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You fell in love with Blue Ryder and Lizzie Barber in Seaside Summers, now follow their journey to find true love in Seized by Love, the first book in the Ryder series.

Lizzie Barber runs a successful flower shop by day and secretly hosts the Naked Baker webcast at night to help pay for her younger sister's education. To keep friends and family from finding out about her sexy secret, she's put her social life on hold until her sister's education is paid off and she can stop filming the webcast.

Blue Ryder fell hard for Lizzie Barber when he met her a year ago, and he hasn't been able to get her off his mind since. Everything about the feisty little brunette, from her tight bod to her seductive smile, cuts straight to his heart. Though Lizzie has turned down every invitation he's extended - Blue is not about to give up trying.

Renovating Lizzie's kitchen brings Blue further into Lizzie's life, and the oven is not the only thing heating up. One night and one powerful kiss changes everything. But when Lizzie's secret is revealed, and the safe bubble she's hidden in shatters, true love may not be enough to put the pieces back together.

©2015 Melissa Foster (P)2015 Melissa Foster

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Brilliantly Written and Narration was Super!

Lizzie Barber owned a flower shop and she also had a naughty show on a webcast that was a secret. It featured her baking and she looked as though she was nude. She needed the extra money to help put her little sister Mattie thru school. Her oven went out and she called Blue Ryder to come fix it for her. He had been trying to get her to go on a date with him, but she kept turning him down. Blue finally convinced her to go out with him and they found out they loved each other. She confessed to Blue and her family what she had been doing. Blue was so jealous he couldn't see straight. Boy did that cause big problems! Blue was so jealous he couldn't see straight and her father took a fit and wouldn't speak to her. This story has so much emotion in it and the narrator brought out every one of them. He made me believe the characters were real. Brilliantly done all the way around.

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  • Diane S.
  • Everett, MA, United States
  • 03-09-18

Hot and Sweet Romance

Seized by love is a sweet and hot romance. Lizzie is a strong, hardworking heroine. She is doing her best to take care of herself and her family. She owns her own flower shop, but also runs a podcast to earn money to put herself and her sister through college.

I have to say that I adore the Ryder family already and can’t wait to read more stories with this family in them. Blue Ryder has been trying to get Lizzie to date him, but she keeps him at arms length until the temptation of him gets too much for her.

When Lizzie reveals her secret to Blue his immediate reaction kind of made me mad, but he eventually came to his senses and tried to help Lizzie and be there for her instead of being judgmental.

“It was true what people said about going through difficult times together and how struggles could bring people closer together.”

I listened to this story on audiobook and really liked the narration. The narrator brought the book to life for me in a way that made listening even more enjoyable than if I had read it myself.
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LOVE them!!

How can I say enough about Blue!?!? Eventhough he was thrown off his 'game' with the 'revelation' of Lizzie's side job, he quickly came around realizing his feelings for her! Yes, she has some extra 'baggage' that comes along with her and she is VERY self conscious because of her upbringing and her parents, but she works hard to take care of those around her. Lizzie has an AMAZING heart and drive to push thru her own desires to do what needs to be done for her family! Once Blue recognizes this for what it is, he steps behind Lizzie 110%! These 2 come through the rough patches and come out so much stronger in the end. All the emotion and love behind his feelings are brought out with every word narrated by BJ, as well as Lizzie's. I LOVE BLUE...as much as I LOVE the rest of Melissa's Heroes!!! SO MANY BOOK BOYFRIENDS!!!!!

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Great Read

Seized by Love by Melissa Foster was a great read. Lizzie is a woman who is very ambitious.She runs a successful flower shop and also runs a webcast that no one in her life knows about. She has put her life on hold to help in paying for her sisters college. Blue has fallen hard for Lizzie even though she keeps turning him down. I loved reading Lizzie and Blue's story. I can't wait to read more by Melissa Foster.

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Seized By Love

Lizzie Barber runs a successful flower shop by day and secretly hosts the Naked Baker webcast at night. She does it to help pay for her younger sister's education.

Lizzie is a grown woman. Necessity might have compelled her to start her Naked Baker webcast but I saw no reason for her to be ashamed.

Lizzie did what she had to in order to survive financially. Her webcast didn't hurt anybody. While I understood why she was reluctant to reveal that side of herself to Blue, she had no reason to be ashamed.

A lot of readers found fault with Lizzie on that issue, but I didn't. I believe if the naked baker was Blue, the story line would have been met approval. But woman are harshly criticized (in real life and in fiction).

