Destined for Love (Love in Bloom: The Bradens, Book Two) [NOOK Book]

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BRONZE MEDAL WINNER, Readers’ Favorite Awards, Romance Sizzle category

Destined for Love is a steamy contemporary romance with alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They're flawed, funny, passionate, and very relatable for readers who enjoy adult romance, contemporary romance, and women's fiction. It is the fifth book in the Love in Bloom series, and the 2nd book in The Bradens. While Destined for Love...
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Destined for Love (Love in Bloom: The Bradens, Book Two)

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Overview

BRONZE MEDAL WINNER, Readers’ Favorite Awards, Romance Sizzle category

Destined for Love is a steamy contemporary romance with alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They're flawed, funny, passionate, and very relatable for readers who enjoy adult romance, contemporary romance, and women's fiction. It is the fifth book in the Love in Bloom series, and the 2nd book in The Bradens. While Destined for Love can be read as a stand-alone novel, for even more reading enjoyment you may want to read the LOVE IN BLOOM series in series order.
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Rex Braden is wealthy, hard working, and fiercely loyal. Sweat at his brow, he works the family ranch by day, then kicks back at night with part time lovers who require nothing more than his physical presence a few times each week. But that was before. Before Jade Johnson, the daughter of the man his father has been feuding with for over forty years, moves back into town.

After ditching a horrific relationship—and her veterinary practice in the process—Jade Johnson returns to the safety of her small hometown and finally finds her footing. That is...until her horse is injured and Rex Braden comes to her rescue. The last thing she needs is a bull-headed, too-handsome-for-his-own-good Braden complicating her life.

Despite the angry family history, sparks fly between Rex and Jade, and attitudes follow. Fifteen years of stifled, forbidden love stirs a surge of passion too strong for either to deny—and the rebel in each of them rears its powerful head. Loyalties are tested, and relationships are strained. Rex and Jade are about to find out if true love really can conquer all.

Watch for the full LOVE IN BLOOM series:

SNOW SISTERS
Sisters in Love
Sisters in Bloom
Sisters in White
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THE BRADENS
Lovers at Heart (Treat & Max)
Destined for Love (Rex & Jade)
Friendship on Fire (Josh & Riley)
Sea of Love (Dane & Lacy)
Bursting with Love (Savannah & Jack)
Hearts at Play (Hugh & Bree)
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THE REMINGTONS
Game of Love (Dex & Ellie)
Stroke of Love (Sage & Kate)
Slope of Love (Rush & Jayla)
Flames of Love (Siena & Cash)
Read, Write, Love (Kurt & Madison)
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Editorial Reviews

Bestselling Author - Keri Nola
"Contemporary romance at it's hottest. Each Braden sibling left me craving the next. Sensual, sexy, and satisfying, the Braden series is a captivating blend of the dance between lust, love, and life."
Bestselling Author - Amy Manemann
"[The Bradens] A sinfully sexy and heartwarming series."
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Meet the Author

Melissa Foster is New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, 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 Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Café. 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 annual 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.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    I thought the story was very pleasant and enjoyable. It was my f

    I thought the story was very pleasant and enjoyable. It was my first novel by Melissa Foster, so I have not read any of the other books about The Bradens or in the Love in Bloom series. I was able to follow along with the characters and story line just fine. I didn’t feel lost or like I was missing anything, so I feel like this novel could be a stand alone. I loved the main characters Rex and Jade. They were very likeable, and I felt I could connect to their characters from the beginning. There were a lot of secrets that were revealed throughout, and I loved seeing the bonding of the Braden’s siblings. I loved how they were so supportive and loving to one another. There was conflict and things that needed to be resolved in the story. I felt like the characters were stubborn and complex in a good way, and I liked that it was resolved in a manner that wasn’t annoying to the reader. I loved seeing the budding romance between two people that seemed to be attracted to one another their whole lives. The loyalty and fierceness of the characters passions and integrity made the story seem to real and honest to me. I really enjoyed the story from beginning to end.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2014

    Love this book 

    Love this book 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2014

    Natalia

    "Ok" i say hesiantly

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2014

    Adain

    "Kisses you"

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  • Posted June 22, 2014

    Highly recommended

    Very entertaining. Couldn't put it down.

