Author: Melissa Foster

Then Came Love by Melissa Foster

Posted on May 30, 2022 by Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading in Reviews / 8 Comments

 

Oh Man! Foster fulfilled all of my expectations and more in this her latest novel featuring the Braden family. Then Came Love, delivered an emotional tale about not settling for less than one deserves.

 

Then Came Love by Melissa FosterTitle: Then Came Love
Author(s): Melissa Foster
Series: The Bradens & Montgomerys: Pleasant Hill - Oak Falls #9
Also in this series: Anything for Love , Trails of Love , Wild, Crazy Hearts , Searching for Love , Sweet, Sexy Heart
Published by World Literary Press on May 18, 2022
Pages: 339
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Source: Beck Valley Book Tours
Format: eArc
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Blazing heat, laugh-out-loud humor, and an abundance of swoon-worthy moments make this sexy new standalone romance by New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melissa Foster unputdownable. No cheating, no cliffhangers, and guaranteed to leave you breathlessly in love with the fiercely loyal and wickedly naughty Bradens.
What happens when you find your soul mate but she belongs to someone else?Months ago, famed wedding-gown designer Jax Braden met the woman of his dreams when a bride-to-be came in for a consultation. He’s tried to move on, but there is no forgetting beautiful, smart, and refreshingly real Jordan Lawler, or the loneliness she cleverly tries to hide. When Jordan hires him to design her wedding gown, Jax knows he’s in trouble, but he cannot walk away. As business meetings turn to late-night confessions, their connection deepens, igniting passion too strong to deny. They’re drawn into an inescapable and forbidden love. Loyalties are tested and hearts are frayed, but neither will cross that invisible line in the sand. Come along for the sexy, emotional ride as Jax and Jordan face their toughest competitors yet—their hearts.
**LOVE IN BLOOM novels feature alpha male heroes and smart, empowered women. They're flawed, funny, passionate, and relatable to readers who enjoy sexy contemporary romance and women's fiction.
THE BRADENS & MONTGOMERYS (Pleasant Hill - Oak Falls)Embracing Her HeartAnything For LoveTrails of LoveWild Crazy HeartsMaking You MineSearching for LoveHot for LoveSweet Sexy HeartOur Wicked HeartsClaiming Her HeartRocked by Love

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SUMMARY

Eight months ago, renowned wedding gown designer Jaxon Braden met his soul mate. However, there was a major problem: she was to marry someone else. He knew he should get her out of his thoughts, but that was easier said than done. The beautiful Jordan Lawler had somehow wormed her way into his heart. The situation took a major turn when she hired him to design her wedding gown. The right thing to do was to let his sister do the job, but he couldn’t walk away. Soon they would find themselves in a position where feelings would intensify and passion ignites. 

I had some reservations about Jaxon and Jordan’s story because of Jordan’s engaged status at the beginning. But my worries were for naught. Foster did a bang-up job with their story. Have no fear, no cheating occurred between the protagonists. A line in the sand was drawn and never once did they cross it, despite their growing feelings for each other.

Be still my beating heart. All of Foster’s heroes hold a special place in my heart. Now Jaxon is on that list. So far, he is my favourite Braden hero. The perfect embodiment of the following adjectives: caring, supportive, passionate, protective and affectionate. He showed how a woman should be treated by a man who truly loves her. He demonstrated these traits even after he was relegated to the friend zone. Flirtations occurred, but he never crossed the line.

Foster’s heroines are relatable, and Jordan was no exception. Her experiences led to her current insecurities. Insecurities, which led to her settling with her fiancée’s unacceptable behaviour. Jaxon showed her she deserved so much more. It took her a while to recognise this fact, but when she did, she took a major step, which showcased her courage. A step which would change her life in the best way imaginable. By now you may wonder about Jordan’s finance. I certainly wouldn’t wish him on my enemy. What she saw in him, I cannot tell. 

I enjoyed the slow burn, swoon worthy romance which developed between our couple. Their relationship, which grew from friends to lovers was chock-full of emotions. it will make you laugh and cry, while you root for this awesome couple. The side story involving Jordan’s family will break your heart, then slowly bring you to a place of healing.

Then Came Love delivered a well-written romance. It gives you hope and demonstrates that one should never settle for less than they deserve. 

 

Story Evaluation
Plot
5
Characters
5
World Building
4.5
Writing Style
5
Pacing
4.5
Cover
4.5
Enjoyment
4.5
Ending
5
Overall: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

 
 
 
 
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More Bradens & Montgomerys: Pleasant Hill – Oak Falls 
EMBRACING HER HEART
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 dive right into this fun, sexy romance.

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ANYTHING FOR LOVE
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 diving 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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TRAILS OF LOVE
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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WILD, CRAZY HEARTS
 
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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MAKING YOU MINE
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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SEARCHING FOR LOVE
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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HOT FOR LOVE
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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SWEET, SEXY HEART
Embracing Her Heart (The Montgomerys Book 1) by [Foster, Melissa] 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.
 
Amber Montgomery is perfectly happy with her quiet life, 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 running into the arms of too many women to count. He’s also an expert at protecting—his reputation, his sisters, 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.
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ROCKED BY LOVE – releasing February 8th, 2023
Scorching heat, laugh-out-loud humor, and an abundance of swoon-worthy moments make this sexy new standalone romance by New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melissa Foster unputdownable. No cheating, no cliffhangers, and guaranteed to leave you breathlessly in love with the fiercely loyal and wickedly naughty characters in the Love in Bloom series. All Love in Bloom books are written to stand alone or be enjoyed as part of the larger series, so dive in and enjoy the ride! 
 
He’s a rock star with a secret. She’s a fashion designer with a nose for nonsense. 
When Johnny Bad hires Jillian Braden to design his tour wardrobe and cancels for the umpteenth time, she’s had enough. Jillian is determined to set him straight, but she isn’t at all prepared for what she finds, or for the type of help Johnny Bad really needs. Come along for the hilarious, sexy ride as Jillian and Johnny get caught up in a storm that just might be bigger than both of them.
 
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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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