By the Sea

Katherine McIntyre
By the Sea
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Decadent Publishing
Release Date
June 2014
Paranormal Romance, Young Adult Romance

Most kids had imaginary friends, but most weren't like Megan's friend Niall. There were rules: only at night and only by the sea. She could've sworn he was real, but when someone vanishes without a trace, what else can you believe?

All that was seven years ago, buried in the past until Niall shows up in town with his tight swimmer's body and easy smile. For Megan, just the sight of him is enough to tear open a scar that never fully healed. However, their reunion only elicits more questions. Niall's keeping secrets, unbelievable ones, and as Megan delves into the supernatural depths of who he really is, she's sure he'll vanish again.

Megan's not stupid—she knows how bad it'll hurt if she gets involved. The first time Niall disappeared, she never thought she'd recover. But the moment they lock eyes, it's too late—because Megan will go to any length to see that boy smile.

Book Review by Victoria Lane (reviewer)
Mar 07, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
174 people found the following review helpful
In BY THE SEA by Katherine McIntyre, Megan is a young woman living in a small seaside town who works two jobs to pay the bills. One day, a new employee joins the serving staff at her restaurant gig, and he bears a striking resemblance to Megan's childhood imaginary friend, Niall. His arrival raises many questions and Megan has to decide whether to accept him and help him with a problem. I give it 4 stars.

Usually I'm not a fan of short stories or novellas because I feel they often lack substance. Even at 15,000 words, though, I actually enjoyed this story. It was organic and flowed nicely. The dialogue and characters were realistic, paranormal aspects notwithstanding. There were a few grammatical quirks, but they didn't detract from the story. This story feels like a teaser for a full length novel, and I would definitely read it.
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