Lovers at Heart

Lovers at Heart

by Melissa Foster

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ISBN-13: 9780989050883
Publisher: World Literary Press
Publication date: 10/23/2013
Series: Love in Bloom: The Bradens at Weston, CO Series
Pages: 386
Sales rank: 340,025
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.

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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, Reimagined 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 59 reviews.
pughtwins 10 months ago
This reimagined view of Treat and Max's romance was a a new read for me. Every book by Ms. Foster has a way of pulling me and making me fall in love with her world, this book was no exception. Ms. Foster has a way of making her men strong but sensitive and her women independent, sometimes to a fault. Treat was that strong but very in tune with his feelings man that always has me rooting for him. Max, well she made me want to yell and scream at her a lot, but I couldn't stop rooting for her either. I really couldn't believe that I hadn't already read this book and now I have to go look and see how many others I have missed!
Jenthomason1109 10 months ago
This is a special “treat” giving readers a new version of Treat Braden and Max Armstrong’s incredible love story! After working together, via telephone, to plan a mutual friend’s wedding Treat and Max finally meet while she’s at his resort in the Bahamas. After a magically romantic evening, a misunderstanding sends Max running home and leaves Treat with regrets. But when he decides to head to Colorado to visit his family, he is pleasantly surprised to find Max living and working there and decides to take advantage of his second chance. As typical with anything written by Melissa Foster, I loved this novel and fell in love with Treat and Max. I have to admit that for some reason, the beginning felt a bit slow and I did struggle to get fully engaged in their story. However, that problem did not last for long and I was quickly sucked into the incredible romance between Treat and Max. I enjoyed both main characters, but there are truly no words for the incredible yumminess that is Treat Braden. He’s smart, sexy, successful, polite, romantic, and super tall (a bonus)! I loved this man from beginning to end! I can’t say that I was blown away by any of Treat’s brothers, but I also adored his father and sister. This novel is not just romance, however, but in true Melissa Foster form, manages to weave relevant and relatable issues regarding family, careers, romance, love, and loss. I absolutely LOVED the fact that Treat’s Dad spoke to his late wife’s horse, Hope, as if he were speaking to her, I loved Treat’s incredible manners and gentlemanly ways about him – while also being incredibly sexy, and I loved how the stars aligned with Max in Wellfleet meeting Treat’s dear friends. Add this one to your TBR because this is not a novel to miss! Melissa Foster has once again wowed me with her characters, her voice, and her message.
wifetoalineman02 10 months ago
Forgiveness heals a broken heart Holding any grudges can ruin your soul. You have to face the demons. Forgiveness heals a broken heart. Life would be easy when we let go of the bad emotions. Treat is a man that woman should have as a boyfriend and a husband. This guy knows how to treat a woman right. He has the looks, the job and above all the heart. I am swooning with the chocolate and Max brings the Victoria's Secret is even perfect for these lovebirds for a night full of love and passion. This book is such a beautiful read. It tackles everything from family, friendship and animals. It is an emotional book of healing. Ms. Melissa Foster's story gets even better and better in each story. I am sure she does it in purpose to make her readers laugh out loud and then swoon.
ItsMySideOfLIife 10 months ago
In the original Treat & Max book, Love So Sweet, we are swept along a passionate romance with Treat and Max. While they had plenty of ups- their relationship almost nearly stopped dead in the water. Through heart ache and facing their own demons Treat and Max took a second chance with each other, and came out stronger because of it. Lovers At Heart is a second installment if you will of Treat and Max, slightly different than Love So Sweet. We are treated with more of a in depth back story of how Treat and Max's passion first ignited at Nassau. We are taken along with them as they are faced with some personal challenges, ones they seem to have realized they can't just face alone, but together. Their chemistry is still strong and hard to miss with the turning of each page. Neither want to turn away from each other, yet both are facing some demons that they must over come before either can really have a future together. It was great to see how both Treat and Max understood that they had to deal with things in the past in order to move forwards in this book, it was a great addition to their story and how well they fit together. They really compliment each other in many ways, challenge each other and deeply care for one another. If you enjoy a great heart warming story, this is for you!
Nicolerko 10 months ago
This was a very romantic story with heat. The characters were great and engaging. They pilled me right into their story. Learning what Max went through broke my heart, but so happy for her to find someone like Treat. Treat has some inner issues he has to work through himself and with the help of Max he may just heal as well. Treat had many swoon worthy moments especially when it came to Max. All of Treat's siblings were intriguing. This a book I wouldn't pass up!
