Destined for Love (Love in Bloom: The Bradens)

Destined for Love (Love in Bloom: The Bradens)

by Melissa Foster

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Destined for Love (Love in Bloom: The Bradens) by Melissa Foster

Discover the magic of New York Times bestseller Melissa Foster's writing, and see why millions of readers have fallen in love with the Bradens.

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.
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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

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)

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 & Leanna)

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and new adult romance with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa's emotional love stories are always family oriented. Melissa also writes sweet romance under the pen name Addison Cole.



Foster's love stories are perfect steamy romance beach reads for fans of Susan Mallery, Linda Lael Miller, Brenda Novak, Debbie Macomber, Jill Shalvis, Maisy Yates, and other big-family, small-town romance fans. The characters are romantic and loyal, some are billionaires, others are blue collar, and you're always guaranteed a happily ever after.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148920557
Publisher: World Literary Press
Publication date: 11/09/2013
Series: Love in Bloom: The Bradens at Weston, CO Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 16,991
File size: 299 KB

About 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.

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.
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"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
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"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
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"?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 (The Bradens, Book Two: Love in Bloom Series #5) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 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.
gaele More than 1 year ago
AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4 Rex Braden knows that managing a ranch, while occupying much of his time, is not everything. He thinks he wants more, just defining that ‘more’ isn’t the easiest part of the decision. That is, until he runs into Jade, recently home after some drastic life events. Her family’s land borders the Braden’s property line, and the unexpected meeting with Rex due to an injured horse makes being home just a little more interesting. But a family feud between the Bradens and Johnsons, over a reason that no-one can even remember, could be the monkey wrench in Rex’s plans, before he even gets a chance to make one. When you add in Jade’s ex who can’t take no for an answer, Rex’s horse Hope, who like all of the Bradens has her own way of thinking about things (perhaps not as the family would wish), the families and their own bluster as the ‘existence of the feud’ is more relevant than the actual reasons, or overcoming them….. Rex and Jade are wonderful together, and their path to a romance, with or without family intervention, is perfectly paced and keeps listeners engaged Fast-paced dialogue, demonstrable connections and a wonderful horsey inset that adds humor and a sense of reality for anyone who has ever known a horse, the story just flies along. Narration for this story is provided again by B.J. Harrison, who presents the characters, story and adds emotional context without getting in the way with overacting or dramatic vocal alterations to present unique voices for each character. The care in delivery, the staggered pacing and subtle tone changes that help provide character distinction and emotional impact are there. What I am finding is that I believe this book would have benefitted from an additional narrative voice to provide contrast and auditory variance. While each of these books work as a stand-alone title, the people, writing and stories of the Bradens are not to be missed. I received an AudioBook copy of the title from the publisher for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. Review first appeared at I am, Indeed
RIshma More than 1 year ago
Love this book 
Joey442 More than 1 year ago
Rex Braden and Jade Johnson have wanted to be together for years but because of their families’ feud, they haven’t been able to. They had accepted this as their fate and moved on but when Jade came back to town years later, they realized they still wanted to be part of each other's life. After meeting secretly for a while, they decided they didn’t want to hide their relationship so prepared to tell their parents how they felt, knowing the news was not going to be taken well. Rex was the perfect cowboy. He worked the long hours that were needed on the ranch and loved every minute of it. He was a tough cowboy and a bit rough at times but gentle with the horses. Especially his mother’s horse, Hope, who he rode every day. Even though he had never found a woman he wanted to build a relationship with, he did have regular one-night-stands. But he always went out of town for these hookups so that he didn’t embarrass his family. Family was everything to him. Jade went back home to get away from her ex who was stalking her. Doing this meant she had to leave her vet practice. Now she had to decide where to settle and open a new practice. That decision gets harder for her to make when she runs into Rex again. Jade is a wonderful woman who stands up for what she believes in, even if it is hard to do. I liked the way she related to the horses and was so good with them. This is an emotional story about family, love, and loyalty. 3.5 stars.
RenWar More than 1 year ago
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audio-book by the author, narrator, or publisher. Loyal to a fault, money to burn, handsome as all get out, and yet, one of the loneliest men you will ever know. Sexy Rexy is an understatement, but I love the nickname given to him by Jade Johnson’s best friend. This book is so good, I don’t even know where to start. I love how these books continually pull me into their world. Rex Braden and Jade Johnson have been attracted to each other since they were kids, but a feud between their fathers has kept them apart for years. Jade eventually moved away to go to college and become a top notch vet, while Rex stayed behind on his family’s ranch in Colorado to help his widowed father run it. He never regretted his choice to honor his father’s wishes and stay away from ‘the Johnson girl’, until Jade returned home after a bad break-up and they discover their feelings for one another have been way more than puppy love all along. Before long, it’s evident that ignoring each other is not an option. Neither of them know the exact circumstances of the feud between their families and neither of them wants to break their fathers’ hearts. They agree to date clandestinely until they can come up with a way to break through the barriers between the two families. The problem with this plan is that there are too many Bradens and they are all too smart, as well as the fact that Jade’s mother also knows her daughter very well. There’s a rough road ahead for Jade and Rex, and there is no smooth sailing for them. Melissa Foster’s characters always draw me into their stories, but Rex and Jade literally tore their way into my heart. B.J. Harrison does an excellent job narrating, as always. I’m not sure what I will do if/when this series ends, these characters are all like family to me now. If you love Melissa’s writing, as I do, you will not want to miss this audio-book/book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms Foster is one of my favorite authors. CB
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After the first chapter i gave up. I gave up after the first chapter
Anonymous More than 1 year 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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