- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 9 hours and 53 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Melissa Foster
- Audible.com Release Date: May 5, 2015
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00X6CIAKG
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Hearts at Play: Love in Bloom: The Bradens, Book 6 Audiobook – Unabridged
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And so begins a race for Happily Ever After.
As we've come to expect from Foster, HEARTS AT PLAY is populated with likable, well-realized characters. Even Bree's daughter (Layla) lives and breathes and has an active part in the story. Too often kids in romance novels are no more than window dressing, or, worse, a means to evoke instant reader emotion--just add "cute" and stir! Foster is a better writer than that. She builds Hugh's relationship with Layla in parallel to his relationship with her mother, and we see all three characters blossom.
Another way HEARTS AT PLAY stands out is in the focus on Hugh's point of view. Usually it's the heroine of a romance novel who gets the most air time. Here, though, attention is weighted toward Hugh's efforts to come to grips with his changing personal values and his determination to win over Bree...and Layla.
This book doesn't have the thematic heft of some of the others in the series. Both LOVERS AT HEART and SEA OF LOVE deal with scary real-world situations like sexual violence and serious phobias--the kind of crippling fear that scars the memory and stifles living. HEARTS AT PLAY is lighter. The conflict can seem a little forced in places. The kind of molehills-for-mountains stuff that makes you want to knock the main characters' heads together and order them to get over themselves.
On the whole, though, HEARTS AT PLAY is a fun, touching book. Well worth an afternoon curled up on the sofa with your Kindle and a cup of tea.
Brianna is not open to a relationship right away even though she is wildly attracted to Hugh. She has decided she would wait until her now 6 year old is 18 and then worry about her love life. She is an amazing mom and doing such a wonderful job of raising Layla as a single parent. But Hugh changes all that and Brianna can't help but fall for the sexy, sweet charismatic race car driver who falls in love with her and Layla and wants to give them everything. Hugh and Brianna have amazing chemistry and have some seriously hot and steamy sexy times. But it is more than that for both of them as we see by their actions and moments spent with Layla.
As always, BJ Harrison narrates the heck out of each and every character and makes listening to this book a wonderful experience and even more enjoyable than when I read it myself.