Sweet, Sexy Heart by Melissa Foster

Sweet Sexy Heart

Posted on August 19, 2021 by Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading in Reviews / 28 Comments

Sweet, Sexy Heart by Melissa FosterTitle: Sweet, Sexy Heart
Author(s): Melissa Foster
Series: The Bradens & Montgomerys: Pleasant Hill - Oak Falls #8
Also in this series: Anything for Love , Trails of Love , Wild, Crazy Hearts , Searching for Love , Then Came Love
Published by World Literary Press on August 4, 2021
Pages: 364
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Source: Beck Valley Book Tours
Format: eArc
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
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Discover the magic of New York Times bestseller Melissa Foster's writing and see why millions of readers have fallen in love with the fiercely loyal and sassily sexy characters in the Love in Bloom big-family romance collection. All Love in Bloom books can be enjoyed as stand-alone novels or as part of the larger series.
For this sweet bookstore owner, avoiding the charms of a famed-football-player-turned-author was supposed to be easy... Funny, sinfully sexy, opposite-attracts romance.
In SWEET, SEXY HEART...Amber Montgomery is perfectly happy with her quiet life. She loves running her bookstore, taking long walks with Reno, her Labrador retriever seizure-response dog, and spending time with her close-knit family. She’s never needed thrills the way some of her sisters have. In an effort to control her epilepsy, she tries to avoid anything that creates too much excitement or stress—including relationships. When Amber hosts a book signing for famed-athlete-turned-author Dash Pennington, he’s everything she’s spent her life avoiding: loud, aggressive, and far too handsome, as proven by the hordes of women who surround him everywhere he goes. Amber can’t ignore the sparks flying between her and Dash, but this is a no-brainer for her: Ignore their chemistry and hold her breath until he leaves town.
Dash Pennington has spent his life running. Running the ball in for a touchdown, running from town to town to appease his public relations reps, and for years, running into the arms of too many women to count. He’s also an expert at protecting—his reputation, his family, and lately, his sanity. But he’s ready to make a change. When he comes to the sleepy little town of Oak Falls, Virginia, and witnesses the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen living the life he craves, she refuses to have anything to do with him. But now that Dash has found the one thing he doesn’t want to run from, he’ll stop at nothing to win her over.
Within the Love in Bloom big-family romance collection, characters from each sub-series appear in future books.
Snow SistersThe Bradens at WestonThe Bradens at TrustyThe Bradens at Peaceful HarborThe Bradens & The MontgomerysThe RemingtonsSeaside SummersBayside SummersSteeles at Silver HarborWild Billionaires After DarkBad Billionaires After DarkHarborside NightsTru Blue and The Whiskeys: Dark Knights at Peaceful HarborThe Wickeds: Dark Knights at BaysideSugar LakeHarmony PointeSilver Harbor

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Sweet, Sexy Heart, as the name suggests, was sweet, sexy and full of heart. In her note to readers, Foster stated that Dash Pennington may yet be her most swoon worthy hero and I definitely have to agree with her. I will even go further and say Sweet, Sexy Heart may be one of the best books I have read for the year. I had fun returning to Oak Falls.

Amber intrigued me from the moment of her introduction in the series. She is a sweetheart, kind and loved by all she came in contact with. However, having to deal with epilepsy led to her placing limitations on her life. Spontaneity did not feature in her world. To keep the seizures in check, she had to avoid overly stressful situations and keep her emotions under control. Although she finds pleasure in operating her own bookstore and spending time with her family and service dog, she dreams of one day finding the man of her dreams; someone who like her lived a sedate life. Enters Dash Pennington, however, he was unlike anyone she was looking for.

Dash  a retired football player turned motivational speaker and author, is looking to promote his book in several bookstores throughout the country. Amber’s bookstore would be his first stop. Falling in love was the furthest thing from Dash’s mind. However, when he laid eyes on Amber, he knew he found his everlasting love. If only he could convince her they were meant for each other.

