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Steve Johnson is living his life's passion watching over the Colorado Mountains as a ranger and wildlife consultant. But his peaceful life is upended when overzealous and insanely beautiful Shannon Braden flits back into his life after returning from a brief trip home to Maryland. He thought his attraction to her was under control - after all, she's only in Colorado temporarily, and he doesn't do casual affairs.

Shannon's return to Colorado has as much to do with the game of cat and mouse she and Steve have been playing as it does the data she's been hired to collect. But despite her efforts to explore the undeniable heat simmering between them, Steve's intent on keeping his distance.

When a ranch abutting the national park goes up for sale, Steve will do whatever it takes to keep it from falling into the wrong hands. And when all his attempts fail, he's left with no alternative but to follow Shannon's guidance into the online world he abhors in order to raise the funds. The more time they spend together, the deeper their attraction becomes, and a game of cat and mouse turns into an unstoppable connection. But when Shannon's assignment comes to an end, will it mean an end to them, too?

©2016 Melissa Foster (P)2016 Melissa Foster

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Opposites do attract!

I loved listening to this story! I read the book when it was first released but you really get a different view when listening to the story. BJ does a great job telling Melissa’s stories.

This is the perfect example of opposites attracting. Steve and Shannon couldn’t be more different, but they have amazing chemistry. I highly recommend this audiobook.

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Wicked and Naughty

Melissa penned a sexy ride with this story. B. J. Harrison narration of this exciting and heartfelt story was fantastic.
Shannon Braden had been back home a short time, but she has returned to Colorado to collect more data on grey foxes. Steve Johnson worked as a ranger and wildlife consultant and does not do casual affairs, but Shannon had him tangled up. He was determined to stay away from Shannon, but he is finding it very difficult. She asked him to help her spot some grey fox. His two friends were going to sell the 200 acres of their property and Steve took Shannon to see them. He didn't want it to fall into the wrong hands. She called him Grizz and he called her Butterfly. Would the mountain man catch the butterfly?

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  • Susan D
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Wonderful Book, Loved the Audio

This is a wonderful book, and I loved the Audio. Shannon Braden, who loves to talk and be around her family and friends has come to Colorado for a research project. Steve, who is a ranger there loves the solitude of living on his mountain. What happens when these opposites start to fall in love with each other? I loved this story by Melissa Foster. Then, there is the narrator, B.J. Harrison. He brings the story to life, in a way that keeps you hanging on each word. These two make a winning pair.

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Sexy Mountain Man

I was soo excited to read this latest book from Melissa Foster because it brings you back to Weston Colorado and you get to come back to some of the original Bradens.

Steve is ruggedly handsome and Shannon is a Braden so of course she is beautiful. Steve likes his life on the mountain and does not come down to the real world that much. Shannon likes he life in Peaceful Harbor and enjoys being around people. They are both different in that regard but love being wrapped up in each other.

What I liked most was Steve does not have millions in his bank account and there is no mention of Shannon having a trust fund either. Steve has to work hard for what he wants with the help of Shannon and others. BJ Harrison is the narrator and he does a great job once again. He makes you feel like you are right in the middle of the story and makes the story flow when listening to it. He helps you feel the story.

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Enjoyed this one!

Crushing on Love: Shannon Braden is the fourth book in the Love in Bloom: The Bradens at Peaceful Harbor series. All the books in this series are standalone books, but if you read them in order you learn more about all of the characters. Steve is happy with his life as a Ranger and wildlife consultant. Living in CO is peaceful, just as he likes it. When Shannon returns from a trip home, things start to change, he is no longer fighting their connection as much. So when the walls finally come down, what will he do when she is finished and has to go home permanently? This story was really enjoyable to read and the narrator was enjoyable to listen to. I definitely recommend it.

