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Posted December 10, 2013
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.
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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.
Posted June 9, 2014
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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Posted January 21, 2014
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.
Posted January 14, 2014
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.
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Posted December 21, 2013
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.
Posted December 16, 2013
OK! So I have this old claw-foot bathtub that is painted John Deere Green. What does this have to do with the book Destined For Love? Well, the romance is Hot! I mean Hot! I am afraid I may have to take a cool bath while reading Melissa Foster's books. The background feud between Rex Braden's and Jade Johnson's families comes to the front now and then, constantly battling the passionate sparks that fly from these two. I am following the interactions and reactions between them and wondering... Will they overcome the battles and secrets to accept and meet the destiny opening before them? I say, Heck Yeah! This couple is on fire, but I will let you read to see how this plays out! Needless to say, Melissa Foster has me ensnared in her Love In Bloom Series! Although each book in the series stands on it's own... I bet you can't just read one!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 13, 2013
As I have raved before about all the other books in this series, Melissa Foster is brilliant and amazing once again. This is the fifth book in the series and the feud going on between the Braden and Johnson families is still going strong. Rex is every woman’s dream and when Jade is in trouble he does not even blink an eye before he is there helping her out. They keep this bump into each other under the radar because their families would definitely not approve. Even though they are not supposed to be in contact with one another, they can not deny that they have an attraction towards one another. They had known of each other since they were children and there has always been something there.
I think it’s great that Jade and Rex start to make their own decisions about their lives instead of worrying about the family feud that has been going on for what seems like forever. Even though they feel like they are right for each other, they still have the underlying feeling that they should be keeping the relationship that they have with each other a secret. They have to muster up the courage to tell their fathers about their relationship and be prepared for whatever consequences may arise from this. They are even prepared that they will no longer be able to live in the same town as their families, as long as they are together with each other.
There are nine total books in the Love In Bloom Series, so I am halfway through and have never been disappointed so far. The characters become more and more real the more you read about them and you fall in love with them over and over again. Every girl at one point has had a fantasy about having a cowboy of their own to come and rescue them. If you like romance and some love scenes than this book is for you. If you have ever had a relationship that you knew was right but you thought others would not approve, then this book is for you. I would recommend this whole series and of course this book to anyone and everyone. I would shout it from the rooftops that Melissa Foster never disappoints! Once again, a well written novel and a FIVE star review from me.
Disclosure: I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
Posted December 11, 2013
HOO WEE! Melissa Foster has done it again. You’ll want to keep a spray bottle filled with cold water beside you while you read this so you can sort of hose yourself down. Destined For Love by Melissa Foster is another hot, steamy romance that will leave you wishing for your own cowboy to snuggle up to at night.
Rex and Jade definitely have passion. Both in their work, for each other and when it comes to family ties. I really liked the story line for Destined For Love. I like that Jade and Rex knew each other and could have possibly been great friends but were forbidden to even look each others way. This story shows how being faithful to your family isn’t always in everyone’s best interest. Aside from the lust and steamy love scenes there is a real story that shows us that conflict between two people can affect everyone around, not just the two people in the heart of it.'
Rex and Jade have some serious battles with their father’s if they want to be together and continue their “Romeo and Juliet” love affair. Those two men are headstrong and determined to never end the feud between them. What caused the feud wasn’t really what I thought it would be, so that added some extra intrigue to the whole story.
There is also a little mystery when it comes to Jade’s previous relationship. But not quite enough. I would have loved to have seen that delved into a little more. Rex is powerfully protective of those that he loves and I wanted to see Rex take on Jade’s past beau. We get to see a little bit of that protectiveness from time to time, but not really full on with the ex. And I, personally, think that would have made for a great story!
If you love modern romance with hot and steamy love scenes, then you are going to LOVE Destined For Love by Melissa Foster. This can be read as a stand alone book but as I mentioned in previous reviews, it is part of a series. I recommend picking up a copy of each one to really get the back story!
