by Laura Moore

May 2003
ISBN: 0-8041-2004-8
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Lily and Sean have been at each otherís throats since they were kids. With their mothers and grandmothers being best friends, there was no way they could avoid each other, so they made each otherís lives a living hell. It worked for them.

Sean has been in love with Lily since eighth grade. The only problem is that he couldnít bring himself to say anything for fear that she would rip his heart out of his chest and stomp on it, so, he did what he always did, strike first and run. Lily realized how she felt about Sean when she was 17. Believing that he wouldnít find her attractive, she ignored her feelings for him and tried not to forget about him.

Years later, Lily is a marine biologist in Maine. She hasnít been home to Florida since she graduated from high school. She wanted to put as much distance as she could between herself, the town and Sean as possible. Sean is now mayor of their hometown, Coral Beach, Florida. He calls a marine research center to get a replacement scientist to finish a coral reef environmental study before he has to make a decision about a development that would bring more money and tourists to the town. What he hadnít expected was that Lily would be that scientist. Lily hadnít known that her childhood nemesis, Sean McDermott was mayor. If she had known that, she would have tried harder to get out of the assignment. Instead, she was stuck. Faced with matchmaking grandmas, evil developers, and jealous assistants, Sean and Lily are forced to spend time together and come to terms with how they truly feel about each other.

Night Swimming was a really good story. The descriptions of the coral reefs were wonderful and really allowed me to see what they were like. I was a little annoyed with Sean and Lily for a while, though. I thought they could have admitted to their feelings a little sooner and the arguing and sniping was getting a little tedious. But overall it was a good, entertaining story.

Reviewed in May 2003 by Carolyn.

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