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  • Posted June 10, 2014

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    Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite Destined For

    Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite

    Destined For Love tells us the story of Rex Braden and Jade Johnson who grew up practically next door to one another. Unfortunately, the elder Mr. Braden and Mr. Johnson have been feuding for decades, making Rex and Jade’s newly rediscovered attraction very inconvenient for all involved. Rex is the Braden who did the so-called right thing by staying at home to help his dad run the ranch. The ranch was his life, leaving little time for anything personal other than scratching the occasional itch. Jade has recently returned to town after an ex couldn’t take ‘break up’ for an answer. Melissa Foster has a knack for creating characters with depth. There are many layers to not just Rex and Jade, but Hal, Earl, Jane and even Adriana. The slightly supernatural element to this story was truly touching and kind of heartfelt.

    I will say that for most of the story I wanted to strangle Rex and Jade. I mean, really, a family feud keeping you apart! It just felt like both Jade and Rex were a little too willing to play the role of martyr over some silly decades-old fight between two ornery old men. I totally get why Hal was upset with his former friend, but there has to be a limit. Just as his mom and dad, Rex and Jade were Destined For Love despite what their parents think of it. Adriana would be so proud of Max and Hal for finally making things right. I have really come to love Melissa Foster as a writer. The family support, character development and the steamy but loving sex scenes all come together beautifully for truly engaging stories. I got to catch up with my favorite couple so far, Max and Treat, without taking the spotlight off the couple du jour.

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  • Posted June 9, 2014

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    This might have been my perfect book

    Rex Braden doesn't know what started the feud between his family and the Johnsons, but he knows better than to pursue Earl Johnson's daughter Jade. Problem is that she's the only woman who's ever caught his eye and held it, and while she may be off limits, she's still everything he's ever wanted.

    It seems like chance keeps bringing them together, but when they both start falling, that chance begins to look a whole lot more like destiny. But with decades of bad blood, stubborn parents, and disputed land between them, making an honest go of it isn't going to be easy.

    The Verdict: Oh, sexy Rexy! In many ways, this might have been my perfect book. Melissa Foster took me home to a ranch, gave me back the Arabian my Daddy bought me when I was a kid, and threw in a sexy as sin but ultimately gentleman cowboy. I'm already sold on her writing, and about the only thing that would have ruined this book for me would have been something along the lines of an alien invasion or zombie outbreak.

    The whole star-crossed lovers thing in Destined for Love was different than I expected. With the feuding families, I thought Jade and Rex would be at each other's throats, but from the very beginning, they began to bring out the best in each other. Sure, they butted heads, and their futile attempts at hiding their attraction from each other led to some awesome misunderstandings, but Rex remained the gentleman, and Jade was as sweet as she was feisty. It really was the perfect country pairing.
    And at first, I thought the feud was crazy (I guess I was kind of in sync with the Jade and the Braden kids in this one), but the more I saw of the fathers, the more I believed it. It really is nuts what people will hold against each other for ages, and it seemed these guys were no different from the rest of us in that respect. Emotion almost always wins over logic when it comes to these things, and true to life, emotion started it, and emotion ended it.

    I guess it goes without saying that this is the perfect romance for anyone who can appreciate the everyday life on a ranch — from mending fences to mucking stalls to running to the feed store. But for those who don't know the difference between Rogues and Ropers, it's still a great escape into a modern cowboy romance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2014

    Love it

    Love it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2014

    Good

    The love war was great.

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  • Posted April 8, 2014

    I was introduced to Rex Braden in the previous book Lovers at He

    I was introduced to Rex Braden in the previous book Lovers at Heart, Rex has helped his dad working on the family ranch since leaving school, he's loyal, honorable, strong, a family guy and obviously rather handsome. The problem is that the girl he is in love with, Jade, the very girl he has loved since school, is a 'Johnson' and is strictly off limits. The Johnson's and the Braden's are the centre of one massive family feud after both fathers fell out over a land dispute years ago, the very mention of each others name is prohibited. What makes matters even worse is that Jade is just as much in love with Rex as he is with her, but neither want to break their families hearts and cause more distress than there already is.  Jade and Rex have years of pent up affection, lust and love for each other, will love win out or will their family loyalty win?

    I enjoyed the whole horsey theme to this story, especially the close bond and affection all the Bradens have for their mothers horse Hope, their father had bought their mother the horse when she became ill before she passed away.  Loosing their mother affected each of the Braden family deeply in different ways and there is such a connection to Hope.

    The second half of the book strongly grabbed me and I read it in one day, I just couldn't put it down because I needed to know what was going to happen next, it was intense and emotional! The author easily pulls you into the story feeling that your part of it as it unfolds.

    The story is not only hot and steamy but it's also heartwarming, emotional, and reinforces just how much family really matters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2014

    Loved it!!!!""!!

