- Audible Audiobook
- Listening Length: 9 hours and 22 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: World Literary Press
- Audible.com Release Date: November 18, 2014
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00OU07FN6
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Lovers at Heart: Love in Bloom: The Bradens, Book 1 Audiobook – Unabridged
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Max was still hurt and had baggage of her own to make the commitment to a new relationship difficult. Working out their difficulties made a great love story with the support of Trent's family and Max's friends they finally crash into each other when fate brings them together again.
There is just something magical about Melissa Foster's writing- it is realistic. There isn't tons of deep angst but the characters feel very genuine. It is almost as if she is really writing about people she knows-- and I feel like I am getting to know them too.
The family dynamic of the Bradens is spectacular- after the death of their mom, Treat took on a parenting/protector role and when he left for college, he took a lot of regret with him. We watch him come to terms with his fears of love. We are introduced to his siblings and father and their personalities and relationships are being uncovered!
Max has been afraid to love after a difficult relationship and break up years ago.
The way these two interact with each other and move forward is beautiful. As always, the scenes are very sensual and scorching hot but the books are so much more than that! It's a nice bonus though!
I am reading this entire Love In Bloom series- I have read some- out of order- but I am so thrilled I am reading (and in some cases, re-reading) all of these! Makes my heart happy!
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4
A story that best works after reading the Snow Sisters series, but can stand alone, Lovers at Heart focuses on Treat and Max’s stories, and the aftermath of a destination wedding. Max is the organizing guru with more than a dash of neuroses and ocd, and while helpful with her planning work, is often detrimental to her personal life. She’s clever, driven, outwardly self-confident and wholly in charge of her life. Treat owns several resorts, is always bouncing about and around, and he’s got a serious case of wedding hangover after a memorable, if not his best, moment at the wedding.
Together – these two get another chance to make things right DESPITE their both having serious reservations and issues. Treat is very metrosexual – he’s a solidly good guy who I seriously hoped would find some emotional control. His own dedication to his family and to seeing them happy and settled, often to the detriment of his own forward progress and growth wasn’t over the top, until you add in his bone-deep fear of finding that “love” and then losing it. There’s plenty of growth that needs to happen for Treat, and while I like characters that are in touch with their emotions, there was a bit of “not again’ with each new emotional revelation for him.
On the other hand, Max is almost closed off from her inner voices, until or unless she encounters someone who reminds her of all the bad moments with her ex. Unwilling to stand for any critical judgments from any man, she just shuts down and pushes people away from her, with an almost angry overtone. We do see that her self-confidence from her work, which she does near perfectly, isn’t always translating over, and that makes her very defensive. Oh – and when she’s angry or feeling pressured by anything BUT work, she’s a horrible listener, and refuses to ask questions or hear explanations. So there was a TON of back and forth with these two. And, I kind of have to give Treat kudos for sticking in there, making it clear that he wanted her and her alone, and that he wouldn’t stop pursuing her. In the abstract, for a story, it’s pretty damn romantic…although I can see how it could dance over the edge to stalker if their connection wasn’t so palpable and obvious to everyone else.
Narration is again provided by B, J, Harrison, who again does a lovely job in presenting characters, story and emotional layers without overworking the emotion or getting in the way of the story as it unfolded. But it is less a critique of performance than musing over the ‘rightness’ of this narrator for this book. I would have liked a dual narrator team for this title, while Harrison does a wonderful job in separating and distinctly presenting both male and female voices, I would have appreciated the addition of a female to narrate the women’s parts. There was just a little something not quite fitting with the characters as I envisioned them – and having read and listened to this story (I own the title) there was a piece missing, some youthful edge, that would have added to the performance here.
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Both have demons to overcome before the end.
But love will always find a way. Melissa wins this one again