The Thrill of Love by Melissa Foster – Review Tour & Giveway

The Thrill of Love by Melissa Foster – Review  Tour & Giveaway

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THE THRILL OF LOVE
The Bradens at Peaceful Harbor
by Melissa Foster
Genre: adult, contemporary, romance
Release Date: October 4, 2017

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The Bradens are a series of sexy stand-alone romances. These hot contemporary romance novels feature alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They’re flawed, funny, passionate, and relatable to readers who enjoy new adult romance, contemporary romance, and women’s fiction.

Fall in love with Ty Braden, a world-renowned mountain climber and nature photographer. He’s about to take on his toughest assignment yet–winning the heart of the one that got away.

Do you believe in fate?

World-renowned mountain climber and nature photographer Ty Braden never believed in second dates, much less heart-pounding, steal-his-breath love. But that was before a trip to Saint-Luc, where he met funny, strong, and entrancingly beautiful Aiyla Bell, a ski instructor and fellow photographer whose hopes and dreams, and love of the outdoors, aligned perfectly with his—and whose kisses alone turned him inside out.

After spending five magical days and four sweet, soulful nights falling in love, Aiyla couldn’t imagine a day without Ty. But when he asked her to go with him on his next assignment, his reputation for having women at his beck and call stopped her from upending the life she’d worked so hard to create.

Months later fate steps in when a chance encounter brings Ty and Aiyla together for a five-day wilderness event held in the Colorado Mountains. Their deep, passionate connection is stronger than ever, and Ty is bound and determined not to lose her again. But when tragedy strikes and their worlds are turned upside down, their love faces the truest test of all

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Review:

The Thrill of Love by Melissa Foster is the 6th book in her The Bradens of Peaceful Harbor, MD Melissa Foster always gives us sweet sexy romances, and The Thrill of Love is no different; however there is a twist that takes over the storyline a bit past the half way point that is totally different. 

Ty Braden, a known womanizer and famous mountain climber met his match, in our heroine, Aiyla Bell, a fellow climber and photographer.  They spent 4 days together, when they were both in Saint-Luc and Ty still thinks constantly about the girl who got away.  Months later, in another tournament, to his pleasant surprise, Aiyla is also in the same event in the Colorado Mountains.  This time Ty is determined to not let Aiyla out of his site.  Of course, Aiyla has also not forgotten the gorgeous sexy Ty, but she felt he was not the type to settle down into anything serious.  In a very short time, she will learn that she is wrong and Ty is determined to win her over.  The first half of the book was a fun filled sexy romp between Ty and Aiyla, as well as spending time with his friends, and especially the wonderful Braden family.   Aiyla finds herself totally fitting in with the Bradens and it was a fun time with them all.

Aiyla is bent on winning her events, even if her leg is hurting from overuse.  After a bit, I began to suspect that this will become something more, and at this point the story changes to become more serious, with some heart wrenching moments.  Rather than tell too much more, what follows is an amazing story that brings everyone in Ty’s family, Aiyla’s sister and their friends to help support them. I absolutely loved the Braden family; how they all rallied behind Ty and Aiyla, and totally fell in love with Ty.  He was a fun sexy hero to start, but as time went on, he was awesome and supportive to Aiyla in her need. Aiyla was also a fantastic heroine, and an amazingly strong independent woman, who was strong enough to fight her fears and make mind boggling decisions.

Melissa Foster once again gives us a sensational couple, whom we rooted hard for; but added an element to this romance that gave us some dark moments.  The Thrill of Love was a wonderful story, great couple and terrific secondary characters.   I suggest you find time to read this book, which reads very well as a standalone.

Reviewed by Barb

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Melissa Foster

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and new adult romance, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café and Fostering Success. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

Melissa hosts an Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

Visit Melissa on social media. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.

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Swept Into Love: Gage Ryder (The Ryders #5 : Love in Bloom) by Melissa Foster-Review, Book Tour & Giveaway

SWEPT INTO LOVE : GAGE RYDER (The Ryders #5 / Love in Bloom) by Melissa Foster-Review, Book Tour & Giveaway

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SWEPT INTO LOVE: Gage Ryder
The Ryders #5 /Love In Bloom
by Melissa Foster
Release Date: August 16,2017
Genre: adult, contemporary, erotic, romance

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The Ryders are a series of sexy stand-alone romances. These hot contemporary romance novels feature alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They’re flawed, funny, passionate, and relatable to readers who enjoy new adult romance, contemporary romance, and women’s fiction.

