Fiercely independent Janie Jansen has always believed there were worse things in life than being blind, and she’s spent her life proving it. She’s moved away from her overprotective parents, built a life in New York City, and is one of the top technical editors in her company. That is, until an unfortunate accident turns her life upside down and she’s forced to give up the very independence she’s worked so hard to achieve.
Firefighter Boyd Hudson pushed past his tragic past and is weeks away from accomplishing his ultimate dream―being accepted into medical school. His intense focus on his goal while working three jobs has taken its toll. With a trail of failed relationships behind him, Boyd is painstakingly aware of his limitations and avoids girlfriends completely―a difficult task given his attraction to one of his co-workers.
When Boyd comes to Janie’s rescue, she’s forced to accept his help, and Janie discovers there’s more to the sexy-sounding office flirt than one-liners. Their connection deepens as Janie heals, but it turns out that Janie isn’t the only one who needs healing. Boyd’s painful past comes back to haunt him, threatening their relationship and forcing Boyd to reevaluate everything he knows about himself.
THE REMINGTONS are part of the LOVE IN BLOOM series by New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. This 6-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, Seaside Summers & The Ryders)
**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**
Touched by Love, which tells the story of Janie Jansen and Boyd Hudson is another beautiful story by Melissa Foster. This is book #6 of the Love in Bloom – Remington series and like all of her books can be read as a stand-alone.
Janie and Boyd have proven to be two of my favourite characters from Melissa’s stories. Janie is the type of heroine I enjoy interacting with when reading books in the romance genre. I hate weak and clingy heroines, of which Janie was the complete opposite. She has a degenerative eye disease that would eventually lead to absolute blindness. However, she does not allow her lack of sight to hinder from pursuing her dreams. She is fiercely independent and hates relying on anyone to get through her day. As such when Boyd Hudson, her coworker, offered to assist her after she had a near death experience she was reluctant to accept his help.
Boyd Hudson has been attracted to Janie from the moment he laid eyes on her. However, he hid his feelings because he had plans for the future, which did not include him getting involved in a romantic relationship. However, life has a funny way of throwing curve balls when we least expect it. Boyd Hudson was about to have his well-laid plans shaken up in ways he never expected.
I enjoyed every moment of this fun, sexy and heartwarming story. From the moment I began, I found myself immersed in the lives of Boyd and Janie. I felt every emotion that permeated the pages of this book. I was impressed with Janie’s attitude towards life. I loved that she was able to transform her obstacles into triumphs. Melissa’s heroes are always swoon-worthy and Boyd was no exception. Not only was he hot, he was kind, gentle and protective of those he loved. He treated Janie with the utmost respect. He was tender and caring towards her while giving her space to exercise her independence. They both experienced their share of pain and hurt. They were not perfect. They were broken and flawed, which made it easy to appreciate them.
The romance was intense, emotional, sexy with a hint of sweetness. Their relationship grew over time. I thought they were good for each other. Their relationship was not perfect. It had its ups and downs like any normal relationship. Janie helped Boyd to realise that he had the strength to move pass the pain of his past. He helped her to see that relying on someone does not necessarily mean giving up your independence.
I thought the story was well written and the pacing was good. I loved how detailed the author was when describing each scene. I felt like I was actually a part of the story.
My only problem with the story was that I did not get to meet Janie’s parents. It would have been nice to see their reaction to their daughter finding the man of her dreams. Also, it would have been nice to know if they had finally accepted that Janie was self-reliant and they need not worry so much about her.
Touched by Love is a beautiful story about love and healing. It demonstrates that people without sight are just as capable as a sighted person. I enjoyed this installment and I am eagerly awaiting my next Melissa Foster fix.
“You can always rely on Melissa Foster to deliver a story that’s fresh, emotional and entertaining. Make sure you have all night, because once you start you won’t want to stop reading. Every book’s a winner!” ―New York Times Bestselling Author Brenda Novak
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About the author
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’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.
Nadene is an avid reader. A family friend introduced her to the fantastic world of reading with a gifted copy of Wuthering Heights. Her love of books have thought her a lot through out the years. She loves the experiences she gained through the pages of the books shehad the opportunity to read. She is never without a book and will read just about anything as long the material is compelling enough to hold her attention. She created this blog to share her love of books with like minded individuals and she hopes that in sharing her reviews visitors to the blog will discover their next addictive read. When she is not reading, she enjoys cooking, listening to music and watching television.