Thursday, April 28, 2016

Review Tour & Giveaway: RIVER OF LOVE by Melissa Foster (The Bradens at Peaceful Harbor #3)

River of Love
The Bradens at Peaceful Harbor #3
By: Melissa Foster
Releasing April 20, 2016
World Literary Press


Fall in love with Sam Braden in the Bradens of Peaceful Harbor. Hot, sexy, & wickedly naughty second cousins to the Weston, Colorado Bradens we know and love.

River rafting and adventure company owner Sam Braden works hard and plays harder. He’s fast, focused, and determined—and never at a loss for a willing woman to share his time with. The trouble is, the only woman he wants refuses him at every turn.

Physician assistant Faith Hayes escaped her painful past and built a safe, happy life in Peaceful Harbor. She’s also put what she’s learned to good use helping others by founding Women Against Cheaters, an online support group. When her boss’s sinfully sexy brother sets his sights on sweet Faith, she knows the self-professed player is everything she shouldn’t want, and she’s determined to resist him.

Sam pulls out all the stops, proving to Faith that his past doesn’t have to define his future. As she lets down her guard and begins to trust Sam, intense conversations turn to intimate pleasures. But when real life steps in and their pasts collide, it’s Faith who’s left with something to prove.

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River of Love is another classic Melissa Foster story, giving readers a perfect blend of everything you'd want in a romance.  The prevalent them to me was the playboy finally settling down as he realizes he's found "the one".

Now honestly, I did feel like Sam's feelings for Faith were a bit insta-lovey, like it just slammed into him out of nowhere.  But even so, once I got past that it was great to see him go totally all in.  Even though he may have a bit of a reputation as a ladies' man, he's actually very caring and protective as well as thoughtful.  Faith really makes him work for it with her, especially in the very beginning.  I get that she's been hurt before, but I wasn't a fan of how she made assumptions about him--as he says, "you might miss out on a really great story if you judge a book by its cover".

I liked the flow of the story, and I was always engaged as I was reading.  There's a great cast of supporting characters-I enjoyed seeing ones from the previous books again as it makes me feel like I'm slipping right back into a comfortable world as I'm reading.  Although we do get to see these characters from the prior books in the series, River of Love could actually be read as a standalone without any problem.

This was a good, solid 4-star read for me, and I would recommend this for any contemporary romance fan 18+ (for adult language and sexual content).  You really can't go wrong with a Melissa Foster title, as she proves yet again here in River of Love.

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. Lovely review. Thank you for hosting RIVER OF LOVE today!

    Crystal, Tasty Book Tours

  2. Thank you for reading and reviewing! So happy you enjoyed it and I hope you have an awesome week filled with more books! XOXO