It’s been years since Sally Tuft’s husband died and she was left to raise her teenage son alone. And almost as long since she told the only other man she’d ever wanted that they should be just friends. Now her son has left for college and Sally has no distractions to keep her from thinking about her best friend and coworker, Gage Ryder, and what could have been.

Gage always believed that one day Sally would move past the death of her husband and they would finally explore the passion that’s simmered between them since the day they met. Tasked with opening a new youth center in Oak Falls, Virginia, Gage hopes the trip away is just what they need to finally come together.

Before Gage and Sally ever reach Oak Falls, one night at a conference changes everything, putting their friendship—and their love—on the line, and the two must decide if getting swept up in love is the beginning of forever, or the end of their friendship as they know it.

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REVIEW: SWEPT INTO LOVE is the fifth installment in Melissa Foster’s contemporary, adult THE RYDERS erotic, romance series focusing on the Ryder siblings. This is children’s center workers Gage Ryder and Sally Tuft’s story line. SWEPT INTO LOVE can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story lines is revealed where necessary. The Ryder series is a spin off from, and set in the world of the author’s Love in Bloom series.

Told from dual third person perspectives (Gage and Sally) SWEPT INTO LOVE is a friends to lovers story line that focuses on widow and single mother Sally Tuft, and Gage Ryder. Gage and Sally have worked together for years, and with the death of her husband David (six years earlier), Gage has been our heroine’s rock and savior, as well as her son’s mentor and friend. A business conference in Vegas finds our couple living the reality of ‘what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas’, after a drunken night of romance and $ex. With a week to recover before heading home Gage Ryder sets about proving to Sally that she is the woman who holds the key to his heart. What ensues is the long-time-coming friends to lovers relationship that will change Sally’s outlook of the future with man that she loves.

The relationship is a friends to lovers but a relationship that has been simmering for several years. Gage is a swoon-worthy hero; a man every woman wishes for both in and out of the bedroom-the perfect lover, husband, and the epitome of emotional strength and support. Sally struggles with memories from the past, and the love for Gage she is unable to acknowledge fearing guilt and betrayal of the ghost in the room. The $ex scenes are intimate, erotic, seductive and intense.

There is a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including most, if not all, of the previous story line couples. We get a glimpse into the Ryder family dynamics and support system including the overwhelming love and acceptance of Sally and her now college-bound son.

SWEPT INTO LOVE is a sexy, sassy, spirited romantic love story; a second chance for a woman who loved and lost, and a happily ever after for a man who waited in the wings until the time was right. The premise is emotional and spirited; the characters are passionate and real; the romance is captivating and inspiring. WE should all fall in love with a man like Gage Ryder. Melissa’s pulled me into a sensual ride of romance and love.

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Reviewed by Sandy

 

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Melissa FosterMelissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance (M/F, M/M, F/F), romantic suspense, thrillers, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.Melissa has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Her interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

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Whisper of Love (The Bradens of Peaceful Harbor / Love in Bloom) by Melissa Foster-Review, Book tour & Giveaway

Whisper of Love (The Bradens of Peaceful Harbor/Love in Bloom) by Melissa Foster-Review, Book Tour & Giveaway

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WHISPER OF LOVE
Love in Bloom / The Bradens of Peaceful Harbor
by Melissa Foster
Release Date: February 22, 2017
Genre: adult, contemporary, erotic, romance

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The Bradens are a series of stand-alone romances that may also be enjoyed as part of the larger Love in Bloom series.

Tempest Braden adores her family and her small hometown, but sometimes too much of a good thing can be confining. At almost thirty, having watched most of her siblings find true love, she’s anxious to experience her own happily ever after, and the move to Pleasant Hill, Maryland, is just the change she needs. When she rents a room from ruggedly handsome, and closed-off, artist Nash Morgan and his adorable son, Phillip, she thinks she’s found a little slice of heaven on the outskirts of town, where she can concentrate on building her business. That is, if she can ignore the undeniable heat between her and the sinfully hot single father.

When Nash bought his farmette, he had one goal in mind—to provide a loving, stable home for his son. He never imagined he’d be raising Phillip alone, or renting out a room to keep their heads above water. Then again, he never imagined losing his brother, or spending two years sailing around the world with parents who seemed to forget one son was still alive.

Sparks fly from the moment Tempest moves in, and her positive energy and inquisitive nature brings new life into Nash and Phillip’s quiet, confined world. For the first time in years, Nash wants to let a woman into his world, but while his loss made him stronger, that strength came at a price, leaving him walled off and wary of opening his heart again.

