Shaye has had major issues with handsome Trace and his ego since they were teenagers. Shaye and Trace hate each other. The thought of working with him dampens her summer plans for beach fun. Their families have shared century-old bad blood. The towns of Saunders Shores and Barefoot Williams lined opposites ends of the beach. The first upscale and the other for party inclined beach lovers. Fifteen years after Trace took the girlfriend of Shaye's favorite cousin he's back suave and secure as ever. Trace Saunders is a businessman entrusted with making sure his families beach land makes as much money as possible. Shaye Cates has never left her hometown and enjoys her input as creative and financial director for the family's businesses that dot the boardwalk and town.
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Shaye is proposing a volleyball tournament that will bring in enough money so that she doesn't have to work her tail off the entire summer. The event will attract business and drive up sales. She sees it as a no brainer. When Shaye and Trace meet for lunch to discuss the deal both are surprised at how much they are attracted to each other.
Shaye has one thing in mind, getting clearance for the tournament. When she shares her plans to soon the town thinks the event has been approved. Trace is unforgiving when he learns she was making plans without his okay. In order to get her back he tells his girlfriend Nicole that the beachfront store she wants to rent for her jewelry designs is all taken care of. There is nothing Nicole can do she has the final say over renters and who gets a lease of her families property.
Shaye and Trace play tit-for-tat, she gets her volleyball tournament, his girlfriend Nicole a lease where she can showcase her upscale jewelry designs. They both owe favors to the other as terms are given. Kai does the remodeling with vengeance in his heart. He still has it in for Trace for stealing his girl all those years ago. Nicole is sweet as she is is fine and Kai finds himself falling for her charm even though he tries is best not to.
The volleyball tournament is only three weeks away and the planning has to be air-tight to make money for the Cates and Saunders families.
Kai and Nicole mess around. On another area of the beach Shaye and Trace are also getting physical. Strange things are happening on the water. A big softball game brings Shaye and Trace to the field where the Cates family is gathered to root for their team. Many share that while they love her they cannot get behind her and Trace. Family pride is strong for this clan. They marry anyway on the barefoot on the beach with Kai and Nicole as their attendants. A century old family feud is laid to rest and a new chapter opened.
Best part of story, including ending:
I liked that true love can't be stopped.
Best scene in story:
My favorite scene was in the boardwalk shop when Trace and Shaye went heads-up.
Opinion about the main character:
I liked that Shaye wasn't intimidated by Trace and his money.