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Destined for Love (Love in Bloom: The Bradens)

Destined for Love (Love in Bloom: The Bradens)

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by Melissa Foster

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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.

Rex Braden is wealthy, hard


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.

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:

Sisters in Love
Sisters in Bloom
Sisters in White

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)

Game of Love (Dex & Ellie)
Stroke of Love (Sage & Kate)
Slope of Love (Rush & Jayla)
Flames of Love (Siena & Cash)
Read, Write, Love (Kurt & Leanna)

Editorial Reviews

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 - 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."
Amy Manemann
"[The Bradens] A sinfully sexy and heartwarming series."
Bestselling Author - Amy Manemann
"[The Bradens] A sinfully sexy and heartwarming series."

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World Literary Press
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Love in Bloom: The Bradens at Weston CO Series , #2
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Meet the Author


Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, contemporary women's fiction, romantic suspense, thrillers, 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 World Literary Café and Fostering Success.

Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on social media or her personal website.
"You can always rely on Melissa Foster to deliver a story that's fresh, emotional and entertaining. Make sure you have all night, because once you start you won't want to stop reading. Every book's a winner!" - New York Times Bestselling Author Brenda Novak
"What sets Melissa Foster apart are her compelling characters who you care about... desperately. I dare you to read the first chapter and not be hooked." New York Times Bestseller M.J. Rose
"?With her wonderful characters and resonating emotions, Melissa Foster is a must-read author!" -NYT Bestseller Julie Kenner?

"Melissa Foster is synonymous with sexy, swoony, heartfelt romance!" -NYT Bestseller Lauren Blakely?

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Destined for Love (Love in Bloom: The Bradens, Book 2): Rex Braden 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
RIshma More than 1 year ago
Love this book 
Anonymous 22 hours ago
After the first chapter i gave up. I gave up after the first chapter
Anonymous 5 days ago
Great romantic story !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love all of the books in this series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this writer!
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There is no need for anyone to write a book report. Three to five lines should more than enough to express yourself. I don't bother read anything more. Why would I let you spoil the book for me?
BookedBaby More than 1 year ago
Rex and Jade are star crossed lovers like Romeo and Juliet. Even their initials are the same. The family feud runs deep between Rex and Jade's fathers. Fifteen years ago, something happened, and from then on the Bradens and Johnsons hated each other even though they were neighbors and shared a piece of property. Meanwhile Rex and Jade had distant crushes on each other, but they didn't act on it until Rex's brother Treat became happily attached to Max. Seeing his brother have everything he wanted made Rex determined to find out if he and Jade could have a chance. Forbidden love is always the sweetest, and with some help from fate, kismet, and destiny, their romance turns into a family affair, with various members taking sides. Anyway, Rex is a real sweetie and one hot cowboy, and Jade is a compassionate caring woman who has an affinity to horses. What an enjoyable combination! 
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"Kisses you"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Ok" i say hesiantly
girt More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining. Couldn't put it down.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
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.
ysar More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The love war was great.
beckvalleybooks More than 1 year ago
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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One of the best
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series keeps getting better. On to the next book in the series
MariaD1 More than 1 year ago
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.