Friendship on Fire (Love in Bloom: The Bradens #3)

Friendship on Fire (Love in Bloom: The Bradens #3)

by Melissa Foster

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BN ID: 2940148848660
Publisher: World Literary Press
Publication date: 11/21/2013
Series: Love in Bloom: The Bradens at Weston, CO Series , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 30,922
File size: 527 KB

About the Author

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and women’s fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented–perfect beach reads for contemporary romance and new adult romance lovers who enjoy reading about loyal, wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines with complex relatable issues.

Melissa also writes sweet romance under the pen name, Addison Cole.

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Friendship on Fire (The Bradens, Book Three: Love in Bloom Series #6) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
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CassandraNZ More than 1 year ago
Riley Banks has been waiting for a break, a way to put her fashion design degree to use ever since school ended. But in an industry more about who you know than what you know, she was beginning to lose hope. Until Josh Braden, the crush from her teen years turned top designer took notice of her designs. Only now that she has a chance at his design company, she needs to be noticed for what she can do not who she can’t take her eyes off. Josh Branden could get any woman in New York that he wants but that’s the problem. He doesn’t want any of them. He wants the girl from back home, the one comfortable in jeans and boots, the one whose design portfolio blew him away. Hiring her is the best decision he’s made in a long time and being her boss won’t stop him from pursuing something more with her. But in the cutthroat world of fashion design her shot at a career could be ruined if everyone finds out she’s sleeping with the boss. As usual the Braden family pulls together. He villain is punished and honesty is rewarded. **CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**
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Great story in series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like the writer!
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It was a good book overal but i felt that the two lov interests acted like teenagers, while riley talked so stiffly
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girt More than 1 year ago
I have read 5 of The Bradens an 3 of The Remington's. They are so entertaining. I can't put them down.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite Riley Banks has finally gotten her big break and it comes thanks to her long-time crush and fashion designer extraordinaire Josh Braden. Fresh off the plane in the fashion capital, Riley is equal parts excited and nervous about flexing her design muscle for big city fashionistas and Josh. In Friendship on Fire, Riley and Josh have succumbed to the feelings that have consumed them since childhood, but there are obstacles in the form of a scheming co-worker and the professional relationship between Josh and Riley. I love how Melissa Foster captures the real struggle Riley has between shouting her feelings from the tallest skyscraper in New York and being seen as the cliché girl sleeping with the boss. It is a real issue and she handled it beautifully. Friendship on Fire is a great story that follows two secretly in love people, Riley and Josh, who have their own reasons for never acting on their attraction. A chance meeting changes Riley’s personal and professional life forever. This story has just the right amount of drama and second-guessing to make it enjoyable. Sure, Claudia is awful, but she is believably awful instead of a cartoon villain. She is just as one would expect an overly ambitious woman in the fashion industry to be; perfectly beautiful and easy to hate. Melissa Foster creates wonderfully loving and witty scenes between Josh and Riley, as well as Josh and the Braden clan that had a big goofy grin on my face for most of this story. It was nice to see the story of Riley and Josh unfold and to spend a few more hours with the Bradens.
ysar More than 1 year ago
You know, I had my doubts that Josh could live up to the ultimate man’s man that Rex was in the last book, but I should have known better. Put him in an Armani suit, and he’s sex on legs, of course. And I probably shouldn’t have been surprised that Friendship on Fire served up the jealous other woman bit without falling into a pit of cliches. Riley isn’t what people might think of as a typical New Yorker, and she doesn’t fit the stereotype for being in the fashion industry. She’s certainly not a large girl, but she’s not stick-thin, either, and that makes her a bit self-conscious around edgier, cooler, thinner people. But she’s not about to change who she is, and while self-conscious, she doesn’t give into any shame, and that’s what makes her stand out to Josh. The way he sees her is simply beautiful. She’s the girl he stared at from afar all through school, and he still sees her that way now. At the same time, he sees her as different from everyone he’s surrounded by in New York, and her giddy excitement over her new career in fashion coupled with her low-maintenance attitude makes it impossible for him to keep his feelings to himself. I was also pleasantly surprised by the Claudia angle. She was the jealous ice queen who wanted Josh for herself, manipulative and condescending, and