I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.
Lovers at Heart by Melissa Foster has been on my radar ever since I read Friendship on Fire, which is the third book in the series. I purchased the freebie but then I discovered that she had written a re-imagined version of Treat and Mac’s story. I decided there and then I would forgo the original and pick up the newer version.
I am not in a position to say what changes were made to the original hence I unable to make a comparative analysis. What I can speak to, however is that Lovers at Heart (Reimagined) was a heartfelt story of loss, healing and love.
The story provided a synopsis of their initial meeting and the events that led to their current situation. The story focused on the development of their relationship.
Personally, I am not a big fan of insta love and I know that a few romance readers feel the same way, but in this scenario, it worked. They met and in days of meeting, they fell in love, but it did not and there. These two had to fight and win the biggest battle of their lives, that of overcoming the pain of their past, before they could reap the benefits to be gained from their love for each other.
The thing I loved about both characters was that they were not perfect. They were perfect for each other as a couple but flawed when it came to their individuality.
Max had suffered at the hands of her ex, which resulted in her second-guessing every potential relationship. It instilled fear so deep it affected her ability to commit to the man she loved.
Treat lost his mom at an early age and is yet to come to terms with her loss. As the eldest child, he assumed responsibility of looking out for his siblings, even though it was not required of him. He buried himself in that responsibility, and when he got older work became his crutch. He never gave himself time to mourn his loss.
One of my biggest pet peeves in a story is when the main characters fail to grow; however, this was not the case for Treat and Max. They faced the things holding them back head on and triumphed.
Persons may have a problem with Max, but for me I had no issues. I understood her and the reasons for her actions. Her sensitivity contributed to her actions and the fact that Treat recognized this and accepted her regardless made him a hero in my eyes. Her bravery in confronting the contributor of her fears proved how much she had grown.
I admired the bond Treat shared with his family and I loved how they embraced Max. Treats honesty was refreshing, and it was one of his many traits that helped Max to realise her heart would be safe with him.
Now as much as I enjoyed their journey I had a niggling issue.
The lack of uniqueness. I have to admit the story felt like plot felt like one I have read a few times. The setting and the characters made the difference. I was hoping for some drama and conflict, but it never materialised.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. It may not have been my favourite by Melissa, but it was still a good read.
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A Note From The Author:
If you’re new to my stories, get ready to meet the couple who started the Braden sensation! Avid fans of the Love in Bloom big-family romance collection may have read Treat and Max’s original story, Lovers at Heart. For the past several years, I have had the nagging feeling that there was MORE to Treat and Max’s story than I had originally thought. If you read and loved their original story, you’ll adore this new, more mature and detailed spin on it! Find out the REST of Treat and Max’s story and fall in love all over again in LOVERS AT HEART, REIMAGINED!
In LOVERS AT HEART, REIMAGINED
Treat Braden wasn’t looking for love when Max Armstrong walked into his Nassau resort, but he saw right through the efficient and capable facade she wore like a shield to the sweet, sensual woman beneath. One magnificent evening together sparked an intense connection, and for the first time in his life Treat wanted more than a casual affair. But something caused Max to turn away, and now, after weeks of unanswered phone calls and longing for the one woman he cannot have, Treat is going back to his family’s ranch to try to finally move on.
A chance encounter brings Treat and Max together again, and it turns into a night of intense passion and honesty. When Max reveals her secret, painful past, Treat vows to do everything within his power to win Max’s heart forever—including helping her finally face her demons head-on.
Within the Love in Bloom big-family romance collection you’ll find fiercely loyal heroes and smart, empowered women on their search for true love. They’re flawed, funny, and easy to relate to. Characters from each series appear in future Love in Bloom books. All Love in Bloom books may be read as stand-alone novels or as part of the larger series.
Melissa writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance and women’s fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Readers adore Melissa’s fun, flirty, and sinfully sexy, award-winning big-family romance collection, LOVE IN BLOOM featuring the Snow Sisters, Bradens, Remingtons, Ryders, Seaside Summer, Harborside Nights, Wild Boys and Bad Boys After Dark, and the Montgomerys. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented– perfect beach reads for contemporary romance lovers who enjoy reading about loyal, wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines with complex and relatable issues.
Melissa also writes sweet and clean romance under the pen name Addison Cole.
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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