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REVIEW:

Whisper of Love by Melissa Foster is the 5th book in The Bradens of Peaceful Harbor, MD series. This is a spinoff and  actually book #17 of the Bradens, and book #36 of Love in Bloom series.  Melissa is a prolific author who writes so many books, it is hard to keep up with her; especially when I do read a lot of books.  I did fall a little behind on the Bradens, and I will have to find time to catch up.   Whisper of Love was a fantastic sweet romance that had us emotionally invested in the characters from the start. 

Tempest Braden moves to Pleasant Hill, Md to start her own business, and decides to find a place to live, since her cousin is a night owl , keeping her up all night.  She meets her new landlord, Nash Morgan, and his adorable precious 3 year old son, Philip.  We never had a chance to decide if we liked Nash and Philip, as we fell just as hard as Tempest.  What a romance that Melissa Foster has given us.  So wonderful, with so many emotional and heartwarming moments that had us either laughing or happy tears.  So very well done.

Nash has taken care of Philip since his than girlfriend left after giving birth to Philip.  Nash loves his son so much, that he has sheltered him and even cut himself off from the outer world.  Once Tempest moves in, she will change both of their lives forever.  She will teach Nash how to allow Philip to make friends, go to school and learn to be more outgoing and free.  Tempest will also help Nash trust to let go of his son enough to allow him to be surround by wonderful people and to open his heart and live again.  Then he gets to meet the Braden family (very large family), which gives him a chance to see what a family is like.   It was wonderful to watch how quickly Tempest and Nash fall in love, and how she helps him let go of the past and allow him to believe in their future.  I loved every moment of this story.  I will say that I rarely find myself in tears, but Melissa, you pulled me totally in and the tears did fall during that show.  Wow If you enjoy pure romances, then you can never go wrong with Melissa FosterWhisper of Love was one of the best romances I have read this year, and I have enjoyed quite a few. 

Reviewed by Barb

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Healed by Love (Love in Bloom, The Bradens of Peaceful Harbor #1)
Nate Braden has loved his best friend’s younger sister Jewel for as long as he can remember, but between their age difference and his respect for Rick, he’s always kept his feelings at bay. Now he’s back in Peaceful Harbor, and Jewel is no longer sixteen years old—but there’s an even bigger obstacle standing in his way. Nate and Rick joined the military together eight years earlier. Nate came home a hero, but Rick didn’t make it out alive.

HEALED BY LOVE is part of the Love in Bloom series. While this can be read as a stand-alone novel, for even more reading enjoyment you may want to read the entire Love in Bloom series in series order.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

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Surrender My Love (Love in Bloom, The Bradens of Peaceful Harbor #2)
Annalise “Leesa” Avalon never realized that one sentence could change her life until one of her students revealed his crush–and within twenty-four hours she finds herself under fire. After a grueling investigation that turns her life upside down, she steals away to Peaceful Harbor, Maryland, with a new identity to try to pull herself back together and figure out her next step.

From the outside, Cole Braden lives a charmed life. He’s a top orthopedic surgeon with a thriving practice, strong family ties, and friends he adores. But there’s a lonely spot inside Cole that no one can see. He has an enormous heart–and a painful past–but the desire to love and be loved is too strong to ignore.

A chance encounter brings Leesa and Cole together, and the attraction is immediate and intense. But a relationship is the last thing Leesa needs–and the only thing Cole wants. Long talks, heated moments, and deep connections are hard to resist, but the harder Cole tries, the more Leesa pulls away. Cole might truly be the right man for Leesa, but is Leesa the right woman for him?

SURRENDER MY LOVE is part of the Love in Bloom series. While this can be read as a stand-alone novel, for even more reading enjoyment you may want to read the entire Love in Bloom series in series order.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

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River of Love Book (Love in Bloom, The Bradens of Peaceful Harbor #3)
River rafting and adventure company owner Sam Braden works hard and plays harder. He’s fast, focused, and determined—and never at a loss for a willing woman to share his time with. The trouble is, the only woman he wants refuses him at every turn.

Physician assistant Faith Hayes escaped her painful past and built a safe, happy life in Peaceful Harbor. She’s also put what she’s learned to good use helping others by founding Women Against Cheaters, an online support group. When her boss’s sinfully sexy brother sets his sights on sweet Faith, she knows the self-professed player is everything she shouldn’t want, and she’s determined to resist him.

Sam pulls out all the stops, proving to Faith that his past doesn’t have to define his future. As she lets down her guard and begins to trust Sam, intense conversations turn to intimate pleasures. But when real life steps in and their pasts collide, it’s Faith who’s left with something to prove.

RIVER OF LOVE is part of the Love in Bloom series. While this can be read as a stand-alone novel, for even more reading enjoyment you may want to read the entire Love in Bloom series in series order.