    One of the best

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    Great read

    This series keeps getting better. On to the next book in the series

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  • Posted January 21, 2014

    Enjoyable Contemporary Western Romance I received a complimenta

    Enjoyable Contemporary Western Romance

    I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour in exchange for a fair and honest review.

    Two star crossed lovers kept apart by a family feud are the central characters in Melissa Foster’s Destined for Love, the second book in her contemporary romance series, The Bradens. Well developed characters, good dialogue and just the right amount of spicy romance kept me turning the pages to discover what would happen next. While a part of a series, this book can be enjoyed completely on its own.

    A hard working cowboy who’s kept the family ranch running successfully, Rex Braden has reached a crossroad in his life. Tired of settling for part time relationships, Rex knows he wants something more – he just doesn’t know what that is until he runs into Jade Johnson, the girl who got away because of a family feud. He just didn’t realize he’d have to choose between what his heart wants and his family.

    Returning home after losing her vet practice and being stalked by an ex who doesn’t understand the meaning of the word no, Jade Johnson wants a chance to start over. When her horse is injured and Rex Braden comes to her rescue, Jade realizes she can no longer deny the attraction between them. She just didn’t plan on losing her heart.

    The scenes between Rex and Jade are well written and lots of fun. They have great verbal and physical chemistry. Ms. Foster does a good job developing their characters; both are hard working, loyal and deeply devoted to their families. They also know the relationship growing between them is mean to be. They’ll have to take a united stand against their family’s ridiculous feud.

    The secondary characters are also well written and I enjoyed getting to know the Bradens better. I also enjoyed meeting Jade’s family, especially her dad, Earl. We also get to meet Rex’s horse, Hope, who’s been a "member" of Rex’s family for a while, and who plays an important part in Rex and Jade’s relationship.

    Will Rex and Jade have what it takes to make their relationship work? Will the love between them be enough to become a bridge between their families? You’ll have to read Destined for Love to find out, I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more of Ms. Foster’s work.

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  • Posted January 14, 2014

    4.5 Stars! I have already met Rex when I read Treat¿s story. Ev

    4.5 Stars!

    I have already met Rex when I read Treat’s story. Even then, his rough exterior didn’t put me off. Despite being hard on the outside, this man is a sweet, sensitive creature who’s wealth didn’t just come from his family but from hard work. Unlike Treat who built his empire, Rex opted to stay at the ranch and worked day and night helping his father. He was not the one to flaunt his affairs, he was afraid to cause his father distress. But there was only one girl who had caught his interest since then, one girl he couldn’t have. And now, she’s back in town – more beautiful and more irresistible than ever, the daughter of his father’s arch nemesis, Jade Johnson.




    After running away from a disastrous relationship and trying to put into practice her degree in veterinary medicine, Jade Johnson comes back to the safety and security of her small hometown. Her world was as mundane as it could be until an incident made her cross-paths with Rex Branden.




    Not-so-good family history would have stopped them both to be together. They did try to stay away from each other – saving their family not just from humiliation, but from heartaches. The excitement of a forbidden love-affair, not to mention fifteen LONG years of hidden attraction makes the passion stronger than ever – will one of them be strong enough to fight it? Or will both of them succumb to it? Loyalties and relationships will be tested. Will their love be enough to stop the long-standing feud between the family?




    I loveeeeed Rex and I just knew there was something between him and Jade even from the first book. The sparks were already there, ready to explode once one of them will be brave enough to ignite it. I was wondering who will make the first move, how will their relationship come about, and how will it affect both families… what I didn’t expect is a story about the legend that might prove Rex and Jade are two souls who are meant to be together. The legend was something different and new to my ears. It adds a nice touch to the story.




    Unlike their fathers, Rex’s siblings were unexpectedly accepting of their relationship. They already liked Jade but already warned Rex about the consequences of their action. The both of them might acted like horny teenagers at some point – but both of them have good heads on their shoulder to consider their families before themselves. But when the time came that both of them needed to chose, they already know what their choices are.




    It’s always hard to choose between the ones you love – but in the end, no matter what you choose, family will always be family. No pride, no feud, and no forbidden romance can drive it apart.




    Destined for Love is a modern-day tale of Romeo and Juliet, only that the ending was way different. It’s about love, friendship, family and loyalty. I have fallen in love with this series the first time I read Lovers at Heart and will surely to read every single one of them. 




    ¿ARC Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.¿

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  • Posted January 13, 2014

    Rex lives and breathes the family ranch. Other than his family i

    Rex lives and breathes the family ranch. Other than his family it is all he cares about. He has always been the one to hold everything in. That all changes when Jade moves back to town. He has always liked her but with their families feuding for years he knows it will never work. Jade has moved back home after a bad breakup. She and Rex butt heads on more than one occasion. They both can't fight what is between them even knowing it will never work because of their families. They will have to figure it out with some help from the past to work things out.




