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Publisher's Summary

Friendship on Fire is the sixth book in the Love in Bloom series. While Friendship on Fire can be experienced as a standalone novel, for even more listening enjoyment you may want to hear the Love in Bloom series in series order.

Small-town overachiever Riley Banks has finally scored her big break - working in Manhattan as a fashion design assistant for her childhood crush, Josh Braden. She enters her new job hoping to make a name for herself and - just maybe - explore the romance that slipped through her fingers way back when.

Josh Braden has models at his beck and call, a staff that never says never, and an elegant clothing line for the holiday season. When he hires Riley Banks, he expects her to learn the business from the ground up. But the girl next door turns out to be much more than he remembered.

Josh and Riley's friendship heats up. Every steamy kiss and every erotic caress stirs a love they cannot deny. But when Riley designs a wedding gown that would cause even the most jaded fashion editors to swoon, Riley's mentor accuses her of stealing the design.

Facing indisputable proof and the mistrust of her lover, Riley is not sure she can take the heat of life in the fast lane of the fashion industry - and Josh is forced to choose between the woman he loves and the career he adores.

Content warning: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18-plus.

©2014 Melissa Foster (P)2015 Melissa Foster

Critic Reviews

"[L]ove, loss, lies, grief, finding happiness in the face of adversity, romance, humor, bravery, hot hot hot sex scenes, marriages, births and totally awesome characters." (Supportive Business Mums, UK)
"The entire Love in Bloom series takes everything I love about a good romance novel and serves it up the way few authors can." (Fic Central)
"Steamy sex scenes and heartfelt confessions....a satisfying addition to the Love in Bloom series." (Midwest Book Review, on Lovers at Heart)
"Like Nora Roberts, Melissa Foster has captivated me with her fantastic, sexy, romantic stories." (Kimberly Winning, avid reader)

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Friends to Lovers

Oh man, I love Riley and Josh's story. Friendship is such a strong foundation to build love upon and these two are the perfect example of it. The love, humor, and just awe moments are wonderful in this story and I love the ability to listen to the story as I do my daily work and homework. Believe it or not, it makes anything more entertaining when you get to hear a Melissa Foster love story.

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An Emotion filled Read!


BJ Harrison narrates this wonderful Melissa Foster book in a way you actually feel the emotion of the characters. This book is the story of award winning clothes designer Josh Braden and up and coming designer Riley Banks. Riley has crushed on Josh all her life as they grew up together in Colorado. Josh hires Riley and she moves to New York where their relationship has a chance to grow. But due to a work situation they are challenged both professionally and personally. As BJ Harrison reads these sections I found myself fascinated by the emotion of the characters. His voice just carried so much of their feelings and again later during a conversation between Josh and his dad Hal. Of course Melissa Foster has provided the beautiful words for him to narrate. I loved this audiobook.

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Friends to Lovers

Would you consider the audio edition of Friendship on Fire to be better than the print version?

I love audio because I can really soak it in. I sit back close my eyes and just listen.

What did you like best about this story?

Josh and Riley.....so good. I love the friendship to lovers type of books and this is one of the best. This one being set in New York was a nice change of pace. Just a different glimpse into another side of the Braden family. These two have to put up with a cut throat world and even with those they thought they could trust. You will love this one.
The narration by BJ is great. I love listening to his voice. It helps me really soak in the book.

Have you listened to any of B. J. Harrison’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

He is so consistent. All his narration is awesome.

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

I love when ever Josh reasures Riley. It's so special.

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Loved it!

Oh those Braden men! Tall, dark, and handsome, just for starters, then throw in strong, passionate, and devoted. Now sprinkle with just a touch of insecurity and suspicion and you have the recipe for another smoking hot story from Melissa Foster’s Love in Bloom – The Bradens series.

Josh Braden and Riley Banks grew up together and had a crush on each other all through their school years. They were never able to act on those feelings due to a heated feud between the Braden family and the family of Riley’s best friend, Jade Johnson. Riley’s loyalty to Jade and Josh’s loyalty to his family has always prevented them from getting together.

