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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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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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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.

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Melissa's Books Get me EVERY. TIME.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, definitely! All of Melissa's books are a ton of fun, they are hot hot hot, and make you want to live in the world of her characters for just a bit each time.

What about B.J. Harrison’s performance did you like?

B.J. Harrison is a regular staple with Melissa's audio books. He is a fantastic narrator that brings you right into the book. He conveys emotion very well throughout and keeps you hanging on until the very end. Love him!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not one specific moment, but I REALLY just loved the way Steve was so hesitant and resistant toward Shannon, his attraction to her, and her desire to incorporate social media and the GOOD that it could do to help their cause. It was just so endearing, and definitely drew him to me more as a character.

Any additional comments?

LOVED this book! 5 Stars for sure!

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LOVE THIS AUDIO BOOK!!!!

What made the experience of listening to Crushing on Love the most enjoyable?

Listening to the story truly makes you feel a part of the story. I was emersed in the story with no distractions!

What other book might you compare Crushing on Love to and why?

ANY OTHER MELISSA FOSTER BOOK!

What about B.J. Harrison’s performance did you like?

very soothing voice

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

OMG, Your going to cry!

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Favorite Couple

Would you listen to Crushing on Love again? Why?

Yes I would listen again because I loved loved their love story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Crushing on Love?

The airport scene had me crying.

What about B.J. Harrison’s performance did you like?

I felt like I was a part of the story.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Steve and Shannon are my all time favorite couple. I laughed and cried listening to their story.

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LOVED LOVED LOVED

If you could sum up Crushing on Love in three words, what would they be?

Crushing On Love had me on hotness overload. Steve is a sexy as hell mountain man and Shannon is a little spit fire beach girl. Steve and Shannon could not be from further worlds. The romance between them was HOT HOT HOT. As always Melissa had me on an emotional rollercoaster. I love books with happy endings and I was not disappointed at all. I wish I could give more then 5 stars. The narration of BJ Harrison is incredible. I love listing while I drive back and forth to work.

What about B.J. Harrison’s performance did you like?

I adore BJ Harrison's narration of all of Melissa's books.