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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Love at the Beach Shop (Paradise Key Series) by Kyra Jacobs - Book Review, Interview & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

Jenna is heartbroken because she lost one of her best friends. They were always a unit of five and now there are only four left. She deeply regrets she hasn't been completely honest with her friends and now has to find a way out of the mess she created for herself. She felt bad about herself and wanted to share an exciting story for a change, so she told her friends about dates with a handsome guy for months, while in fact she's single. Her friends are all staying at Paradise Key for a while and they want to meet him. How can Jenna come up with a boyfriend and save face?

Zach has a big problem. There's a sinkhole in front of his shop and apartment and he needs to find a way to make a living. When Jenna offers him the new extension of her shop to use for the time being he happily accepts. She also lets him stay in her guest room. Jenna's brother is Zach's best friend, so he told himself Jenna is off limits, but now Jenna has a proposal for him. In exchange for her help she asks Zach to pretend to be her boyfriend. However, from the beginning there's nothing false about their feelings for each other. The truth tends to come out though, can Jenna's big lie end in something good?

Love at the Beach Shop is a sweet romantic story. Jenna and Zach are good friends and they know each other well. That means they don't mind offering help, especially not when the situation is mutually beneficial. While spending more time together they discover they like each other a lot. Sparks fly, but their relationship is based on a big secret. Keeping their stories straight for everyone involved proves to be incredibly difficult and soon they're in a huge mess. I couldn't turn the pages quickly enough to find out where that would lead and kept hoping they'd get their happily ever after.

Kyra Jacobs has a wonderful heartwarming writing style. I love the way she describes emotions, they're always spot on. She combines a fun story about friendship turning into true love with a gorgeous setting. Paradise Key is a beautiful island and I enjoyed seeing it from the point of view of the local business owners. That was a fabulous angle that fascinated me straight away. Love at the Beach Shop is a charming feelgood story filled with warmth, friendship and love. I absolutely loved this endearing book.


If you love small town romance you don't want to miss Love at the Beach Shop. It's part of the Paradise Key series, but can easily be read as a standalone.

About Kyra Jacobs

Kyra Jacobs is an extroverted introvert who writes of love, humor, and mystery in the Midwest and beyond. Her romance novels range from sweet contemporary to romantic suspense and paranormal/fantasy. No matter the setting, Kyra employs both comedy and chaos to help her characters find inspiration and/or redemption on their way to happily ever after.

When this Hoosier native isn’t pounding out scenes for her next book, she’s likely outside, elbow-deep in snapdragons or spending quality time with her sports-loving family. Kyra also loves to read, tries to golf, and is an avid college football fan.


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1) Can you tell our readers a bit about yourself?

Hi all! I’m Kyra Jacobs, author of eight romance novels, the most recently released of which is LOVE AT THE BEACH SHOP, book 2 in the Paradise Key series. While I love writing, I also work full time and am a single mother of two sporty boys (and two cuddly cats). When I’m not working (or playing soccer taxi) I’m likely outside playing in my flower gardens or playing some sport or another with my kids. Someday I may learn the fine art of sitting still. Maybe. Possibly. Eh, probably not. lol

2) Zach and Jenna have been friends for years, but finally get a chance at love. What’s the best thing about writing a friends become lovers story?

I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but I love writing dialog. And when you have two characters who’ve been long time friends, that dialog can be a lot of fun. You get to skip the whole “Hi, my name is….and I do ‘x’ for a living….and I enjoy….” stuff and jump right into the fun. Plus, there’s the awkwardness of it all, because there had to be a reason they’d not become lovers before, right? Now I get to slowly uncover why, and help them move past their reservations. It’s so much fun!

3) The Paradise Key series is a collaboration of four authors, can you tell a bit more about this?

Yes! I went down to Florida to visit Shirley in early 2017, and became enamored by the small coastal town near where she lived. At some point I tossed out the idea of writing something together, and she suggested doing a continuity series. Soon she’d reached out to Priscilla and Susan, and the Paradise Key brainstorming was underway.

4) What’s it like to write a series with other authors and what did you like the most about it?

It’s like an ongoing, long distance pajama party, but with writing. LOL We started with some emails and FB chats to iron out our tropes and story overviews, then collaborated on bringing the island to life. There were locations to define, characters to name…all sorts of story setup that you usually do alone. To help us keep track of everything, we ended up creating a shared document to act as our story dictionary.

I think what I liked best about writing the series with the others was all the great input and support they shared. If anyone had a question, or wanted to bounce around some ideas, we were all just a few clicks away!

5) You enjoy a bit of chaos in your stories, what makes an uncomfortable situation so romantic?

