Friendship on Fire is the sixth book in the Love in Bloom series. While Friendship on Fire can be experienced as a standalone novel, for even more listening enjoyment you may want to hear the Love in Bloom series in series order.Small-town overachiever Riley Banks has finally scored her big break - working in Manhattan as a fashion design assistant for her childhood crush, Josh Braden. She enters her new job hoping to make a name for herself and - just maybe - explore the romance that slipped through her fingers way back when.
Josh Braden has models at his beck and call, a staff that never says never, and an elegant clothing line for the holiday season. When he hires Riley Banks, he expects her to learn the business from the ground up. But the girl next door turns out to be much more than he remembered.
Josh and Riley's friendship heats up. Every steamy kiss and every erotic caress stirs a love they cannot deny. But when Riley designs a wedding gown that would cause even the most jaded fashion editors to swoon, Riley's mentor accuses her of stealing the design.
Facing indisputable proof and the mistrust of her lover, Riley is not sure she can take the heat of life in the fast lane of the fashion industry - and Josh is forced to choose between the woman he loves and the career he adores.
Content warning: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18-plus.
©2014 Melissa Foster (P)2015 Melissa Foster
"[L]ove, loss, lies, grief, finding happiness in the face of adversity, romance, humor, bravery, hot hot hot sex scenes, marriages, births and totally awesome characters." (Supportive Business Mums, UK)
"The entire Love in Bloom series takes everything I love about a good romance novel and serves it up the way few authors can." (Fic Central)
"Steamy sex scenes and heartfelt confessions....a satisfying addition to the Love in Bloom series." (Midwest Book Review, on Lovers at Heart)
"Like Nora Roberts, Melissa Foster has captivated me with her fantastic, sexy, romantic stories." (Kimberly Winning, avid reader)
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Stars: Overall 4 Narration 3 Story 4
Josh Braden always was a bit different from everyone else in his family, he sees life through the eyes of a designer, a fashion designer. He’s got a successful business, a full staff, a growing reputation as a designer and women falling at his feet. What he doesn’t have is the ability to ignore the new assistant, a part of a family that has been embroiled in difficulties with his own back home in Colorado.
Riley Banks has her own dreams of design, and a gentle (or not so) push from Rex and Jade convince Josh to look at her work. He’s surprised at her talent, and knows that she just needs a mentor and some help to learn the ins and outs, before launching her own career. Even though she’s intrigued (and hides a long- standing crush) by Josh, she’s completely surprised when he offers her a chance to learn the business from the inside – and work her way up. He’s got an assistant perfectly poised to help her in Claudia, and it won’t be that difficult to help someone from ‘home’.
Oh the tensions were strong in this one. Let’s completely ignore the forbidden “boss / employee” angle, especially in the media heavy world of design and just focus on the prevalence of models, media and sycophants all willing to suck up to the boss in order to rise to the top. Then add in the less than welcoming (and often devious) machinations of Riley’s mentor Claudia, and the repeated barbs and ‘first to the story’ moments that Claudia has with Josh. Oh and add in an electric attraction to Josh, the chemistry smokes between these two, and mix in a bit of “keep it secret”. You can’t help but see Riley’s concern that the relationship, while hidden, is most probably more intense because they are keeping it secret. But, to Josh’s favor, when the plot comes to crisis point and Riley is accused of stealing designs – he’s willing to look at everything and everyone, not giving Riley a pass but a chance. While the mystery isn’t difficult to solve, the increase in tension and the use of that crisis to bring the characters to their tipping point, where every step will determine their future is well done, and shows the power of the connection between Riley and Josh for what it is: true, honest and palpable, despite the difficulties in situation and appearance.
Narrated by B.J, Harrison, the continuity in narrator is commendable, allowing for a familiar feel to each character’s voice, my ears are screaming out for variation and a bit more of the interplay in the back and forth that comes with a two-person narration. It’s not that Harrison’s ability is lacking, his female voices are credible and not overdone, the male voices are clear and each character does present as distinct in pitch and tone, but the pacing, the speed at which someone speaks or responds, is calling out for more variation. Fast paced moments in dialogue weren’t as rapid-fire as expected (or often needed) simply because the switch between characters doesn’t allow for that transition. The narration as it stands is workmanlike and consistent, never stretching to great or stooping to average, but I do believe that a change that incorporated another narrator into the mix would benefit this story greatly.
