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"River of Love has the makings of a Lifetime movie with the emotional upheaval of the Hallmark Hall of Fame series." ~I Love Romance Blog (on River of Love, The Bradens)
"Melissa Foster writes worlds that draw you in, with strong heroes and brave heroines surrounded by a community that makes you want to crawl right on through the page and live there." -- New York Times bestselling author Julia Kent
From the Author
If you enjoy the LOVE IN BLOOM series, you may enjoy my new series, HARBORSIDE NIGHTS.
HARBORSIDE NIGHTS is a sexy, hot, and evocatively real New Adult Romance series that follows a group of friends who have known one another for years as "summer" friends, and now come together after college to build their lives. They're tough, edgy, and accepting--most of the time. Catching Cassidy is written in the loving, raw, and emotional voice readers have come to love by New York Times & USA Today bestselling, award-winning author Melissa Foster.
River of Love...WOW. there aren’t enough adjectives to describe how much I loved this story! When I finished, I wanted post my reviews online right away, but it was about 3 weeks too soon. So, what was it that made it so 'delicious' for me?
Sam- it is easy to say someone is 'honest' but it is difficult to 'write' him or her as honest and keep true to a storyline the whole 300+ pages. My heart was breaking for him as he struggled with trying to overcome a past that could not be re-written. To continue to be true to himself now but to also be unapologetic and perhaps empathetic to Faith's struggles in dealing with his past. Amazingly enough, the whole book takes place in only about a 3-week period, for the most part. Talk about strong writing!
Faith- her struggle with trusting herself, Sam and her own feelings vs. being burned before is something that most women have been through at some point in their lives. I just really loved how Melissa wrote her character standing up for Sam; as she dealt with her best friend; with her WAC website; and also that she was a PA (physician’s assistant). Smart, successful, vulnerable, yet not.
The BIGGEST thing for me was the plot twist... I wanted to stand up and CHEER when 'it' was completely and totally unexpected! (I don’t want to spoil it!) However, it was not at all what I expected! I am usually pretty good at figuring things out ahead of time and while this had some predictability, it didn’t continue to follow what I thought would happen. I like when a book still ultimately surprises me!
The whole book had just the right balance of HOT sex and.... well, you know...HOT SEX! Melissa included enough steam to tell the story but not so much (or not enough) to belabor the points or miss out. This is kind of like a Goldilocks book...it's “just right!”
I highly recommend River of Love if you have ever read or have never read any of Melissa Foster’s other books. Either way, you’ll have a hard time putting it down and I guarantee you will want to meet the others in the family!
Another Braden bites the dust! Sam operates an adventure business while Faith is a physician's assistant in Sam's brother's medical office. Sam is a player in every way & doesn't do anything but hook ups so his heart can stay uninvolved. Faith was in a serious relationship and found out her boyfriend cheated on her. She has started a women's support group called Women Against Cheaters. Sam's reputation precedes him and Faith isn't sure she wants to take a chance on getting to know him.
This book is a journey for two people with completely different reputations and growing attractions to each other. Sam is the "bad boy" with a string of one night stands. Faith is a serious "good girl" that everyone adores. Sam's brother even threatens Sam to stay away from her. They both decide to take a chance on each other & keep open minds while ignoring reputations and see what happens. Sam really has to work for this chance which is something he isn't used to. He's used to girls clamoring to go out with him. Faith is afraid of being hurt again but decides she can't keep living that way. However, she keeps thinking this is friends only & tries not to let it get serious.
I loved reading this story and seeing them grow into a complete couple by taking a leap of faith. Of course, I adore anything Melissa writes. It was nice to catch up on some of the family members from other stories. This could be read as a stand alone. The rest of the series just adds more back story. You don't want to miss this new addition to the Bradens!
OMG Sam Braden, what can I say I just adore him! He sure makes it hard not to. Sam is a serial non-relationship non-committer one day, best boyfriend EVER the next day. All it takes for him to do a complete 360 is deciding to finally going after the one woman he’s been pining after who he believes is the right one for him. He just needs to have a little faith, (pun intended). Faith Hayes is that woman. The irony that her name is Faith does not escape me, because all she needs to do in order to make them both so happy is to have faith in Sam. She has been crushing on Sam for as long as he has been crushing on her but he has never been the kind of man she wants to be with. She is not a one night stand woman. Sam knows this and that makes him want to change his ways and be a better man, her man and her man only. Even with his reputation though he is actually a very good man, because let’s face it, he is a Braden. She however works for his brother who has already told him to leave her alone and not screw up her career. He finally decides to pursue her anyway and he will do whatever it takes to get her to realize he is 100% focused on her alone and that he really is a great guy and will not hurt her. Faith is jaded by her cheating ex-boyfriend though so she takes a bit of convincing. To her, anyone who can sleep around with tons of women must also be a cheater. Sam is not a cheater and he wants to prove this to Faith. From the beginning you can see that Sam has changed his anti-relationship ways and is all-in and the things he does to show Faith he will be good to her and for her just made me fall in instant love with him. From the skittles to the office visit and the notes for the first date; you’ll fall in love too. Sigh. The BBQ tee shirts clinched it for me for sure, although I was already there to be honest, you’ll have to read about it to understand. This guy pulls out all the stops and is just so darn sweet. He takes special care to make sure what they do together is more personal and means more than anything he’s ever done with women in his past. He is clearly looking at Faith like she is his soulmate, his forever, the one. He is so patient and loving with her and gives her the time she needs to feel comfortable enough with him to realize he is really in this with all he’s got. As always there is a HEA for our Sam & Faith because well, there should be. Thank you Melissa Foster for making it an absolute pleasure to read your books! I absolutely loved it! If you are a Melissa Foster fan already, you will not be disappointed. She delivers yet another fantastic book in this series. If you have not read Melissa’s books before, you will most definitely be downloading all of them after reading this one.