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"Melissa Foster is synonymous with sexy, swoony, heartfelt romance!" (New York Times best seller Lauren Blakely)

Welcome to Oak Falls, Virginia, home to horse farms, midnight rodeos, bookstores, coffee shops, and quaint restaurants where you’re greeted like family and treated like treasured guests. Buckle up for a wild ride. Like any Southern girls worth their salt, the sweet-talking, sharp-tongued Montgomery sisters can take men to their knees with one seductive glance or a single sugarcoated sentence. 

In Embracing Her Heart....
Leaving New York City and returning to her hometown to teach a screenplay writing class seems like just the break Grace Montgomery needs. Until her sisters wake her at 4:30 in the morning to watch the hottest guys in town train wild horses and she realizes that escaping her sisters’ drama-filled lives was a lot easier from hundreds of miles away. To make matters worse, she spots the one man she never wanted to see again - ruggedly handsome Reed Cross. 

Reed was one of Michigan’s leading historical preservation experts, but on the heels of catching his girlfriend in bed with his business partner, his uncle suffers a heart attack. Reed cuts all ties and returns home to Oak Falls to run his uncle’s business. A chance encounter with Grace, his first love, brings back memories he’s spent years trying to escape. 

Grace is bound and determined not to fall under Reed’s spell again - and Reed wants more than another taste of the woman he’s never forgotten. When a midnight party brings them together, passion ignites and old wounds are opened. Grace sets down the ground rules for the next three weeks. No touching, no kissing, and if she has it her way, no breathing, because every breath he takes steals her ability to think. But Reed has other ideas....

©2018 Melissa Foster (P)2018 Melissa Foster

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Smoking HOT and so much fun!

GAHHHHH!!! I swear my kindle bout burst into flames! Reed and Grace light up the pages and it is MAGIC! I absolutely loved EMBRACING HER HEART, a sexy yet romantic second chance romance. The narrators were spot on, I was completely sucked into the story and what a story it is! Not heavy on the angst, but I laughed and I teared up and I fell in love. It was exactly what I needed! Highly recommended!

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Romantic, Sweet and Sexy

What a wonderful audiobook! I really enjoyed this book and I feel that the narrators really brought Reed and Grace to life! I loved the history between Reed and Grace and the nostalgia between these two was so sweet. You're immediately sent back to high school to relive the romance between these two characters. Melissa Foster knows how to write a steamy scene and the narrators were doing a wonderful job of bringing the scenes to life.


The story between Reed and his father added dimension to the plot and I like the twist that was thrown in that ultimately increased the bond between Reed and his family. I would love to be a part of the Montgomery sisters - what fun they must have together. If you're looking for a sweet, romantic and sexy audiobook - this is it!!!


**Thank you to Tasty Book PR and Melissa Foster for providing me with this audiobook in exchange for my honest review**

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You’ll want your own Greedy Boy!

Embracing Her Heart (The Bradens and Montgomerys (Pleasant Hill - Oak Falls)
Book 1 by Melissa Foster

Ok this is now one of my new favorite books by Melissa Foster. I love second chance romances and this one does not disappoint!

I read the ebook and listened to the audiobook as well. Do yourself a favor and get this audiobook. Andi Arndt and Sebastian York were incredible in the telling of Grace and Reed's story.

Grace Montgomery and Reed Cross were high school sweethearts who had to keep their relationship secret because of a rivalry between their high schools. Having grown up in a small city where such rivalries existed, it was easy to identify with.

Grace was always convinced country life was not for her and upon graduation she pursues her dream in NYC to become a playwright and producer. But at what cost?

Reed has has own dreams that don't include leaving Oak Falls, but is devastated when Grace departs and heads off to Michigan to escape his heartache and becomes a leading historical preservation expert opening a business with a college friend, Thad. After a betrayal Reed sells his share of the business and returns to Oak Falls to help out his Uncle Roy who suffered a heart attack and stays to run his uncle's business.

Fate brings these two together when Grace returns for a three week visit to teach a screenplay writing class and of course Gracie and Reed can't escape seeing each other.

