Lovers at Heart (Love in Bloom: The Bradens, Book 1)

Lovers at Heart (Love in Bloom: The Bradens, Book 1)

by Melissa Foster


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Lovers at Heart (Love in Bloom: The Bradens, Book 1) by Melissa Foster

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


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.

**BONUS** Includes the first chapter of Destined to Love, The Bradens, Book Two.

READ THE FULL LOVE IN BLOOM SERIES: Characters from each sub-series appear in future books.


BOOK 1: Sisters in Love

BOOK 2: Sisters in Bloom

BOOK 3: Sisters in White


BOOK 4: Lovers at Heart (Treat & Max)

BOOK 5: Destined for Love (Rex & Jade)

BOOK 6: Friendship on Fire (Josh & Riley)

BOOK 7: Sea of Love (Dane & Lacy)

BOOK 8: Bursting with Love (Savannah & Jack)

BOOK 9: Hearts at Play (Hugh & Bree)


BOOK 10: Game of Love (Dex)

BOOK 11: Stroke of Love (Sage)

BOOK 12: Flames of Love (Siena)

BOOK 13: Slope of Love (Rush)

BOOK 14: Read, Write, Love (Kurt)


BOOK 15: Taken by Love (Luke)

BOOK 16: Fated for Love (Wes)

BOOK 17: Romancing My Love (Pierce)

BOOK 18: Flirting with Love (Ross)

BOOK 19: Dreaming of Love (Emily)

BOOK 20: Crashing into Love (Jake)


BOOK 21: Seaside Dreams (Bella)

BOOK 22: Seaside Hearts (Jenna)

BOOK 23: Seaside Sunsets (Jamie)

BOOK 24: Seaside Secrets (Amy)

THE BRADENS (Peaceful Harbor, MD)

BOOK 25: Healed by Love (Nate)

BOOK 26: Surrender My Love (Cole)

More coming soon!


"Like Nora Roberts, Melissa Foster has captivated me with her fantastic, sexy, romantic stories." Kimberly Winning, avid reader

"If you want a beautiful romance, with hot steamy sex scenes, a sexy couple; and a family oriented background; look no further then Lovers at Heart." Barb, The Reading Cafe

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780989050883
Publisher: World Literary Press
Publication date: 10/23/2013
Series: Love in Bloom: The Bradens at Weston, CO Series , #1
Pages: 386
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Melissa Foster is an award-winning, International bestselling 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 Women's Nest, a social and support community for women, 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 The Women's Nest or her personal website.

Read an Excerpt

TREAT BRADEN didn’t usually charter planes. It wasn’t his style to flash his wealth, but tonight he needed to be anywhere but his Nassau, Bahamas, resort—and missing his commercial flight had just plain pissed him off. He owned upscale resorts all over the world, and he’d been featured on travel shows so many times that it turned his stomach to have to play those ridiculous media games. Most of the pomp and circumstance surrounding him had begun to irk him in ways that it never had before meeting Max Armstrong. It had been six months since he’d seen her standing in the lobby of his Nassau resort. Six months since his heart first thundered in a way that scared the shit out of him.

He’d tried to ignore her, but it seemed that everywhere Treat went, she was destined to appear. Treat wasn’t a Neanderthal. He knew he had no claim on her. Hell, he hadn’t even given her any indication that he was attracted to her. But that hadn’t stopped his blood from boiling when he’d seen her with Justin Barr, one of his employees, and it hadn’t stopped him from acting like a prick when he’d seen her the next morning standing in front of the elevators at his resort, wearing the same clothes she’d had on the night before.

Meeting Max had sent his heart and mind into a wind tunnel of regret. He was thirty-seven, and it was high time that he settled into life and cast away the fears he’d carried around his whole life due to his mother’s untimely death and his father’s grief. I’ll fall in love and she’ll be stolen away. I’ll be as heartbroken as Dad.

If he’d had to look at the lobby of the Nassau resort for one more second, he might have torn the place down. As the plane landed, Treat knew that getting away from resorts altogether and spending a weekend with his father at his ranch was just what he needed. Being with his family would center him, and Hal Braden had always been a calming influence on Treat. After his mother passed away, it was his father who pulled him and his five siblings through those tumultuous years. His father had constantly pounded a strong work ethic and sense of loyalty into his and his four brothers’ heads, and that had enabled them all to be successful in their careers. His younger sister, Savannah, however, was the most ruthless businessperson of them all. The thought of his gorgeous, albeit cutthroat, sister brought a smile to his lips. He’d have to remember to call her while he was in town.

WESTON, COLORADO was a small ranch town with dusty streets, too many cowboy hats, and a main drag that had been built to replicate the Wild West. It was everything Treat remembered as he sat in his rental Lexus SUV on Main Street. The traffic he was stuck in was not at all typical, and it wasn’t until he crawled around the next curve and saw the balloons and banners above the road announcing the twenty-second annual Indie Film Festival that he realized what weekend it was. Damn. He had forgotten about the festival.