Silvie_MySillyLittleGang 10 months ago
I wanted to read this book because I remember reading and loving the original Lovers at Heart. This reimagined version is just as good! Melissa Foster did an amazing job rewriting this book that was already a favorite of mine. No matter if you've read the original or not this one will not dissapoint. In this story we meet Max & Treat. I have always loved stories where opposites attract and this is definitely one of those. I felt that this story gave me more of an insight into their relationship than the first book. Max & Treat have always been one of my favorite couples and will definitely continue to be. Thank you Melissa for revamping this amazing romance!
Robindpdx 10 months ago
This well-written story really caught and held my attention. Max and Treat have a chance encounter, which brings their past back to the present. They had an intense connection, but something had caused Max to turn away, leaving Treat unable to stop thinking about her. When they run into each other again they start to rebuild. I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more books by this author.
_KatMar 10 months ago
Lovers at Heart is a strong romantic read. The main characters both have their demons from their past that's been weighing them down. Lovers at Heart is a wonderful read where the main characters grow together. Max is a careful woman who got out of an abusive relationship when she was in college. That relationship shapes how she deals with dating and intimacy. It's held her back from finding love until Treat comes into her life. Treat is an amazing gentleman. He's hard working, patient, and loyal to his family. Losing his mom as a child left him feeling like he needed to take charge and be there for his siblings. His protective tendencies and patience with Max is what made me really like Treat. I really enjoy how focused this story is on communication. Treat communicating with Max is some of the sweetest moments in this story. The only thing I wish this story had is more moments or interactions between Max and Treat's family together. I received this story as an Advance Reader's Copy. I volunteered to leave my review. All opinions are my own.
Addis2244 11 months ago
Just when I didn’t think Treat and Max's story could get any better, Melissa Foster proved me wrong. Within the Love in Bloom series, I have always loved Max and Treat in Lovers at Heart. I wasn't sure how I would feel reading their story again but I couldn’t put the book down. Reimagined just made their story better! The extra details that were added to the story of these two just enhanced the book. We are more aware of how they met, misunderstandings, insecurities and their love of each other and family to find their happily ever after. As one of my favorite couples Melissa Foster did not disappoint me in Reimagined.
LynchburgMama 11 months ago
Oh, Melissa! She has an incredible method of hitting my soft spots to make tears fall, followed by giggles that warm my heart. I didn't read Max and Treat's story the first time around; but the Reimagined version was sweet and fulfilled every romantic/sweet notion I have about reading Melissa's books. Max is full of spunk yet because of her past, she keeps it hidden -- until Treat brings it out in her. He is incredibly kind, romantic, gentle, and patient with her. The Braden family shows us that a little bit of miscommunication can pull a family apart. I loved how Max brought strength to Treat for him to mend fences with his siblings and father. Melissa gives me another swoon-worthy couple to drool over and envy with Max & Treat! I received this book through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.
MyBookAddictionandMore 11 months ago
LOVERS AT HEART REIMAGINED by Melissa Foster is a contemporary romance collection with fiercely loyal heroes, smart, and empowered women. A new release to an older version of this story, updated and expanded. Set in Weston, CO. Love in Bloom Big-Family Romance Collection, The Bradens (at Weston). Features, Treat Braden, wealthy and the oldest Braden and Max Armstrong, Festival organizer. The characters are flawed, funny, and easy to relate to. The sizzling chemistry between Treat and Max, will pull at your heartstrings. The emotion, passion and pure romance of this story will keep you turning pages. A smexy, sassy, sultry story with strong women who are flawed but with huge hearts, the heroes are loyal and fierce. A steamy but fun read. Readers of sizzling chemistry, sexy heroes, strong, sassy women, are sure to enjoy this romantic Contemporary Romance. Well done, Melissa Foster! I received this book through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own. Rating: 4.5 Heat rating: Steamy Reviewer: AprilR
ebookaddictsuk 11 months ago
I have a confession to make, I have not read Treat and Max's original story, so how this is re-imagined I am not sure, but one thing I am sure off is that this is a truly heartwarming story of second chances by the very talented Melissa Foster. Her Love in Bloom universe is immense and each book is different but all have characters that are real, relatable and easy to fall for. Lovers at Heat is an emotional ride for Treat Braden and Max Armstrong. They shared a magical evening together and the day after based on a misunderstanding Max ran from Treat and he has been longing for her every since. Six months later Treat heads back home to his father ranch and family and a chance meeting sees him bump into Max! The desire he felt for all this time bubbles to the surface and he is determined not to let her run away again. Max has been betrayed in the past and never in a million years did she expect to fall hard for Treat - a man who could have any woman on earth by the way, but he chose her. But her past insecurity and betrayal caused her to run, and Treat had no idea just what he had done. Once they finally get together again, and Max explains her past, Treat tells her about his own betrayal and proves that he is nothing like her ex. This is one emotional story for Max, and I absolutely loved every moment of it from the first to last page, I loved how they were together and how above all love prevails no matter what happens.