When Dash was first introduced, he exuded an arrogant vibe. However, as his layers started peeling away, what came to light was a confident man who was all heart. He knew what he wanted and had no qualms about pursuing his goals and with Amber; he pulled out all the stops. For someone who claimed to know nothing about romance, he had it oozing from his pores. The defining moment for me was his reaction when she had a seizure. I loved him before, but at this point I fell in love with him all over again. That moment had me reaching for tissues.

Dash and Amber shared sweet moments, but their intimate times burned up the pages. At one point I thought Amber would have developed a seizure during this time. Thank goodness that was not the case.

I enjoyed the camaraderie between the characters. It was a treat to see how protective  everyone was towards Amber, but what I  most was watching her out of her shell and embracing all the things she missed out on while growing up.


To conclude Sweet Sexy, Heart is a beautiful, heartwarming story of unconditional love. Fans of steamy romance set in a small town will love this latest offering from the queen of sexy and heartwarming stories.


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More Bradens & Montgomerys: Pleasant Hill – Oak Falls 


Embracing Her Heart (The Montgomerys Book 1) by [Foster, Melissa]

Welcome to Oak Falls, Virginia, home to horse farms, midnight rodeos, bookstores, coffee shops, and quaint restaurants where you’re greeted like family and treated like treasured guests. Buckle up for a wild ride. Like any Southern girls worth their salt, the sweet-talking, sharp-tongued Montgomery sisters can take men to their knees with one seductive glance or a single sugarcoated sentence. 

A second chance at their first love…

Leaving New York City and returning to her hometown to teach a screenplay writing class seems like just the break Grace Montgomery needs. Until her sisters wake her at four thirty in the morning to watch the hottest guys in town train wild horses and she realizes that escaping her sisters’ drama-filled lives was a lot easier from hundreds of miles away. To make matters worse, she spots the one man she never wanted to see again—ruggedly handsome Reed Cross. 

Reed was one of Michigan’s leading historical preservation experts, but on the heels of catching his girlfriend in bed with his business partner, his uncle suffers a heart attack. Reed cuts all ties and returns home to Oak Falls to run his uncle’s business. A chance encounter with Grace, his first love, brings back memories he’s spent years trying to escape. 

Grace is bound and determined not to fall under Reed’s spell again—and Reed wants more than another taste of the woman he’s never forgotten. When a midnight party brings them together, passion ignites and old wounds are opened. Grace sets down the ground rules for the next three weeks. No touching, no kissing, and if she has it her way, no breathing, because every breath he takes steals her ability to think. But Reed has other ideas… 

The Bradens & Montgomerys are part of Melissa’s Love in Bloom big-family romance collection. All Love in Bloom novels are written to stand alone and may also be enjoyed as part of the larger series, so pe right into this fun, sexy romance.


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Embracing Her Heart (The Montgomerys Book 1) by [Foster, Melissa]

After Charlotte Sterling loses her last family member, she moves to Sterling House, her family’s Colorado mountain inn, to live a solitary life. As an erotic romance writer, her days and nights are filled with passion and intrigue-even if only fictional. She loves her busy, quiet lifestyle, and she learned early on that real men can’t live up to the fictional heroes she creates-until ruggedly handsome Beau Braden arrives to do some work at the inn and, for the first time in forever, she’s intrigued by a real man.

Beau lost his first love years ago, and he’s never let go of his guilt over her death. As he nears the anniversary of his loss, he is on the cusp of becoming the star of a home-renovation reality show. Escaping the painful memories of his past to work at the defunct old inn is just the promise of solitude he needs to clear his head before ping in to the all-too-public career. But he didn’t count on being attracted to the whimsical, adorably sexy innkeeper.

Neither Charlotte nor Beau is looking for an attachment or a fling. But the more they learn about each other, the closer they become. Romantic evenings lead to intimate conversations, and neither can deny their deep connection or the passion it sparks. They’ve never fully healed on their own, but together maybe anything is possible.

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When Graham Braden travels to Oak Falls, Virginia to attend the wedding of his buddy Reed Cross to Grace Montgomery, he sticks around to help with renovations to Reed’s new theater. The last thing he expects is to be asked to assess and possibly invest in Grace’s sister Morgyn’s business endeavor. Graham is a careful, keen businessman, and Morgyn is impulsive, disorganized, and more interested in the energy flow in her eclectic retail shop than in the accuracy of her records. While Graham isn’t ready to open his pockets to the sassy, sexy business owner, he may be ready to open his heart.