she didn’t hesitate to underhandedly try to ruin Riley. But with as much hell as she threw at them, Josh and Riley surprised me by taking a different path than I usually see in stories that include this little twist. Where most would have some blowout misunderstanding, complete with unbelievable miscommunication and utter failure to act like mature adults, there were no tantrums here. Sure, there were hurt feelings and a step back, but it was all written so perfectly that I couldn’t fault either of the characters for their actions. There’s a way that Melissa Foster writes all these stories that make them all so different from each other, but at the same time, I can count on being surprised, meeting entirely different characters in different situations, and still loving them just as much. In Friendship on Fire, we see Riley and Josh’s flirtation in Destined for Love become a full-on romance. When I expected them to take it slow, they didn’t; when I expected them to rush headlong, they held back. And when I expected the jealousy and mistrust to rip them apart, they handled it not like most characters in romances, but more like all us non-fictional people would have. There was hurt, there was angst, and there was communication to set things right. And I think that’s what I love most about all these books. The entire Love in Bloom series takes everything I love about a good romance novel and serves it up the way few authors can.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hometown girl gets her crush in the big city. Nice, quick read.
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RIshma More than 1 year ago
Another great book! 
clahain1 More than 1 year ago
It took a couple of books for me to warm up to Melissa Foster's Love in Bloom series. This is probably  because I started with the second book. FRIENDSHIP ON FIRE is the sixth book, and the third one of  the sub-series, The Bradens. Riley Banks is a young designer who never thought she'd get her big break until childhood friend Josh Braden, now a hot New York fashion designer, sees her portfolio and invites her to join his firm. There's a long-standing (though unacknowledged) attracted between the two,  but Riley is determined to set aside her personal interest in Josh and focus on building her career, which won't be easy with a conniving mentor who is out to undercut her at every turn. Despite Riley's best intentions, she and Josh do begin a relationship, but the course of true love isn't easy when the paparazzi dog your every move and then you're accused of stealing another designer's work. The book starts out wonderfully. Riley is funny and vulnerable. Her feelings of dislocation and anxiety about leaving her small Colorado town for the big city is a strong contrast to Josh's position as a New York insider struggling to hold onto his simple roots. Josh yearns for authenticity in his life--especially  in his personal relationships--but his environment promotes the exact opposite. Yet, he's too dedicated to his career to leave behind the bright lights and shallow people. Josh and Riley find each other and  the result is plenty of steam and excitement...for the first third of the book. It's at this point that the internal stuff--angst, second-guessing--begins to weigh down the story. Josh and Riley have so many  heart-to-hearts that the pacing suffers, and the reader is left waiting for "something" to happen. Luckily,  plenty does happen. The final third of the book rages ahead with Riley floored by accusations that, if not  countered, will kill her career before it starts, and Josh frantic to prove her innocence. I love that Josh is given some serious weaknesses--and is aware of them. He struggles to accept that  loving Riley may hurt a business he's worked years to build and he's not always sure it will be worth it. Riley is also a vivid, spirited character. Not the sort of person to stay down long--or beg for a man to love her. The villain is another great character. Claudia is cold, clever and manipulative. Foster makes her a true and unique threat rather than simply a plotting device. So, while FRIENDSHIP ON FIRE isn't my favorite book in Melissa Foster's contemporary romance  series, there's a lot to appreciate.
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Great read!! Loved Josh and Riley's story!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it, couldn,t put it down! How she writes of love, devotion and family unity is heart felt.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loving this series, eacn book gets better. On to the next one.
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MsDivatude More than 1 year ago
Steamy! Steamy! Steamy! I, sometimes, feel like a broken record but Melissa Foster draws me in every time! I am so glad this is an ongoing series, because when I finish one of her books I am already craving more! Ms. Foster writes true love stories - full of romance, problems to overcome and passion...lots of good great passion! Many can relate to this story - a couple who have admired one another from afar for so long and finally get the chance to have a go at a relationship. Josh took me on a roller coaster of emotions throughout this novel - there were times that I really, really, really didn't like his actions or him, for that matter! And, unfortunately, there are way too many Claudias willing and able to do whatever they can to come between a couple for very selfish reasons. Riley is so loveable that you cannot help but want the best for her - personally and professionally.