New Addition to the Love in Bloom Series, Seized by Love, Book #1 The Ryders
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.
THE RYDERS are the newest addition to the LOVE IN BLOOM series by New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. This 5-book hot contemporary romance series features alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They’re flawed, funny, passionate, and relatable to readers who enjoy new adult romance, contemporary romance, and women’s fiction. While each book may be read as a standalone, you might enjoy reading the entire Love in Bloom series (The Snow Sisters, The Bradens, The Remingtons, & Seaside Summers)
**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**
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I don’t believe I need to state how much I love Melissa Foster’s work. Anyone who follows my reviews knows of my fascination with her work. Her stories are compelling, engaging and not at all predictable. Seized by Love is the first book in the book in Love In Bloom: The Ryders series. Of all the books that I have read by this author, I do believe that this is the raunchiest of them thus far. There were scenes that would make you blush from your head to your toes. That being said Seized by Love is suitable for mature readers only.
What would you do if the woman of your dreams rejected every effort you have made to secure a date with her? Would you give up and call it a day or will you persist with the hope that you would one day be able to convince her that you are worthy? Well, this was the challenge that Blue Ryder was faced with. From the moment, he laid eyes on Lizzie Barber he knew that she was the one for him, if only he could convince her of that. He spent a year trying to convince her of that fact. Talk about persistence and perseverance!
Blue and Lizzie are friends, however, he wanted to move beyond the friend zone. Lizzie, however, was fearful of going beyond friendship as she was living a double life. She had secrets that she did not want to be revealed for fear that her friends and family would think less of her. This fear was further enhanced by the fact that she was viewed as a straight – laced person. Blue, however, was determined to break down her barriers.
Lizzie was not comfortable with her secret, however, she felt compelled to continue with the charade as she believed it was the only way she could help her sister. I admired her convictions. The fact that she was willing to do something that she was uncomfortable with so that she could help her younger sibling was an indication of the selfless, compassionate and caring person that she was. It was, therefore, understandable why Blue was enamored with her.
It was fun seeing Blue and Lizzie together. They were perfect for each other and it was evident that they were very much in love. What I enjoy about Melissa’s work is her ability to incorporate real life issues into her stories. This ability enables her readers to be pulled into each aspect of her character’s lives. In this instance, we see that love, no matter how strong will always be tested. How we respond to the tests will determine the length of our relationships.
While reading, I was reminded how easy it is for persons to pass judgement on individuals based on their actions without understanding what led to them making that decision. In addition, we see how easy it is to pass judgement when the one making the judgement is not in the position of the person who they are judging.
I thought this was an amazing story. I can’t wait to read the remainder of the series. If you are eager to discover if Blue and Lizzie’s love was able to pass the test, then you need to get yourself a copy of Seized by Love. I recommend it highly.
Miss me?” Blue whispered against her ear. “How could I?” She already felt like part of his family’s inner circle. “I love you so much, even when you’re not here, you’re still with me.”
Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance (M/F, M/M, F/F), romantic suspense, thrillers, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa also co-writes the Love on Rockwell Island series with New York Times bestselling author Bella Andre. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.
Melissa has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Her interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.
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What a great storyline for a romance x
Thank you for recommending Seized by Love to your readers! I'm so happy you enjoyed it! I'm happy to hear that you're looking forward to more in the series. I hope you have a wonderful holiday XOXO