Lovers At Heart (Love in Bloom: The Bradens #1) [NOOK Book]

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"...steamy sex scenes and heartfelt confessions...a satisfying addition to the 'Love in Bloom' series." -- Midwest Book Review

"Foster’s tale of stubborn yet persistent love takes us on a heartbreaking and soul-searing journey." -- Reader's Favorite

"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, Psychotherapist (on "The Bradens")

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Lovers At Heart (Love in Bloom: The Bradens #1)

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Overview

"...steamy sex scenes and heartfelt confessions...a satisfying addition to the 'Love in Bloom' series." -- Midwest Book Review

"Foster’s tale of stubborn yet persistent love takes us on a heartbreaking and soul-searing journey." -- Reader's Favorite

"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, Psychotherapist (on "The Bradens")

Handsome, wealthy resort owner Treat Braden is used to getting what he wants. When Max Armstrong walked into his life six months earlier, he saw right through the efficient and capable façade she wore like a shield, to the sweet, sensual woman who lay beneath. She sparked an unfamiliar desire in him for more than a one-night stand, leaving his heart reeling and his blood boiling. But one mistake caused her to turn away, and now, after six months of longing for the one woman he cannot have, he’s going home to try to forget her all together.

Max Armstrong has a successful career, a comfortable lifestyle, and she’s never needed a man to help her find her way—until Treat Braden caught her attention at a wedding in Nassau, causing a surge of emotions too reminiscent of the painful past she’d spent years trying to forget. Max will do anything to avoid reliving that pain—including forgoing her toe-curling, heart-pounding desire for Treat.

When a chance encounter turns into a night of intense passion, Treat realizes that the mistake he made six months earlier may cause him to lose Max completely. He will do everything within his power to win her heart forever—and Max is forced to face her hurtful past head on for the man she cannot help but love.

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Meet the Author

NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY BESTSELLING 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. 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's interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod. Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on her personal website or social media. "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." International bestseller, M.J. Rose "Melissa Foster is a wonderful connector of readers and books, a friend of authors, and a tireless advocate for women. She is the real deal"--Author Jennie Shortridge Awards: HAVE NO SHAME (New York Times & USA Today Bestseller) 2013 Readers Favorite Award, Gold Medal Winner (Southern Fiction) 2013 Readers Favorite Award, Finalist (Historical Romance) SLOPE OF LOVE (USA Today Bestseller) SEASIDE HEARTS (USA Today Bestseller) TRACES OF KARA 2013 Dan Poynter's Global eBook Award, Gold Medal Winner (Thriller) 2013 Dan Poynter's Global eBook Award, Bronze Medal Winner (Suspense) MEGAN'S WAY 2011 Beach Book Award Winner (Spirituality) 2011 Readers Favorite Awards, Winner (Fiction/Drama), Finalist (Women's Fiction) 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Award, Finalist (Spirituality) 2011 New England Book Festival, Honorable Mention (Spirituality) CHASING AMANDA 2011 Readers Favorite Awards, Winner (Paranormal), Finalist, (Women's Fiction, Mystery) 2011 Dan Poynter's Global eBook Awards, Winner, (Paranormal) Top 10 Books of 2011, Pixel of Ink Amazon Top 100 75+ Days running Indie Reader's Bestselling List That Counts (8 weeks) Top Books of 2011, The Write Agenda COME BACK TO ME 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Finalist, 2012 Readers Favorite Awards, Finalist 2012 Kindle Book Review Best Indie Books Award, Finalist 2011 Dan Poynter's Global Ebook Awards, Finalist Top 5 Must Read Books of 2011, IndieReader Top Ten Books of 2011, Tea Time With Marce IndieReader Best Reviewed Books of 2011, Huffington Post

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2013

    Plot spoilers

    Nearly every review is a plot spoiler. I wish bn would put a stop to these ppl who think they are book gods and simply MUST retell the story because the rest of use are just too dumb to read a book and understand it. And before some smartaleck says dont read the long reviews...i dont, but when you have to scroll past miles of them its hard not to see something that usually ruins the book. Plot spoilers, get a life and stop ruining books for other readers. You are not helping and 99% of readers do not like you.

    17 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    Did not want to finish....

