"Pleasant contemporary romance"
The first chance Lily Banyon could leave her hometown of
Coral Beach, Florida she fled. It is several years later
and she has become a highly regarded marine biologist
renowned for her international work on coral reefs while
working for the prestigious Marine Center in Massachusetts.
Coral Beach is in the midst of a controversy between the
environmental leaning Mayor Sean McDermott and the business
development leaning council over the reef. When the
advisor Dr. Lesensky becomes deathly ill, the town obtains
the assistance of the Marine Center to determine the health
of the reef. Over her objection, a reluctant Lily is sent
home to complete the study.
Immediately, Sean and Lily send attraction sparks to each
other that could ignite the southeast. Both have secretly
loved each other since their teen days, but circumstances
and a lack of confidence has kept them from connecting. As
they fall in love as adults someone tries to sabotage her
efforts in favor of development regardless of the findings.
NIGHT SWIMMING is a pleasant contemporary romance that
entertains on several levels besides the lead couple's
skirmishes that hide their love for one another. Two
engaging additional subplots (the health of reefs and the
high school age "relationship" between Lily and Sean told
in flashbacks) add leagues of depth. The villain is too
greedy and sleazy to take seriously hurting the meaningful
debate between environment and development. Still sub-
genre fans will appreciate Laura Moore's fine tale.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted April 25, 2003
Returning to her hometown to study its coral reef, a
biologist is shocked to discover that the devastatingly
handsome mayor in none other
than her childhood nemesis, and that the sparks between
them are still as hot as ever.
When college offered an escape, Lily fled her hometown of
Coral Beach and never
looked back. Now a marine biologist, she must return there
on a job to preserve the reefs
that give the town its name. But going back means dealing
with her past, her family, and
worst of all, Sean McDermott. As teens, while Lily passed
awkward phase, Sean-attractive and self-assured-was her
constant tormentor. Lily
doubts that things will have changed. But Lily's awkward
phase is long over and though
she finds that Sean still makes her blood boil, it's for
very different reasons.
As mayor, Sean knows how important it is to maintain the
town's natural beauty-and if
the return of Lily Banyon is the price he has to pay, so be
it. He can overlook her cold
shoulder and give back as good as he gets. What's harder to
disregard is the fact that Lily
has grown into a smart and beautiful woman, as passionate
about saving Coral Beach as
she once was about leaving it. While working closely
together, it becomes obvious to
Sean that if he and Lily can put the past behind them, they
could have a passionate future.