His cell phone rang, and he picked it up while he waited for the line of cars to turn off the main road toward the festival grounds.

“I can’t believe you didn’t call me before you came out.”

Savannah. “Hi, honey. I miss you, too.”

“You big oaf.” She laughed. Savannah was a ballbusting entertainment attorney, but to Treat, she’d always be his baby sister. “I’m at the festival with a client. When will you get in?”

“I’m here now. I’m on Main.” He hadn’t moved an inch in five minutes.

“Yeah? Come to the festival and see me. I’ll call Dad and let him know. I’ll wait for you at the rear entrance.”

Even though his sister had issued an order rather than posed a request, Treat smiled.

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Lovers At Heart (The Bradens, Book One: Love in Bloom Series #4) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 136 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They seem like kids they both need help
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Started out good, but became to much of the same over and over. Will not be reading more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
gaele More than 1 year ago
AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4 A story that best works after reading the Snow Sisters series, but can stand alone, Lovers at Heart focuses on Treat and Max’s stories, and the aftermath of a destination wedding. Max is the organizing guru with more than a dash of neuroses and ocd, and while helpful with her planning work, is often detrimental to her personal life. She’s clever, driven, outwardly self-confident and wholly in charge of her life. Treat owns several resorts, is always bouncing about and around, and he’s got a serious case of wedding hangover after a memorable, if not his best, moment at the wedding. Together – these two get another chance to make things right DESPITE their both having serious reservations and issues. Treat is very metrosexual – he’s a solidly good guy who I seriously hoped would find some emotional control. His own dedication to his family and to seeing them happy and settled, often to the detriment of his own forward progress and growth wasn’t over the top, until you add in his bone-deep fear of finding that “love” and then losing it. There’s plenty of growth that needs to happen for Treat, and while I like characters that are in touch with their emotions, there was a bit of “not again’ with each new emotional revelation for him. On the other hand, Max is almost closed off from her inner voices, until or unless she encounters someone who reminds her of all the bad moments with her ex. Unwilling to stand for any critical judgments from any man, she just shuts down and pushes people away from her, with an almost angry overtone. We do see that her self-confidence from her work, which she does near perfectly, isn’t always translating over, and that makes her very defensive. Oh – and when she’s angry or feeling pressured by anything BUT work, she’s a horrible listener, and refuses to ask questions or hear explanations. So there was a TON of back and forth with these two. And, I kind of have to give Treat kudos for sticking in there, making it clear that he wanted her and her alone, and that he wouldn’t stop pursuing her. In the abstract, for a story, it’s pretty damn romantic…although I can see how it could dance over the edge to stalker if their connection wasn’t so palpable and obvious to everyone else. Narration is again provided by B, J, Harrison, who again does a lovely job in presenting characters, story and emotional layers without overworking the emotion or getting in the way of the story as it unfolded. But it is less a critique of performance than musing over the ‘rightness’ of this narrator for this book. I would have liked a dual narrator team for this title, while Harrison does a wonderful job in separating and distinctly presenting both male and female voices, I would have appreciated the addition of a female to narrate the women’s parts. There was just a little something not quite fitting with the characters as I envisioned them – and having read and listened to this story (I own the title) there was a piece missing, some youthful edge, that would have added to the performance here. 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
ysar More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldnt finish! Characters are immature & writing is choppy and sophmoric :( Could have been great...but wasnt.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Now i want to read about the rest of the family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The plot sounded great, but too much cat and mouse for me. The book had great potential with all these really great characters. I just couldnt handle the cat and mouse game OVER and OVER.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too slow paced and they act like teenagers
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When bored by a book, I usually try to finish just to know what happens to at least one character. With this book..... I just do not care!
CassandraNZ More than 1 year ago
Lovers at Heart is book #4 in the Love in Bloom series and is book #1 in the Branden series but can be read as a standalone. Treat Braden is a businessman with a mission. Oldest son of Hal Braden, he feels the responsibility of looking out for his brothers and sister. He buys resorts all over the world and knows his way with woman but none of them managed to get under his skin like Max Armstrong. Max is a successful woman with a job that she enjoys. She stays away from any kind of relationship after something that happened in the past. I loved this book. I loved both Treat and Max. I couldn’t put the book down, it was an excellent book and a wonderful read. Overall Lovers at Heart is well written story that makes the readers look for and want more of this series. **CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good and easy read. Will continue to read her books. BN can you please tell these book spoilers to stop writing excess foolishness about these books. Tell them to write their own novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another hard book to put down by Melissa Foster. I'm enjoying the Love in Bloom Series and the authors style of writing. Each story is different and interesting, but keeps the reader up to date on prior characters. I like the relationship between the families and friends. LA-TXN