Posted December 11, 2013
Rex and Jade are the perfect couple...too bad their families are stuck in a Hatfield and McCoy situation. Can their forbidden love overcome all obstacles? Check in with the adorable Colorado town and see what is in store for the Rex Braden. Typically the woman is the focal point of most romance stories. Melissa Foster tosses expectations out the window and we primarliy follow Rex's thoughts and feelings. I loved this switching of traditional roles.It is 100% a love story and one that you will love 100%. Pick up your copy and enjoy the trip to a quaint ranch in rustic Colorado.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 10, 2013
OK Melissa...I have a bone to pick with you! Your men keep getting hotter and hotter and the books are steamier and steamier! I am in love with Rex Braden and I have fallen in love with each of your male main characters and some of the supporting ones too. ;) Can't you just write me into one of your books?!? I mean I would be ok with that! LOL (Hubs, don't get mad about it I still love you)
I loved the storyline regarding a "forbidden love" that kinda reminded me of the stories of the past like Romeo & Juliet. One thing I have come to really enjoy about this series is its ability to allow me to read the books one at a time and not have to worry about them being a series.
This may be the perfect snowy day by the fire book :) Don't worry about heating up the hot chocolate! This book will do it for you!
Posted December 7, 2013
Another hit for Melissa Foster. This time we get to know Rex Braden & Jade Johnson. You have this family feud between the Bradens and the Johnsons that Rex and Jade have to overcome and hopefully fix. It is sort of a Hatfields and McCoys or Romeo and Juliet. Then you have this spiritual aspect with Rex's deceased mother. This is a wonderful love story and the perfect addition to this series.
Melissa Foster has this extraordinary ability to bring her characters to life. You almost feel guilty for looking into their lives. The relationships and dilemmas are so real. I can picture everything in my mind, and I found myself so invested in the story. This book will stir your emotions. Then, of course, there are the steamy love scenes. You will feel like a Peeping Tom, but you won't be able to stop reading more.
I love the setting. I mean really who doesn't love a hunky cowboy on a ranch in Colorado? I know I do. I guess I've always been a country girl at heart. There is something about a wholesome, loyal, down to earth cowboy riding around property and finding his love. Unfortunately, I feel that type of life is disappearing and most of our children will know nothing of this life, even the life of a modern day cowboy. Of course, I grew up watching John Wayne, my dad's favorite actor.
I give this book 5 stars. You will not be able to put this book down. I must warn you that this book does have explicit sex scenes. So, it is not appropriate for all ages. I strongly urge you to read the whole series but it is not necessary to read all of the books to know what is going on.
I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
Posted December 6, 2013
I really don’t have anything different to say than what I have said on all the other books in the Love in Bloom series.
Melissa Foster does not disappoint!
I love this series! I really love the men in this series and really wish I could find a real man like these boys! Rex did not disappoint, but was definitely a surprise. From what we read about him in the last book, I didn’t expect him to be quite the man (personality wise) that he is.
I’m sort of missing my Snow Sisters, but would love more about the Bradens! I can’t wait to get my hands on the next one – another Braden, but I hope we can maybe get another Braden book with Josh and Riley!
While I absolutely love, love, love the Love in Bloom series, I do have to warn that the content keeps getting a little risque with every new book so if you don’t like intimate love scenes, be forewarned. They are not dirty or graphic, but descriptive and intimate.
If you don’t mind love scenes, have enjoyed the previous books, or love a good romance – any of these books are a must. While I have enjoyed reading them consecutively, they can be read as stand alone without feeling lost in the book.
Posted November 14, 2013
Love conquers all!
The love gets hotter and runs deeper with each of Melissa Foster’s new romances! In this story, sexy and strong Colorado
cowboy and Braden sibling Rex is ready for love! So is his secret long-time object of attraction, the beautiful and sexy local
veterinarian, Jade Johnson. There’s only one problem standing in the way of their acknowledging the undeniable and growing
romantic sparks between them – the deep-seated family feud that dominates their thoughts and actions.
Coincidence and circumstance keep throwing this twosome together in unexpected places, despite their best efforts at
resisting their mutual temptations in the name of family loyalty. Rex’s need to cherish and protect her, and Jade’s past
relationship woes, put up temporary walls that are tested against the powers of growing physical attraction as well as their
mutual respect, admiration and caring for one another. Fate has a few surprises in store for these seemingly star-crossed
lovers as they travel their own path guided by true love!
Dust off your boots and hold on to your Stetsons, this one will knock your socks off!