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Crushing on Love (Love in Bloom, The Bradens of Peaceful Harbor #4)
Steve Johnson is living his life’s passion watching over the Colorado Mountains as a ranger and wildlife consultant. But his peaceful life is upended when overzealous and insanely beautiful Shannon Braden flits back into his life after returning from a brief trip home to Maryland. He thought his attraction to her was under control—after all, she’s only in Colorado temporarily, and he doesn’t do casual affairs.

Shannon’s return to Colorado has as much to do with the game of cat and mouse she and Steve have been playing as it does the data she’s been hired to collect. But despite her efforts to explore the undeniable heat simmering between them, Steve’s intent on keeping his distance.

When a ranch abutting the national park goes up for sale, Steve will do whatever it takes to keep it from falling into the wrong hands. And when all his attempts fail, he’s left with no alternative but to follow Shannon’s guidance into the online world he abhors in order to raise the funds. The more time they spend together, the deeper their attraction becomes, and a game of cat and mouse turns into an unstoppable connection. But when Shannon’s assignment comes to an end, will it mean an end to them, too?

CRUSHING ON LOVE is part of the Love in Bloom series. While this can be read as a stand-alone novel, for even more reading enjoyment you may want to read the entire Love in Bloom series in series order.

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About The author

Melissa FosterMelissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance (M/F, M/M, F/F), romantic suspense, thrillers, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.Melissa has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Her interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on Facebook
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Tempting Tristan (Harborside Nights #3) by Melissa Foster-Review and Book Tour

TEMPTING TRISTAN : Tristan Brewer (Harborside Nights #3) by Melissa Foster-Review and Book Tour

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TEMPTING TRISTAN
Harborside Nights #3
by Melissa Foster
Genre: adult, contemporary,erotic, M/M/ romance
Release Date: October 19, 2016

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Tempting Tristan is a stand-alone M/M romance featuring two sexy, lovable alpha heroes.

TRISTAN AND ALEX

Fresh off the heels of yet another bad relationship, Tristan Brewer is taking a break from men to try to figure out where he keeps going wrong. He knows his biggest fault—he leads with his heart, not his head—and that’s never going to change. But after several introspective weeks, he’s beginning to get a handle on things. That is, until badass heartthrob Alex Wells walks into his bar…

Alex has spent eight years in the army, months in a hospital bed, and far too long hiding his sexual identity. He’s guilt-ridden, damaged, pissed off, and up for a Silver Star for the incident that nearly cost him his life—and kept him from his grandmother’s funeral. But all he wants to do is live the life he’s always dreamed of and forget his stint with the institution that allows but doesn’t necessarily accept.

The chemistry between Tristan and Alex ignites from the moment they meet, and the more time they spend together, the hotter the flames burn. But the closer they become, the more Alex’s walls go up, and when the two walk onto a military base, Tristan finds out Alex’s physical scars aren’t the ones that run the deepest.

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REVIEW: TEMPTING TRISTAN is the third installment in Melissa Foster’s contemporary, adult HARBORSIDE NIGHTS erotic romance series- which in turn is part of Foster’s LOVE IN BLOOM series. TEMPTING TRISTAN is a M/M romance story line focusing on bartender Tristan Brewer, and US army vet/artist Alex Wells. TEMPTING TRISTAN can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story lines is revealed where necessary.

NOTE: TEMPTING TRISTAN contains graphic scenes of M/M sexual situations.

Told from dual first person perspectives (Tristan and Alex) TEMPTING TRISTAN follows the building relationship between bartender Tristan Brewer, and US army veteran Alex Wells. Alex’s appearance in Harborside following months of hospital recovery and rehab comes with the grief that he missed his beloved Grandmother’s funeral knowing that he will never get the chance to say good bye. Enter Tristan Brewer, the man his grandmother spoke of so highly, and the man that calls to Alex’s heart. What ensues is a romance that is threatened by the scars Alex carries both inside and out.

The relationship between our leading couple is very sexual; there is an insta-love quality between Tristan and Alex although Alex is reluctant to reveal the details of his two tours in the Middle East. Tristan is a man who has been burned by most of the men in his past but is willing to give Alex the benefit of the doubt and helps Alex accept the man that he has become. The $ex scenes are intimate, intense, erotic and provocative.

There is a large cast of secondary and supporting characters including Delilah and Ashley (Discovering Delilah #2) and Wyatt and Cassidy (Catching Cassidy #1). Tristan’s parents are accepting of their son’s lifestyle and the man that he loves but Alex has difficulty with the US Army’s history and the LBGQT community.