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Brindle Montgomery and Trace Jericho have been close friends forever and on-again off-again lovers for years. As rebellious as they are stubborn, they’re both perfectly happy with their no-strings-attached hookups. But when Brindle returns from a trip to Paris with a baby bump, it sends Trace’s wild, crazy heart into a frenzy–and Brindle is left wondering if she’s made the biggest mistake of her life.

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Embracing Her Heart (The Montgomerys Book 1) by [Foster, Melissa]

Knox Bentley never liked the pomp and circumstance that came with being wealthy. He’d distanced himself from his pretentious family and their fortune as a young adult and found his own path to success. But even with the world at his fingertips, he realizes something is missing, and after a long stay overseas, he finally knows exactly what it is. His no-strings-attached hookups with Aubrey Stewart, an exquisite and stubbornly independent blonde, are no longer enough for him. They connect on every level, but Aubrey is a fierce businesswoman with a new movie channel on the horizon and no time for much else. She is the deal he can’t close, the precious jewel even his billions can’t buy. Now that he’s back in the States, he’s determined to show her that what they have goes beyond the bedroom and finally make her his.
For avid readers of the Love in Bloom series, you may have met sexy and hilarious Knox Bentley, Graham Braden’s business partner, in Trails of Love, and Aubrey Stewart, one of the badass billionaire founders of the Ladies Who Write (LWW), in Anything for Love.

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Embracing Her Heart (The Montgomerys Book 1) by [Foster, Melissa]

Zev Braden and Carly Dylan were childhood best friends, co-explorers, and first loves. Their close-knit families were sure they were destined to marry—until a devastating tragedy struck, breaking the two lovers apart. Over the next decade Zev, a nomadic treasure hunter, rarely returned to his hometown, and Carly became a chocolatier and built a whole new life across the country. When a chance encounter brings them back into each other’s lives, can they find the true love that once existed, or will shattered dreams and broken hearts prevail? Find out in Searching for Love, a deliciously sexy, funny, and emotional second-chance romance.

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Embracing Her Heart (The Montgomerys Book 1) by [Foster, Melissa]Trixie Jericho is on a mission to start her own miniature horse business. She’s sick of being told her idea is cute and wants nothing more than to be taken seriously. When rancher and sought-after freestyle horse trainer Nick Braden offers an opportunity she can’t refuse, Trixie jumps on it. The problem is, she also wants to jump on him, but the bullheaded, big-muscled, motorcycle-riding cowboy doesn’t mix business with pleasure. Little does he know, Trixie has never backed down from a challenge, especially one she wants more than her next breath. Saddle up, big boy, because this boot-stompin’, risk-taking, Daisy Duke-wearing cowgirl isn’t afraid to play dirty.


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THEN CAME LOVE (Releasing January 2022)

Embracing Her Heart (The Montgomerys Book 1) by [Foster, Melissa]

Famed wedding gown designer Jax Braden faces his toughest competitor yet—his heart. Passion ignites between Jax and soon-to-be bride Jordan Lawler. But honesty is everything to both of them, and neither will cross those lines. Loyalties are tested and hearts are frayed as Jax and Jordan are drawn into a love too strong to deny.

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About Melissa Foster

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and women’s 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, the perfect beach reads for contemporary romance and women’s fiction lovers who enjoy reading about loyal, wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines with complex relatable issues. Melissa also writes sweet romance under the pen name Addison Cole. Melissa enjoys chatting with readers and book clubs. Send her an email invitation to your next event! Never miss a brand new release, special promotions or inside gossip again by simply signing up to receive your newsletter from Melissa.

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28 responses to “Sweet, Sexy Heart by Melissa Foster

  1. Aww….I love your review of Sweet Sexy Heart. Melissa Foster writes the best dynamics of small town but high steam in the romance. Happy to see this one worked out so well for you.

  2. An amazing review from an amazing reviewer! I’m so happy you were swept up with emotion right along with Dash and Amber. I hope you have a wonderful week filled with more books! XOXO