Recently, Josh’s brother Rex has connected with the love of his life, Jade Johnson, and the feud between the two families has been resolved. Josh has come home to help celebrate his brother, Treat’s, engagement and to spend some time with his family. As a very successful designer in Manhattan, he doesn’t get to spend as much time with them as he would like. While celebrating with his family, Jade tells Josh about Riley and what an amazing designer she has become. He asks to see her portfolio and when they get together the old spark is still there.

Josh is more than impressed with Riley’s design work and hires her to work as a design assistant, hoping she will continue to learn and work her way up in his company. He places her under the tutorship of his lead designer, Claudia, who takes an immediate dislike to Riley. Trouble starts brewing from day one and eventually Claudia hatches a scheme, accusing Riley of stealing her designs. The problem is, they are actually Riley’s designs but she has no way of proving it. Josh is unsure what to believe, which breaks Riley’s heart, and the battle is on.

I loved the characters in this story. Melissa’s characters are always strong and well-written, but Josh and Riley really struck me. They are both strong-willed and determined people not wanting to jeopardize their careers, but not willing to throw away their love for each other, either. What they share is definitely worth fighting for, but will they? This series just never gets old for me. I keep thinking these stories have got to start getting repetitive at some point, but they just never do. Each one is as fresh, exciting, and swoon-worthy as the very first one.

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You'll be rooting for Riley!

I read Josh and Riley's story a while back, and was so happy to revisit it and listen to the audio before downloading the novella of their wedding. I have read several of Melissa Foster's books, and this one is definitely one of my favorites from the standpoint of romance but also a little mystery thrown in. The audio book narration really lends itself to the unfolding of this story--I read fast and sometimes miss some details. The narration forced me to really listen (while sometimes reading along) and relive the suspense and build up of motion and passion throughout. I found myself rooting once again for Riley and smiling when she goes for it--in life and love.

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great read

Another great book by Melissa and another great narration by RJ! I love being able to revisit this series but by listening during my commute. Riley and Josh's story is about a childhood crush turned adult crush and a great business partnership forms.

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City vs small town

I love audio books!! MJ Harrison brings the characters to life.
This is a great addition to the Weston Braden's. Josh and Riley have lots to figure out.

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How do you handle being in love with your boss?

Would you listen to Friendship on Fire again? Why?

YES! I have already read it in print and listened to it. I would totally listen again. The book totally captured my attention and made me feel a wide variety of emotions.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Friendship on Fire?

The most memorable moment to me is when Riley first finds out about what Claudia had been hiding/accused her of.

What does B. J. Harrison bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

When I am listening to an audio book, I feel like my brain is more focused on absorbing and visualizing. I think being able to "hear" the characters allows me to focus more on the visualization.

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

Both! There was at least once or twice when I cried as well as times that made me smile or laugh.

Any additional comments?

I am now addicted to listening to Melissa's books, even the ones I've read in print previously!

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Absolutely amazing Audiobook

If you could sum up Friendship on Fire in three words, what would they be?

This book is hot, passionate and such a great read.

What other book might you compare Friendship on Fire to and why?

I compare this book to any of the Braden books. They are all amazing and sizzling. They all each have a different story but those Braden men are all such amazing guys. Any girl would be lucky.

Have you listened to any of B. J. Harrison’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is my 3rd or 4th audiobook and each one B.J. Harrison has narrated. He does such a great job getting into the characters and those voices he does for each one. Great great.

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

If this book were made into a movie, i think i would call it the same as the title. Friendship on Fire is exactly what this book is.

Any additional comments?

This was such a great audiobook and it was my pleasure listening to it.

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Pure Bliss

Would you consider the audio edition of Friendship on Fire to be better than the print version?

Yes, I feel like I'm having a conversation with my friends

What other book might you compare Friendship on Fire to and why?

Destined for Love, they are both great reads and full of emotion.

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

He is great at making you feel like your listing to a friend.

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

Yes, I laughed... I cried.. I get emotional. Which makes it an even better experience.

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Friends to lovers

I love all of Melissa Fosters books and this one did not disappoint. I adore the way BJ was able to enhance the story further by using different voices and he brings warmth to the story as well. Definitely worth listening to.