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5.0 out of 5 starsDance of Two Lovers
Reviewed in the United States on October 27, 2020
I really enjoyed this story. Rex Braden and Jade Johnson have had feelings for each for a while, but due to a family feud with their father’s, being seen together or even talking, could have ramifications. It was interesting to see what would happen with Rex and Jade because they wanted to be together, but at what cost for themselves and their families. I always like the family loyalty and having each other backs, in this story, that definitely came into play in a lot of ways. I loved the ending and how everything came together for Jade, her dad and her family and Rex, his father and of course his family. It also set up things nicely for the next book. I listened to this as an audiobook once again narrated by B.J. Harrison. I enjoyed his narration of this story and thought his cadence along with way was great. A couple of my favorite parts during his narration was at the jewelry store and toward the end with the two families. I do enjoy listening to his narration.
5.0 out of 5 starsFinally, a cowboy romance book worth reading!
Reviewed in the United States on March 26, 2017
Finally! Finally someone wrote a cowboy love story that was both well written and fun, with a splash of sexual content in it that was just a little on the hot side, but not pornographic. The language of love between these two characters is evident in the well written words of this author.
"The nerve of him, staring at me like I'm a piece of meat. Even if he was every girl's dream of a cowboy come true in his tight-fitting jeans which curved oh so lusciously over his thighs, defining a significant bulge behind the zipper. She ran her eyes up his too-tight dark shirt and silently cursed at herself for involuntarily licking her lips in response. She tried to tear her eyes from his tanned face, peppered with stubble so sexy that she wanted to reach out and touch his chiseled jaw, but her eyes would not obey."
This is the kind of writing you'll find in this book. Sultry, sexy and moving.
Rex Braden and Jade Johnson can never be together because of their respective families having a dispute between each other that would rival the Hatfield's and the McCoy's. But their undeniable attraction for each other can't keep them apart...not anymore. And the love they've been denying themselves is what drives them together.
Get this book and you won't be disappointed. And if I could give more stars, I would.
The Love in Bloom Series by Melissa Foster is actually several connected series that tie together."The Snow Sisters" series are the first books in the collection, and "The Bradens" are the second set in the series. Then "The Remingtons," "Seaside" and "The Ryders." All together there a ton of books in the collection, that all correlate with each other. I have only read books from the Snow Sisters and The Bradens so far to give you info on, this series is way larger than I originally thought. The entire Love in Bloom series is romance quite obviously, but there are also a lot of deep emotions and issues each character has to face in their book. They were not quite the light "feel good" read I was hoping for, but now I am roped in. I have read the fist book of each set (free downloads) and really want to read the rest. The Snow Sisters set, is obviously about the Snow sisters, three sisters Danica, Kaylie, and Lacy, three books. The Bradens set, as before, is about the Braden family. There are 5 brothers Treat, Rex, Josh, Dane, Hugh and sister Savannah and they each get their own books. After, Hearts at Play, which is Huge's books, the series keeps going on with more Bradens that I have yet to meet in the two I have read. My warnings for the series seem pretty basic. Lots of graphic sex, some language, there is not really any action or adventure, mostly it is the "emotional conflict" that keeps the plot moving and the pages turning. I am not a huge fan of the characters physical descriptions, I can't really picture them. However, their personalities are great. They are well developed and distinguishing. Also, overall there were no huge typos or grammatical errors that stood out to me in the two books that I read.
Here is what I have on the Series:
Love in Bloom:: The Snow Sisters: Sisters in Love (Danica) Sisters in Bloom (Kaylie) Sisters in White (Danica, Kaylie & Lacy)
The Bradens: Lovers at Heart (Treat) Destined for Love (Rex) Friendship on Fire (Josh) Sea of Love (Dane) Bursting with Love (Savannah) Hearts at Play (Hugh)
Taken by Love (Luke) Fated for Love (Wes) Romancing my Love (Pierce) Flirting With Love (Ross) Dreaming of Love Crashing into Love
As I mentioned before, both "Sisters in Love" and "Lovers at Heart" are currently free downloads for Kindle on Amazon. Lovers at Heart , For a complete list of The Love in Bloom series, synopses and more on everything Melissa visit her website at http://www.melissafoster.com/ .
5.0 out of 5 starsYou’re destined to fall in love with these characters
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 1, 2021
I was first introduced to Melissa Foster’s ‘Lover’s At Heart’ book about 5 years ago, and in it I was first introduced to Rex Braden. So when ‘Destined For Love’ was released, I was so excited to get stuck into it and learn more about this burly, brooding hunk.
Rex is strong-willed, determined and on the outside you believe him to be quite stubborn and at times cold, but he is like a marshmallow in the centre, and there’s no one but Jade Johnson to weaken him.
Jade Johnson is the woman he loves to hate, and if he listened to the opinions of his family, he is very much meant to hate her. A feud which divided two families, have meant Jade and Rex are to be sworn enemies. But when Jade’s horse is injured and she needs help, Rex reluctantly becomes her hero.
I absolutely loved the forbidden romance element to this story, but also found both characters being very strong-willed, independent and determined entertaining. Jade has given up a lot, leaving a veterinary practice behind to essentially start over. But the one thing Rex and Jade have in common is their love of horses, and how very in tune to the animals they are.
These characters have real witty and flirtatious banter, and it will keep you on your toes, whilst equally making you laugh.
I am re-reviewing this as I received a copy of the Audiobook and wanted to add this as part of my overall review. For anyone who loves forbidden romances, or enemies to lovers, this book will be entirely your bag. B J Harrison is the audiobook narrator, and his voice is deep and lulling that you can imagine it is Rex speaking.
The audiobook has reignited my love and adoration for these characters. This series was the first one by Melissa Foster I read, and I have been a loyal addict since. I’d recommend the audio book to anyone who would like to get stuck into an excellent series and for those always on the go. It has kept me thoroughly entertained.
Rex and Jade have feelings for each other since they were at high school, but because of an on going feud between their families nothing could happen between them. Jade is back in Weston after a break up and trying to establish herself as an alternative therapist for horses. Rex is managing the family ranch with the help of Treat, but also holds a grudge with Treat after he left for college. I makes for a very good read/listen as Rex and Jade find themselves trying not to fall in love and separate the families again. This all comes to a head when the family horse Hope is taken ill and Jade brings her expertise to the fore. After a few family interventions Rex decides if the family are not ok with the relationship then he will be forced to chose Jade. Have just finished listening to this book again, and its still as good as he first time. Another good narration from BJ Harrison
Red Braden, big, burly cowboy has secretly been in love with Jade Johnson forever. All was well until she moved back into town for the feelings they had for each other had to be hidden. Their fathers had been feuding forever but eventually they decide that they have to be together. What follows is explosive, fiery and heart wrenching. I love this book so much as Rex is so forbidding, masculine and with Jade he's romantic, thoughtful and loving. These two are some of my favourite book characters ever.
Destined For Love is contemporary romance and part of the Braden's series.
This is the story of rancher Rex Braden and his mutual feelings for Jade Johnson. However, Jade is the daughter of the Braden's neighbour. With a long standing family feud lying between any happiness that Rex and Jade might hope to have as a couple, can they ever bring the families back together?
Set in Weston, Colorado this book feels like a modern western romance.