    Jade is a vet who believes in more than medicine can help heal an animal. She is good at her job and wants to help all animals. She can be very stubborn and doesn't back down from Rex one bit. Rex is pretty much a rugged rancher who is very sexy. Once he sets his mind to something he doesn't let go of it. He is a hard worker and very loyal to his family. It does cause him some problems at times. These two are good characters apart but together they are wonderful.




    I adore this series and always can't wait to pick up the next book and read it. You really get to see these characters and how they interact with each other. The author does a great job with them as you can't help but want them all to be happy. I liked both Rex and Jade as they have like a modern day Hatfield & McCoy thing going on. It isn't their feud but they find themselves tangled up in it. They really don't know for sure what the feud is over. They have some help from the past getting together and working out their feelings. I love that touch the author added as it shows love years later and feels very magical. I liked learning more about Rex's family and I have to say I hope nothing happens to Hope in these books as that horse is very special. If you are looking for a fantastic series about a wonderful family and love grab this series.

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  • Posted January 7, 2014

    A long standing family feud is keeping Rex Braden and Jade Johns

    A long standing family feud is keeping Rex Braden and Jade Johnson from the happy ending they both deserve and want.   Rex’s dad and Jade’s dad grew up as best friends and continued that friendship into adult life.   Then one day it all fell apart and they no longer would even acknowledge each other.   The rules were set to the kids of the Johnson and Braden families to not have ANY contact with the other family.    But love comes flying above the feud.   Rex and Jade have circled around each other since they were teenagers, now as adults they cannot keep their feelings in check.   Their hope is that their families will come together and support each other, or their only option will be to move out of their hometown so they can find the happy ever after they need.




    Destined for Love is book 5 of 9 in the Love In Bloom series.   I cannot say it is my favorite, since I have loved each of the stories for their own tale, but it is definitely one of them.   




    Rex is hot from the minute he is introduced to the reader in Book One of the Bradens stories and I could not wait to know what would come of him.  I knew and hoped that his true love would come riding in and turn his life upside down.   My favorite part of this story is certainly the hot and steamy scenes where there were no holds barred and the love and sexiness shined between Rex and Jade.   But this story also showed how two adults, who love their respective families, can stand up to their fathers and make them realize that they had made mistakes and that forgiving was part of living in order to be able to live their lives together.  




    I easily give this book five stars, more if that is possible.   There are some extremely sexy and hot scenes that are not suitable for all readers.   Once you start reading Destined for Love you will not be able to put it down.  I highly recommend you read all the books in this series, but it is not necessary to enjoy this book.  

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  • Posted December 28, 2013

    Destined for Love by Melissa Foster is the 5th book in her Love

    Destined for Love by Melissa Foster is the 5th book in her Love in Bloom series. When I started this series with the Snow Sisters, I thought this was going to be a good series. I was wrong, it is a GREAT series, as each book keeps getting better and better. I had just finished reading a few paranormal or historical books, and wanted something light and fast to enjoy. WOW…I read Destined for Love in one sitting.

    When I read the last book, Lovers at Heart, I thought it was wonderful, not to mention very steamy with a fabulous couple. In that book, I was not crazy about Rex Braden, our hero in this book, since he seemed cold, and sullen. At the start of Destined for Love, he didn’t change my mind, since he was still the same.

    Right from the start, I loved our heroine Jade Johnson. She comes across as a strong, independent, spunky, and fun loving young lady. The key to this story is the feud between the Bradens and the Johnsons that has been going on for 15 years. The feud is really between the patriarchs of the families, with the children avoiding each other out of loyalty to their fathers. But we see immediately that both Rex and Jade have felt a deep and frustrating attraction to each other all those years, and every time they see each other, the pull is very strong. But they continue to hide their feelings because of this feud.

    Jade is now a veterinarian, working mostly with horses, and her reputation keeps growing with her special ways with the horses. They both find themselves coming face to face a few times, and each knows they cannot act on their feelings. Jade in her dreams, wants Rex, but Rex continues to scowl and be somewhat of an A**. He desperately hides his feelings and then one day, nothing can hold them back from their lustful feelings. What follows is a wonderful, not to mention a steamy affair they try to hide from others. Once Jade got her hands on Rex, or was it the other way around; he totally changed as far as I was concerned. I fell in love with Rex then, as he and Jade were so perfect for each other.