    Im at pg 171 amd im tired of the story. This book should have been finished about 20 pages ago. Ok ladies like sweet guys but Treat was sweet to the point sickening. Max needs a very good counselor and he called her "sweetness" so many times I threw up a little.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

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    A frustrating read. The back and forth of being together and in love to running away so many times that i lost interest in even how it ended.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2014

    Stupid

    This is a stupid book. For both of them to be in their mid to late thirties they act like teenagers. It's like she can't get over one bad ex-boyfriend even though this really great guy wants to be with her. She is always sabotaging herself.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2014

    This book was not very good

    They seem like kids they both need help

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2014

    One of the worse

    Silly silly characters. No plot that made me want to keep reading i,ve never known anyone that acted so silly about a relationship would not reommend even tl my friends that only reads rkmance

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2014

    Annoying

    This is definitely not a stand-alone book. Dont attempt to read it unless you read the previous book. I could not get halfway through this book because the characters were just so annoying to me and the conflict plot was boring. Maybe if I could have forced myself to read more of it I would understand these characters better and why they act so silly.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2014

    Rated too high

    Really bad. They are suppossed to be mature older characters but acted young and silly.
    Horribly written, not a well developed story, too long, drug out boring. I skipped half of it just trying to finish it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2014

    Choppy

    Started out good, but became to much of the same over and over. Will not be reading more.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2013

    I had not read any of Melissa's writing and tried this book as f

    I had not read any of Melissa's writing and tried this book as freebie. I found the characters well developed. When the story was done I was looking for more of her writing.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    Lovers at heart

    I'm so glad i started reading this one. I've never read any of her books before i'm glad this one was free such an awesome story by her. It had just the right of romance in it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2013

    Paid help

    Or friends could be writing those glowing reviews. I pay more attention to those who complain and then make up my own mind about it
    BUT I absolutely resent the fact that someone's explicitly trying to drown out those one star reviews with glowing 5 star ones

    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2013

    This road to true love is worth the trip!  Sparks ignited betwee

    This road to true love is worth the trip!  Sparks ignited between Max Armstrong and Treat Braden in Nassau, Bahamas when he
    hosted a double wedding for Max’s boss, Chaz Crew, and Kaylie Snow as well as his cousin, Blake Carter, and
    Kaylie’s sister, Danica at his oceanfront resort.  Those initial sparks grew into stronger feelings of caring, passion,
    desire and love that both Treat and Max weren’t really ready for.  

    When Treat takes a much needed break from the hotel business, he comes home to his father’s Colorado ranch.  Family
    dynamics abound as we get to know the unique personalities and characteristics of the Braden siblings.   

    From one encounter to another, Treat and Max constantly challenge each others’ feelings and commitment to their growing
    relationship.  Personal demons from their pasts must be dealt with in order to move forward.  Twist and turns and steamy,
    sexy and satisfying encounters from Colorado to Cape Cod keep the reader fully engaged, savoring every precious word of this
    passion-filled page turner!

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2015

    Weak plot

    I'm a fifth of the way through and struggling with the plot. Maybe this is explained better later on, but so far it seems she is freaking out and acting completely damaged because he gave her a dirty look. Really!? Oh, and the reason he gave her the dirty look was because she slept with someone else after making him think she was interested in him. I kinda see his point. And now he somehow reads her mind and knows he hurt her and can't forgive himself. Really? Over a dirty look? There isn't a man on the planet that would come to that conclusion. He's going to think she's crazy or a game player. He probably wouldn't even know he gave her a dirty look. From his point of veiw it would look like she wants him one minute, then she doesn't, now she wants him again, oh, wait, now she doesn't. Has the author ever been interupted in the middle of sex? That's way worse than a dirty look, especially if your building up to an orgasm. Now imagine how annoying the book would be if he starts acting like her over that. I might continue reading if the sex scenes are good, and she doesn't run away in the middle of the rest of them. I rarely read these books for the plot anyway.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2014

    Poorly written

    Why does this book have a 3.7 star review? It is poorly written, immature and just plain annoying! I made it to chapter 12 thinking there had to be some reason it had received good reviews. Nope! Still annoying!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 7, 2014

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    Wonderful romance!

    Treat Braden remembers it clearly, the morning the saw the woman who consumed his thoughts making the walk of shame from one of his employees' rooms. The disappointment and raw pain that shot through him came out in judgement and anger, and when she looked at his face, she knew exactly what he thought of her. But months later, he still can't get her out of his mind, wishing he had another chance.