TEMPTING TRISTAN is a decadent story line without the interference of any outside conflict; an engaging and energetic tale about two man who fell in love when neither one expected. Alex’s struggle for acceptance in the military causes some disconcerting issues in his relationship with the man that he loves. The premise is encouraging and romantic; the characters are passionate and inspiring; the romance is seductive and heartwarming. Melissa Foster writes an emotional story about acceptance, recovery and love.

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Reviewed by Sandy

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“Can I ask you something? You don’t have to answer.”Tristan shrugs. “Have at it.”

“Why were you taking a break? I get that your ex was a prick, but is there more to it?”

He looks down the street, across the street, and then his hand cruises through his hair as it has so often that I’ve already come to expect it when he’s nervous.

“Ian was a prick, but the rest is going to make me sound like a pussy,” he admits.

“I’ve only known you a day, and I already know nothing can make you sound like a pussy.”

He meets my gaze, and his jaw tightens. He lifts his chin and I recognize the struggle between feeling proud and worrying about looking weak. I fight that battle on a daily basis.

“I give away my heart too easily, and I end up getting hurt.”

His eyes never leave mine, and that trust, that confidence, is the sexiest thing I’ve ever seen.

“I was right. Nothing can make you sound like a pussy.” I slide my hand to the hard ridge of his jaw and lean in closer. “I’ve never given my heart away. That makes you braver than me.”

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Melissa Foster

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and new adult romance, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café and Fostering Success. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

Melissa hosts an Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

Visit Melissa on social media. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.

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Sea of Love-Bursting with Love by Melissa Foster – Reviews

Sea of Love- Bursting with Love by Melissa Foster – Reviews

Description of Love in Bloom series:
Love in Bloom is a contemporary romance series following several families. Characters from each series cross over to the next series. Each book can be read as a stand-alone novel or for more reading enjoyment, read the Love in Bloom books in series order.

If you have been following my reviews on this series, you will know the families that make up the series: The Snow Sisters, The Bradens, and soon The Remingtons.  Below are two more reviews of this fabulous series.  Melissa is also participating in our Anniversary Celebration, giving you a chance to win the first two copies of The Snow Sisters and The Bradens.  Don’t miss this wonderful giveaway.

 

Sea of Love
The Bradens – Book #4
Love in Bloom series – Book # 7
by Melissa Foster
Release Date: December, 2013

Sea of Love

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Review:
Sea of Love by Melissa Foster is the 7th book in her Love in Bloom series, and the 4th for The Bradens.  This series is so much fun, and very steamy, with a fantastic family to enjoy.  I love starting a new book in this series, wondering if Melissa can keep it up, and continue to get us hooked into another Braden brother.  I am happy to say Melissa has created another wonderful romance that sizzles from the start.

Sea of Love belongs to Dane Braden and Lacy Snow, whom we met in Sisters in White.  15 months have passed since Danica and Kaylie’s weddings, and when Lacy became attracted to Dane.  They have not seen each other in this period, but they texted each other every day. 

Finally at Treat and Max’s wedding, Dane and Lacy finally come face to face and what follows is hot hot, steamy affair, making up for their lost 15 months.  Both know pretty quickly that they have strong feelings for each other, but Dane has always been a womanizer and Lacy is working hard to get a big promotion on her job.  Needless to say this and other issues keep this relationship on the brink, even though they are so great together.  A major stumbling block is Lacy’s fear of sharks, since as a child she was hurt and bears a scar.  Of course, Dane is a Shark tagger, which is his life blood, as he runs the Brave Foundation that works to save sharks, and he is always traveling.

Despite these things, they are very much in love, and just when you think they will finally get past their issues, something else happens to put another kink in their relationship.

What I loved about this book was that we got to spend a lot of time with Danica and Kaylie Snow again, and it was fun to see the three sisters together helping one another.  We know the Bradens are always there for each other, so it was nice to see more of the Snow sisters.  Do Dane and Lacy get past their issues and cement their relationship?  You need to read this book to find out.  Melissa Foster once again has given us another wonderful steamy contemporary romance at its best, with a fabulous couple. I am though, very very excited that Savannah Braden will have her story next in Bursting with Love.

 Reviewed by Barb

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 Bursting With Love
The Bradens – Book #5

Love in Bloom series – Book # 8
by Melissa Foster
Release Date: January, 2014Bursting-with-Love

Links to order Bursting With Love:
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Review:
Bursting With Love by Melissa Foster is the 5th book of her fabulous Bradens; and the 8th book of her Love in Bloom series,(The Snow Sisters and The Bradens). The next family for this series will be the Remingtons. 

