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Claimed by Love (Love in Bloom: The Ryders): Duke Ryder Paperback – March 23, 2016
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"Steamy sex scenes and heartfelt confessions...a satisfying addition to the 'Love in Bloom' series." ―Midwest Book Review
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Top Customer Reviews
Sit back and enjoy the ride! Melissa takes us on a journey with both main characters. Gabriella has to stop looking at the island from the eyes of a child seeing perfection to realize the island & it's culture are dying. There are no prospects for the younger generation unless they move off island. The tourist trade is high but there is nothing to sustain them for the rest of the year. Duke has to realize that there is more to life than business and short term affairs. He needs to realize that he is looking for love. Can Duke negotiate the purchase of the island without alienating Gabriella? Can she reconcile Duke's vision and her love of the island life?
I love the plot line in this book and the added element of the Greek culture. There is such a huge feeling of family & looking out for each other. Melissa's writing does this perfect justice. You are drawn into the story from the first due to the chemistry between the characters & then the give & take between them keeps you involved. The characters are well developed & realistic. The only problem is that the story keeps you enthralled & reading so intently that the next thing you know, the book is finished! And you have a long wait for the next one!!
The journey that is taken with Duke & Gabriella is amazing as are all the Braden, Remington & Seaside stories. Cameos and appearances from much loved characters are always great to see.
Melissa never disappoints. I think I have a new favorite Melissa - Duke has my heart ❤️
I have never been disappointed by any of Melissa Foster's books and this one is no different. You can't help but to fall in love with Duke, Gabriella and the Island of Elpitha
"'Family. Love. It seeps into every part of our lives.'"
Gabriella Liakos is an attorney based out of New York City but her heart lies with her beloved island, Elpitha Island. Elpitha Island is a small, fictional island off the coast of South Carolina and has a unique combination of cultures, combining Gabriella's father's Greek heritage and her mother's Southern ways. Much of her family still lives there and they mean the world to her but the island is losing money because it isn't much of a tourist destination and they can't keep many businesses alive.
This is where Duke Ryder comes in. He is a real estate investor and he has visions to turn Elpitha Island into a big tourist attraction, complete with hotels, casinos, you name it. However, when he meets Gabriella, he becomes so attracted to her and doesn't want to lose her over a business deal that he will do anything to make her happy.
"'If missing each other is crazy, then someone better get a straitjacket made for two.'"
As someone who loves all things tropical, I LOVED the setting in this book! Melissa Foster's descriptions made me feel like I was there on Elpitha Island and I could practically smell and taste the delicious food Gabriella's family cooks. I also love food so all of the food talk made my mouth water!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Duke seems to good and to devoted to believe. But fantasize if you will and enjoy t h e sexual chemistry that develops between Gabriella and Duke. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Dianne Lopes
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The opinions in this review are my own. I enjoy Melissa Foster's style of writing and her voice. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Book lady
I love Duke! Melissa Foster always draws you in and makes you feel like you know the characters on a personal level! Keeps you reading faster and faster. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Melissa M.
Oh my! What an awesome read. You will not be disappointed with Duke and Gabriella.
It was very hard to put down.
I was very disappointed with this book. I have all of the Love in Bloom books and was excited about Duke's story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mary E Thomas
This is an awful read !!! It was too late for me to return by the time I started reading & I only got thru about a third of the way before I'd had enough !!!Published 1 month ago by Sunfun