CathyGeha 11 months ago
Lovers at Heart Reimagined by Melissa Foster The Bradens #1.5 Treat Braden grew up on a ranch but later went into the resort business and did a booming business with locations around the world. Max Armstrong works with a friend to arrange events and one event saw her arranging a wedding at Treat’s resort in Nassau. They spoke over the phone, met in person and spent a memorable evening together BUT something went wrong. That said, they couldn’t stop thinking about one another and wondered “what if?”. By coincidence they meet again at an event when Treat returns to his father’s ranch for some down time. When they see one another the embers left from their time together are rekindled. They have a fairly straightforward courtship with a few glitches thrown in and one rather bad experience from Max’s past that she needs to get over before a HEA can be achieved. I enjoyed this book and wonder if I had read the original novella or any other books in this series it would have made a difference as so many have said it was wonderful. Not having read anything in this series or the related one I came away feeling I had enjoyed time getting to know the couple and was intrigued by the family and now want to read more about Treat’s siblings and how they will end up finding their HEAs. Thank you to the author and Inkslinger PR for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4 Stars
TBranch 11 months ago
This was my first book by Melissa Foster and I am glad that it was. I know that I will be reading many more by her now. Treat and Max just touched my heart from the first page. They gave me hope that love always finds a way, even when you may have given up on it. They were very realistic in the sense that they had their struggles, highs and lows, and challenges to overcome, just as any couple would. I definitely know that there was a reason this was "reimagined" as the characters had a maturity about them that made their actions understandable. This was a well done rewrite on an already great story!
MaimeosAngelsEL 11 months ago
Not having read the previous edition of this book I went in with an open mind. I was excited to learn about the book that started it all with Trent Braden and Max Armstrong’s story. Treat had no interest in finding love,happy with the casual hook ups he has had, but when he met Max it was like lightening striking, such was their connection. However it is not all smooth sailing as Max refuses to answer his calls and he has no idea why. When fate brings Treat and Max together again he will not lose the opportunity. I loved how Melissa Foster wove a story about hope, of overcoming one’s past and embracing ones present and moving forward together. As with real life not all goes smoothly but it is the ”realness” of their relationship that she describes that makes this such a great book. Lovers At Heart: Reimagined is a beautiful and romantic love story which I thoroughly enjoyed.
katiebasie 11 months ago
I was skeptical about reading this book because the original was such a huge part of my falling in love with the entire series (I loved every book from the Snow Sisters on) but Lover's At Heart, Reimagined) made me fall in love all over again. I am a big lover of Treat and Max but in this version, it brings them together more and faster as well as takes you on a journey with them that takes along your heart! Love, love, love this book and look forward to the new things that come from it!!! Five stars!!!
AmyBosica 11 months ago
Fans of this series, you are seriously in for a good treat. Lovers At Heart has been re-imagined and given a fresh new look. This book can be read as a stand-alone and can be enjoyed by new and old readers alike. Melissa Foster has breathed new life into a familiar story while still delivering the swoon that we’ve all come to know and enjoy… Told from dual points of view, Lovers At Heart follows the story of Max and Treat. From the moment I met these two, I was dying to know what could possibly gone wrong. The sparks and chemistry will still there, like it was their first meeting. But, just like with any new relationships, the foundation hasn’t been built yet, so misunderstandings or a wrong impression have the power to make a mess of things. But, I had a feeling about Max and Treat. They were so good together that I just knew their story couldn’t be over. It was a joy watching these two trying to figure things out and it was a lot of fun seeing how this series began. Lovers At Heart was a terrific read from beginning to end. I loved spending the day getting lost in Max and Treat. Their story made me swoon, fall in love and believe in second chances.
CharlotteLynnsReviews 11 months ago
Treat Braden is my all time favorite Braden. With the original Lovers at Heart, he won me over with his persistence, his strength, and his love of family. With the Reimagined version of Lovers at Heart, he just won me over again. I love that Melissa Foster took an original story and re-wrote it to make it into a story that fits the characters better. In rewriting the story, Melissa Foster did not take anything away from Treat and Max’s story but instead took characters and built on their story making it just as wonderful as the original. The rest of the Braden family are all found within Treat’s story and of course, my second favorite Braden, Hal the father, makes a huge appearance. The wisdom, the strength, and the love of this family is so strong, so real, and so beautiful. I can hear Hal’s strong and firm voice that is so full of love and respect for those that he is talking to. His words lay the groundwork for all the other Braden family members. Melissa Foster re-wrote a book that was already a fan favorite. Anyone who read the first writing of the story will find the second writing just as wonderful.