Bursting with Love belongs to Samantha Braden, whom I have been waiting to read her story.  The Braden brothers are all hot, and the women in their lives are also beautiful and hot.  Samantha is the lone female in the Braden family, and she is gorgeous, tough, smart. loyal; as well as being very much loved by her family and friends.  But Samantha has been unlucky in love; while she sees her brothers all find the loves of their lives.  The story starts when Samantha having just broken up with her cheating boyfriend; she decides to leave everything behind to go away on a survival retreat in the mountains, getting away from everyone. 

Here we meet our hero, Jack Remington; our first introduction to the upcoming Remington family. Jack is the guide who takes people to the mountains and teaches them how to survive in the wilderness; he is good at what he does, but very tough, moody and distant.  Samantha finds herself thinking of him as an a**, since he comes across as angry most of the time, especially to her. 

It doesn’t take long for Samantha to find out that Jack suffered a tragedy two years ago, losing his wife, and has been hiding as a recluse in the mountains since.  She begins to see a softer side of Jack, when he gently teaches a young boy, who is on this trip with his family.  Jack finds himself attracted to the hot Samantha, and despite his desperate attempt to avoid her, but their attraction to each other is too volatile to stop.  What follows is a wonderful emotional story of finding ones self, forgiveness, and opening your heart to love again.

It was so beautiful to watch both of them fall in love, but mostly watching Jack’s broken heart mending slowly, and the dark man we met at the start becomes such a great and wonderful hero. Jack Remington was perfect for Samantha, and she for him.  Their relationship turned hot and steamy, as well as a sweet and beautiful romance. 

Samantha, who always has the support of her family, helps Jack open himself to her love, and begin his redemption of blaming himself for his wife’s death, and rejoining his family that he abandoned two year before.  I loved this story, as it was totally different in many ways (not the hot factor), then the other books.  This was the first that had no issues for the couple, just a man with a broken heart who needed the love of woman to heal him, and bring him back home.

It was such a beautiful and emotional story, as we watch Jack visit his family, as well as his wife’s family.  His love of his family, and the ensuing forgiveness was very emotional.   Jack Remington was such a great hero, and once he allowed himself to open his heart, he fell hard for Samantha, and what a hero he turned out to be.  His love for her was awesome, and it was so great when he meets her family.  I loved every moment.

The Bradens have one more book to go, as Hugh is next.  Then come the Remingtons.  I loved seeing all the Bradens & the Snow Sisters in this story, as it feels like I am part of this wonderful family.

Melissa Foster has a sensational series, which if you have not started, you are missing a gem.   Melissa has become the go to for me, when I want to read something to enjoy and relax; when you perhaps need a break from a paranormal or dark story.  Thank you, Melissa Foster for this fabulous series

Love in Bloom series order:

SNOW SISTERS
Sisters in Love (Danica & Blake)
Sisters in Bloom (Kaylie & Chaz)
Sisters in White ( Double Wedding and meet Lacy)

THE BRADENS
Lovers at Heart (Treat & Max)
Destined for Love (Rex & Jade)
Friendship on Fire (Josh & Riley)
Sea of Love (Dane & Lacy)
Bursting with Love (Savannah & Jack Remington)
Hearts at Play (Hugh & Bree) 

THE REMINGTONS (coming soon)
Game of Love (Dex)
Stroke of Love (Sage)
Flames of Love (Siena)
Slope of Love (Rush)
Read, Write, Love (Kurt)

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Lovers at Heart by Melissa Foster – a Review

Lovers at Heart by Melissa Foster – a Review

 

Lovers at Heart
Love in Bloom series – Book #4
by Melissa Foster
Release Date: October 26, 2013
Lovers at Heart
Links to order Lovers at Heart: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Kobo / The Book Depository

Description:
Lovers at Heart is a steamy contemporary romance with alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They’re flawed, funny, passionate, and very relatable for readers who enjoy adult romance, contemporary romance, and women’s fiction. Enjoy Lovers at Heart as a stand-alone novel or for more enjoyment, read the entire Love and Bloom series (nine full-length novels featuring the Snow Sisters and the Bradens).

Handsome, wealthy resort owner Treat Braden is used to getting what he wants. When Max Armstrong walked into his life six months earlier, he saw right through the efficient and capable façade she wore like a shield, to the sweet, sensual woman who lay beneath. She sparked an unfamiliar desire in him for more than a one-night stand, leaving his heart reeling and his blood boiling. But one mistake caused her to turn away, and now, after six months of longing for the one woman he cannot have, he’s going home to try to forget her all together.

Max Armstrong has a successful career, a comfortable lifestyle, and she’s never needed a man to help her find her way–until Treat Braden caught her attention at a wedding in Nassau, causing a surge of emotions too reminiscent of the painful past she’d spent years trying to forget. Max will do anything to avoid reliving that pain–including forgoing her toe-curling, heart-pounding desire for Treat.