    When Rex finally decides he can’t hide his feelings anymore, he blows their relationship open for all to see. It was so beautiful to see his brothers and sister stand behind him. What a family, and they are all hot too. ¿ It is Jade who must help Hope, the Braden’s sick horse, whom used to belong to their deceased mother. This is where Hal Braden & Jade’s father angrily come face to face, as all the Bradens watch. Will Jade and Rex be able to stay together? Will this feud ever end? Please please read this wonderful book to find out.

    I love the Bradens, and I am thrilled there are many more of them to come. Destined for Love has everything you want in a book, romance, wonderful couple, steamy sex, fabulous family, and a terrific storyline of a relationship that is forbidden by a long time family feud.

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  • Posted December 22, 2013

    The feud between the Hatfields and McCoys had nothing on the feu

    The feud between the Hatfields and McCoys had nothing on the feud between the Johnsons and Bradens!! Talk two stubborn old guys who kept their families apart for too long because of, as you will find out--pure pride!! Rex and Jade, the star crossed lovers who loved each other from afar for more years then either of them wants to remember finally manage to ignite feelings--oh la la--this does get a bit steamy, but nothing that will really upset you for long. You can just about feel the frustration of these two as they try to reconcile what they feel for each other for the loyalty they each feel towards their families.

    It takes Hope, the horse who belonged to Rex's Mom who is deceased to finally bring this feud to a close. Yes, Jade is a veterinarian and Rex works on the family ranch along with his Dad. Of course all the Bradens are thrilled that Rex and Jade are finally together--the showdown--is heartwarming. The last paragraph had me laughing and a few tears of happy rolled down my eyes. Next up? Josh Braden, who will be designing Max's wedding dress--can't wait to read what this guy's story is or is going to be!!

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  • Posted December 21, 2013

    I've been enjoying Foster's Love In Bloom series of contemporary

    I've been enjoying Foster's Love In Bloom series of contemporary romances, though it's a challenge
    keeping up with them! Book 2 of The Bradens is a departure from the previous books. Sure, there's a
    gorgeous heroine and a virile, take-charge hero. But Rex Braden and Jade Johnson, while they get off to
     a rocky start, know they're meant to be pretty much from the beginning. The complication has to do with
     the decades-long conflict between their rancher fathers. This is great because there's none of that
     "when will these two wake up" annoyance that sinks so many romances for me. Instead, we get
    Romeo & Juliet in the Colorado Rockies.

    Jade is a fully realized, red-blooded character who leaps off the page. She's back home after a rough
    time in Oklahoma, where her former boyfriend couldn't quite let go. The specter of this stalker is so
    strong at the beginning of the book, I found myself waiting for him to show up. He doesn't. This
    disappointed me a little, though Foster does a good job of showing how his actions have haunted Jade
    and impacted her view of men--especially possessive men like Rex. In that way, the ex IS present in the
    action, and I have to admit it's a sophisticated way to handle this kind of plot element. It was probably
    my own blood-thirstiness that made me look forward to seeing Rex pound the guy.

    Rex is an unusual mix of strength and gentleness. In some of Foster's past books, I was critical of her
    over-softening her alpha males. The contradictions work better with Rex, because he's such an
    introverted person to begin with. You can tell a lot of his snorting and pawing is pure bluster...like one of
     stallions he loves to work with. His worry about his father's reaction to the relationship with Jade is so
    childlike. You just want to hug the poor guy.

    It was great catching up with characters from the earlier books. And there's a teeny tiny paranormal
    aspect (or perhaps "miraculous" is a better word) that adds to the story without straining the reader's
    suspension of disbelief. This installment was a real winner for me. I'm looking forward to the next
    Braden romance.

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  • Posted December 21, 2013

    I am loving this series like you wouldn¿t believe. In Destined F

    I am loving this series like you wouldn’t believe. In Destined For Love book 2 of The Bradens and Book 5 of Love In Bloom we have Rex, Treat’s younger brother who has never been in love, much like Treat. Family means everything to him as it does to the whole of this family so when he sees Jade Johnson, the girl he has liked for much of his life, back in town he cannot help himself no matter how hard he tries.
    The problem both he and Jade have is that their fathers fell out years ago and it is not likely that it will resolve because of both men’s stubbornness, which puts Rex and Jade in a difficult position, they both love their family immensely but they love each other just that little bit more.

    The book is written in both Rex and Jade’s points of view which I liked as it wasn’t one sided.
    There are steamy scenes that people need to be aware of and it is recommended for ages 18 or over.
    I loved it the chemistry between the pair was amazing. Sexy cowboys and romance that is written so well everything flows perfectly and leaves me craving for more.

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