmet smoothie blends. Her nights on the shores of Black Diamond Bay are enchanting and romantic, and soon Wade and Ameenah find themselves in the middle of a Beach Thing, a fun, meaningless tryst that will end when the summer is over.
Or will it?
Wade is returning to Brooklyn at the end of the summer. Ameenah lives on Black Diamond. Neither want this Beach Thing to end... so is this fling really a fling or is it the beginning of something real... and will they realize it in time?
If you're not yet ready to say goodbye to summer, join me for a trip to Black Diamond.
I know Summer is almost over, but for those of you still basking in the last week or so we have left; Beach Thing is here to help you hold ontothe last vestiges of summer. Beach Thing follows Ameenah and Wade and their summer tryst. Ameenah just opened up her smoothie shop in Black Diamond Isles; her home away from home--much to her parents' chagrin. Wade is on a workcation. He's there to work and also to enjoy the summer. That does not include falling into the arms or the bed of the woman whose orange-flavored drinks keep him coming back for more. What's enjoyable about Beach Thing is the overall progression of the romance and the maturity of the characters. While they face obstacles to their "Beach Thing," they handle it verymaturely. They're not looking for love, but they don't spend too much time agonizing over the why's and focused on the ifs. The relationship develops quickly, but it stays away from being instant love. They might have found "like" with each other fairly quickly, but declarations of love; and being wholly committed to each other happens much later. I also liked that they didn't spend all of their time being wrapped up in the other. They spent a lot of time together, but they also spent a lot of time being adults and taking care of their respective businesses. It's a rather enjoyable, mature romance. Perfect for readers who don't like a lot of angst or drama.