When a chance encounter turns into a night of intense passion, Treat realizes that the mistake he made six months earlier may cause him to lose Max completely. He will do everything within his power to win her heart forever–and Max is forced to face her hurtful past head on for the man she cannot help but love.

 

Review:

Lovers at Heart is the 4th book in Melissa Foster’s Love in Bloom series.  This is however the 1st book for the Braden’s, and after finishing this book, I cannot wait to read more of the rest of this family.  When we last left off in Sisters in White, we had met Treat Braden, whom we knew from that book that Max Armstrong would be the woman who would change his life. 

Treat is a wealthy owner of various resorts, dedicated to his work, and his family.   He met Max at the wedding in Sisters in White, and now 6 months later, he cannot get her out of his head.  He knows he made a mistake back then, when he jumped to the wrong conclusion, and hurt Max, but he wants to find her and make amends.  Max, who works for Chaz, our hero in book 2, is a strong independent woman in the work world, but very sensitive in private.  As destined, the two accidentally run into each other at a film festival in Colorado, where both happen to live. 

The sexual chemistry between them is so hot and intense;  with both unable to resist each other.  Treat knows right away that Max is the woman he has been waiting for all his life, though he is afraid of commitment; especially seeing how his father fell apart at the death of his wife, Treat’s mother.  Max herself has her own secret issues of her past that make her also afraid to trust any relationship.  What follows is a beautiful, passionate, tense, and very steamy story of two people who fall very much in love with each other.  Though throughout the story, there were a number times their issues would separate them again, with Max constantly afraid of total commitment, though she knew she loved Treat.  We learn that years before, Max has a terrible experience with a relationship that left her scarred and frightened to do it again.  She finally tells Treat the truth, and he is so wonderful and careful with her.

Just when you thought they would finally commit, Max does another silly thing that made us want to smack her, and Treat steps back to give her freedom.  It is the wonderful Braden family who are so great, that help Treat realize he has to fight for Max.  On the other side, I loved the friendship between Max and Kaylie, our awesome Snow sister from the earlier books.  Just watching Kaylie teach Max how to turn on any man was so much fun. 

Melissa Foster does it again, with another wonderful book in this series, and this one is even steamier then the last one.  But of course, when you have a hot couple like Max and Treat, you expect nothing more.  If you want a beautiful romance, with hot steamy sex scenes, a sexy couple; and a family oriented background; look no further then Lovers at Heart.  I am loving this series by Melissa Foster.

Reviewed by Barb

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LOVE IN BLOOM series order:
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SNOW SISTERS
Sisters in Love
Sisters in Bloom
Sisters in White

THE BRADENS
Lovers at Heart
Destined for Love
Friendship on Fire
Sea of Love
Bursting with Love
Hearts at Play

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Melissa Foster – Sisters In Bloom/Sisters In White – Reviews

Melissa Foster – Sisters In Bloom/Sisters In White – Reviews

Melissa Foster’s wonderful contemporary romance series, Love in Bloom continues to keep us entertained, with fast releases.  I really enjoyed the first book, and read the next two, Sisters in Bloom & Sisters in White.    Below is a double review of book 2 and 3 of this series.  Click this link to read the review of the first book, Sisters in Love.

Sisters in Bloom
Love in Bloom series – book 2
by Melissa Foster
Release Date: September 9, 2013

Sisters in Bloom

Links to order Sisters in Bloom:
Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Kobo / The Book Depository

Description:
Kaylie Snow has always been the fun, flirty, pretty sister. Now, her burgeoning baby bump, hormone infused emotions, and faltering singing career are sending her into an unexpected identity crisis. Watching her older sister Danica glide through a major career change and a new relationship with the grace of a ballerina, Kaylie’s insecurities rise to the forefront—and her relationship, with fiancé Chaz Crew, is caught in the crossfire.

Chaz Crew has everything he’s ever wanted: a lovely fiancé, a baby on the way, and soon, the film festival he owns will host its biggest event ever. When he’s called away to woo the festival’s largest sponsor—and the lover he’s never admitted to having—secrets from his past turn his new life upside down.

With her baby shower around the corner, and her fiancé’s big event looming, the pressure is on for Kaylie to pull herself together—and for Chaz to right his wrongs. In a few short weeks, the couple who had it all figured out will learn things about life and love that may change their minds—and their hearts.

SISTERS IN BLOOM is a testament to the bond of sisters, the strength of women, and the pains and delights that accompany motherhood. A book for every mother, sister, and daughter, SISTERS IN BLOOM will resonate with readers who love to explore family dramas.

