Beach Town by Mary Kay Andrews
Greer Hennessy needs palm trees.
As a movie location scout, picture-perfect is the name of the game. But her last project literally went up in flames, and her career is on the verge of flaming out. Greer has been given one more chance, if she can find the perfect undiscovered beach hideaway for a big-budget movie. She zeroes in on a sleepy Florida panhandle town called Cypress Key. There’s one motel, a marina, a long stretch of pristine beach and an old fishing pier with a community casino-which will be perfect for the film’s explosive climax.
There’s just one problem. Eben Thibadeaux, the town mayor, completely objects to Greer’s plan. A lifelong resident of Cypress Key, Eben wants the town to be revitalized, not commercialized. After a toxic paper plant closed, the bay has only recently been reborn, and Eb has no intention of letting anybody screw with his town again. But Greer has a way of making things happen, regardless of obstacles. And Greer and Eb are way too attracted to each other for either of them to see reason.
Between an ambitious director and his entourage-including a spoiled “It Boy” lead actor-who parachute into town, a conniving local ex-socialite, and a cast of local fangirls and opportunists who catch the movie bug, nothing is going to be the same in Cypress Key. Now Greer is forced to make some hard choices: about the people and the town she’s come to care about, and about her own life. True love is only for the movies, right? Can Greer find a way to be the heroine in her own life story? Told with inimitable heart and humor, Mary Kay Andrews’ Beach Town is the perfect summer destination.
My Review: 4 out of 5 stars. Mary Kay Andrews is by and far one of my most favorite authors. I’ve read nearly everything she has ever written. My very first book by her was The Fixer Upper. I think my anticipation for this book set me up just a bit. I liked the story (heck I read it in 2.5 days) but I didn’t LOVE the story. It kind of fell short for me. Maybe it was some of the characters. Maybe it was a bit of the story line. I’m really not certain. But it just fell a tad short for me. I still rated it as a 4 because it didn’t suck and there were some really good parts but I didn’t LOVE LOVE LOVE it like I have loved her other books.
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