GoldenGurl 11 months ago
At first, I was a little hesitant to read this book. I wasn't even sure why it had to be re-written in the first place. After reading it, however, I totally understand why. Treat and Max are much closer in this book. The original version had them apart for huge portions of the story, which isn't really something you want in a romance novel. As I read, I realized that was the main reason why I didn't feel so connected to Treat & Max as I have to other Melissa Foster couples. Also, I like how Treat and Max's previous romantic encounter (which took place in another book) is detailed a little more for those who didn't read the other book. Since this book was the start of a new series, I was confused with all of the previous series references. This rewritten version makes it much clearer. I also want to make clear that this isn't just a reworded version of the original story. There's a new subplot and an appearance by a future series character that weren't present in the original version. This isn't one of those situations where you buy a book and are ticked off because it's the exact same story that you already read. I truly believe that this book is worth the investment.
Angela_Peay 11 months ago
Treat Braden is a resort owning, tender hearted family man who runs into Max Armstrong at a wedding. He is captivated by her and they spend one fabulous night together and he jumps to the wrong conclusion and almost loses her. Jump ahead 6 months and fate steps in. They are in the same town at a festival where they run into each other again. They have both thought of each other often and wondered how things could have gone so wrong when everything between them was so right. This is a story of second chances with Romance, understanding, and unconditional love. You won’t be disappointed if you read it. Max and Treat are a great couple. Kudos to the Melissa Foster for drawing you into their world and making you want to live there.
DBergs 11 months ago
Lovers at Heart was the first book I read in the Love in Bloom series and it hooked me from the start. In Lovers at Heart, Reimagined, Melissa Foster brings the story of Treat and Max to a whole new level. Max and Treat start their relationship with some misunderstandings based on not taking the time to talk and by the end of the story, they are able to joke about their beginning and realize how important it is to communicate when there is an issue instead of making assumptions. I love how Max and Treat learn together that a relationship includes "give and take" and that they are not going to lose themselves by becoming flexible for another person who will help them get to happily ever after.
LS571 11 months ago
Lover's at Heart, Reimagined -Reading this book warms the heart. I realized how much I enjoy reading about the Braden family, especially the Braden's from Colorado. When I read Treat and Max's story the first time I was drawn in and wanted them to find their happy ending. Reading about them this time and getting more background detail of what happened before they met and what the need to over come to be together made their story so much better. Thank you, Melissa Foster for another look into the Braden Family. If you haven't read any of the Braden stories I recommend this one as a must read!
charlligirl 11 months ago
This was my first foray into the Bradens and I was not let down. A lot of family dynamics. A lot of self inspection. A lot of finally talking things out. A lot of miscommunication. Max has internalized a lot of things in her life. That's how she's become the person she is and how she is so good at her job. Treat wants to be the man she needs, but he needs to come to terms with his own demons. Treat was only 11 years old when his mother died. His father fell to pieces and Treat had to become parent to his brothers and sisters. For the next seven years he made sure they were taken care of. Then he escaped. That's when family dynamics changed. It took him coming to terms with walking out on his family and why and admitting it to his family before the family dynamics started to fall back into place. Meanwhile Max is dealing with her fears of Treat resenting her if she asks him to change his life. Her fears are based on assumptions made back in college during an emotional time. It took her confronting her demons from that time to realize what she thought wasn't reality. The shopping spree with Kaylie sounded like so much fun. I'm looking forward to more of Hope and her conversations with Hal.
SarahBethL 11 months ago
This was a fun trip back to Treat & Max's story. I loved their original story and at first was surprised when the author said that she was going to revisit Treat & Max, that there was more to their story. I was so happy she did. Despite their differences, it was fun to see them communicate with each other & how they were the other's perfect match.
Floortje-Ebella_nl 11 months ago
If any Fosterette asks me which story I like the best, there is only one answer possible. Because I don’t simply like Lovers at Heart, I love it. Really truly love it! I adore Treat and Max. So you can maybe understand my excitement when I heard of Lovers at Heart Reimagined! And it was even better to read. It was all that I hoped for. And this is the story that had to be told. I’m so glad that I was able to have this chance. Thank you Melissa. Treat is the most amazing man you can imagine, he is so honest and true. I love how direct he is and loving at the same time. Max is such a strong woman, standing on her car, eating chocolate cake or while facing her own demons. Together they sparkle and gives you hope of the happy ending, of endless love and fate all together. Lovers at Heart Reimagined warmed my heart completely. Rating 4,5 stars: Lovers at Heart Reimagined by Melissa Foster is the best way to start your wonderful journey with the Braden family. The family that will flow your life with hope and love. Treat and Max are still my favorite couple and I’m thrilled that their story is reimagined!