 

Review:

Sisters in Bloom by Melissa Foster is the 2nd book in her wonderful contemporary romance, Love in Bloom series.  Sisters in Bloom picks up not to long after Sisters in Love.  This book centers mostly on Kaylie, who is very pregnant, and Chaz, her boyfriend, though Danica and Blake, our couple from the first book, have major parts in this story.  What I love about this series is that Foster keeps everything flowing smoothly, with both couples, and we become part of this family.

Kaylie is a bit insecure, especially with her hormones acting up, and she is also getting a number of rejections for her singing career.  Kaylie, who has always been carefree & promiscuous, is also worried about the weight she has put on during her pregnancy.  Chaz is perfect for Kaylie, always assuring her, being such a sweetheart.  But an old flame from his past comes back to cause problems in his relationship with Kaylie.  Chaz loves Kaylie, but her insecurity during these days creates some miscommunications, with Kaylie falling apart. 

It is Danica, who helps Kaylie see that Chaz truly loves only her, and the other was a vengeful person trying to destroy their relationship.  I also loved seeing Danica herself opening up to her love of Blake more and more.  I totally love them together. 

This is a very nice and at times steamy romance, with two wonderful couples.  Foster has created a great group of secondary characters, and this is a such a nice and sweet story of love, friendship, family and finding happiness.  But through it all, this is a wonderful romance that will find a happy ending for both couples.  I really enjoyed reading about Danica and Kaylie, their closeness, their inner emotional turmoil, and the fun of their friends surrounding them.  This is a wonderful  and enjoyable series, and I cannot wait to read Sisters in White

Sisters in White
Love in Bloom series – book 3
by Melissa Foster
Release Date: October 9. 2013
Sisters in WhiteLinks to order Sisters in White:
Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Kobo / The Book Depository

 Description:
Danica and Kaylie Snow are about to celebrate the biggest day of their lives—their double wedding—on an island in the Bahamas. But no wedding is complete without a little family drama. The two sisters aren’t ready to face the father they haven’t seen since he divorced their mother and moved away to marry his mistress, and live with Lacy, the half sister they’ve never met.

While Danica has exchanged letters and phone calls with Lacy, Kaylie has fervently tried to pretend she doesn’t exist. Lacy is sweet, fun, and nearly a mirror image of Kaylie. To make matters worse, not only is Lacy looking forward to meeting her sisters, but she idolizes them, too. As the countdown to the wedding date ticks on, their parents are playing a devious game of revenge, and there’s a storm brewing over the island, threatening to cancel their perfect wedding. The sisters are about to find out if the bond of sisterhood really trumps all

 

Review:
Sisters in White is the 3rd book in Melissa Foster’s Love in Bloom series.   Sisters in White brings us the third Snow Sister, Lacy, who is a half sister to Danica and Kaylie.  Wheras, the first two books were devoted to Danica (book 1) and Kaylie (book 2), this book is devoted to both happy couples who are heading to their double wedding.  Lacy, who has never met her half sisters, comes to the wedding at a tropical resort, with their father, and Lacy’s mother.  Through out the story, there is much early tension between Danica, Kaylie, their mother, when they meet their father, his wife, and Lacy. 

This was really a fun and very steamy book.  I loved spending time with Danica, Kaylie, Blake and Chaz, not to mention all their cool friends.  The added element was facing their father whom they haven’t seen in many years, and coming face to face with the sister they have never met.  I really loved Lacy, and she makes a great addition to the family. Danica welcomed Lacy with open arms, but Kaylie was distant early on.  Kaylie resented Lacy, especially seeing how much her father adored Lacy.  But in time, Kaylie begins to open up to Lacy, who totally loved being around her sisters. 

There was so much to enjoy in this story.  The wedding preparation, and anything that could go wrong does. The sexual chemistry between Blake and Danica is hot hot hot.  Chaz and Kaylie too, but we got to see more of Blake and Danica.   There also some pretty hilarious scenes throughout the book.  Foster has written some wonderful secondary characters that we get to see more of, and the introduction of the Bradens, who will continue the Love in Bloom series. 

I really enjoy this series, and could not put the book down until I finished it. Foster did a magnificent job in this book bringing the pieces together for the Snow Sisters.  At the same time, we got to see a few very nice peeks at the Braden men (there is one sister).  I would love to see Lacy actually get her own happy ending at some point in this series.  If you enjoy contemporary romance, family atmosphere, some Steamy sex scenes (more in this book), then you need to read this series. Melissa Foster is on my must buy list.

Reviewed by Barb

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