I received an AudioBook copy of the title from the Publisher for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Review first appeared at I am, Indeed
Well for one, I absolutely love the Bradens and Josh is no exception! I also love the storyline because it is not quite a typical one. Josh Riley knew each other back in Weston but Josh has been gone for some years now bulding his Fashion business in NYC. Set in the world of high fashion, besides the sexy, sweet flirty and fun times of Josh & Riley, there was quite a lot of drama to get through and thoughts of betrayal. But I also love the narrator! BJ Harrison has quite a way of bringing these characters to life! He really does these books justice!
There are so many memorable moments, but one of the best for me would be near the end and give away too much, so let me just leave that statement right there and say this is a must listen or read to the end! You will not regret it!
After my initial listen of him quite a few audiobooks ago, I have had nothing but love for him! He cracks me up with some of his voices, like Treat's and Jade's. They really jump out at you. He does such an awesome job of transitioning from male to female and back again with accents, from heavy to none at all.
This book made me angry at what was going on and that things were not going the way I had hoped. It also made me laugh, swoon and cry. Melissa Foster books always elicit most of my emotions! That is why I love them so much!
This book was a phenomenal read and an even better listen! Give it a try!
I enjoyed being able to hear, and then visualize everything happening between the two.
The proposal, of course! But the whole process of Riley & Josh dating, and even the making up, was great.
I LOVE Riley! She's got the perfect combination of confidence and humble talent.
It made me feel just about everything that characters were feeling. Melissa has that ability to put you into the characters position and to know exactly how they feel and what they are going through.
Yes because I love Josh Braden and his and Riley's story.
The end of the story.
I'm getting addicted to the audiobook version of the Braden's. I was already addicted to the books, so it only make sense I would be the same for the audio version. BJ Harrison's voice just pulls you in and keeps you hanging on. I love his voice and he reads each character so well, I still love hearing him read as Jade...but he does so well on all of them. Friendship on Fire is Riley and Josh and I love this story. You got a small glimpse of them in Rex (Josh's brother) and Jades (Riley's best friend) book and their story only got better in Friendship on Fire. Josh and Riley are made for each other. I have no idea how Melissa Foster comes up with her stories but I'm so glad I get to read them and now I get to have them read to me by that sexy voice of BJ Harrison. So thank you both so very much for having a book that I can get lost in.... another satisfied reader/listener. I loved it!!!!
This was another great book by Ms. Foster as the Love in Bloom series continues. I enjoyed reading Josh and Riley's journey to love as the pair navigate their feelings and insecurities along the way as well as the conflicts of their boss/employee relationship despite having feelings for each other from their youth. I enjoyed the return of the characters from the previous books in the series as a means to catch up with their story as well as the developing stories that can come out of this series. I enjoyed the narration of this book in that the narrator did well in the telling of this story making the entire story flow well. I also enjoyed how well the narrator did with differentiating the different characters of the story making them unique to their personalities and realistic to listen to. I enjoyed this story from start to finish and would recommend it to others.
Another awesome book by Melissa Foster and narrated by BJ Harrison. Riley Banks is starting her dream job in New York. She will be working for Josh Braden. They have both had a crush on each other since they were in high school. Once they come together they fall hard for each other. Can their love keep them together when Riley is accused of stealing another designers designs. This is one of my favorite books by Melissa Foster. You can never go wrong by reading one of her books.. I am loving the audio books. Highly recommended!!!!
Riley Banks has finally seen her dreams start to come true. She has a job as a fashion design assistant in Manhattan working for her high school crush, Josh Braden. Josh and Riley’s friendship heats up quickly once she gets settled into Josh’s sisters apartment and starts her new job. With steamy kisses and hot caresses their love blooms and they cannot deny their feelings. When Riley’s mentor, Claudia, accuses her of stealing a design from her, Riley’s is doubting her life as a fashion designer and her life with Josh.
Melissa Foster did not disappoint. With each book in this series I have seriously crushed on the leading men. Josh fell right into that crush area. He is sexy, rich, independent, and successful. He is also loving, faithful, and protective of those he loves. I love that each of the leading women in the books is also successful and strong willed. Riley does not let Josh walk over her, whether in their love life or in her career. She struggles with Josh’s love and how their relationship will be perceived in their work place.
This series of books are easy to read. Fun, easy, sexy, and oh so steamy. Friendship on Fire showed real life struggles, family values (standing by what you believe), and love. I highly recommend this book and the entire series to all chic-lit lovers.
"Friends to lovers"
I love all of Melissa Fosters books and this one did not disappoint. I adore the way BJ was able to enhance the story further by using different voices and he brings warmth to the story as well. Definitely worth listening to.
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