    Max Armstrong never expected to see him again, but when Treat shows up at the festival in Allure, all those feelings she had come rushing back. But she's known his brand of judgement before, and it all but destroyed her. So falling head over heels for him isn't exactly on her agenda, even if she can't help doing so. Now she just has to get past her insecurities to give him another chance.

    TheVerdict: Oh, holy angst, Batman! Treat might be one of the most romantic fictional men I've ever met, but Max has got some serious issues. Not that I didn't like her, but wow. Her internal monologue was all twisted up, and while it later became clear why she had such a problem trusting love, she seriously had me wondering if she'd ever get it together enough to solidify a relationship with Treat.

    But drunk Max? Drunk Max I looooooved! Yeah, she was kind of awesome, and in her odd drunken way, she made a lot more sense. I was pretty mad at her for ignoring all the omg-he's-so-perfect things that Treat said and obsessing over Thailand instead (trust me, it makes sense if you read the book). But then she had a few too many drinks, and voila! Max became every woman who's ever been in love with a man. Now, who can't relate to that?

    I have to say that Lovers at Heart really surprised me. Neither Max nor Treat were your typical romance novel characters. Treat was all ready to throw caution to the wind and ditch his pride, unlike pretty much every other romantic hero in history, and Max was wonderfully neurotic. It made for a whole new dynamic, and I had to sit down and read it cover to cover. Sleep was forgotten. Food was delivered. Romance novel was devoured. And now I'm off to read about Rex –because, yum!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 21, 2014

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    Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite When we meet

    Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite

    When we meet Max and Treat in Lovers at Heart, they already have a bit of history. Six months after a regrettable moment of hurt at a wedding in Nassau, Treat and Max are in Allure, Colorado. He’s visiting the family ranch and she’s organizing a film festival, while ignoring the man who hurt her months ago. Unfortunately for Max, Treat hasn’t stopped thinking about her and feels compelled to apologize for his appalling behavior. Melissa Foster paints a beautiful image of two people damaged by a warped vision of love. Max is afraid to trust after her last relationship ended in devastating violence while Treat is terrified that loving someone means something horrible will happen. Foster’s tale of stubborn yet persistent love takes us on a heartbreaking and soul-searing journey.

    The beauty of Lovers At Heart is that these are not perfect people who fit perfectly together; they are both damaged with baggage, something that makes a future together almost impossible. But this love story that begins in Nassau, picks up in Colorado, and solidifies itself in Massachusetts has heart. Melissa Foster does what any great storyteller hopes to do by giving us a wonderful cast of characters that include the quirky but outrageous Kaylie, stunning Savannah and of course the lovable curmudgeon that is Hal Braden. Perhaps the most touching aspect of Lovers At Heart is watching Max and Treat deal with the demons that make it difficult for their love to truly conquer all obstacles.

    The journey of Treat and Max is heartwarming and the connection between them is palpable.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2014

    Boring

    Couldnt finish! Characters are immature & writing is choppy and sophmoric :(
    Could have been great...but wasnt.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2014

    Boring......

    Boring! I had to force myself to finish reading this book.
    "Sweetness" was overused to the point of making me cringe.
    They acted like immature young teens rather than the thirty-something year old professional adults they were supposed to be. The story was choppy.
    It didn't flow well. Not reading any others in the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2014

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    Review: Love In Bloom: The Bradens #1

    Lovers at Heart by Melissa Foster is the first book in her Bradens series and book four in the encompassing Love In Bloom series.

    This is my first book by this author and I was very pleased with it. Based in a small town with a close knit community this book draws you in with the setting, the characters (main & secondary) and the STEAM!!!!

    Treat Braden is a man that doesn't do long-term when it comes to relationships. He's never met anyone that he's desired that much. But when he meets Max Armstrong she tugs at something inside him that he never knew was there. He wants more but he's managed to screw something up. One mistake will leave him mourning the lost opportunity with Max.

    Max is a successful and fiercely independent woman with a painful past she keeps close and doesn't let anyone learn about. This causes problems for her when it comes to trust and especially with Max. She's not ready to let go of her control on her emotions or her life.

    Told from both points of view we get to agonize over both sides of the dilemma. Some people may not appreciate the emotional side of Treat but when I read about men crying I just picture Sam and Dean Winchester and all of their many emotional scenes throughout the life of Supernatural and it's all unicorns and rainbows in my world.

    I'm jumping into the series in the middle but each book can be read as a standalone. An excellent read and I can't wait to cuddle up with some alpha male Braden hotness!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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