Monday, February 10, 2014

**BT & Giveaway** Lovers at Heart ~ The Bradens ~ Melissa Foster

LOVERS AT HEART (Love in Bloom: The Bradens, #1)
By Melissa Foster
New Adult/Adult Contemporary Romance
Published December 27, 2013
Published by World Literary Press

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

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.

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.

“Steamy sex scenes and heartfelt confessions…a satisfying addition to the ‘Love in Bloom’ series.” – Midwest Book Review

Fans of Melissa Foster’s Snow Sisters series may be interested in The Bradens.

When I agreed to read and review this book, I didn't know that it was a part of a series. It was a little awkward to read about things that had happened between the 2 main characters in other books. And while there's a little bit of an explaination, it doesn't cover everything. So I feel the need to go back and read everything else to get caught up. Regardless, the author did a great job of sucking the reader in and pulling them into the family of The Bradens. 

Max Armstrong & Treat Braden have an instant chemistry, even though they have never met, just one look and BOOM. Sparks everywhere. Through a series of events over 6 months, Treat and Max go their own way. Treat is headed home to spend a little time with his family, Max is headed back to work to plan their next event. They didn't know they'd be in the same town. Now with the force of their friends, demons from their pasts, they are both on the road to figuring out what they want for their future and if it includes each other. 

It was a great read. I really like the story. Once again, I'm reminded of my fondness for Marie Force when I think of this one. I am anxiously awaiting Rex's story to see how that pans out. The dynamic between the Braden's is a heart warming one. I love them. One of those families we all wish we could be a part of. 

I do recommend picking up the Sisters in Love series first, that is where we are initially introduced to Treat and Max. :)

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Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, 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 Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, and 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 been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

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

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  1. I'm so glad you got so attached to The Bradens. So many people love their family dynamic. Thank you for your awesome review and I'm so happy you're going to try out Rex's story! XOXO

  2. Thank you for your thoughts on Lover at Heart! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

  3. I cannot wait to add this new book to my collection of Melissa Foster books! Thank you for the review and the giveaway!

  4. I love Melissa love her books thanks so much denise smith

  5. Never read Melissa's books but these look enjoyable. Thanks for the giveaway.