Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Review Tour: CLAIMED BY LOVE by Melissa Foster (Love in Bloom: The Ryders #2)

Claimed by Love
Love in Bloom: The Ryders #2
By: Melissa Foster
Releasing March 23, 2016
World Literary Press


Family law attorney Gabriella Liakos has one true love, Elpitha Island, where she grew up and hopes someday to return. But Elpitha is in financial ruins, and Gabriella will do anything to keep it from falling into the wrong hands.

Duke Ryder is a savvy real estate investor set on making Elpitha into an exclusive resort. Unlike other investors, he's not scared of purchasing a property where one family has roots so deep they practically reach the ocean floor...until he meets his beautiful, stubborn, and enticing tour host―the daughter of the owner of most of the island.

Gabriella sets out to dissuade Duke from purchasing Elpitha, but Duke has other ideas. He wants Gabriella and the island. Duke's powerful seduction draws Gabriella in, but can a savvy investor who's used to glamour and glitz, and a woman interested in preserving the culture she adores find a happily ever after together?

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Claimed by Love is Melissa Foster doing what she does best, and readers will not be disappointed.  This is classic romance with little to no angst or drama--just two people who meet and fall for each other right from the start, and the development of their mostly turmoil-free relationship.  With the clear, smooth flowing writing you'd expect from this author, the story sails along quickly while still getting the reader thoroughly invested in the characters.

Duke is pretty much the perfect man.  Thoughtful, kind, loyal, sexy while still dominating and spectacular in the bedroom.  Gabriella is a very strong female lead, passionate about the things she cares for and deeply entrenched in family.  The phrase "perfect match" could never be overused to describe the two of them together.

As far as relationship roadblocks, there's really only the slowdowns that the both try to enforce so they can concentrate on the reason Duke comes to Elpitha in the first place--as an investor--and to keep emotions and feelings for each other out of the business equation.  Easier said then done when the chemistry between them explodes from the moment they meet.

Claimed by Love was a 4-star read for me, mostly due to the lack of drama.  It has plenty of heat to rile up even the most staid readers, and that along with some adult language means this one is for the 18+ crowd.  If you're already a fan of Melissa Foster, Claimed by Love is a must-add to your library...and if you're not, this story will turn you into a fan in short order.

Author Info
Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. 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 CafĂ© and Fostering Success. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

Melissa hosts an Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

Visit Melissa on social media. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.

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  1. Nice review - thank you for hosting today ~ gaele @tastyBookTours

  2. I'm so glad you joined the tour and enjoyed the book! I truly appreciate your honest feedback. Thanks for recommending the series! XOXO