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Destined for Love

Love in Bloom, Volume 5 (The Bradens, Book 2)
Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
Length: 8 hrs
4.5 out of 5 stars (160 ratings)

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Rex Braden is wealthy, hard-working, and fiercely loyal. Sweat at his brow, he works the family ranch by day, then kicks back at night with part time lovers who require nothing more than his physical presence a few times each week. But that was before. Before Jade Johnson, the daughter of the man his father has been feuding with for over 40 years, moves back into town.

After ditching a horrific relationship - and her veterinary practice in the process - Jade Johnson returns to the safety of her small hometown and finally finds her footing. That is...until her horse is injured and Rex Braden comes to her rescue. The last thing she needs is a bull-headed, too-handsome-for-his-own-good Braden complicating her life.

Despite the angry family history, sparks fly between Rex and Jade, and attitudes follow. Fifteen years of stifled, forbidden love stirs a surge of passion too strong for either to deny - and the rebel in each of them rears its powerful head. Loyalties are tested, and relationships are strained. Rex and Jade are about to find out if true love really can conquer all.

©2014 Melissa Foster (P)2014 Melissa Foster

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Awesome story!

I loved this book and the one before this. It had the right amount of sex scenes and regular relationship interactions. I will definitely read all the other books in the series.

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  • Gaele
  • Atlanta, GA
  • 03-17-17

Stories of the Bradens are not to be missed

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Rex Braden knows that managing a ranch, while occupying much of his time, is not everything. He thinks he wants more, just defining that ‘more’ isn’t the easiest part of the decision. That is, until he runs into Jade, recently home after some drastic life events. Her family’s land borders the Braden’s property line, and the unexpected meeting with Rex due to an injured horse makes being home just a little more interesting.

But a family feud between the Bradens and Johnsons, over a reason that no-one can even remember, could be the monkey wrench in Rex’s plans, before he even gets a chance to make one. When you add in Jade’s ex who can’t take no for an answer, Rex’s horse Hope, who like all of the Bradens has her own way of thinking about things (perhaps not as the family would wish), the families and their own bluster as the ‘existence of the feud’ is more relevant than the actual reasons, or overcoming them…..

Rex and Jade are wonderful together, and their path to a romance, with or without family intervention, is perfectly paced and keeps listeners engaged Fast-paced dialogue, demonstrable connections and a wonderful horsey inset that adds humor and a sense of reality for anyone who has ever known a horse, the story just flies along.

Narration for this story is provided again by B.J. Harrison, who presents the characters, story and adds emotional context without getting in the way with overacting or dramatic vocal alterations to present unique voices for each character. The care in delivery, the staggered pacing and subtle tone changes that help provide character distinction and emotional impact are there. What I am finding is that I believe this book would have benefited from an additional narrative voice to provide contrast and auditory variance.

While each of these books work as a stand-alone title, the people, writing and stories of the Bradens are not to be missed.

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.

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Great Read

Destined for Love was another great read by Melissa Foster. Rex Braden works hard on his family ranch during the day. He has always just had physical relationships but never close enough for an emotional one. But Jade Johnson changes when she moves back into town. The only thing in their way was the fact that their father's have been feuding for over forty years. I absolutely loved listening to Jade and Rex's story. This was another great audiobook by Melissa Foster.

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Sweet Story

This is the second book in The Bradens Series. This Series is also part of the Love in Bloom Series (book 5). This is a small town romance. Rex and Jade's story is sweet. They share a strong chemistry and an undeniable attraction. B.J. Harrison did an amazing job with the narration. I enjoyed my listening. I received this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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Love this series!!!

I’ve enjoyed this entire series so far!!! I can’t wait to listen to the next book!

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Another amazing book

This had me smiling and crying, it's a must listen to book. The narrators was amazing as well.

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Love Knows No Boundaries

I read the book and listened to the audio book. I am a fan of B.J. Harrison. His tone and inflection add so much to an already great story.

Rex Braden and Jade Johnson could never act on their mutual attraction since their teen years due to the ongoing family feud akin to the Hatfield’s and McCoy’s. Neither even knowing what caused it in the first place.

Rex is the consummate cowboy, dark good looks, rugged, strong, loyal and full of passion. Jade is a raven haired beauty, a veterinarian who loves with all her heart. Both are close to their families, and neither would ever want to hurt or disappoint them.

When Jade returns to her family home, right next door to the Braden’s it’s inevitable that they would run into each other. Rex fights his attraction out of loyalty to his father, the man he measures all others, including himself, against. That high standard causes Rex no small amount of inner turmoil. But as love and the fates decide for you, Rex is unable to resist the pull of love. Being forced to sneak around and hide their relationship puts undue strain on the young lovers.