While I enjoyed the love story between Lizzie and Blue, I couldn't deny I was mad at Blue for the reaction he had after discovering about the webcast.

Regarding the narration: I had a hard time connecting with the characters because the narrator's tone was flat. I couldn't tell if the characters were exited, happy, sad etc.


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Blue and Lizzie - steaming up the kitchen!

Lizzie Barber runs the local flower shop and Blue Ryder has been her friend since they met at the quadruple wedding of their friends in Seaside. Lizzie has had butterflies with him ever since. Blue is currently helping Lizzie with repairs in her home since he is a contractor, specifically her oven.

Will Blue and Lizzie take the opportunity to move their relationship forward or will Lizzie’s secret webcast, break up their relationship?

Is Blue able to accept the loving reasoning that Lizzie has this “interesting” webcast or will it become a deal breaker for him?

BJ Harrison does a great job narrating and I particularly enjoyed the Naked Baker scenes :-)

Seized by Love is a nice story of love and how far one will go for their family but also confronting the realities of technology and the role they play in our life. And a story that includes a hunk like Blue is never bad!

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A romance that's both sweet and spicy

This was a sweet and spicy romance set in a small town featuring Blue Ryder, a man who’s attracted to the frustrating Lizzie Barber. Frustrating because he’s been asking her out for over a year and she is always saying no.

Blue’s attraction to Lizzie is never hidden and he takes advantage of the time he gets to spend with her while renovating her kitchen to try and get her to go out with him. Lizzie is more than interested but her secret occupation as the titillating “Naked Baker” on her own web series is a huge obstacle.

In this day and age of flaunting it all on social media, it’s easy to dismiss Lizzie’s attitude as being prudish. I didn’t think she was a prude at all. Like many people, she finds herself between a rock and a hard place doing a job that makes her uncomfortable but the money it brings is very much needed. Her personal struggles and those when she tells her family felt very real. It’s the curse of families that they can equally love you and be disappointed by you at the same time. There’s nothing like guilt to make a person feel wretched!

Blue seemed too good to be true. I suppose that’s part of the attraction of a book boyfriend. He was loyal to Lizzie at all times and there was never a time when he even looked at another woman. His struggle to accept Lizzie’s side business – and the fact she lied to him at all - was credible. He was conflicted but like any good hero in a romance novel he came through in the end.

B.J Harrison is a new to me narrator. His voice is clear and crisp. His female voices are well spoken and he knows to put the relevant emotion into any spoken dialogue. I did find during some of the non-dialogue parts of the book that the narration felt somewhat removed from the story. It felt like a voice over for a TV show – like a documentary - where the action is being narrated by a removed voice. Several times I was taken out of the story because it felt like I was listening to a factual reading. Overall, the narration was well above average and I would definitely choose to listen to other books narrated by B.J Harrison.

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Sweet Love Story

Melissa gave us sweet characters that you quickly bonded with. The story was one of strong love that can weather even the most interesting of admissions. The Ryder Family is definitely one I would like to learn more about. Overall, a sweet love story indeed.

Narration was great- No complaints at all.

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Hot!!

Meliss Foster did an awesome job!! Blue Ryder has tried to get Lizzie Barber to go out with him for a year. She keeps putting him off because she has a secret. She is owner of Ptown petals but at night she the naked baker. These 2 have such a strong chemistry can they over come her secret life!!! This is a 5+ star book.
BJ Harrison did an excellent job with the narration!!

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okay read

This was an okay read for me and I have read a lot of Ms. Foster's books.. I was not in love with the deceit from Lizzie with Blue about what she did to earn extra money that she continued to do despite his dislike for it. I understand her reasons but it just felt too deceitful for me. Also if Lizzie was not in love with what she was doing for the extra money to help with her sister's education then she needed to look for other means or the possibility of telling her sister that she could no longer help. I thought that the plot moved along slowly at the beginning but picked up at the end also making it hard to get into this book. The narration from Mr. Harrison continues to be well performed and enjoyable to the listener.

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  • katiemay
  • 02-02-18

Blue Ryder, my new hero

Would you listen to Seized by Love again? Why?

Yes, because this its great love story, Blue and Lizzie are perfect for each other.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Seized by Love?

When Lizzie tells her family and best friend Skye how she earned her money, and the way she stood her ground.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

When Blue joins Lizzie in her video, you could almost see yourself watching them.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Baking made sexy

Any additional comments?

I loved this book, with so many hunky hero's that Melissa has written about its only when you re read or listen that you remember how great Blue is.