Reed, aka Greedy Boy is as sweet and romantic as he is sexy and alpha. A perfect compliment to Grace's smart, sweet and sassy nature. His thoughtfulness and romantic gestures make him instantly endearing. Their chemistry is stronger than ever and what ensues is more than a trip down memory lane, as these two lovers make new memories while treasuring the old ones.

You can take the girl out of the country, but can you take the country out of the girl? And does she really want to? With Grace's three weeks coming to an end and her life back in NYC, can these two lovers make a long distance relationship work?

These are well-developed characters with great secondary characters who add to the story and move it forward. From Grace's huge family to Reed's Aunt and Uncle who raised him, to his missing father and their many friends, to the house Reed buys and movie theater which holds such fond memories for them, this book is a wonderful read and listen.

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Second chance at love!

Grace Montgomery and Reed Cross were secret high school sweethearts and each's one true love. After graduation, Grace heads to New York and becomes an off-Broadway producer and playwriter. Reed moves to Michigan and starts a business preserving old buildings. Ten years later, Grace is home in Oak Falls visiting her family and to help in her sister's bookstore, when she's blindsided to see her one true love is back in town. While Reed is repairing her parent's porch, Grace comes face to face with the one person she has never forgotten. Once they clear the air about past hurts, the love they've had for one another is even stronger. They decide to make the most out of the three weeks they have before she returns to New York. They visit their special places from when they were dating in high school and he even surprises her with a prom they never got to go to together. He is not letting her go this time and is determined to make it work long distance when she leaves.

Grace's true happiness is with Reed in Oak Falls, a town she couldn't leave fast enough after high school and realizes deep down, she's still a country girl at heart. A wonderful story of first loves and second chances. Sebastian York and Andi Arndt are amazing narrating Grace and Reed's story.

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loved it

this is definitely one of those books you can read more than once. i listened to this book twice a few months between of course. but enjoyed it just as much as the first time. great book!

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Great!

I really liked this book. It had a HEA, which is a must, and not too much angst. A little repetitive with the love scenes, but still,,,good. While I gave the performance 5 stars, for the first time EVER, Andi had a couple of places that threw me, where it didn't sound like the male voice and I was confused for a second. All in all, super book, and will download more from this author.

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A Wonderful Second Chance Romance

Grace and Reed were meant to be. Melissa Foster has written another 5+ star book, and then the narrators, Andi Arndt and Sebastian York, have done a most wonderful job bringing Melissa’s words to life. Grace and Reed were secretly together in high school. It had to be a secret, because they went to rival schools. This brought memories back to me of my high school years. Grace left him though to go follow her dreams in New York City, but now she is visiting her hometown, and Reed is there too. I love second chance romances, and this is a beautiful one. Every time I was listening to the audiobook in my car, I would take the long way to where I was going, and sit in the car for a long time after arriving at my destination, because this book is so good, I could not stop listening to it. I highly recommend this book, whether you read it, or you listen to it.

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A sweet and very passionate second chance romance.

This was my first Melissa Foster book. It’s also the first book pf her Braden and Montgomery’s Series.

This beautiful story is one of second chances. Gracie Montgomery is back in Oak Falls; her childhood town; for her sister baby shower and some family time. What she wasn’t expecting was seen again her first and only love, Reed Cross. After they have to part ways and not in the best of terms right before college they haven’t seen each other for 10 years.

Nobody new what once day had together of so they thought. There’s no many secrets in a small town. Once they spot each other it was like the time never pass and all feeling came flying back tenth time stronger. Now they aren’t kids anymore and don’t need to hide the love they once had.

Been back in Oak Falls made Gracie realize how much she actually love her family and all the people in the community. Her life as a theater producer and all her success hasn’t been as exciting and fulfilling as her home town. Reed is now a very successful historical preservation expert and a hunk of a man.

It was so sweet and very passionate re living all their love. All the passion and dreams they are now get to live.

The book is filled with fun family banter. Lots of cowboy boots, cut off and hey y’all !!! A small southern town romance where every one was in each other’s business. A huge family of seven grown children making havoc and been just that incorrigible siblings. Plus there’s some sexy as sin cowboy neighbors call The Jeriko Brothers that I feel I must definitely meet.