The love they tried so hard to deny becomes the binding that will keep them together, Taking an “us against the world” attitude, Rex and Jade risk losing their families to be together. The showdown is heartfelt, moving and in the end, what you’ve come to expect from a a Melissa Foster book.

This is one of my favorite Melissa Foster book and now audiobook too. B.J. Harrison does an excellent job - as always - of breathing life and diversity into these characters.

Five stars for a heart warming listen!

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  • Diane S.
  • Everett, MA, United States
  • 11-01-18

Feuding Families

Destined For Love is super sweet, super hot small town country romance. The forbidden aspect was a feud between two families that had gone on way too long and needed a bit of shaking up.
Jade Johnson and Rex Braden know they shouldn’t be attracted to each other. But when the attraction is just too strong to resist, it might be the only thing that will force them to reevaluate the long standing field between their families.
Both Jade and Rex gave in way too much to what their fathers thought it wanted. I quite often wanted to shake them and tell them to grow up.
What could have been a fairly blah story was brought up a notch in audiobook by really good narration!
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Are you ready for a great love story?

Destined for Love is another amazing story by Melissa Foster. Rex and Jade have fought their attraction for their entire adult life. A long running feud between their fathers have prevent them from finding true love in each other’s arms. But one faithful night that all changes and they can’t fight their feelings anymore. Together they find a way to mend the rift between their families and be together forever.

This is the fifth book in the Love In Bloom series. It is a great stand alone book but is even better if you read or listen in order. I have read all of Melissa’s book and I find listening to them adds a new level of understanding. Just a few things to keep in mind … Headphones are a must – the love scenes are HOT. Block out enough time to listen to the whole book – once you get started you won’t want to stop. And go ahead and make plans to read the rest of them. Melissa has a magically way of creating a book world so real that you are ready to jump in the car and move there.

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4 Family Feuds + Their Star Crossed Lovers Stars

4 "Family Feuds and Their Star Crossed Lovers" Stars for the story and narration.

Destined for Love is perfect for lovers of the forbidden love trope, particularly Romeo & Juliet styled romances. Whether you have already fallen in love with the Bradens, are a fan of Western romances, or are just looking for a sweet, feel-good romance, Destined for Love is likely to appeal to a large audience of romance lovers. Moreover, BJ Harrison's smooth, tranquil voice makes this a good audiobook format choice for sitting back and relaxing to a heart-felt tale.

The hero of this story is Rex--Treat Braden's brother from book 1, Lovers at Heart. Rex is your good all-American cowboy who runs his family's ranch. He's the kind of guy who is an alpha hero and who you can count on both in terms of loyalty and protection. So imagine his conflict at the realization that the one woman who really ignites his feelings of love and desire is the one woman he cannot under any circumstances have because she is a Johnson, the family that borders his family's ranch and his family's sworn enemy due to a feud between the two family patriarchs.

Jade had always had a crush on Rex, but when she left town she never thought she would get a chance to explore her feelings for Rex given the family feud. Then several years later she returns. She now has a successful veterinarian practice and has lived through and moved on from a bad relationship, but still feels those same familiar stirrings when she sees Rex. And then Rex comes to her rescue, and they both feel those feelings stir, even if the same old family feud still stands in the way.

Will Jade and Rex get a real chance to explore their attraction to one another? Moreover, will they be the glue that finally finds resolution for the family feud between the Bradens and Johnsons or will the feud become an inconquerable obstacle to their love?

BJ Harrison has a melodic voice which pulls the listener in for a comfort listen. While Mr. Harrison doesn't have a huge range in his voices for characters, he does slightly vary his voice for each character. Additionally, he is able to impart emotion and empathy in the right parts of the story to add an additional element of feeling to the story.

All in all, Destined for Love is a good choice for any time that you're looking for a sweet, wholesome feel good romance with a good conflict subplot that will add to the intrigue and allure of the romance.

Source: Review copy provided for review purposes.

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  • katiemay
  • 01-23-19

Fall in Love with Sexy Rexy

I have read this book and have now listened to it as well. I never thought I would listen to audio books but I love them. Rex is a a man who loves his family and the values his father has instilled into all his brothers and sister. Jade has returned home after a break up and looking to establish her career. Their families have been feuding for over 40 years so a relationship between them could tear the families apart. When Rex rescues Jade and her horse the sparks start to fly. They keep the relationship to themselves at the beginning until a fright with Hope the horse Rex's father brought for their mother. From then on fences are mended. This is another good book by Melissa and another good narration by BJ Harrison

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  • Debra McDonald
  • 02-21-17

Rex and Jade smoking hot!!

Having read this book countless times it was great to hear it in audio book. The Love between Rec and Jade comes through powerfully as does the family feud. Definitely one to listen to as the emotions are so powerful.