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Love this even better in Audio

Yes! I don't know if a sexier mountain man exists then Steve or as Shannon calls him, Grizz! Shannon, Butterfly to Steve, is a researcher who takes a position researching wolves in Colorado near her uncle and Steve, the mountain man that she wants to be more. Steve is a man that not only lives on the mountain, it is who he is but is he willing to change for the city girl that may have stolen his heart? Shannon and Steve navigate their different lives and find one that might just involve each other. Steve is the ultimate mountain man - he saves wild Hawks, creates detailed maps for Shannon and learns a little about the art of romance and compromise for his Shannon. Shannon is a people person with a love of Pop Tarts and pink boot laces. Together they don't appear to work but they find out how love crushes all of those obstacles and lands a mountain man chilling on the beaches of Maryland and Butterfly living on a mountain in Colorado. You won't be disappointed.

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Grizz's Butterfly

I received an audio ARC of Crushing on Love: Shannon Braden (Love in Bloom: The Bradens of Peaceful Harbor, Book 4) by Melissa Foster in exchange for an honest review.

I love audio books and B.J. Harrison has become one of my favorite narrators because he does an exceptional job. His ability to make you believe you're listening to the characters along with his tone and inflection puts you in the middle of the story!

Can city girl Shannon "Butterfly" Braden from Peaceful Harbor, MD find love with Steve "Grizz" Johnson in the Colorado Mountains?

Wildlife Consultant Steve Johnson is happy in his peaceful life, without technology, without a lot of conveniences, living the life he's passionate about. Although somewhat isolated he doesn't crave constant chatter or company. Enter feisty Shannon Braden.

Sassy Shannon returns to Colorado continuing her research on foxes and becomes Steve's neighbor on the mountain. They had a brief flirtation at his sister's wedding and Steve thought that's all it was, however, he finds Shannon's appeal to be more than he bargained for and he knows she's headed back home when her research is finished and he doesn't do casual affairs.

Despite his good intentions not to get close to Shannon, Steve cannot but help himself from being drawn into her orbit. Shannon for her part wants to explore what might be and is frustrated as Steve runs hot and cold.

Technology challenged Steve ends up needing Shannon's help to prevent a ranch that's for sale from falling into the wrong hands and destroying the natural beauty that means so much to him. As they work together they are drawn even closer until the sheer force of their attraction won't be denied.

There are so many tender, sweet moments: pink shoelaces, yellow hoodie, Pop-Tarts, cupcakes with pink frosting, schmores and of course Happy Packs! Learning to dance in secret and risking humiliation! But the passion was sinfully perfect!

When Shannon's time is up with they part ways? Have a long distance relationship or end things on the mountain?

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Sassy Shannon + Shy Steve

I LOVED listening to Steve and Shannon’s story! I read this book when it was first released in print but I get a different perspective when listening! B.J. does a fabulous job narrating!

I love the mix of Steve and Shannon’s personalities! Shannon is sassy to Steve’s shy but they are SO good together! Another great example of opposites attracting. This is also a situation where the time these two have together seems to come with an expiration date. Shannon isn’t from Colorado and has a life in her home town. Is that something she can give up?

I highly recommend this book and anything else Melissa Foster rights. You won’t regret it!

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The Griz and The Butterfly

What can I say about Steve & Shannon but...AWE!!! They are the perfect couple!

After reading the book, I listened to the narration by BJ Harrison. While you get the visuals of what the characters are going through, hearing the feelings through Mr. Harrison's take on it really adds to the overall affect of the story. While listening, you can't help but smile at every one of Shannon's excited outbursts, get all tingly when things get hot and heavy, and melt into a puddle when Steve's romantic side comes out. You can't help but cheer Shannon on and want to help her decide what exactly she should do about her future.

Thank You again for another great story and telling.

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A Butterfly and Her Grizzly Man

Steve and Shannon grab your attention from the very beginning of the audible narration. Shannon came back to the mountain to see where the attraction she feels between her and Steve can go and Steve does all he can for as long as he can to resist that attraction because he knows his "Butterfly" will never be happy on the mountain and he can't see himself anywhere else. However, their mutual love of the mountain and desire to keep developers away, coupled with Shannon's persistence to go after what she knows she wants, brings them closer together until Steve can no longer deny her. Their love is so strong and their time together so short. It was a great listening to Shannon bring her grizzly man off the mountain to be more sociable. All this is happening while they know that their time together is limited to Shannon’s research project on the mountain… I really enjoyed listening to their story.