When Kat Steiner and Blake O'Neill were twelve years old, they met at Camp Chickawah and became the best of friends. Their friendship was shattered when they learned that they were half-sisters. Fifteen years later, after the death of their father, the two women are forced to see each other again when they jointly inherit the family beach house in Destin, Florida. Kat wants to keep the house as it is her connection to her childhood. Blake, who is in need of money, wants to sell the house or be bought out by Kat. While the house has a great beachfront location, it is sorely in need of renovation. Blake decides she'll put in the work to fix the house up. Kat, a popular social media fashion influencer, has her own style opinions and can't get past her desire to have nothing to do with Blake. But with a common goal, the two are forced to reconnect. And potential romance is in the air for both with two local men.
The Beach Trap by Ali Brady (a pseudonym for two authors in their first joint writing effort) came out this past June. Having felt I had enough beach reads on my plate last summer, I held off reading it. And I'm so glad I finally read it. Kat and Blake are two very different types of women both deeply hurt by their father. Their childhood friendship was so precious to them both that the desire to see these two women find their way back to one another made for a very enjoyable read. And I adored the two love interests. The cover of the book led me to think this was a very light story, but it turned out, very much to my pleasure, that it had a lot of emotion and heart. And while it is not a heavy book, there are serious issues addressed. It's a book that will leave you smiling.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars.
Contemporary Fiction / Romance.
Publication Date: June 14, 2022.
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