I laugh with all this people and I swoon ever Reed and his beautiful and passionate soul. Having Gracie back was a dream and all the beautiful things he get to do now for her made me want to melt at his feet.

I’m definitely listening to more of this series. I wish there was more of Gracie and Reed story.

Story is narrated by Andi Arndt and Sebastian York which are my favorite pair narrators. They do a magnificent job bringing all the emotions to the story. I got goosebumps listening to them and all the feel they brought to life. Let’s face it Sebastian has this sexy voice that make it so easy to fell in love with the leading male in the story. If you haven’t listen to this combo of narrators I guarantee you will absolutely love them.

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Small town hero get's the girl!

The story and narration were right on point with Embracing Her Heart. This is a second chance love story that bypasses all of the lengthy problems that occur in other romance stories and get's right down to the nitty gritty of a real relationship. Grace and Reed have a second chance at love in the small town they grew up in. Both left, leaving each other heartbroken as well. But they had their chance to see what life would be like away from one another. When Reed moves back and Grace comes to visit for vacation, they run into each other again and it's all sparks and fireworks from that point. This story focused on their relationship and well as Reed's feeling of abandonment due to his father leaving him as a small child. I really liked that the story was focused on their current relationship and being together instead of bringing some other problem into the storyline. It was interesting, hot and full of redemption in many ways. The narration was so on-point. Andy and Sebastian did a fantastic job of making these characters come to life and that is what I look for in an audio book.

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A romance with mature responsible individuals

This book was completely beautiful, a romance where you get to live in the love. Angst was at a minimum and our hero, Reed was an honest, mature, no game playing, determined heartthrob. Grace is a country girl who has shucked her roots in order to thrive in the big city, but since coming home, she realizes that maybe the country is not so bad. This second chance romance by Melissa Foster completely captivated me and the narration by Sebastian York and Andi Arndt my favorite duo was perfect for these characters. I feel so complete after finishing this book, it is the only way to describe it.

I received a copy of this audiobook and voluntarily give my review.

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  • katiemay
  • 09-17-20

A great book to introduce us to the Montgomery's

Grace is a respected playwright and producer with a great career in New York. Reed has come back to Oak Falls to help his uncle after he suffered a heart attack. Grace is home for a short break when she meets up with Reed her first love. From the outset the feelings they had 10 years ago haven't faded. After getting her to go out on a date with him Grace starts to realise there is move to life than living in New York. She starts to fit back into country life when she is called back to New York, its then she knows that Reed is the one for her. This is a great start to the series and I look forward to reading more .

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  • Kelly Farrand
  • 05-23-19

love love love

I had this sat in my library for a while and forgotten all about it. I thank the lord I found it I have loved every minute of this book. if you are a dreamer and in love with LOVE thos book is for you. 5 ⭐🌟⭐🌟⭐

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  • Debra McDonald
  • 08-08-18

Second chance love

Loved this story and these narrators are totally perfect for it. I could really relate to these narrators and how realistic they made this story sound. Absolutely perfect

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  • 01-18-20

Super boring

Didn't finish this one, which is very annoying given expense. I understand, and enjoy, avoidance of silly useless (often teenage-like) drama, but you still need to create some tension between the characters, some conflict, to create an interesting storyline that you are keen to see resolved and stick though. this did not. I also dont enjoy unrealistic dialogue that this one often fell into. narrators did the best they could.

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  • Barbra Lazzarini
  • 06-17-19

Beautiful ❤️💕❤️

I’m in love with grace and reed ....I’m especially in love with their family .. all the characters from their home town .. are hilarious .. everybody knows everyone .. I can’t wait to meet the rest of the family and friends .. awesome ..❤️💕💋💕❤️

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  • karen grave
  • 06-20-18

it was a bit on the nice side for my taste

I've been listening to stories with a but more grit and vengeance so I had to step back and nestle into a feel good story.
I like ms fosters writing so will continue to listen..might try the bad boys and wild boys series next.
I'm also not used to Mr Yorks part be g so placid and nice I simply love him when he reads the bad boy parts of a novel xx