LOL yes I do, because chaos is in all our lives from time to time, isn’t it? And when life is chaotic, it’s the last time you want romance to find you. But that’s also often when our guard is down, and when hardened hearts are subject to let love in. We tend to over think a lot, set expectations for how we want life to go. But real life isn’t scripted, and neither is true romance. To me, if chaos strikes and your knight in shining armor arrives to save the day? I say let him. If he can turn chaos into a swoon-worthy moment, he’s a keeper. ;-)

6) You write about both love and friendship, what do true love and real friendship mean to you?

To me, for a healthy romance, they’ve got to go hand in hand. The best HEA couples are friends first and foremost, which opens the door for love to come waltzing in.

7) There’s a super cute kitten in your story, can you tell a bit more about your love for cats and this amazing cute furry character?

Ha! Well, our family adopted two cats a few years ago. And while they are lovely to nap with, a part of me is still more of a dog person…especially when our boy cat is wandering around knocking items off end tables just because he can. *thumps palm to forehead* As for the critter in LOVE AT THE BEACH SHOP, “Flipper” just fit too well into the story to write as anything other than a mischievous little kitten. (And yes, I love coming up with nontraditional pet names.)

8) Your story is set in a small town, where does your love for small town romance come from?

Really, I’m not entirely sure. I guess it’s just easier for me to manage a small fictional world where I can easily get to know a good chunk of the imaginary townsfolk who live there. Big cities are great, don’t get me wrong, but as a writer I do seem to enjoy the smaller, more intimate locales.

9) You love gardening, how did that passion start and does being outside inspire your stories as well?

Ah yes, I do so love to play in my flowerbeds. That passion is in my genes—my mother is an avid gardener, too. It’s her green thumb that had mine itching once I moved out and had some soil of my own to work with. Now we trade cuttings and hit the local greenhouses together, looking for plants to fill open spaces.

Does spending time outdoors inspire/influence my stories? I’d have to say it does. If nothing else, my time immersed in nature (that’s a fancy way of saying “while I’m outside pulling weeds” lol) always helps to clear my head. Often, that leads to story ideas.

10) What are your plans for the future?

To keep writing, keep cheering wildly from the soccer sidelines while “momming”, and keep gardening.

Thanks so much for letting me stop by for a visit with you!


One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive $15 Amazon gift card from Kyra Jacobs.

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The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.

Combined author giveaway

Shirley Jump, Kyra Jacobs, Priscilla Oliveras and Susan Meier are hosting a fabulous giveaway together. One very lucky winner will receive a Vera Bradley Purse and a $25 Starbucks gift card.


  1. Love at the Beach Shop sounds like a sweet friends to lovers romance and a great addition to the Paradise Key Series.

    1. Thank you, Solange! It was such a fun book to write. I miss Paradise Key already!

  2. This sounds like such a great summer read. I'm really looking forward to it!

    1. Can't wait to hear what you thought of it, Shannon! If you can dip your toes in the sand while reading, all the better. ;-)

  3. I enjoy the friends to lovers trope, so this sounds like it will be a good one.

    1. I have a lot of fun writing this trope, Summer. Always great to let the characters tease each other about their past before finding their HEA. Lol

  4. I had to look up "snapdragons." I vaguely assumed they were something akin to dragonflies! (I shouldn't like to be elbow deep in dragonflies.) Snapdragons are purty!

    1. LOL yes, snapdragons are far more pleasant to wade through.

  5. Sounds like a relaxing read, I can feel the breeze of the words in this paradise story

  6. Sounds like an excellent summer read.

  7. Thank you for informing me about this book.

  8. Sounds like a great summer read! Thanks for sharing x

  9. Thanks so much for the review, interview and giveaway as well. Book sounds great!

  10. I love your chaos comment - too true!

  11. I loved this book and series

  12. Love at the Beach Shop (Paradise Key Series) by Kyra Jacobs is a wonderful well written book.

  13. I enjoyed the interview thank you.

  14. Looking forward to reading Love at the Beach Shop. Thank you

  15. Looks fabulous - can't wait to get stuck in!

  16. Thank you for sharing your book. It sounds good!

  17. Sounds wonderful. To the beach I will take a towel, a book and my sunglasses.

  18. Kyra, I enjoy reading stories set in small towns. Your series sounds delightful!

  19. This sounds like a fantastic read!

  20. Sounds like a perfect summer read! :-)

  21. This sounds a lovely Summer book

  22. This sounds fun and lighthearted. Who could resist a book with a cute kitten in it?

  23. Thanks for the great prize and competition. Good luck everyone!

  24. I would like to give thanks for all your really great writings, including Love at the Beach Shop (Paradise Key Series). I wish the best in keeping up the good work in the future.

  25. Oops! Looks like Jenna's one little fib has got her all tangled up and now Zach's involved as well. You just know it'll turn out all right in the end though. If only life were that simple!